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 GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths, English and Science.
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.
An "intense" Derby College course is helping put former beauty salon worker Cinzia Corleto on the fast track to a dream job.
Cinzia Corleto, 26, has completed an Access to Teaching Higher Education Diploma after following her instincts to switch career to become a primary school teacher.
Now Cinzia, from Bilborough, has started a three year degree programme in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Derby. She then plans to go on to take her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to enable her to teach in primary schools.
Cinzia said one of the great things about the one year access course was that it speeds up the process of launching her new career rather than taking 'A' levels.
She said circumstances meant she moved around a lot as child and she wants to "give something back" by becoming a teacher.
Cinzia said her studies were stretching her and had boosted her confidence in standing up and addressing a group.
I loved the Access course. They told to me to expect the most intense year of my life - and they weren't wrong.
"The access course has sped things up for my career. I now have so much more confidence in standing up and talking to a group and I feel I am on the right track to fulfilling my dream of being a teacher.