Access to Science is a QAA-approved programme for people who want to study a science-related degree at university, but who do not meet the standard entry requirements.
Applicants are required to have grade C or above GCSE in both Maths and English/English Language.
Selection is on the basis of an interview and an initial assessment. You will be invited to an interview to discuss your qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You are also encouraged to attend an open evening to discuss the course with the tutors.
This is a one-year programme that prepares students for university courses in science-based subjects.
Modules* will cover a range of topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Study Skills.
The course is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in science-based professions.
* 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.
Students who successfully complete this programme will be able to apply to universities offering diplomas and degree courses in a range of science-based subjects.
This course could also lead directly to employment.
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.
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.