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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 1

Weeks:

Hours: 12.00

Start: 19/09/2019

Days / Times: Monday 09:15 to 15:00 and Tuesday 09:15 to 15:00 and Wednesday 09:15 to 12:00 OR Monday 09:15 to 15:00 and Tuesday 09:15 to 15:00 and Wednesday 12:30 to 15:15

Tuition (£): 3384.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 3384.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is designed for students who are aged 19 plus and who are considering a future career as a nurse or midwife or in related healthcare fields.

It 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.

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 Ilkeston campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.

Entry requirements

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 4 in GCSE English, and it is advantageous to have at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Biology.

For applicants who do not have at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, you must be working at a sufficiently competent level and may be able to study it alongside your Access course.

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 healthcare will be expected.

Course Content

Modules* will include:

  • Maths
  • Study Skills
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health Studies

* Modules may be subject to change.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

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.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Louise Alberts

Louise Alberts

Hospital matron Louise owes nursing career to Derby College

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 added: "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.

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