This course is designed for mature learners who are considering a future career as a nurse, midwife or in related health care fields.
The course is delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced tutors 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.
You will also be encouraged to undertake a placement within a relevant workplace setting to help you develop organisational, planning and problem-solving skills as well as the interpersonal skills that are vital to those in caring professions.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas ensure that you are well prepared for university study as well as future employment, so we deliver additional subjects covering study skills and academic writing. If you are returning to learning after a break from education, then this course is for you.
This programme is delivered at our Roundhouse campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You are also encouraged to attend an open evening to discuss the course with the tutors.
Applicants need to have at least a grade C in GCSE English and it is advantageous to have at least a grade C in Maths, although you will be able to study GCSE Maths alongside the course if you do not already have it.
Applicants who have not achieved English and Maths GCSE recently will have to undertake an English and maths assessment.
For those seeking to progress directly to midwifery, a strong GCSE profile - possibly with AS Level study - along with substantial experience in the field of health care will be expected.
Modules will include*:
* 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.
This course provides the ideal platform for applying for university courses in nursing and midwifery at the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, Leicester University and De Montfort University.
There is potential for progression to careers centred on adult, mental health, learning disability and child nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, radiography, physiotherapy, and roles such as operating department practitioner.
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.
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."