Access to HE Education (Early Years)

Start Date
Course Course
Childcare & Education
City Campus

About this Course

The Access to HE Diploma in Education (Early Years) is an intensive one year programme of study. It will equip you with the skills, experience and qualifications to go on to study a range of higher education courses in Early Years and Childhood studies that can then lead to careers in early years education, primary education, further education, safeguarding and family support work.

Key Units

The core curriculum provides you with the underlying skills you need for study at university level. These include:
  • reading
  • essay writing
  • note taking
  • presentation
  • research skills
  • use of statistics
  • IT skills
It also provides tutorial support which may take the form of a group session or one-to-one support. All students will be allocated a personal tutor from the beginning of the Diploma.

The diploma will cover key units including
  • Child Development
  • Child Psychology
  • Early Socialisation
  • Safeguarding
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Education
  • English and Maths

The diploma consists of 45 graded credits and 15 ungraded study skills credits. All units must be achieved to pass the diploma. Graded credits are assessed at Pass, Merit and Distinction. 

Learners will attend college 3 days per week for one full academic year. 

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths C/4 or equivalent
Please note some degree entry requirements may be higher than this or require additional subjects such as Science.

Please ensure you check higher education entry requirements.


Diploma assessments are wide ranging and will see you undertake
  • group discussions
  • presentations
  • reports
  • media articles
  • essays
  • time constrained assessments
  • question booklets
There is no end exam. 

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of this Diploma will open doors to a number of university courses, giving learners the chance to study a broad array of degrees, including:
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood
  • BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary)
  • BA Social Work
  • FDA Children, Young People and Families

Future Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the programme may progress into careers in areas such as:
  • Early years educator
  • Primary education
  • Further education
  • Safeguarding
  • Family support work

Tell Me More

This programme is designed for mature adult students returning to study following a break in their education.

The teaching staff are friendly, supportive and dedicated to helping you succeed. All we ask is that you come with an open mind, prepared to work and are willing to tackle challenges.

Extra Costs

Funding an Access to HE Diploma
If you do not already have a Level 3 qualification, an Access to HE Diploma may be fully funded.

Alternatively, tuition fees can be funded by an 19+ Advanced Learer Loan. 

19+ Advanced Learner Loans can be used to pay tuition fees and are designed to make studying as an adult more accessible. Eligibility does not depend on income, there are no credit checks, and anyone over the age of 19 can apply as long as they’re studying an approved course at Level 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you progress onto a relevant higher education course, your Access to HE advanced learner loan will be removed from repayment. 

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