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Humanities Access to Higher Education Diploma

On the Access to Higher Education Humanities pathway you will study history, English language and literature, politics and international relations.

Whilst studying history you will learn about revolutionary Russia and the British Empire. You will be introduced to many great writers such as Shakespeare and Wilfred Owen in your literary studies.

What do I learn?
The core subjects you will study are history, English language and literature, politics and international relations. Through a wide range of teaching methods you will learn about key historical eras such as the Cold War and the British Empire. You will learn the fundamentals of law and look at areas such as contract law and employment law. As part of your literary studies you will learn about the literary greats such as Shakespeare and the war poets. As part of the course your communication, personal and study skills will develop through a common core programme. There will also be the opportunity to gain GCSE English and Maths.

You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Credits are gained for a variety of tasks such as essays, reports, oral presentations and timed assessments. You will be set individual and group assessments giving you the opportunity to prove your ability to plan and deliver independently, and also hone your team working skills. Assessment is via a combination of exams (approximately 30%) and coursework (approximately 70%).
What do I gain?
The course will help develop your critical and analytical skills. Your communication, personal and study skills will also be improved through a common core programme. There will also be the opportunity to gain GCSE English and Maths.

You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education. There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues.

Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications. Almost all our Access students progress to higher education.
What do I need?
Students must be aged 19 or over. No specific qualifications are asked for however a GCSE grade C in English or maths would be beneficial. You will be interviewed and have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3. At your interview you will need to demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve. Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities.
What can I do next?
Students will often progress to study history, law, politics, philosophy, journalism and English-based degrees.

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2AFAXGGP0R Full-time Kings Road, Reading


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Start Date :

Tuesday 04 September 2018

End Date :

Saturday 22 June 2019
1 Year 19 to 23 Concession EU tuition fee : £0.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee : £3,022.00
Fee International : £6,700.00

Please note - Fees may be subject to change


Case Study - Ellie Townsend

Ellie TownsendHumanities Access to HE Diploma

Ellie loves history, but especially the Tudors. As a result she decided to leave her university course, change track and come back to college to get the qualification she needs to study Tudor history instead.

After doing some research on the programmes available, Ellie joined Reading College to study on the Access to Higher Education Diploma Humanities pathway. 

Case Study - Raihana Mahdizada

Raihana MahdizadaHumanities Access to HE Diploma

Raihana is originally from Afghanistan and came to England in 2012. Despite studying business at university for two years in Afghanistan, her wish to study politics and international relations at a UK university had to be put on hold as the universities she approached would not accept her qualifications.

Not to be beaten by this, Raihana researched the best course to get her to university and found the Humanities Access to Higher Education Diploma at Reading College. This pathway included government and politics which was not the case at all the colleges she investigated.

Case study - Callum Ferguson

Humanities Access to HE Diploma

"The Access course focuses on skills which are immediately transferable to undergraduate level study. This gives a fantastic basis for higher education. The course was challenging but richly rewarding. It provided me with a platform to apply for some fantastic courses at five top universities. I eventually decided to take English literature at The University of Manchester."