Humanities and Social Sciences - Access to Higher Education Diploma
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.
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