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.
Teenager Nicole Bullock says Derby College has "guided her life" as it put her on the path towards a career as a mortgage broker.
Former apprentice Nicole was the first person taken on by growing Derby business Create Finance. The 18-year-old, from Chaddesden, left school with 10 good GCSEs but was adamant she did not want to go to college full-time.
Instead, she jumped at the opportunity of becoming an apprentice administrator with the Full Street-based business. She said the apprenticeship included studying Business Administration with Derby College and it "fitted me perfectly".
Nicole found the Level 2 NVQ "was relevant to what we were doing here". She said that the units were chosen to best meet the needs of her role. After passing her NVQ and completing her apprenticeship,
Nicole was taken on and then achieved promotion to become Administration Team Leader. She is now looking to take her industry CeMAP exams so she can work as a self-employed mortgage broker herself.
Riverside Chambers-based Create Finance was launched in August 2015 by Derby men Gindy Mathoon, who attended Derby Moor Community College and Karl Yeoman, who went to Allestree Woodlands, along with Pete Mugleston, (correct) who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors. Gindy said Nicole, the company's first employee, was now administration team leader and a "role model and mentor for any new or existing administration staff." He added: "Derby College sources suitable candidates who potentially have the right qualities to work for Create Finance.
The administrators are the backbone of the business and without high quality administration we can't grow as a business. We're expanding gradually, and our link with Derby College has allowed us to progress."
I'm grateful to the college – it's put me on my feet and guided my life. Without the college's help I wouldn't have my job here. It's literally put me on the path to my career.
The aim now is to work hard and make as much money as I can. You can be self-employed here as a broker. When I am a bit older, and the company and I both feel that I am ready for it, that's what I'd like to do.