Access to HE (Level 3)
Access to Higher Education (Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies) Level 3 Diploma
This course is for people that would like to study on a Higher Education programme in SEND e.g. the Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies BA (Hons), but need to gain the required entry qualifications and skills.
Access programmes entail 13 hours of direct contact time in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study.
You must be aged 19 or above by the 31st of August 2020.
You must have at least one GCSE C/4 or above in either English Language or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills (evidence of this will be required during the application cycle).
Ideally you will have both. However, if you only hold the one, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying for your Access Diploma; this will be dependent on being accepted onto a Level 2 course, either GCSE or Functional Skills.
Many universities require GCSE Maths and English rather than an equivalent. It is your responsibility to begin checking which qualifications you require with the university or college you wish to progress to.
You will study a range of different units across the programme, some focusing on your academic skills and some more subject specific, such as:
- Inclusivity and disability in education
- Safeguarding children, young people and/or vulnerable adults
- Special education needs awareness
- Understanding the importance of physical, intellectual and language development of young children
- Education studies: socio-economic factors in educational achievement
- Mental health and education
- Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare
Assessment & Feedback
You will be assessed through assignments, presentations and internally set examinations.
Southend - 13 hours directed study per week in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study.
The course runs 3 days a week, on either a Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
Please note that course days are subject to change if required before the enrolment date.
Course fee based on 2019-20 for UK/EU students. Please note the cost stated is for 2019/20 and may increase for 2020/2021.
Following successful completion of this Diploma you will be able to progress onto higher education courses in special education needs, teaching or social studies including our BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies degree programme at University Centre Southend.