Access to Higher Education (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Who is this course aimed at?

The Access to HE (Humanities and Social Sciences) is a programme designed  specifically for adults who wish to develop their academic practice to prepare for admission to Higher Education particularly onto humanities- related courses. This programme offers students the opportunity to develop a range of academic and study skills to prepare for progression. The programme is aimed at people who are returning to education and employed in the social science sectors, people seeking qualifications to enable them to gain employment or change their career path and those preparing to study at a higher level in this sector.

What can I do after the course?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma prepares you for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university then the Access to Higher Education course is the ideal course for you.

Entry requirements

GCSE English at Grade C/4 or above.

Most universities expect students to have grade C/4 in Mathematics when they apply for their Higher Education course and many are no longer accepting other Level 2 equivalents in literacy and numeracy. You are advised to check the requirements with your chosen higher education institution. It may be possible to study for these qualifications whilst undertaking the Access programme at Selby College.

How can I find out more?

You can apply directly to the College by downloading an application pack from the Higher Education Homepage. Advanced Learner Loans are available for most students - see for more details. Please note there is a registration fee for this programme.

For more information about this programme, please contact Selby College Higher Education on 01757 211114 or email

Click here to download a full application pack.

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