Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Who is the course for?

The Access to HE Diploma has been designed for adults who want to access Higher Education.  It will help to build your confidence and develop your social and communication skills as well as increasing your knowledge of particular subject areas.  Over the years we have progressed hundreds of learners into universities all over the country.

What previous knowledge, skills or qualifications do I need?

You will need to be confident and comfortable working at level 2 in English and maths.  Good communication skills are also essential.  We will ask you to come in and undertake an initial assessment so that we can determine your best route into the Diploma.  It may be that you will need to do something different before you start, and your initial assessment and interview will help us to determine this.  

How will I learn?

Your tutor will adopt mixture of approaches to teaching and learning including lectures, discussions, practical and group work.

How will my progress be monitored and assessed?

The Diploma will be assessed in a variety of different ways which could include any of the following: research project, essay, time-constrained test, presentation, report, academic poster, practical activity.

What qualification will I get?

On successful completion of the full programme you will achieve the One Awards Access to HE Diploma.  This will be enable you to progress into Higher Education through undergraduate degree programme, foundation degree or HND.      
It is essential that you research your degree course and university requirements before starting your Access to HE programme.  This will ensure that your subject choices and previous qualifications meet the universities’ entry requirements.

What equipment or materials will I need to provide?

You will require a folder and basic stationery - lined paper, pens (maximum cost £5.00).  For maths and science based units you may also require a scientific calculator (approx. cost £5.00).  Your tutor will discuss this and any required reading materials with you when you start your course.  Learning Support Funds may be available to assist with the cost of equipment and books.

Where, when and how much?

All classes will take place online.  Course Units are delivered over a variety of different days.  Please ask for a timetable.  Costs vary depending on individual circumstances and this will be discussed at your interview.

What other support is available?

Help with numeracy or literacy is available.  ICT drop-in sessions are available during term time and are open to all learners.  Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  Discretionary Learner Support and Bursary Support may be available for equipment, childcare and travel to learners who qualify.  For further details please ask when enrolling.

Who can I ask for advice?

There are a number of experienced and qualified staff to help you at Newcastle City Learning.  They are available throughout the term and on our open days and enrolment events.

For enrolment enquiries, please contact:
0191 277 3520

What will I do on the course?

This Diploma is made up of 15 ungraded credits at level 2 and 45 graded credits at level 3 delivered in two semesters.  


English Language Writing Skills (Mandatory, L2 ungraded, 3 credits)

To develop learners’ ability to produce written work in appropriate form and style for different purposes using Standard English and grammatical conventions.
•    Be able to write using standard English with appropriate grammatical conventions
•    Be able to write in appropriate form and style for different purposes
•    Be able to compile information from a variety of sources


Mathematics – Data Handling and Statistics (Mandatory, L2 ungraded, 3 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of basic correlation and probabilities, to be able to use measures and collate and display data appropriately.
•    Know how to collect, tabulate, display and analyse data
•    Understand basic correlation
•    Use measures of central tendency and dispersion
•    Understand probabilities


Mathematics – Number (Mandatory, L2 ungraded, 3 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of basic numerical operations and how to apply these to everyday situations.
•    Understand and use basic operations with whole numbers, integers, factions and decimals
•    Understand and use percentages
•    Apply numerical techniques to deal with figures in everyday situations
•    Understand metric and imperial systems of units
•    Understand and use basic rules for indices and numbers expressed in standard form


Study Skills (Mandatory, L2 ungraded, 6 credits)

To enable learners to
•    Develop the skills to plan their studies and utilise learning resources
•    Develop skills in note-taking and structuring
•    Correctly reference written work


English Language Studies (Mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

This unit allows an academic study of English Language; the characteristics of written and spoken discourse and how they are inextricably linked to historical periods, generational differences and expressions of power.
•    Understand the features of written discourse.
•    Understand how language and usage changes.
•    Understand the different features of spoken discourse


History (Mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

To provide learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the causes and consequences of key historical events.  Additionally, the unit will develop skills in using primary and secondary sources of evidence to evaluate historical events.
•    Understand the cause and consequences of historical events
•    Understand the nature of historical debate
•    Understand the importance and impact of key individuals on historical events
•    Be able to use both Primary and Secondary historical evidence
•    Be able to form judgements and draw conclusions upon the past


Psychology (Mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits) 

To develop learners’ understanding of the scientific nature of psychology and psychological perspectives.  Additionally, the unit enables learners to understand psychological terminology and the ethical issues related to human and animal behaviour.
•    Understand the scientific nature of psychology
•    Understand different psychological perspectives
•    Understand the work of prominent psychologists
•    Understand terminology used in psychology
•    Understand ethical issues in the scientific investigation of human and/or animal behaviour


Sociology (Mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

To develop learners’ understanding of the role of Sociology in modern society using key sociological perspectives and concepts.  Additionally, the unit enables learners to understand and analyse the impact that social change has on social organisations and institutions.
•    Understand sociological perspectives and concepts and the role of Sociology in understanding modern society
•    Understand the theories associated with major social divisions, inequalities, differences and diversity in contemporary society
•    Understand the impact that social change has on social organisations and institutions and on the ordering of people’s lives
•    Be able to construct a social science argument using appropriate concepts, theories and evidence


Sources of Law (Mandatory, L3 graded, 9 credits)

The unit aims to develop the learners’ knowledge and understanding of the main principles of the English legal system. The unit encourages the understanding of the rationale for and the development of law in the English legal system and introduces two main sources of English law; statutory and case law. It also focuses on developing an understanding of the principles of statutory law, how it is applied and interpreted in given situations. 
•    Understand the different sources of English Law 
•    Understand how different types of Law are created 
•    Understand how Statutory Law is interpreted by judges 
•    Understand how to apply the rules of statutory interpretation.