Access to Higher Education (Teacher Training Pathway)

Are you 19 or over? Are you looking for direct entry to a degree or higher education programme?

Level: 3

Duration: One year, 3 days a week from 9am to 3pm, September to June

Venues: Lincoln


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Course description

Are you looking for direct entry to a degree or higher education programme?

Access programmes are well established throughout the country as an alternative to A level entry to degree programmes at universities and colleges of higher education. They provide entry to a degree with no previous qualifications.

The Access programme is divided into different 'pathways', catering for students with differing career and vocational ambitions.

The Access to Teacher Training pathway is tailored to suit those interested in pursuing a teaching career.

There are two core units:

  • Study Skills and Personal and Career Development - includes discussion, practice of writing skills, time management and presentation techniques.
  • Tutorial - is a support and guidance service.

These two elements prepare you for the requirements of degree programmes.

You also study two of the following subjects:

Biology: (Natural Science): using general biology with the focus on human studies, this programme introduces students to the study of investigative methods.
History: the focus is British Political, Social and Economic History 1801 - 1851.
Literature: includes the study of poetry, the novel and drama, from different historical periods.

We give you experience of all the teaching, learning and assessment styles you will find on a degree programme, so that you can be confident in lectures, seminars and discussion groups, as well as in writing essays. We start with what you can do and build up from there.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have GCSE Maths at grade C or above, GSCE English at grade C or above and GCSE Science at grade C or above. These are essential qualifications in order to enter Teacher Training and must be achieved prior to starting on the course.  If you don’t meet the entry requirements and need a preparatory year: There are a range of GCSEs available. Please refer to the Lincoln College website for information. We also offer a 2 year Access Programme where a range of GCSEs are available including English, Maths and Science. Upon successfully achieving a grade C or above in Maths, English and Science progression to level 3 can be made the following year.

Progress & Assessment

Assessment is based on coursework and examinations.

Progression is to degrees and other higher education programmes.

The Access programme is certified by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) validated by the Quality Assurance Agency for HE. Most universities will expect you to have studied subjects or have experience in the areas for which you apply.


Students aged 19+ years

If you are applying for a Level 3 or Level 4 course, you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan; for further information visit

Fees for this course (including exam fees and other costs) are to be confirmed.

You can find out more about the financial support available at the College at

Students may need to contribute towards the cost of trips.

Further Information

Contact name:

Carol King

Contact school:

School of Business, Advanced and Continuing Education

Contact number:

For further details please contact the Information Office on 030 030 32435