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.
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.
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:
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.
On gaining the Access to Teacher Training qualification, you can progress to a range of higher education courses, including:
After studying Childcare at Derby College, Jane Finch was originally unable to follow her dream of gaining social work qualifications because she needed to support her family. But, nearly 20 years later, the mum-of-seven took the plunge and returned to College on an Access to Social Work course.
It paved the way for her to gain a degree from Nottingham Trent University and she now works for Derbyshire County Council as a Child Protection Social Worker, helping families make positive changes in their lives.
I was not in a position to continue my education as a teenager but I’m so glad that I have now pursued my dream of becoming a qualified social worker. When you return to education, you become hungry for more: my life and career are going from strength to strength since I went back to Derby College.