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  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

If you want to study an education related subject at undergraduate level, but you are not sure which area you would like to work in, this could be the ideal course for you. Offering a balance of educational practice, theory and childhood studies, this is the perfect programme for those who want to gain a valuable insight into the world of education.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have A-levels to get into university. If you do not have traditional qualifications, an Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route. The diploma is widely accepted by UK universities and promises to prepare you for the demands of higher education. Furthermore, it has been specially crafted to suit the needs of those who have been out of education for some time.

As a distance learning course, this qualification offers you freedom with your studies. First of all, you are not required to wait until September to get started. You can start straight away or begin studying at a time that suits you the most. Secondly, you are not required to attend classes.

How long it takes you to complete your Access to HE Diploma really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The Access to HE Diploma is 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 complete their course within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

The Access to HE Diploma works just like any other qualification, except you don’t have to attend classes. You will be provided with online course materials which are easy to understand and offer you a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You will also be put in touch with expert tutors. These tutors will be beside you every step of the way and will be contactable via an online learning platform, email or phone.

The flexibility offered makes it possible for people to pursue their education goals. Also, dedicated tutors and a network of supportive, like-minded students are all just a click away.

The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months, on average learners complete their diploma within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

When you complete an assessed piece of work, you will need to complete and return it to your tutor. Tutors will then mark the work, grade it and return it to you. They will also provide useful feedback and offer advice on how to improve next time. These assignments will provide the evidence which is required for us to award you with a number of credits. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). To secure your Access to HE Diploma you must first achieve 60 learning credits. It is worth noting that 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The other 15 credits are earned by completing ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

On completion of your Access to HE Diploma, you should feel confident and prepared to apply for a position at the university of your choice. Most students who study towards this diploma choose to study in an education related field.

Once you have your undergraduate degree under your belt, there is nothing to stop you pursuing a career in any number of areas. Many students go on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by studying towards and undergraduate degree or a PGCE, but just because you study education, it doesn’t mean you need to be a teacher. After graduation you will be able to choose from an exciting range of career opportunities. These could include but are not limited to:

  • Charity work
  • Local government work
  • Education in museums and prisons
  • Nurseries and early years
  • Social and youth work
  • Education business and commerce

Learning with us…

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: (40010837). 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, Stonebridge Associated College 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: Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the teacher/mentor/trainer
  • Understand the professional relationships between teachers and trainers engaged in education.
  • Understand the importance and use of Teacher’s Standards.
  • Understand the importance of continued professional development for education staff.

Unit 5: The Developing Child

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to 18 years.
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in children from birth to 18 years.

Unit 6: Influences on Educational Achievement

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the differences in educational achievement between different groups.
  • Understand measures to address differences in educational achievement.

Unit 7: The Psychology of Learning 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories of learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different learning and teaching styles

Unit 8: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

Unit 9: 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 10: Language acquisition

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the stages of development on children’s language.
  • Understand the contrasting views on language acquisition.

Unit 11: The Development of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes and developments in the educational system.
  • Understand contrasting theories of the role of education in society.
  • Understand the relationships between educational opportunity, social class, gender and ethnicity.

Unit 12:  Developmental Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  • Understand explanations of the development of individual differences.

Unit 13: Disability and Special Education Needs

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the different types of disability and special education needs.
  • Understand key features of the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for working with learners with disabilities and special education needs.
  • Understand the planning approaches used in the classroom to support inclusive learning involving learners with disabilities and special education needs.

Unit 14: Play

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand types and the value of play.
  • Understand the theories of play in relation to children’s life stages.
  • Be able to plan, deliver and review an activity linked to a theory of play, which meets an intended learner’s needs.

Unit 15: Short story

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand narrative elements of the story.
  • Understand textual features and language.
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text.
  • Know how to make a personal response to the text.
  • Know how to use supporting evidence.

Unit 16: Managing Behaviour in the Classroom

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining a positive learning environment in a classroom.
  • Understand how to maintain a positive learning environment
  • Understand some of the underlying causes of behavioural problems as displayed in the classroom.
  • Understand methods for managing pupil behaviour.

Unit 17: 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 18: Sociology of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socializing agency.
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society.
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Unit 19: Equality of Opportunities

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main aspects of the legal framework which identify rights and responsibilities about equality of opportunities.
  • Understand how to promote equality of opportunities, inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace.

Unit 20: Safeguarding in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the development of legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding learners in education.
  • Be able to categorise different types and recognise indicators of, abuse.
  • Understand policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding in an educational institution, and their use.
  • Understand how different agencies work together to safeguard learners in education.
  • Understand the importance of application of accepted Codes of Practice in classroom practice.

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 £96.00).

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

If you want to study an education related subject at undergraduate level, but you are not sure which area you would like to work in, this could be the ideal course for you. Offering a balance of educational practice, theory and childhood studies, this is the perfect programme for those who want to gain a valuable insight into the world of education.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have A-levels to get into university. If you do not have traditional qualifications, an Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route. The diploma is widely accepted by UK universities and promises to prepare you for the demands of higher education. Furthermore, it has been specially crafted to suit the needs of those who have been out of education for some time.

As a distance learning course, this qualification offers you freedom with your studies. First of all, you are not required to wait until September to get started. You can start straight away or begin studying at a time that suits you the most. Secondly, you are not required to attend classes.

How long it takes you to complete your Access to HE Diploma really depends upon how much time you are able to dedicate to your studies. The Access to HE Diploma is 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 complete their course within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How does my Access to HE Diploma work?

The Access to HE Diploma works just like any other qualification, except you don’t have to attend classes. You will be provided with online course materials which are easy to understand and offer you a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You will also be put in touch with expert tutors. These tutors will be beside you every step of the way and will be contactable via an online learning platform, email or phone.

The flexibility offered makes it possible for people to pursue their education goals. Also, dedicated tutors and a network of supportive, like-minded students are all just a click away.

The minimum time you can complete your course is 6 months, on average learners complete their diploma within 8 to 9 months (the maximum time allowed to complete your diploma is 2 years).

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

When you complete an assessed piece of work, you will need to complete and return it to your tutor. Tutors will then mark the work, grade it and return it to you. They will also provide useful feedback and offer advice on how to improve next time. These assignments will provide the evidence which is required for us to award you with a number of credits. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). To secure your Access to HE Diploma you must first achieve 60 learning credits. It is worth noting that 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content. The other 15 credits are earned by completing ungraded units which are included to help you to develop your study skills.
 

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

On completion of your Access to HE Diploma, you should feel confident and prepared to apply for a position at the university of your choice. Most students who study towards this diploma choose to study in an education related field.

Once you have your undergraduate degree under your belt, there is nothing to stop you pursuing a career in any number of areas. Many students go on to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by studying towards and undergraduate degree or a PGCE, but just because you study education, it doesn’t mean you need to be a teacher. After graduation you will be able to choose from an exciting range of career opportunities. These could include but are not limited to:

  • Charity work
  • Local government work
  • Education in museums and prisons
  • Nurseries and early years
  • Social and youth work
  • Education business and commerce

Learning with us…

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: (40010837). 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, Stonebridge Associated College 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: Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the teacher/mentor/trainer
  • Understand the professional relationships between teachers and trainers engaged in education.
  • Understand the importance and use of Teacher’s Standards.
  • Understand the importance of continued professional development for education staff.

Unit 5: The Developing Child

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the stages of development of children from birth to 18 years.
  • Understand the stages of cognitive development of children from birth to 18 years
  • Understand factors which affect social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in children from birth to 18 years.

Unit 6: Influences on Educational Achievement

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the differences in educational achievement between different groups.
  • Understand measures to address differences in educational achievement.

Unit 7: The Psychology of Learning 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories of learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different learning and teaching styles

Unit 8: The Human Nutrition and the Digestive System

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system
  • Understand nutrients and their sources
  • Understand the components of a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet

Unit 9: 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 10: Language acquisition

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the stages of development on children’s language.
  • Understand the contrasting views on language acquisition.

Unit 11: The Development of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand changes and developments in the educational system.
  • Understand contrasting theories of the role of education in society.
  • Understand the relationships between educational opportunity, social class, gender and ethnicity.

Unit 12:  Developmental Psychology

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of early relationships in child development.
  • Understand explanations of the development of individual differences.

Unit 13: Disability and Special Education Needs

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know the different types of disability and special education needs.
  • Understand key features of the current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for working with learners with disabilities and special education needs.
  • Understand the planning approaches used in the classroom to support inclusive learning involving learners with disabilities and special education needs.

Unit 14: Play

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand types and the value of play.
  • Understand the theories of play in relation to children’s life stages.
  • Be able to plan, deliver and review an activity linked to a theory of play, which meets an intended learner’s needs.

Unit 15: Short story

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand narrative elements of the story.
  • Understand textual features and language.
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text.
  • Know how to make a personal response to the text.
  • Know how to use supporting evidence.

Unit 16: Managing Behaviour in the Classroom

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining a positive learning environment in a classroom.
  • Understand how to maintain a positive learning environment
  • Understand some of the underlying causes of behavioural problems as displayed in the classroom.
  • Understand methods for managing pupil behaviour.

Unit 17: 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 18: Sociology of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socializing agency.
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society.
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy.

Unit 19: Equality of Opportunities

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main aspects of the legal framework which identify rights and responsibilities about equality of opportunities.
  • Understand how to promote equality of opportunities, inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace.

Unit 20: Safeguarding in Education

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the development of legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding learners in education.
  • Be able to categorise different types and recognise indicators of, abuse.
  • Understand policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding in an educational institution, and their use.
  • Understand how different agencies work together to safeguard learners in education.
  • Understand the importance of application of accepted Codes of Practice in classroom practice.

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 £96.00).

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