Access to Higher Education

Diploma in Social Science and Humanities (for 19+ students)

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Leamington 01-Sep-2017 Mon, Tue and Thu TBA * see below 1 Year(s)

What will I study?

Open College Network West Midlands L3 Diploma 

Our multi-disciplinary and experienced team offer a range of modules designed to give a firm foundation in each of the academic options which will ensure successful progression to University.

The Access with Social Sciences combination Diplomas have been taught at the Warwickshire College Group for 25 years and the programme has well established connections with many local universities, as well as those further afield. Our Diploma is highly regarded for its academic rigour and the quality of preparation for Higher Education which it offers. Students are taught to be independent, knowledgeable and objective thinkers and articulate and confident communicators...essential skills for success in Higher Education. 

Current modules for the Access to HE Diploma in Social Science and Humanities support entry onto a wide range of degree programmes. For example,  this year our students are applying for degrees in:  History, Politics,  Social Work, English Literature, Journalism, Teaching, Geography, Law and International Relations, 

It is a full time programme (12 hours contact time) currently taught over three days.  It is designed for learners from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and provides a supportive and encouraging atmosphere to enable learners to make the most of their existing capabilities and to build and develop the skills required for university study.

 It is fast moving, exciting, demanding and very, very rewarding. 

What modules are covered?

You will study the following modules: 

  • English Literature
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Advanced Study Skills

What qualifications will I get?

Access to Higher Education QAA Recognised Diploma;;

How will I be assessed?

Method(s) Of Study: Taught classes and supported independent study.

Method Of Assessment: Various assignments which may include essay, presentations, research projects, seen papers and examinations. These are assessed by the Open College Network West Midlands. 

What is the entry process?

An interview, plus confirmation of English and Maths grades, followed by enrolment directly onto the Diploma.

What are the entry requirements?

Full level 2

Further entry requirements?

A minimum of a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language is required (evidenced by original certificate).  A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE Maths (or working towards) is also required. If you have already achieved a 3 (D) in this qualification there will be an opportunity to re-take GCSE Maths alongside the Access to HE course.

Please note that this course is not suitable for students under the age of 19 years of age.  

What else do I need to know?

Fee Remission

Please be aware that Candidates who apply to pay for their Access to HE Diploma with an Advanced Learning Loan, and then successfully complete their subsequent University course, can have their outstanding loan written off. Please ask for more information about this at interview.

Qualification(s) to be gained: Access to Higher Education QAA recognised Diploma, validated by Open College Network West Midlands.

Length of course/Programme:  1 Year

Days/Hours of Attendance:  Days will depend on modules taken - 12 contact hours per week

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

What careers can I go on to?

Career Opportunities: Wide range of degree level courses in higher education followed by careers in, for example Teaching,  Social Work, Law etc and a wide range of other degree courses which will lead to various professional occupations.

What further study opportunities are there?

Further Study Opportunities: BA,  HND

Got a question about this course?

Call: 0300 45 600 49


Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.

All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc.

UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as any materials, registration and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Please contact us for more fee information.

Advanced Learning Loan

If you are 19 or over at the start of this course, you can apply for a new loan to cover the course fees. There are no repayments until the course is completed and you are earning £21000 or more. Therefore if you earn up to £21000 a year there’s nothing to pay back. If you earn £22000 a year your loan repayments could be as little as £7 per month. Call us on 0300 456 0049 for more information.

We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.

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