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

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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 18 units
  • 600 notional learning hours

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

If you have the passion and drive to work with young children, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) – Early Years Pathway could be ideal for you. The phrase ‘early years’ commonly refers to the period of a child’s life between the ages of zero and five. This is a crucial phase and children need to be supported by skilled and dedicated practitioners if they are to flourish.

This particular pathway predominantly focuses on childhood studies and allows students an insight into the intriguing world of early years development. Participants will engage in theoretical and practical elements of study, learning how best to support a growing child. This Access to HE Diploma has been specifically tailored towards learners who have been away from education for some time and do not possess the qualifications they need to progress to university.

As this is a distance learning course, you do not need to wait until September to start studying. You are free to start on any day at any time of the year. There are also no classes to attend, which means that the programme can be moulded around your prior commitments, work and family life.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Every student will be provided with a comprehensive set of course materials to guide them through the qualification. All course materials are easy to understand and brimming with interesting and useful information. On top of that, each individual will have access to expert tutors. All tutors are dedicated to helping students succeed and can be contacted for support via the online platform, phone or email.

Distance learning offers a great deal of flexibility, which is perfect for those with busy lives. How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is six months, on average learners take between 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). This Access to HE Diploma is made up of a number of units. Every unit has an assignment attached which will need to be completed and returned to a tutor. This work will then be quickly marked and returned to you along with some feedback and any useful tips for improvement. These assignments will provide us with the evidence we need to award you with a number of credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must earn 60 credits in total. 45 of these are taken from graded units which deal with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which have been added in to help you to develop your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Most students who complete this course will go on to study education and teaching degrees at university. Many people will even choose a course which specialises in early years education. After completing your undergraduate degree, you will be eligible to apply for a wide range of careers, graduate schemes and postgraduate qualification.

If you do want to become an early years teacher, you will be required to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). To achieve this you will need to study an undergraduate degree that includes QTS or work towards a PGCE. However, if you decide you would like to pursue a different career path, this degree could prepare you for a career such as a:

  • Social Worker or youth worker
  • Child psychotherapist
  • Nursery manager

Qualification: 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.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study an Education 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 Diploma units at Merit or 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,Maths and/or Science – or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2.

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, DTS 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.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

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: 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 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: 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 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: Disability

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to plan action learning relating to disability.
  • Understand areas of anti discriminatory practice and core social work values relating to disability.
  • Understand legal and policy frameworks relating to disability.
  • Understand theoretical perspectives relating to disability that inform practice.
  • Understand skills relating to working with disability that inform practice.

Unit 10: 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 11: Anti-Oppressive Practice 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the legal framework which identifies rights and responsibilities in relation to equal opportunities.
  • Understand how individuals can be affected by oppression.
  • Understand society’s and own stereotypes.
  • Understand the use of positive action in countering oppression.

Unit 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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.

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: 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 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.

 

 

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)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

If you have the passion and drive to work with young children, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) – Early Years Pathway could be ideal for you. The phrase ‘early years’ commonly refers to the period of a child’s life between the ages of zero and five. This is a crucial phase and children need to be supported by skilled and dedicated practitioners if they are to flourish.

This particular pathway predominantly focuses on childhood studies and allows students an insight into the intriguing world of early years development. Participants will engage in theoretical and practical elements of study, learning how best to support a growing child. This Access to HE Diploma has been specifically tailored towards learners who have been away from education for some time and do not possess the qualifications they need to progress to university.

As this is a distance learning course, you do not need to wait until September to start studying. You are free to start on any day at any time of the year. There are also no classes to attend, which means that the programme can be moulded around your prior commitments, work and family life.
 

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Every student will be provided with a comprehensive set of course materials to guide them through the qualification. All course materials are easy to understand and brimming with interesting and useful information. On top of that, each individual will have access to expert tutors. All tutors are dedicated to helping students succeed and can be contacted for support via the online platform, phone or email.

Distance learning offers a great deal of flexibility, which is perfect for those with busy lives. How long it takes you to complete your course really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The programmes are designed to give you the flexibility to study at times that are suitable for you, and to fit your studies around your other commitments. The maximum time you have to complete your Diploma is outlined in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The minimum time you can complete your course is six months, on average learners take between 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). This Access to HE Diploma is made up of a number of units. Every unit has an assignment attached which will need to be completed and returned to a tutor. This work will then be quickly marked and returned to you along with some feedback and any useful tips for improvement. These assignments will provide us with the evidence we need to award you with a number of credits. In order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma you must earn 60 credits in total. 45 of these are taken from graded units which deal with academic subject content. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded units which have been added in to help you to develop your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

Most students who complete this course will go on to study education and teaching degrees at university. Many people will even choose a course which specialises in early years education. After completing your undergraduate degree, you will be eligible to apply for a wide range of careers, graduate schemes and postgraduate qualification.

If you do want to become an early years teacher, you will be required to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). To achieve this you will need to study an undergraduate degree that includes QTS or work towards a PGCE. However, if you decide you would like to pursue a different career path, this degree could prepare you for a career such as a:

  • Social Worker or youth worker
  • Child psychotherapist
  • Nursery manager

Qualification: 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.

Requirements for Entry

Learners must have a GCSE in Maths and English (or an equivalent), a relevant nvq at level 2 or above and aspire to study an Education 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 Diploma units at Merit or 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,Maths and/or Science – or equivalents, such as Functional/Key Skills at Level 2, NVQ Certificate in a related subject at Level 2.

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, DTS 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.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

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: 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 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: 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 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: Disability

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how to plan action learning relating to disability.
  • Understand areas of anti discriminatory practice and core social work values relating to disability.
  • Understand legal and policy frameworks relating to disability.
  • Understand theoretical perspectives relating to disability that inform practice.
  • Understand skills relating to working with disability that inform practice.

Unit 10: 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 11: Anti-Oppressive Practice 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the legal framework which identifies rights and responsibilities in relation to equal opportunities.
  • Understand how individuals can be affected by oppression.
  • Understand society’s and own stereotypes.
  • Understand the use of positive action in countering oppression.

Unit 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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.

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: 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 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.

 

 

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)
Enrol for just £19.99
Spread the cost over 10 months
(no credit check required)
SALE ends in:
Ends midnight Monday 27th May

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