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Access to HE : Humanities and Social Sciences

Programme Description

The Access to HE qualification is a course tailored for adults who wish to return to education. Maybe it is time for a career change or maybe you did not have the chance to go to university due to family commitments. If you are 18 or over and wish to progress to Higher Education to study social sciences or humanities, then this is the course for you. There are a number of progression routes to HE from this course which include degrees in English Language and Literature; History; Philosophy, Journalism; Media; Social Studies; Psychology, Sociology; Geography; Environmental Studies; Law, Philosophy, Theology, Primary Education, Social Work; Counselling Studies, and Criminology.

NB There is a minimum requirement of volunteering hours expected from applicants into Social Work of up to 300 hours - please seek advice from the university before starting the AHE Humanities and Social Sciences.  You may have to work or volunteer for a year in relevant career before joining the course, to build up the required number of hours of experience.

To succeed on this Access course, students need to be motivated, enthusiastic, able to manage time effectively and be ready to study. 


Programme Features

Access to Humanities and Social Science is ideal for those who wish to study humanities or social science based subjects at university level eg. Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Law, and History.


Progression & Employment

Students who successfully complete the course would be eligible to apply for HND or Degree courses in a related subject area.

Successful Access students from Access@CSG have gone on to study various courses at universities across the UK and have entered graduate programmes after their HE studies in Social Work, local government and Administrative posts in NHS. 

A recent student was successful in securing a place at King’s College University within Media and Journalism after progressing onto the Access course from the Pre-Access/SFFS provision with CSG.

Programme Content

This course has a varied menu of Level 3 (A Level standard) subjects such as English, History, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Extended Project.  These are taught together with core units of Mathematics and Communication & Study Skills to help you prepare for your management of the Diploma, application to UCAS/higher education whilst developing the necessary skills to succeed in Access. 

Programme Assessment

Although achieving the Diploma itself is not dependent on passing an examination, each module will be assessed through a combination of methods:

  • Controlled Assessments (open and closed book)
  • Examinations (open and closed book)
  • Preparing Case studies
  • Essays
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Group debate
  • Evaluative reports
  • Role play
  • Academic posters
  • Creation of fact sheets
  • Newspaper articles or Information leaflets

Programme Entry Requirements

Students will be required to have a C grade at GCSE English and Maths.  All applicants must be 18 before the September start for this course.  A mature, committed, dedicated and resilient attitude is essential as this is a course preparing the students for university and higher education. 

All applicants will have a minimum requirement of 92% attendance each term, and be able to work around work and family commitments.  Applicants will be asked about this when you are invited for interview as it is an important factor in the successful completion of the course.  Failure to meet deadlines and targets may result in students being asked to leave the course.

Applicants without the relevant qualifications, or equivalents, will have to take the SFFS (pre-Access) course first and the relevant GCSEs, as required, to ensure they are able to progress on to the suitable pathway. The SFFS is offered part time in the evenings, or full time over three days on Graig campus