This is an Entry 3 vocational programme designed to help you to develop the skills and attitudes to succeed. It will enable you to work towards an Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Studies, Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English. You will also undertake work placement and enrichment activities. Successful completion of this programme then gives you the opportunity to progress to Level 1 or beyond.
You should have grades F-G at GCSE - or no GCSEs - and would not at this stage be able to achieve at Level 1. Your initial assessment is likely to be E1/E2 in English and Maths. You should:
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.
You could consider opportunities in the construction industry, wood occupations, electrical industry or the plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning engineering industry.
A transitions course in Motor Vehicles has helped put Belper teenager Joshua Tonks on the road to his chosen career.Joshua, aged 17, is now a motor vehicle apprentice with Ripley-based garage Gary Owen Motor Services and is enjoying working on a whole range of different cars.After successfully completing the one-year transitions course, Joshua's dad, who works as lorry mechanic, helped him land his ideal apprenticeship.The vocational programme was perfectly suited to the young school leaver, who has always had a passion for motor vehicles and wanted help in developing his skills.While on the course, Joshua achieved an Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vehicle Technology as well as gaining Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English qualifications.Joshua, who is currently learning to drive, likes working on all makes and models of cars but if he had a choice of which make and model to own, it would be the Alfa Romeo C4. Joshua said:
The transitions course at Derby College helped me get my apprenticeship and I'd recommend it to other people leaving school who are keen to get into the motor vehicle industry.