This course is designed for students who are aged 19 plus and who wish to enter employment in a variety of health and social care sectors. Additionally, it 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, the course provides all the support and guidance you need to be successful. The team has 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 entail 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 they 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.*
*Please note that modules are subject to change. The 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.
Former Derby College access to nursing student Christopher Cooke is looking forward to starting a degree in adult nursing this September. Christopher, who is 32 and from Nottingham, has a place on the full-time degree course at Nottingham Trent University. His degree will focus on general nursing training but once qualified Christopher would quite like to specialise in HIV and sexual health. He has previously volunteered with the Terrence Higgins Trust and it is an area of healthcare which particularly interests him. Christopher chose Derby College because he liked its access course best and was impressed with the engaging course content and high standard of teaching. He also received an advanced learner loan to help with the cost of his studies. Commenting on his choice of career Christopher said:
Nursing matches my skills set and the values I take from it. Completing the access course has enabled me to pursue my new career and I'd highly
recommend Derby College to others interested in going into nursing."