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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 15.00

Start: 05/09/2016

Days / Times: Wednesday 09:30 to 12:00 and Thursday 10:00 to 16:00 and Friday 10:00 to 14:30

Tuition (£): 3022.00*

Concessions: 1510.00***

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 units. 

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

Entry requirements

You need evidence of GCSE English, grade A*-C.

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 essential that you gain further experience working in a relevant school setting and organise an additional placement (one day per week/two half-days).  It is your responsibility to organise this. 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, preparing for controlled assessments, and presentation skills
  • Education studies such as roles, responsibilities and relationships, early years, school placement project, planning a teaching session in a school and the development of literacy
  • A school placement
  • Psychology
  • Science – a biology, physics and chemistry unit
  • English literature and language
  • Tutorials to support you with your study and prepare you for university applications, interviews and entry assessments

How will I be assessed?

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


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:

  • BEd (Primary) - a four-year degree leading to full qualification
  • BA Education Studies (offering pathways in SEND, Early Years or Childhood and Youth Studies followed by a PGCE Primary)
  • Joint Educational Studies and Specialist Subjects, if you decide on a career teaching in secondary schools, followed by a PGCE Secondary
  • Early Years degree
  • Certificate in Education (for those of you with a relevant Level 3 qualification and specialism)


* 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 Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Gerald Namwaza

Gerald Namwaza

Access - ideal foundation for nursing degree

Taking Derby College's Access to Learning course has proved to be the ideal preparation for nursing undergraduate Gerald Nimwaza. Gerald, a former teacher who came to Britain from Malawi in 2008, is currently studying at De Montfort University in Leicester and looking forward to a fulfilling career in mental health nursing. However, without the financial support available through the adult learner loan, Gerald doubts he would now be studying for his degree. Gerald gained his NVQ2 and 3 in Health and Social Care via the college while working as a care assistant at a care home in Derby. And he believes what he learned at Derby College has been highly beneficial to his degree, which he completes next summer. Gerald, who regards nursing as a calling rather than simply a career choice, is thoroughly enjoying his degree course. He likes the way in which it makes him challenge his own values, explore how he connects with other people and look at how he uses his interpersonal, human skills in his nursing. His story, he says, shows it's never too late to change career direction and Derby College has helped make that possible.

He said: "Being eligible for the adult learner loan was massively important. Without it I don't think I would have been able to enrol on my college course and pursue my nursing training."

He added: "It was clear from the outset that the Access course was a good foundation for the academic demands of nurse training. I had a wonderful maths teacher and I'm thankful to all the lecturers who helped me throughout my course. One Derby College tutor told me to always be critical when writing and it's good advice which I constantly keep in mind on my degree course."


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