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.
Former Derby College access to nursing student Christopher Cooke is looking forward to starting a degree in adult nursing this September. Christopher, who is 32 and from Nottingham, has a place on the full-time degree course at Nottingham Trent University. His degree will focus on general nursing training but once qualified Christopher would quite like to specialise in HIV and sexual health. He has previously volunteered with the Terrence Higgins Trust and it is an area of healthcare which particularly interests him. Christopher chose Derby College because he liked its access course best and was impressed with the engaging course content and high standard of teaching. He also received an advanced learner loan to help with the cost of his studies. Commenting on his choice of career Christopher said:
Nursing matches my skills set and the values I take from it. Completing the access course has enabled me to pursue my new career and I'd highly
recommend Derby College to others interested in going into nursing."