Social Science Access Course | Humanities Access Course | Learndirect | learndirect
Sign Up To Our Newsletter

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

learndirect Trustpilot review stars
learndirect Trustpilot review stars

Overview

If you have been looking for a humanities and social science access course that can lead you straight through to university, look no further. Our Access to HE Diploma is the perfect social science course to help you unlock a rewarding career in a range of fields, from sociology to history, politics to psychology.

By studying Access to HE humanities, you will have the chance to sample a range of different topics so that you can decide which field is suitable for you and what you want to explore further at university. With units on the political system, psychology, concepts of neuroscience, crime and deviance, history and public policy, this qualification will get you ready for any degree in humanities. Social science access courses are ideal for people with a critical mind and a keen interest in how societies function.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to prepare you for the challenges of academic study. Widely accepted by universities as alternative qualifications to A-levels, the Access to HE Diploma will get you ready for independent study with modules on academic writing, research and assignment preparation.

As soon as you enrol on an access course with learndirect, you will be given access to all learning materials so that you can start learning straight away. Unlike other courses that have a set enrolment date, there is no need for you to wait to start studying: enrolment is open all year round. Plus, you can complete this qualification in as little as 6 months or pace your studies over 18 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.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the support you will receive from the learndirect team will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

The course fully prepares you for the university application process and the transition from home study to undergraduate-level education. Once you have graduated from a social science or humanities-based degree programme, you will have the skills to enter into a spectrum of professions, including politics, law, human resources (HR) and social work, amongst others.

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: Independent research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Module 5: 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 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application
  • Understand personal HE opportunities
  • Understand the financial implications of further study
  • Know how to apply for a course

Module 7: 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 8: 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 9: Britain & Europe

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand why the EEC was established and why Britain’s attitude towards it changed
  • Understand the development of the political parties’ views on Europe
  • Understand how the structures of the EU work
  • Understand the impact of EU membership on British politics and the future prospects for the EU

Module 10: 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 11: The brain & nervous system   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

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:  Introduction to sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution

Module 14:  Sociology of education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socialising agency
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy

Module 15:  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 16:  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 17: 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

Module 18: Introduction to political ideologies

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by a political ideology
  • Understand the functions of political ideologies
  • Understand the different types of political ideologies
  • Understand the value of political ideologies

Module 19: 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 20:  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

Requirements

If you are considering to start an Access to Higher Education Diploma, you will need 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.

While every care has been taken to ensure our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees and be suitable to the UCAS application process, each university has different admission requirements. It is worth checking with the institution of your choice to avoid disappointment. 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 Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
     
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
     
  5. Learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and 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 students fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

As you progress through the Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) you will be required to complete an assignment for each unit. By looking at each submitted assignment, we will be able to monitor how far you have understood the content. A tutor will mark all assignments and return these to you along with some useful and constructive feedback. You will be awarded with a number of credits once all your assignments have been completed and marked.

In order to successfully complete the Access to HE Diploma you must earn 60 credits altogether. Note that 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content.  The ungraded units consist of the remaining 15 credits. These are included to help you to develop your study skills effectively.

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 (Social Sciences and Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40008873). 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.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

If you have been looking for a humanities and social science access course that can lead you straight through to university, look no further. Our Access to HE Diploma is the perfect social science course to help you unlock a rewarding career in a range of fields, from sociology to history, politics to psychology.

By studying Access to HE humanities, you will have the chance to sample a range of different topics so that you can decide which field is suitable for you and what you want to explore further at university. With units on the political system, psychology, concepts of neuroscience, crime and deviance, history and public policy, this qualification will get you ready for any degree in humanities. Social science access courses are ideal for people with a critical mind and a keen interest in how societies function.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to prepare you for the challenges of academic study. Widely accepted by universities as alternative qualifications to A-levels, the Access to HE Diploma will get you ready for independent study with modules on academic writing, research and assignment preparation.

As soon as you enrol on an access course with learndirect, you will be given access to all learning materials so that you can start learning straight away. Unlike other courses that have a set enrolment date, there is no need for you to wait to start studying: enrolment is open all year round. Plus, you can complete this qualification in as little as 6 months or pace your studies over 18 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.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the support you will receive from the learndirect team will give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of achieving a university degree.

The course fully prepares you for the university application process and the transition from home study to undergraduate-level education. Once you have graduated from a social science or humanities-based degree programme, you will have the skills to enter into a spectrum of professions, including politics, law, human resources (HR) and social work, amongst others.

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: Independent research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Module 5: 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 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application
  • Understand personal HE opportunities
  • Understand the financial implications of further study
  • Know how to apply for a course

Module 7: 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 8: 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 9: Britain & Europe

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand why the EEC was established and why Britain’s attitude towards it changed
  • Understand the development of the political parties’ views on Europe
  • Understand how the structures of the EU work
  • Understand the impact of EU membership on British politics and the future prospects for the EU

Module 10: 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 11: The brain & nervous system   

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the major sub divisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons

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:  Introduction to sociology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sociological approach and its distinction from common sense and other social sciences
  • Understand basic concepts in sociological explanation
  • Understand contrasting sociological perspectives
  • Understand concepts and perspectives relating to a specific social institution

Module 14:  Sociology of education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socialising agency
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy

Module 15:  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 16:  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 17: 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

Module 18: Introduction to political ideologies

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is meant by a political ideology
  • Understand the functions of political ideologies
  • Understand the different types of political ideologies
  • Understand the value of political ideologies

Module 19: 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 20:  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

Requirements

If you are considering to start an Access to Higher Education Diploma, you will need 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.

While every care has been taken to ensure our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a wide range of university degrees and be suitable to the UCAS application process, each university has different admission requirements. It is worth checking with the institution of your choice to avoid disappointment. 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 Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
     
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
     
  5. Learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A – C in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and 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 students fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Assessment

As you progress through the Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) you will be required to complete an assignment for each unit. By looking at each submitted assignment, we will be able to monitor how far you have understood the content. A tutor will mark all assignments and return these to you along with some useful and constructive feedback. You will be awarded with a number of credits once all your assignments have been completed and marked.

In order to successfully complete the Access to HE Diploma you must earn 60 credits altogether. Note that 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content.  The ungraded units consist of the remaining 15 credits. These are included to help you to develop your study skills effectively.

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 (Social Sciences and Humanities) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40008873). 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.

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

Need proof of your English and Maths skills? Want to catch up and learn more English and Maths? You can for free when you sign up to this learndirect course.

Enrol now Call us