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Education Professions Access to Higher Education

Teaching children is a demanding yet very rewarding career, but how much do you know about life in the classroom? It’s certainly hard work and requires a great deal of patience and understanding, as well as extremely high professional standards. You will need to be well organised and energetic, a great communicator and be dedicated to realising the potential of every child you work with. You might want to teach in primary schools, or specialise in a national curriculum subject in secondary education. You could also consider training as a special needs teacher. Whoever you want to teach, you will need to progress to university, so studying this course can lead you to range of degrees to make this possible. You will be studying a number of units. Some of these are designed to give you the skills to cope with University level education for example Academic Writing and Study Support. Some units are related to the teaching professions such as Child Development and Education professions. You will also study English Language and Literature. The final unit is Work Experience where you will be placed in a school working alongside experienced teachers. This is a valuable addition to the course that gives you that ‘something extra’ when you apply to university for your higher education course.

Your tutors will support your development of reflection and target setting; important aspects of being a teacher. The course is delivered by highly qualified, experienced teacher educators with years of experience teaching in modern learning environments and our students have little problem in securing their university place.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Course Type
Access to HE
Course Length
31 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need GCSE Maths, English and science (or a named science like Biology). You will also undertake an assessment of your maths and English skills and will need to demonstrate that you are working at level 2. New requirements for Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) tests prior to university mean you will need to demonstrate strong skills in literacy and numeracy. Experience outside formal education is expected and a commitment to study and a desire to follow a career in teaching/education or a related degree. A DBS check will take place. A criminal record will not automatically bar entry but may do so.

Delivery and Assessment

The units are different sizes (called ‘credits’) and to gain the Access to HE Diploma you will need to achieve 60 credits overall, 45 of these must be graded at level 3. Some of the units are simply ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ (known as ungraded units) some of them are graded units. The assessments include; • Observations of your practice, • Presentations • Written assignments. • Exams We place a very strong emphasis on high levels of attendance and punctuality as the course prepares you for a profession that require these qualities.


You can progress to university to study a range of Degrees that qualify graduates with QTS (qualified teaching status). This allows you to become a teacher in primary and secondary education. Some students may wish to pursue different career paths into education studies and policy.

Career Opportunities

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Trainers