Access to HE Diploma (Education)

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Why study this course?

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. 

The Access 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.

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
  • BA (Hons) English
  • BA (Hons) Theology and Religion

*offered at Halesowen College

Course content

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.

The list below are some of the units studied on the Access to HE Education Diploma (subject to change)

  • Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Managing Behaviour in the Classroom
  • The Psychology of Learning
  • Placement Experience
  • Communication and Practice in the Classroom
  • Safeguarding in Education
  • Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in the Classroom

There are a range of strategies used to assess each unit on the social work diploma, these vary and could come in the form of a presentation, a professional discussion, essay, podcast, academic poster, report or video. Each assessment will be marked and graded by your lecturer and then returned to you along with useful feedback and tips for improvement.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English, Maths and a Science. You can study Maths or Science alongside the Diploma.


You will need access to notebooks and stationery.

Day, time and duration

Full 23/24 timetable to be confirmed

Start date

September 2023


If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 – 23 years, this course may be free 

An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course 

If applying for an Advanced Learning Loan we will need evidence of application before enrolment can be completed, we can also support you to make this application 

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