Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) - Teaching and Learning

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) - Teaching and Learning

Overview

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) is designed to provide the tools you need to get to university. If you don’t have your A-Levels, you can fast-track your application through a uniquely flexible qualification. The course offers a choice of several study pathways. The teaching and learning pathway focuses on the classroom environment and teaching children. By selecting specific modules, you can meet the entry requirements of many university degree courses.

Enrolment is available throughout the year and your Access to Higher Education Diploma offers complete flexibility. You’ll study through distance learning, which means that you can follow your own schedule. Keep your current job as you work towards a new career.

How does my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) work?

All of our course materials are easy to understand and provide you with a broad range of additional information to support your learning. You’ll be allocated a Learner Support Advisor who’ll have regular contact with you via our platform, by phone, email or text. You’ll be responsible for setting your own study schedule to fit around your lifestyle and responsibilities; you can therefore study at your own pace and in your own way.

Whilst you will have a great deal of flexibility with your studies, you’ll need to develop the discipline to study independently as well as be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available. Contact is all available with fellow students via our unique platform, and through debates and forums where you can share thoughts and ideas.

How will my Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) be assessed?

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You’ll find ‘assignment planners’ included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you’ve produced, and how you can improve.

All assignments provide the evidence required to award you with learning credits. You will need 60 credits to achieve an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Of the 60 credits required, 15 will be ungraded and 45 will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What happens after the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

You’ll have the skills you need to study a university degree course when your qualification is complete. Modules on your Access to Higher Education Diploma will prepare you for university assignments and carrying out independent research.

After university, you could go on to take a PGCE, which provides qualified teacher status. Outside of the classroom, there are opportunities to work in the charity sector, social work, youth work or museums.

Course modules

Module 1: Preparing to study

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback

Module 2: Academic writing skills 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss concepts and debates in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas
  • Understand the role of reference, allusion and paraphrase to avoid plagiarism

Module 3: Preparing a written assignment   

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Module 4: Independent research 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to plan a piece of research on an approved subject area
  • Be able to collect research material from different sources
  • Be able to use data to substantiate an argument
  • Be able to record sources of information
  • Be able to present research findings

Module 5: An introduction to classroom teaching

On completion of this module you will:

  • Plan and prepare for teaching within the National Curriculum
  • Understand the importance of classroom design

Module 6: Progressing to Higher Education

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand potential next steps in education
  • Understand key sources of information relevant to HE application
  • Understand personal HE opportunities
  • Understand the financial implications of further study
  • Know how to apply for a course

Module 7: Behaviour problems in the classroom

On completion of this module you will:

  • Recognise anti-social behaviour
  • Recognise anti-institutional behaviour
  • Understand the formal discipline processes/procedures of a school
  • Understand the informal methods of implementing discipline within a classroom setting
  • Understand some of the underlying causes of behavioural problems as displayed in the classroom

Module 8: Theories of child development

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand Piaget’s theory of development
  • Understand the major criticisms of Piaget’s work in child development. 
  • Understand alternative theories of development. 
  • Understand how stages of development link to practical situations. 

Module 9: Roles, responsibilities & relationships in education

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the teacher/trainer
  • Understand the need to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment
  • Understand the professional relationships between teachers and trainers engaged in education

Module 10: Disability

On completion of this module you will:

  • Know how to plan action learning relating to disability
  • Understand areas of anti discriminatory practice and core social work values relating to disability
  • Understand legal and policy frameworks relating to disability
  • Understand theoretical perspectives relating to disability that inform practice
  • Understand skills relating to working with disability that inform practice

Module 11: Child protection 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Know how to plan action learning relating to child protection
  • Understand areas of anti discriminatory practice and core social work values relating to child protection
  • Understand legal and policy frameworks relating to child protection
  • Understand and explore relevant theoretical perspectives relating to child protection that inform practice
  • Understand skills relating to working in child protection that inform practice

Module 12: Theories of cognitive development & learning

On completion of this module you will:

  • Have knowledge of theories of cognitive development
  • Understand learning theory
  • Have knowledge of the application of theories of learning and cognitive development to classroom practice

Module 13: Introduction to teaching & learning

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand models of teaching and learning
  • Understand ‘blocks’ to learning
  • Understand curriculum planning and lesson planning

Module 14: Child development & management of pupil behaviour

On completion of this module you will:

  • Be aware of the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social development of the child
  • Understand the main aspects of social and emotional development
  • Know factors which may affect pupil development and behaviour
  • Know methods for managing pupil behaviour

Module 15: Sociology of education 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the importance of education as a socializing agency
  • Understand the roles of education in contemporary society
  • Understand the sociological explanations of labelling and the use of stereotypes
  • Understand the concept of meritocracy

Module 16: Influences on educational achievement

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the influence of socio- economic background on educational achievement
  • Understand the influence of gender on educational achievement
  • Understand the influence of ethnicity on educational achievement

Module 17: The psychology of learning 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories of learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different learning and teaching styles

Module 18: Behavioural studies 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the learning process
  • Have knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives in relation to children’s learning and development

Requirements

All learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) and aspire to study a related degree at university.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to Higher Education Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each University has their own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at Merit or Distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a Universities proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. Learners starting an Access to Higher Education Diploma must have a GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Each learner must undertake their own research to ensure their diploma is properly specified and gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. This research should be undertaken as soon as possible. learndirect will not be able to accept any liability for the inability of any Access to Higher Education Diploma learner failing to secure an offer from a Higher Education institution.

Assessment

Your chosen pathway will be made up of a number of units, each of which will require you to complete an assignment. You'll find 'assessment planners' included within the course materials for each unit; these are designed to help you to complete the relevant assignment. Your personal tutor will be responsible for marking your assignments and giving you with feedback about the work you've produced, and how you can improve.

Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education (Education)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at level 3 (QAA ref: (40003887).This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands is a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. Open College Network West Midlands also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Developing your career

Your Access to Higher Education Diploma and the way it is delivered within our innovative learning platform is designed to give you the best possible chance of fulfilling your dream of studying at university. Higher Education Degrees confirm to any employer your intellect, motivation and ability to work independently to succeed not just in your area of specialism but also life itself. A higher education degree is a gateway qualification that will allow you to apply 1,000's of graduate programmes as well as setting you apart from those who don't have a degree.

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