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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Education) - Teaching English


Is teaching your dream career? If you have a passion for the written word as well, this is the perfect course for you. The Access to HE Diploma (Teaching English) combines both literature and language modules with teaching units. This course attracts students who are looking to seek a career in teaching with a specific interest in English literature and language.

With an Access to HE Diploma you do not have to wait until September to enrol on your course. Start studying from the moment you enrol; no matter what time of year it is. One of the key benefits of distance learning is that all modules can be studied from the comfort of your own home, so you don't need to worry about attending classes. 

At the end of your Access to HE Diploma you have the option to study towards a degree and gain the Qualified Teacher Status. To achieve the QTS, you will need to apply for a higher education degree, or you may have to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Alternatively, you could choose a different career path in research, publishing or social care. 

Check your new qualification is right for you

We strongly recommend that you contact the university, or teaching institution, you wish to attend and check that the entrance criteria for the degree course you aspire to can be met by this qualification. University admissions policies differ so it’s worth making sure you have the right course for your particular needs.

How does the course work? 

With our easy to access course materials, studying has never been easier. Simply enrol online today and we will give you unlimited access to our online learning rooms, which you can access anytime from anywhere. Furthermore, each student will have the support of our tutors along their journey. You can also connect with fellow students via our virtual learning platform. 

Distance learning provides you with a lot of flexibility when it comes to completing your course. However, you will need to develop techniques to help you study independently. You need to a realistic plan about what is achievable in the time you have available as the early units in your course are designed to equip you the skills required to manage and plan your time effectively.

You can complete your course in 6 months or stretch it out over a period of 18 months. Remember, this course has been specially designed to fit around your schedule. Once you start your studies, you will be amazed by how quickly you progress.



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: 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 8: Human nutrition & the digestive system

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the structure and functions of the organs of the digestive system.
  • Understand nutrients and their sources.
  • Understand how diet may influence health.

Module 9: Human reproduction, growth & development 

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the structure and function of the human reproductive system.
  • Understand how hormones regulate the reproductive tract throughout life.
  • Understand the sequence of events from conception to puberty.

Module 10: 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 11: Language acquisition

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand the stages of development on children’s language.
  • Understand the contrasting views on language acquisition.

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: 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 15: 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 16: Language, communication & communities

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand styles used in written English.
  • Understand factors influencing language.
  • Understand the role of the writer.
  • Understand the process and effects of language change.

Module 17: Study of a novel

On completion of this module you will:

  • Know how to respond to a novel.
  • Know how to demonstrate skills in the analysis of novel writing.
  • Understand the contextual aspects of the novel.

Module 18: Understanding drama

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand how an author creates character.
  • Understand the structure of plot within a drama.
  • Understand the part played by language in dramatic effect.
  • Understand how a play transfers from page to stage.
  • Know how to articulate a personal response to the impact of drama and performance.

Module 19: Short story

On completion of this module you will:

  • Understand narrative elements of the story.
  • Understand textual features and language.
  • Understand the influence of social and historical factors on the text.
  • Know how to make a personal response to the text.
  • Know how to use supporting evidence.


If you wish to start your Access to Higher Education Diploma right now, you should hold a GSCE in maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C or above. It is a common requirement for entry to most universities and degrees. However, you can also have a relevant NVQ at level 2 if you wish to study a related degree at university.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas have been designed to help learners follow their academic aspirations and get them into their choice university. You must be mindful that each university has its own admission criteria, and some may even differ from course to course. These can include, but not be limited to: 
A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction.
A face-to-face interview at the university
Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university. 
Course-related work placements or work experience
GCSE Grade A – C in Maths and English (or equivalent level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills etc.) Or a full level 2 NVQ qualification in a related subject.
Students wishing to gain entry to higher education at the end of this Diploma should conduct some preliminary research on the admission criteria as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Each learner is responsible for researching the entry criteria and ensuring they meet the requirements. learndirect is not able to accept responsibility if anyone completing an Access to HE Diploma fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution. 


Assessment of your work will be offered through assignments. The end of each unit will provide you the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. Your tutor will offer marking and feedback to help you progress further.  This Access to HE Diploma is a level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. 

To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.
We encourage you to complete both the graded and the ungraded units and check with the university of your choice what the entrance criteria is. This will help you understand what marks to aim for.

As part of your programme we will also help you with guidance on your university application and how to get the most out of your diploma. 

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 342 hrs.


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.

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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