Access to Higher Education Diploma in Education and Childhood Studies

This course is for individuals who would to apply to University to study to become a teacher, a trainer, a teaching assistant or an Early Years practitioner, or if you simply wish to improve your chances of gaining employment in a teaching environment

One year
Free for 19-23 year olds*

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
10:00am - 2:30pm

Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EU

Course Overview

What will I achieve?

The course will improve your academic, vocational and personal skills; it will also improve your CV and boost your confidence. Successful candidates will be awarded a nationally recognised Access to HE Diploma awarded by Ascentis. The Diploma is approved by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and is accepted for entry to a wide range of universities and higher education institutions.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but you must be motivated and enthusiastic. 

*Fees: 

If  you are aged 19 – 23  without a full Level 3 qualification you will be eligible for full funding through the Skills Funding Agency.

If you are aged 19-23 and already have A Levels, or other Level 3 qualifications, or if you  are 24 or over,  you can apply for course fees to be paid through Student Finance England (SFE). SFE will write off the outstanding balance for your Access to HE Diploma loan once you complete your degree.

Click here to find details about Advanced Learning Loans.


This course covers:

  • Introduction to Education Theory and Practice

  • Foundations in Learning as Social Practice

  • The Role of Play in Child Development

  • Key Developments in Education Policy and Change

  • Practical Applications – Planning and Delivery

  • Introduction to Childhood Studies

  • Health and Well-being

  • Studies in Adolescence

  • Social Policy and Practice

  • Planning and Carrying out Research Projects

  • Academic writing

  • Study Skills and Further Skills