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 the programme then gives you the opportunity to progress to Level 1 or beyond.
You should have grades F-G at GCSE - or no GCSE - 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.
When teenager Monique Fowlke-Bosworth first started her Transitions course at Derby College she was so shy that she avoided making eye contact with other people. Now, aged 18 and on the Get in 2 Business Level 1, she is a confident communicator – and there is nothing she likes more than talking to other people and trying to help them.
Because of her shyness, Monique, who is from Allenton, feared that she might not fit in at College, but once there she found everyone friendly and welcoming. After progressing from Transitions to Get in 2 Business/ICT, she did work experience on Reception at the Roundhouse, the campus where she studies.
And, she made such a good impression, that Reception would like her back again this year. While on work experience she dealt with many situations – including welcoming visitors, sorting out their car park passes and assisting people who had forgotten their lanyards. Monique loves helping people – and because she knows how it is to feel self-conscious, she goes out of her way to talk to anyone who is shy.
Monique hopes to work for Rolls-Royce or work as an ICT technician when she leaves college, and is so pleased she took the Transitions course.
My lecturers at Derby College couldn't have been more supportive. They've helped me with my English, maths – in fact with all my subjects. I've really come on and I wouldn't be where I am now without them.