West Thames College London

Access to Teacher Training

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.

Key course features

Qualification:

OCN London Diploma (Teacher Training)

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?
Access courses are intensive, demanding one-year courses designed for mature students (aged 19+) who want to gain the study skills and academic knowledge required for university-level study. You will attend college up to 16 hours per week and you should plan for a roughly similar amount of independent study. If you work or have childcare/other responsibilities, you must put arrangements in place to enable you to meet the full demands of the course. You should have  relevant, recent work experience (or you will be expected to find a regular work placement before the course begins).
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.

Additional opportunities

Work experience forms an essential part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Where next?

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.

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 9-5 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 info@west-thames.ac.uk.

Fees
There may be additional fees for materials, course kits and DBS checks. Fees may be subject to change. If you are over 19 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Please visit our Advanced Learner Loans page for more details or call 020 8326 2015.
How to apply?
Please click the "apply now" button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Soundbite

  1. Amy Laver

    Access to Nursing

    Amy Laver

    "Undertaking the Access course has been life changing for me. I feel so confident compared to when I started and am very excited for the future. I am planning to go to university to study midwifery and the support and encouragement I received on the Access course helped me to achieve two university offers which I am really proud of."

  2. Kerry Saunders

    Access to Nursing

    Kerry Saunders

    “I really enjoyed the Access course – it helped me get back into the swing of studying after six years out of education. It was a really good preparation for university. I met lots of nice people and it was fun too. I’m now studying Nursing at Bucks New University.” Kerry also won a Spirit of London award at the end of last year to recognise her achievements in education.

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