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About the course

This  course is designed to enable you to proceed to university in order to undertake initial teacher training (ITT) or other educationally related degrees. It is an academically demanding course with a heavy emphasis on you being able to write with accuracy and with insight on academically challenging topics.  As such, you will need to already possess well developed writing skills before applying for this course.

Certain units are mandatory whereas others are optional. This gives the course a degree of breadth and scope to enable you to ‘tailor’ your unit choices to best fit your intended degree.

What you will study

  • English
  • Education
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • Study skills


  • Most units are assessed by way of an extended essay
  • Other units will require you to conduct an oral presentation on an educational issue of choice; others will require you to write an academic report on an educational issue
  • At least one exam is likely to feature on the course

Entry requirements

  • You will need to already possess a GCSEs - grades A* - C / 9 - 4 in English, maths and science
  • In addition to this, you will also need to pass the entry tests which are required of all Access to HE applicants 
  • If one of the three GCSE subjects listed has not been gained at a grade C, it may be possible for you to do this outstanding GCSE alongside your Access course within the same academic year
  • No more than one GCSE may be studied in this way

Please note: We do not insist that applicants already have classroom experience but the universities will most certainly require this.  It is therefore advantageous for the student to gain this experience within the early weeks of the course in order to satisfy university entry requirements.

Costs and loans

  • The Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course

Moving forward

  • The course has an enviable track record of progression to the BA (Hons) Primary Education, BA (Hons) Education Studies and BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree courses at a range of universities
  • It is also eminently possible to use this course as a means to progress to a stand-alone, subject degree to then embark on the PGCE teacher training qualification thereafter: many past students have opted for this route

Additional information

  • Access is an intensive study programme; you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain 100% attendance
  • You are expected to self-study for a minimum of 10 extra hours a week in order to manage strict work deadlines and to cope with the work load

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