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Teaching Science Pathway - Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

If you think you have the drive and passion to teach science to young people, but you don’t have the formal qualifications, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) – Teaching Science Pathway could be perfect for you.

The units offered on this course have been specifically tailored towards budding science teachers; covering everything from child development to cell biology. What’s more is that this is a distance learning course, meaning that you can base your studies around your own schedule. This flexibility means that the course is ideal for learners who have spent significant time away from education and have other commitments to consider.

With our diplomas, you don’t have to wait until September to enrol. You can start studying towards an Access to HE Diploma at any time of the year. Students with work commitments or families to look after needn’t worry about attending classes. Students can study when and where they choose.

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 does my Access to HE Diploma work?

Once you have enrolled on your course, you will be given access to our online course materials. The learning resources are educational, interactive and easy to understand. Everything you need to complete the course will be included in the materials. You will also have access to our tutors, with whom you can communicate via phone, email or through our online platform, PEARL. Further support is also provided through a network of likeminded students who you can also contact through Pearl.

Distance learning offers a great deal of flexibility; however students will have to have the inner motivation and discipline if they want to succeed. To begin with, it helps to set realistic deadlines and make sure to allocate yourself regular, uninterrupted study sessions. Finding a balance can be difficult at first, but once you develop a routine, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

How will my Access to HE Diploma be assessed?

Your Access to HE Diploma (Education) will be comprised of a number of different units. Initially your modules will be centred on academic practices and study skills, and as you develop confidence you will progress to the science and education modules. Each module will require you to complete an assignment which will be marked and graded by a tutor. Along with your grade, you will also receive constructive feedback which will outline what you did well and offer suggestions for improvement. On completion of the assignments you will be awarded a number of credits. The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification. The qualification is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).Before you receive your Access to HE Diploma you must achieve 60 credits in total. 15 of the credits will be taken from ungraded modules which revolve around study skills. The other 45 of these credits are taken from graded units which are concerned with academic subject content.

What happens after the Access to HE Diploma?

The aim of this course is to prepare you for university level study. By the point of entry, you should have a solid foundation of scientific and education based knowledge. This will give you the confidence you need to begin your journey on an education degree programme.

When you have successfully completed your undergraduate course, you will have unlocked the door to a number of stimulating and exciting careers. Many people who complete this course choose to become a science teacher. If you want to become a teacher you must go on to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If this is not included in your undergraduate degree, you can gain it through completing a PGCE or similar postgraduate qualification.

A good standard university degree can set you up for success. Other careers you might choose include:

  • Primary and Early Years teaching
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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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