Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Access to Humanities & Social Sciences

Huntingdon Campus

Course Code:MGVAA1
Start Date:07/09/2020
End Date:23/06/2021
Start Time:
End Time:

£To be confirmed
£To be confirmed
£To be confirmed

Course Overview

Access courses enable adults without qualifications such as A Levels to progress on to Higher Education. The Access to HE Diploma is widely recognised by UK universities and Colleges. Our Access courses will teach you how to approach study and the different learning techniques that you will need during your time at university.

In this pathway at Huntingdon Campus, you will study English Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology as well as a compulsory Study Skills course. You will also be assigned a tutor at the start of the course. The tutor will closely monitor and track your progress and be able to help you reach your potential.

You are advised to apply for this course between November 2019 and June 2020. Interviews start in February and this is a popular course.

There are fees for this full time programme.

Financial assistance

You may be eligible for financial support towards such costs as travel, equipment, books and childcare. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay your Access course tuition fees (see This loan may be written off, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education qualification. Please contact our Learner Futures Centre on 01223 226315 or email

If you are applying as an International Student, please contact our International Centre via email or telephone 00 44 (0)1223 226317.

Progression & Career Opportunities

Many Access students feel they have not yet fully developed their potential and the programme offers them the chance to get to grips with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to succeed in Higher Education.

Learners who undertake this pathway will be able to apply for a wide variety of Humanities, Arts, Political and Social Science subjects at degree level.  Specific examples of degrees include Journalism, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, History & Events Management.  Students wishing to study business related or computing courses at university often take this Access pathway, although students should check with the Higher Education provider whether this pathway is acceptable for particular business degree courses.

We have an excellent track record of student progression into universities, including Cambridge.

Entry Requirements

Please note: you are normally required to have GCSE Maths grade C and GCSE English at C (or new grading 9-4 for GCSE Maths and English) or Level 2 Maths and English equivalent as a minimum before applying for this course. This is because most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths & English. Occasionally, exceptions are made for this pathway. This can be discussed at the Welcome Event.

If you need to re-sit GCSE Maths or English, alongside the Access programme, you will be required initially to complete a diagnostic test in English/Maths prior to the start of the course, to judge suitability.

Please research HE requirements very carefully.  A STRONG COMMITMENT IS NEEDED AS THE COURSE IS VERY INTENSIVE.

Acceptance onto the Access programme is conditional on:

• A satisfactory reference
• Attending taster days: Monday 29th June to Wednesday 1st July 2020 (3 days)
• Completing any summer work and a draft of your personal statement over the summer
Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Assessment is by coursework. The Access diploma consists of 60 credits, 45 of which are graded. Credits are awarded through assessment at the end of or during each module. These assessments may be written such as essays / research projects; oral e.g. presentations and there may also be examinations.

This programme takes 35 weeks, starting at the beginning of September and finishing in late June the following year.  In addition to timetabled classes, it is expected that students will complete at least 15 hours of further independent study per week.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete a CRC Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website Download here or contact us via email If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448. Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend an interview/Welcome Event, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your choice of pathway and your future career plans with the Access team. You will also have a chance to look around the College and ask any questions you may have.

Cambridge Campus Status

Huntingdon Campus Status