Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

Course code
HSDC-SD-S981
Type of study
Part-Time
Examination board
LASER

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Overview

An Access to Higher Education Diploma is the ideal way for adult students without traditional A Levels or Level 3 qualifications to qualify for entry to a degree or other Higher Education course. The Access qualification is a popular, nationally recognised qualification designed to provide adult students with the skills they need to apply for courses at universities.

Access Diplomas are Level 3 courses specifically tailored toward the adult learner. South Downs College is proud to be offering QAA credit based Access to Higher Education Diplomas validated by LASER in a variety of qualification pathways.

The Humanities pathway is for adult students who are interested in preparing for Higher Education courses in for example: English, Sociology, Philosophy, Education, Teacher Training, Anthropology, Secondary Education, History, Historical and Sociological Studies and a wide range subject degrees and Foundation Degree options. Core units include: English Literature, History and Philosophy. (Note: All pathways also include modules in study skills, ICY, preparation for University and an independent project unit).

Successful students receive an Access to Higher Education Diploma which is currently validated by a regional Access Validation Agency (LASER). This is a national validation indicating a common level of academic achievement, recognised by universities. In addition, grades achieved through completion of Level 3 units will be shown separately on the certificate to indicate individual subject achievement/ability.

 

 

All applicants are required to possess a minimum of grade C in GCSE English and at least one other subject. Students are required to carry out their own research into the specific entry requirements for their chosen university courses prior to application.

South Downs College offers several Maths and English courses at various levels for potential Access students.

For some courses relevant work experience is also required prior to the university application. South Downs College has its own work experience department that can offer advice with work placements. Students will also need a clean Disclosure and Barring Service check in order to pursue careers in teaching. You will be asked to declare your criminal record on application.

Access classes are two sessions per week for 35 weeks. Each session begins with a 30 minute tutorial to provide support and advice, followed by a three hour taught session. At the beginning of the course students will be taught study skills to introduce essay writing and academic skills to help them complete the assessments. In addition to the seven contact hours, students will be required to complete independent work each week.

Access classes take the form of two sessions per week for 35 weeks. Each session begins with an optional individual/additional support session, followed by a 30-minute tutorial and a 3 hour taught session. In the early weeks of the course students will be taught study skills to introduce and develop essay writing and academic skills to help them complete assessments; they will also receive advice and support in the process of completing the application to university. In addition to the contact hours, students will be required to complete independent work each week.

All QAA Access Diploma qualifications require students to achieve a total of 60 credits, including 45 graded credits at Level 3.

All credits on the Access programmes at South Downs College with be at Level 3 and will comprise of the following:

  • Academic study skills
  • English studies
  • Prose fiction analysis
  • Literary theory
  • Poetic form and themes
  • Philosophy studies
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Ancient Greek philosophy
  • The search for philosophical truth
  • History studies
  • Civil rights, black power and 2nd reconstruction 1945-1975
  • The Atlantic slave trade and Colonialism
  • Early African American History: Slavery, the Civil War and the Reconstruction
  • The Suffrage Movement
  • Extended independent academic project

Access courses are taught by a team of specialist subject lecturers, supported by a tutor. Students are also given help and advice on applying for Higher Education in specific sessions from tutors and also the College Careers Zone Department. Classes are informal and incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods e.g. discussion, lectures, group work, practical sessions etc. Attendance is compulsory.

 

Assessment is made through completion of assignment based activities, essays, course work, independent study and research, practical work and class based tests.

In order to achieve an overall pass, students must achieve 60 credits of which at least 45 must be at Level 3 and up to 15 at Level 2. All Level 3 credits will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

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The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

Progression

Application to a variety of undergraduate courses in vocational areas or single subjects. Students are also given considerable help and advice on applying for Higher Education.

For some courses relevant work experience is also required prior to the university application. South Downs College has its own work experience department that can offer advice with work placements. Students will also need a clean Disclosure and Barring Service check in order to pursue careers in teaching. You will be asked to declare your criminal record on application.

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