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

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

This Course at a Glance

  • Examine the origins of humanity and culture 
  • Work towards a career in law, politics, writing or the arts
  • Develop skills in persuasion, argument building and logical thinking 
  • 100% online – no classes
  • Qualification possible within a year
  • Study a degree without A Levels
  • No exams

About your Diploma

If you would class yourself as a history enthusiast, and the origins of humanity, culture and language intrigue you, you can indulge your interests by studying humanities.
 
When you think of how humans have evolved in separate nations and communities all over the globe, it begs the question of how they made sense of the world prior to having access to the research and information we have today. 
 
By studying the numerous moral, intellectual and spiritual perspectives different groups hold, and the external influences that have shaped them, we can better understand how they came to make judgements and decisions throughout history. All of this enables us to answer questions about the human race, past and present, from a more educated standpoint. 
 
Understanding why people think and act the way they do is an incredibly desirable trait, something which employers in marketing, politics and the legal sector are crying out for.
 
By completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities), you will gain a regulated qualification that allows you to study humanities at university. After which, you will have a higher level academic qualification that enables you to pursue people-centric roles in a variety of professions.
 
During your Access to HE Diploma, you will examine many elements of human culture and behaviours, from crime and deviance to the impact social changes have had on societies. The course also teaches you about political ideologies, the role of the media in human behaviours and perspectives, as well as the factors that affect language internationally.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification, that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
You can complete this course over one year, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. Being an online course, it also enables you to 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. 

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

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: 40013224). 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 to gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have 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. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. 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 University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

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.

 

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. Stonebridge Associated Colleges 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. You can purchase course extensions.

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

 

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

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Access to Higher Education Diplomas
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

This Course at a Glance

  • Examine the origins of humanity and culture 
  • Work towards a career in law, politics, writing or the arts
  • Develop skills in persuasion, argument building and logical thinking 
  • 100% online – no classes
  • Qualification possible within a year
  • Study a degree without A Levels
  • No exams

About your Diploma

If you would class yourself as a history enthusiast, and the origins of humanity, culture and language intrigue you, you can indulge your interests by studying humanities.
 
When you think of how humans have evolved in separate nations and communities all over the globe, it begs the question of how they made sense of the world prior to having access to the research and information we have today. 
 
By studying the numerous moral, intellectual and spiritual perspectives different groups hold, and the external influences that have shaped them, we can better understand how they came to make judgements and decisions throughout history. All of this enables us to answer questions about the human race, past and present, from a more educated standpoint. 
 
Understanding why people think and act the way they do is an incredibly desirable trait, something which employers in marketing, politics and the legal sector are crying out for.
 
By completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities), you will gain a regulated qualification that allows you to study humanities at university. After which, you will have a higher level academic qualification that enables you to pursue people-centric roles in a variety of professions.
 
During your Access to HE Diploma, you will examine many elements of human culture and behaviours, from crime and deviance to the impact social changes have had on societies. The course also teaches you about political ideologies, the role of the media in human behaviours and perspectives, as well as the factors that affect language internationally.
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider. Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities) is a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification, that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
You can complete this course over one year, but the flexibility of online learning means most of our students finish their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months. Being an online course, it also enables you to 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. 
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities)

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: 40013224). 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 to gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have 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. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. 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 University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

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.

 

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

 

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

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