Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

This course is for learners who are 18 and over    

The Access to Higher Education course prepares learners to study at university. It is designed for those who have left school without the usual qualifications such as A Levels. This course can successfully equip learners to study at university and is also widely recognised by employers.

What can I progress on to? 
Upon successful completion of the course, learners can progress to university to study degree level courses in Early Years Education, teaching or other education based courses. Learners could also progress to careers in teaching or childcare. 

What will I study?
The hours of study consist of 12 mandatory class contact hours per week. Learners will also need to commit to self-study outside of class times.

Learners will study a range of modules that will make up 45 credits.

Learners will units covering Education Practice, Education Studies and Childhood Studies such as:
The Developing Child
Child Protection
Education in Practice
Teaching Practice
Behavioural Studies

Learners may also have the option to substitute some of the units to cover elements of Science or Psychology.

Learners will be expected to complete a short work placement in a relevant setting which the college will support in finding. In addition to the 45 credits above a further 15 credits will be gained from skills for learning which includes preparing for a written assignment, preparing for a higher education admission interview and progressing to higher education.

How will I be assessed? 
Learners will be assessed via a range of methods including essays, reports, presentations, projects and examinations.

What are the entry requirements?
Learners need to show they have sufficient skills in English and Maths, which means satisfying one of the following requirements:

English GCSE grade C or above, level 2 or equivalent
Maths GCSE grade D or above, level 1 or equivalent
If the above criteria cannot be met learners will be asked to complete a screening test at interview to determine the appropriate level as above.

Learners are reminded that a higher education course in Childcare and Education is likely to require a minimum of a level 2 or GCSE grade C in English and Maths to be achieved prior to enrolment with a university. Learners are therefore encouraged to develop and gain these qualifications prior to or during the Access Diploma. Learners should check individual entry criteria with a range of universities prior to enrolling.

What can I progress on to? 
Upon successful completion of the course, learners can progress to university to study degree level courses in Early Years Education, teaching or other education based courses. Learners could also progress to careers in teaching or childcare. 

Advanced Learner Loan
If you are aged 19 years and over and are looking to study an Access to Higher Education course, you may be able to apply for a low-interest Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. If you complete this and then go on to complete a course in Higher Education, the remaining balance, including any interest on it, will be written off. For more information about the Advanced Learner Loan click on link below:

Advanced Learner Loan

To apply for the loan click the Learning and Funding Information Letter which contains all the essential information you need. 

Learning and Funding Information Letter

If you would like more information on payment options for your course fees click on link below:

Course Fees Payment Options