Access to Humanities

Course Overview

Students are introduced to four Humanities subject areas: English, History, Psychology and Sociology.

Within each topic, a range of themes & concepts will be considered, examples of which are outlined below:

History: 19th Century Wales; Nazi Germany; Mussolini's Italy
English: Creative Writing; Poetry Appreciation; Appreciation of a Novel
Sociology: An Introduction to Sociology; Crime and Deviance; Sociology of the Family
Psychology: Approaches in Psychology; Research Methods; Abnormal Behaviour;

In addition students are required to achieve core modules in numeracy, communication, IT and Study Skills whilst also completing a research project. 

Rules of Combination (RoC) for AHE Diploma (Humanities and Social Science)

Ungraded   Level 2 Level 3
  Communication skills for Access to Higher Education HC83CY007   3
  Three credits at Level 3 from Study Skills module.   3
  Mathematics 6  
  Delivering an Oral Presentation HC73CY142   3
  TOTAL 6 9

Updated October 2018

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who are 19 years old and over, have not attained a Level 3 qualification in the past and are intending to go on to university to study an arts, humanities or social science subject. No formal qualifications are required however communication and numerical skills will be explored during the interview process.

If you would like to apply for this course, you must first attend an Access information session. You will not be able to apply for this course online. To book on to one of the information sessions please email or contact 01792 284282.

Course Delivery

Throughout the academic year students will gain credit via a continuous process of coursework assessment.

A variety of formal and informal assessment techniques will be employed including written essays, case studies, debates, short stories, research projects and presentations.

Progression Opportunities

The goal of the course is to develop the skills necessary for study at degree level. Therefore the natural progression is onto a Degree programme in English, History, Sociology, Psychology or a related discipline.

Past students have progressed on to careers in teaching, youth and community work, public administration, counselling and other graduate careers.

Additional Information

Full time students will be required to pay a registration fee of approximately £20.

An interview and basic skills screening is required.


Course deliverable in Welsh: