Are you considering a career in school teaching or another educational role working with young people or children? Would you like a stepping stone to university study? If so, our Access to Teaching course may be right for you.
During this full-time one-year course, you will develop your study skills and have the opportunity to enhance your skills in communication and improve your awareness of subject pedagogy. You will also deepen your knowledge across a broad spectrum of subjects, including psychology, sociology, science and English so that you are prepared for study around the field of education. This broad curriculum will prepare you well for university study and provide a pathway which enables you to apply for primary or secondary teaching courses.
The programme is delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced teachers who understand the needs of Access learners and are therefore able to provide appropriate support and guidance. You will learn through a wide range of activities including lessons, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests and presentations.
This programme is delivered at our Ilkeston campus.
You will need to have a minimum of a grade 4 (or equivalent) in GCSE English, Maths and Science.
It is desirable that you have gained some paid or voluntary experience working in a school or with children in a different capacity. It is recommended that you gain further experience working in a school setting and organise an additional placement (one day per week). Universities are seeking trainee teachers who have gained experience working in the sector.
This is a broad course, equipping you to progress to university study. The specific units have been selected so that you are able to compete for places on BEd Primary programmes or on a BA (Hons) Education Studies. The course comprises*:
* Units may be subject to change
Most units are assessed through assignment work. This can include written assignments, reflections on practice, presentations, debates and portfolios. Some units are assessed through examination. This helps prepare you for the range of assessments that you will experience when studying for a degree.
You will require an electronic device for word processing e.g. a laptop or a PC and access to the Internet.
There are no additional costs involved.
Upon gaining the Access to Teacher Training qualification, you can progress to a range of higher education courses, including:
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.