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English and Creative Writing - Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma


This programme of study is the perfect starting point for you if you are passionate about English and wish to have a career in teaching, journalism, advertising, careers in media including digital/social media and website design, digital copyrighting, writing/creative writing, writing for television, theatre and stage, publishing, editing, proofreading, writing for business, public relations and communications, speech therapy, applied linguistics or research and academic writing related careers.

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which will prepare you for study at degree level by providing you with the necessary academic skills and subject knowledge to be successful within your future studies.

If you would like to study at university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you.

The course runs over one academic year and is designed for learners aged 19 years and above.

Advanced Learning Loans are available to support the payment of tuition fees.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
University Centre
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Degree allows for further progression to Post-Graduate Study at Lancaster University or at other institutions.

The completion of a Level 3 Access to HE programme is usually acceptable for progression to Higher Education at most Higher Education Institutions. We do advise, however, that you contact the university you would like to study at to check their entry requirements.

Key information

Entry Requirements

Direct Entry:

  • GCSE English and Maths Grade 4 (C) or above (if you don’t have Maths GCSE you can complete this alongside your Access to HE Humanities programme
  • Successful completion of a written task and interview

Not achieved Maths or English GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above:

  • You will need to complete the one-year Level 2 (GCSE) English before completing the Access to HE Humanities Programme and achieve a Grade 4 (C) or above

Qualification obtained

Access to HE Diploma (Humanities)

Fees and funding

Read our tuition fee guide.

Extra costs and equipment

As well as providing their own stationery, to include pens, notepad and an A4 folder, we recommend that students have access to a laptop and to the internet. In some instances, it may be possible for the College to assist with this.

Replacement ID badges cost £3 or £8 if incorporated with a bus pass. For photocopying, students are provided with the first 80 black and white free of charge. Any additional copies for black and white are charged at 4p per copy.

Although course textbooks are available in the College library, we will provide a list of recommended texts at the beginning of the course which you may wish to purchase.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: ASCENTIS

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

Whilst this course doesn't include a compulsory work placement, we encourage our students to become part of the creative community. We are keen that you extend your experience beyond the university campus and join fellow English students of all levels of study to enjoy theatre visits to the nearby Grand Theatre, The Old Electric and the Winter Gardens, open mic, poetry and live music events.

During the course of your studies you will also have the opportunity to undertake voluntary work placements where you can apply your skills as a writer, for example, by working as an editorial assistant and/or journalist.

How will I learn?

The course runs over two days a week and concentrates on a different element of the programme on each.

The first is the English Language and Literature element which comprises the following units. (Please note – these units are subject to change):

  • Introduction to English Language and Literature
  • Analysis of the Novel
  • A Thematic Approach to Poetry
  • English Language and Literature Project
  • 19th Century Novel
  • Academic Skills in English Language and Literature

The second element is Creative Writing, which comprises of the following units:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Poetry Techniques & Meaning
  • Creative Writing Research Project
  • Process & Practice in Writing Shorter Pieces
  • Practical Skills in Creative Writing

Timetabled sessions total around 10 hours a week (340 hours over the year) with the course generally running over two days from 9am to 4pm. We also expect you to devote a further 10 hours each week to independent study. During this time you might be researching, doing background reading or creating drafts and final reports.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

The Access to HE Humanities is a 60 credit diploma, which covers the following subjects:

  • English Language and Literature (27 credits)
  • Creative Writing (24 credits)
  • HE Study Skills (9 credits)

We use a range of assessment methods, including essays, reports and presentations as well as formal exams at the end. The percentage split between assignments and exams is:

  • Assignments - 86%
  • Exams - 14%