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If you're interested in a rewarding career in teaching, this course is a great stepping stone. The full-time, one-year course is taught over three days in college and one day in placement at a primary or secondary school.

This course is designed to prepare you for study at higher education level by helping you to learn how to develop ideas, write essays, develop reading and comprehension skills and manage your own learning. There are also subject specific units which will help prepare you for further study in education and to become a teacher.

If successful you will be awarded the Level 3 Access to HE Diploma (Teacher Training). Qualification Credit Value: 60 credits (45 @ L3, graded academic subject specific and 15 @ L2 or L3, ungraded mainly study skills)

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths A*-C
  • Preferably GCSE Science A*-C for applicants intending to teach in primary sector
  • DBS (essential for school placement)
  • Placement in a primary or secondary school one day a week outside of the course hours (you will need to find your own placement) - Completion of written initial assessment
  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    Candidates build a portfolio of evidence which will include written assignments, presentations, reflective logs etc. There is no final examination.

    Aims of the course

    To prepare candidates to study at HE level and progress to university teacher training courses.

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course can lead to a degree (or foundation degree) in the education studies field or further study on another teaching-related course.


    There will be a mix of delivery models used: classroom-based teaching, seminars, tutorials and workshops, independent research study and online learning, external visits to related organisations and school-based placements. You will also have access to our VLE site (eME) which will provide you with a range of materials and resources to support your learning whilst on this course. Both individual tutorial support and additional learning support are also available, if required.

    Career Options

    Access courses are designed specifically to prepare learners to progress to university and other HE courses. The career options related to this specific Diploma sit within the teaching profession.

    What can I earn as a teacher? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. With a vocational qualification in teaching, you'll be starting on a career path with lots of opportunity for progression and a good salary in your sights.

    For example:

    • Teaching assistants start on around £15,000 a year and can earn £19,000 with a few years' experience
    • Special needs teachers start on around £26,000 a year and can earn £46,000 with a few years' experience
    • Secondary school teachers start on around £29,000 a year and can earn up to £47,000 with a few years' experience

    If you're interested in a career in teaching, we offer a range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our tiered qualifications are taught by expert tutors and include valuable work experience, giving you the confidence and skills to take your first steps in this rewarding sector.

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Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,384 p/year
24+ £3,384 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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Gentjana Aliaj

One highlight of my time at university has been the opportunity to meet professionals in my field whose work and research has completely changed my perspective of the world we live in.

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Eka Triandapilidi

After a very successful year in Level 1 ESOL, Eka started her career path with a teaching assistant job in a primary school in Bromley. She is very happy and sees this as an opportunity to inspire and motivate children and to continue improving her own English skills, wherever possible.

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