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"Access To..."

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  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

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  • Duration:

    1 Year

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Course Overview

Access to HE Diplomas are well established, national qualifications which allow students without traditional Level 3 qualifications to apply for degree courses and enter university.

Our Access to Teacher Training course runs over one year and is ideal if you wish to progress to university to study on a range of education related or teacher training programmes. The diploma may also be a beneficial qualification if you are looking to go directly into employment, where Level 3 qualifications are required.

If you have had experience of working in schools or other formal setting working with children, or if you just have a commitment to becoming a teacher and are prepared to work hard, then Access to Teacher Training will give you a firm foundation.

This course incorporates a variety of units that will encourage you to develop your higher level thinking and prepare you for studying at university. You will cover a range of subjects which will include the study of all aspects of English, from Shakespeare to syntax, which is designed to develop your communication skills which are vital for all successful teachers. You will also study IT units which are designed to develop the skills necessary for successful study both on the Access course and beyond, as well as study skills units to enhance your essay writing and research techniques.

Access to University is an intensive study programme, you must be completely committed to hard work and are required to maintain full attendance throughout the course.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

There may be opportunities for adult students to study English and maths as part of your programme, and the level and type of qualification will be selected to suit individual need.

Course Highlights

The staff on the programme are professionally qualified to a high standard and are both friendly and approachable. You will benefit from having a tutor who can provide not only academic support, but also pastoral advice and guidance when needed. One-to-one appointments with your tutor are a regular part of the course where there is opportunity to discuss your progress.

This course offers breadth of academic experience and will also enhance employability through the practice work placement. This gives you plenty of opportunity to link theory with practice and it also gives you an advantage of practical experience of the profession in which you wish to enter. The skills, knowledge, and experience gained on the practice placement will make you an attractive applicant for university and it is often a richly rewarding and enjoyable experience. There is extensive advice and guidance to support you in your application for university and there is a very high success rate of students achieving their academic goals.

We offer academic support sessions at London universities with which we have links and where there is the opportunity to use their extensive libraries and study centre facilities as well as our own excellent library and learning resource centre. We also have various education degree programme leaders from local universities come to talk to you about their Higher Education programmes. Croydon College Access to Teacher Training students are often considered favourably by these institutions due to the positive relationships that have been established.


If you are 24 years old or over you might qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course fees – see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Success rates have been very high and students often secure their first choice places at university and feel very well prepared for their degree courses.  Many students achieve places on three year courses that have QTS attached to them and are therefore qualified to teach immediately following successful completion of their degree.

Many students choose to progress internally and continue to study at our University Centre, for example on our Level 5 – Education and Training Diploma, progressing towards their career goals in friendly and familiar surroundings.


You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways, including essays, debates, and presentations as well as a major project at the end.

The course is wholly assignment based, with no exams.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be required to take an English and Mathematics assessment, regardless of previous qualifications. You must achieve a Level 2 in English and a Level 2 in Mathematics,

Whilst a GCSE in Science is not an entry requirement for this course, it is recommended that you check with your chosen University if you’ll need to achieve this before progression onto your chosen University course.

How To Apply

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