Access to HE - Education Professions

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Access to HE

Attendance Full-Time


This is one of our L3 Access to HE Diploma Pathways.

The subject set includes: Education Theory and Practice, English, Statistical and Mathematical Methods, Psychology, Sociology and Study Skills, which you will need to study to complete the Access Diploma. The Access to HE Diploma is validated by Ascentis. All students must commit to a full programme of study over one year.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2019. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Riverside Dene (Cruddas Park)

Who the course is for

If you are aged 19 or over, do not already have a L3 qualification (such as A Levels) and intend to go to university the L3 Access Diploma will be of interest. You will need to be able to attend college 3 days a week and have time to study independently.

Your studies may be funded or you may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan. These loans are available to help you pay for the tuition fees.
It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. If you successfully complete your access to learning programme and then progress onto (and complete) a higher education course such as a degree you won’t have to pay back your Advanced Learning Loan.

For further detailed information on Advanced Learning Loans, please click here.

Qualification Gained

The subject set plus the study skills module are required to gain the Access to HE Diploma. This is validated by Ascentis.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

The Access to HE - Education Professions pathway comprises the following subjects:

Education Theory and Practice

  • Introduction to Education Theory and Practice
  • Practical Applications – Planning and Delivery

English Language

  • Introduction to Language and Register
  • Language and Representation
  • Language to Persuade

Statistical and Mathematical Methods (SAMM)

  • Introduction to Numerical and Algebraic Methods
  • Foundations in Statistics
  • Statistical Skills and Techniques


  • Psychological Perspectives and Behaviours (Psychodynamic, Behaviourist, Cognitive and Biological Perspectives and their approaches to therapy)


  • Sociology of; the family and personal life, education, religion and belief
  • Poverty and Welfare states
  • Crime and deviance

Study Skills

  • CVs, mock interviews, UCAS and personal statements
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Presentation skills and reflecting on own performance

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials and private study.

Extra help outside of class time may be available in Study Clinics by appointment.

You are also actively encouraged to make use of the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) site where you can find materials to supplement your class learning.

Assessment Methods

The subject modules are assessed through a mixture of written assignments, portfolios, end of unit tests, micro-teach and exams.

Progression Opportunities

The Access to HE diploma will enable you to progress onto several different degrees and diplomas in Higher Education. Progression is dependent on succeeding in a combination of subjects, which are acceptable to university admissions tutors.

Students on this pathway are expected to progress onto degree courses relating to teaching and education. 

Career Opportunities

Although the Access to HE diploma's primary role is in the preparation of mature students for university, the rigorous academic training developed in the course is attractive to employers in a wide range of business.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of GCSE grade C in English, Maths and Science.

At interview, you can also expect be asked to complete initial diagnostic assessments to ensure your skills are at the correct level.

Students for whom English is not their first language must achieve an English Language Test score of at least 6.0

Offer is subject to successful entry test and interview.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.