This course is designed for mature students who wish to return to study, prepare to apply for Access to Higher Education programmes or enter employment.
Delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced tutors, the course provides all the support and guidance you need to be successful. You will learn through a wide range of activities including lessons, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests and presentations.
This course will prepare you for further study, specifically Access to Higher Education Diplomas, while providing you with an opportunity to test out a range of subject areas.
This programme is delivered at our Joseph Wright Campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.
Alongside this programme, you may also be able to take GCSE English and Maths.
There are no formal entry requirements. However you will be assessed for English and maths to determine what level of study will be most suitable 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.
Alongside English and Maths, you will have the opportunity to study a number of units selected from the following*:
*Please note that modules are 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).
There is the potential to progress to further study, including Access to Higher Education programmes where you can take pathways such as Nursing and Midwifery, Social Work, Social Science, Humanities and Teaching.
After studying Childcare at Derby College, Jane Finch was originally unable to follow her dream of gaining social work qualifications because she needed to support her family. But, nearly 20 years later, the mum-of-seven took the plunge and returned to College on an Access to Social Work course.
It paved the way for her to gain a degree from Nottingham Trent University and she now works for Derbyshire County Council as a Child Protection Social Worker, helping families make positive changes in their lives.
I was not in a position to continue my education as a teenager but I’m so glad that I have now pursued my dream of becoming a qualified social worker. When you return to education, you become hungry for more: my life and career are going from strength to strength since I went back to Derby College.