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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
11.2 Sociology and Social Policy
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002610
Price:
£140.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+
QAA aim code:
40008733

Qualification Summary

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to humanities. Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on English language and literature, history, politics and philosophy which underpin most humanities degrees. Many learners join social science degrees after following A level study, so the Diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an introduction to history skills, English language and literature and thinking in a philosophical manner but then they will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth. They will study a range of optional units covering aspects of English language and literature, key events in history and have the opportunity to investigate specific aspects of politics or philosophy.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Learners who have followed these routes may need to develop their skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest. If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access to HE Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.


Why choose this qualification?

The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to humanities.  Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on English language and literature, history, politics and philosophy which underpin most humanities degrees.  Many learners join social science degrees after following A level study, so the diploma will place the Access to HE learners on a level with those who have followed A level studies.

Learners will complete mandatory units which cover an introduction to history skills, English language and literature and thinking in a philosophical manner but then they will be able to research an area of interest to them in more depth.  They will study a range of optional units covering aspects of English language and literature, key events in history and have the opportunity to investigate specific aspects of politics or philosophy.

Ungraded units include units which will support access to higher education whilst supporting study and personal skills.

Learners who have followed these routes may need to develop their skills in specific areas as well as learning more about subjects in which they have an interest.  If the learner has gone straight into employment, they may not have studied at Level 3 and so this Access Diploma will help them to build on existing skills and provide a good grounding for further academic study.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 45 credits from this group. Learners must complete 9 credits from the mandatory group, a maximum of 6 credits from the Research optional group and the remaining 30 credits must be taken from the Humanities optional group.


Units

Graded Research Units

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Humanities - Research Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026350
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Humanities Research Project - Methodology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026348
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

History Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014145
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Introduction to English Language and Literature

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025905
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Introduction to Philosophy

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026346
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Optional Graded Academic Units: Humanities

Learners must complete 30 credits from this group.

Culture and Identity

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011218
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English Literature - Prose Criticism

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025888
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Globalisation

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006877
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Introduction to Literature: Responding to Poetry

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026360
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Introduction to Religious Thought

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU006987
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Introduction to a Pre-20th Century Drama

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU014899
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Introduction to the History of English

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025884
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Media and Society

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026240
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Political Philosophy

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006927
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Political Processes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010484
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Produce copy for digital media communication

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026353
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Social Change & Reform in 19th Century Britain

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU011215
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Study of a Specified Historical Event

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026357
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Techniques in Creative Writing

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014443
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The Colonisation of Africa and Resistance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU014292
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The Study of Non Fiction Texts

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025893
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Women's History 1832-1918

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU006791
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World War One - The Trenches and The Home Front 1914/1918

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU025899
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Writing for Magazines

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026234
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 15 credits from this group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 9 credits from this group.

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Being a Reflective Learner

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU017819
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Introduction to the Grammar of English

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU010767
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Professional Interpersonal Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025402
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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References and Reliability of Sources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026344
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Intended learner groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.


How this diploma meets learners' needs

The Diploma will provide them with underpinning skills to support academic study and provide a level 3 qualification linked to their proposed HE study. A broad range of knowledge will be acquired which support an understanding of English language and literature, history and politics/philosophy will ensure that the learner is fully prepared for progression onto the relevant degrees.


What this diploma covers

The units include a balance of English, history and philosophy and politics units which allow the learners to keep their options open until they have fully decided on their preferred route at degree level. The ungraded units have been chosen to support both progression into higher education and also to allow the learners to develop skills relevant to the subject area e.g. introduction to English grammar.


Delivery methods

Face to face
Blended learning

Work placements would also be beneficial and visits to museums would widen opportunities.

If the optional unit Introduction to a Pre-20th Century Drama is chosen, learners wishing to progress onto a literature degree should study key writers such as Shakespeare.

Assessment methods: Essays, projects, presentations, self-evaluation, group discussions, SWOT analysis, case studies, short answer questions, literature review, exams, reports.


Progression routes

BA (Hons) Humanities
BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
BA (Hons) English Literature
BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) History and Politics
Social Sciences and Humanities Extended Degree - BA (Hons)
BA (Honours) Social Sciences
BA (Honours) Social Sciences (Politics)
BA Liberal Arts
BA in Education


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
  • Access to HE Diplomas are designed for adult learners aged 19+ and the ESFA only funds young people on these programmes by exception, as stated in paragraph 149, page 39 of the Funding guidance for young people 2020 to 2021.

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

The following support materials will help you deliver this qualification.

Access to HE Quick Guides

Information for Access Centres

Access to HE Administration

Assignment briefs

Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.

The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.

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