Access Courses

This course is for mature students who wish to progress to a degree programme in teaching or education studies. You will follow subjects that will aid your application to a Bachelor of Arts programme with qualified teacher status, including English literature, social history, sociology, psychology, education studies and IT, plus a work experience placement of 30 hours during spring term. You will also have a weekly tutorial.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    • Study skills
    • IT
    • Education studies
    • English literature
    • Sociology
    • Social history
    • Psychology
    • Education studies
    • Work experience: 30 hours of voluntary work within an educational environment during the spring term. A criminal record check will be carried out on you before you go on a placement within a school. Please note that you are expected to find a work placement in time for the start of the course.

    If you do not have recent GCSE English, maths and science qualifications at Grade C or above, you will take GCSE English, maths and science as all teaching degrees require you to have these.

    The course is taught by tutors who have experience with and are sympathetic to the needs of people returning to study after a long break. You will attend classes for 36 weeks during the year and you will not be timetabled in college during the normal school holidays. You will usually be in a group of 20-22 adult students and will participate in a variety of group and individual activities.

  • Entry Requirements

    Universities require learners to have GCSEs to progress onto a degree in teaching and West Thames College can help you get these alongside your Access course. The GCSEs you will be asked to have are in English, Maths & Science. To join an Access course, students must already have any two of these and the college will enrol you onto the other when you join the Access course allowing you to study this GCSE as you also study for your Access course. If you need to study more than one of the above GCSEs then why not enrol on our Adult GCSE courses for an academic year and then join your Access course.

    Please note that this is a very demanding course, equivalent to an A-Level programme, so you will need to have a good level of literacy and numeracy (GCSE grade A*-C / grade 9-4 standard) in order to succeed. You will have an initial assessment to assess your suitability for the course. If successful, you will be invited for an interview. If you are not quite ready for the Access course we may offer you another course that will prepare you for the Access course.

    You will need to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for this course.

    If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Progression

    On completion of this course you will receive an OCN London Diploma and you may progress to a degree programme in teaching or education studies, or a subject specialism such as history or psychology.

  • Assessment Method

    Your development and progress on the course will be assessed on a regular basis both informally and formally. You will receive regular feedback from your tutors about your progress.

    The assessment procedures vary from module to module and so will depend on what you are studying; there will be some set essays, coursework projects, and tests throughout the course. All of the modules use continuous assessment processes, which means that there is no dependence on final examinations (except GCSE Maths, English and Science).

    As you go through the course you will know whether you are meeting the requirements or not, and you will be given opportunities to catch up and make good any problems.

Course Info

Courses for Adults 19+

Full Time

Level 3

Location Isleworth

Start Date 04/09/2017

OCN London Diploma (Teacher Training)

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Access to Nursing

"I am in my third year of midwifery training. It has been a challenging journey but with amazing experiences too and I look forward to practicing as a qualified midwife next year. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and encouragement from West Thames."

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