This is a flexible course designed for students who are 19 plus and who wish to enter employment in a variety of health and social care sectors. Additionally, this course gives you the opportunity to progress further to an Access to Higher Education programme.
Delivered by a team of well qualified, enthusiastic and experienced teachers over two days a week, this course provides all the support and guidance you need to be successful. The team has a wealth of experience in delivering courses for the adult learner. Study skills are embedded into the course, and support is given with note-taking, researching, IT, listening and communicating, essay writing and referencing. You will also be allocated a personal tutor who teaches on the course and can give you advice and support.
Alongside this programme, you may be able to study for English and Maths qualifications to improve your overall employability or to support your application for an Access to Higher Education course. This could involve GCSEs or Functional Skills, depending on your academic level.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. All applicants will be invited to an interview where you will be screened for maths and English. You will be given comprehensive advice and guidance, and also have the opportunity to discuss any experience and other related issues.
You are also encouraged to attend College Information Evenings prior to any application. Dates for these can be found on our website.
Students will study nine credits over 10-12 weeks* and September starters will also have the option to study for a 2nd term in order to gain a larger qualification.
Sociology/Psychology focus (September–December)
Biology focus (January–March or April–July)
*Please note that modules are subject to change. Modules studied will depend on which site you are based at and in which term you start.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods, including written assignments, practical work, reports, group discussions and poster presentations.
There is the potential to progress to further study, including Access to Higher Education programmes where you can take pathways such as Health Professions and Social Sciences.
This course is also excellent preparation for progression into employment, as it will benefit your personal development, confidence and interview techniques.
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.