Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 3 Part-Time - Day Hartlepool Sixth Form Access to Higher Education
Level 3 Hartlepool Sixth Form Access to Higher Education

What’s it all about?

This course is for students who are aged 19 and above who are wanting to apply to university or a higher level apprenticeship, such as a policing apprenticeship.

Over the course you will study a range of units, all taught by subject specialists, such as Psychology, Sociology, English and History.

You will also have a specialist tutor who will support your application to your next steps, such as UCAS application.

You will need a minimum of 4 GCSE's at grade C/4 or a full level 2 plus maths and English at level 2.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-study. There will be continuous assessment throughout the course where you will build a portfolio for each unit. This will include essays, reports, academic posters and projects. You will complete up to three assessments per unit.

You will study an ungraded unit in both maths and English. In addition you will develop your maths and English skills throughout the course.

Lessons will take place on a Monday and Wednesday evening from 5.00pm-9.15pm during term time.

The aim of the Access to HE Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences is to support progression to either university or higher level apprenticeship.

You will study 4 ungraded units examining:
- English Language Writing Skills
- English Language Comprehension
- Study Skills
- Maths

You will also study 5 graded units in:
- Sociology
- History
- Psychology
- English Language Studies
- Social, Policy and Welfare

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.