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Access to Higher Education Diploma (English Studies)
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (English Studies)

  • Gain a firm grasp of language and its uses
  • Learn key narrative elements
  • Study film adaptations, drama and poetry
  • Gain a nationally-recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Learn online to fit around your existing commitments

About your Diploma

Understanding and mastering language helps you to communicate with others, write creatively, understand the nuances of poetry and gain greater insight novels.

You will understand the influences of language, how to analyse text, study evidence, and the textual features of the written form.

These skills will serve you well both at university and in whatever career you choose to pursue after you graduate.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma (English Studies) can prepare you for a number of degrees including English, History and Marketing.

Common careers English graduates pursue are secondary school teacher, copywriter, content writer, editor, proofreader and more.

The ability to construct a well-crafted letter, an engaging piece of copy or an insightful white paper are desirable skills across all industries. Similarly, the demand for great stories, screenplays, poetry and plays has never been higher.

This provides you with the choice of writing the next great British novel or proving an invaluable member of any team you join. Or both!

Getting Started

Access to Higher Education (English Studies) will prepare you for study at university, in addition to providing you with a nationally recognised qualification to improve your job prospects.

The course is developed by subject experts, in conjunction with universities to ensure the material will be of the greatest value to you when you start your degree.

This is Access to Higher Education Diploma is an online course so you can start your studies the same day you enrol. All you need to do is log in to the student portal and all your course material will be there waiting for you. This allows you to study from home or wherever you’re most comfortable. You can learn whenever suits you best giving you the freedom to carry on working and earning while you gain new skills. This flexible learning approach also allows you to complete the course as quickly as you like. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma.

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider, so you can be confident that you will get the support you need to succeed. In addition to our industry-leading learning platform, we’ll also provide you with access to our dedicated team of tutors who will help you throughout your studies as you progress through each academic subject. They will answer questions, mark your assignments and provide detailed feedback.

This will allow you to get the best possible grade and meet your learning goals.

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

Unit 1: Preparing to Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback

 Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 4:  Language, Communication and Communities

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand devices used in oral and written texts
  • Understand factors influencing language
  • Understand the process and effects of community on language

Unit 5: Study of a Novel

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to respond to a novel
  • Know how to demonstrate skills in the analysis of novel writing
  • Understand the contextual aspects of the novel

Unit 6: Industrial change in Britain 1700-1850

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the pattern of industry and urban society c1700-1760
  • Understand the causes and nature of industrial change in Britain c1760-1850
  • Understand the impact of industrial change on British social, economic and political life by 1850

Unit 7: Language Acquisition

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development on children's language
  • Understanding the contrasting views on language acquisition

Unit 8: Short Story

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the narrative elements of the story
  • Understand textual features and language
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text

Unit 9: Social change in Britain 1914-1939

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of World War 1 on British society
  • Understand the social consequences unemployment, housing and health problems during the period 1918-1939
  • Understand the nature and consequences of housing and health problems during the
  • period 1918 – 1939
  • Understand developments in family life and leisure opportunities

Unit 10: Shakespeare

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major themes of a Shakespeare play
  • Understand the plot structure of the play
  • Understand the processes involved in the presentation of the major characters
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the use and dramatic impact of language
  • Show an awareness of critical reading in forming own assessment of the play

Unit 11: Shakespearean Plays

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the techniques of characterisation used by Shakespeare
  • Understand Shakespearean themes and methods
  • Understand the importance of dramatic conventions in Shakespeare’s drama

Unit 12: Understanding Drama

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how an author creates a character
  • Understand the structure of the plot within a drama
  • Understand the part played by language in dramatic effect
  • Understand how a play transfers from page to stage

Unit 13: Film Adaptations of Literary Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the techniques used in translating a section of written narrative into film
  • Understand the production of an outline storyboard and scrip
  • Understand the opportunities presented in text for film adaptation
  • Understand the relative signification processes of written and film texts

Unit 14: Public Health During the 18th & 19th Centuries

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of urban development and public health during the 18th Century
  • Understand the causes and effects of public health problems in the 19th Century
  • Understand the nature and impact of attempts to address public health problems in the 19th Century

Unit 15: Language and Gender

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the features of male and female speech
  • Understand theories and approaches applied to speech

Unit 16: Extended Essay

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to develop and plan an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title
  • Be able to produce an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title

Unit 17: Poetry

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the use of language and poetic techniques
  • Understand the influence of period, context and author

Unit 18: Language and Social Media

  • Understand how language is used in communication by social media
  • Understand how language usage in social media influences language as used in other contexts or in more general discourse

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (English Studies). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included helping you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

 

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (English Studies) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012396)

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (English Studies)

  • Gain a firm grasp of language and its uses
  • Learn key narrative elements
  • Study film adaptations, drama and poetry
  • Gain a nationally-recognised qualification
  • Get university ready within a year
  • Learn online to fit around your existing commitments

About your Diploma

Understanding and mastering language helps you to communicate with others, write creatively, understand the nuances of poetry and gain greater insight novels.

You will understand the influences of language, how to analyse text, study evidence, and the textual features of the written form.

These skills will serve you well both at university and in whatever career you choose to pursue after you graduate.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma (English Studies) can prepare you for a number of degrees including English, History and Marketing.

Common careers English graduates pursue are secondary school teacher, copywriter, content writer, editor, proofreader and more.

The ability to construct a well-crafted letter, an engaging piece of copy or an insightful white paper are desirable skills across all industries. Similarly, the demand for great stories, screenplays, poetry and plays has never been higher.

This provides you with the choice of writing the next great British novel or proving an invaluable member of any team you join. Or both!

Getting Started

Access to Higher Education (English Studies) will prepare you for study at university, in addition to providing you with a nationally recognised qualification to improve your job prospects.

The course is developed by subject experts, in conjunction with universities to ensure the material will be of the greatest value to you when you start your degree.

This is Access to Higher Education Diploma is an online course so you can start your studies the same day you enrol. All you need to do is log in to the student portal and all your course material will be there waiting for you. This allows you to study from home or wherever you’re most comfortable. You can learn whenever suits you best giving you the freedom to carry on working and earning while you gain new skills. This flexible learning approach also allows you to complete the course as quickly as you like. You will be provided with an Individual Learning Plan that outlines the submission deadlines for your assignments to keep you on track throughout your studies. On average, learners take 9 to 12 months to complete their Access to Higher Education Diploma.

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider, so you can be confident that you will get the support you need to succeed. In addition to our industry-leading learning platform, we’ll also provide you with access to our dedicated team of tutors who will help you throughout your studies as you progress through each academic subject. They will answer questions, mark your assignments and provide detailed feedback.

This will allow you to get the best possible grade and meet your learning goals.

Modules

The units are broken down for you here so that you can see what your qualification will include. However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

Unit 1: Preparing to Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback

 Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 4:  Language, Communication and Communities

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand devices used in oral and written texts
  • Understand factors influencing language
  • Understand the process and effects of community on language

Unit 5: Study of a Novel

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to respond to a novel
  • Know how to demonstrate skills in the analysis of novel writing
  • Understand the contextual aspects of the novel

Unit 6: Industrial change in Britain 1700-1850

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the pattern of industry and urban society c1700-1760
  • Understand the causes and nature of industrial change in Britain c1760-1850
  • Understand the impact of industrial change on British social, economic and political life by 1850

Unit 7: Language Acquisition

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development on children's language
  • Understanding the contrasting views on language acquisition

Unit 8: Short Story

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the narrative elements of the story
  • Understand textual features and language
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text

Unit 9: Social change in Britain 1914-1939

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of World War 1 on British society
  • Understand the social consequences unemployment, housing and health problems during the period 1918-1939
  • Understand the nature and consequences of housing and health problems during the
  • period 1918 – 1939
  • Understand developments in family life and leisure opportunities

Unit 10: Shakespeare

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major themes of a Shakespeare play
  • Understand the plot structure of the play
  • Understand the processes involved in the presentation of the major characters
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the use and dramatic impact of language
  • Show an awareness of critical reading in forming own assessment of the play

Unit 11: Shakespearean Plays

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the techniques of characterisation used by Shakespeare
  • Understand Shakespearean themes and methods
  • Understand the importance of dramatic conventions in Shakespeare’s drama

Unit 12: Understanding Drama

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how an author creates a character
  • Understand the structure of the plot within a drama
  • Understand the part played by language in dramatic effect
  • Understand how a play transfers from page to stage

Unit 13: Film Adaptations of Literary Texts

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the techniques used in translating a section of written narrative into film
  • Understand the production of an outline storyboard and scrip
  • Understand the opportunities presented in text for film adaptation
  • Understand the relative signification processes of written and film texts

Unit 14: Public Health During the 18th & 19th Centuries

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature of urban development and public health during the 18th Century
  • Understand the causes and effects of public health problems in the 19th Century
  • Understand the nature and impact of attempts to address public health problems in the 19th Century

Unit 15: Language and Gender

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the features of male and female speech
  • Understand theories and approaches applied to speech

Unit 16: Extended Essay

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to develop and plan an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title
  • Be able to produce an extended essay on a chosen topic relevant to your Diploma title

Unit 17: Poetry

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the use of language and poetic techniques
  • Understand the influence of period, context and author

Unit 18: Language and Social Media

  • Understand how language is used in communication by social media
  • Understand how language usage in social media influences language as used in other contexts or in more general discourse

Requirements

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for learndirect to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (English Studies). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included helping you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

 

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (English Studies) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40012396)

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

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