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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) Teacher of HISTORICAL STUDIES Pathway

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) Teacher of HISTORICAL STUDIES Pathway

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The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) WILL allow you to apply for university to study Historical Pathways in just 1 year!

This course is an option for people who would like to start or further their career in teaching, but to also specialise in Historical Studies.

In this Historical Studies Pathway, you will have a specialist History teacher to ensure your subject knowledge develops to the appropriate level, whilst also ensuring your portfolio and experience is relevant to be accepted onto history degrees to pursue a career in teaching history in the future.

No qualifications are required to study this course so get started today!

If you have a passion for helping young people grow and flourish, a career in 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. If you love science, athletics, or the arts, you can share that love with young people.

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.

    FAQ Education


    Will I be able to apply to university with this Access Course?

    Yes, our students get accepted to universities across the UK.

    My chosen university course requires specific units that are not on your list. Can you help me with that?

    Yes. We can individualise your modules. Contact us directly.

    Will I be able to cope once at the university?

    Yes, we will teach you how to write at an academic level, how to do independent research, how to reference your work etc. By the end of the course, you will be able to manage academically when at uni.

    Which university courses can I apply to?

    In general, all courses related to education. However, this diploma will also include degrees which are subject specific before you take on Teacher Training, ie; courses such as Mathematics, English Studies, Science degrees, Languages, History etc.

    Check with your chosen university about the required units if you would like to take a specific pathway, or speak with us and we can find out for you.


    Which Education pathway should I choose?

    It depends on what do you want to do after. If you have passion for a particular subject, e.g. science, then choose this pathway. You can then become a secondary school teacher of a specific subject.

    If you would like to work in education not as a subject specific teacher but as e.g. special educational needs teacher, school counselor, curriculum designeror educational content developer, then choose the general education pathway.

    Do I need to decide the Pathway I take before I join?

    No, you will be doing several general units with all Education students first, so this can give you time to decide with pathway you would like to take for the second phase of your course.

    What if I change my mind on the Pathway part way through?

    You will be able to discuss this with your tutor and swap units that better suit your Diploma outcome if things evolve. Soon as you are entered with the examining body you will have set unit credits to complete, but we will be as flexible as possible and ensure you end up with the best possible outcome for you throughout your course.


    Who are the tutors?

    Each pathway has a dedicated tutor who is a specialist in their field.

    Our tutors are qualified subject professionals with extensive work experience in their respective fields. They will support you with applying for University and be able to give you specific direction and opportunities in the pathway you choose.

    Dr. Martyna Elerian is the Education lead and has written many publications relating to Education. Her biography is available on our website. You can also read her content in our blog.

    Who can I contact if I have questions?

    You can contact our support team and speak with an Education tutor at any time:

    Tel: +44 (0) 1223 92 6822