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Access to HE Humanities and Social Sciences


Type: Full Time

Subject: Science


Start Date: 02 September 2019

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year Full–time


Level 3

Who is it for

The Access to Higher Education course is specifically designed for motivated individuals aged 19 and over who wish to go on to study a degree, progress in their career, or simply extend their knowledge after being out of formal education for some time.

Interview Skills Assessment

You will be required to attend an informal interview – details will be provided upon application.

What will I need

Students will need GCSE English and maths at grade A*/9 – C/4 to enter the Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science.

What is covered

The course combines humanities subjects with social sciences. Subjects include: critical thinking, English literature, psychology, history and sociology. You will also be trained in study skills to make the most of your time on the course and at university and complete a dissertation module where you will conduct your own research project in a subject area that interests you. In addition, optional units give you the chance to tailor the course to your progression needs and interests. These optional units offered include social and developmental psychology, criminal and forensic psychology, human growth and development, counselling, English literature and creative writing, archaeology and ancient history, and politics.

The course is specifically designed with university progression in mind and tutors will guide you through the HE application process, in addition to teaching you how to be an effective undergraduate.

How is the course assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, examinations, formal presentations and portfolios.

What can this course lead to

The CAVA Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK universities as a standard entry qualification for degree courses. Each Access Diploma is designed to offer you the chance to return to study and prepare yourself for degree study.

This course can lead to a range of degree courses and careers in:

• Social Work
• Education and Teaching
• Psychology
• Politics
• History, archaeology and anthropology
• English Literature
• Creative Writing
• Media and Journalism
• Sociology and social policy
• Criminology
• Probation
• Law
• Film
• Languages

Other details

The CAVA Access Diploma is QAA recognised and is accepted by UK
universities as a standard entry qualification for degree courses. To find out more about CAVA please visit

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