The Access to Higher Education Diploma course has completely transformed the lives of thousands of adults. If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification, here is an opportunity to return to study and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
The aim of the course is to provide you with a route into higher education at university or college. Hundreds of former students have gone on to higher education courses at both our own University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere, showing that the course is successfully preparing students for the next stage in their education.
The qualification is a full-time course equivalent of two to three A Levels and takes one year to complete.
Studying English Literature allows students to analyse and research plays, poetry, short stories and in terms of subject, genre, history and technique. The course explores the Gothic genre in detail and develops analytical skills needed to understand, contextualise and interpret texts.
Studying English Literature is excellent for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching, those looking to further their studies in literature and those who wish to develop their understanding of how literature works.
You will study the history and culture of Victorian Britain, one of dramatic political and social change. From the remarkable changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution to the increase in political engagement and activism, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of key social, cultural and political events. You will study the emergence and plight of the working classes, Victorian literature and art, and the changing nature of the family in Victorian Britain.
You will develop the analytical skills needed to interpret and write about the past. Studying history is an excellent option for those wishing to better understand the past, or to develop their reading and writing skills.
The aim of this course is to introduce you to some important philosophical ideas and debates. The questions dealt with in philosophy are of interest to all those concerned with human beings and the human condition. Is killing always wrong? What is a good society? Are we free? Is it ever justified to break the law? Do animals think? Of what can I be certain? Is there a printed page before my eyes?
During the course, you will study branches of philosophy including Ethics, Politics and set text. You will be encouraged to think philosophically and develop your ability to analyse, reason and carry out some independent research.
The pattern of assessment will provide an opportunity to explore issues and areas of personal interest. There are no agreed answers and conclusions in philosophy so you will be prepared to think in new ways and question received opinion.
Your studies will focus on planning, developing and structuring essay materials; the use of appropriate terminology and referencing. These skills you develop will complement your essay based studies
This part of the course focuses on developing the practical skills you will use on a higher education course; including essay writing, referencing and effective note-taking.
You will receive all the help you need with university applications and study support in a weekly tutorial, which also gives you the chance to talk to your tutor about your academic progress and plans for university.
After successfully completing the diploma you will be prepared for studying a university-level (higher education) course at university or college.
This diploma is suitable for you if you are pursuing a career in the areas below (after graduating from a relevant higher education course):
This course is designed for mature students, aged 19 or over, who have had sufficient life or work experience between leaving school and starting the diploma.
To make sure this is the right course for you, acceptance onto the diploma is based on aptitude and commitment following an interview and assessment.
You will need an English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above.
It is also strongly advised that you contact the university or teaching institution, you wish to attend after completion of this course and check what their exact GCSE requirements are for your chosen degree. Every university admission policy is different so its worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs.
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After studying this course I've learned as much about myself personally, how I like to study and learn, what my values are, and how to take care of myself. It's very encouraging for my mental health.Abi Access to HE Humanities