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Access to University (Teacher Training) - Primary Education - Level 3

Access to University (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 University 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.

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 University 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 Higher Education Diploma. Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to Higher Education Diplomas. To find out more visit

View FAQs about Access to University Courses

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 University 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 University course.

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 University 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

Next steps

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