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Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The STEPS programme is designed to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours a young person needs to progress to their chosen next STEP.

In addition to improving your maths and English skills, we will work with you to identify other skills you may need to develop to be successful in your next STEP.  This could include:

  • Communication skills
  • Working in a team
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Time management

If you are not sure about your next STEPS, or have not achieved the grades you need, this might be the course for you.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

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


Course Content

You will work towards a maths and English qualification.  This could be either GCSE or Functional Skills depending on the grades you achieved at school.

You will have a weekly tutorial and complete work experience activities throughout the course.

We will work with you to establish if your next STEP is further education, employment or an apprenticeship and agree the skills you will need to progress.

Targets will be set, and these will be achieved through a range of activities that will include individual work, group work, enrichment activities, trips and visits, work experience and vocational tasters.

You will have a personal tutor, a youth worker and a mentor to support you to succeed.

How will I be assessed?

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the achievement of  personal targets.  This will be regularly reviewed with your tutor and mentor.

You will also sit a maths and English exam.

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 be asked to provide some personal safety equipment.

What can I do after this course?

Students can progress to other study programmes within the College or into the world of work.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Joshua Tonks

Joshua Tonks

Motor Vehicle transitions course puts Joshua on the right road

A transitions course in Motor Vehicles has helped put Belper teenager Joshua Tonks on the road to his chosen career.Joshua, aged 17, is now a motor vehicle apprentice with Ripley-based garage Gary Owen Motor Services and is enjoying working on a whole range of different cars.
After successfully completing the one-year transitions course, Joshua's dad, who works as lorry mechanic, helped him land his ideal apprenticeship. The vocational programme was perfectly suited to the young school leaver, who has always had a passion for motor vehicles and wanted help in developing his skills. While on the course, Joshua achieved an Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vehicle Technology as well as gaining Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English qualifications. Joshua, who is currently learning to drive, likes working on all makes and models of cars but if he had a choice of which make and model to own, it would be the Alfa Romeo C4. Joshua said:

The transitions course at Derby College helped me get my apprenticeship and I'd recommend it to other people leaving school who are keen to get into the motor vehicle industry.

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