This course is designed for mature students who wish to return to study, prepare to apply for Access to Higher Education programmes or enter employment.
Delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced tutors, the course provides all the support and guidance you need to be successful. You will learn through a wide range of activities including lessons, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests and presentations.
This course will prepare you for further study, specifically Access to Higher Education Diplomas, while providing you with an opportunity to test out a range of subject areas.
This programme is delivered at our Joseph Wright Campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.
Alongside this programme, you may also be able to take GCSE English and Maths.
There are no formal entry requirements. However you will be assessed for English and maths to determine what level of study will be most suitable for you.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You are also encouraged to attend an open evening to discuss the course with the tutors.
Alongside English and Maths, you will have the opportunity to study a number of units selected from the following*:
*Please note that modules are subject to change.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory).
There is the potential to progress to further study, including Access to Higher Education programmes where you can take pathways such as Nursing and Midwifery, Social Work, Social Science, Humanities and Teaching.
An "intense" Derby College course is helping put former beauty salon worker Cinzia Corleto on the fast track to a dream job.
Cinzia Corleto, 26, has completed an Access to Teaching Higher Education Diploma after following her instincts to switch career to become a primary school teacher.
Now Cinzia, from Bilborough, has started a three year degree programme in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Derby. She then plans to go on to take her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to enable her to teach in primary schools.
Cinzia said one of the great things about the one year access course was that it speeds up the process of launching her new career rather than taking 'A' levels.
She said circumstances meant she moved around a lot as child and she wants to "give something back" by becoming a teacher.
Cinzia said her studies were stretching her and had boosted her confidence in standing up and addressing a group.
I loved the Access course. They told to me to expect the most intense year of my life - and they weren't wrong.
"The access course has sped things up for my career. I now have so much more confidence in standing up and talking to a group and I feel I am on the right track to fulfilling my dream of being a teacher.