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Level 3 Diploma

Humanities & Social Science (Access to Higher Education)


1 Year (Can be taken over 2 years)


Level 3

Career Sector


Available At


Start Date


Days & Times

10 hours, spread over 2-3 days


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

Course overview

An Access to Higher Education Diploma will enable you to go to university if you don’t currently have the qualifications you need. They are widely recognised by universities, including Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Essex.

The course helps you 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 and Social Science.

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 9am-3pm 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.

Entry requirements

  • You will 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!

What will I study?

Modules will include

English Literature: Drama, Poetry and Prose Criticism

Understanding Narrative

Social Science (Psychology and Sociology)

Academic Preparation for Higher Education

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, the Education Studies & Early Years BA, Health Promotion & Social Care BSc.

Last year our students went on to study:

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


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