Aimed at anyone who would like to study a teacher training course at degree level, but who doesn’t have the qualifications required by universities, this Access to Higher Education Diploma will provide all the foundations needed to advance your knowledge and train to become a successful teacher.

Exploring education, learning and teaching – alongside English and History – you’ll get a broad introduction into key areas, including teaching strategies, learning styles, assessment methods, and designing, facilitating and evaluating learning (reflective practice). You’ll cover a wide period of history – from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution – and look at poetry, plays, novels and creative writing.

As well as delving into theories of how children learn and national education policies, you’ll also take part in a six-week (one day per week) teaching placement in a school and an assessed Micro-Teach session, complete with an Enhanced DBS check. This will help you to develop theoretical underpinnings of teaching and then put what you know into practice, ensuring you’re well prepared for university and your future career.

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1 year
August 2020
To enrol on this Access to Higher Education Diploma, you’ll need to have GCSEs in both English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. If you’d like to advance into primary education, you will also need at least a C/4 grade in GCSE Science, and it’s advisable to have formal classroom experience.

If you’d like to start preparing now for the course, and for subsequent university applications, there are a few things you can do to put yourself in the best possible position. It’s helpful to get as much relevant experience as you can, which may be necessary for some higher education courses. This could include volunteer work in teaching and education, on youth work projects, coaching teams, or helping out with summer schools.

This will support the requirements needed for a strong university application and help to ensure you make the most of this course. You may want to read up on the QTS Skills Test too, a requirement for all trainee teachers, and start exploring possible degree options.

Prospective students should check the entry requirements of their preferred university to ensure the best possible opportunity for progression.
You’ll be assessed continuously throughout this Access to Teacher Training Diploma. This will include academic essays, projects, presentations, seminars and exams.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to pay tuition fees for this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

There are a number of different funding and finance options to help you afford your tuition with The Manchester College, with dedicated support from the government, bursaries and grants, and special loans to cover any tuition fees.
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