Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences & Humanities), Level 3

Course overview

Are you looking to broaden your skills and knowledge and progress to higher education? Would you like to study history or sociality at university? Would you like to become a Psychologist? This Diploma can help you achieve your place at university. Alongside studying subject areas such as history, sociology and psychology, students are assisted with their applications to gain a place at university. To date, we have been extremely successful in supporting such students to gain places both at local universities such as Birmingham City
University, University of Wolverhampton, Newman University and the University of Worcester, as well as further afield.

Entry requirements

No entry qualifications are required. We welcome applications from any adult who wishes to move into higher education, regardless of age. At interview you will be asked provide evidence of any existing qualification, but you will also be asked to complete diagnostic tests lasting up to two hours to enable us to consider your suitability for our part-time Access to Higher Education (Foundation) course where, if necessary you can focus on the development of maths, English, IT and study skills to enable you to successfully complete the Access to Higher Education course. If you already have good GCSE grades in these subjects, you will be studying alongside full-time students, just doing less hours per week. You will also be asked to attend an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss your options and decide on the most suitable course.

Course Modules

- History
- English Literature
- Sociology
- Psychology

How will I be assessed?

You will learn through a combination of tutor-led sessions, class discussions, presentations and group work. You will also have the opportunity to experience a formal examination setting to help prepare you for exams in higher education.  For those students who do not have GCSE English / GCSE maths, you will be given the opportunity to take these alongside the course.

What can I do next

With your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences & Humanities) you will be qualified to apply to a university degree in a wide range of subjects, including teaching and humanities, e.g. history, sociology or psychology. Your tutor will support you through your application.

Last year’s Access to Higher Education students went on to study the following courses:  Adult nursing, Animal behaviour, Birthing and Beyond Practitioner, Building and Construction Management, Business Management, Occupational Therapy, Childhood Studies, Children’s Nursing, Counselling and Psychology, Forensic Science, Foundation Science, History, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Nutritional Science, Psychology, Psychology with Criminology, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Social work, Sociology, Sports science, Teaching and Theology.