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Access to HE Diploma (Humanities and Social Science) Diploma Specification, Rules of Combination and Approved Units

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Information for learners

Is this the right qualification for you?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities and Social Science) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

It is designed for:

  • adults with an interest in the humanities and/or social sciences,
  • adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to participate in or benefit from initial education;
  • adults from groups under-represented in higher education;
  • adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a humanities and/or social sciences related profession.

Learners primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Humanities and Social Science. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: English Literature, History, Criminology, Psychology, Law, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, Media Studies, Politics, International Relations, Philosophy and a wide range of combined and related degrees.

You can find out more about the Access to HE Diploma in our Guide for Learners and Learner Area.

Where can you study this Access to HE Diploma?

Access to HE Diplomas are delivered by OCN London centres including Further Education Colleges, and Adult and Community Education Centres. The following centres are approved to deliver this qualification:

City & Islington College
City Lit
Croydon College
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
HCUC - Harrow
Kingston College
London South East Colleges – Bexley Campus
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College - Hillcroft Campus
Richmond Upon Thames College
South Thames College
Sutton College

You can find out more about these centres and the Diplomas that they offer by visiting their pages in our Access to HE Course Directory and by contacting them directly.

You can also study for an Access to HE Diploma in Law, Media Studies, Humanities, Social Work, Teacher Training or Social Science.

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How can we deliver this qualification?

You can enquire about becoming an approved centre for delivering Access to HE Diplomas by completing the Centre Approval Enquiry Form.

You can find out more about the delivery of the Access to HE Diploma by reading our Access to HE Brochure and the OCN London Access to HE Diploma Guide.

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