This study programme is specifically designed to support students who will need to complete GCSE resits in both English and Maths. The College Certificate places emphasis on skills development at this level and so a supportive programme of maths and English is compulsory within the course and will make up the bulk hours of study during the year.
Students on this course are expected to engage in supporting a range of community and regional events. This will mean that weekends will often be part of the academic timetable in order to fulfil work experience placements.
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 and English will be assessed through course work, controlled assessment and final exam.
Your attendance will be monitored with expectations that it is maintained above 95% at all times.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
Viewers of Channel Four’s British Army Girls may well remember former recruit Krystal Treadwell. The ex-Derby College Public Services student was among a group of raw recruits filmed doing their basic training at the army’s Pirbright training centre in Surrey. And as Krystal herself readily admits she had her fair share of share of ups and downs during what was a very demanding 14 weeks.
The fly-on-the-wall documentary, aired in April, gave a fascinating insight into what is expected of the recruits as they prepare to pass out – and what it takes to become a British Army soldier. Now an army chef, Krystal, who is from Chaddesden, took further army training after Pirbright and is now preparing to go on a six week tour of duty to Africa – her first overseas tour.
And, although she found initial training hard going at times, she is pleased she took the Public Services course at Broomfield before joining up. She especially enjoyed the map reading part of her course, which involved training at Drum Hill near Derby. Krystal found that already having had some navigational experience helped her on army exercises. She said...
I’m glad I went to Derby College as it set me up nicely for going in the army. The Public Services course is good for your fitness when you’re getting ready to go into the armed forces and all the volunteering you do at college looks great on your CV.