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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 15.00

Start: 05/09/2016

Days / Times: Thursday 09:00 to 15:15 and Friday 08:45 to 13:00

Tuition (£): 3384.00*

Concessions: 1510.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

Modules will include*:

  • Practical biology
  • Practical chemistry
  • Practical physics
  • Genetics
  • Materials

* Modules may be subject to change

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

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.

 

* 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.

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Steven Rimmer

Steven Rimmer

Access course gives lecturer Steven more than a sporting chance

When access learner and sports fan Steven Rimmer joined Derby College’s access course in Ilkeston, he quickly knew he wanted to be a lecturer one day. Now three years on he’s not only lecturing but is also shortly to have his research work on boxers’ nutrition published in a leading sports science journal.A former footballer who almost turned professional, Steven is pleased that his love of sport has led to an academic career.

Derby College has shown me that I am academic and suited to a teaching career. I want to emulate those lecturers who taught me on my access course and help other people like me get the chance to go on to university.

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