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Access to Education

This Access to Education pathway is the ideal route for you if you are looking to work within education as it will prepare you for your degree studies at university prior to going on to complete your teaching qualifications if you plan to qualify as a teacher.

What is Access to Education?

The Education diploma covers a broad range of subject areas within humanities and social sciences, so you are eligible to progress on to a broad array of other degree programmes, such as psychology, sociology, media, criminology, English and history, amongst many others. The course is an intensive one-year programme aimed exclusively at adults and is a great choice for learners who are passionate about education, psychology, and learning. You will study a range of topics in psychology, sociology, criminology, education and media giving you the perfect base of knowledge to take your skills further at university on your chosen degree.

Do not worry if you have been out of education for a while, or never went to college, the course is under-pinned with study skills throughout to ensure you develop these key skills in academic writing, research, and digital literacy.

On successful completion of this pathway, you will achieve an Access Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Access to HE diploma is a full level 3 qualification and will enable you to progress on to study a degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, or a number of other related degree choices. The diploma is seen by a number of Universities as a viable entry route to study most humanities and social sciences degrees.

The diploma covers five key subject disciplines

Psychology – Key aspects of psychology, developmental psychology, and psychological disorders.
Sociology – Application of sociological approaches, social inequality and crime and deviance.
Criminology – Current issues in Criminology.
Education – Teaching and Learning.
Media – Stereotyping in the media.

Alongside the specialist subject disciplines, you will be supported to develop your study skills to ensure you are well equipped to complete your assessments and thrive in an HE environment.

You will be assessed in a range of methods including essays, presentations, reports, and case studies. You will be required to attend college two days per week for the course, and assignments will need to be completed from home

To study on this programme, you will need a Level 2 qualification in English and maths, and be aged over 19.

If you are aged under 23 and this is your first full Level 3, the course will be fully funded for you.

If you already have a Level 3, or are aged over 23, you can take out an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the tuition fees – however, if you progress onto and complete a degree, your loan for the Access Diploma is cleared.