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Course Title:

Access to Higher Education in Humanities and Social Science

Course Description:

Do you want to advance your knowledge in Humanities and Social Science and fast track to university in just 9 months?


This course enables you to gain an understanding of the world of humanities and social science, either for improved career progression or for those who wish to develop their learning as a step towards Higher Education.


Modules for the course may include:



Social Policy





Exploring Values and Diversity


The Access to Higher Education in Humanities and Social Science would be appropriate for students wishing to move on to further study or work in a number of fields including: counselling, health and human sciences, social work, sociology and criminology, psychology and media.


Entry Requirements

If you haven't been in education for some time or didn't gain any formal qualifications at school or college, don't worry, whilst you won't need to have GCSE Maths and/or English to get onto this course, you might need them to apply for the university course of your choice (so please check this out). We can offer you the opportunity to study either GCSE Maths or English alongside your Diploma and will talk to you about this at one of our Admissions Days. There is no upper age limit for this course as we believe everyone should have the chance to achieve their ambitions, but you do need to be 19+ to apply.


How to Apply

Contact our dedicated Student Services team on 01226 776000 or email


Course Costs and Funding

The course fees are £3,022 and most students cover this cost by applying for an Advanced Learner Loan.Further information and details on how to apply/eligibility can be found at:


Why Choose Us?

Northern College is specifically for adults wishing to return to education and is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

The college is housed in the magnificent grade 1 listed building of Wentworth Castle surrounded by National Trust gardens and parkland which offers the unique experience of studying as a residential student which is great preparation for moving onto university.

It boasts tailored support to reflect your needs as a student and an award winning Library and Learning Support Centre.

In 2018/19 the Access to Higher Education courses celebrated a 100% pass rate.


Student Testimonial

' would not even think about it, I would just say APPLY because my experience has been truly inspirational, empowering and totally life-changing for me.'

For more information please visit the Access to Higher Education Diploma page on our website

Tuition Fee: £3022*

Choose which date you would like to apply for:

*If you are staying on a residential basis, the fee is an extra £25 making the full cost £75 (includes one breakfast and evening meal). Please confirm with The College Registry as fees can change and also with regards to your circumstances (unless otherwise stated).
email : mis at northern dot ac dot uk
Tel : 01226 776000