Our Mission

Preparing individuals for the next phase of their lives: the world of work, entrepreneurship, advanced learning, career progression and to contribute as positive citizens.     

We already improve the lives of many thousands of local people each year, providing support for younger learners in partnership with local schools, young people, apprentices, adults and higher education learners.

Increasingly the measures of our success go well beyond the completion of qualifications. Qualifications, together with an effectively designed holistic curriculum and excellent learning experiences, form the springboard into successful progression and positive destinations.


Line of sight to work

Our curriculum and learning environments must support the generation of a talent pool for business by equipping our learners with the skills, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to add value to their employer from day one.

For those learners with an intended destination into the world of work, their programmes must include the highest possible standard of specialist skills, work experience and professional skills, including team working and business acumen.

Entrepreneurship and business start up

We must develop a greater culture of enterprise for all our learners, providing specific business start-up support for those with aspirations to launch their own businesses. We aim to nurture learners with an appetite to create jobs, not consume them.

Advance study

We must provide our learners with opportunities to advance to Higher Education, facilitating seamless progression from any entry point on both academic and technical (including apprenticeship) pathways.

Career progression

We will expand our offer of ‘Career Learning Ladder’ opportunities, including higher level skills, designed to enable adults to access flexible pathways which support career progression plans or entry into their dream job.


All learners need to grow, holistically, during their journey with us. Critical ‘personal skills’ must be incorporated into College life and embedded into learning. We will also expand the range of ‘wider life skills’ rooted across our offer and encourage the development of character and resilience, equipping learners with a tool-kit to support them through life.

Our values

Our College values articulate what we believe in strongly and regard highly. They guide how we work with our learners, teams and stakeholders to make a firm statement about how we operate to deliver our mission and core purpose.

Derby College is an approved partner of the University of Derby.

The University of Derby is a Top 50 UK university* and provides students with the best possible start in their careers through excellent teaching, delivered in cutting-edge facilities by staff who are experts in their field. 96% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree**.

*The Guardian University Guide 2017
** HESA 2016, graduating class over 2000

Go to top