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Access to HE

Access to Higher Education Diploma: Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills for Further Study (Humanities and Social Sciences/Health Science Professions)

Subject Area
Humanities & Social Sciences
Start Date
January 2023
Study Mode
Part-time
Duration
25 Weeks
Entry Requirements
There are no specific entry requirements to study for this Level 2 qualification, however we recruit with integrity on the basis of a student’s ability to contribute to and successfully complete all the requirements of a unit(s) or the full qualification. You must be aged 19+ as from the August before your course starts.
Validated by
Skills and Education Group

This qualification is aimed primarily at students who wish to pursue a career in one of the humanities or social science professions which require academic study at university, but who are not yet ready to study at Level 3. This may be because of gaps in their skills or knowledge, perhaps because their schooling was interrupted or disrupted, or because they are returning to study after bringing up a family. Learners who may be in this position include those who need to:

  • Build a foundation of knowledge and understanding in an unfamiliar academic area
  • Prepare for higher level study after some time away from formal education
  • Build the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding required to progress on to Level 3
  • Achieve an appropriate formal qualification in order to progress to Level 3 study such as an Access to HE Diploma

This course is designed to be delivered alongside GCSEs if required.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study for this Level 2 qualification, however we recruit with integrity on the basis of a student’s ability to contribute to and successfully complete all the requirements of a unit(s) or the full qualification.

You must be aged 19+ as from the August before your course starts.

Teaching methods/course delivery

The programme delivery method includes lectures and seminars, and a good level of student participation is expected.

Attendance is over 1 day per week (Thursdays)

Reasons to choose this course

York College offers all students access to expert staff knowledge and individual support.

The timetable reflects the school academic year.

Course fees & additional costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access additional teaching and learning from home as required for the additional guided learning hours.

How you can progress

Typical progression routes after this qualification include:

  • Access to HE Diploma, then university
  • Access to HE Diploma, then a Higher Apprenticeship

Course modules

Course modules include:

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Exploring Industrialisation in Britain
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Young People, Law and Order
  • Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Poverty in Contemporary Britain

Assessments

The ABC Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills for Further Study in Humanities and Social Sciences is assessed by a variety of tasks which students will complete and build into a portfolio of work as their learning progresses. These may include essays, reports, experiments, tests, presentations or research projects in order to give students experience of the range of methods that will be used to assess their performance when they progress to the Access to HE course.

Facilities

Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Funding

If you are aged 19 to 23, you may qualify for fee remission for an Access course depending on your circumstances. Eligibility for a free course is based on government guidelines and the most up-to-date information is available on our website or from our Funding Team. If you do not qualify for free tuition, you will be able to pay for your tuition fees in instalments and may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Please contact the College Funding Team to enquire about bursary eligibility if you think it may apply to you.

Still have questions? Call 01904 770443 or email funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk

Qualifications

The Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills for Further Study in Humanities and Social Sciences is validated and accredited through the National Awarding Body Skills Education Group (SEG) which is an Access validating agency, licensed and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

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