Access to Humanities and Social Science

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Course Description

The Access to Humanities and Social Sciences programme provides a thorough preparation for a range of degree subjects including psychology; social work; criminology; English and history. All students will cover two units from the following subject areas: English literature; psychology; history and sociology. Students will then decide whether they wish to pursue a more focused humanities or social science strand and undertake further units in: literature; sociology; history; social policy and psychology, dependent on their university requirements. The course consists of nineteen individual units that are made up of thirteen subject units and six study skills units including the extended project, which requires a student devised and led essay. The study skills units are an integral part of the course and will develop your academic reading, writing and research skills that are essential for university study. This course will provide you with a good grounding in a range of academic subjects and enable you to have flexibility in your university choices.


Course runs from 11 Sep 2017 to 21 Jun 2018


Access to HE Diploma: Humanities and Social Science (Level 3)

Entry Requirements

You are required to demonstrate that you are working well at both maths and English level 2 (GCSE A-C) through a GCSE maths/English/English Language certificate and/or a maths/English assessment.

Method of Assessment

  • Discussion, oral presentation and debate

  • Short written tasks

  • Collaboration: group and pair work

  • Peer and self-assessment

  • Texts, hand-outs and worksheets

  • Case studies

  • Primary and secondary research

  • Modelling and demonstration

  • Essays

  • Exams

  • Timed responses


From this course students have progressed to the following undergraduate degrees: English literature; law, criminology, criminal justice, social work, creative writing, psychology, sociology, counselling, history and even product design. Many undergraduate degrees such as law want students to have studied a variety of subjects and have a strong academic grounding before they commit to a single subject.

Each university will provide information and will have specific conditions regarding entry requirements, specifically regarding maths, English and science subjects. We advise that you check the relevant university entry requirements of your preferred degree choice/s.


This is a full time course; you will have 16 hours contact time per teaching week and be expected to work outside the classroom for approximately 12-15 hours a week.

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Course Application and Support Forms:

To apply for this course you will need to complete the Application form for each course you wish to attend, there is space for up to 3 courses per form.

The Information Form only needs to be completed once each academic year, if you have not completed one for this year, you will need to complete this also.

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(You will be required to sign the forms when you attend the college)

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Hillcroft Student Application Form Hillcroft Student Information Form

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