Access to Higher Education (Humanities & Social Science)

Level 3, Diploma

Duration: One Year Course (Can be taken over Two Years*)

Location: Benfleet

Days & Times: 10 hours, spread over 2-3 days**

Start Date: September

Fee: £2,995† (Eligible for Advanced Learner Loan)

Course Description

170209 Adult Photos Website 6An Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma will enable you to go to university if you haven’t currently got the qualifications you need. They are widely recognised by universities, including Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex.

This course helps you to develop your academic skills in preparation for studying a degree. The essential skills of academic writing, researching and presenting information are developed in the Study Skills programme. You will also study English Literature with either Psychology or Sociology.

You will also undertake a research project on a topic of your choice with the aim of developing your independent learning skills.

* This course can be studied part-time over two years (one to two days a week) spreading the cost of the course to £1,500 per year. The part-time option can also be funded by the Advanced Learner Loan. This can be discussed at interview.

**The course runs between 9.30am-4.15pm with an average of 10 hours weekly teaching time spread over two to three days. Please note that days and times are dependent on subject choice and may be subject to change.

If you have not completed a Level 3 course already, you may be eligible to study for FREE! Subject to funding, call 01268 882 618 for more information. Alternatively, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the cost of your course.


Modules may include:

  • English Literature: Drama, Poetry and Prose Criticism
  • Understanding Narrative
  • Academic Preparation for Higher Education.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will be taught using presentations, workshops, research activities, demonstrations, individual and group tasks, as well as visiting guest speakers.

Assessment will be through a mixture of:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • In-class tests.

What Could I Do Next?

You could go on to study a degree in law, psychology, sociology or another humanities-related or social science-related field. You could also go on to study the Foundation Degree in Early Years or Public Services HNC/HND at the college.

Last year our students went on to study:

  • Archaeology at the Universityof Reading
  • Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University
  • English at the University of Exeter
  • History at Birkbeck, University of London
  • International Relations at SOAS University of London.

General Entry Requirements

You should be aged 19 or over and need grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and/or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills. 

If you don't currently have the entry requirements needed, don't worry, you could study GCSE English and/or Maths for free* at the college!

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