Access to HE (Humanities & Social Sciences) (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

This course starts in Autumn 2021. Apply now!

(Women Only)

Access courses are designed to enable learners, aged 19+, to gain a qualification which is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels. Access courses are delivered over one year as opposed to the two years required for A Levels. An access course is therefore ideal for anyone who left school without formal Level 3 qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of A levels.
On our Access to Humanities and Social Sciences programme you will gain the knowledge and academic skills necessary to progress on to Higher Education degree courses including: English, Sociology, Criminology, History, Psychology and more.

Course Content

The Access to Humanities and Social Sciences programme provides a thorough preparation for a range of degree
subjects including psychology, social work, criminology English and history. The programme consists of four subject specialist subject areas: English; psychology; sociology and history. Study skills units are also an integral part of the course and will help you to develop your academic reading, writing and research skills that are essential for university.
In summary, this intense course of learning will provide you with an excellent grounding for university in a range of subject areas related to the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will be run under strict social distancing guidelines with smaller class sizes and additional hygiene procedures in place. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

For your application to be considered you must be 18 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date

Access courses are designed for 19 plus learners.
In order to enrol on this course you will have to complete a successful interview which is designed to ensure that this is the right course for you at the right time.
You must have a minimum of GCSE English Language grade C/4 and either GCSE Maths grade C/4 or Functional Skills Maths Level 2.** (If you wish to go on to study at degree level, most universities require a GCSE English & Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Please check with your preferred university, or discuss with us at interview).

Access courses can be quite intense and include a substantial amount of continuous assessment. Therefore, it is important that you are ready to learn - in other words, that you can: take feedback (in a constructive manner); are able to listen; are able to communicate clearly and in an appropriate way; take and follow instruction and be prepared to work with a range of people in class.
**You may need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths and English.
If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information. The entry requirement on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths
You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on.
If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course. It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview.
Please note we only allow one attempt at these screening assessments
If you wish to practise for these initial assessments you can do so at

Assessment Methods

Assessment is continuous throughout the year and it is very important that you keep to the set assessment deadlines, failure to do this will likely impact on your grades.

Assessment methods include:
Short Presentations
Primary and Secondary Research
Case Studies
Short and Timed Written Tasks
Group Discussions
plus, assessment of your Individual Learning Goals

Additional Information

Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.

Please note this a Women-Only course.

Your attendance is required at each and every session. We expect 100% attendance. If you feel you can't commit to this expected level of attendance, then you should consider whether this is a suitable course for you. Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Please note: As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses may be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.
If your course is indicated as an ONLINE or PART ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time - so be ready and set up to join in. It is very possible that part of this course will need to delivered online. Updates will follow.
Please be aware that this is an intensive & demanding course. There is support available, but you should expect to do a minimum average of 15 hours of homework per week. Please be aware that this may vary throughout the year, and at some times you may need to spend more time studying than others.