This exciting and innovative study programme will give you the opportunity to explore the world of business and the service sector. It offers a 'pick and mix' of units designed to help you develop and plan your career.
The study programme will offer access to a range of DCG Employer Academies from the business and service sectors as well as work experience designed to give you an insight into the job roles in these sectors of employment. You will also participate in any trips/visits or guest speaker sessions that will assist you with your future career choice.
The course is aimed at those with GCSE grades below 3/D and in need of taking Maths and English.
Ideally candidates must be committed to exploring different sectors in Business, Hospitality and Catering, Hair and Beauty, Travel and Tourism, Early Years and Health and Social Care.
You will study two core units:
Plus a range of additional units from different sectors like:
In line with the requirements and guidance for internal assessment, you can select the most appropriate assessment styles according to the learning set out in the unit. This ensures that learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to:
There may be additional costs for trips/visits during the study programme.
These qualifications will prepare you for further learning at a higher level across a range of sectors. The development of transferable skills means that you can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors.
The method of delivery and assessment in the units is designed to build awareness of a sector and the skills required to work in it. Learners will be given scenarios to help them develop skills and to acquire knowledge through application. This ensures the development of pre-employability skills and knowledge to allow you to progress to further learning and training at Derby College Group and, ultimately, to become successful in your chosen sector.
While she was at school, Alison Biskup was academically gifted enough to be identified as a potential university student. But there was a drawback – going to university was the last thing she wanted to do.
She wanted to find a job. Derby College has helped her realise that dream. Alison, 19, from Long Eaton, dropped out of sixth form college after a year, having completed four AS Levels.
Through Derby College she found an opportunity to become an apprentice case administrator at growing Derby business Create Finance.
Now she is working towards her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration at Derby College, having already passed Level 2 during her year as an apprentice.
Alison has been taken on as full-time administrator, and has seen her responsibilities grow as she gains more experience. Her role involves working one-to-one with a Create Finance Mortgage broker, looking after documentation and handling calls.
In the future Alison intends to either become a mortgage broker herself or become an expert in mortgage-based administration. She is aiming to take her industry recognised CeMAP qualifications.
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 who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors. Gindy said Alison has been with the company for nearly two years and is a very popular member of the team, who gets her work done effectively and with minimal supervision.
He said: "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."
Derby College is really good for me. At school I was always encouraged to go to university but it's not something I wanted to do. Really, I just wanted to go out and earn my own living and Derby College has helped me do that. Once I've completed my college courses, I'd like to do my industry CeMAP exams. I'd love to be a broker – either that or become amazing in administration and be somebody who knows all about mortgages.