Access to Higher Education courses are designed to prepare students aged 19+ for a Foundation Degree programme. This course is designed for people who want to return to study after time out of education, building academic and personal confidence and developing the skills needed for real success on a degree-level course.
The course enables you to develop, supported by a department with links to over 100 placement providers across the region, including day nurseries, child minders, special schools, primary schools and children's centres.
- Study skills for higher education
- Practical childcare skills
- Careers in childcare
- Children’s development (from 0 to 12 years)
- Safeguarding children
- Working in partnership
- Reflective practice.
On completion of this course students can progress directly to Bishop Burton College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Practice for Early Years.
Work at a senior level in nurseries, children’s centres and care homes, as an education welfare officer, learning disability nurse, children’s play co-ordinator and many more.
Advanced Learner Loans are available to help students cover the tuition fees for this course. Visit our Further Education Financial Support page for more information.
Please note, if you are applying for your first Level 3 course (including Access to Higher Education) and you are aged between 19 and 23, then your course is free, so you don’t need a loan!
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Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma. A satisfactory reference and clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check are also required.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Jasmine knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others but wasn’t sure exactly how.
Her time studying Health and Social Care at the College College has given her a much better understanding of the areas available and she is now intent on working with primary school children or those suffering mental health issues.
Jasmine said: “We’ve learned about helping vulnerable people in all stages of life, including the elderly, children, people with additional needs and mental health issues. I’ve really learned a lot – much more than I thought I would. The course goes into a lot more areas than I thought it would.
“I’ve had work experience in a primary school and a care home. They have been really interesting, contrasting experiences.
“When I started the course I wanted to help people but I wasn’t sure how. This has helped me see what options there are and eventually I would like to work in a primary school or in mental health. Mental health is a really big issue and it is very interesting.”