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:
Derby hospital matron Louise Alberts is responsible for overseeing nine wards specialising in acute medicine for older people.
It's a challenging role in a profession she loves – but without Derby College Louise is convinced she would never have been able to pursue a career in nursing.
A mum to four girls, Louise had previously worked in sales and didn't take the College's Access to Nursing course until she was in her mid-thirties. Louise's decision to train as a nurse came after she had twins. As they grew older, she realised that she didn't want to go back into sales, so she started looking for a new career.
Nottingham University directed her to Derby College's Access to Nursing course, which, she found, fitted in perfectly with school hours.
After completing her access course, Louise went on to take her nursing degree at Nottingham University's Derby campus.
She worked as a staff nurse, then junior and senior sister at London Road Community Hospital before being seconded to the role of matron in Derby City's community services.
Two-and-a-half years ago she became permanent matron for acute medicine for older people. Louise said: "I've stayed in touch with a lot of the people I studied with at college and then at university.
"Sometimes we have staff who have started at an entry level post in the NHS but who aspire to become a registered nurse. I'm a huge advocate of the Access course so I always direct them to Derby College."
When I enrolled in 2004, I had been out of education for a long time.
It had been years since I'd taken my GCSEs, so it was effectively like starting from the beginning.
Academic writing is a specific skill and without the Access course I wouldn't have had what it takes to go on to university and study for my nursing degree.