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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 »

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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