Humanities and Social Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma - CCCG
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Humanities and Social Science - Access to Higher Education Diploma

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Start Date: 02/09/2024
Attendance: Full Time
Location: Victoria Centre
Most suitable for: Adults
Duration: 1 Year
Level: Level 3
Meets on: Multiple days every week ▼


If you would like to study Humanities and Social Sciences subjects (African and Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, Art History, English Literature, 20th Century World History, Politics, Psychology and Sociology) at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE course could be for you.

The Humanities and Social Science Diploma is the most suitable programme to go on to study a degree in subjects such as History, Politics, International Relations, Sociology and Psychology or a related course, at university.

You will learn study skills such as note-taking, essay writing, reading and research, preparation for exams and oral presentation.

You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses.


Students will need to study 3 of the topics listed below:


  • Anthropological Perspectives,
  • Introduction to Anthropology,
  • Medical Anthropology,
  • Fieldwork and Research Methods in Anthropology,
  • Anthropology of Ritual and Rites of Passage.

African and Caribbean Studies

  • Debunking Eurocentric Narratives of Africa
  • Neo Colonialism and Resistance
  • Introduction to Africa and African Studies
  • Windrush and the Notting Hill Riots

Art History

  • Introduction to European Art History  
  • Modernism: Influences and Practices
  • Art in Contemporary Britain

20th Century World History

  • Imperialism and Decolonisation
  • Israel and Palestine
  • History of Immigration and Race Relations in Britain


  • Civil Liberties in Britain
  • Introduction to Political Concepts
  • Political Parties and Pressure Groups


  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Social Research Methods for Psychosocial Studies
  • Aspects of Social Psychology
  • Atypical Development and Abnormal Behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Mental Health and Illness


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Culture and Identity
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Social Inequality


You will need:

  • To be aged 19 or older
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or A*-C); however, you will be considered for the course if you have one GCSE at grade A*-C in Maths or English with the offer of GCSE classes in addition to the course

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.


This course is assessed through coursework assignments, tests and examinations throughout the course, which are set and marked by your teachers and externally moderated by OCN London.

Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on several set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and tests.


Adults - Access to Higher Education

If you will be aged 19 to 23 prior to the start date of your course, and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for a Level 3 entitlement, in which case your study with us will be free. Otherwise, you will have to pay the fees yourself or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.

If you are aged 19-24 and this is your first Level 3 course, you may be eligible for free tuition.

If you are 24 years or older you will need to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it if you complete your University degree course.


Once you have completed your Access to HE course, you can progress to a Higher Education degree at a university or college. 

You should check requirements for specific degree courses - different Higher Education institutions may have different entry requirements for similar courses.


Clare Gorham

Clare started off her career as a commercial painter, painting murals, frescoes and ‘Trompe’L’Oeil’ paintings. Commissions included Europe, The Middle East and The US. She started teaching Contextual Studies in Creative Media, and Art and Design. She then taught A Level Media Theory and is currently teaching Humanities (African and Caribbean studies) at Access Level, Study Skills also at Access Level (commercial and academic writing for Creative and Digital Media) and Art A Level and Art History.

She previously worked as Programme Leader for Broadcasting and Journalism at the University of West London for 8 years, where she was awarded an HEFA (Higher Education Fellowship Award) from the University of West London. She also has a BA in Combined Arts from Brighton University and a CELTA from the British Council Bogota.

Her industry experience includes presenting work for Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, BBC, Carlton, and ITV. Film and documentary work for Channel 4, which includes an Award-winning documentary focusing on adoption called ‘The Colour of Love’, ‘Mission Divine’- a film based in India, and several ‘Travelogue’ films.

Appearances on Radio 4,5, LBC as well as being a freelance journalist, commissioned by The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday and Financial Times, The Voice, The New Nation, Red Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and a stint as editor for ‘Pride’ magazine.

Mary Harrison

Mary has taught in further education for around 25 years, teaching mainly within colleges. This period of teaching has provided her with a wealth of experience.  From BTEC, Access Business, Law, Humanities, Nursing and Engineering, Pre-Access Humanities and Business, Functional Skills to Communications, Higher Education and online sustainability/environmental courses and numerous bolt-on courses that also included personal tutoring and UCAS reference production.

During this period, Mary has embarked on personal study and achieved several postgraduate qualifications and because she continues with her own CPD, she has been able to keep up to date about current issues facing education.  She has been part of and privy to countless moderation processes and has become familiar with awarding body methods. Mary is innovative and creative and these character traits have allowed her to produce interesting and rewarding assignment brief content.  Since her initial educational background stems from an access programme, Mary is aware of the pressures that a condensed 'A' level course can have on our students. Mary's heritage, life experiences and research abilities, give her the ability to offer the teaching and support that the students require.  

The teachers listed may change, these shown are an example of the teachers who teach on these programmes.

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