This is an Entry 3 vocational programme designed to help you to develop the skills and attitudes to succeed. It will enable you to work towards an Entry Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Studies, Functional Skills Maths and Functional Skills English. You will also undertake work placement and enrichment activities. Successful completion of this programme then gives you the opportunity to progress to Level 1 or beyond.
You should have grades F-G at GCSE - or no GCSEs - and would not at this stage be able to achieve at Level 1. Your initial assessment is likely to be E1/E2 in English and Maths. You should:
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.
You could consider opportunities in the construction industry, wood occupations, electrical industry or the plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning engineering industry.
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."