Access to Politics Level 3

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 Politics, English and History.


Post World War II British Prime Ministers

Politics and Society

The Politics of Violence and Resistance

The Post War Consensus and the role of Ideology in Modern Britain

The Rise of the West in World Politics


Standard and non-standard English

Appreciation of a Play


Appreciation of a Novel



Studying History

The Viking Age

Hitler's Persecution of the Jews

The Wars of the Roses

The Suffragette Movement
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.
Politics is a great choice if you enjoy current affairs, debates and discussions, and wish to study a subject that is vibrant and exciting. As most students will not have studied politics previously, prior knowledge will not be an assumption and staff will encourage the acquisition of skills in the first few weeks of the course. Students will keep a political diary through their research into current affairs and developments. 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 course is ideal for those students wishing to continue to study the subjects in greater depth at university level. The course is an excellent preparation for a wide variety of university courses and people-orientated careers such as law, journalism, government, human resources, teaching and politics.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to study at institutions such as The University of Manchester, Huddersfield University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
£3,022 Advanced Learner Loan Available

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 19-23, and you do have a qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels at the start of the course see the section on Advanced Learner loans, or tuition fees are payable.

If you are aged over 23 at the start of the course see the section on Advanced Learner loans, or tuition fees are payable.
Course Code:
Access To Higher Education
Beaufort Road
28 weeks
(Tue 9:30am-12:00pm & Thu 9:30am-3:15pm) (tbc)

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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