Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education & Teacher Training)


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2022


Adult 19+

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

You will have a coherent, integrated and supported year of study where you will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for successful undergraduate study.

The course aims to provide a balance of essential study skills with specialist subject knowledge in Education.

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.

Specialist Education units include:

  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
  • Classroom Management
  • Inclusive Education
  • Safeguarding and Children's Welfare
  • Planning and Delivering a Microteach
  • Education and Learning Difficulties & Disabilities
  • Education and Special Educational Needs (SEND)
  • Learning Theories
  • Lesson Planning
  • Equality, Diversity and Anti-Discriminatory Practice
  • Research in a Teaching and Learning Environment
  • Using Digital Technologies in Education
  • Current Issues in Education
  • Literacy and Numeracy in the Classroom

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.

You will need to have a Level 2 qualification in English and in maths, or have L1 English and maths and be enrolled on Level 2 courses in English and maths. This is a requirement as you will need these to get into university and to cope with the demands of the Access Diploma course.

On successful completion of the course you can progress to Higher Education. Many go on to study a teaching qualification at Barking & Dagenham College (Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training), or to a degree in one of the following subjects at university:

  • Education
  • Childhood Studies
  • Early Years Education
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Outdoor Education