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Access to HE Humanities and Social Sciences


Type: Full Time

Subject: Science

Level: 3

Start Date: 04 September 2023

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year Full–time


Level 3

Who is it for

If you are a mature student with the ambition to go to university but lack the level 3
qualifications, an Access to Higher Education course is a fantastic solution.

The Access to Higher Education course is a 1–year full–time course specifically for motivated individuals aged 19 and over who wish to go on to study a degree, progress in their career, or simply extend their knowledge after being out of formal education for some time.

Interview Skills Assessment

You will be required to attend an informal interview – details will be provided upon application.

What will I need

Students will need GCSE English and Maths at grade A*/9 – C/4 to enter the Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science.

What is covered

The Humanities and Social Sciences course is very broad, and combines social science subject units (psychology and sociology) with humanities (English and history). Additional study units include study skills and critical thinking to help you make the most of your time on the course and to become an effective undergraduate at university. Towards the end of your course you will be able to complete a dissertation unit where you will conduct your own individual research project into a topic that interests you.

In addition, you will select from a range of optional units in order to tailor the course to your progression needs and interests. These optional units could include additional units in sociology, psychology, English, and history, or new topics such as criminology and politics.

How is the course assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, examinations, formal presentations and portfolios.

What can this course lead to

The CAVA Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK universities nationwide as a standard entry qualification for most degree courses. Each Access course is specifically designed with university progression in mind and tutors will guide you through the HE application process.

This course can lead to a range of degree courses and careers in:

• Social Work
• Education and Teaching
• Psychology
• Politics
• History, archaeology and anthropology
• English Literature
• Creative Writing
• Media and Journalism
• Sociology and social policy
• Criminology
• Probation
• Law
• Film
• Languages

Other details

The Diploma is validated by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA). The
Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK universities as a standard
entry qualification for degree courses. To find out more about CAVA please visit

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