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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

University College Birmingham
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
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Program description

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

Interested in the education sector? Are you thinking of taking a university course in this field but dont currently meet the entry requirements? Our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) is the ideal stepping stone to help you towards the next level of study as well as a future working in teaching or other education careers.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a Level 3 qualification providing an equivalent to A-levels. Designed for adult learners and those without traditional qualifications or a formal educational background, the course combines providing an introduction to your chosen subject area with developing the essential skills you need to study at higher levels. You will gain foundational knowledge of areas such as the development of education, influences in achievement, theories of child development and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), as well as building skills such as academic writing and study techniques.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Our Access to Higher Education Diploma course has been designed for students who have not had the opportunity to access higher education.

  • Applicants must have at least three years life experience outside of formal education gained since completing compulsory schooling.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of GCSE English Language at grade 3 (grade D) and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent.
  • Applicants will be required to also achieve a Level 2 Numeracy and Level 1 Literacy initial assessment. These assessments will take place on campus for candidates who have been successful at interview.
  • Applicants will also be required to submit a reference from a previous or current employment role.

Additional Information

For applicants who need to retake their maths alongside studying the Access course, please note that we cannot guarantee these lectures will fall between 10am and 3pm.

For students who have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills, please note that most education roles will stipulate a GCSE requirement.

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Program content

Topics you will study

  • Safeguarding in Education
  • Play
  • Communication and Practice
  • The Development of Education
  • Influences in Achievement
  • Skills for Learning
  • Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • The Developing Child
  • Managing Behaviour in the Classroom
  • Education Policy, Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Equality of Opportunities in Practice
  • Theories of Child Development
  • Education in Practice
  • Placement Experience
  • Classroom Skills

Teaching and assessment

Learning will be assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you for study at university. These may include assignments, timed essays or presentations at the end of each module - the equivalent of 5 assessments at the end of each term.

In order to successfully complete the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education), you must achieve a total of 60 credits (see previous list).

You must achieve 60 credits at Level 3. 45 are graded credits in Academic Modules at Pass, Merit or Distinction, and 15 are ungraded credits in Skills for Learning.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration : 1 year (3-4 days per week)
  • Course Start : September (2021)
  • Credits : 60 credits


Our expert tutors and staff will support you throughout your course, at the end of which you will have gained a nationally-recognised qualification that will open the doors to higher education. You will also have the foundations for a range of future careers, from working in primary and secondary schools to nurseries or SEND environments.

Career opportunities

This course is designed to enable your progression onto higher education. Depending on entry requirements, you could continue onto a degree at University College Birmingham, such as Primary Education Studies (Accelerated), Childhood Education Studies (Online) or Early Childhood Studies. For secondary education, you could undertake one of our vocational degrees (such as Sport, Coaching and Fitness or Computer Science) followed by a PGCE.

With further study, possible future career options open to you include:

  • Education support assistant - Average Salary: £20,509
  • Primary and nursery teaching professional - Average Salary: £46,412
  • SEN teaching professional - Average Salary: £44,799
  • Secondary education teaching professional - Average Salary: £49,412

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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Why study at University College Birmingham

Why Choose Us?

Your choice of college or university will play an important part in shaping your career and fulfilling your ambitions.

It’s crucial you pick a place that feels right for you – and where you will be happy. It needs to be a university that will help you achieve your goals; a place you can trust.

So why choose University College Birmingham? Where shall we begin…?

The first thing you need to know is that UCB is a compact, specialist institution in the heart of England’s biggest regional city. Birmingham has the buzz of a major city without the inflated London price tag.

The University is big on vocational courses – the majority of which are accredited by the University of Birmingham – and big on linking academic theory to modern workplace skills. It’s also big on you. Our size and teaching philosophy means the focus is on each individual student. At University College Birmingham, you will never be a face in the crowd.

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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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