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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Weeks: 34

Hours: 12.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 3384.00*

Concessions: 1510.00***

24+ Loan Amount: 3384.00****

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

This programme is delivered at our Ilkeston campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.

Entry requirements

You need evidence of:

  • GCSE English grades A*-C.
  • GCSE Maths or Science.

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 recommended that you gain further experience working in a school setting and organise an additional placement (one day per week). 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, and preparing for controlled assessments
  • Education Studies such as Early Years, planning a teaching session in a school and the development of speech/literacy
  • A school placement
  • Psychology
  • Science – Biology, Physics and Chemistry
  • English Literature and Language
  • Preparing for University interviews/entry assessments

* Units may be subject to change

How will I be assessed?

Most units are assessed through assignment work.  This can include written assignments, reflections on practice, presentations, debates and portfolios.  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?

No

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:

  1. BEd (Primary) - a four-year degree leading to full qualification
  2. BA Education Studies (offering pathways in SEND, Early Years or Childhood and Youth Studies followed by a PGCE Primary)
  3. Joint Educational Studies and Specialist Subjects, if you decide on a career in teaching in secondary schools, followed by a PGCE Secondary

 

* 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.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

About Ilkeston »

Christopher Cooke

Christopher Cooke

Former access student about to embark on adult nursing degree

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."

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