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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science and Humanities)

Embark on an Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Humanities), and you could be one step closer to achieving an undergraduate degree. This specific qualification offers a balance of sociological, historical, political and psychological units and promises to prepare students for the academic demands of student life. This course is particularly suitable for students with a critical mind and a keen interest in how society functions.

Courses like the Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) have been designed especially for individuals who want to attend university, but do not currently hold the qualifications needed to meet the entry requirements. The course will help students to develop their confidence, hone their writing and research skills and allow them to ease themselves back into education.

Another benefit of studying with Stonebridge is that students don’t have to wait until September to enrol on a course and start studying. We know time is precious and we don’t want to waste it. If you choose us, you can begin studying as soon as you enrol; whether it is September or any other time of the year. Furthermore, when you study with us, you don’t have time-consuming classes to attend. Your entire qualification can be completed from the comfort of your own home. All you will need is access to the internet.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

At Stonebridge, we pride ourselves on offering a student-led experience. This means that your Access to HE Diploma will work around you. Once you have enrolled, we will provide you with access to our online course materials and supply you with all the information you need to get started.

This flexibility is great for learners with busy work and family lives; however some people initially worry about the independence and lack of structure. At Stonebridge, we know this can be daunting, which is why students can get in touch with our tutors. Our experienced tutors will be contactable via phone, our online platform, PEARL and email and will be able to help you with assessments, timetabling and any worries or anxieties concerning your studies. Students will also be able to talk among each other using our unique online platform.

How long it takes you to complete your Access course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your Access course is six months.

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

Your Access to HE Diploma (Social Science and Humanities) combines a number of educational units. For each unit, you will be required to complete an assignment. This assignment will display to us how far you have understood the content. All assessments will be marked by a tutor and returned to you, along with some useful feedback. Once all assessments have been completed and marked, we will be able to award you with a number of credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must earn 60 credits altogether. You should be aware that 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

By the end of your time with Stonebridge, you should feel ready and raring to pursue university level study. If you work hard, your Access to HE Diploma could be your entrance ticket to the university of your choice. In fact, many universities across the UK are especially enthusiastic about admitting students holding this type of qualification. This is because many Access to HE Diploma students have greater life experience and unwavering dedication.

Once you have completed your degree programme, you will have a vast choice of careers or progression opportunities. Social sciences and humanities are relevant in almost every professional field. You could end up working in one of these jobs:

  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Charity work
  • Social and youth work
  • Local government
  • Public Services
  • Human Resources
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We also allow you to choose whether you want to study your course via the traditional paper based method or online study where you have access to all your course materials immediately. When you proceed through the checkout process you will be given the option to select your preferred method of study.

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If you opt to study via the paper based method there is an additional postage charge which will be highlighted during the checkout. (Royal Mail First Class = £10 per course or Royal Mail Second Class = £5 per course).

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, there is Government funding available for doing this course...

You can choose to fund this course privately, yourself, or you could get a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. Stonebridge has partnered with Dimensions Training Solutions, who are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. Through Dimensions Training Solutions, you can access your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, if you meet the criteria. The two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.

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** All Access to Higher Education Diplomas on the Stonebridge website are delivered by Dimensions Training Solutions.

Dimensions Training Solutions are rated "Good" by Ofsted

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