Access to HE Diploma (Humanities)

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
ONE Awards
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous year's fees)


The Access to Higher Education Diploma is widely recognised by universities and colleges, throughout the country, as an entry qualification for degrees and many professional courses. If you do not have the formal qualifications required for degree level study then this course can help you reach your goals.

The Humanities and Social Science pathway is for progression to teaching degrees (science GCSE is also required), social work (GCSE or equivalent required in English and maths) and criminology, amongst others.

Access to HE diplomas start in the first week of September. Days and dates depend on the diploma/group chosen. This information is sent to all those with previously offered places in June/July or, given at interview.
HE Podiatry general 4

Our Access to HE programmes

If you want to study a degree but don't have the formal qualifications required then this programme can help you reach your goals. 


Access to HE 2

Why choose New College Durham for Access to HE?

Set in a modern campus with excellent facilities, high quality teaching and a supportive learning environment, New College Durham is a great place to study.


This course aims to provide you with the skills and entry qualifications needed to confidently, competently and successfully progress to study Higher Education.

You could progress onto a wide range of degrees, including but are not limited to Social Work, History, Criminology, Sociology and Creative Writing.


The course consists of graded and ungraded Diploma units.
Ungraded units:
  • Study Skills (worth 6 credits at Level 2)
  • Access Project (worth 3 credits at Level 3).

The graded units (each worth 9 credits at Level 3) have been selected to offer vocational and academic pathways. Advice on pathway selection is given at interview and during induction. The units include:
  • Psychology
  • History
  • English Language
  • Sociology
  • Values and Practice in Care Development.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will study a total of 60 credits on the programme, across a variety of assessment types.

You will be assessed through reports, in class assessments, practical experiments and presentations. You will also be expected to study independently, and your lecturers will also suggest reading or research tasks, or will set reading lists.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Recent graduates of our Access course have progressed to over 40 different degree programmes at 15 different universities.

You could progress to a social work degree at New College Durham or a variety of honours degrees at university inlcuding criminology and teaching.

Listen to Sarah's story to discover how you can take the next step, and study something you are passionate about. Sarah went from horses to studying history at Durham University.

Meet our students

Grant Allenby (Access to HE)

Grant Allenby

Grant gained the qualifications and skills he needed to progress to study for a degree at university.

What else?

We always receive excellent external moderation reports praising the quality of our Access programme.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Campus Image 1

Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Refund policy square 2018/19

Refund Policy 19-20

View our refund policy for further and higher education programmes (page 2) and full cost courses.


Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview with a member of the Access to Higher Education programme team.

You will be required to bring certificates for qualifications, including GCSE maths and English.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold GCSE qualifications (C/4+), or Level 2 equivalent, in English and maths.

You may study one of these qualifications alongside the diploma but must have achieved the other before starting Access to HE.

Some universities/degrees require GCSEs rather than alternative qualifications, or require the GCSEs at a higher grade, therefore you should investigate this before starting the Access to HE diploma.