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Access to Higher Education - Education Professions


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Introduction to this course

The Access Study Programme has been developed for adults who missed out on higher education when they were younger or would like a change of career. The Study Programme aims to provide a firm foundation for progression to study at degree level. For this reason study skills and educational support and guidance form essential elements of the Study Programme.  In addition, group and individual tutorial sessions support students and offer guidance with the UCAS process and study skills.

The Diploma is taught by subject specialist teaching staff in a supportive environment to develop the academic skills necessary to progress onto higher education. You will have homework and assignment work set each week with strict deadlines. There is at least 20 hours of additional study at home each week so it is important to ensure that you can plan this in to your weekly schedule.
This course will provide students with subject knowledge in education theory and practice and English language, as well as the academic writing and research skills needed to progress onto a degree in the field of education. Units will focus on topics such as teaching, learning and assessment; planning and delivering; education policy; the role of play in child development and child language acquisition. Students will also complete a research project in a topic of their choice which will prepare them for extended essay and dissertation writing at university.


Entry Requirements

Who can apply? This qualification is for students aged 19 and over. You must have achieved GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or above.

We are looking for applicants with a high level of motivation to be an independent student with a willingness for self-study, the commitment to study a full time, challenging course with a clear idea of the university level programmes that you wish to progress onto.


How will I be assessed?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is predominantly based upon continuous assessment (coursework). There will be a variety of teaching methods used throughout the course, including individual practical work, small group exercises, on-line research, group presentations, whole-class teaching and peer assessment. You will be supported and encouraged to develop and practice the skills that will enable you to become an independent learner and fully prepare you for Higher Education.

The assessment methodology will take a variety of forms including:
Essay
Timed Assessment/End Test
Presentations (with hand-outs/notes)
Report
Micro-Teach
Case Study
Independent Research Study


Course content/units
You will study a range of units that make up the overall Diploma.  Unit titles include: Education Theory and Practice, Biology, Psychology, Sociology.
  
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