Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

General Pathway

Course Summary

Required study hours: 380

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (General)

Fees: £1,199.99 (up-front)

Why Access to Higher Education?

  • Looking for a future career in the Education sector?
  • Been out of fulltime education for some time?
  • Do you need the skills and a qualification that will enable you to secure a placement at university?

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been specifically designed for you...

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) “General Pathway” is a generalist specified diploma covering a balanced mix of 19 academic study units that include Education Practice, Education Theory and Childhood Studies. (review complete course syllabus units’ list below). It’s a popular qualification, recognised by employers and many universities.

Course Unit Assessment, Assessor Feedback & Introducing “PEARL”

Your chosen pathway is made up of a number of individual units, each of which requires you to complete an associated assignment. Our bespoke e-learning management environment “PEARL” provides the gateway to everything that you will need to complete your course and includes many useful online features that will help you along the way.

Benefits of our bespoke system

  • Rich interactive learning content mapped to regulated qualifications
  • Unique online technology assisted e-assessments for competency and knowledge-based assessment
  • Incentives to motivate and encourage learners
  • Useful ‘Assessment Planners’ specifically designed to help you to complete assignments
  • An assigned personal Assessor will mark assignments and provide the results by email and via downloadable PDF’s online. Viewable at any time to track on-going progress
  • Assessors will provide any necessary feedback about the course work that you submit
  • On-going advice and guidance where necessary on how improvements could be made to your course work submissions.
  • Interact with fellow students studying on the same course via our thriving community forums.
  • Help and be helped by sharing course work tips, advice and participating in student debates – Collaborative “social” learners are engaged creating and sharing additional resources.

Your Academic Future...
Life after your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

It’s always a great idea to apply for the university or college of your choice whilst studying with us. Universities can offer 'conditional' places for all courses, this means that they will either offer a placement if you achieve the qualification or if you achieve a certain level of qualification.

  • Ideally, nearing the completion of this course you should have your chosen education related university degree lined up and ready to go.
  • After you finally complete and achieve this qualification, you will then be able to seamlessly advance to university life, knowing that you have already secured a place.

There’s no time like the present to start preparing for your future life at university and avoid the associated stress of last minute searching.

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).

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 a healthcare 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 units at Merit of 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 and/or Maths Science – Or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2 etc..

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, CCfE 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.

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