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.
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.