Level 3 Diploma

Access to HE - Social Science & Humanities

Course overview

This Access to Higher Education course will help 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, as well as undertake a research project on a topic of your choice with the aim of developing your independent learning skills.


  • English Literature: Drama, Poetry, Prose and Narrative
  • Social Science (Sociology—the study of inequality, health, family, schooling)
  • Academic Preparation for Higher Education—teaching you the skills you will need at university.

How will I be taught and assessed?

  • You will be taught by subject experts in a range of methods including presentations, research tasks, group discussions etc.
  • A range of assessment methods will apply depending on the unit, including essays, reports, presentations, tests, structured questions and portfolios.

Why study at USP College?

  • Expert tutors with many years of experience in teaching the subject to Level 3 and beyond and in teaching and supporting adults returning to study
  • A friendly, supportive environment where students are challenged and engaged
  • Excellent pass rates and progression rates to university
  • Centre of good practice for the qualification board in many areas including the progress of students from starting points and for being a ‘keen and dedicated’ team who are ‘fantastic, reflective teachers.’ They always act ‘for the good of the learners,’ who get a ‘fantastic learning experience at USP.’

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 YearsEducation Studies & Early Years BA or Health Promotion & Social Care BSc here at USP College.

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.

Entry requirements

  • You must be aged 19 or over at registration
  • You must have English Language GCSE grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills English. It is desirable to also have GCSE/L2 Maths but if not, then a commitment to study it alongside Access (on a separate evening) is required as most universities require both English and Maths.
  • Unfortunately, if you have neither Maths or English, we are unable to enrol you onto the Access course at this time. However, you could study GCSE English and Maths (potentially for free) at the College first, before going on to the Access course.

Additional costs

  • Stationery costs.

† If you are aged 19-24 and 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.

Access to HE FAQs

Not sure whether an Access to Higher Education course is right for you? We answer the most common questions.