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Access to HE Diploma (Teacher Training) - Primary Education - Level 3

Access to HE Diploma (Teacher Training) - Primary Education - Level 3


Always dreamed of working in education, inspiring people to achieve their full potential? Would you like a stepping stone to university-level study? If so, our Access to HE Diploma Teacher Training course could be the perfect course for you. Access courses are specifically designed for adults who have been out of education for some time but are now ready for the challenge of university.

The course is made up of various modules designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study. You will become a critical thinker, develop writing techniques and research skills and also be able to deliver professional presentations.

Once you’ve finished your Access to HE course, you may choose to stay and study a foundation degree in Education, a Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care: Leadership and Management or a Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner Apprenticeship at the NTU Mansfield Centre on our Derby Road campus, which is run by Nottingham Trent University.

Don't let paying for this course hold you back from achieving your goals. There are different funding routes available for adult learners. Dependent on your personal circumstances, you may be eligible to:

Did you know? If you successfully go on to complete a Higher Education qualification following an Access to HE diploma course, you won’t have to pay your Advanced Learner Loan back at all.

Get in touch to find out more.

The awarding body for this course is CAVA, click the link to find out more.

Giving you flexibility to manage your life and studies

We offer two options to complete your course because we realise that we all have different lives with varied work and family commitments.

The main focus is on blended learning, supported by online resources.

One-year | Full-time

Attend college for two full-days per week (usually 9am-4.30pm) and a half-day online session per week (at a time that suits you).

Two-years | Part-time

Attend college for one full-day per week (usually 9am-4.30pm).

IMPORTANT - If you don't meet the entry requirements listed below, you will be required to complete a short diagnostic assessment for each GCSE that you require. You can study for your GCSE(s) alongside your part-time Access to HE Diploma course and you will attend college for one half-day per week for each GCSE required.

You are also required to allocate time to undertake self-study each week; 8 hours is a standard recommendation.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an Access to HE Diploma. Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to HE Diplomas. To find out more visit

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Start dates and fees

The course fee can either be paid in full or in four instalments.

If you wish to pay in instalments, you will be required to pay 25% (£846.00) of the total fee on the day of enrolment and a Direct Debit mandate would then need to be completed to enable the college to collect a further three payments of £846.00 bi-monthly. The payments will be taken on the date you choose on the Direct Debit mandate form.

Please contact the college’s finance department for further details on 0808 100 3626.

Start DatePart/Full-timeCodeFeeActions
09/09/2024FT1057A1328FREE* to £3384.00Apply
09/09/2024PT1057A1636FREE* to £3384.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

A range of subjects that will allow you to become a sought after university candidate. Modules include:

  • Study skills
  • Practical issues in teaching
  • Language studies
  • Literary studies
  • History
  • Key studies in psychology
  • Maths (Level 2) 

Entry requirements

Most universities require GCSE Science, it is therefore advisable to achieve this before or study it alongside the Access to HE Diploma course. 

You must arrange a work placement in a school of at least 21 days.


  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 in English and maths.


  • *A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 in English and maths.

*Don't have the required GCSEs to study the part-time course?

If you don’t have GCSEs at grade 4 in English and/or maths, you will be required to complete a short diagnostic assessment for each GCSE you require.

You will then study the GCSE course(s) alongside your part-time Access to HE Diploma  course.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE Diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to University course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

How will I be assessed?

In order to prepare you for university, the Access to HE Diploma Teacher Training course assessments will be varied. You will deliver presentations, write academic reports and sometimes sit an exam.

What does the course lead to?

This course will allow you to enter into an extremely rewarding career working in education. This may be within primary, secondary, further or higher education. Courses available include: 

  • BA (Hons) with QTS (Primary Education)
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies

Also if you decide teaching is not for you this course can lead to teaching assistant qualifications.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

Next steps

Attend an open event

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Call our general enquiries team

0808 100 3626
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