Vocational Course

Access to HE - Humanities Diploma

Full-Time + Part-Time
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About this course

Starts in September

An Access course is a nationally recognised alternative to A Levels and GCSEs for entry to British Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The course offers excellent preparation for studying at a higher level and can increase your chances of future success.

At Halesowen College our Access programme is specifically linked to Birmingham City University, Newman University and Wolverhampton University. However, as part of the Open College Network, the qualification is recognised nationally, leaving you free to apply to the university of your choice.

Even if you were to decide against progressing to higher education, we believe that you would find the course to be of great personal benefit.

What does the course involve?

This course involves studying a variety of subjects within the humanities academic discipline.

  • History
  • Politics
  • Geography
  • English literature

You will engage in a broad spectrum of activities for each of the subjects to give you a well-rounded experience of a humanities-based course in preparation for a degree level in this field.

What will I learn?

Unit 1: USA- Saving the Union
Unit 2: Hitler’s Germany
Unit 3: Historical Debate

Unit 1: Constitutions & Elections
Unit 2: Monarchs, Peers and MPs

Unit 1: Exploring Plays
Unit 2: How the Poet Works
Unit 3: Short Story
Unit 4: Study of a Novel

Unit 1: Contemporary Human Issues: Rivers & Deserts
Unit 2 Contemporary Human Issues: Tectonic Hazards

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are applied:

  • Essays
  • Academic Posters
  • Timed questions
  • Historical source-based questions
  • Presentations

What do I need?

You require a grade C GCSE in English Language.

Where can it take me?

Students with this qualification progress on to BA hons courses for a wide range of humanities-based subjects.

Additional Information

Who can I contact about the course?
Gwen Finnegan - gfinnegan@halesowen.ac.uk - 0121 602 7456

Funding Your Access to HE Course

If you are aged 19-23 and do not hold a full level 3 qualification (such as a BTEC, NVQ or A Levels) your course could be free.

If you do need to pay for the course you can pay in full, by instalments or by Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.