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Access to HE Diploma in Primary Teaching & Education Professions

  • Overview of the course

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    This one year, full-time course will help you achieve the qualification you need to gain entry to a degree course at university, such as a BA in Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

    Access to HE Diplomas are well established national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university-level study.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will study the following academic modules:
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • English

    These modules then contain a variety of units, including:
    • Assessment Strategies & Skills
    • Theories of how Children Learn
    • Child Language Acquisition
    • Appreciating & Play
    • Appreciating Poetry

    In addition, you’ll study a selection of developmental skills units that underpin the research, essay writing, study and critical skills required for this course, and which will support your future academic studies at university.
  • Entry requirements

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    You will need *English, *Maths and Science GCSE at a grades 9-4 (A-C) prior to enrolling on this course – this is essential for primary or secondary teaching on your UCAS application.

    You may also need additional GCSEs if they’re required for entry to your chosen university course, so you’re advised to investigate potential university progression routes to establish the specific entry requirements they may require.

    *English and Maths equivalents will be accepted, providing the applicant provides proof from their chosen university that they will accept these equivalents for entry to their chosen programme. Equivalents are normally suitable for Post-16 Education.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, presentations, timed assignments and workbooks. Although there is no formal examination, you are expected to work on assignments in your own time as part of directed study.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    This course is highly demanding, both academically and in terms of demands on your time.

    You will have four taught sessions per week, equating to approximately 10 hours of contact time in College.

    In addition, you’ll be expected to participate in independent study to prepare for future lessons and assignments, and it’s advisable that you also have in place suitable vocationally-specific workplace experience, as this will enhance your university application.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    If you have any questions or queries about this course or the application process, please contact the course leader by email or text, who will be happy to advise: Departmental Mobile: 07379 617589
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Location: Deane Road Campus. Group: E. First class: 03 September 2024. Last class: 25 Jun 2025
    • Tuesday : 09:30 - 12:00
    • Tuesday : 13:30 - 16:00
    • Wednesday : 09:30 - 12:00
    • Wednesday : 13:30 - 16:00
  • Future opportunities

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    Many of our learners progress to undergraduate degrees at local and national universities in Primary Education, Secondary Education and Post-16 Education.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £3384.00
    This course may be free if you are aged 19-23 and do not already hold a full level 3, or higher, qualification.
    If you’re eligible to pay the full cost of the course, you could choose to fund this with an Advanced Learner Loan; if you then successfully complete your Access course and then a Higher Education course, you won’t have to pay a penny back!
    To learn more, visit
    There is also the option to pay these fees in monthly instalments. You can set this up during the enrolment
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the, academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:30 - 17:00
    12.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    35 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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