What is the course about?
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• 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. You will also complete ungraded units in Study Skills.
• Course cost: £3,022 (Up-front payment of £199 required upon enrolment, with balance eligible to be paid off by the Advanced Learner Loan).
• The Advanced Learner Loan is cancelled upon successful completion of your higher education course. This means you don't have to repay it if you go on to complete a university degree.
• Teaching takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6- 9.15pm from September to June.
• 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.
• We support learners through the UCAS application process in Study Skills and tutorials.
• You will be expected to complete 20 written assignments throughout the year.
What will we cover?
• Study Skills: You will be guided through basic study skills to enable you to succeed. You will receive instruction in essay writing, note-taking, reading, research skills and exam skills.
• Literature: You will be given an introduction to the study of novels, poetry and drama; exploring different approaches and interpretations, and relating texts to their wider historical and cultural contexts.
• Sociology: This is an introduction to the subject in which you examine some of the ways that social scientists attempt to describe and explain the social world.
• History: You will gain an introduction to the study of the past through some of the major developments of the last two hundred years, such as the growth of industrial and urban society, colonialism and political revolutions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Understand what advanced academic study involves.
• Confidently research, plan and produce an academic essay and research project.
• Read and discuss a wide range of texts with confidence and understanding.
• Think analytically and critically, relating and interpreting different kinds of material.
• 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.
• Express yourself confidently and in an academic style, both orally and on paper.
• Learn more effectively and with greater independence.
• 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 course designed for those who would like to study for a degree but left school without the usual qualifications, our requirements comprise of the following:
• English or Maths GCSE (or L2 equivalents)
• 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 timed writing
• Attendance to the course induction usually taking place during the evening, 1 week before the course begins.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will consist of a mixture of tutor input, discussion, small group work and student presentations. Homework is substantial and compulsory where you will be asked to read in preparation for all sessions and regular written assignments will be set in all subjects, which will all contribute to your final result.
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.
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?
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, Queen Mary, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths)
• London School of Economics
• Nottingham University
• Queen Mary University
• University of Cambridge
• 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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details