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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.  This could include:

  • Communication skills
  • Working in a team
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Time management
  • Skills for employment
  • Digital skills

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, and employability activities.

You will have a support network that might include a personal tutor, youth worker, mentor and educational support workers.


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 teachers.

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?


What can I do after this course?

After the initial nine weeks, we will discuss if STEPS is the right course for you and you will continue on this programme for the rest of the year.  If you decide that STEPS is not right for you, we will support you with other options.

At the end of the year, students can progress to other study programmes within the College or into the world of work.



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Pavandeep Tiwana

Pavandeep Tiwana

Work experience leads to an apprenticeship

Student Pavandeep Tiwana is all set for taking up an apprenticeship following a successful work placement organised through her Derby College Transitions course. Eighteen-year-old Pavandeep said the year-long course had boosted her confidence and put her on the road to her ideal job.
Transitions Level 1 is designed to support young people to find their future career pathway and to develop their studies. Pavandeep, who has a younger brother, said she wants to work with children and aims to become a nursery teacher. She said her tutor helped find her work placement at the Play Corner Day Nursery in Derby.
Her time there has gone so well that she has been offered an apprenticeship, starting in September. The Sinfin teenager initially targeted a child care course but did not have the necessary qualifications. Instead she took Transitions and said the combination of work experience and three days a week study was paying off. Now she is looking forward to completing the course and launching her chosen career working with children.

She said: "I'm really happy about it. The course has given me a taste of what the world of work is like. I'm enjoying my studies and I feel like I'm on the road to a job I enjoy."


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