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 be part of that development, 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 onto the college’s Foundation Degree course 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!
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably 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 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)
Lucy manages to hold down two jobs, working as an early years educator at a local nursery and also as a waitress, as well as her studies as she pursues her dream career working with children.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: Bishop Burton College is a great place to learn. All the people at the College are really friendly. I enjoy my time here because the course is great and and the teachers are lovely.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: One of the best things about my course is the work placement because you get to learn what it is really like to work in a nursery or school. The modules we do are also really interesting.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I hope to one day become a juvenile probation officer or a juvenile counsellor in America.