Education Access To Higher Education Diploma Level 3





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About the course

The Access to HE course is a one-year, full-time, Level 3 course specifically designed to enable you to develop the knowledge and study skills to progress into Higher Education.

You may already have some qualifications at GCSE, NVQ, BTEC or A level but not enough to get to university.

The Access course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your goal of becoming a Primary School Teacher. You need to be very committed to study and focused on your career choice. If you want to become a secondary school teacher you can take another Access to HE course and then study for a specialist degree before taking a PGCE.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Maths, English and a Science subject at Grade C or above are required for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) degree courses
  • Approximately 12 months classroom experience (voluntary or paid) as competition for ITT courses is high
  • Strong desire to study
  • Knowledge of the course required at University
  • Commitment to study full time for a year
  • Good organisation, enthusiasm and motivation
What will I do on this course?
  • 15 taught hours per week in college usually spread over three to four days
  • 20 self study hours per week
  • Support from a personal tutor and Study Skills are included in the course
  • 3 chosen modules to be discussed at interview
Who is it for?

Adults over 19 (on 1 September 2016) who want to enter Higher Education in 2017 and already have GCSE Maths, English and a Science subject at Grade C

How to apply

Please contact us for more information and an Access to HE Application form. You will be invited to an interview and screening tests in Maths and English. There is no deadline for applications but we advise you to apply as soon as possible.

For more information about Access courses: Call: 0117 312 5164 Email: or you can click on the enquire button below and we will send you an application form.

How Is this course assessed?

The Access Diploma is modular. You will gain 45 credits at Level 3 (graded at distinction, merit or pass) and 15 credits at Level 2 or 3 for assessed work through a nationally recognised awarding body, AptEd.

  • Assignment based
  • Coursework
  • Exams
What could I do next?

Degrees in Primary Teacher Training at universities within the UK.

  • We have long established links with Universities
  • We offer guaranteed consideration for a Foundation Degree at City of Bristol College.
  • It is essential that you know what you want to study at university or college
  • We recommend you visit Universities on their Open Days
  • Thoroughly research your intended University course and its entry requirements before you apply for an Access course
Additional cost

You may need to pay for the following:

  • Books
  • Educational visits

You will need an interview for this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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