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 have 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 you have had 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.
After studying Childcare at Derby College, Jane Finch was originally unable to follow her dream of gaining social work qualifications because she needed to support her family. But, nearly 20 years later, the mum-of-seven took the plunge and returned to College on an Access to Social Work course.
It paved the way for her to gain a degree from Nottingham Trent University and she now works for Derbyshire County Council as a Child Protection Social Worker, helping families make positive changes in their lives.
I was not in a position to continue my education as a teenager but I’m so glad that I have now pursued my dream of becoming a qualified social worker. When you return to education, you become hungry for more: my life and career are going from strength to strength since I went back to Derby College.