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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 15.00

Start: 05/09/2016

Days / Times: Wednesday 09:30 to 12:00 and Thursday 10:00 to 16:00 and Friday 10:00 to 14:30

Tuition (£): 3022.00*

Concessions: 1510.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Are you considering a career in school teaching or another educational role working with young people or children?  Would you like a stepping stone to university study?  If so, our Access to Teaching course may be right for you.

During this full-time one-year course, you will develop your study skills and have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge across a broad spectrum of subjects, including education, psychology, science and English literature and language units. 

This broad curriculum will prepare you well for university study and provide a pathway which enables you to apply for primary, early years, secondary teaching, or FE and Skills courses.

Entry requirements

You need evidence of GCSE English, grade A*-C.

To secure a place on this course, you must attend one of our information and interview sessions, and should bring evidence of your relevant qualifications/experience.  It is desirable that you have gained some paid or voluntary experience working in a school, or with children in a different capacity.  If you are successful at interview, you will be asked to come back to College to complete initial assessments in English and maths. The dates of interview sessions will be confirmed in due course.

It is essential that you gain further experience working in a relevant school setting and organise an additional placement (one day per week/two half-days).  It is your responsibility to organise this. Universities are seeking trainee teachers who have gained experience working in the sector.

Course Content

This is a broad course, equipping you to progress to university study.  The specific units have been selected so that you are able to compete for places on BEd Primary programmes.  The course comprises:

  • GCSE Maths (if you have not already achieved this)
  • Study skills such as English for academic studies, research and referencing, preparing for controlled assessments, and presentation skills
  • Education studies such as roles, responsibilities and relationships, early years, school placement project, planning a teaching session in a school and the development of literacy
  • A school placement
  • Psychology
  • Science – a biology, physics and chemistry unit
  • English literature and language
  • Tutorials to support you with your study and prepare you for university applications, interviews and entry assessments

How will I be assessed?

Most units are assessed through assignment work.  This can include written assignments, projects, reflections on practice and presentations.  Some units are assessed through examination.  This helps prepare you for the range of assessments that you will experience when studying for a degree.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

On gaining the Access to Teacher Training qualification, you can progress to a range of higher education courses, including:

  • BEd (Primary) - a four-year degree leading to full qualification
  • BA Education Studies (offering pathways in SEND, Early Years or Childhood and Youth Studies followed by a PGCE Primary)
  • Joint Educational Studies and Specialist Subjects, if you decide on a career teaching in secondary schools, followed by a PGCE Secondary
  • Early Years degree
  • Certificate in Education (for those of you with a relevant Level 3 qualification and specialism)


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Cinzia Corleto

Cinzia Corleto

Career change Cinzia revels in ‘intense’ access course

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.
She said:

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.

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