This course is designed for mature learners who are considering a future career as a nurse, midwife or in related health care fields.
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.
You will also be encouraged to undertake a placement within a relevant workplace setting to help you develop organisational, planning and problem-solving skills as well as the interpersonal skills that are vital to those in caring professions.
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 Ilkeston campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.
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 and it is advantageous to have at least a grade C in Maths, although you will 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.
For those seeking to progress directly to midwifery, a strong GCSE profile - possibly with AS Level study - along with substantial experience in the field of health care will be expected.
Modules will include*:
* Modules may be subject to change
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.
This course provides the ideal platform for applying for university courses in nursing and midwifery at the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, Leicester University and De Montfort University.
There is potential for progression to careers centred on adult, mental health, learning disability and child nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, radiography, physiotherapy, and roles such as operating department practitioner.
As with all qualifications, the award of the Diploma does not guarantee progression to a higher education course: this will depend upon learners meeting conditions set by individual universities for specific degrees.
Derby hospital matron Louise Alberts is responsible for overseeing nine wards specialising in acute medicine for older people.
It's a challenging role in a profession she loves – but without Derby College Louise is convinced she would never have been able to pursue a career in nursing.
A mum to four girls, Louise had previously worked in sales and didn't take the College's Access to Nursing course until she was in her mid-thirties.
Louise's decision to train as a nurse came after she had twins. As they grew older, she realised that she didn't want to go back into sales, so she started looking for a new career. Nottingham University directed her to Derby College's Access to Nursing course, which, she found, fitted in perfectly with school hours.
After completing her access course, Louise went on to take her nursing degree at Nottingham University's Derby campus. She worked as a staff nurse, then junior and senior sister at London Road Community Hospital before being seconded to the role of matron in Derby City's community services. Two-and-a-half years ago she became permanent matron for acute medicine for older people.
Louise added: "I've stayed in touch with a lot of the people I studied with at college and then at university.
"Sometimes we have staff who have started at an entry level post in the NHS but who aspire to become a registered nurse. I'm a huge advocate of the Access course so I always direct them to Derby College."
When I enrolled in 2004, I had been out of education for a long time.
It had been years since I'd taken my GCSEs, so it was effectively like starting from the beginning.
Academic writing is a specific skill and without the Access course I wouldn't have had what it takes to go on to university and study for my nursing degree.