Teaching - Access to Higher Education Diploma
About the course
This course is for adults who want to study Teaching or a related degree at University, but who currently lack the qualifications. It is the ideal bridge to University, and from University to a career in primary, secondary or further education; Early Years care; or educational administration.
You need a minimum grade C in GCSE English, Maths and Science prior to enrolment. It would also be advantageous if you had relevant work experience with children or in a community-related role. All candidates are subject to an interview and aptitude test prior to enrolment.
You study two core modules: Academic Study Skills and Education Studies. You will also choose two modules from: Economics, English Literature, History, Psychology, Sociology. You will be expected to attend between 2.5 or 3 days a week. You will be expected to undertake private study of 10-15 hours a week in addition to this. You must have experience as a voluntary teaching assistant or similar in schools, or be prepared to arrange this during the year.
Assessment is by coursework and by occasional written examinations.
You can progress on to a range of possible degrees such as Education Studies, Primary Education, Early Childhood Studies and other education-related areas. The course coordinator for the Teaching route and our careers and Higher Education advisors will give you advice and guidance on this and on your application to university.
The psychology modules on the Access course were fascinating for me.
Studied: Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work
Now studying a BA in Social Work at Middlesex University
Byron Baker grew up in care until the age of 17. He had always wanted to be a social worker and this year his dream came true after he passed an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work at the College. He is now studying Social Work at Middlesex University and in the future intends to work with disadvantaged children.
He said: “I knew through my experiences growing up I could help other disadvantaged children in Islington. I want to inspire others to have the mentality that just because you’re in care doesn't mean you can’t achieve anything. The psychology modules on the Access course were fascinating for me. They gave me answers as to why I had felt like I did. The College nurtures you back into education and it was very satisfying to get four university offers.”