Access to HE Diploma - Teaching and Education - Primary
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 3 Hele Road Centre Sep 18 July 19 3 days per week TBC 9.00am-4.30pm (Hours may vary) *See below See below

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The Access course has been designed for those adults who feel they missed out on higher education when they were younger or would like a change of career. The programme aims to provide a firm foundation for study at degree level. Study skills and educational guidance form essential parts of the course.

Tutorial sessions support learners and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.

The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 20 hours of additional study at home each week. Additional support is available for students for particular difficulties/needs.

There is also:

  • A Learning Support team
  • Learning Centres
  • Well-being team 
  • A Learner Support Fund (apply through college)
  • designated study space specifically for our HE and Access to HE students

*2018/2019 fees for Access to Higher Education courses are dependent on your age, circumstances and chosen course. Click here to view more information about fees

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, which may be written off if you continue your studies in to higher education at college or university. For more information click here.

You may be entitled to support towards the fee, please phone Jill Clark on 01392 400526 or email jillclark@exe-coll.ac.uk for advice.

For further detail please visit our Awarding Body website here

What topics will I study?

Our new Diploma is specifically designed for those wanting to pursue a career in Early Years, particularly Primary School Teaching, with a focus on English as a specialist subject. It is run as a collaboration between two outstanding faculties with highly experienced and dedicated lecturers and tutors who will support and guide students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary in an Early Years environment. There will also be a period of work placement in order to put theory into practice. For a full list of units please click here.

Topics may include...

  • Planning and Teaching a Session
  • The Teaching Experience
  • Teaching Placement
  • English for Academic Study
  • Teaching and Learning English
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Cognitive Developmental Psychology
  • Early Social Development
  • Key Studies in Child Development
  • IT for Academic Study
  • Presentation Skills
  • Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training

All Access students will also be enrolled on a supplementary IT course, at no extra cost.  The ITQ qualification has been designed to enhance and polish IT skills for use in the real world and is vital for university and future careers.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a grade 4/C in GCSE English, GCSE Maths and GCSE Science. 

We would encourage applicants to contact the Higher Education providers they intend to apply to ensure that the age of their GCSEs are acceptable (written confirmation is advisable). 

What we look for in a successful applicant:

  • Motivation to progress onto higher education
  • Evidence of recent study (desirable but not compulsory)
  • A letter of application that demonstrates your commitment to study, considers the reality of study, shows some idea about what subject they intend to study at university and mentions which higher education institutions you intend to apply.
  • Evidence of qualifications in Maths, English and Science (GCSE A to C/9-4).
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or above for students where English is a second language
  • a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Powerpoint

If you have been out of education for some time we would recommend a course in maths/English. Research the entry requirements for the universities you wish to apply to. You could do voluntary / paid work where relevant.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building and in Victoria House. There is a Learning Lounge specifically for Access to HE and HE students.

What can the course lead on to?

What University Level courses could I progress onto at Exeter College?
FdA Early Years
What further study/career could this lead on to?
You will be able to pursue jobs in Early Childhood Studies, Early Years Education and Practice, BA Primary Education, Primary Teaching, Nursery Manager and Youth Worker.

Are there any additional costs?

As well as the course fees, applicants need to factor in food, travel, books, stationery and printing costs. Applications for our college Learner Support Fund or the Bursary Fund are advisable for applicants who know that they may struggle financially. There will also be UCAS fees and a college materials fee of £30.


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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