Access to Humanities
Access to Higher Education
Prepare for higher education study in a wide range of humanities subjects with our Access to Humanities programme.
It's a broad-ranging course for students over 19 and covers English language and literature, history, sociology and psychology.
How you learn
You study using a range of techniques including group work, independent study, research, practical activities and homework. Trips and visits may also form part of the course, depending on the needs of the individual subjects.
What you learn on the course
The subject-specific content is English language and literature, history, sociology and psychology.
You also have the opportunity to gain GCSE-equivalent qualifications in English and maths if you need them for university entry. In addition to the subject modules, you complete a study skills component which includes an extended independent research project.
What you gain from the course
The course develops the skills you need for further academic study such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills including presentation skills.
You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, independence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time.
What you can progress to
Higher education courses in humanities are the obvious next step for successful students. OCVC's students have gone on to excellent universities both near (Oxford Brookes, Ruskin College Oxford, Northampton, Coventry, Warwick and Birmingham) and far. Others have used their qualification and skills to move back into employment.
How you are assessed
Assessment is by course work, practical activities, exams and work completed in class. Depending on your level you may need to study GCSE Maths or English alongside your course. This is examined through course work and external exams.
The course is designed for mature students, over the age of 19, who have been out of full-time education for one or more years would like to go to university but lack the formal qualifications required.
To be accepted onto any one of the Access to HE courses you have to go through an interview process and complete an initial assessment. The interview is a chance for you to discover whether the course is the right one for you and for us to discover whether we feel you can cope with the demands of the course.
We are not looking for formal academic qualifications, but we do need to know that you are motivated and able to express ideas orally and on paper. The course is exciting and fun, but it is challenging and at interview you will need to demonstrate that you have the potential to develop and be successful on a Level 3 programme of study.
The interview process is designed to be informative and take place in a relaxed manner. Although the access course is only one year, you are planning to embark on a further three years of university study. We advise that you have a clear idea of what this entails both academically and financially.
We also advise that you have made some initial decisions about what you would like to study at university before applying for the Access to Humanities course. Individual university offers and entry requirements vary. If possible you will have researched different universities and courses, and checked that the Access to HE Diploma is an appropriate pathway for you.
16-18 fee: £5,688.00
19-23 fees: £1,288.00
24+ loans fee: £3,022.00
19+ concessionary fee: £0.00
19-23 concessionary fee: £0.00