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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education)

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If you have a passion for helping young people grow and flourish, a career in Primary School education may be right for you. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) can be a great milestone towards achieving this goal. This diploma will allow you to apply for university courses in Education.

There is always a need for educators. Teachers can often specialise in their favourite subjects.

In addition to teaching in schools there are many different routes and roles in the education sector, such as career counsellor, admissions officer, special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) specialist, educational consultant or content developer, afterschool programme director, or cooperate trainer – the sky is the limit in this ever-developing field! For more information see the ‘Careers’ tab.

Cambridge Home Education wants you to succeed in every aspect and at each stage of your pathway towards your new career. Therefore, our modules combine study and writing skills needed for university, traditional content and skills that will give you an understanding of various aspects of classroom teaching and the role of a teacher, and above that, content and skills that can lead you to alternative careers in education. For more information on what you will cover, see the ‘Modules’ tab.


This Online Education Diploma Course at a Glance

  • 100% online learning for adults
  • No qualifications necessary to apply
  • Flexible - learn in your own time around work and family
  • Flexible payments - interest-free monthly payments over 1 year 
  • One-to-one tutor support at mutually convenient times
  • Go to university without A Levels
  • Gain crucial knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence
  • Assessed through end-of-unit assignments - NO EXAMS 
  • Equivalent level to those of other level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels
  • Complete in 1 year or less

Education Provider: Cambridge Online Education - established 2002

Accredited by: Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group

Regulated by: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


Course Outline

The Access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification designed to prepare learners without traditional qualifications for entry into Higher Education (HE). The Diploma provides opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and skills needed to progress to higher education study and also enables learners to develop social and emotional skills such as communication and confidence.


To achieve the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) Ref. 400/1038/7 learners must achieve:

  • 45 credits which must be graded, academic subject content at Level 3 only, 
  • 15 credits which must be either at Level 2 or Level 3 ungraded (U).

The following are the Core Unit titles for this Diploma:

  • Preparing To Study (U)
  • Academic Writing Skills (U)
  • The Developing Child
  • Safeguarding in Education
  • Disability and Special Education Needs
  • Managing Behaviour in the Classroom
  • An Introduction to Planning for Classroom Teaching
  • Applied Research Skills (U)
  • Progressing to Higher Education (U)

The following are the Specialist Pathway Unit titles for this Diploma. Ideal for those looking at joining the Education profession within a specialist subject area:

General Education and Teaching Practices Pathway

  • The Development of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Roles, Responsibilities & Relationships in Education
  • Psychology of Education
  • Communication and Practice in the Classroom
  • Equality of Opportunities in Practice
  • Ethnicity and Citizenship in Modern Britain
  • Language, Communication and Communities
  • Language and Social Media
  • Literature and Cultural Identity

Mathematics Pathway

  • Statistical Research
    • Inferential Statistics
    • Numerical and Algebraic Techniques
    • Graphical Techniques
    • Algebraic Methods
    • Trigonometry
    • Calculus
    • Numerical Methods
    • Communication and Practice in the Classroom
    • Psychology of Education

    Biological Science Pathway

  • Anatomy
    • Body Systems and Homeostasis
    • Cell Biology
    • DNA, Protein Synthesis and Cell Division
    • Microbiology
    • Human Reproduction, Growth & Development
    • Respiration & Circulation
    • Plant Biology

    Environmental Science Pathway

  • An Introduction to Ecology
    • Ecology, Ecosystems & Environmental Management
    • Environmental Issues
    • Environmental Science
    • Communication and Practice in the Classroom
    • Psychology of Education
    • Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education
    • Sociology of Education
    • The Development of Education

    Historical Studies Pathway

  • Cause and Consequence in History
    • Historical Debate
    • Historical Sources
    • Hitler’s Germany
    • Industrial Change in Britain c1700 - 1850
    • Introduction to Political Ideologies
    • Mercantilism, the Slave Trade and British Commercialism
    • The Nature of History: Sources of Historical Evidence
    • The First World War and Its Impact on Empire

    Language and Literature Studies Pathway

  • Language & Social Media
    • Literature and Cultural Identity
    • Language, Communication & Communities
    • Language Development & Reading Skills
    • Comparative Study of Cross-Genre Prose Text
    • Drama
    • Exploring Plays
    • Poetry
    • Shakespeare
    • Study of a Novel

    Enrolment Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for students applying for the Cambridge Online Education Access to H.E. Diplomas. Tutors are nevertheless, required to ensure that learners admitted onto the Diploma possess the necessary skills and personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course.


    All Access to HE Diplomas require the achievement of 60 credits. 45 of the 60 credits must be graded at Level 3 (pass, merit or distinction). Such credits will arise from the Academic Subject Content Modules. The remaining 15 credits are ungraded and can be achieved at either Level 2 or Level 3. Students may only be registered against units with a maximum combined total credit value of 60. In terms of the length of time required for a learner to complete their diploma, for all Access to HE Diplomas the notional learning hours are 600. Notional learning hours comprise all learning that may be relevant to the achievement of the learning outcomes including directed and private study, practical and project work, assignments and assessment time. The assessment methods used for each unit of your course will be detailed in the Programme Handbook. Your tutor will provide you with formative feedback and provisional grades. Your grades will be then evaluated by the Examination Board. Final grades will be released to students after the External Moderation Visit.


    On successful completion of the course, you will receive a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) at level 3 awarded by the Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group.

    Aim Qualifications and Assessment Group are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. Cambridge Online Education is a fully accredited education provider for this qualification


    There are many different careers in education, from classroom teaching to working in the business world.

    You can become:

    • Early Years Teacher
    • Primary School Teacher
    • Secondary School Teacher, provided you specialise in a specific subject area
    • Special Educational Needs Teacher
    • Counsellor
    • School inspector
    • Teacher Trainer
    • Education Academic
    • Teacher recruiter for a college or career centre
    • After-school program or a camp director,
    • Curriculum designer
    • Educational content developer
    • Corporate trainer hired by businesses to teach a new skill, 
    • Life coach

    Careers in education are versatile and seem to be endless. With a degree in Education, you can try different options before finding your passion. It is up to you where you want your degree to take you, and what will best suit your personal and professional abilities, skills and desires. As different universities have different entry requirements, you are strongly advised to check these requirements with your chosen tertiary education provider. You can contact our career advisers for further guidance and support in that matter.

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    Jo's Story

    I believe I was born to teach and finding out that I couldn't study my A Levels was devastating. As a teenage carer for my mum I couldn't finish my education. I had all but given up on my teaching ambition until I found Access Courses Online. The course and the tutors are great and I'm able to study in my own time around caring for my mum. I'm looking forward to studying my degree online too and realising my dream to be a teacher.

    Lois' Student Testimonal - Access to HE Diploma (Nursing)

    FAQ Science and Healthcare


    Where can I get specific information on Midwifery and careers?

    Try the following link to see from NHS directly further links and questions they explore:


    Who will be my Tutor?

    We have professionals that are current in their practice of their chosen fields to support you. For example, you will be able to take directly to a Midwife/Nurse and get guidance and support directly from these professionals as you complete your course.

    This is on top of a Faculty Leader in Science who has worked as a Science Teacher for more than 10 years.

    Will I get some 1:1 support?

    Yes! We help our students personally navigate their career options with online video calls and messenger chats.

    We provide 1-1 specialist support to you when you need it.

    Working in partnership with you, we will provide a personal service of meeting individual educational needs and career options.


    Do I need to be ‘good’ at science?

    You experience of science at school will likely be in an exam-based system that places high importance on being able to remember knowledge and ‘perform’ under exam conditions. This course is completely different, instead of covering vast discipline of science this course focussing on the key foundation knowledge that you’ll need in the next step of your learning journey. Teaching difficult concepts is our expertise, we will meet you where you are and get you where you need to be. By the end of the course, you’ll love science and have produced some useful learning resources to take you into your next stages of study.

    I’m anxious about sitting exams, will I have to sit exams either face-to-face or online?

    This course is completely online, and you’ll be glad to hear that there are no exams. The course leader will assess your understanding and knowledge of the subject but setting you assessments with clear criteria and assessment descriptors. You will submit your assignment for grading, either ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’.

    I’m nervous to present or talk to the group online, will I be forced to do this?

    We will meet you where you are, if you want to develop this skill ready for university then we can arrange smaller group sessions or one-to-one sessions to support you, or you can choose an alternative format for your presentation. We want you to feel comfortable and supported on this course.


    Will I have support applying for university?

    Absolutely, we will hold your hand every step of the way, you can talk to us about course choices, we’ll help proofread your personal statement, provide references. As promised, we will get you to university.

    I haven’t decided which exact route I’d like to take within the profession, does it matter?

    No, not at all, we’ll introduce you to a number of different professionals within the health services so you can hear about their journey, experience and careers.


    Will I have to do practical experiments at home?

    The investigation skills unit is based around a practical investigation of red peppers. The equipment that you’ll need is limited to things you’d find in your kitchen but you don’t need to carry out the investigation yourself if you don’t want to as your course leader will demonstrate it.

    What are the assignments like?

    We set a variety of assignments that will set you up with skills that will be useful in your future studying and career. We encourage essay writing with referencing, but don’t worry, we’ll show you how! We also set presentations, video tasks, leaflet and poster design and we show you how to use great free tools like Canva to make it super easy.

    Do I have to attend live lessons and switch my camera on?

    No, not at all. Many of our students are busy people working shifts and managing several commitments. You can watch the session recordings and then arrange a time to meet with your tutor to ask any questions or get further support. As for the camera, switch it on if you feel comfortable, don’t worry if not. We’ve created a culture of supportive and collaborative students in our online community, but all approaches are respected and accepted. Do what makes you feel comfortable.

    Lesson Demo - Science - Cells with Laura