Access to Higher Education Diploma - Teacher Training

An alternative route to University or Higher Education for students aged 19+ who have been out of education for at least a year. The Access to Higher Education Diploma - Teacher Training is designed to give adult students, who may have left school early or have been out of education for a number of years, the opportunity to develop academic skills, confidence and knowledge before applying to university. This course requires a minimum of 90% attendance and the successful completion of 45 Level 3 credits and 15 Level 2 or 3 credits. The Access Diploma is awarded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction.


It is strongly advisable to have GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C / 4 before undertaking an Access Diploma.  If you do not have these qualifications, you will be given the opportunity to study them at Kingston College alongside the Access course.


Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to ensure their current and future qualifications comply with the entry requirements of any university to which they intend to progress. 

Course Content

The programme is made up of a mixture of specialist subjects and a core support programme. All students will study Education Studies and will then choose one further specialist subject from English and History and one from Sociology and Psychology. The choice of subjects will depend on the age range of pupils you intend to teach and, in certain circumstances you will be permitted to study all Humanities or all Social Science subjects. The remainder of the programme will comprise of Study Skills which are designed to provide all students with essential skills underpinning learning on the course and in undergraduate study for example note-taking, research and presentation skills.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements are necessary for the Access course but applicants are now required to sit separate GCSEs in Mathematics and English in conjunction with this course if they do not already have these qualifications at grade C / 4 or above, to meet government requirements for teacher training courses. As part of the application process, you will take a literacy screening test and free-writing test to confirm your written communication skills are at a level to cope with the written demands of the course. If you are successful in the diagnostic tests you will be invited to attend an interview with a member of the team and will be expected to provide a satisfactory reference if you are offered a place on the course. This course requires a high level of commitment inside and outside the classroom. As the programme is so intensive you will be expected to attend all classes and complete lesson preparation and assignments outside class time. Before applying for the course please research universities and their individual entry requirements; for instance, some universities require a minimum of 2 weeks’ classroom experience prior to submitting a university application.

Duration and Delivery

One year, part time (September start).


Study is likely to be spread over three days and you will need to set aside time for study at home. Work and personal commitments will need to fit around study time and it is advisable to consider these issues well in advance of joining the course. Students will need to arrange a four week placement (minimum 12 hours) outside of class time, in a school which reflects their professional interest.


Students on this diploma have gone on to study Teacher Training, English, History and Psychology at a range of universities, including the Russell Group of universities.

Additional Information

Many universities will require credits to be achieved at Merit or Distinction level. It is sensible to note down university entry requirements when conducting research at an early stage.


Tuition Fees 2016-2017:  £ 3022, International students - £8500.  Fees are subject to change each academic year.


For more information please contact our Admissions Team on 020 8268 3073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Access to HE Diploma - Teacher Training is taught at Kingston College so is ideal for those based in South West London and Surrey.


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