This is an Entry 3 vocational programme designed to help you to develop the skills and attitudes to succeed.
This study programme will enable you to work towards a BTEC Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Studies, Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English as well as undertaking work placement and enrichment activities. Successful completion of this then gives you the opportunity to progress to Level 1 or beyond.
The course is aimed at those who have grades F-G (2-1) at GCSE - or no GCSEs - and would not at this stage be able to achieve at Level 1. Their initial assessment is likely to be at E1/E2 in English and Maths.
All applicants will have an individual advice and guidance interview to assess their needs and suitability for the course.
You will produce a portfolio of evidence and will be supported to work towards numeracy, literacy and personal targets which will be reviewed every half term. You will also sit a Functional English and Maths controlled assessment. Any inclusion and support needs will be assessed and reviewed throughout the year and we will work hard to give you the support you need.
You may be asked to make a voluntary contribution to trips throughout the year and may also be asked to purchase some personal safety equipment that is relevant to the vocational area.
Derby College Group accounting student Fadoua Idrissi already has a degree from her native Morocco but enrolled on the AAT course to gain UK recognised accounting qualifications.
Fadoua, who came to Britain in 2016, worked in accountancy and banking in Morocco and is now pursuing her ambition to become a charted accountant.
Juggling college work with looking after her three-year-old boy, she has completed the AAT levels 2 and 3 at the Roundhouse and will be progressing to level 4 next year.
She said: “Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.”
Fadoua, who described what she’s learned at DCG as “not new but different”, studied for her Moroccan accounting qualifications in French, the country’s unofficial second language.
As a single mum, it’s a balancing act to fit in her studies with childcare.
She added: “I have to do my college work between 8pm and 4am while my son is asleep. It’s hard work sometimes but my tutor understands and makes sure I have everything I need to get on with my work.”
Fadoua has found everyone at DCG friendly and supportive and much prefers living in Derby to being in a big city.
And, when it comes to numbers, it seems her young son takes after her. Fadoua added: “I always liked maths at school and I think my son is going to be good at it too. He’s only three and he can already count up to 100!”
Once I’ve done that I could go and work as an accounts assistant but that’s not my goal. I want to train as a chartered accountant. I like the idea of working in a firm of accountants so I can work with a number of businesses, not just one. I like the budgeting and costing side of accounting best, as without knowing what the budget is, a business can’t make decisions.