The Humanities and Social Science Access Course offers you the chance to make a fresh start in education and to prepare for study at university. It is designed for people who would like to study in higher education but left school without the usual qualifications, such as A levels, and aims to help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed on a degree course. The course is validated by OCNLR (the Open College Network London Region) and leads to the award of the Access to HE Diploma, which is recognised as an entry qualification by universities. It provides a coherent two-year programme of study which combines study skills (including some maths) with a compulsory core of three academic subjects. You will also have regular one-to-one tutorials. Access courses are intended for adults who wish to prepare for degree courses, but have few or no formal qualifications, or have been out of education for some time. They are recognised by universities as equivalent in standard to 'A' level. There are no formal entry requirements for this access course but, as it involves substantial reading and essay writing, you will need to be able to read and respond to a range of texts (fiction and non-fiction), and to communicate information and ideas clearly and effectively in writing. You should also be prepared to contribute to discussion and be able to work in a group.