The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a year-long qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

Admission and information sessions

If you are ready to apply for this course, or have any further questions, please come in to one of our Admissions sessions. They include a brief introduction to Access to HE courses, and are followed by an English and Maths assessment. The process usually takes about two hours.

Following the admissions session you will be invited for an interview with the main course tutor, to discuss further details. If you are not offered a place on an Access to HE course because you do not have the required prior qualifications, you will be offered a place on a Preparation for Access (Skills) course, which will help you brush up on literacy skills and enable you to progress onto the Access to HE Diploma course. The assessments will take place at:

City and Islington College
Centre for Lifelong Learning
28-42 Blackstock Road
London N4 2DG

The next admissions sessions are:
Thurs 03/05/2018    3:30-5:30    Room 3.12b
Thurs 07/06/2018    3:30-5:30    Room 3.03b
Thurs 12/07/2018   3:00 – 5:00 Room 3.03b

Should you have any further questions please contact professional.services@candi.ac.uk

Funding and Advanced learner Loans:
Access to HE course are free for 19-23 year olds, providing this will be your first level 3 qualification. If you are aged 24 or over and want to study an Access to HE course, you will be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan, which will cover the cost of the course, and will be completely written off should you successfully complete your university degree. Find out more by visiting our financial support section to register your interest in receiving information about the loans from the College. 

Humanities and Social Sciences - Access to Higher Education Diploma

LL7009MT

About the course

As a learner on this qualification in Access to HE Diploma in History (Humanities and Social Science) you will be offered a coherent, integrated and supported year of study through which you will gain the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate study in a range of Humanities and Social Science related progression routes.

The qualification aims:

• To provide HE progression opportunities for adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, do not have the necessary qualifications;

• To give learners a general introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and key areas of knowledge within the Humanities and Social Sciences and offer a coherent and stimulating framework within which they can broaden their intellectual outlook and make connections between subject areas;

• To help learners to develop and consolidate the various skills required to enable them to cope successfully with the demands of undergraduate study and to become independent, self-directed learners;

• To establish a positive and supportive learning environment within which learners can build their confidence through successful learning and the sharing of their experience.

If you successfully complete the qualification you will achieve a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma.

 

You need to have a Level 2 qualification, or work experience (paid or voluntary) requiring Level 2 organisational or administrative skills. You will be expected to demonstrate academic potential, motivation and commitment through an entry test and interview. For the Humanities route the entry test will consist of a written assessment. For international students, in addition to the above qualifications, you will also need an IELTS 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in each component), or equivalent.

You will first of all study two core modules: Academic Study Skills and History. You will also choose two subject options from the following: Economics; English Literature, History, Politics, Psychology or Sociology. You will have a personal tutor who will support you during the year and who will advise you on your applications to Higher Education institutions. The course requires two days' attendance a week. You will also be expected to undertake private study of 10-15 hours a week in addition to this.

Assessment is by coursework and occasional written examinations.

You can progress onto a range of possible degrees in History, Law, Humanities or Social Sciences. Your course tutor and our careers and Higher Education advisors will give you advice and guidance on your application to university.

On the course I learnt about social enterprise, not-for-profit business and how to become an entrepreneur

Matthias Gilles

Matthias Gilles

Studied: Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business.

Now: Progressed to a business degree at City University and is now running his own business

“On the course I learnt about social enterprise, not-for-profit business and how to become an entrepreneur. I decided that I wanted to start a business not just to make money, but to help people. I had not heard of access courses before, but they are an amazing and intensive route to university for people like me who want a career change.”

Matthias has now launched his own business selling brightly patterned shirts to raise money to help train local teachers in Burma.

Course information

Start date
(see other dates)
18 September 2018

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
LL7002C18CS
Start date
18/09/18
End date
04/07/19
Duration
35
Centre
Lifelong Learning
Unfunded
Exams
£121.00
Tuition
£3022.00
Co-Funded
Exams
£121.00
Tuition
£1715.00
Overseas
Tuition
£9500.00
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The Centre for Lifelong Learning

Centre for Lifelong Learning

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