Access to Higher Education | Diploma in Humanities & Social Science | Level 3

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Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: GCSE English and maths grade 4 (C) (or equivalent) Assessment: Essay, exam assessments and academic posters, presentations, and case studies. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities combined with Social Sciences Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser UCAS Tariff: The course consists of 60 credits. All units are at Level 3. Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

Access to HE Humanities

This access course helps you pursue a career in local government, the civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others.

You will study topics in politics, current affairs, and issues such as power, class, gender and race in contemporary society.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
FE0028-1C 03 Sep 2020 Central Brighton 2 evenings and 6 Saturdays 35 weeks £3022.00 Apply
FE0028-1C 03 Sep 2020 Central Brighton 3 days per week 35 weeks £3022.00 Apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary. Please see the key information listed above.

Minimum English language requirements apply for EU/EEA students and international students: IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.

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Entry requirements

You must have a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English and maths.

To study an Access to HE course you must be 19+.

Exceptions may be considered for applicants aged 18 (when the course starts) where there are reasons why Access to HE is more suitable than A-levels. This will be discussed during your interview.

Self study

It is essential that you do some reading in preparation for your course so a starting point would be to read about politics and current affairs in the press and media.

Suggested reading:

  • Politics UK (2010), by Jones et al.
  • An Introduction to Sociology (2011) by Ken Brown - contains some very useful material

It is also essential to research courses and universities prior to starting the course to help with your university application which takes place in the first term.

Course units

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Stratification
  • Gender & Race
  • Literature from the Counter Culture
  • The Mass Media
  • Power and Politics
  • The Victorians: Local History Research
  • Ethics
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Youth and Deviance
  • Extended Independent Academic Study
  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Using IT For Study
  • Essay Skills

Course aims

On the course you will study an introductory sociology unit; examine contemporary social stratification (class, race, gender & age); look at the relationship between power and politics and the impact of the mass media on society; conduct a research project concerning the impact of the Victorian period on the local area; examine literature from the counter culture; look at some of the issues in contemporary ethics; as well as examining the ways in which deviance has been defined and addressed.

Alongside the subject classes, you will also be given the opportunity to develop your study skills.

You will develop your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills, such as essay writing, delivering presentations, research skills which will prepare you for study at university.

Why the MET?

  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value
Why the MET?
  • Student testimonial

    Daniel Campbell

    "I have been employed in my dream job with Medicines Sans Frontiers in South Sudan since my graduation from BA Hons Development Studies at SOAS in 2018. Whilst my degree certainly helped in achieving this, it wouldn’t have been possible without having first attended the Access to Humanities and Social Science course at the MET. I was incredibly apprehensive about returning to education and had a negative experience when attempting to enrol on another Access course, but the friendly and welcoming environment at the MET made me feel at ease and took a significant amount of pre-enrolment anxiety away. Additionally, having met a number of mature students during the course of my studies, I strongly believe that the courses offered at the MET are some of the best Access courses available. Thank you for facilitating a great course and creating a welcoming environment!"

Work experience

Securing work experience in a social or welfare department or voluntary work with a charity is recommended to further your knowledge. 

What's next?

This access course is an accepted entrance qualification to HE for humanities degrees such as politics, media studies, history, anthropology, international relations, humanities, cultural studies, criminology, sociology and globalisation studies, as well as more vocational degrees such as journalism.

The course is suitable for those who are interested in a career in local government, the civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others.

It also enables you to progress onto further training for other graduate careers.

Course cost

The cost and whether or not you have to pay for your course depends on your age, circumstances and educational history. To find out which category applies to you, please visit our course fees page.
If you are not eligible for discounted fees you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.
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