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Education Professions Access to Higher Education Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

The Access to Education Professions Diploma is excellent preparation for people who wish to train to be teachers or to study related courses at University level. This course is especially designed for mature students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications to apply for University level study but who wish to study at University level in the future.

Course content

You will study on this programme for 12 hours per week, completing three subjects at Level 3 (the equivalent of A-levels). In addition you will attend a tutorial session where your study skills will be developed and you will receive excellent preparation for University level study with our 'Study Skills' module. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a modular course which involves you studying a combination of units. All units are compulsory and must be completed by all students who wish to achieve this award. 

You will study the following subjects at Level 3:

  • English Language and Literature Level 3
  • Education Theory and Practice Level 3
  • History Level 3

All students on the Diploma will then complete the following mandatory units in a weekly tutorial:

  • Study Skills Level 3
  • Further Study Skills Level 3

Entry requirements

As this is a demanding A-level equivalent programme, you should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics. Those who wish to go onto Primary School teacher training will also require GCSE Science at grade C or above. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we will refer you to our Adult GCSE programme.

You must have relevant work experience for this course. The following are examples of the work we regard as suitable to demonstrate your aptitude for a career in Education:

  • Classroom Assistant (paid or voluntary)
  • Nursery Nurse
  • After-school clubs
  • Recreational clubs (such as sports teams)
  • Other work with groups of children, such as Sunday School teaching

Not classed as suitable work experience:

  • Teaching your own children (for example, reading books with them, helping them with homework)


You'll be assessed by examinations and essays throughout the course. 

Future opportunities

This programme is designed to prepare you for study at Degree level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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