Access to Higher Education Diploma: Education Professions

Course Information

  • Course Code: RV104
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: Ascentis
  • Study mode: Full Time
Overview

The Access to Education Teaching Diploma is excellent preparation for people who wish to train to be teachers or to study related courses at University level. This course is especially designed for mature students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for University level study but who wish to study at University level in the future.

What will I study?

You will study on this programme for 12 hours per week, completing three subjects at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-levels). In addition you will attend a tutorial session where your study skills will be developed and you will receive excellent preparation for University level study with our 'Study Skills' module. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a modular course which involves you studying a combination of units. All units are compulsory and must be completed by all students who wish to achieve this award. 

You will study the following subjects at Level 3:

  • English Language and Literature Level 3
  • Education Theory and Practice Level 3
  • History Level 3

All students on the Diploma will then complete the following mandatory units in a weekly tutorial:

  • Study Skills Level 3
  • Further Study Skills Level 3
Entry Requirements

As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics. Those who wish to go onto Primary School teacher training will also require GCSE Science at grade C or above. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we will refer you to our Adult GCSE programme.

You must have relevant work experience for this course. The following are examples of the work we regard as suitable to demonstrate your aptitude for a career in Education:

  • Classroom Assistant (paid or voluntary)
  • Nursery Nurse
  • After-school clubs
  • Recreational clubs (such as sports teams)
  • Other work with groups of children, such as Sunday School teaching

Not classed as suitable work experience:

  • Teaching your own children (for example, reading books with them, helping them with homework)
How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by examinations and essays throughout the course. 

What can I do next?

This programme is designed to prepare you for study at Degree level

Career Options

Primary School Teacher

  • £
    22,244
    + starting salary
  • 32.5 to 37+ hours per week

In this job you will help to give young children the best possible start in life. If you like spending time with young people, and want to work in education, a job as a primary school teacher could be perfect for you.

You will need to have enthusiasm for the subjects you teach. You’ll also need to be able to relate to pupils and their parents, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

One of the main routes into primary school teaching is to do Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) and get qualified teacher status. To do this you must have GCSEs in English, maths and a science subject. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Secondary School Teacher

  • £
    22,244
    + starting salary
  • 39+ hours per week

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further Education Lecturer

  • £
    22,000
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

Further education (FE) lecturers teach students over the age of 16. Also known as further education tutors or teachers, they work with some 14 to 16 year-olds studying work-related subjects. If you enjoy spending time with young adults and want a teaching career, this could be perfect for you.

To become a further education lecturer, you will need to be able to relate well to students of all ages and abilities. You’ll need good organisation and planning skills. You’ll also need patience and a sense of humour.

To qualify as an FE lecturer, you'll need at least a level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach as well as a teaching qualification.

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Higher Education Lecturer

  • £
    33,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Higher education lecturers teach and carry out research in universities and some further education colleges. They teach academic and vocational subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level to students over the age of 18.

If you have a high level of knowledge in a subject area, and want to pass it on through lectures, seminars and written materials, this job could be for you.

In this job you’ll need enthusiasm for your subject, so you can motivate and inspire your students. You’ll also need confidence so you can stand up in front of large groups and deliver lectures.

You’ll need a good degree (first or 2:1), and for most jobs a PhD or be working towards one. You’ll also need to have had academic work published.??

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