Course: Access to HE Diploma (Teaching)

Study Level

Level 3


Great Yarmouth Campus


One year



Access to Teaching is a new and exciting course which can prepare you for a wide range of university courses including teaching degrees and relevant pathways. It will build on your existing experience and abilities and prepare you for the demands of study at university or in some other form of advanced education or training.

Units you may study include:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Teaching studies – preparing to teach
  • Technology for teaching
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • English literature

In addition to the formal lessons, individual tutorials and careers advice sessions will be held with you throughout the course.


A sufficient standard of numeracy and English language is needed to cope with the demands of the course. We strongly advise you to have a GCSE in English language and maths at grade C or above as the majority of university providers will require this. You will also need GCSE science if you want to teach in primary education. All students will undertake diagnostic assessment to assess these skills during the course interview or induction process and you will be required to demonstrate that you can work at Level 2 in these subject areas. You may be able to study for one GCSE in either English language or maths alongside the Access course. This will be discussed during the Access interview process.


Assessment methods are varied on the course and mirror assessment methods that are likely to be experienced on most university degree programmes. Assessments take the form of essays, presentations, case studies, research project and written examinations. Additionally, assessment for the study skills unit is a portfolio of evidence which is compiled throughout the year. Assessments are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction, with the exception of study skills units which are ungraded.


You can progress to teaching degree programmes, such as BA (Hons) Education, or a range of sociology, psychology and literature degrees or related degrees such as joint honours or subjects such as law and criminology.