Fircroft College of Adult Education | Birmingham, West Midlands

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Sciences and Humanities

APPLY NOW FOR SEPTEMBER ENTRY - A fast track nine-month programme to get you into University

Apply for Fircroft College’s Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Sciences & Humanities and we’ll be there to help you succeed. Pass rates are high (almost 20% above the national average) with the majority of our students going straight to University. The Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Sciences & Humanities is aimed at adults who want to go to University but who don't currently have the right qualifications.

This course is mainly residential, although there are a limited number of non-residential places available.

How long will the Access course take?

  • 9 months (30 weeks) – from the end of September to May
  • Classes are Monday to Friday, 9.30am–4.30pm

What can I study?

You will receive a good grounding in a range of academic subjects which will give you flexibility in making your university choices.  Study options include History, Literature, Sociology, Social Policy and Psychology.

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What support will I get?

We offer excellent support and guidance and you will have a progress coach who will guide you throughout the course.

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What will I achieve?

Successful learners leave with an Access to H.E Diploma from the Open College Network. This is accepted by a wide range of Universities.

Former students have gone on to study for degrees and professional qualifications including History, Social Policy, Politics, Literature, Journalism, Creative Writing, Youth Work, Counselling and Education.

Living and study?

Fircroft occupies a beautiful Edwardian former Cadbury family home set in six acres of gardens.  Accommodation and social activity spaces are of a very high standard and you will have 24hr access to IT facilities and use of the library.

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How much does it cost?

You may even be able to study for free. Fees and funding support is available for eligible applicants.

> Learn more about costs, eligibility and 24+ Loans

Entry requirements 

We will ask you to take Literacy and Numeracy assessments. If you show that you are able to reach Level 2 skills in these areas,
you will then attend an interview.

Many learners find it helpful to undertake short courses in preparation for the Access Diploma. We recommend that applicants for the Access to Higher Education Diploma undertake at least some of the Skills for Further Study programme if possible. The programme specifically aims to develop the range of skills you’ll be expected to use on the Access course.

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“Fircroft gives everyone a second chance to turn their lives around”, Steve Blofield, Access student  

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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Sciences & Humanities
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