This is an Entry 3 vocational programme designed to help you to develop the skills and attitudes to succeed.
This study programme will enable you to work towards a BTEC Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Studies, Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English as well as undertaking work placement and enrichment activities. Successful completion of this then gives you the opportunity to progress to Level 1 or beyond.
The course is aimed at those who have grades F-G at GCSE - or no GCSEs - and would not at this stage be able to achieve at Level 1. Their initial assessment is likely to be at E1/E2 in English and Maths.
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 Rufaro Hwindingwi left school after her GCSEs, she was unsure which career was right for her.
The teenager went to a Derby College enrolment day with an idea that business might be a good path to follow. Now she is studying Level 2 business and has a part-time job with award-winning Derby estate agents Hannells.
She also has her sights set on Business at Level 3, before going on to university to a take a Business Management Degree and then a Masters.
But Rufaro, 17, explained that initially she planned to follow her mother into health and social care...but the subject was not her main passion.
She liked the style and content of Derby College's module based Level 2 business course saying she prefers coursework to exam-based learning.
Rufaro said she has studied eight units, with areas including the techniques and purpose of branding and the value of brand recognition, as well as how to be professional online, on the phone and face-to-face.
She has also learnt about managing cashflow, cashflow forecasts and how to analyse break even graphs and charts.
As part of her studies, Rufaro had two weeks' work experience with Hannells Estate Agents through its Academy link with Derby College.
Hannells area sales manager Victoria Downing said: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. Rufaro really was outstanding. We were able to have a conversation about her working part-time with us, because we had an unfilled vacancy, and it's great to have her with us."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum.
It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
I'm going to continue with Hannells and then go onto Level 3 in business at Derby College. That's my next step. Then I'm thinking of a Business Management degree at Birmingham City University or the University of Birmingham. I think Business Management may be a base for another course, maybe a Masters.