Access to Higher Education: Education Professions Diploma

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The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma in Education Professions is a tried and tested route for adult students who want to study primary teaching and related subjects at university.

We have excellent relationships with the higher education institutions in Leeds, but our students also progress to other universities in the UK. The course is nationally recognised and validated by the Skills and Education Group.

Course Information

An Access to HE Diploma is designed for adult learners aged 19 and over to bridge the gap between GCSEs and higher education. You will be fully supported throughout the programme and will gain support with writing your personal statement and applying to university.

Funding is available through an Advanced Learner Loan. Entry is by interview, with dates occurring throughout the year. You will normally need to have GCSEs in English, maths and science at grade 4-9 but it is possible to study one of these alongside an access course. Please also check your chosen university for their entry requirements, before commencing an Access to HE course.


Who is this course for?

Are you interested in teaching in a primary or secondary school? Do you dream of going to university but don’t meet the entry requirements? If so, this course is perfect for you. The Access to HE Education Professions Diploma is recognised by many universities for entry into primary teaching degrees and related subjects.

You will be taught by a dedicated team of teachers, learning alongside other adults. You will study sociology, English and education topics. In addition, you will strengthen your study skills to support your learning. This course is a nationally recognised qualification and is validated by Certa.

Units / Modules

You will study a combination of units, to include:

  • Education studies
  • English
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Study skills

Benefits / Skills

You will have the benefit of experienced and supportive teachers, who are familiar with the whole university application process. During the course, you will go on to develop appropriate academic skills to ensure your success on the Access course and university.

You will be studying alongside like-minded adults with similar goals to your own and will be fully supported towards your university career.

Assessment Types

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, exams and presentations.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the course is by interview. You will need to demonstrate that you have (or expect to have by the start of the course), GCSE English and maths, grades A-C or 4-9. Ideally, GCSE science grades A-C or 4-9, but most universities will accept an equivalent qualification for science. However, we advise you to check the individual university entrance requirements before applying.

Career Progression

Students can progress into primary teaching and a number of other education or early years professions.

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Course Details


1 Year

Study Type

Full time

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Course Fee (Adult)

£3,384   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

Course Facts


You will be studying alongside other adults aged 19 and over, and will be fully supported by experienced tutors

Extra Curriculum

Some students may be entitled to a small bursary, which may help with travel expenses, etc on days when you are in college.

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