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Access to Higher Education Diploma : Humanities Combined With Social Science at Sussex Downs College

Course description

Our Access courses prepare people for degree-level study in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Teacher Education, Sciences and Health Studies. Many of our students go on to the Universities of Sussex, Brighton and Chichester (where we have some guaranteed interviews and some guaranteed places) and an increasing number of our students gain places at universities throughout Britain. The Access Courses is 'QAA approved', which means that it is validated by LASER Learning Awards (formerly Open College Network). The Access Certificate is a nationally recognised qualification: there are now about 1,000 Access courses across the country. Our course was designed in close collaboration with the Universities of Sussex and Brighton. It maintains an excellent reputation both in, and increasingly beyond, the southern region.Students on the Humanities combined with Social Sciences pathway will study modules such as:Social Welfare, Psychology, Social Theory & Literature Studies.All students attend classes in the following core units:Communication and Presentation Skills;Developing Study Skills:Anti-Discriminatory Practice;Group Tutorial.There is time put aside for individual Guidance and Support Sessions for each student and all students complete a 5,000 word research project on a subject of their own choice by the end of the course.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

There are no strict entry requirements but in some cases it may be advisable to have GCSEs at 'C' grade (English, Maths and Science) in place before starting the Access course


Students will be asked to submit assignments for each subject unit, and to complete course work in the core units. Assignments may take the form of essays, reports, textual analysis, seminar presentations and examinations. All students submit a research project which forms a major part of the overall assessment.

Future opportunities

This course can provide a pathway to higher education in areas such as: Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, History, Law, Criminology etc.

Further information

This pathway is also offered via the evening route at the LEWES campus only -
Tuesday and Thursday 6.00-9.00pm and 5 Saturdays, dates to be confirmed.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 March 2018
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