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.
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.