Access to HE Humanities

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



Studying History

The Viking Age

Hitler's Persecution of the Jews

The Wars of the Roses

The Suffragette Movement

Additional History

The Rise of Hitler

Russian Revolution

Medieval Britain

The English Reformation (double unit)


Precedent & Statistical Interpretation


Non-Fatal Offenses

The rule of Tort

The Jury System


Politics and society

British Prime Ministers

The Cold War

Post-war consensus

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.
£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
1 Year
(Mon 9:30am-3:15pm & Wed 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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