Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over and want to study an Access to Higher Education Diploma, a Level 3 -6 Certificate or Diploma, there is help available to fund your course. Find out more by visiting our financial support section . If you successfully go on to complete your degree, then the Access loan will deducted from your student loan.


Humanities and Social Sciences - Access to Higher Education Diploma


About the course

You will first of all study a core module in  Academic Study Skills and History or Academic Study Skills & Psychology. You will also choose between two subject options from the following:  English Literature and psychology OR History and Sociology.

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
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18 September 2018

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
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End date
Lifelong Learning
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The Centre for Lifelong Learning

Centre for Lifelong Learning

On the doorstep of Finsbury Park this Centre specialises in adult education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Literacy and Numeracy, IT and Teacher Training.