This programme is ideal for students who are 19 plus, who have some experience and qualifications already and who wish to gain entry to higher education to study a social science subject (such as Sociology, Law, Social Policy or Psychology) or social work. It is also suitable for people who would like to apply for university but have been out of education for some time and are keen to 'brush up' on their academic skills, or for those who are considering a change in career.
The course is delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced teachers 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.
You will also be encouraged to undertake a placement within a relevant workplace setting to help you develop organisational, planning, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
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.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their 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 (4) in GCSE English and it is advantageous to have at least a grade C (4) in Maths, although you may be able to study GCSE Maths alongside the course if you do not already have it.
Applicants who have not achieved English and Maths GCSE recently will have to undertake an English and maths assessment.
Modules* will include:
* Modules may be subject to change.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory).
You will require an electronic device for word processing e.g. a laptop or a PC and access to the Internet.
There are no additional costs involved.
There is potential for progression to higher education study in social work, youth and community work, other social work-related professions or a degree in subjects such as Law, Politics, Sociology, Psychology or Criminology.
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.
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.