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.
Derby College student Emma Parker has received special recognition for the hard work she's put into her Children and Young People's Services Foundation degree. Emma, who is currently in Year 3 of the part-time course, is a recipient of the University of Derby's Dean's Award – an honour given to the top 10 per cent performing students across the University's Further Education collaborative courses.
Emma, who looks after children aged from three to 17 in residential care in Derby, fits in her studies around her demanding job. Emma, who always wanted to work with children, is delighted with her Dean's Award but couldn't quite believe it when she first heard she'd got it. She said: "I didn't have clue that I was in the running for it, so when I got a call to say that the university wanted to see me I was quite worried. I thought at first that there must be something wrong with one of my essays!" Emma is now planning to top up her degree at the University of Derby next year.
Fortunately the way the part-time foundation degree course is structured works well with my hours, which include regular 24 hour shifts.
When I am on nights I don't start my shifts until 3pm which means I get time to do my college work in the morning. I like the fact that we have coursework, not exams, and I also like the way the different modules are taught.