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Ascentis Access to HE Diploma (Education Professions) - Evening

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Teaching, Teaching assistants, Business Administration, Human resources, Special Educational Needs among many others after completing this diploma

Overview of the course: 

Awarding Body - Ascentis
The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is for learners aged 19+ who do not have the qualifications required to enter HE. Each year around 30,000 learners in the UK take Access programs and many go on to succeed in HE and embark on life changing new careers. The Education professions Diploma can give you Access to a wide range of English, Mathematics, Teaching and Primary Education degrees.

Entry requirements: 

Maths and English GCSE grade C (4) or Functional Skills in Maths and English level 2 equivalent. No additional Level 2 qualifications are required but they would be beneficial. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


During the course you will be studying 3 main subject sets: Statistical and mathematical methods, English Literature and Language and Education Studies.
Some of the topics covered in Statistical and mathematical methods are statistical skills and techniques and foundations in statistics
Some of the topics covered in English Literature and Language are Poetry and Short stories and Language Analysis
Some of the topics covered in Education Studies are Practical applications of planning, Key developments in education policy and change.

How is the course assessed?: 

All assessments are assessed internally and include assignments, essays, research projects and examinations in June of each academic year.

Further study options after this course: 

The course can be used to support entry into higher education such as HNC/D, Foundation Degree, Degree at university or college or can also be used to support entry into employment. Before choosing which Access to HE Diploma you would like to study you are advised to research ahead by looking at the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions System) website,

Length of the course: 

Your course is structured over 36 weeks from September to June, divided into 2 semesters. Your course will run 2 evenings (Tuesday and Thursday) a week on campus from 6.00 - 9.00 pm and will also include at least 3 hours of directed independent study to complete every week.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

This course starts on the 03/09/2019 (September 3rd, 2019) and ends on the 25/06/2020 (25th June 2020).

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2019 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (21 Aug 2019 09:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

Previous students have gone on to study Primary Education and specialised subjects for Secondary teaching; alternatively the Diploma can be used to support entry into areas such as Youth and Community Work, Humanities or Early Years Education.

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How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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