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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) - Early Years Pathway

This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)** is aimed more at those who are interested in a Child Studies career/degree course with relevant units to help satisfy typical degree entrance criteria.

This Access to HE Diploma (Education) focuses more on Childhood Studies and gives you an opportunity to study the principles and applications of working with, and providing education for, children in the early years. It’s been created for learners who’ve been out of full time education for some time and don’t have the required entry qualifications.

There’s no waiting to enrol on a specific start date (traditionally September) as this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) can be studied from home at anytime in the year. Distance learning allows you to be really flexible with your studies. Fit this online course around your other commitments and responsibilities, such as work and family.

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

All of our course materials are easy to understand, and provide you with a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who’ll have regular contact with you via our platform, by phone, email or Skype. You’ll be responsible for setting your own study schedule to fit around your lifestyle and responsibilities; you can therefore study at your own pace and in your own way.

Whilst you will have a great deal of flexibility with your studies, you’ll need to develop the discipline to study independently as well as be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available. Contact is all available with fellow students via our unique platform, and through debates and forums where you can share thoughts and ideas.

How will my Access to Higher Education Diploma be assessed?

Your Access to HE Diploma (Education) will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You’ll find ‘assessment planners’ included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you’ve produced, and how you can improve.

All assignments provide the evidence required to award you with learning credits. You will need 60 credits to achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Of the 60 credits required, 15 will be ungraded and 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What happens after the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

The goal is for you to be properly prepared, so you can apply to a University and begin your journey on a Early Years related degree course.

After successfully completing an undergraduate course at university, you as a graduate, can enter a wide range of careers. An Early Childhood Studies degree provides an excellent preparation for graduate leadership of Early Years settings.

You could go onto achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through doing the PGCE or similar postgraduate qualification. This is a popular route for many graduates with teaching aspirations.

If you make the most of your time at university then it will opens doors to a range of exciting career options, which could include (but are not limited to):

  • Primary and Early Years teaching (subsequent to undertaking a PGCE)
  • Social Worker or youth worker
  • Child psychotherapist