When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code K22HSSB02A

What you will learn

This pathway is intended for students who wish to study African and Caribbean and/or Anthropology at University but do not have the required entry qualifications. Our Diploma is recognised by all HE Institutions: last year all of our successful students went on to study African Studies at University. Many students continue to study Humanities and /or Africana Studies at prestigious universities such as SOAS, Cambridge, Manchester and Birmingham. This Diploma covers a wide range of areas within Africana Studies such as African Studies, Diaspora Studies, Anthropology and Study Skills in preparation for degree level with a strong focus on core modules required at university. The course equips students with the tools needed to study Africana Studies at undergraduate level by developing research and critical thinking skills, improving their essay writing, examination and note taking techniques through study skills. Students will be supported through the university application process. Achievement on your course will be measured by completion of assignments / portfolio which will be reviewed throughout the course with regular individual tutorials with your tutor to discuss your personal goals and coursework submissions.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Study Skills: Academic essay writing, Critical Thinking, Researching and understanding opportunities for HE report writing, examination skills and more
  • African Studies: Debunking Eurocentric Narratives of Africa, Colonisation, Neo Colonialism and Resistance, Introduction to Africa and African Studies, African Spiritual Systems
  • Diaspora Studies: Black Consciousness and Radicals, The Haitian Revolution, Windrush and the Notting Hill Riots, Race Relations
  • Anthropology: Introduction to Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Fieldwork and Research Methods in Anthropology, Anthropology of Ritual and Rites of Passage
  • Develop your study skills and employability skills alongside a range of specialist skills including: Practical skills, Analytical, evaluative skills and IT skills

Class format and activities

On the Africana Studies Diploma, you will study core module in Study Skills, which will enable you to develop the essential skills you will need to be a successful student at University, along with three modules, namely, Anthropology, African Studies, Diaspora Studies. You will receive extensive support throughout the course, including guidance around all aspects of your University application. This is a fast paced course and you will be expected to have good attendance and complete independent study outside of lessons. At the start of the course you will be given a course calendar with a series of coursework submission dates which you will be asked to meet at regular intervals throughout the year. This course will be structured as on online plus course. Twice per term you will come to the centre for your classes and the rest of the classes will be taught online. Further details will be given to you at your interview.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over . You should have GCSE English Grades A-C / 4-9 or Level 2 equivalent , and GCSE Maths Grades A-C / 4-9 or Level 2 equivalent is desirable You will need these two qualifications in addition to the Access to HE Diploma to progress to most university undergraduate programmes.

What you need to know before you enrol

Your Access course requires dedication and commitment if you are going to succeed. Your course is timetabled for two days a week and runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. The Access course is an intensive course and will prepare you for the demands of a University degree course in just nine months. It is therefore essential to think how you are going to balance work, family and social life with your Access studies. You will be expected to do regular reading and written work on top of attending classes.

What you need

This is a live online plus course. You will need: - Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome. - A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer. - Earphones/headphones/speakers. We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts. As a student of Morley College you have access to Microsoft 365, including Office 365 and Teams throughout your course.

What you can do next

The course will prepare you for Higher Education course and interview. Progression Routes after completing an Access to HE Diploma in Africana Studies, learners can go on to university to study many subjects at degree level, including Politics, Social Science and Culture, Geography and History. This can lead to a career working for governmental and non-governmental organisations, both nationally and internationally.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free, or via a Student Loan