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Access to Humanities and Social Science


The Access to HE Diploma in Humanities and Social Science is an intensive one year programme of study. It aims to equip students with the skills, experience and qualifications to go on to study a range of higher education courses in the humanities and social science areas that can then lead to a range of career opportunities.

The course is designed for adult students returning to study, typically following a break in their education. The staff are friendly, supportive and dedicated to helping students succeed. All we ask is that students come with an open mind, are prepared to work and willing to tackle challenges.

The course will be taught through:

  • Attendance in class one day per week
  • Online materials (most of which can be printed)
  • Online and face to face student and peer support

We shall also undertake visits to local Higher Education providers each term, and your attendance at these events is expected.

Please read the course leaflet first before you take your application further.


What will I study and what can I do afterwards?

The Access to Social Science programme comprises 15 units of study in English, Sociology, Psychology and Study Skills (click here for full details).  The course provides entry to a range of degrees such as Sociology, Psychology, Criminology and other Social Sciences, and may provide a route towards teaching and social work qualifications (subject to any additional requirements by the university, such as GCSEs and/or work related experience).


Commitment required and support provided

Attendance will be one day per week 0930-1500, however prospective students need to be able to allocate around two additional full days of study per week to the programme between September and July, especially during term-time, which is quite a commitment!  However, we are here to provide advice and support along the way.  Outside of class time there will be opportunities for online support and guidance, and tutorials with your tutor where required. You will be expected to engage in online tasks and learning, and we shall ensure that you are supported through this process. As such, computer access, either at home, or at one of our centres, will be required. We will also encourage you to support one another and to set up productive study groups where you can work together. Ultimately our aim is to provide you with a supportive and encouraging environment where you are able to ask questions, and where we will work with you to help you achieve your goal.


Funding my programme

The fee for the one-year Access to Humanities and Social Science Diploma is £3022. 

Most applicants from England who do not already have a degree can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover all or part of the cost - this is written-off when you graduate with your degree or starts to be paid back when you earn £21,000 or more per year, if you don’t complete.  It is not based on household income.  Click here to check your eligibility.

You then apply online or download an Advanced Learning Loan Application Form (  However you must have been offered a place by us first.


Entry requirements

In order to be accepted on the Access to Humanities and Social Sciences Diploma students must:

  • Be aged over 19 by 31 August 2018
  • Complete an initial assessment
  • Attend an interview
  • Typically we would hope to see GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4, especially if required for the HE course onto which the student hopes to progress, but alternatives (such as level 2 functional skills qualifications) will be considered.


How do I apply?

The first step is to complete the application form here, scan it and email it to  If you do not have the facility to scan the application, please send the form to Katie Easey at CLIP’s Market Rasen office.

You will then be invited to an initial assessment and interview which will take place in the centre where you hope to study.  The purpose of the application form and interview is to gauge whether you are ready for Level 3 study and have the commitment to put in the required level of work for a 10 month period.  You will also be able to ask us any questions that you may have.


Further questions?

If you have any further questions after reading the leaflet and the information on this website, please email Jayne Cory on

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