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Access to Higher Education Diploma – Teaching

Are you considering a career in school teaching or another educational role working with young people or children? Would you like a stepping stone to university study? If so, our Access to Teaching course may be right for you.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Access to Higher Education
Adult and Community
Location: Ilkeston
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 34
Hours: 13.00
Start: 13/09/2022
Tuition: £3384
Adult Loan Amount: £3384

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Course Information for Students

During this full-time one-year course, you will develop your study skills and have the opportunity to enhance your skills in communication and improve your awareness of subject pedagogy. You will also deepen your knowledge across a broad spectrum of subjects, including psychology, sociology, science and English so that you are prepared for study around the field of education.  This broad curriculum will prepare you well for university study and provide a pathway which enables you to apply for primary or secondary teaching courses.

The programme is delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced teachers who understand the needs of Access learners and are therefore able to provide appropriate support and guidance.  You will learn through a wide range of activities including lessons, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests and presentations.

This programme is delivered at our Ilkeston campus.

You will need to have a minimum of a grade 4 (or equivalent) in GCSE English, Maths and Science.

It is desirable that you have gained some paid or voluntary experience working in a school or with children in a different capacity.  It is recommended that you gain further experience working in a school setting and organise an additional placement (one day per week). Universities are seeking trainee teachers who have gained experience working in the sector.

This is a broad course, equipping you to progress to university study.  The specific units have been selected so that you are able to compete for places on BEd Primary programmes or on a BA (Hons) Education Studies.  The course comprises*:

  • Study Skills such as research, referencing and assignment writing
  • Units such as Educational Theories, Educational Psychology, Planning and Delivering a Teaching Session and an Introduction to Special Educational Needs
  • An option to undertake a school placement or additional study units about education settings
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • English Literature and Language
  • Preparing for university interviews/entry assessments

* Units may be subject to change

You will learn on-site 

You will require an electronic device for word processing e.g. a laptop or a PC and access to the Internet.

There are no additional costs involved.

Most units are assessed through assignment work.  This can include written assignments, reflections on practice, presentations, debates and portfolios.  Some units are assessed through examination.  This helps prepare you for the range of assessments that you will experience when studying for a degree.

Upon gaining the Access to Teacher Training qualification, you can progress to a range of higher education courses, including:

  1. BEd (Primary) – a four-year degree leading to full qualification
  2. BA (Hons) Education Studies (offering pathways in SEND, Early Years or Childhood and Youth Studies followed by a PGCE Primary)
  3. Joint Educational Studies and Specialist Subjects, if you decide on a career in teaching in secondary schools, followed by a PGCE Secondary

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Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.


Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.

Teaching Assistants


Teaching Assistants

Further Education Teaching Professionals


Further Education Teaching Professionals

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DCG Success Stories

Gerald Namwaza

Gerald Namwaza

Access - ideal foundation for nursing degree

Being eligible for the adult learner loan was massively important. Without it I don't think I would have been able to enrol on my college course and pursue my nursing training. It was clear from the outset that the Access course was a good foundation for the academic demands of nurse training. I had a wonderful maths teacher and I'm thankful to all the lecturers who helped me throughout my course. One Derby College tutor told me to always be critical when writing and it's good advice which I constantly keep in mind on my degree course.

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Cinzia Corleto

Cinzia Corleto

Career change Cinzia revels in ‘intense’ access course

I loved the Access course. They told to me to expect the most intense year of my life - and they weren't wrong. The access course has sped things up for my career. I now have so much more confidence in standing up and talking to a group and I feel I am on the right track to fulfilling my dream of being a teacher.

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Steven Rimmer

Steven Rimmer

Access course gives lecturer Steven more than a sporting chance

Derby College has shown me that I am academic and suited to a teaching career. I want to emulate those lecturers who taught me on my access course and help other people like me get the chance to go on to university.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:53 pm