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Ascentis Access to HE Diploma (Humanities) - Evening

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

This course can be used to support entry into higher education or employment. Previous students have gone on to study at a variety of HEI's in the region and across the country. Likely HE courses include: psychology, sociology, social work, history, English, law, government and politics. Please note that completion of the course is not a guarantee of entry onto a degree course, you must apply to higher education through the UCAS system and some higher education institutions may have additional entry requirements.

Overview of the course: 

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The course is the perfect preparation for mature students who want to study an education related degree course. Students undertake a variety of units to prepare them for HE that relate to various pathways – both within, and outside of, education. The first unit of the course focuses on Study Skills and application to university. The course is divided into two semesters which have a range of units in them – you get to choose some of the units you study. Units are graded at either a pass, merit or distinction – the credits available for each unit range between 3 and 9.

Entry requirements: 

As GCSE Maths and English are often a requirement to progress to Higher Education we would prefer you to have passed GCSE in these subjects at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, equivalent level 2 qualifications may be acceptable. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


•Study Skills – helps you plan your time and develop the skills that are essential for success on your access course.
•Exam Technique – helps you maximise your technique for both your Access course and university. The unit also looks at how you can manage exam stress.
•ICT – develops your software skills and how best to utilise programmes to suit the demands of your studies.
•HE Research – prepares you for you university application and how to decide on the best course for you.
•Applied Psychology – theoretical perspectives and the major research methods that are used in the discipline of psychology. Plus the exploration of a variety of concepts including abnormality and behaviour.
•Sociology – covers the role of Sociology in modern society using key sociological perspectives and concepts. Also looks at understanding and analysing the impact that social change has on social organisations and institutions.
•Sociology of Crime and Deviance – key definitions, concepts and theories that explain deviance and criminal behaviour. Plus developing skills in interpreting and evaluating crime statistics and other quantitative evidence associated with deviance as well as the ability to assess reaction to crime from the mass media and other social groups.
•History – develops the necessary skills and knowledge to understand the causes and consequences of key historical events; plus skills in using primary and secondary sources of evidence to evaluate historical
•English Language Studies – involves an academic study of English Language; the characteristics of written and spoken discourse and how they are inextricably linked to historical periods, generational differences and expressions of power.
•English Literature – covers the use of literary terms and definitions, identifying characters, styles and themes within literary works. Plus providing and justifying a personal response to literature - you will cover topics such as ‘The Short Story’, war poetry and drama.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed by a variety of methods which may include: essays, written assignments, seen exams, unseen exams, academic posters, debates, research projects, presentations, analysis of published articles, etc.

Further study options after this course: 

The course can be used to support entry into higher education such as HNC/D, Foundation Degree, Degree at university or college or can also be used to support entry into employment. Before choosing which Access to HE Diploma you would like to study you are advised to research ahead by looking at the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions System) website,

Length of the course: 

One Year, Part Time - Part time evening study consists of two evenings per week (Tues & Thurs) from 6-9pm.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2019 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (17 Jul 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

Students have progressed to a wide range of degree courses including Education, English, Business, History, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Youth and Community Work.

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How to apply: 

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