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Access to Higher Education: Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences, as validated by CAVA, is a qualification which prepares students aged 19 years and over, without relevant qualifications, for study at degree level. You will be able to choose three main subjects from the following list:

Cultural studies: Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary subject that marries together the concerns of English literature, Sociology, History, Media and Film studies.

English: This subject covers a broad range of literature, varied in style, period and subject matter. You will be introduced to the skills of close reading and to the procedures of literary analysis.

Criminology: Applies a variety of theoretical approaches to understanding criminal behaviour. This subject will explore Theories of Crime, Treating Crime, Forensic techniques and the Psychology of the courtroom. Students will benefit from an awareness of current and historical issues surrounding incarceration and rehabilitation versus retribution.

History: The history units will provide you with the skills necessary to investigate the social, economic, and political factors which shape specific historical contexts. The units studied include: Period Study, The Reformation in England, and The Russian Revolution.

Psychology: Psychology is a social science concerned with the study of human experience. You will study abnormal Psychology, issues surrounding Conformity and Obedience and have a good grounding in the theoretical and methodological.

Sociology: Sociology is the study of individuals and groups within Society. You will study social inequality, theoretical and methodological approaches within sociology. This subject focuses upon debates and issues concerning contemporary global society.

The course will be delivered over 2.5 days a week. Depending on the subjects studied and will be classroom based. Lecturers will use a variety of teaching methods to prepare students for degree level study.

Why Our College?

Developed with employers and progression in mind

All courses have been developed with employers and progression in mind, and many are part of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership's 10 priority sectors

Widely recognised by Universities

Access to Higher Education courses are widely recognised by UK universities and colleges, 24,000 Access to HE students are accepted at over 140 universities every year

Financial Support

City College Norwich offers flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost of fees. You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan and bursaries are available to support childcare and travel costs

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have evidence of achievement in English Language and Mathematics at GCSE grade A* - C or grade 4 and above. If you do not currently hold these or do not specify them on your application it will be automatically transferred to our adult GCSE programme, for the appropriate subject. If you are working towards GCSEs this year in readiness for September please let us know this when you apply. Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy, Key Skills or Functional Skills in lieu of GCSEs. Selection is by interview to discuss your suitability for the course and whether the course is right for you. As part of this process you may be required to complete on-line assessments and submit a short piece of writing to check you are at the right level to start the course. Advice can be given about alternative ways forward if necessary. Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.


You will be supported throughout the course by a personal tutor who will also give you guidance in applying for Higher Education courses. All students study a core of communications, research and study skills. You will be awarded credits on completion of each units with a pass, merit or distinction grade. All credits are awarded are awarded at level 3 which broadly equates to A-level study. Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on a number of set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and examinations.


Once you have successfully completed your Access course, you can progress onto a degree programme at City College Norwich such as BA (Hons) English, BA (Hons) English and Social Sciences, BA (Hons) Psychology and Social Sciences. You can also progress to a Higher Education courses at other universities. You must check requirements for specific degree courses as different institutions may have different entry requirements.


Please contact the Advice Shop for information on fees and financial support which may be available. We recommend you also check our Finance pages for further information including student travel offers.