This programme is ideal for mature learners who have some experience and qualifications already and wish to gain entry to higher education to study a social science subject (such as Sociology, Law, Social Policy or Psychology) or social work. It is also suitable for people who would like to apply for university but have been out of education for some time and are keen to 'brush up' on their academic skills, or those who are considering a change in career.
The course is delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced tutors who understand the needs of Access learners and are therefore able to provide appropriate support and guidance. You will learn through a wide range of activities including lessons, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests and presentations.
You will also be encouraged to undertake a placement within a relevant workplace setting to help you develop organisational, planning, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas ensure that you are well prepared for university study as well as future employment, so we deliver additional subjects covering study skills and academic writing. If you are returning to learning after a break from education, then this course is for you.
This programme is delivered at our Roundhouse campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You are also encouraged to attend an open evening to discuss the course with the tutors.
Applicants need to have at least a grade C in GCSE English and it is advantageous to have at least a grade C in Maths, although you will be able to study GCSE Maths alongside the course if you do not already have it.
Applicants who have not achieved English and Maths GCSE recently will have to undertake an English and maths assessment.
Modules will include*:
* Modules may be 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). All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
There is potential for progression to higher education study in social work, youth and community work, other social work related professions or a degree in subjects such as Law, Politics, Sociology, Psychology or Criminology.
Additionally, there is the chance to progress to a range of Foundation Degrees run at Derby College including Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice (Security and Offender Management).
As with all qualifications, the award of the Diploma does not guarantee progression to higher education: this will depend upon learners meeting conditions set by individual universities for specific degrees.
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.