This one-year course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge in primary teacher education that you will need to progress onto a degree-level course.
This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.
GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully.
It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.
This course requires you to arrange a minimum of ten days working in a school environment. Applicants who wish to progress to Primary Teacher Training with QTS need to have five days at Key Stage 1 and five days at Key Stage 2.
During the course you will study the following core units:
Teaching &Child development
English Language for Teachers
Science for Teachers
School Based Experience
Education, Curriculum and Early Learning.
Organisation & Methods of Teaching
Sociology of Education
Psychology of Education
This course will also include a 10 hour work experience at a local school which you will receive support to arrange. You will also need to pay for a DBS check.
Access to HE Diploma
Further study and career options
On successful completion of this course you can progress on to a degree-level course or further qualifications in your chosen specialist area.
You will be guaranteed progression on to one of the following courses at Bedford College:
Child & Family Studies Foundation Degree
Early Years Studies Foundation Degree
Educational Practice Foundation Degree
You will be required to attend College for three days a week on a Monday, Thursday and Friday. The proposed times of the College day will 9.15am to 4.45pm. You will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.
Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email.
If you are aged 16-18, this course is not funded and costs £3,384. Alternatively we offer BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds. If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans
Course information & how to book
To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.
Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (please note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment).