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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

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This fully online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) will prepare you for university-level study to become a fully qualified teacher.

This course is designed by subject matter experts – in partnership with leading universities – to provide you with the essential knowledge you need ahead of your degree.

As a teacher you will play an important part in your pupil’s development, fostering a passion for learning that will stay with them throughout their lives. You will help your pupils learn the fundamentals of English, maths, science and more that they will carry forward into future studies and possibly a career. 

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are widely accepted alternatives to A Levels allowing you to progress to degree-level study if you don’t have relevant qualifications.

This Access to HE Diploma (Education) is available to study online which means you can enrol and start your studies the same day. You’ll be provided with all the course materials via our online portal. You will also get an Individual Learning Plan that will give you submission deadlines and help keep you on track throughout your studies. 

An Access to HE Diploma can also be completed over one year, though most students complete their course in 9 months.


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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today from
only £9.99/mo

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

This fully online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) will give you the skills and knowledge you need to progress to study a Bachelor of Education degree at university, eventually allowing you to become a qualified teacher.

This course is ideal for anyone who lacks the required qualifications for degree-level study.

You will study the key principles of child development, developmental psychology, learning through play, the sociology of education and more. 

This online course allows you to prepare for your teaching degree entirely from home. So you can balance your studies around your existing commitments. All you need to do is enrol and start your studies. 


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 ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task

Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

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 that 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:

Understand what is meant by learning

Understand what is meant by conditioning and its practical applications

Understand Social Learning Theory and Observational Learning

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

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 system throughout life

Understand the sequence of events from conception to childbirth

Unit 18: Sociology of Education

On completion of this unit you will:

Understand the importance of education as a socialising 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


If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GCSE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees. You should also have a desire to study a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to help learners follow their academic aspirations and get them into their chosen university. You must be mindful that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may even differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to:

A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade

A face-to-face interview at the university

Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university

Course-related work placements or work experience

GCSE Grade 9-4 (A-C) in maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills)

Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this Access to Higher Education Diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the entry requirements as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions.

A range of units makes up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. You must acquire 60 credits in total in order to achieve the Access to HE Diploma (Education). Of these credits, 45 will be taken from graded units which focus on the academic subject areas included in the course. The remaining 15 come from ungraded units included helping you to improve your academic writing and study skills.

As part of your programme, you will also receive help as well as guidance on your university application and the research you need to do to get the most out of your diploma.


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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is a huge range of benefits to studying via distance education:


We believe distance education is all about convenience and flexibility. You can plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments, so you’re only studying at times convenient for you.

Plus, you can improve your education without having to attend classes at a physical location. What’s more, with learndirect, you can study when and where you like without the stress of deadlines or time limits and complete your course at your own pace.


We don’t have the same level of high overhead costs (e.g. classrooms and large campuses) as traditional schools, colleges or universities, so we’re able to pass on these savings to you by reducing our course fees.


We offer over 650 home study courses for you to choose from, with an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the UK.


You have access to a dedicated tutor who is an experienced professional in their field of study. Your tutor is totally committed to helping you succeed and is on hand to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small.

All of your course material is available 24/7, 365 days per year through our world-class learning platform you choose when and where you study!

Yes, all of our courses will come with a certificate once you have completed your training. This certificate will have your name on it, and the title of the training you have completed.

Each course is different, and each has its own time frame, but all of our courses are flexible so you can study in a way the fits you. All of our courses come with an Individual Learner Plan, this will help guide you and keep you on track for success.

Yes, built into your account is a messaging service, where you can send messages between you and your tutor, you can ask questions or talk about your work. You can also message other helpful contacts, like our Student Support Team.

All of our qualifications have different awarding bodies, and depending on the subject, they will meet different criteria depending on the level of the qualification and its content.

We typically use the OFQUAL register to help us benchmark our courses and ensure the education you receive is up to the relevant industry standards. If you would like to check a specific qualification, please contact one of our helpful advisers by calling 01202 006 464.

We have several options including 0% payment options, and options with very small deposits. Each course has different options, if you would like to discuss these options or a quote for a course, you can reach a member of the team by calling 01202 006 464.

If you make a mistake or get something wrong, there is no need to worry. Many of our courses allow you to retake units that may not have gone to plan. You will receive full support and guidance from your tutor before reworking a unit and submitting again, and you can do this without any additional cost.

As soon as you submit a piece of work your tutor is notified. This allows us to identify that you have work which requires their attention. While your tutor is marking your work you can move on to the next unit or section of your course so there are never any delays in your learning. Typically, with most of our courses, marking work takes less than 5 days depending on the size of the submitted item.

No, the price agreed when you start your course is all you pay. We ensure there are no hidden or additional unnecessary fees for your education.

Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.

Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

We encourage and welcome international students to join our learning community.

All of our courses are specifically designed to be delivered via distance education and home study, so you can complete your course from anywhere in the world. Some courses relate specifically to UK practice and legislation and in these cases all work must be presented accordingly. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or campus, unless your course has a 'practical' element to it.

Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

You can enrol easily and quickly by clicking on the ‘Enrol Now’ button on your preferred course’s page on our website. Simply complete the secure online registration form and we will do the rest. If you’d prefer to call us to enrol, please call 01202 006 464.

Our world-class learning platform is easy to use and presented in a simple to understand format. Once you’ve logged on you’ll be able to see your course, your content and how to complete your assignments. Everything you need is available through your personal learner portal.