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