Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education & Teacher Training)


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023


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 study the following units:

  • Education Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology

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'll also need literacy and Numeracy skills - either via GCSE English and Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills.

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.