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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education & Teacher Training)


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2024


Adult 19+

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a Level 3 qualification which prepares adults without traditional qualifications for study at university.

Perfect for those who have been out of education for some time, you will be able to progress directly onto a higher education course at university on completion of this Access programme.

You will get an overview of Teaching and Education that will prepare you for university and a career in primary, secondary or post-compulsory sector teaching. You will learn how to study in preparation for Higher Education.

You will learn the following skills on this course:

  • Education studies
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Literature
  • Linguistics

Skills, knowledge and understanding are assessed through:

  • Assignments, reports and worksheets
  • Presentations
  • Case study analysis
  • Artefacts such as models, leaflets and posters

There are no external exams. Three units are partially assessed through 1 hour internal exams, some of which you are allowed to take notes into.

Access to HE Diploma courses are for students aged 19+ by 31st August in the year in which they start the Access programme.

You must have GCSE qualifications at grade 9-5/4 (A*-C) in English, Maths and Science as these qualifications usually form part of the entry requirements for the degree courses that you’ll progress to.

We recommend finding relevant work experience in either voluntary or paid employment to support your UCAS application. University often expect students to have some work experience before they start a course, however this is not compulsory.

On completion of this course, you will have the qualifications needed to attend university, where you can study areas including:

  • Teaching
  • Education Studies
  • Early Years Education
  • Primary Education
  • Physical Education
  • Child Development
  • English
  • Social Science and a range of related degrees.

Full 60 Credit Diploma with 45 credits graded units and 15 ungraded study skills.

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.

Where it can lead to
You could progress to the following courses
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.