Level 3 Access to HE- Early Years

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The Diploma allows learners to undertake study related to early years education.

You will have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable progression to a range of degree level programmes including a focus on health and wellbeing, education and learning and development.

The Diploma also takes a wider view, focusing on topics such as safeguarding, society and environment which underpin most early years degrees.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will complete mandatory units which cover an overview of child development and also childcare practice including the important topics of safeguarding and special educational needs but then you will be able to research an area of interest to you in more depth.

Mandatory units include:

Research project
Child Development: Personal, socail and emotional
Educational Studies: Curriculum planning
Principles of Childcare Practice in Early Years Settings
Safeguarding Children, Young People and/or Vulnerable Adults
Special Educational Needs Awareness
Understanding Play as a Tool for Early Learning
Understanding the Importance of Physical, Intellectual and Language Development of Young Children


Am I right for the course?

You will be over19 years and have been out of formal education for one year.

The course is one year full time (normally three or four days a week). Attendance is important given the intensive nature. In certain circumstances the College may be able to help with child care and other costs incurred.

Access to HE is an intensive course and it is important that you understand the commitment. We will ask you to complete initial assessments in English and maths. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Level 1 in maths and Level 2 in English (GCSE level). In addition you will have an interview with an Access to HE lecturer.

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) barred list and criminal records check, and a Disqualification by Association.

Each unit is assessed through an assignment. This may be a piece of written work, controlled assessment or presentation. Most units are graded pass, merit or distinction. On completion the numbers of passes, merits and distinctions may be used to calculate a UCAS Tariff. Universities will generally set a target for merits / distinctions or a Tariff.

You may take one GCSE/ Functional Skills (English or maths) alongside the main programme. If you need these qualifications it is best to talk to one of the Access Team.

Oaklands College has a team of experienced and specialist subject staff who have industry experience and deliver the teaching and learning on the programme. In addition there is a dedicated team of personal tutors who will help you develop your study skills and support you in reaching your full academic potential.

What Next?

Successful completion could lead to progression onto a higher level or degree apprenticeship including:
Early Years Lead Practitioner (degree)
Early Years Senior Practitioner

Alternatively you could progress to one of the following:

BA (Hons) Early Years
Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
BA (Honours) Early Childhood
Early Years Foundation Degree FdA
BA (Hons) Early Years and Special and Inclusive Education
BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years
BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies
BA (Honours) Education Studies (Primary)
BA (Hons) Education
BSc (Hons) Education
BEd (Hons) Bachelor of Education Honours Degree Primary with QTS

Potential careers:

  • Education & Childcare Inspector
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Higher Education Lecturer
  • Learning Mentor
  • Nanny
  • Nursery School Teacher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Play Worker
  • School Administrator
  • School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant/ Learning Support Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Social Care Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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