Access to Higher Education Diploma Humanities (Level 3)

What is the Course About?

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is specifically designed to help adult learners (over 18) who wish to study at degree level, but do not have the current qualifications required for entry. It has been designed to give you relevant academic subject knowledge and the opportunity to learn how to approach study at university-level and develop techniques to help you succeed.

This pathway is offered as a one-year programme typically between 32 and 34 weeks full time. Students usually attend college for approximately 15 hours per week e.g. 9.30am-3pm and are expected to undertake independent study outside of these hours.

Access courses are designed to prepare students for undergraduate study and are therefore intense courses that require significant time investment. This Level 3 course is subject to minimum student numbers.

What will I study?

The Access to HE Diploma will allow you to begin studying course specific subjects whilst also working on units aimed at preparing you for undergraduate level study, such as study and research skills.

The Diploma is composed of a number of units with a level and credit value. Students must achieve 60 credits in total. 15 of the credits are from ungraded units and 45 are graded and are awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What are my progression and career options?

Subject to UCAS points students can progress onto a range of degree courses both on and off island. The number of UCAS tariff points availablefor the Access to HE Diploma varies between 48 and 144 points, dependent on your Diploma grade profile.

How will I be assessed?

The Access to HE Diploma is equivalent to a full level 3 qualification e.g. 3 A levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Study on the Access to HE Diploma makes academic demands that are at an equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications. Assessment methods vary between courses but may include reports, essays, coursework, projects, case studies and centre set examinations.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the Diploma courses are designed to make sure that individuals are ready for the demands of the course and are able to fulfil the requirements for progression onto their intended degree course.

Typically entry requirements include:

GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or equivalent and above. Applicants who possess Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2 may also meet the minimum entry requirements.

It is also recommended that all applicants check the specific entry requirements of their preferred universities.

For extenuating/exceptional circumstances the entry requirements may be reviewed by the programme team.