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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 31

Hours: 17.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 9000.00*

Concessions: 9000.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a dynamic new route to a higher education programme validated by the University of Derby.  It is specifically designed to enable students to achieve additional UCAS points to gain entry to their chosen science degree programme in the areas of Biosciences, Geoscience, Forensic Sciences and Psychology.   

This one-year programme consists of seven modules designed to provide you with a solid grounding in a broad range of science disciplines.  It has been designed to develop high-calibre independent students with the right attitudes, aptitude, knowledge and skills needed to be successful on a University of Derby science degree programme. 

It will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our excellent laboratories and classroom facilities.  Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge.

Based at our Joseph Wright Campus in the city centre, the course will be delivered over two days with up to six hours contact time per day, plus an additional one day of self-study per week. 

Upon completion of the programme, you will achieve a Foundation Certificate from the University of Derby with guaranteed entry to one of their science degree programmes such as Biology, Zoology, Forensic Science, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Biomedical Health. 

This programme is offered subject to validation by the University of Derby and will be regulated by HEFCE.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:

  • A minimum of 80 UCAS points (32 UCAS points 2017) in science-related qualifications or a degree in a non-science related subject
  • GCSE English, Maths and Science at grades A*- C

We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

International students will need to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score in English in addition to having a successful interview.  Please contact the College for more information.

You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Science: Study Skills
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Human Biology
  • Essential Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Principles of Physics
  • Science Research Methods and Data Handling

How will I be assessed?

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).

All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills as well as placement learning.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need a calculator and general stationery supplies. Although it is not a pre-requisite, it is helpful for students to have their own laptop/iPad to enable them to meet the required independent study demands.

What can I do after this course?

The course has been specifically designed to offer a pathway to a range of science degree courses at the University of Derby including Biology, Zoology, Forensic Science, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Biomedical Health. 

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be guaranteed a place on a University of Derby science degree programme.  You may also be able to gain entrance to science programmes at alternative higher education providers. 


* 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.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Gerald Namwaza

Gerald Namwaza

Access - ideal foundation for nursing degree

Taking Derby College's Access to Learning course has proved to be the ideal preparation for nursing undergraduate Gerald Nimwaza. Gerald, a former teacher who came to Britain from Malawi in 2008, is currently studying at De Montfort University in Leicester and looking forward to a fulfilling career in mental health nursing. However, without the financial support available through the adult learner loan, Gerald doubts he would now be studying for his degree. Gerald gained his NVQ2 and 3 in Health and Social Care via the college while working as a care assistant at a care home in Derby. And he believes what he learned at Derby College has been highly beneficial to his degree, which he completes next summer. Gerald, who regards nursing as a calling rather than simply a career choice, is thoroughly enjoying his degree course. He likes the way in which it makes him challenge his own values, explore how he connects with other people and look at how he uses his interpersonal, human skills in his nursing. His story, he says, shows it's never too late to change career direction and Derby College has helped make that possible.

He said: "Being eligible for the adult learner loan was massively important. Without it I don't think I would have been able to enrol on my college course and pursue my nursing training."

He added: "It was clear from the outset that the Access course was a good foundation for the academic demands of nurse training. I had a wonderful maths teacher and I'm thankful to all the lecturers who helped me throughout my course. One Derby College tutor told me to always be critical when writing and it's good advice which I constantly keep in mind on my degree course."


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