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. Throughout the course you will study 15 level 3 units. All students will study the following units in English & History:
English: Short Stories; Appreciation of a Play; Poetry; Shakespeare; The Novel
History: Medieval History; The War of the Roses; The English Reformation; Rome, the Collapse of the Republic
Students then have the choice of Studying further History units or Education units as their third option; units include:
Studying History; Hitler’s Rise to Power; Hitler's Persecution of the Jews; The Suffragette Movement; The Russian Revolution
National Education Policy for English Schools; Lesson Preparation Skills; Theories of how Children learn; Assessment Strategies and Skills; Practical Teaching Skills
There will be opportunities to study primary and secondary sources in order to build up sufficient skills to assess the validity of historical evidence.
Learners are required to have GCSEs at grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.
In addition, should you be considering a career in teaching, you will require at least Grade 4 in English, Maths and a Science, with some universities requiring Grade 5. It is advisable to check with individual universities as to whether further GCSEs are required in any other subjects for your chosen career.
Proficiency in IT would be an advantage to those wishing to join this course. All learners will also be required to undertake an interview.
Please note that successful award of the Access to HE Diploma does not provide guaranteed entry to UK HE programmes.
Many of our learners go on to study either academic degrees in the Humanities area or teaching qualifications.