Access to HE Diploma - Humanities/Social Science L3

Access to HE · Full Time · Bishop Auckland Campus

Start Date:
04 September 2023
If you are aged 16 to 18 this course is free. Otherwise an Advanced Learner Loan is available.
Level 3
Taught at:
Bishop Auckland Campus

Course overview

The Access to HE Diploma – Humanities & Social Sciences is an exciting course that can get you ready for university if you don’t have the right qualifications.

Our learners progress to degrees in subjects such as Sociology & Criminology, Psychology, History, Politics, Social Work, Education and more.

If you are interested in studying a course tailored for Policing, Criminology or Social Work, please get in touch as this course will also be available subject to interest.

The Access to HE Diploma - Humanities & Social Sciences is a part-time Level 3 course which will run on two weekdays 9.30 – 3.00pm September-June. In less than one year this means that you can achieve everything you need to move on to university.

The programme is designed to support learners who want to progress onto higher education study. Not only will you receive help in achieving a qualification – you will also receive a full range of support in applying for your desired university course, your student funding application, and your career development.

Course requirements

There is an interview and screening process for Maths and English. GCSE English/Maths are desirable, and the college can support you to achieve this.

You must be 19+ to undertake this course.

What will I do?

For the Access to HE Diploma- Humanities & Social Sciences Level 3 programme you will study a range of Level 2 / 3 units in preparation for progression to studying at HE Level.

The programme is focused on enabling you to attain the UCAS tariff points to study a degree programme which in turn will lead you to your ideal career.

Level 2: Study Skills, including English Language skills, presentation skills and academic writing.

Level 3: English Literature, which might include reading novels like Of Mice and Men and plays like Educating Rita.

Level 3: History, which might include Black Civil Rights in the USA, World War Two, and a history project of your own choosing.

Level 3: Psychology, which might include forensic psychology, understanding mental health, and developmental psychology.

Level 3: Sociology, which might include the sociology of welfare and poverty, social services, and sociology and gender.

The Access to HE Diploma is accredited by AIM Awards.

Your assessment will be in a variety of formats including essays, reports, presentations, academic posters, podcasts, brochures, etc.

All Level 3 units are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction

You will also learn:

· Academic skills such as analysis, evaluation and justification.

· Reading information and selecting key information, facts and ideas

· Referencing

· Research using academic sources

· Writing in a range of different formats

What will it give me?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is designed for mature students (aged over 19 at the start of the programme), who want to go to university but don't have the formal qualifications to get there. The programme is structured into specific diplomas, which prepare students to study in Higher Education for a variety of careers as well as subject related degrees. it will give you a Level 3 Diploma in Humanities & Social Sciences.

Materials needed

Basic stationery. A laptop computer would be advantageous however this is not essential as the College has dedicated IT facilities for degree students and adults.

What can I do when I finish?

Once you finish the Access to HE course in Humanities & Social Sciences, you can go on to study a Bachelor’s degree at university. This might include Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, English, History, Social Work, Counselling, Forensic Psychology and many more.

Career paths include:

Social Work


Politics / Economics

English & Creative Writing

Sociology / Criminology


Primary Education Studies

History / Social Science Studies.

Educational Studies

Social Policy


What next?

If you would like to apply, please click the "Apply Now" section below and follow the steps. Thank you!

Need to know more? Enquire about this course.