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Humanities and Social Science Route Access to Higher Education

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Who is this course for?

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who, for work or other reasons, are not able to attend a conventional day-based Access course, or are not able to start in September.

What is this course about?

You will register for the Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Science). For this Diploma, you will study academic Study Skills, and three subject options.   You will attend on Saturdays and either one evening and an afternoon, or two evenings.   The attendance pattern you choose may depend on your commitments, or your HE degree choice.

You will also be expected to undertake private study of at least 15 hours a week. All materials will be available on the College's intranet, so that you can continue your study if there are times when you are unable to attend.

What do I need to get on the course?

Access applicants are expected to have a minimum of a Level 2 qualification, or work or voluntary experience demonstrating Level 2 or Level 3 organisational or administrative skills. You will be expected to demonstrate good Level 3 academic potential, and strong motivation and commitment, through an entry test and interview.  The entry test will consist of a written comprehension exercise and an essay.  Successful completion of these will be followed by an interview.  As this is an intensive course, you will also be expected to demonstrate the ability to work  independently and cope under pressure.  

What qualification will I get?

If you pass the course you will gain the Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Sciences). You will also get a certificate listing all of the units or topics you have studied.

What can I do after the course?

Your course tutor, and our careers and higher education advisors, will give you advice and guidance on the kinds of degrees you can progress on to, and on the application process. Examples of the universities and degrees our students progress on to are given below.

Progression to University

Our students progress on to many universities each year in and outside London, and take a wide range of degrees. 


How do I get on the course?

Please click on the 'Apply' button above.

Fees are based on 2013-14 fee policy. These are subject to change.

For courses that are longer than one year additional fees are likely to apply in the following year.

The college reserves the right to change dates, fees and other details described above or cancel courses if circumstances demand.