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:
Standard and non-standard English
Appreciation of a Play
Appreciation of a Novel
The Viking Age
Hitler's Persecution of the Jews
The Wars of the Roses
The Suffragette Movement
The Rise of Hitler
The English Reformation (double unit).
The course provides excellent grounding for higher study at University. Classes are mixture of formal lectures, group work and individual study. Classes are small which allows students to get the support they need to achieve the success they need to progress. The course is challenging but highly rewarding and a lot of the content and skills can be transferred to other courses and onto future jobs and occupations. Typically, but not always, you will be in college for two days a week with 10 hours of class time. As a rule, to be successful, you will need to dedicate at least this amount of time outside of class on your studies. Resilience and dedication are two key attributes which will help you succeed.
GCSE Maths and English grade C/4 or above.
The 15 units that are studied for are assessed through a variety of different methods. These include essays, structured short answer questions, presentations and case studies. The assessment method will depend upon the subject/topic and changes each year. The assessments tend to mirror what Universities use when assessing their students so to further prepare you for Higher Education.
The course is ideal for anyone wishing to study an arts based subject at University. The course is one with limitless opportunities attached to it. The most obvious choice is to study one of the core topics (e.g. English) further at University and become a linguist, a journalist, a writer or work in the media. The subject also aligns itself nicely with other occupations like law, teaching and the arts. With History, the course a logical progression for those students wishing to continue to study the subject in greater depth, however as with English it will be useful in accessing a wide range of degree courses. Careers typically associated with History include Law, Politics, Journalism, Heritage/Conservation, and Teaching.
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to study at institutions such as The University of Manchester, Huddersfield University and Manchester Metropolitan University, enrolling on a variety of different pathways; from History, English, Law and Politics.