The Further Education College will work with local engineering businesses and Twycross Zoo, to design and deliver a curriculum which will ensure that what students learn is put into context via real-world experiences in the work place.
Derby College’s Teacher Training Manager, Melanie Lanser, said: "We will be adopting a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach across levels 3 to 6, based on the principle of ‘learning by doing’.
"This focus will help students to develop the problem-solving, team working and other critical workplace skills which means they will leave well-prepared either for higher education or the first role of their career."
The grant is one of just eleven awarded this year by Edge from a total fund of £1million. The Edge Foundation campaigns for a coherent, holistic and socially equitable education system, to enable all young people to fulfil their potential.
Edge Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, said: "There is a mountain of evidence that Project Based Learning (PBL) deliver benefits to students helping them develop the skills, behaviours and experience which will serve them well whether they progress into a job or higher education.
"This project will deliver real world experiences to students and ensure they are equipped to make informed choices about their futures."