If you have a keen interest in joining the Uniformed Public Services, this programme develops your knowledge and skills, potentially over three years, enabling you to resit your GCSE in Maths.
This particular course is linked to the Run Derby Academy and as such every student will get involved in the planning, development and delivery of major race events such as the Ramathon and Wilne 10k.
Emphasis is placed on skills development at this level and so a supportive programme of maths or English is compulsory within the course.
Students are expected to engage in supporting a range of community and regional events. This means that weekends will often be part of the academic timetable in order to fulfil work experience placements.
We expect students to have enthusiasm for helping the community and a commitment to improving their academic and vocational skills in order to progress to higher levels of study.
You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit. You are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time.
You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, logbooks and performance records, written reports and essays, presentations, workbooks, discussions and vivas. Maths will be assessed through final exams.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
*In this instance the student will remain anonymous because of the confidential nature of their career.
A former Derby College public services student is joining the National Crime Agency to help bring to justice child sex offenders and terrorists.
He opted to take BTECs at the college rather than A levels because they were tailor-made for what he needed. He enjoyed the courses but admits he could have worked harder.
Then, starting a foundation degree, there was a crisis in the family. The keen student developed his knowledge and went on to gain further qualifications. Now, after a stringent vetting process involving both himself and his family, he is awaiting a start date with the agency.
He will work as a G6 officer in child sexual exploitation and anti-terrorism “alongside officers to make sure everything is ready for interviews.”
“Derby College helped me massively, 100 per cent,” he said.
I had to mature quickly. I thought about dropping out, but my lecturers helped me so much, they gave me leeway. They’d ask me after a lecture how I was, personally, and gave me a little extra help.
I’d recommend the college to anybody interested in the field.