Tameside College


Level 3 Access to HE Diploma Humanities

The Access to HE Diploma is a standard, nationwide qualification at Level 3, which is designed to enable learners from non-traditional educational backgrounds to go to University. The Diploma is made up of a number of units which result in a total of 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

The Access to HE Humanities programme covers three modules in order to create a programme suitable for progression requirements. The Modules are English Literature, Ancient/Medieval and Modern History.

The units in the English Literature module are as follows:

The Short Story

The Novel



Modern Drama

The units in the Modern History module are as follows:

The Origins of World War One

The Russian Revolution

The Rise of Hitler: 1919-33

British Foreign Policy in the 1939s

The Impact of World War Two on Europe

The units in the Ancient/Medieval History are as follows:

Greece: The Classical Era

Rome: The Collapse of the Republic

Rome: The Age of Augustus

The Rise and Fall of the Normans

Medieval Britain: 1150-1450

The Access Humanities (Literature and History Studies) course is designed for people interested in studying in Higher Education .The course is divided evenly between English Literature, Modern History and Ancient/Medieval History degrees. We will study a number of important literary texts in the literature units, whereas, in the history units we will engage with a number of relevant primary and secondary texts.

There are 15 graded units on the course which will be awarded at pass, merit and distinction. The universities will then ask for certain grades to be required for entrance to their course. It is highly recommended that you check with the universities regarding the grades you will require as they differ greatly depending on which course is to be studied.

An Access course is designed to provide not just the knowledge, but also the skills to succeed at university. The assessments will include exams, assignments, presentations and other methods that will provide the skills that will be required at university.

Part Time

In addition to the taught sessions you will be given guidance on progression and will receive support applying for university.

Learners are required to have GCSEs at grade C or above in both English and Maths.

In addition, should you be considering a career in primary teaching, you will require at least Grade C in English, Maths and Science, with some universities requiring Grade B.

Some proficiency in IT would be an advantage to those wishing to enroll on the course.

Most of our learners go on to study either academic degrees in the Humanities area, or teaching qualifications.

£3022 (May qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan)

If you are aged between 19-23 and you don’t have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels, tuition fees will be waived. If aged 19 or over and do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learning loan.

Learners who take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for an Access to HE course and subsequently complete a Higher Education course may not have to pay back their Advanced Learner Loan.

Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
32 Weeks
Monday & Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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