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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

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Overview

  • Sample different areas of study including history, politics and criminology
  • Ideal for individuals with a critical mind
  • Gives you the flexibility to choose the degree that’s right for you
  • Complete this Access to Higher Education Diploma in as little as 6 months
  • Allows access to a wide range of education-related degrees
  • Get to university without A-Levels


About the Diploma

Broaden your horizons by studying our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities).

Humanities as a subject covers a wide range of topics. Taking a broad look at society humanities encapsulates crime and deviance, politics, psychology, social change and more beyond.

Studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) provides you with a solid understanding of all of these areas of human society.

The breadth of subject matter covered in the diploma gives you the flexibility to choose the degree that suits your skills and interests. This opens a host of employment opportunities in the long-term.

Accepted by most UK universities, Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a recognised alternative to A-levels. The courses have also been designed specifically to prepare you for the challenges of academic study.


Commencing Studies

learndirect is a distance learning college so there are no physical classes to attend. This allows you to fit your Access to HE Diploma around your work and homelife commitments.

Upon enrolment on to the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities), you will be provided with all the learning materials via our online portal.

This will allow you to start your learning at a time that suits you. There is no set start date and you have up to two years to gain your diploma.

If you’re in a rush, the course can be completed in as little as 6 months. Although the average is 8-9 months.

Our dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way and address any questions you may have. You will also receive feedback on your progress and guidance on your assessments, study plans and anything else that may help you achieve your full potential on your learning journey.

Modules

Module 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.

Module 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

Module 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.

 

Module 4: Introduction to Psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

 

Module 5:  Understanding Crime & Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Know theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

 

Module 6: 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 of unemployment 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, leisure opportunities and living standards

 

Module 7: Understanding Drama

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Module 8: Political parties

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of political parties in the British Political System
  • Understand the difference between a single party, dominant party, two-party and multi-party system
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Labour Party
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Conservative Party
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Liberal Democrats and the Minor Parties

 

Module 9:  Sociology of Mass Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the patterns of ownership and control of the mass media.
  • Understand the role of the mass media.
  • Understand the process of selection and presentation of the news.
  • Understand how media stereotypes are presented.

 

Module 10:  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

 

Module 11:  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

 

Module 12: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues.

 

Module 13: 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

 

Module 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

 

Module 15: Prime Ministers, Ministers & Civil Servants

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Cabinet Government’
  • Understand the extent to which Britain has moved to a system of ‘Prime Ministerial Government’
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Ministers
  • Understand the role of Civil Servants and their channels of influence
  • Understand how the position of the Civil Service has changed over the past 20 years

 

Module 16:  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

 

 

Module 17: The origins of the welfare state

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term social welfare
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address

 

Module 18:  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

 

Module 19: Imperialism in the late 19th century

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of economics in late 19th century imperialism
  • Understand the Political importance of late 19th century imperialism
  • Understand the effect of late 19th century imperialism on the continent of Africa

Requirements

If you wish to start an Access to HE Diploma, please note you should hold GCSEs in maths and English (or equivalent qualifications) at grade C or above.  You can also have a relevant NVQ at Level 2. This requirement is common for attending most universities and studying on many degree programmes.

While our Access to Higher Education Diploma fulfills entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees, according to the UCAS admission process, each university has its own entry requirements. Some of the entry criteria include but are not limited to:

●      A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction

●      A face-to-face interview at the university

●      Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university

●      Course-related work placements or work experience

●      GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) or a full level 2 NVQ qualification in a related subject

We encourage our students to check with the institution of their choice to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for conducting this preliminary research to ensure their course meets the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

Each Access to Higher Education Diploma contains accessible, interactive study materials that will help you learn easily. At the end of each unit, you will complete an assignment, which has been designed to test your knowledge. Your tutor will then mark the papers and provide you with essential feedback for your progress.

In order to achieve this Access to HE Diploma, you will need 60 credits that are split into 45 credits based on graded units of academic subject content, while 15 credits come from ungraded units, intended to strengthen your academic study skills.

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 (Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40008824).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

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.

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.

Developing your career

Your Access to HE Diploma will serve as the foundation of your university education, leading to exciting new career opportunities.

The learndirect team will do all we can to support you in your studies to give you the very best chance of success.

The course fully prepares you for the university application process and the transition from home study to undergraduate-level education including the option to gain a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Upon completion of your degree you will have the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Or you have the opportunity to go on to further study such as a Master’s or PGCE.

Hear from our past Students

  • Sample different areas of study including history, politics and criminology
  • Ideal for individuals with a critical mind
  • Gives you the flexibility to choose the degree that’s right for you
  • Complete this Access to Higher Education Diploma in as little as 6 months
  • Allows access to a wide range of education-related degrees
  • Get to university without A-Levels


About the Diploma

Broaden your horizons by studying our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities).

Humanities as a subject covers a wide range of topics. Taking a broad look at society humanities encapsulates crime and deviance, politics, psychology, social change and more beyond.

Studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) provides you with a solid understanding of all of these areas of human society.

The breadth of subject matter covered in the diploma gives you the flexibility to choose the degree that suits your skills and interests. This opens a host of employment opportunities in the long-term.

Accepted by most UK universities, Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a recognised alternative to A-levels. The courses have also been designed specifically to prepare you for the challenges of academic study.


Commencing Studies

learndirect is a distance learning college so there are no physical classes to attend. This allows you to fit your Access to HE Diploma around your work and homelife commitments.

Upon enrolment on to the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities), you will be provided with all the learning materials via our online portal.

This will allow you to start your learning at a time that suits you. There is no set start date and you have up to two years to gain your diploma.

If you’re in a rush, the course can be completed in as little as 6 months. Although the average is 8-9 months.

Our dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way and address any questions you may have. You will also receive feedback on your progress and guidance on your assessments, study plans and anything else that may help you achieve your full potential on your learning journey.

Modules

Module 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.

Module 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 concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

Module 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.

 

Module 4: Introduction to Psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of research in psychology
  • Understand the main approaches in psychology
  • Understand ethical issues in psychological research

 

Module 5:  Understanding Crime & Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Know theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance

 

Module 6: 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 of unemployment 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, leisure opportunities and living standards

 

Module 7: Understanding Drama

On completion of this unit you will:

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

 

Module 8: Political parties

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of political parties in the British Political System
  • Understand the difference between a single party, dominant party, two-party and multi-party system
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Labour Party
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Conservative Party
  • Understand the development, policies and structure of the Liberal Democrats and the Minor Parties

 

Module 9:  Sociology of Mass Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the patterns of ownership and control of the mass media.
  • Understand the role of the mass media.
  • Understand the process of selection and presentation of the news.
  • Understand how media stereotypes are presented.

 

Module 10:  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

 

Module 11:  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

 

Module 12: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand research in an area of cognitive psychology
  • Understand how the findings of research into cognitive processes can be applied to real-life issues.

 

Module 13: 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

 

Module 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

 

Module 15: Prime Ministers, Ministers & Civil Servants

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Cabinet Government’
  • Understand the extent to which Britain has moved to a system of ‘Prime Ministerial Government’
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Ministers
  • Understand the role of Civil Servants and their channels of influence
  • Understand how the position of the Civil Service has changed over the past 20 years

 

Module 16:  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

 

 

Module 17: The origins of the welfare state

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term social welfare
  • Know the purpose of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act and its effects on society
  • Explain and discuss early twentieth century Liberal Reforms and their effect on society
  • Recognise the significance of the Beveridge Report
  • Recognise the social problems which the Welfare State attempted to address

 

Module 18:  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

 

Module 19: Imperialism in the late 19th century

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of economics in late 19th century imperialism
  • Understand the Political importance of late 19th century imperialism
  • Understand the effect of late 19th century imperialism on the continent of Africa

Requirements

If you wish to start an Access to HE Diploma, please note you should hold GCSEs in maths and English (or equivalent qualifications) at grade C or above.  You can also have a relevant NVQ at Level 2. This requirement is common for attending most universities and studying on many degree programmes.

While our Access to Higher Education Diploma fulfills entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees, according to the UCAS admission process, each university has its own entry requirements. Some of the entry criteria include but are not limited to:

●      A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction

●      A face-to-face interview at the university

●      Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university

●      Course-related work placements or work experience

●      GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) or a full level 2 NVQ qualification in a related subject

We encourage our students to check with the institution of their choice to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for conducting this preliminary research to ensure their course meets the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

Each Access to Higher Education Diploma contains accessible, interactive study materials that will help you learn easily. At the end of each unit, you will complete an assignment, which has been designed to test your knowledge. Your tutor will then mark the papers and provide you with essential feedback for your progress.

In order to achieve this Access to HE Diploma, you will need 60 credits that are split into 45 credits based on graded units of academic subject content, while 15 credits come from ungraded units, intended to strengthen your academic study skills.

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 (Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: 40008824).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

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.

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.

Your Access to HE Diploma will serve as the foundation of your university education, leading to exciting new career opportunities.

The learndirect team will do all we can to support you in your studies to give you the very best chance of success.

The course fully prepares you for the university application process and the transition from home study to undergraduate-level education including the option to gain a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Upon completion of your degree you will have the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Or you have the opportunity to go on to further study such as a Master’s or PGCE.

Hear from our past Students

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