This BTEC Level 2 Public Services study programme is designed for students with mid-level GCSE grades (3-4) who did not achieve English or Maths at grade 4 or above.
Your study pathway will focus on the achievement and development of maths or English skills while covering concepts of leadership and security within the Public Services. This programme has the option of a further year's study at this level to ensure the achievement of GCSE English or Maths, but students should aim to progress to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services.
Students will need to be focused on the completion of their skills programme in order to advance to higher level qualifications and to open up greater chances of employment. In both practical and theoretical settings, you will study what the Public Services can offer and where the employment growth markets are within the sector.
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.
We expect students to have enthusiasm for helping the community and a commitment to improving their academic and vocational skills in order to progress to higher levels of study.
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 a series of final exams.
You will benefit from having your own tablet or laptop to develop your assignment work.
There are no additional costs. However, should you wish, you may apply for a European work experience placement which in previous years has cost in the region of £250.
Students are expected to wear black tops (t-shirts, jumpers, hoodies etc) when in class and when representing the department during community projects. Students are free to wear what they choose on their lower half, providing it is suitable for the activity being undertaken.
There are DCG-branded options to purchase should students wish to do so. However, this is not mandatory: we merely expect compliance with our colour code.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
Luke Mahon has not looked back since meeting Marines as part of his Public Services course. He knew immediately where his ambitions lay – and applied to join the Royal Marines as soon as he completed his studies.
He is now a Lance Corporal, working as a platoon weapons machine gunner in a Fire Support Group – a role which demands supreme physical fitness and a need to think on his feet. Being with the Marines takes him all over the world. He has been deployed in five African countries as well as Afghanistan, Albania, Canada, France and Germany.
I was drawn to Derby College because the staff there treat you like an adult and trust you to make your own decisions. My time at College definitely made me grow up and take responsibility for my actions. It was the College that influenced my career choice and where I gained the qualifications I needed to enter service life. Marines are deployed wherever and whenever they are needed. I’ve been to places I would never have seen had it not been for my job.