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.
Teenager Nicole Bullock says Derby College has "guided her life" as it put her on the path towards a career as a mortgage broker.
Former apprentice Nicole was the first person taken on by growing Derby business Create Finance. The 18-year-old, from Chaddesden, left school with 10 good GCSEs but was adamant she did not want to go to college full-time.
Instead, she jumped at the opportunity of becoming an apprentice administrator with the Full Street-based business. She said the apprenticeship included studying Business Administration with Derby College and it "fitted me perfectly".
Nicole found the Level 2 NVQ "was relevant to what we were doing here". She said that the units were chosen to best meet the needs of her role. After passing her NVQ and completing her apprenticeship,
Nicole was taken on and then achieved promotion to become Administration Team Leader. She is now looking to take her industry CeMAP exams so she can work as a self-employed mortgage broker herself.
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, (correct) who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors. Gindy said Nicole, the company's first employee, was now administration team leader and a "role model and mentor for any new or existing administration staff." He added: "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."
I'm grateful to the college – it's put me on my feet and guided my life. Without the college's help I wouldn't have my job here. It's literally put me on the path to my career.
The aim now is to work hard and make as much money as I can. You can be self-employed here as a broker. When I am a bit older, and the company and I both feel that I am ready for it, that's what I'd like to do.