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 science subject. This could include a particular science, associated disciplines or nursing.
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.
The course is full of practical science units as well as a solid underpinning of theory across biology, chemistry and physics. In addition, there is an employer facing unit which allows you to explore the area of greatest interest to you in a ‘real’ environment.
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, Maths and at least one Science GCSE.
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 or various careers in a science field.
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.
A feeling of being helpless while her mother lay in a hospital bed was the impetus that Sonia Meakin needed to return to College and start on her nursing training.
Sonia completed an Access to Nursing and Midwifery course at the College and has since progressed to Birmingham City University for a further three years, training to become a midwife.
It’s tough to return to education but Derby College makes it so easy and it is a very structured and supportive environment, which is just what you need.