Level 3 Access to Higher Education – Education

Level 3 Access to Higher Education – Education

Level 3 Access to Higher Education – Education

This course is for students who are 19 and over

The Access to Higher Education course prepares you to study at university and is also widely recognised by employers. It is designed for those who have left school without the usual qualifications such as A Levels.

The hours of study consist of 10 mandatory class contact hours per week. You will also need to commit to self study outside of class times.

You will be studying a range of units that will make up 45 credits and will cover:

  • Education Practice
  • Education Studies and Childhood Studies
  • The Developing Child
  • Child Protection
  • Education in Practice
  • Teaching Practice
  • Behavioural Studies

You may also have the option to substitute some of the units to cover elements of science or psychology.

You will be expected to complete a short work placement in a relevant setting which the college will support you to find.

In addition to the 45 credits a further 15 credits will be ungraded, 6 credits will be from study skills and the further 9 credits will be from core modules.

You will be assessed via a range of methods including essays, reports, presentations, projects and examinations.

Upon successful completion of the course, you can progress to university to study degree level courses in Early Years Education, teaching or other education-based courses. You could also progress to careers in teaching or childcare.

You will need to show they have sufficient skills in English and maths, which means satisfying one of the following requirements: English GCSE grade 4 (C) or above, Level 2 or equivalent, maths GCSE grade 3 (D) or above, Level 1 or equivalent.*

If the above criteria cannot be met you will be asked to complete a screening test at interview to determine the appropriate level.

*Please check university requirements as you may need GCSE Science grade 4 (C), or equivalent.

This course is for 19-23yrs, course is free if you have not achieved a full Level 2 qualification.

For all other students fees apply:
Course fee £3384; Exam Fee TBC

Course Summary

Length of study:
1 year


Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

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