Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.

Is this course right for me?

Would you like to progress into Higher Education? Do you want to prepare for studying a humanities or social sciences subject?

This course gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress onto a related Higher Education course, including degrees in History, English, Geography and other subjects.

The aim of the All Wales Access to HE Diplomas is to give you the skills necessary to progress to and successfully participate in a programme of higher education. They are targeted at learners who have substantial life experience gained since completing compulsory schooling.

Entry requirements:

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English or Welsh 1st Language, GCSE Grade D or equivalent in Mathematics or Numeracy, as required by the route of progression to university. You should have at least three years of relevant life skills gained after compulsory education.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


Access to Higher Education Diplomas are designed to help you return to studying after a break. As such, the sessions will be participative with a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. You will work closely with the tutors, learning through formal teaching as well as discussions, demonstrations and project work. The course will cover some of the following areas, dependent on campus:

  • Criminology
  • History
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

You will study a range of topics from some of these areas, allowing you develop the fundamental skills for studying a humanities subject. All students will also study the core Access to Higher Education subjects of Numeracy, Communications, Information Technology and Research Project.


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Separate tasks for each unit - your tutor will provide you with help and sufficient preparation 
  • A variety of assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, practical tasks, evaluation of role plays, presentations and short tests.


Completion of this course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress into Higher Education at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai or many other institutions.

You will have a range of courses to choose from, including degrees in History, English, Geography and other subjects.

You could proceed onto a number of programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including: 

  • BA (Hons) Public and Social Policy

Additional campus/course information:

  • Bangor

    Access to HE (Humanities and Social Sciences)

    Course information and pre-requisites

    The Access to HE (Health Care) course runs over 3 days a week for the full academic year. Classes are scheduled between 9.15 AM and 4PM - and learners are expected to attend all sessions. Attendance and punctuality are monitored closely over the first few weeks on the course.

    The course is primarily aimed at adults who are returning to learning following a break and wish to progress to University. Learners will not normally be accepted straight from school or from another Level 2 or 3 course.

    Whilst learners are advised that the NMC may require you to hold GCSEs in English and Mathematics prior to application to University, our entry requirements are that learners must be able to demonstrate that their academic level is broadly at Level 2 (GCSE Grade C) at entry. Learners without a Level 2 profile may be advised to embark on the Skills for Further Study qualification before embarking on an Access course. In addition, because University places on nursing, midwifery and associated courses are very competitive and learners need to apply so soon after beginning the Access course, you are advised that you should have significant experience in a care setting (as an employee or volunteer) before you begin the Access to HE course.

    Subjects of study

    The Access to HE Diploma comprises a core of Study Skills, Literacy and Numeracy which must be passed in order to attain the Diploma, as well as a grounding in IT Skills for Higher Education.

    In addition, learners must pass 45 Credits at Level 3 in each of three academic subjects, which are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

    A typical University offer may be (for example) 30 Credits at Merit and 15 credits at Distinction.

    On the Access to HE (Humanities and Social Sciences) Pathway the academic subjects of study are:

    • Criminology
    • English Literature
    • Psychology