This course is designed for students who are aged 19 plus and who are considering a future career as a nurse or midwife or in related healthcare fields.
It 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 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 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 4 in GCSE English, and it is advantageous to have at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Biology.
For applicants who do not have at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, you will need to undertake an assesment and evidence that you are working at a Level 2 standard in order to study this course. In these circumstances, you may be able to study GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths alongside your Access course.
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 healthcare 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, 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.
A feeling of being helpless while her mother lay in a hospital bed was the impetus that Sonia Meakin needed to return to College and start on her nursing training.
Sonia completed an Access to Nursing and Midwifery course at the College and has since progressed to Birmingham City University for a further three years, training to become a midwife.
It’s tough to return to education but Derby College makes it so easy and it is a very structured and supportive environment, which is just what you need.