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

Course Dates: 19/09/17 - 14/06/18
Time: 18:00 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities and Social Science) is a qualification that prepares adults for study at university. It is designed for people who have left school without the usual qualifications such as A-levels. It is a fast-track route to higher education and requires attendance two nights per week, as well as substantial private study. To download the 17-18 application form, please visit bildutrapagaran.info/accesstohe.

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?

This one-year Humanities and Social Science Access course offers you the chance to make a fresh start in education and to prepare for study at university. It is designed for people who would like to study in higher education but left school without the usual qualifications, such as A-levels, and aims to help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed on a degree course. The course is validated by OCN London (the Open College Network London) and leads to the award of the Access to HE Diploma, which is recognised as an entry qualification by universities. You will combine study skills with a compulsory core of three academic subjects. You will also have regular one-to-one tutorials.

What will we cover?

Study Skills: this sets out to increase your understanding of how you learn and to help you to learn effectively. Practice in note-taking, essay writing, reading and research skills, exam skills.
Literature: 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: 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: 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
- Read and discuss a wide range of texts with confidence and understanding
- Think analytically and critically, and relate and interpret different kinds of material
- Tackle study tasks (e.g. researching a topic, writing an essay, making a seminar presentation, independent projects, 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?

Access courses are intended for adults who wish to prepare for degree courses, but have few or no formal qualifications, or have been out of education for some time. They are recognised by universities as equivalent in standard to A-Level. There are no formal entry requirements for this Access course but, as it involves substantial reading and essay writing, you will need to be able to read and respond to a range of texts (fiction and non-fiction), and to communicate information and ideas clearly and effectively in writing. Your reading and writing skills should be at least the equivalent of Level 2 (GCSE level). You should also be prepared to contribute to discussion and be able to work in a group and to organise your time efficiently.

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. You will be asked to read in preparation for all sessions and regular written assignments will be set in all subjects which will 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 the classes.

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.
If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Access Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials). Help with childcare costs is also available. 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 on this course typically progress to full or part-time degree courses in humanities or social science subjects (e.g. English, Classics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Media Studies, Sociology, History, Politics, Archaeology etc.)
Popular destinations for our students include: University of London (Goldsmiths College, Queen Mary College, SOAS, Kings College, University College); University of Sussex; University of Westminster. Support with your HE application is included in the course.

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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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 27/04/2015)

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Course Code: AA300

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Started Tue+Thu, eve, 19 Sep - 14 Jun '18

Duration: 66 sessions (over 33 weeks)

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