Access to HE diploma: humanities and social science (evenings)

Course Dates: 15/09/20 - 17/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:15
Location: Online

Round 2 Applications for the 2020/21 cohort are now open. Please click "start assessment" to access the application form. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday, July 24th 2020.



Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed online from July 27-30th and will be notified of their interview time on a rolling basis. All candidates are advised to apply early.



The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities and Social Science) is a qualification designed for anyone who has left school without the usual qualifications (GCSEs or A-levels) and wishes to study at university.



It is a highly intensive, fast-track route to higher education, where you will complete the equivalent of 3 A-Levels in one year, and requires attendance two nights per week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 6-9.15pm, as well as tutorials every two weeks (from 5pm) and substantial private study. These dates and times are non-negotiable and you are required to attend every session.



Due to the course's intensity, priority will be given to applications from those who are serious and sure about progressing to degree level study and are ready to take on the intense challenge that the year will bring.

The course fee is £2823, plus an upfront fee of £199 payable at the time of your enrolment.

If you’re unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

If you’re unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on other financial support available. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: advice@citylit.ac.uk

For more information, please call Humanities and social studies (pre 1920) on 020 7492 2652.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.

Description

What is the course about?

• Our course is a one-year intensive evening programme validated by OCN London. With us, you will study the equivalent of 3 A-Levels in Literature, History and Sociology over the course of 10 months, in addition to completing tasks for a further 5 ungraded units in Study Skills.

• Teaching takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6- 9.15pm from September to June. These hours and days are not flexible and full attendance is required.

• You are expected to attend all weekly sessions, complete 15 hours of additional preparatory work each week, and attend personal tutorials from 5-6pm, every 2-3 weeks. You will be expected to complete 20 written and graded assignments throughout the year, with assignments set more or less every week from November onwards.

• We support learners rigorously through the UCAS application process in Study Skills and tutorials.

• The course costs £3,022 (we require an up-front, non-refundable payment of £199 upon enrolment, with your balance eligible to be paid off by the Advanced Learner Loan). For more information and to check your eligibility, please contact City Lit student services before you apply.

• The Advanced Learner Loan is written off if you successfully complete your degree course and you will not be required to pay anything back.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Study Skills: You will be guided through basic study skills to enable you to succeed on the course. You will receive instruction in essay writing, note-taking, reading, research skills and exam skills every week throughout the course, and in line with your assignment requirements.

• Literature: You will be given an introduction to the study of novels, poetry and drama; exploring different approaches and interpretations to texts, as well as learning to relate them to their their wider historical and cultural contexts.

• Sociology: This is an introduction to the study of society, where you will learn how to analyse social issues including sexism, racism, crime and deviance using theoretical bases. Through Sociology, we aim to better distinguish how these issues affect our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

• History: You will gain an introduction to the study of the past through some of the most important historical developments over the last two hundred years, including the Civil Rights Movement, the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Understand what advanced academic study involves.

• Tackle study tasks including researching a topic, writing an essay, making a seminar presentation, completing an independent project and sitting an exam with confidence, understanding and skill.

• Read and discuss a wide range of texts with confidence and understanding.

• Think analytically and critically, relating and interpreting different kinds of material to your wider studies.

• Express yourself confidently and in an academic style, both orally and on paper.

• Learn more effectively and with greater independence.

• Confidently research, plan and produce an academic essay and research project.

• Gain OCN London credits and an Access to HE Diploma.

• Make a successful application to university.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

As a Level 3 course designed for those who would like to study for a degree and left school without the usual qualifications, our course requirements comprise of the following:

• English or Maths GCSE (or L2 equivalents. We accept applications from those who are able to demonstrate this at assessment, but do not hold formal qualifications.) Please note that most universities require these qualifications to process your university application.

• Completing and passing our online application form, including the submission of extended written answers

• Passing an interview aimed at assessing your suitability for study

• Passing a written assessment aimed at assessing your ability to write in an unprepared environment.

• Attendance to the course induction usually taking place during the evening, 1 week before the course begins.

• 100% attendance to the first five weeks of the course, with attendance maintained at 90% throughout. You may be removed from the course if you do not adhere to this requirement.

• A very clear understanding of why you are studying this course and what you want to achieve at the end of it. We prioritise applications from those who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how this course will not only impact your academic skills, but your wider priorities.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Our teaching usually focusses around tutor input, discussion, small group work and student presentations. Homework is substantial and compulsory, and you will be asked to read in preparation for all sessions. Written, graded assignments are set at regular intervals in all subjects, with all pieces of work contributing to your final result and entry to university.

To gain your diploma you will need to spend at least 15 hours a week on reading and written work at home, as well as attending all classes and tutorials. Our experience has shown that this must take priority over your wider obligations if you would like to achieve your best results and progress to university and beyond.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Fees/costs depend on your age and previous education qualifications. See the Course Guide available online or speak to the department for more details.

A substantial amount of course material will be available in photocopied handouts but you will need to buy copies of some course set books. The library keeps copies of some set texts but there are not enough for all students.
You will also need a supply of A4 paper, pens and a ring binder.

You may be able to apply to the Access Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials) if you earn below the London Living Wage (£19,012.50 in 2017). Help with childcare costs is also available. Please phone the City Lit Information and Advice Shop on 0207 492 2500 for more information.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Our students typically apply for degrees in the core subjects or related disciplines such as anthropology, education, philosophy, politics and sometimes languages. The following institutions are the most popular destinations:

• University of London (UCL, SOAS, Queen Mary, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths)

• London School of Economics

• King's College London

We have also sent students to the following universities:

• University of Cambridge

• University of Nottingham

• University of Westminster

• University of Sussex

• University of Exeter

• University of Newcastle

• University of Brighton

• University of Glasgow

Past students have also achieved awards and bursaries from the Helena Kennedy Foundation, OCN and the Open College Network.

Reviews

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Review by Zoe / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
Probably the best access to HE course in London. This course has remarkable reputation, brilliantly run, very high standard of delivery. Handled with great care and attention to detail. I found out about it by two 'gushing' former students. I've since recommended it to others, they all say the same thing. 'life changing' Really please I chose The City Lit!
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Review by lordb / (Posted on 03/06/2018)
The Access to Humanities and Social Science Course has genuinely changed my life. Prior to joining City Lit I doubted my abilities as I had been out of education for 10 years. Despite this I was able to achieve more than I thought possible. The lessons were extremely interesting and all subjects overlapped making the learning experience even greater.

This course is not for the faint-hearted as the pace is fast and the course content is challenging however, it is completely achievable and well worth the hard work. Most importantly, without the support of the wonderful teaching staff that are so incredibly committed and knowledgeable, I would not have finished this course. I am now proud to say that I will be a university student as from September largely because of the teachers and their commitment to their students. If you want to learn and widen your horizons, sign up for this course you won't regret it.
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Review by Kimberly / (Posted on 07/07/2017)
If you are looking to further your career, gaining A Level equivalent qualifications or going to study in higher education, this course is a must! I cannot fault anything about it; it is truly a genuine course with opportunities for the future. However, the only thing about this course is that it is intensive and demanding, which is not a negative feature. The staff are there to support you. Consequently, I have managed to get a promotion at work (full time) and I am also finishing my first year at university. In comparison, the Access course was more intensive and challenging but just as enjoyable. Furthermore, I have managed to apply the skills acquired from the course into my daily life, full time employment and university. It is well worth the money. I would do it again - that's how enjoyable it is.
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Review by RickyS / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
Highly interesting, valuable course taught by supportive and dedicated staff who always 'go the extra mile' to help. Hard work but very fulfilling and essential for adult learners hoping to apply to university.
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Review by Rebecca / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
I can honestly say that the Access to Higher Education at City Lit changed my life! For a long time I knew I wanted to return to education in order to progress to university. But after visiting couple of other colleges, I felt that City Lit was the most supportive. They were really understanding about my fears in returning to educations as an adult, and most importantly having English as my second language. They guided me from the beginning until the end and my teachers really pushed me to do my best. I cannot thank my tutor enough for motivating me when I had doubts, or when I was struggling in managing the course with work commitments for example. The Access to HE really expanded my horizons and the views I had about the world. My confidence as a student but also as a person grew during the course and I am really grateful I had this opportunity. I am now looking forward to start University having learnt how to cope with the demands of an academic environment.
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Review by Highly Recommend this Course! / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
The biggest appeal of the Access Course to me was the speed of it. I didn’t want to spend two years getting to university and this gave me the chance to do it quickly.
I thought I was prepared for the intensity that would come with such a compact course – I wasn’t! The deadlines are tight and the amount of self-study and reading required is daunting. But, the quality and support of the teaching staff meant that whilst vast, the workload was never too much. This is definitely not a course for the faint-hearted, but you’re working with a group of like minded individuals and the lessons are very engaging. Everything is taught in a very structured and logical way, which allowed me to follow modules that I had no prior knowledge of and additional help was always on hand from the teaching staff in those moments of pre-deadline panic!
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Review by Matt / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
The access to humanities and social science course completely changed my life.
It equipped me with all the tools needed to be successful at university.
I found the core content rigorous and interesting. The teaching staff were all highly supportive and engaging.
i have now successfully completed my first year of a BA degree, thanks to the access course.
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Review by Ldugg / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
I enrolled in the Access course for years 2015/16 and writing now at some distance in time, Easter break of my first year at university, I am now in a good position to give a well-rounded account of my time spent on the course.

The Access course provides a route back into education and also prepares students for study at university. The four subjects taught on the course - Study Skills, English, History and Sociology - are all made incredibly interesting by the passionate and proficient teaching staff. The fantastic teaching I experienced during my time on this course was further augmented by the overall structure and organisation of the course. What especially stands out in this respect is the interrelatedness of the subjects and the certain amount of crossover that complimented my approach to learning; this aspect of the course has for me become all the more important since starting my BA English programme at university, as a core skill needed in English, and in the humanities and social sciences more broadly, is the ability to incorporate different disciplines and fields of study in research. But perhaps more importantly, the Access course provided me with the general tools and skills needed to approach study at university - e.g. critical thinking, academic writing, reading strategies and so much more - that meant I could start with an advantage somewhat to those who had taken the usual A-level route to university.

My experience of the Access course at City Lit is an incredibly fond one. I cannot stress enough how amazing the teaching staff are and how important this is especially to those who haven’t been in education for a while. The passion and enthusiasm that the teachers have for their respective disciplines infused in me an excitement for academia that has changed my life.
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Review by Matt Ahmet / (Posted on 26/03/2017)
The access to humanities and social science course completely changed my life.
It equipped me with all the tools needed to be successful at university.
I found the cure content rigorous and interesting. The teaching staff were all highly supportive and engaging.
i have now successfully completed my first year of a BA degree, thanks to the access course.
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Review by Ldugg / (Posted on 04/07/2015)
The biggest appeal of the Access Course to me was the speed of it. I didn’t want to spend two years getting to university and this gave me the chance to do it quickly.
I thought I was prepared for the intensity that would come with such a compact course – I wasn’t! The deadlines are tight and the amount of self-study and reading required is daunting. But, the quality and support of the teaching staff meant that whilst vast, the workload was never too much. This is definitely not a course for the faint-hearted, but you’re working with a group of like minded individuals and the lessons are very engaging. Everything is taught in a very structured and logical way, which allowed me to follow modules that I had no prior knowledge of and additional help was always on hand from the teaching staff in those moments of pre-deadline panic!
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Review by Matt / (Posted on 30/06/2015)
I can honestly say that the Access to Higher Education at City Lit changed my life! For a long time I knew I wanted to return to education in order to progress to university. But after visiting couple of other colleges, I felt that City Lit was the most supportive. They were really understanding about my fears in returning to educations as an adult, and most importantly having English as my second language. They guided me from the beginning until the end and my teachers really pushed me to do my best. I cannot thank my tutor enough for motivating me when I had doubts, or when I was struggling in managing the course with work commitments for example. The Access to HE really expanded my horizons and the views I had about the world. My confidence as a student but also as a person grew during the course and I am really grateful I had this opportunity. I am now looking forward to start University having learnt how to cope with the demands of an academic environment.
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Review by Susanne R. / (Posted on 10/06/2015)
Highly interesting, valuable course taught by supportive and dedicated staff who always 'go the extra mile' to help. Hard work but very fulfilling and essential for adult learners hoping to apply to university.
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Review by Rebecca / (Posted on 29/04/2015)
If you are looking to further your career, gaining A Level equivalent qualifications or going to study in higher education this course is a must! I cannot flaw anything about the it; it is truly a genuine course with opportunities for the future. However, the only thing about this course is that it is intensive and demanding, which is not a negative feature. The staff are there to support you. Consequently, I have managed to get a promotion at work (full time) and I am also finishing my first year at university. In comparison, the Access course was more intensive and challenging but just as enjoyable. Furthermore, I have managed to apply the skills acquired from the course into my daily life, full time employment and university. It is well worth the money. I would do it again - that's how enjoyable it is.
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Review by RickyS / (Posted on 26/04/2015)

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Course Code: AA300

Tue+Thu, eve, 15 Sep - 17 Jun '21

Duration: 82 sessions (over 40 weeks)

Full fee: £3,022.00
Senior fee: £3,022.00
Concession: £3,022.00

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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