Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Access to Humanities & Social Sciences

Cambridge Campus

Course Code:ML1ACHSS
Start Date:03/09/2020
End Date:23/06/2021
Start Time:09:00
End Time:16:00

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Course Overview

Access to Higher Education (HE) prepares adults without traditional qualifications such as A Levels for study at university. This diploma is widely recognised by UK universities and Colleges. You will be given the opportunity to develop not only academic knowledge in your chosen subjects but also broader study skills to help you succeed at university.

In this pathway you will study History, English Literature and Sociology, as well as a compulsory Study Skills course. In addition to the compulsory Access subjects you will attend tutorial and have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor regularly on a one-to-one basis.

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

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.

Study English Literature, History & Sociology and progress to study a 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.

Entry Requirements

You will need Level 2 Maths and English, e.g. GCSE Maths and English grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) as a minimum before applying for this course. This is because most degree courses now require at least Level 2 Maths and English in addition to the Access diploma.  Occasionally, exceptions are made for this pathway. This can be discussed at the Welcome Event. The Access programme is designed for students who wish to return to study with a view to going on to Higher Education so we need to make sure you are well prepared for this starting point.

If you need to resit 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 you:
*  providing a satisfactory reference
*  attending taster days: Tuesday 30th June -  Thursday 2nd July 2020 (3 days)

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. There will be at least one assignment for each unit (four units per subject). These assignments may be written such as essays / research projects; oral e.g. presentations and there may also be examinations at the end of some units.

This programme take one year, 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