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Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

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Course Summary

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 Vehicle Technology, 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.

Entry requirements

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:

  • Have a passion for motor vehicle studies
  • Have a good attendance record at school or your previous training provider
  • Need enhanced support to transition into College

All applicants will have an individual advice and guidance interview to assess their needs and suitability for the course.

Course Content

  • An Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vehicle Technology
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English
  • Enrichment
  • Work Placement

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

  • Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance
  • Continuation of maths and English studies


You could consider roles such as:

  • Vehicle maintenance and repair technician
  • Tyre, exhaust or windscreen fitter
  • Auto electrician
  • Sales adviser
  • Garage owner/manager


This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Pavandeep Tiwana

Pavandeep Tiwana

Work experience leads to an apprenticeship

Student Pavandeep Tiwana is all set for taking up an apprenticeship following a successful work placement organised through her Derby College Transitions course.
Eighteen-year-old Pavandeep said the year-long course had boosted her confidence and put her on the road to her ideal job.
Transitions Level 1 is designed to support young people to find their future career pathway and to develop their studies.
Pavandeep, who has a younger brother, said she wants to work with children and aims to become a nursery teacher.
She said her tutor helped find her work placement at the Play Corner Day Nursery in Derby. Her time there has gone so well that she has been offered an apprenticeship, starting in September.
The Sinfin teenager initially targeted a child care course but did not have the necessary qualifications.
Instead she took Transitions and said the combination of work experience and three days a week study was paying off. Now she is looking forward to completing the course and launching her chosen career working with children.

She said: "I'm really happy about it. The course has given me a taste of what the world of work is like. I'm enjoying my studies and I feel like I'm on the road to a job I enjoy."

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