This programme is an ideal route for students who have a clear target for future studies at university. Students should have a keen interest in the Public Services, outdoor activity leadership or the security sector. This is the first year of a two-year programme equivalent to studying three A-Levels.
All students will be offered a conditional place on our Foundation Degree in Criminology (Offender Management) when progressing to Year 2 of the programme.
The programme develops your knowledge and skills over two years, enabling you to progress to higher education studies. In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study advanced concepts in government, discipline, physical preparation, leadership, law, citizenship, command and control, and fitness testing.
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.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
On successful completion, the programme provides an excellent platform for progression to courses such as the:
You may also wish to seek voluntary or paid employment in the Public Services or in the security industry as a door supervisor, CCTV operator or security guard. Alternatively, you could apply for the special constabulary or reservist forces. You do not, of course, have to enter the Public Services as the skills gained on this course are transferable to a wider range of job areas.
*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.