This is a flexible course designed for students who are 19 plus and who wish to enter employment in a variety of health and social care sectors. Additionally, this course gives you the opportunity to progress further to an Access to Higher Education programme.
Delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced teachers over two days a week, this course provides all the support and guidance you need to be successful. The team have a wealth of experience in delivering courses for the adult learner. Study skills are embedded into the course, and support is given with note-taking, researching, IT, listening and communicating, essay writing and referencing. You will also be allocated a personal tutor who teaches on the course and can give you advice and support.
Alongside this programme, you may be able to study for English and Maths qualifications to improve your overall employability or to support your application for an Access to Higher Education course. This could involve GCSEs or Functional Skills, depending on your academic level.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. All applicants will be invited to an interview where you will be screened for maths and English. You will be given comprehensive advice and guidance, and also have the opportunity to discuss any experience you have had and other related issues.
You are also encouraged to attend College Information Evenings prior to any application. Dates for these can be found on our website.
Students will study nine credits over 10-12 weeks* and September starters will also have the option to study for a 2nd term in order to gain a larger qualification.
Sociology/Psychology focus (September–December)
Biology focus (January–March or April–July)
*Please note that modules are subject to change. Modules studied will depend on which site you are based at and in which term you start.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods, including written assignments, practical work, reports, group discussions and poster presentations.
There is the potential to progress to further study, including Access to Higher Education programmes where you can take pathways such as Health Professions and Social Sciences.
This course is also excellent preparation for progression into employment, as it will benefit your personal development, confidence and interview techniques.
Taking Derby College's Access to Learning course has proved to be the ideal preparation for nursing undergraduate Gerald Nimwaza. Gerald, a former teacher who came to Britain from Malawi in 2008, is currently studying at De Montfort University in Leicester and looking forward to a fulfilling career in mental health nursing. However, without the financial support available through the adult learner loan, Gerald doubts he would now be studying for his degree. Gerald gained his NVQ2 and 3 in Health and Social Care via the college while working as a care assistant at a care home in Derby. And he believes what he learned at Derby College has been highly beneficial to his degree, which he completes next summer. Gerald, who regards nursing as a calling rather than simply a career choice, is thoroughly enjoying his degree course. He likes the way in which it makes him challenge his own values, explore how he connects with other people and look at how he uses his interpersonal, human skills in his nursing. His story, he says, shows it's never too late to change career direction and Derby College has helped make that possible.
He said: "Being eligible for the adult learner loan was massively important. Without it I don't think I would have been able to enrol on my college course and pursue my nursing training."
He added: "It was clear from the outset that the Access course was a good foundation for the academic demands of nurse training. I had a wonderful maths teacher and I'm thankful to all the lecturers who helped me throughout my course. One Derby College tutor told me to always be critical when writing and it's good advice which I constantly keep in mind on my degree course."