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Entry Requirements

6 GCSEs at a minimum grade C (grade 4) in academic GCSEs including maths, with a minimum of grades B (grade 6) in English or English literature and at least one other relevant humanities GCSE, including history if taken.

Where learners do not hold GCSEs we will consider equivalent qualifications (for example, from overseas) and will use an entry test following interviews to confirm eligibility.

Who is the course for

Access courses are designed for learners who have been out of education for some time and do not have the formal qualifications normally required for entry to higher education. This course is suitable for those who wish to progress to Higher Education to study humanities or social science subjects, English or Law.

Course Content

The Access to Higher Education in Humanities programme is made up of 18 units across a range of different academic subjects.

Alongside the academic units, you will work through a range of study skills which will help you develop the skills to complete the access programme successfully and prepare you for university level study. You must pass each of the units in order to successfully complete the programme.

The programme is likely to include units such as:


  • Narrative fiction
  • Introduction to poetry
  • Analysing a scene
  • Shakespearean tragedy
  • The 20th century novel.


  • America¬ís Vietnam War
  • Causes of Conflict
  • Revolutionary France.


  • Aims of sentencing
  • Essential elements of a crime
  • Fatal offences against the person
  • Criminal law.

Study skills:

  • Reading & Comprehension of text
  • Finding & Reading Information
  • Essay Writing
  • Exam skills
  • Statistics and Probability.

You will also be required to complete an extended project within one of the subject areas you have covered.

Study Methods

Lectures, group work, workshops, assignments, presentations and timed assessments. Students will also be expected to undertake 10-15 hours of individual study per week outside of classes.

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a variety of coursework assignments, tests and examinations throughout the course, set and marked by teachers and externally moderated by OCN London. Assessment is continuous over the whole year and is based on a number of set pieces of work such as essays, projects, presentations and tests.

Where next - Further Studies

The Access to Higher Education in Humanities programme will allow students to undertake a social science, English, Law or humanities degree at university.

More Information

Last updated: 12 January 2018

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:

Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Mon 03 September 2018

Starts: 03/09/2018

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00