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Access to HE Diploma in Education Professions

  • Overview of the course

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    This is a one year, full time course that will help you achieve the qualification you need to gain entry to a degree course at university such as a BA in Education.
    Access to HE Diplomas are well established national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level Three qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university level study.
  • What can I expect to learn?

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    In order to gain your Diploma you will study the following academic modules:

    - Education
    - Psychology
    - English

    Within these modules will be a variety of units, ranging from Assessment Strategies and Skills, Theories of how Children Learn, Child language Acquisition, to Appreciating and Play and Appreciating Poetry. In addition, you will study a selection of developmental skills units that underpin the research, essay writing, study and critical skills required for this course, and that will support your future academic studies at university.
  • What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

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    You will be awarded the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Primary Education.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, presentations, timed assignments and workbooks. Although there is no formal examination, you are expected to work on assignments in your own time as part of directed study.
  • How can I progress after this course?

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    Many of our learners progress to undergraduate degrees at local and national universities in Primary Education, Secondary Education and Post-16 Education.
  • What do I need to join the course?

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    You will need English, maths and science GCSE at a grade A*-C / 9-4 prior to enrolling on this course if you are wishing to enter primary or secondary teaching for your UCAS application. You may need additional GCSEs if they are required for entry to your chosen university course.

    You are advised to investigate potential university progression routes to establish specific entry requirements they may require.

    Please note - English and maths equivalents will be accepted providing the applicant provides proof from their chosen university that they will accept for entry to their chosen programme. Equivalents are normally suitable for Post-16 Education.

    All applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance on the course, and this is a two-stage process. You will be asked to complete a written assessment during the first part of the interview, which assesses your academic reading and writing ability to ensure you are at a level suitable for study at Level 3. You will then be invited for an interview with a course tutor to establish the suitability for your chosen course and your intended progression route.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Please be aware that this course is highly demanding, both academically and in terms of demands on your time. You will have five taught sessions per week equating to approximately ten hours of contact time in college. In addition, you will be expected to participate in independent study to prepare for future lessons and assignments, and it is advisable that you also have in place suitable vocationally specific workplace experience as this will enhance your university application.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Further details on this course please contact Admissions on:

    You can also contact the Student Services Centre at our Deane Road Campus on 01204 48 2182 or call in between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

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    The first step is to attend an Access Admissions Event. Click here to book your place today.
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £3384.00
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    11.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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