Course Type: Higher Education

Access to HE Diploma (Educational Studies)

  • Course Code AAA0773
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time TBC
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

If you'd like to move into Primary, Secondary or Post-Compulsory Teaching and study for a degree but don't have the qualifications you need, then this Access to HE Diploma (Educational Studies) could be for you.

Access programmes are designed to prepare you for study on a wide variety of degree programmes and are developed with the support of Higher Education Institutions. Our courses provide a Level 3 qualification, which prepares you for life on a degree programme. All our courses run at times to fit around family commitments and you get free car parking and access to our childcare voucher scheme.

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a full level 3 qualification, recognised and accepted by most Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as one of the main routes into university for adult learners who do not have the qualifications required to enter HE. Each year around 30,000 learners in the UK take Access programmes and many go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers.


To be awarded the Access to HE Diploma students must achieve units totaling 60 credits, 45 credits are from graded units at Level 3 and 15 credits are from ungraded units at Level 2 or 3.


The QAA Access to HE Diploma is awarded by One Awards and recognised for entry to Higher Education courses across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.


Study for free

Get the employment edge without worrying about up front fees. If you’re over 19 years old, you may be eligible to study for free if you don't already hold a Level 3 qualification or you are on eligible benefits. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fees, if you then go onto complete a higher education degree course, the remaining balance of your loan, including any interest, will be ‘written off’, which means you won’t have to pay it back. To find out more click here.


The Diploma consists of 4 academic subject sets:

  • English language and literature
  • Mathematics
  • Education theory and practice
  • Education studies

Upon applying for the Diploma you will need to have an interview and complete initial assessments for maths, English and comprehension at one of our enrolment events, before being accepted on the course.  

Entry Requirements
You will need five GCSE grades A* to C including English, maths and a science (or equivalent). You will also need to secure a placement for a minimum of 3 hours per week to last the duration of the programme.

An interview is required.

You must be over 18 years old to attend this course.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Ideally five GCSE grades A * -C(9 - 4) including English and maths and a science subject.An interview will be required.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

5 GCSE grades A* - C (9 - 4) including English, maths and science (or equivalent)

Required experience

We welcome all applicants without any prior experience or knowledge in this area. You will need motivation to achieve and have a passion to gain skills enabling you to progress this as a career in the future.

The cost of this course varies depending on your age and circumstances.

If you are aged 18 this course is free.

If you are aged 19 - 23 and this is your first full level 3 Qualification this course is free.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years or over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10 % discount.

For an up to date cost and more finance information please visit an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

Find out more about Finance & Funding

Find out more about Advanced Learning Loans