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Childhood Studies CAVA Access to Higher Education Diploma

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 3 Children, Schools & Families

Access courses are designed as a stepping stone to enable motivated, enthusiastic people to progress on to Higher Education.

There is a very high level of academic and personal support throughout the course, which can help if you need to combine study with part-time employment and family commitments.

For more information on the awarding body (CAVA) click here.

Please Note:  This course is only available to applicants who are 19+


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Ideal if:

This is ideal for those who want to re-train or pursue a career in this area.

You’ll need:

All applicants will be invited to attend an Access Workshop where full course information is given and you will be expected to complete the Initial Assessment and a written exercise. You will also be given a questionnaire which needs to be returned before interview.

All applicants need to successfully complete the online and written Initial Assessments to the required standard. You will then be invited in on a separate date for a one to one interview.

You’ll learn:

You will study a range of units each having the potential to be awarded at level 3 (equivalent to A level). Each unit is worth 3 credits. For successful completion of the access course you will need a minimum of 60 credits at level 3.  Each unit at level 3 is awarded a pass, merit or distinction. Along with your core subject units you will study a range of subjects that build and prepare you for academic study at university level. If you require a higher grade at GCSE English and / or Maths you will be able to study for this alongside your main Access to HE Diploma.



You will be developing key academic competencies to underpin your undergraduate journey in your chosen profession.

You will be expected to attend 100% of the modular sessions and develop excellent communication skills through class based discussions, group work, objective and analytical written work and presentations, demonstrating a high level of autonomy in your approach to your studies.

You will attend college, three days per week from 9.00am until 4.30pm over 35 weeks.

You’ll love:

The support you will receive from our highly experienced teaching staff as well as the facilities available to you.

You’ll go on to:

This is a nationally recognised qualification which gives students the opportunity of applying to university for a range of Early Years related degrees including: Early Childhood Studies and Children's Workforce Development.

Please be advised that each university stipulates its own entry requirements and you are advised to ensure you research these fully prior to application on the Access course.


Childhood Studies Access to HE Diploma

Start Date

September 2020


Stoke Climsland


1 Year


Kelly Swatton Manager at Stratton Playgroup

I have not only learnt a wealth of knowledge form my degree, I have also grown as an individual, learning how to deal with more challenging situations and I have become a more reflective practitioner.

Children, Schools & Families

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