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

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Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements tab Assessment: Written assignments, presentations and exams. 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 Fees (September 2023): £3022.00

Why this course?

Access to HE Humanities

This access course helps you pursue a career in local government, civil service, trade unions, social services, voluntary organisations, charities or NGOs among others. The pathway is designed to prepare you for degrees in sociology, social policy, politics, international relations, law and a wide range of others in a related subject.

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. On the course, you will also be supported with your UCAS application and we help prepare you for university admissions interviews.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0028-1C 04 Sep 2023 Central Brighton TBC 34 weeks £3022.00 Apply
  • Humanities 1
  • Humanities 2
  • Humanities 3
  • Humanities 4

Entry requirements

You must have a GCSE grade 9-4 (A* - C) in English and Maths. 

You will be required to attend an interview with a member of the department.

Entry requirements

Course units

Access to Humanities and Social Sciences is an intensive course with an ethos of hard work and commitment. You will be supported to achieve the highest grades you can in every formal assignment, and encouraged to find solutions to the challenges you will meet on the way. This is what makes our course the very best preparation for university and for the professional arena in the future. 

The full Access Diploma is worth 60 level three credits; 45 are graded credits and the remaining 15 must be achieved but are ungraded.

Graded units:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Sociology of Poverty
  • The Sociology of Health
  • The Sociology of Education
  • The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • Studying Literature
  • Gender & Race
  • Power & Politics
  • History - Hidden Voices
  • Media, Institutions and Audiences
  • Ethics
  • Media Regulation
  • Extended Independent Academic Research

Ungraded units:

  • Reviewing and Planning for the Future
  • Research Skills for Academic Study
  • Critical Thinking
  • Using ICT For Study
  • Essay Skills

On the course you will study an introductory sociology unit; examine contemporary social stratification and look at the relationship between power and politics and the impact of the mass media on society.

You will 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.

Why the MET?

  • Access to quality teaching resources and rooms.
  • 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.
  • Cafes and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks.
  • A hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value. 

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, 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.

What's next?

Course cost

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here

Course cost

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19+ studying on Access to HE courses. 

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.


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