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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

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Emma Parker

Emma Parker

Hard works pays off for Emma with Dean’s Award and job she loves

Derby College student Emma Parker has received special recognition for the hard work she's put into her Children and Young People's Services Foundation degree.

Emma, who is currently in Year 3 of the part-time course, is a recipient of the University of Derby's Dean's Award – an honour given to the top 10 per cent performing students across the University's Further Education collaborative courses.

Emma, who looks after children aged from three to 17 in residential care in Derby, fits in her studies around her demanding job. Emma, who always wanted to work with children, is delighted with her Dean's Award but couldn't quite believe it when she first heard she'd got it.

She said: "I didn't have clue that I was in the running for it, so when I got a call to say that the university wanted to see me I was quite worried. I thought at first that there must be something wrong with one of my essays!" Emma is now planning to top up her degree at the University of Derby next year.

Fortunately the way the part-time foundation degree course is structured works well with my hours, which include regular 24 hour shifts.
When I am on nights I don't start my shifts until 3pm which means I get time to do my college work in the morning. I like the fact that we have coursework, not exams, and I also like the way the different modules are taught.

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