Access to HE (Humanities & Social Science)

Qualification: LASER
Level 3

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About this course

Access to HE courses are designed for adults who want to enter Higher Education but may not have the usual qualifications such as A-Levels. They are accredited through LASER Learning Awards and will help you develop the skills you need to prepare for University.

On our Humanities and Social Science pathway you will benefit from studying a range of subjects which will prepare you to progress on to a broad selection of degree programmes at University. Depending on your choice of future higher education study we can offer the flexibility of an individual plan of subjects that will provide you with the best opportunity to prepare you for your next step. These could include Psychology, History, Philosophy, Politics, Archaeology, Sociology, Social work, Education, Creative Writing and English Literature.

We have an excellent track record of supporting learners into their first choice University and you will receive specialist guidance on completing a successful UCAS application and developing academic study skills alongside your specialist subjects to ensure that you are fully prepared to get a great degree.

You will benefit from studying alongside other students who are also motivated to reach their goals and an Access course team who are specialists in their fields and experienced in helping adult learners to succeed.

This course is 2 days per week. It will be essential that you attend both days each week so you will be able to complete the course in one year.

“The Access course has really helped me build my skills and confidence in preparation for starting University, something I didn't think I would ever be able to do. It was great to be able to complete this course alongside working.”  Charlie Duncombe, now studying BA (Hons) Social Work at Solent University.

Financial Support

If this is your first Level 3 qualification, you may be entitled to all of your fees being paid. If you're aged 19 or over and take out a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to fund your Access to HE Diploma, then go on to successfully complete your degree or subsequent higher education course, the Government will pay the loan that covered your Access course. Please be aware if you do not complete the course, you will still be liable to pay the full course fees.  A deposit will be required at the start of the course if you are applying for a loan, but this will be returned when your loan is finalised.

If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

What you will learn

Course content includes:

  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Education Studies
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Creative Writing
  • English Literature
  • Independent Research Project

There is no final examination for this qualification, assessments are ongoing throughout the year.

Units are assessed through a variety of methods such as:

  • Oral presentations
  • Report writing
  • Essays
  • Short answer questions

Your diploma comprises 60 credits at Level 3. 45 credits are graded at either pass, merit or distinction.

Entry requirements
  • GCSE English and Maths grade A*-C/9-4 (Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 accepted as an equivalent)
  • If you are planning to undertake a degree in Primary Education you will also need GCSE Science A*-C/9-4
  • A good command of ICT skills (most assignments will need to be typewritten)
  • Aged 18 or over (preferably 19 or over)
  • You will be required to attend an interview prior to enrolling onto the course, there will also be a short application task to complete
  • To prepare for your interview, you must bring your GCSE Maths & English certificates with you, and proof of ID if you intend to enrol

If English is not your first language and you have taken qualifications out of the UK, you will need to have the equivalence checked by NARIC prior to your interview. An excellent command of English (IELTS 7) is required.

What next?

We have an excellent track record for students progressing onto Higher Education, particularly onto degrees including:

  • Politics
  • Law
  • Creative Writing
  • Modern History & Politics
  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Classical & Medieval History
  • Gaming
  • Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Primary Education
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Early Years


Additional information

It will be important to ensure you have the commitment and time to devote to the course. At least 90% attendance will be expected for successful completion of the course.

In exceptional circumstances it might be possible for you to undertake GCSE in either English or mathematics alongside your Access programme depending on your future Degree choice and entrance requirements. This will be discussed with you at interview.

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