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Access to Higher Education Diploma - Teaching and Education

For adults continuing or returning to education we have a wide range of courses with something for everyone. There are classes at Ardleigh Green and Rainham or online courses for those who prefer to study at home.

Our Higher Education offer includes a master's degree, degrees, HNDs and HNCs.

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Our Further Education offer includes full-time, part-time and short commercial courses. We also offer a range of free 10-12 week online courses, which are both career and life enhancing, for anyone aged 19 and over. You can apply for these courses by following the Distance Learning link.

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Course Location

Ardleigh Green

Course Level

A one-year course that starts in September and is for students who are 19 years and over. Students attend college for 2 days per week and a voluntary placement for 1 day per week.

Course Summary

The Access to HE Diploma is for students aged 19+ who would like to progress to Higher Education but do not have the traditional Level 3 qualifications or enough UCAS points. It suits adults who want to return to education, giving them the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of university and degree level programmes, including a focus on education, teaching and learning. The course also takes a wider view, focusing on topics such as safeguarding, sociology, and the use of technology in the classroom, and it will teach research and presentation techniques, essay planning and writing techniques, all of which boost confidence for studying at the next level.

Course Information

Students will complete mandatory and optional units and will take part in group discussions within the classroom. Class work will involve learning by speaking to others, watching videos, reading books and researching online.

Units you can expect to study include:

  • An overview of learning and development techniques
  • Developing resources
  • Classroom management
  • Special educational needs
  • Exploring the role of society
  • Understanding the impact of a multicultural society on children’s development

There will also be the opportunity to research an area of interest in more depth and to complete ungraded units which will support study and personal skills in Maths and English. In order to achieve the Access Diploma, students have to achieve 60 credits, 45 of which are at Level 3. Tutorial support will be given by tutors who have experience with the needs of people returning to education, but you will also be expected to complete additional research and assignments in your own time.

Assessment Method

Assessment will be carried out in a variety of ways, including essays, projects, presentations, self-evaluation, case studies, short answer questions, literature review, exams, reports, production of resources and schemes of work, observation, and planning activities. This course involves a high commitment in order to achieve. You will need to attend all classes, study in your own time and complete and submit assignments on time. These elements are crucial for achieving the standards required for Higher Education.


Students can progress to a range of higher education programmes including Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning; Foundation Degree in Early Years, Childcare and Education; BA (Hons) Early Years and Early Childhood Studies; BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years; BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies; BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary); BA (Hons) Education; BEd (Hons) Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS; Bachelor of Education (BEd). In addition, progression could be onto a higher level or degree apprenticeship.

Qualification Type


Exam Board

Gateway Qualifications