Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) – Open College Network West Midlands

Course Code: AHUDP
Learning Aim Code: 40000096
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time (14 hours per week)
Duration: One year
Campus: Paget Road / Wellington Road Campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are 19 or over and want to pursue a higher education qualification in a humanities-related subject – such as literature, history, media and language - but lack the necessary qualifications to go to university our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) will give you the skills you need to go on to a degree.

The Access to Higher Education qualification is widely recognised by universities and bridges the gap between existing education and what is needed to study at degree level.

Humanities are academic disciplines covering human culture and this intensive and challenging one-year course will give you an overview of humanities in the 21st century and help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for university.

To succeed on this course you will need to be committed and focused and have a zest for learning, as well as good time management skills, particularly if you work and/or have family responsibilities.

Before you embark on the course it is important that you know what you want to study at university, have thoroughly researched your chosen course and attended university open days.

If you want to pursue a career in a humanities-related field our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) will set you on the road to a great career.

We have excellent feedback from past students on our Access to Higher Education courses and many have gone on to become teachers in primary and secondary schools or further education organisations, whilst others have gone into business or become counsellors, nurses, midwives, social workers, probation officers, radiologists and psychologists.

What will I learn?

The Humanities pathway will focus on:

  • Psychology & Sociology
  • Literature and history
  • Media and culture

You will also develop your ICT skills

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the underpinning skills, knowledge and academic conventions needed for studying humanities at a higher education level
  • Learn how to research, design, plan and write assignments as well as developing your critical and evaluative thinking skills
  • Develop an appreciation for the promotion of active reading to identify relevant information and take part in discussions and debates based on informed reading
  • Develop your analytical skills to give you the confidence to participate in verbal and written debate
  • Develop your practical skills and appreciate the need for attention to detail
  • How will I be assessed?

    This is an assessment-based course and will include a combination of essays, reports, presentations, group discussions and timed examinations.

    What can I do next?

    The skills you will learn on this course will enable you to:

    • Move on to a higher education course in a broad range of humanities subjects (you are advised to check that the Access to HE course is accepted as entry to your chosen university course)
    • Apply the knowledge you have gained on the course to pursue a career in a wide range of jobs in the private, public and non-profit sector.

    What are the Entry Requirements?

    You need to be working to at least Level 2 English, and for some courses Level 2 maths, which will be assessed at your interview. This will allow you to study GCSE English and GCSE maths alongside your main programme of study if required.

    You must demonstrate your commitment to the course and a keen interest in pursuing your chosen career. Applicants who do not have recent experience of study but have relevant work or life experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    The suitability of applicants will be assessed through the combination of an application form, interview, and an initial assessment.

  • Please note: You are strongly advised to speak to your chosen university about the entry requirements for the course you wish to study in the future.

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