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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Run Derby: Event Operations and Spectator Safety Academy programme engages students in the planning, management and safe delivery of a number of small and high-profile events held throughout the year in Derby and Derbyshire.
Students in this Academy will also study a full-time Protective Services or Sport programme and need to be able to dedicate their time to enable the events to be planned effectively, considering safety, marketing and resource requirements.
Students will also expand their understanding of different types of events by engaging in other local projects such as Derby Feste and Skills Festivals.
You will help to advance the organisation and delivery of sport and leisure activities and will have the opportunity to be interviewed for potential jobs with Run Derby at the end of the academic year.
The programme also provides an opportunity for you to step into seasonal event work, having developed important skills while studying academic qualifications in Sport and Protective Services to enhance your career prospects.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who are highly motivated to engage in regular events throughout the year, which will mean early starts and regular weekend activities.

You should be motivated to see through projects to successful completion and have the self discipline and initiative to undertake your specific job role independently.

Course Content

The Academy programme includes:

  • An extensive programme of event management opportunities through Run Derby
  • Guidance and job evaluation from Run Derby events staff
  • Collaboration with other event organisers such as Huub, GSI and Sporting Futures
  • Training and development in event organisation and networking opportunities with service providers

All students will take a full-time Sport or Protective Services qualification alongside the Academy. For further information regarding the content of these programmes, please see our Public Services and Sports course pages.

How will I be assessed?

Students will have regular progress meetings as their specific job roles and actions are monitored by Run Derby Events staff.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day and when you are on work experience. The minimum expectation for uniform is that you wear a plain black T-shirt or polo shirt and sweatshirt etc. DC Uniforms can be purchased for £50.
All learners must have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.
A one-off payment of £50 is required as a contribution towards the end-of-year celebration event, DBS requirements, transport, trips and guest speakers. This money is to be received before November and in return you will receive free gym membership for the academic year.
There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
Overseas work placements are available.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

Residential accommodation is based at Broomfield Hall Campus. It is single occupancy with a daily meal allowance included in the fees. For further information about our 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated accommodation provision, please contact maria.banks@derby-college.ac.uk.


What can I do after this course?

Further study

The course provides an excellent platform for progression to:
  • Higher level Public Services or Sport courses
  • Apprenticeship opportunities as an Event Assistant
The skills gained on the course are transferable to a wider range of job areas and you will be offered paid employment opportunities at a variety of events throughout the academic year.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Will Morgan

Will Morgan

Public Services course leads to career

Coming to Derby College changed my life and gave me the confidence to follow my dreams and key work ethics such as punctuality and respect.

"I grew up very small and skinny and finished school with low confidence.
"I then enrolled in Public Services with a dream of being a soldier.

"Slowly but surely I gained in confidence and the turning point was when we went to Lympstone to participate in a 'Look at Life' course with the Royal Marines.

"A Corporal there and my lecturer Jon Agyeman made me feel ten feet tall and I left there feeling that I could chop down a mountain with my bare hands.

"I joined 7 Para RHA, part of 16 air assault brigade – serving a frontline tour of Afghanistan as a signaller as part of the Brigade Reconnaissance force. I was also deployed on security at the London 2012 Olympics.

"After leaving the Army, I re-trained in security and am now a Security Manager based at Highcross shopping centre in Leicester and in charge of a large operational team. I also work on crisis management and anti-terrorism.

"I love working in security as it is very similar to Army and I enjoy training and empowering people.

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