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Teacher Education Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)

This one-year course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge in primary teacher education that you will need to progress onto a degree-level course.


I left school a long time ago and I’ve been working for St Albans City and District Council as a manager for several years.  Getting back into education has been quite a challenge.  It’s so different from full-time employment and you need to learn a completely different skill set to progress on to university.  However, there’s no doubt that the Access course has really helped.  I don’t feel nervous about starting my teaching degree at university now. 

The course covered many areas including the academic side of writing, researching, referencing, essay writing and English grammar.  Due to the fact that I did well in my  coursework as I went along, it boosted my confidence and motivated me to continue.

I found that going on the teaching placement was invaluable.  I did mine at a local lower school in Stotfold for ten days and I really enjoyed it. Afterwards we had to write an assignment about everything we had learnt during the placement and detail any specific observations and challenges.

I think the fact that Bedford College worked very closely with the University of Bedfordshire helped me to be successful when I applied to the Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course.  We even had a separate open day at the University of Bedfordshire just for Access students, which was really helpful.  I’m delighted that I’ve been accepted and can start in September as it’s exactly where I want to study.

Paul - Teacher Education Access to Higher Education Level 3
Next destination » BA (Hons) Primary Education (with QTS) at University of Bedfordshire

Entry requirements

This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.

GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.  

This course requires you to arrange a minimum of ten days working in a school environment. Applicants who wish to progress to Primary Teacher Training with QTS need to have five days at Key Stage 1 and five days at Key Stage 2.

Course content

During the course you will study the following core units:

  • Teaching & Child development
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Research Project
  • English Language for Teachers
  • Chemistry
  • Science for Teachers
  • Practical Science
  • School Based Experience
  • Education, Curriculum and Early Learning.
  • Organisation & Methods of Teaching
  • Sociology of Education
  • Psychology of Education

This course will also include a 10 hour work experience at a local school which you will receive support to arrange. You will also need to pay for a DBS check.


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Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to a degree-level course or further qualifications in your chosen specialist area.

You will be guaranteed progression on to one of the following courses at Bedford College:

Additional information

You will be required to attend College for three days a week on a Monday, Thursday and Friday. The proposed times of the College day will 9.15am to 4.45pm. You will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to the course.

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email.

Funding information

If you are aged 16-18, this course is not funded and costs £3,384. Alternatively we offer BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds. If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (please note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment).

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £21,000 per year!

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