Level 3

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education & Teacher Training)


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 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.

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:

• Essay Writing
• Speaking and Listening Skills
• Finding and Reading Information
• Reading and Comprehension of Texts
• Prep to HE
• Safeguarding and Children's Welfare
• Digital Technologies
• Equality and Diversity and Anti Discriminatory Practice
• Lesson Planning
• Sociology of Education
• Managing Children’s Behaviour
• Psychological Perspectives
• Special Education Needs and Disabilities
• Education and Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
• Planning and Delivering a Microteach
• Becoming a Reflective Practitioner
• Current Issues in Education
• Extended Project

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.

Learners can work alongside the course as they must only commit to two days a week at college for the diploma. We recommend finding relevant work experience to support their UCAS application, however this is not compulsory.

Guest speakers, including SEND lecturers and digital learning team teaching using digital technologies in the classroom. Opportunities to observe teachers in the college. Speakers also include University Lecturers and Staff as well as previous students sharing their tips and experiences.

We support learners in signing up for master classes offered by universities.

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

Maximum UCAS 144 points from the course.

OCNLR, the awarding organisation has partnership agreements with London South Bank University, Goldsmiths, University of London and a progression agreement with London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Options to study short courses to enhance employability and UCAS applications.

Lecturers with experience in Performing Arts, Social Work, Counselling, Psychology and Sociology.

A previous BDC Nursing student won both the Michael Sergeant Award and Keith Fletcher Award for their achievements on the Access diploma.

Many students that have progressed to university and graduated becoming fully qualified teachers.

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 Studies
• Childhood Studies
• Early Years Education
• Primary Education
• Secondary Education
• Outdoor Education
• Level 4 and 5 in Education and Teacher Training
• Child Psychology
• Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies