Vocational Course

Access to HE - Education Diploma

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About this course

Starts in September

An Access course is a nationally recognised alternative to A Levels and GCSEs for entry to British Universities and Colleges of Higher Education. The course offers excellent preparation for studying at a higher level and can increase your chances of future success.

At Halesowen College our Access programme is specifically linked to Birmingham City University, Newman University and Wolverhampton University. However, as part of the Open College Network, the qualification is recognised nationally, leaving you free to apply to the university of your choice.

Even if you were to decide against progressing to higher education, we believe that you would find the course to be of great personal benefit.

What does the course involve?

This is an exciting course that will introduce you to educational theory and practice for a range of educational settings. The teaching team are passionate about all things educational and aim to provide you with a brilliant experience. You will be encouraged to think deeply, unpick your own ideas of society and education and to work collaboratively with your peers to enhance learning.

You will also have the opportunity to attend events at two local universities for taster sessions, university interview support and skills mock tests.

What will I learn?

  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • Sociology of Education
  • Child Protection
  • Play
  • Theories of Cognitive Development and Learning
  • An Introduction to Classroom Teaching
  • Placement Experience
  • Teaching in Practice
  • Inclusive Learning (Policy and Practice)
  • The Development of Education

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of strategies, the Education Diploma uses the following:-

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Podcasts
  • Academic poster
  • Presentations
  • Play activity

What do I need?

You require a GCSE grade C in English Language.

Where can it take me?

The Education Diploma Access to HE course is extremely versatile. In previous years we have had learners progress into a range of courses, for example:

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
BA (Hons) Secondary Education with QTS
Diploma in Education and Training (Further Education Teaching)*
Foundation Degree in Early Years*
Foundation Degree in Learning Support*
BSc (Hons) Mathematics
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) Theology and Religion
Foundation Degree in Social Science*

*Offered at Halesowen College

Additional Information

You will need to bring a smile, pens, notebook, enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, and documentation to complete your DBS (information of this can be found on the Disclosure & Barring Service Official Government website).

Who can I contact about the course?

Sarah Ward: sward@halesowen.ac.uk - 0121 602 7640

Funding Your Access to HE Course

If you are aged 19-23 and do not hold a full level 3 qualification (such as a BTEC, NVQ or A Levels) your course could be free.

If you do need to pay for the course you can pay in full, by instalments or by Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England.

Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it.