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Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Humanities

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Course Description

Access courses are designed for students who want a fast track route to university or to progress into careers and vocations that require higher level qualifications. Access courses have featured at Hopwood Hall for many years – changing the lives of many students. We’re also proud to say that our achievement and success rates are amongst the best in the country.

There are six ‘pathways’ on the Level 3 programme tailored to different career/ Higher Education areas. These are:

  • Business Professions
  • Health and Caring Professions
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Public Services and Allied Professions
  • Sport and Exercise

There are slightly different entry criteria for each pathway which reflects the requirements of differing Higher Education degree programmes. All pathways have mandatory units in Academic Essay Writing and Research Skills.

Please be aware that successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma does not guarantee a place at university.


Open Awards Access to HE Diploma – Humanities


£620-£3,400 per year

Entry Requirements

Immediate entry to the one-year Level 3 Access to HE Diploma offers students who have already attained sufficient GCSE qualifications the quickest route to university. Usually this means students must have attained 4 GCSEs grade A-C/9-4, including English and Maths. Science is usually required for health related courses.


Our humanities pathways offer students a route into a variety of Higher Education courses and careers. Both pathways are suitable for students who may be undecided on their future career but who nevertheless may wish to undertake a single or joint honours degree in a specific humanities subject, such as Psychology, History or English.

The humanities pathway is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching, Local Government and other similar professions whereas the public services and allied professions pathway prepares students for careers in social work, law, probation, counselling, psychology and related fields.

Course content:

  • English
  • History
  • Criminology

The Access programme requires attendance for 14 hours a week over 34 weeks. Level 3 students can, in some cases, combine evening with daytime study depending on their chosen pathway.

Work Experience

There are no formal work experience requirements on this course.


The Access to HE Diploma offers students a way to gain the qualifications needed to enter Higher Education and gain a degree, helping enter their chosen career.

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