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Title: Access to Humanities Diploma

Access to Humanities Diploma

The Access to Higher Education (Humanities) Diploma is designed for adult (19+) learners who may not have the traditional qualifications normally required for higher education, and who wish progress to a humanities-related university degree.

Access courses last for one academic year (September to late June), and generally run over three full days per week.

What will I learn?

The course consists of three modules: History, Politics & Philosophy (both mandatory) and a choice between either Sociology or Psychology.   

History modules include:

  • Pre-history/Art History
  • Aspects of Medieval England
  • Revolution and War
  • Victorian Social Policy (involving fieldwork)
  • Historic Seminar (based on local historic research)
  • Independent Academic Study

Politics & Philosophy covers:

  • Major Political Ideologies
  • Criticism of Religion (Freud, Marx, Nietzsche, Camus) 
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy (Plato, Socrates)
  • Introduction to Moral Philosophy (Students engage in a range of moral discussions.)

In addition, Psychology and Sociology include:

  • an introduction to either subject
  • key sociological/psychological theories and theorists
  • research units.

How will I be assessed?

There are a wide range of assessment approaches. These include written assignments, essays, in-class timed essays, examinations and presentations. These approaches support students to prepare effectively for university studies.

What may the course lead to?

Progression from Access to HE Humanities may include degree programmes in history, politics, philosophy, law, archaeology, teacher training and religious studies/theology.  

Entry requirements

All applicants for the College’s Access to Higher Education Humanities Diploma are required to have GCSEs in both English and Maths at grade C/4 or above. We accept applications from students who are currently studying for these GCSEs and will be taking their examinations in June before the Access course commences. All applicants are required to attend an interview, and to complete a short written task beforehand. If you do not have the GCSE entry criteria, please consider applying for our Access-GCSE English and/or Maths programmes.

Additional information & costs

The course is validated and certified by Laser Learning Awards. Students attend college for 14.5 hours per week, and in addition, must be prepared to complete a significant amount of self-study. This course is eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. 

Read our guidance on how to apply

Guidance on Interviews

Once you have submitted an application we will contact you with the a range of options for conducting your interviews remotely, such as telephone or Skype, or organising interviews once the College reopens and social distancing is relaxed.

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New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111