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Primary Teaching Access to Higher Education at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a level 3 qualification which prepares students to study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE Primary Teaching course could be for you. 

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Primary Teaching) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people to study for a Teaching degree in the future. 

It is designed for:


  • adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities, and who have an interest in Primary School Teaching


The Diplomas are validated and awarded by OCN London and are recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. 

Learners offered a place on the Access programme will take Subject Specific Modules alongside Academic Study Skills with an additional tutorial each week making a total of 12 hours contact time. A possible 15 hours independent study time per week may be necessary. The programme is fast moving, exciting and demanding with rigorous assessment. It is also highly rewarding and offers a great opportunity to succeed. 

When applying for an Access course you are entitled to apply for a Government Loan to cover the cost, this will be written off if you proceed to a Degree programme.

Course content

The qualification has a credit value of 60 credits. It is a Level 3 qualification, although some units within it may be set at Level 2. 

You will study; 

  • 45 credits graded at Level 3 in Subject Specific Primary Teaching units
  • 15 credits ungraded at Level 2 or Level 3 in Academic Study Skills 

 Subject specific content may include the following units; 


  • Literacy & Numeracy in the Classroom 
  • Extended Project 
  • Practical Placement 
  • School Based Research: The School in Context 
  • Practice and the Primary Curriculum 
  • Education 1944-1900
  • The National Curriculum 
  • Using Digital Technology & the Internet in Education 
  • Early Socialisation & Attachment 
  • Education & Child Development 
  • Sociology of Education 
  • The Individual & Society 

Entry requirements


An interview, plus confirmation of English, Maths & Science grades, followed by enrolment directly onto the Diploma.


Other qualfications, level not known


GCSEs grade C in Maths, English and Science, or equivalent.

Demonstrable knowledge and interest in Primary level Teaching 


Method(s) Of Study: Taught classes and supported independent study. 

Method Of Assessment: Various assignments which may include essay, presentations, research projects, seen papers and examinations.

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities: Degree level courses in Early Years education and related professions followed by careers in the Teaching sector. 

Further Study Opportunities: Foundation Degree Early Years Educator.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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