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Pre-Access to Humanities & Social Sciences (Certificate in Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences Level 2)

Part-time, 11 week course, 10 hours per week

We have one course running:

28 February 2019 - 17 May 2019

Duration: Thursdays & Fridays 9:30am to 4:30pm

at Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us on 01865 759600 / to apply


The OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Further Study in Humanities and Social Sciences is designed for adults who wish to study in higher education but still need further preparation at Level 2 before enrolling on a Level 3 Access to HE Diploma.

This particular qualification may be right for you if:

  •  your goal is to study in higher education in preparation for a career in teaching, librarianship, research, journalism, psychology, public relations, legal professions, campaigning and other related areas;
  •  you need a comprehensive course of study in both vocational and study skills before progressing to a Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in your chosen subject;
  •  a further course of preparatory study has been recommended to you before you enrol on an Access to HE Diploma;

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Further Study in Humanities and Social Science you will need to achieve 25 credits, as follows:

Mandatory units – 4 credits in total

  •  Skills for Effective Learning (3 credits)
  •  Referencing Skills (1 credit)

Optional units – 21 credits in total

A minimum of 12 credits must be taken from Optional Group 1 plus a minimum of 6 credits from Optional Group 2. The remaining 3 credits may be taken from either or both of the optional groups.

  •  Optional Group 1 - You will select from a range of vocational units in order to build a sufficient breadth of knowledge and understanding to progress to higher level study in humanities and social sciences. These units include, for example, ‘Investigative Geography’, ‘Development of Social Policy’, ‘Historical Change’, ‘Introduction to Law in the UK’, ‘Language History’ and ‘Psychology’.
  •  Optional Group 2 – You will select from a range of learning and study skills units that will support your progression into higher level study by improving your skills in areas such as ‘Essay Writing’, ‘Practical Presentation’, ‘Revision and Exam Skills’, ‘Note-making and Note-taking’ and ‘Critical Thinking’.

It is recommended that you take a combination of units specific to the particular Access to HE Diploma vocational subject you are planning to study.

Minimum amount of vocational learning = 9 credits

Maximum amount of vocational learning = 15 credits

As a learner on this qualification, you will develop the essential and transferable knowledge and skills required to progress to a higher level vocational qualification, specifically a Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in humanities and social sciences or related areas.

You will study a balanced combination of knowledge content and understanding in humanities and social sciences, together with a range of study skills required to progress to an Access to HE Diploma, including essay writing and referencing. You will have the opportunity to refresh and enhance your English and maths skills where appropriate, and learn how to study effectively in higher level courses. Approaches to assessment could include activities such as written essays, presentations, project work and time-controlled assessments, all of which are common in Access to HE Diploma courses.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

You do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification although you will benefit from having English and maths to Level 1 or above.

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This Level 2 qualification is designed to support your progression to a Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in humanities and social science or related areas. Depending on the combination of optional units you take you could progress to an Access to HE Diploma in any of the following areas:

  •  Humanities and Social Sciences
  •  Humanities
  •  Law
  •  Media Communication
  •  Media and Cultural Studies
  •  Media Studies
  •  Social Science
  •  Teacher Training

You may be charged course fees depending on your previous level of education but don’t worry; we will help you access financial support if you are entitled to it. For more information visit our Further Education fees and funding page.