Humanities Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 (Law, History & Literature)

Access courses are designed to enable people 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 qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of A levels.

Access to Humanities combines the three main subject areas of History, English Literature and Law plus various communication and study skills modules. Successful completion of the programme will give you the necessary subject knowledge and study skills required to go on to do a degree at University. Tutorial support is also part of this programme on a group and individual basis.

Course Content

Your course is made up from a number of modules: Law which includes the Aims of Sentencing, Introduction to Criminal Law, and Tort of Negligence. Literature: this involves a critical appreciation of poetry and prose, drama, modern drama, narrative fiction, poetry and a response to literature. History, which includes continuity and change in history, revolutionary France 1789-1793, revolutionary Russia. In addition, there will be a one hour class tutorial period each week, together with communication and study skills and numerical methods classes.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. 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

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you - it is an intensive year of study designed to prepare you for a university course. You should have formal qualifications as some universities require English and/or maths GCSE at Grade C or above, and you should check with your preferred university. You should be able to read and write English fluently. Access courses are designed for learners aged 19 and above. Learners must be aged 19 and over on the 31st August 2018.
However, we may consider applications from applicants aged 18, according to individual circumstances. In this case, you would be required to undertake a full time study programme in the same way as in a school or college setting. A study programme includes the core access qualification plus relevant work experience, tutorial sessions and enrichment activities. Younger applicants must also have achieved GCSE grade C (or grade 4) in both English and Maths.

First Class Requirements

Writing material and an A4 ring binder

Attendance Requirements

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.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is carried out throughout the course though regular assignments within each module. You will be expected to produce a range of assessment evidence such as written work, and practical projects. A total of 60 credits is required to pass the course and assessment recognises achievement of Units at pass, merit and distinction levels.

Further Study Options

Higher education/degree level study in the Law, Humanities, English, Cultural studies or a number of other course options. All our learners were made offers in the last academic year.
Learners who have completed the course have progressed to universities including King's College, UCL, SOAS, Kingston University, Roehampton and St. Mary's. They have been accepted onto a wide range of undergraduate courses including Literature, History, Political Studies, Law and Linguistics

Additional Information


Remote Learning:
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.