Access to HE diploma: humanities and social science (evenings)

Course Dates: 18/09/18 - 20/06/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Applications to the 2018/19 cohort are now closed. Please visit bildutrapagaran.info/accesstohe to register for the next round of applications.



The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities and Social Science) is a qualification designed for those who have left school without the usual qualifications and wish to progress to university study. It is a fast-track route to higher education where you will complete the equivalent of 3 A-Levels in one year, and requires attendance two nights per week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 6-9.15pm, as well as tutorials every two weeks (from 5pm) and substantial private study.

The course fee is £2823, plus an upfront fee of £199 payable at the time of your enrolment.

If you’re unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help cover the cost. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan bildutrapagaran.info/advanced-learner-loans

If you’re unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on other financial support available. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: [email protected]

For more information, please call Humanities and social studies on 020 7492 2652.

Description

What is the course about?

Applications to the 2018/19 cohort are now closed. Please visit bildutrapagaran.info/accesstohe to register for the next round of applications.

• 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 Build 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 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 Build 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

Reviews

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Probably the best access to HE course in London. This course has remarkable reputation, brilliantly run, very high standard of delivery. Handled with great care and attention to detail. I found out about it by two 'gushing' former students. I've since recommended it to others, they all say the same thing. 'life changing' Really please I chose The Build!
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Review by lordb / (Posted on 03/06/2018)
The Access to Humanities and Social Science Course has genuinely changed my life. Prior to joining Build I doubted my abilities as I had been out of education for 10 years. Despite this I was able to achieve more than I thought possible. The lessons were extremely interesting and all subjects overlapped making the learning experience even greater.

This course is not for the faint-hearted as the pace is fast and the course content is challenging however, it is completely achievable and well worth the hard work. Most importantly, without the support of the wonderful teaching staff that are so incredibly committed and knowledgeable, I would not have finished this course. I am now proud to say that I will be a university student as from September largely because of the teachers and their commitment to their students. If you want to learn and widen your horizons, sign up for this course you won't regret it.
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Review by Kimberly / (Posted on 07/07/2017)
If you are looking to further your career, gaining A Level equivalent qualifications or going to study in higher education, this course is a must! I cannot fault anything about it; it is truly a genuine course with opportunities for the future. However, the only thing about this course is that it is intensive and demanding, which is not a negative feature. The staff are there to support you. Consequently, I have managed to get a promotion at work (full time) and I am also finishing my first year at university. In comparison, the Access course was more intensive and challenging but just as enjoyable. Furthermore, I have managed to apply the skills acquired from the course into my daily life, full time employment and university. It is well worth the money. I would do it again - that's how enjoyable it is.
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Review by RickyS / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
Highly interesting, valuable course taught by supportive and dedicated staff who always 'go the extra mile' to help. Hard work but very fulfilling and essential for adult learners hoping to apply to university.
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Review by Rebecca / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
I can honestly say that the Access to Higher Education at Build changed my life! For a long time I knew I wanted to return to education in order to progress to university. But after visiting couple of other colleges, I felt that Build was the most supportive. They were really understanding about my fears in returning to educations as an adult, and most importantly having English as my second language. They guided me from the beginning until the end and my teachers really pushed me to do my best. I cannot thank my tutor enough for motivating me when I had doubts, or when I was struggling in managing the course with work commitments for example. The Access to HE really expanded my horizons and the views I had about the world. My confidence as a student but also as a person grew during the course and I am really grateful I had this opportunity. I am now looking forward to start University having learnt how to cope with the demands of an academic environment.
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Review by Highly Recommend this Course! / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
The biggest appeal of the Access Course to me was the speed of it. I didn’t want to spend two years getting to university and this gave me the chance to do it quickly.
I thought I was prepared for the intensity that would come with such a compact course – I wasn’t! The deadlines are tight and the amount of self-study and reading required is daunting. But, the quality and support of the teaching staff meant that whilst vast, the workload was never too much. This is definitely not a course for the faint-hearted, but you’re working with a group of like minded individuals and the lessons are very engaging. Everything is taught in a very structured and logical way, which allowed me to follow modules that I had no prior knowledge of and additional help was always on hand from the teaching staff in those moments of pre-deadline panic!
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Review by Matt / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
The access to humanities and social science course completely changed my life.
It equipped me with all the tools needed to be successful at university.
I found the core content rigorous and interesting. The teaching staff were all highly supportive and engaging.
i have now successfully completed my first year of a BA degree, thanks to the access course.
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Review by Ldugg / (Posted on 28/03/2017)
I enrolled in the Access course for years 2015/16 and writing now at some distance in time, Easter break of my first year at university, I am now in a good position to give a well-rounded account of my time spent on the course.

The Access course provides a route back into education and also prepares students for study at university. The four subjects taught on the course - Study Skills, English, History and Sociology - are all made incredibly interesting by the passionate and proficient teaching staff. The fantastic teaching I experienced during my time on this course was further augmented by the overall structure and organisation of the course. What especially stands out in this respect is the interrelatedness of the subjects and the certain amount of crossover that complimented my approach to learning; this aspect of the course has for me become all the more important since starting my BA English programme at university, as a core skill needed in English, and in the humanities and social sciences more broadly, is the ability to incorporate different disciplines and fields of study in research. But perhaps more importantly, the Access course provided me with the general tools and skills needed to approach study at university - e.g. critical thinking, academic writing, reading strategies and so much more - that meant I could start with an advantage somewhat to those who had taken the usual A-level route to university.

My experience of the Access course at Build is an incredibly fond one. I cannot stress enough how amazing the teaching staff are and how important this is especially to those who haven’t been in education for a while. The passion and enthusiasm that the teachers have for their respective disciplines infused in me an excitement for academia that has changed my life.
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Review by Matt Ahmet / (Posted on 26/03/2017)
The access to humanities and social science course completely changed my life.
It equipped me with all the tools needed to be successful at university.
I found the cure content rigorous and interesting. The teaching staff were all highly supportive and engaging.
i have now successfully completed my first year of a BA degree, thanks to the access course.
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Review by Ldugg / (Posted on 04/07/2015)
The biggest appeal of the Access Course to me was the speed of it. I didn’t want to spend two years getting to university and this gave me the chance to do it quickly.
I thought I was prepared for the intensity that would come with such a compact course – I wasn’t! The deadlines are tight and the amount of self-study and reading required is daunting. But, the quality and support of the teaching staff meant that whilst vast, the workload was never too much. This is definitely not a course for the faint-hearted, but you’re working with a group of like minded individuals and the lessons are very engaging. Everything is taught in a very structured and logical way, which allowed me to follow modules that I had no prior knowledge of and additional help was always on hand from the teaching staff in those moments of pre-deadline panic!
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Review by Matt / (Posted on 30/06/2015)
I can honestly say that the Access to Higher Education at Build changed my life! For a long time I knew I wanted to return to education in order to progress to university. But after visiting couple of other colleges, I felt that Build was the most supportive. They were really understanding about my fears in returning to educations as an adult, and most importantly having English as my second language. They guided me from the beginning until the end and my teachers really pushed me to do my best. I cannot thank my tutor enough for motivating me when I had doubts, or when I was struggling in managing the course with work commitments for example. The Access to HE really expanded my horizons and the views I had about the world. My confidence as a student but also as a person grew during the course and I am really grateful I had this opportunity. I am now looking forward to start University having learnt how to cope with the demands of an academic environment.
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Review by Susanne R. / (Posted on 10/06/2015)
Highly interesting, valuable course taught by supportive and dedicated staff who always 'go the extra mile' to help. Hard work but very fulfilling and essential for adult learners hoping to apply to university.
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Review by Rebecca / (Posted on 29/04/2015)
If you are looking to further your career, gaining A Level equivalent qualifications or going to study in higher education this course is a must! I cannot flaw anything about the it; it is truly a genuine course with opportunities for the future. However, the only thing about this course is that it is intensive and demanding, which is not a negative feature. The staff are there to support you. Consequently, I have managed to get a promotion at work (full time) and I am also finishing my first year at university. In comparison, the Access course was more intensive and challenging but just as enjoyable. Furthermore, I have managed to apply the skills acquired from the course into my daily life, full time employment and university. It is well worth the money. I would do it again - that's how enjoyable it is.
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Review by RickyS / (Posted on 26/04/2015)

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Course Code: AA300

Full Tue+Thu, eve, 18 Sep - 20 Jun '19

Duration: 68 sessions (over 34 weeks)

Full fee: £3,022.00
Senior fee: £3,022.00
Concession: £3,022.00
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