Access to Higher Education at Derby College

Are you interested in degree level study but worried because you don’t have the traditional qualifications you need? Have you been out of education for a while? Do you need to rebuild your confidence to achieve your ambitions?

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Returning to education is more than just learning. It can give you renewed confidence and faith in your own abilities. Derby College put me on the right road.     

Emily Ferry
Former Access Student, who went on to gain first class honours in Criminology at the University of Derby


Why choose Derby College?

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We pride ourselves on delivering flexibility and choice. You can take Access courses at both our Roundhouse campus and our new campus in Ilkeston (Pimlico), bringing all the benefits of a Derby College education even closer to home.


Derby College Course Listings - Access to Higher Education


PT Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science: Site Ilkeston

PT Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Professions: Site Ilkeston

PT Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Professions - REMOTE LEARNING : Site Remote Learning

PT Access to Higher Education Diploma: Humanities and Social Science: Site Ilkeston

Full Time Courses Full Time Courses Part Time Courses Part Time Courses

About Access Courses

Access and Pre-Access courses provide you with a stepping stone to a higher level of study. They are ideal if you are considering a career change, want to return to study or feel you need a more gradual introduction to undergraduate education.

Access courses tend to offer family friendly study hours, typically 9.45am – 2.30pm throughout school term times. They can generally be studied full time (four days a week) or part time (two days a week).

The courses are available to anyone over the age of 19, irrespective of previous qualifications. All Access courses feature Maths, English, IT and Study Skills to ensure you have a good standard of general education to progress to the next stage of your learning.