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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
100% online
learning
19 units
600 notional
learning hours
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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 ideologies, 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 a year to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9 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%

Modules

Unit 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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

Unit 4: Understanding Crime & Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance
Unit 5: Study of a Novel
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to respond to a novel
  • Understand the use of literary techniques in the novel
  • 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 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 8: 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, housing and health problems during the period 1918-1939
  • Understand developments in family life and leisure opportunities
Unit 9: 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
  • Be able to produce an outline storyboard and script
  • Understand the opportunities presented in text for film adaptation
  • Understand the relative signification processes of written and film texts
Unit 10: Social Relationships
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand narrative elements of the story
  • Understand textual features and language
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text

Unit 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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
Unit 14: 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
  • Understand how language is used to create dramatic impact
  • Understand the social and historical implications of the play
Unit 15: Psychobiology of Stress 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress

Unit 16: 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
Unit 17: Language and Social Media
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how language is used in communication by social media
  • Understand the impact of social media on language
Unit 18: Introduction to Political Ideologies
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by a political ideology
  • Understand the different types of political ideologies
  • Understand the value of political ideologies
Unit 19: Understanding Poverty
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

 

Entry 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.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions here

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.

  • SALE Savings End Midnight Wednesday 30th November
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Wednesday 30th November
RECOMMENDED OPTION
Add GCSE English Language and Maths - save 5% buying as a bundle

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 ideologies, 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 a year to complete this course, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9 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

Unit 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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

Unit 4: Understanding Crime & Deviance

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand explanations of crime and deviance
  • Understand theories of crime and deviance
  • Understand perceptions of crime and deviance
Unit 5: Study of a Novel
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to respond to a novel
  • Understand the use of literary techniques in the novel
  • 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 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 8: 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, housing and health problems during the period 1918-1939
  • Understand developments in family life and leisure opportunities
Unit 9: 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
  • Be able to produce an outline storyboard and script
  • Understand the opportunities presented in text for film adaptation
  • Understand the relative signification processes of written and film texts
Unit 10: Social Relationships
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand narrative elements of the story
  • Understand textual features and language
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text

Unit 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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
Unit 14: 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
  • Understand how language is used to create dramatic impact
  • Understand the social and historical implications of the play
Unit 15: Psychobiology of Stress 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand common physiological and psychological responses to stress
  • Understand the relationship between stress and illness
  • Understand methods used to reduce stress

Unit 16: 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
Unit 17: Language and Social Media
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how language is used in communication by social media
  • Understand the impact of social media on language
Unit 18: Introduction to Political Ideologies
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by a political ideology
  • Understand the different types of political ideologies
  • Understand the value of political ideologies
Unit 19: Understanding Poverty
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand definitions of poverty
  • Understand ways of measuring poverty
  • Understand the extent of poverty in contemporary Britain
  • Understand explanations of poverty

 

Entry 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.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions here

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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