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

If you have the passion and drive to work with young children, the Access to HE 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. Our Access to HE Diplomas have 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 of our materials are easy to understand and brimming with interesting and useful information. On top of that, each individual will have access to our expert tutors. All of our tutors are dedicated to helping students succeed and can be contacted for support via our online platform, PEARL, 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 Access 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 Access course is six months.

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 modules 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
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We’ve tried to make it easy as possible for you to register onto one of our courses. We understand that not everyone always has the cash needed, to pay for their course upfront, at the time when they want to start their course. So we offer different ways to pay to help you spread the cost over a longer period.

We also allow you to choose whether you want to study your course via the traditional paper based method or online study where you have access to all your course materials immediately. When you proceed through the checkout process you will be given the option to select your preferred method of study.

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If you opt to study via the paper based method there is an additional postage charge which will be highlighted during the checkout. (Royal Mail First Class = £10 per course or Royal Mail Second Class = £5 per course).

Is there government funding available for doing this course?

Yes, there is Government funding available for doing this course...

You can choose to fund this course privately, yourself, or you could get a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. Stonebridge has partnered with Dimensions Training Solutions, who are accountable to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Ofsted, to provide this course with Government backed funding. Through Dimensions Training Solutions, you can access your 19+ Advanced Learner Loan, if you meet the criteria. The two main conditions are:

  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • You need to be a UK citizen.

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** All Access to Higher Education Diplomas on the Stonebridge website are delivered by Dimensions Training Solutions.

Dimensions Training Solutions are rated "Good" by Ofsted

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