This programme is ideal for students who are 19 plus, who have some experience and qualifications already and who wish to gain entry to higher education. It is also suitable for people who would like to apply for university but have been out of education for some time and are keen to 'brush up' on their academic skills, or for those who are considering a change in career.
The Access to HE Diploma (Social Work) aims to develop students' understanding of complex relationships between people and society, explore social injustice and inequality, and examine the role of social workers. While learning about social policy, people and society, students will also have the opportunity to develop communication and report writing skills.
Throughout the Diploma, students will also develop transferable skills such as effective communication, working with others, interpreting information, and accuracy and attention to detail.
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 C/4 in GCSE English and it is advantageous to have at least a grade C/4 in Maths.
Applicants who have not achieved English and Maths GCSE recently will have to undertake an English and maths assessment.
Modules* will include:
* Modules may be subject to change
You will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations and exams (practical and theory).
The aim of this qualification is to prepare students for progression to higher education subjects, including but not limited to:
• Social Work
• Health and Social Care
• Child and Youth Studies
You could progress to social work and other careers in the care sector.
Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.
But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.
Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.
A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.
And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.
Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.
Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them
I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.
It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'
It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.
I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.
It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.