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Humanities Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)



Humanities Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)

This course has a range of subjects with a wide range of progression options so it is a really good choice if you want to keep your university options open. With units covering literature, law, history, philosophy and business, if you are not yet sure what university course you wish to progress on to you should choose this Humanities Access to HE Diploma. It is the adult equivalent of studying 3 A-Levels.

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Entry requirements 

You must be aged 19 or over to apply and will need to have English Language and maths GCSE at grade 4 (GCSE Grade C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. Applicants may be accepted on the Access Diploma with one of these, subject to a successful interview and entry test to show you are working at level 2. You will have to gain the other level 2 during the same year to progress to university. If your first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

You will also need to have good IT skills as all of your assignments will be carried out using either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You can undertake IT Skills classes at our Learning Centres.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would like to apply to. You will need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE and Functional Skills which you may be able to enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.


Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities

Course content

You will study:

  • An independent Academic research project
  • Literature
  • The Role & Function of Law
  • Employment Law
  • Consumer Law
  • An Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Analysis of a Selected Philosophy
  • The UK Constitution • Historical Concepts – Cause & Consequence • Trigonometry • Globalisation & Development.

Next steps

Course progression:

You could progress on to study degrees in Criminal Justice, History, English Language & Literature, Social Work, Teaching, Law, Public Services, Business, International Relations, Film Studies & Media, Journalism, Philosophy, Social Sciences and many more.

Career progressions:

Career options for the future include working in law, politics, research, public servant roles, journalism, writing, care roles or teaching.

Any questions

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 14/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:45pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: N/A 19+ Yrs: £3384

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.