If you find the history of people, language, and culture interesting, you can study the origins of ideas and thoughts from around the world in one academic subject, and progress into a career that indulges these interests then this course is right for you. The Access to humanities course is the ideal preparation for anyone wishing to study at university, but lack the traditional qualifications to do so.
This course will help you to understand how people have made sense of the world over time. It does so by delving into the many moral, intellectual and spiritual perspectives different groups hold, to help us have a more informed view when we answer questions about the human race. For example, you will look at how conflicts begin – something which is repeating itself with the situation with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.
The Humanities course covers several different pathways dependant on your interests. Every student covers the core modules of English and history, and then chooses an additional module of either law, politics or further history.
A full list of the units studied in the course is below:
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)
Precedent & Statistical Interpretation
The rule of Tort
The Jury System
Politics and society
British Prime Ministers
The Cold War
The Birth of Modern Ireland
For many Access students, they may have not been in formal education for a many number of years and what most students realise when starting an Access course is that it is not like school. Class sizes are smaller which allows you to get more attention from your teacher. Classes are more like seminars which you would have at university which allows for greater discussion of the topic being covered. All of the teachers on the pathway have higher degrees (or are working towards them) and have a wealth of experience in their field.
Within the course there are multiple opportunities for enrichment activities outside of the classroom. In the past year students have made educational visits to the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre; the Imperial War Museum, The John Rylands Library and live theatre trips to name a few.
The Access course is very intensive and the need to show commitment to the course and be motivated and determined to be successful will be matched by your teachers.
Grade C/4 (or above) in GCSE English and Maths. Please note we do not accept Functional Skills as an equivalency. Also any overseas qualifications must be officially recognised in the UK and these will be checked and, if in doubt,
you may need to use an exams equivalence service. Also be aware that a high standard of technical English is needed as all units are partly assessed on communication
The way Access is structured means that assessment is on-going throughout the year. Many different modes of assessment are utilised which prepare you for how you will be assessed at university. Current assessment methods include essays, presentations, timed assessments and reports.
The course is recognised by all UK universities and many students in the past have gone on to study at Russell Group universities such as: University College London, The University of Manchester and The University of York as well as The University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitain University. The have progressed onto degrees in Law, Viking and Old Norse studies, English, History, Military History, Ancient History and archaeology.