Access to Higher Education Diploma (Media and Cultural Studies)*

Course Introduction

Awaiting Body: OCN London
Level: QCF Level 3

Media is not just entertainment. It shapes our culture, the way we interact, the way we see the world and the lives that we live. EThames Access to HE Media and Culture Studies will teach you how to create, critically examine and challenge various forms of 21st Century media. You can expect to explore a range of media including social media, film, advertising, newspapers and magazines.

An Access to Higher Education course is intended to help those without level 3 qualifications can entry to a Higher Education course within the related field. Students who complete Access to HE (Media & Cultural Studies) may progress on to a related course at a number of UK universities.

*We are currently not recruiting students for Access to HE programmes starting this September. However all applications will be considered for similar courses in 2017.

Course Modules and Assessments

Media and Culture

  • Explore the many ways media and culture can be interpreted and use those perspectives critically to develop your own interpretations

Film Studies

  • Examine film, television and documentary in depth and develop skills for planning your own creative projects


  • Learn how to conduct interviews and write professionally formatted articles for newspapers, magazines and blogs

Development Opportunities at EThames

  • Listen to guest speakers who make independent films in London
  • Visit film studios
  • Attend the world premieres of independent films
  • Visit the London College of Communication and explore degree
Entry Requirements
  • Applicants must be 19+, motivated to study with a clear intention to
    progress to a higher education course (HNC, HND, Foundation
    Degree or Bachelor’s Degree)
  • There are flexible qualification requirements for admission, but all
    applicants will be interviewed during the admissions process
  • Applicants will need to take a diagnostic assessment of literacy (unless already qualified to Level 2 in English and Maths)
  • At least one satisfactory reference is required from a previous school, college or employer, plus a personal reference

Note: Admission requirements at some UK universities include GCSE English and sometimes GCSE Maths depending on the degree subject. Students will need to have gained these qualifications by end of the course in order to apply to most universities; they are not included within the Access course. Students will need to ensure they have the time and motivation to study for these exams outside the time required for the Access to HE Diploma.

Fees & Funding
  • Eligible applicants aged 24 or over may be eligible for a full tuition fee loan for an Access to HE course
  • Students in receipt of a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan who go on to complete a higher education qualification (HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or Bachelor’s Degree) will not have to repay their tuition fee loan for their Access to HE course
  • Applicants aged 19-23 may be eligible for a full or partial tuition fee grant, which does not need to be repaid
  • Students may be eligible for additional financial support, depending on household income

See Tuition Fees page for course tuition fee and information regarding Scholarships.

Eligible UK and EU students may apply for financial support for this course (excluding fast track mode of study).

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Useful Information

Course Level: QCF Level 3

Course Length: The course duration is one academic year

Intakes: October, January

Awarded by: OCN London