This course is designed for mature students who wish to return to study, prepare to apply for Access to Higher Education programmes or enter employment.
Delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced tutors, the course provides all the support and guidance you need to be successful. You will learn through a wide range of activities including lessons, small and large group work, seminars, projects, tests and presentations.
This course will prepare you for further study, specifically Access to Higher Education Diplomas, while providing you with an opportunity to test out a range of subject areas.
This programme is delivered at our Joseph Wright Campus on different days and at different times which will be discussed in more detail at your interview.
Alongside this programme, you may also be able to take GCSE English and Maths.
There are no formal entry requirements. However you will be assessed for English and maths to determine what level of study will be most suitable for you.
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.
Alongside English and Maths, you will have the opportunity to study a number of units selected from the following*:
*Please note that modules are 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).
There is the potential to progress to further study, including Access to Higher Education programmes where you can take pathways such as Nursing and Midwifery, Social Work, Social Science, Humanities and Teaching.
Taking Derby College's Access to Learning course has proved to be the ideal preparation for nursing undergraduate Gerald Nimwaza. Gerald, a former teacher who came to Britain from Malawi in 2008, is currently studying at De Montfort University in Leicester and looking forward to a fulfilling career in mental health nursing. However, without the financial support available through the adult learner loan, Gerald doubts he would now be studying for his degree. Gerald gained his NVQ2 and 3 in Health and Social Care via the college while working as a care assistant at a care home in Derby. And he believes what he learned at Derby College has been highly beneficial to his degree, which he completes next summer. Gerald, who regards nursing as a calling rather than simply a career choice, is thoroughly enjoying his degree course. He likes the way in which it makes him challenge his own values, explore how he connects with other people and look at how he uses his interpersonal, human skills in his nursing. His story, he says, shows it's never too late to change career direction and Derby College has helped make that possible.
He said: "Being eligible for the adult learner loan was massively important. Without it I don't think I would have been able to enrol on my college course and pursue my nursing training."
He added: "It was clear from the outset that the Access course was a good foundation for the academic demands of nurse training. I had a wonderful maths teacher and I'm thankful to all the lecturers who helped me throughout my course. One Derby College tutor told me to always be critical when writing and it's good advice which I constantly keep in mind on my degree course."