Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

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Flexible Payment Options

You can enrol today from as little as £9.99 and not pay any course fees until . What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

OFFER ENDS

Tuesday 19th of October

Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
100% online
learning
19 units
600 notional
learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the human race and different cultures
  • Pursue careers that require knowledge of human behaviour
  • Develop creative thinking, writing and critical reading skills
  • Average completion time 9-12 months
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Studied entirely online
  • No exams

About your Diploma

 
If you find the history of people, language, and culture intriguing, you can study the origins of human communities around the world in one academic subject, and progress into a career that indulges these interests. 
 
Humanities is a field of study that helps us understand how people all over the globe have made sense of the world over time. It does so by delving into the many moral, intellectual and spiritual perspectives different groups hold, to help us have a more informed view when we answer questions about the human race.
 
By completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) you will explore numerous aspects of human culture and behaviours, from crime and deviance to the impact social changes have had on societies. 
 
You will cover political parties, the role the media plays in affecting human behaviours and shaping perspectives, as well as the devices used in oral and written texts internationally.
 
With all of this knowledge, you will be well equipped to obtain the qualifications that will allow you to enter jobs in the fields of arts, writing, psychology and politics.
In fact, as your Access to HE Diploma qualification provides the equivalent of three A Levels, you can use this qualification to gain entry to your chosen university, should they accept them.
 

Getting Started

 
learndirect is a leading UK online learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
You have up to two years to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. So, you can study from the comfort of home and around your existing commitments. 
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. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.
OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

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 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   

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
  • Understanding 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 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.

 

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: Political Representation – 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 welfare state
  • 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
If you’re ready to take the next step, you can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma today. But by the time you apply to university, you’ll also need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above to fulfil the entry requirements.
 
If you don’t have these right now, you can work towards them while you complete your Access to HE Diploma. This is something that many of our learners do successfully to ensure their university application criteria is met well ahead of applying. 
 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
 
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • 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 C/4 in Maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills)
 
It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with 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 (Humanities). 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 to help 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 (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.

With the breadth of knowledge and transferable skills you will gain in your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) and a subsequent degree in humanities, you will be well equipped for a host of fascinating careers that rely on your understanding of people. 
 
Besides your insight into the way people think and operate, you will have gained a rhetoric education that will have equipped you with many desirable skills. This includes the ability to write and speak well, form persuasive arguments, be able to create effective written pieces and presentations, have logical thinking and confidence in building cases on controversial subjects. 
 
Your qualifications, coupled with these skills can help you pursue a career as a:
 
  • Teacher
  • Social Researcher
  • Lawyer
  • Public Administrator
  • Journalist
  • People Professional
  • Museum Education Officer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Lobbyist
 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
As in any career, there is always additional learning you can undertake to progress or move into a specialist area. Depending on the career path you work towards with your humanities degree, you could advance your skills with courses in:
 
  • Criminal Psychology
  • The People Profession
  • Freelance Journalism
  • Understanding Body Language
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Foundations of English Law
  • Education and Training

 

Should you decide to embark on postgraduate studies in Humanities, you could even become a lecturer of the subject yourself in universities.

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

This Course at a Glance

  • Study the human race and different cultures
  • Pursue careers that require knowledge of human behaviour
  • Develop creative thinking, writing and critical reading skills
  • Average completion time 9-12 months
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Studied entirely online
  • No exams

About your Diploma

 
If you find the history of people, language, and culture intriguing, you can study the origins of human communities around the world in one academic subject, and progress into a career that indulges these interests. 
 
Humanities is a field of study that helps us understand how people all over the globe have made sense of the world over time. It does so by delving into the many moral, intellectual and spiritual perspectives different groups hold, to help us have a more informed view when we answer questions about the human race.
 
By completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) you will explore numerous aspects of human culture and behaviours, from crime and deviance to the impact social changes have had on societies. 
 
You will cover political parties, the role the media plays in affecting human behaviours and shaping perspectives, as well as the devices used in oral and written texts internationally.
 
With all of this knowledge, you will be well equipped to obtain the qualifications that will allow you to enter jobs in the fields of arts, writing, psychology and politics.
In fact, as your Access to HE Diploma qualification provides the equivalent of three A Levels, you can use this qualification to gain entry to your chosen university, should they accept them.
 

Getting Started

 
learndirect is a leading UK online learning provider. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
You have up to two years to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. So, you can study from the comfort of home and around your existing commitments. 
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. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities. It’s always best to check with your chosen institution that your qualification will be accepted before enrolling on a course.

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 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   

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
  • Understanding 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 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.

 

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: Political Representation – 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 welfare state
  • 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’re ready to take the next step, you can start your Access to Higher Education Diploma today. But by the time you apply to university, you’ll also need to have a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above to fulfil the entry requirements.
 
If you don’t have these right now, you can work towards them while you complete your Access to HE Diploma. This is something that many of our learners do successfully to ensure their university application criteria is met well ahead of applying. 
 
It must be reiterated that each university will set its own admission criteria. So, you must check with your desired institution if your Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications will be accepted. 
 
In many cases, to get started on a degree you will need:
 
  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade 
  • 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 C/4 in Maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills)
 
It is your responsibility to check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of these entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect will not be held accountable if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with 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 (Humanities). 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 to help 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 (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.

With the breadth of knowledge and transferable skills you will gain in your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) and a subsequent degree in humanities, you will be well equipped for a host of fascinating careers that rely on your understanding of people. 
 
Besides your insight into the way people think and operate, you will have gained a rhetoric education that will have equipped you with many desirable skills. This includes the ability to write and speak well, form persuasive arguments, be able to create effective written pieces and presentations, have logical thinking and confidence in building cases on controversial subjects. 
 
Your qualifications, coupled with these skills can help you pursue a career as a:
 
  • Teacher
  • Social Researcher
  • Lawyer
  • Public Administrator
  • Journalist
  • People Professional
  • Museum Education Officer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Lobbyist
 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
As in any career, there is always additional learning you can undertake to progress or move into a specialist area. Depending on the career path you work towards with your humanities degree, you could advance your skills with courses in:
 
  • Criminal Psychology
  • The People Profession
  • Freelance Journalism
  • Understanding Body Language
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Foundations of English Law
  • Education and Training

 

Should you decide to embark on postgraduate studies in Humanities, you could even become a lecturer of the subject yourself in universities.

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)
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