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Adults Part-Time

Access to Higher Education - Humanities and Social Sciences - Online

This predominately online access programme aims to develop your skills and self-confidence necessary to progress to your chosen profession or course in higher education.

  • Course Description

    We are really pleased to confirm that we are widening our model of delivery for this Access course to include learners who are unable to travel to college due to external responsibility. If you'd like to study from home but don't quite meet the entry requirements (or feel confident enough) to go straight into a degree - this course will give you the opportunity to get there!

    The course is predominately delivered online using virtual live sessions and resources. You will be expected to come onto the campus for a handful of days throughout the year (these days will include induction, a support day to help with your UCAS application and any exams). You'll be expected to have a reliable internet connection and a reliable device to access the sessions on.

    What is an Access course?

    The aim of the course is to give mature learners (19 years and over) a second chance at education by developing personal confidence and achievement, the ability to study, and guidance to help decide their future.

    The course will provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and theories they will meet during their further studies or training. Students gain an insight into a variety of subject areas and support is offered to those students wanting to apply for university. Teamwork and oral skills are promoted through group discussion during seminars, which helps prepare students for employment by encouraging interaction with colleagues.

    The College of West Anglia is a longstanding and successful provider of Access courses. The course runs in two formats. There is a course that runs during the daytime and a part-time alternative, run on weekday evenings and some Saturdays.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • A GCSE at grade 4 (C) or higher in English Language

    If you do not have this above, you should consider completing our part-time Pre-Access courses in Humanities first.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    1 year

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    This course is predominately held online. Online sessions are to be confirmed, but should be held in the evening.

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • BA (Hons) History and Social Sciences
    • BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies
    • BA (Hons) English Studies
  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    19+ £3,000

    Fee information

    Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan

    If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Our Access courses are validated by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency ( and the qualification is universally recognised as demanding and rigorously assessed.

    How is my course assessed?

    The course will be split into modules which are individually assessed. Later modules build on the skills developed in the earlier ones. Assessment varies depending upon your subject choices. The course director will give you further information about assessment on the pathway you choose. There is a great deal of time and support given by the programme lecturers to build confidence and success rates for all students.

Starting 06/09/2021

Distance Learning


Duration 1 year

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