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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Education and Childhood Studies

This course is for individuals who would to apply to University to study to become a teacher, a trainer, a teaching assistant or an early years practitioner, or if you simply wish to improve your chances of gaining employment in a teaching environment.
1 year
Lee House, Manchester City Centre

Access courses offer flexible learning opportunities for people who wish to go to university and who have the ability to do so, but who left school with few, if any, of the usual qualifications for entry.

What will I achieve?
  • Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Childhood Studies (with Education)
What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but you must have a genuine interest in education and childhood studies.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered on the following days:

  • Mondays 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Tuesdays 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00am - 2:30pm 
What does the course cover?
  • Introduction to education theory and practice
  • Foundations in learning as social practice
  • The role of play in child development
  • Key developments in education policy and change
  • Practical applications – planning and delivery
  • Introduction to childhood studies
  • Health and well-being
  • Studies in adolescence
  • Social policy and practice
  • Planning and carrying out research projects
  • Academic writing
  • Study skills and further skills
How much is the course?

If you are aged 19 – 23 without a full level 3 qualification you will be eligible for full funding through the Skills Funding Agency.

If you are aged 19-23 and already have A Levels, or other Level 3 qualifications, or if you are 24 or over, you can apply for course fees to be paid through Student Finance England (SFE). SFE will write off the outstanding balance for your Access to HE Diploma loan once you complete your degree.


Lee House,
90 Great Bridgewater Street,
M1 5JW