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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)
General Pathway

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) - General Pathway

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) is suitable if you wish to take go on to a teaching/education related degree at university, but don’t have the required entry qualifications. It’s been created for learners who’ve been out of full time education for some time. The units it contains range from Education Practice, Education Theory and Childhood Studies right the way through to Biology. These are the academic subject Universities typically seek within their entrance criteria when making degree course offers.

Check your University will accept this qualification

Most universities and colleges accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas as an entry requirement, but we strongly recommend that you check with each of the institutions you’re interested in attending. The syllabus tab (below) provides course specifications which identify the units provided in this course, so you can let the universities know the ground of learning your qualification will have covered.

You will need Maths and English GCSE grade C

Universities and colleges are likely to ask you for a minimum of Grade C in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent. You’ll also need to meet this requirement in order to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education).

How soon can I get my Access to Higher Education Diploma?

Set the pace of your learning

You set the pace of your learning, and studying independently means you need to set aside time and be realistic about how much time you can dedicate to your studies. With this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you can take any time, from 9 months to 2 years, to successfully complete all the assignments.

You’re not alone

Contact is all available, obviously with your assessor, but also with students on the same course, via our unique platform PEARL. There are debates and forums in which you can participate. Sharing thoughts and ideas is all part of the learning process.

How do I submit assignments?

Your study materials will be broken down into units, and you will complete an assignment for each unit. You can make notes, or ‘assignment planners’ inside the course materials for each unit as you go along; they will prepare you for the way you need to study at university.

Get feedback from your personal assessor

All the study materials are online and your personal assessor will also mark all your assignments in our virtual learning environment platform, PEARL. Your feedback will be mostly via email and is also in PDFs which will be delivered within PEARL, so you can log-on and chart your progress. Your assessor will also provide guidance to help you successfully complete assignments.

Assignments and credits

The assignment itself relates exactly to the study materials and is your way of proving that you have learned it. All assignments provide the evidence against which you are awarded learning credits. 60 credits equates to an Access to Higher Education Diploma. The 60 credits comprise 15 ungraded credits and 45 graded (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Life after your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

You will probably apply for your actual university/college entrance while you are still studying for this qualification. Universities offer ‘conditional’ places on their courses, for example: on condition that you achieve the qualification, or: on condition you achieve a certain level of qualification. The Education degree course you have identified as your end goal, should ideally be already lined up by you, so that on achieving this qualification, you can continue your studies and start a new life at Uni.

Unit 1: Preparing To Study

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback.

Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task.
  • Know how to interpret and discuss concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task.
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas.
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism.

Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources.
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced.
  • Understand a range of reading strategies.
  • Understand note-making methods.
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment.

Unit 4: Independent Research

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area.
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Unit 5: An Introduction to Classroom Teaching

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Plan and prepare for teaching within the National Curriculum.
  • Understand the importance of classroom design.

Unit 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education.
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application.
  • Understand personal HE opportunities.
  • Understand the financial implications of further study.
  • Know how to apply for a course

Unit 7: Theories of Child Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work in child development.
  • Understand alternative theories of development.
  • Understand how stages of development link to practical situations.


Unit 8: Behaviour Problems in the Classroom

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Recognise anti-social behaviour
  • Recognise anti-institutional behaviour
  • Understand the formal discipline processes/procedures of a school
  • Understand the informal methods of implementing discipline within a classroom setting
  • Understand some of the underlying causes of behavioural problems as displayed in the classroom


Unit 9: Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the teacher/trainer
  • Understand the need to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment
  • Understand the professional relationships between teachers and trainers engaged in education

Unit 10: Human Nutrition & the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system.
  • Understand nutrients and their sources.
  • Understand how diet may influence health.

Unit 11: The Human Musculo-Skeletal System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand anatomical terminology
  • Understand the skeletal system and locomotion
  • Understand the muscular system

Unit 12: Human Reproduction, Growth & Development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive tract throughout life
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty

Unit 13: Theories of Cognitive Development & Learning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Have knowledge of theories of cognitive development
  • Understand learning theory
  • Have knowledge of the application of theories of learning and cognitive development to classroom practice

Unit 14: Child Protection

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to plan action learning relating to child protection
  • Understand areas of anti discriminatory practice and core social work values relating to child protection
  • Understand legal and policy frameworks relating to child protection.
  • Understand and explore relevant theoretical perspectives relating to child protection that inform practice.
  • Understand skills relating to working in child protection that inform practice.

Unit 15: Understanding the Intellectual & Language Development of Children aged birth to eight years

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of intellectual development of children.
  • Understand the stages of language development of children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of communicating with young children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of factors, which affect intellectual and language development in children.

Unit 16: Play

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Define ‘play’.
  • Show knowledge of stages of play.
  • Show knowledge of life stage theory.
  • Understand the ways in which children learn through play.

Unit 17: Introduction to Teaching & Learning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand models of teaching and learning.
  • Understand ‘blocks’ to learning.
  • Understand curriculum planning and lesson planning.


Unit 18: Child Development & Management of Pupil Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be aware of the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of the child.
  • Understand the main aspects of social and emotional development.
  • Know factors which may affect pupil development and behaviour.
  • Know methods for managing pupil behaviour.


Unit 19: The Developing Child

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Display knowledge of the process of Child Development.
  • Display knowledge of theories of cognition and socialisation.
  • Display knowledge of studies and debates over the concept of intelligence.
  • Understand processes of developing psychological schemas.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (400/0388/7). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study an Education related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted as an alternative to 'A Levels' for University admission. The programmes have a track record of success in helping students to gain admission to University.

Learners should, however, be aware that Universities each apply their own admissions criteria, and these vary broadly depending on the reputation and popularity of the university and of the degree programme that relates to your area of interest.

These ‘variable’ admission criteria may include but are not limited to:

  1. Achievement of a certain amount of Access to HE Diploma units at Merit or above.
  2. Successful completion of a face-to-face interview at the University
  3. Successful completion of literacy and numeracy assessments by the University.
  4. Completion of specific unpaid  ‘work experience’ or a previous ‘job role’.
  5. Prior attainment of GCSE English,Maths and/or Science – or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2.

It is vitally important that each student investigates the entry requirements of a range of universities that they could practically attend to determine if the diploma and unit choices within meet each set of entry requirements. 

Students should complete this exercise as early as possible so that they can plan for which establishment they will be applying to, and start to work towards it.

Whilst we have the fullest confidence that the Access to Higher Education Diplomas are compliant and perfectly sufficient to form part of a University application, DTS will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education learner to secure an offer from a Higher Education establishment due to the ‘variables’ involved.

If you’re a UK resident aged 19 or over then you’ll have to pay your own fees but you can apply for the government backed 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. This will be paid back in monthly installments but the payments only begin once you’ve finished the Access to HE course and are earning over £21,000 pa.

Ideally, once you’ve finished the Access to HE Diploma you’ll then go on to complete a Higher Education (HE) qualification, such as a degree course. The outstanding balance of your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan will then be written off.

The degree course does not have to relate to the Access to HE course that you’ve previously taken, however, both must be successfully (Access and Degree) completed in order to cancel re-payment of the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £96.00).

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan with this course. We are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. You can access your Advanced Learner Loan if you meet the criteria. Two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.
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With an Advanced Learner Loan
Registration Fee £37.25
Repayments: No Payments until salary reaches £21,000
Total Price: £3,384.00
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Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE)

Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government.

You can enrol today and pay much, much later

You can access your course information straight away. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

*Cashback will be paid to you once you have finished paying for your course in full. For more information, please see our cash back terms and conditions. The total amount payable over the term's period, is no more than the total cash price of the course. (APR = 0%). Written quotations are available on request.
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Yes, when you study using this kind of funding, Dimensions Training Solutions offers considerably more than the same one without the 19+ funding loan.

Enhanced course content

Six Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) modules are embedded in the content of your course: Maths, English, Digital Life Skills, Confidence, Resilience and Meeting Deadlines.

You can choose to study a further four: Workplace Ready, Initiative, Teamwork and Problem Solving. These are all designed to boost your personal skill level and help your career progression.

Additional personal support

A Student Support Officer (SSO) will be assigned to you, so you have a single point of contact throughout your course to support you with any admin issues. Dimensions Training Solutions regularly update the SFA with details of study hours, and evidence of learning, in order to responsibly account for your course funding.

You will have an Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date” and your SSO is there to encourage and help you stay on course. This is in addition to your Assessor, who assesses your work and provides personal constructive feedback.


The difference between courses funded by 19+ loan and privately funded courses

Features Course funded
by 19+ Advanced Learner Loans
Course funded privately
Personal Student Support Officer assigned to you
Personal Assessor Support assigned to you Automatic embedding of 6 key Employability and Independent Learning Skills (EILS) in course
10 EILS available
Individual Learning Plan with a set “finish date”
Flexible deadline to finish your course
Online study delivery
Postal study delivery
Payment in full or in instalments while you study
Eligibility requirement for loan
Nothing to pay until course is finished and you earn over £21,000 pa.
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Advanced Learner Loan?
  • Aged over 19 and living in the UK?
  • 19+ loans are Government backed, so you only pay them back if you’re earning over £21,000 a year.