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Need a little help and advice on College life and planning your next steps?  Then look no further than our expert Learner Services team.

The course you take at College depends on what you want to achieve and your previous education so - if you're unsure of the right course or level for you - visitLearner Services for a chat.  We can give you all the guidance and information you need to plan your future, whether you want to go on to university or enter the world of work.

The team can also provide information on grants, sources of finance and how to apply to the College for financial support. In addition, they can offer support regarding personal matters and refer you to other forms of help where appropriate.

To ensure you have an enjoyable and rewarding experience during your time with us, the College has a number of policies and procedures in place - covering issues such as Child Protection, Student Conduct and Discipline, and Bullying and Harassment. Copies of these policies and procedures are available on request from Student Services.

There's a Learner Services team at all the College's main sites - simply call in. Or contact the Call Centre on (01332) 387473 for more information on all the courses we offer.

Careers advice meeting

Careers guidance


Our experienced careers support team will help you make the most of yourself, your learning and your opportunities as you strive to achieve your ambitions.  We will provide impartial advice and guidance throughout your time at College, ensuring you can make realistic and informed decisions about your future career.

No matter what stage of the learning process you are at, our dedicated team is there to help. If you need assistance choosing the right College course, we can arrange a pre-course guidance appointment where you can assess what study options most suit your career plans.

Once you've started your studies, careers advisers will be available throughout your time at College to help you decide on your next steps.  They offer one-to-one interviews, a drop-in service and group work sessions.

If you're planning to move on to higher education, the team can provide guidance on UCAS applications and can point you in the right direction for taster days and workshops held at the College's partner universities.  Each year a Higher Education Guide is available to help you select the right course and institution and to steer you through the application process.

You can access careers information at the College libraries or by accessing the Career Planning site in Moodle.


A range of information, advice and support is on offer from Connexions at Derby College.

Connexions Derbyshire aims to raise the aspirations and achievement of young people aged 13 to 19 as well as people aged up to 25 who have learning difficulties or disabilities. The service helps young people to stay in learning and tackle any barriers that might prevent them from achieving their full potential.

Connexions Personal Advisers can give you important information and advice on career planning and decision-making, employment, training and education options, volunteering, and job vacancies both local and national.

They will also provide support on topics like housing and financial benefits as well as help in dealing with problems such as drugs, bullying and sexual health.

Personal Advisers from Connexions are available on a regular basis during term time in College. If you wish to make an appointment, you can do so through your tutor or through Student Services. Alternatively, call 01332 200033.

You can find more information on the free helpline - 0800 269 468 - or at

Student services counter at The RoundhouseStudent Advice Centre

Derby College Students' Union provides a range of support via its own Student Advice Centre, offering confidential, impartial guidance.

They offer support with many issues from sexual health, housing, college procedures, personal issues and any other concerns you may face during your time at Derby College.

The Welfare team's door is always open and there are regular awareness campaigns on key concerns affecting students.

REED NCFE jobs brokerage team

The REED NCFE jobs brokerage team are available at Derby College to help our learners get ahead of the competition in the hunt for work find out more

Health Advice Service

If you would like free, confidential advice on any health-related matter, contact the College NHS Nurse. Our Health Advice Service provides one-to-one support as well as general guidance.  You'll find advice on subjects such as:

  • Eating 4 Health - including weight management and your BMI
  • Quitting smoking - including vouchers for free nicotine replacement patches or gum
  • Sexual health advice - including free condoms, pregnancy testing, contraceptive advice and Chlamydia testing
  • Alcohol use advice - including how to calculate alcohol units
  • Relationships - including how to deal with problems with your friends, family or partner.

Healthy College standards


Students in the Joseph Wright Centre cafe
While you're at College, your wellbeing is our priority.  That's why we are currently working towards achieving the 'Healthy College Standard'.  This involves looking at nine different aspects of College life comprising:

  • Whole College Awareness
  • Active Citizenship
  • A Smoke Free Environment
  • Healthy Eating
  • Environment
  • Community Involvement
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Physical Activity
  • Staff Health and Wellbeing


Learners' contract

When you start your course at Derby College, you will receive a student handbook, which states what we expect of you. In return you can expect:

  • An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to set targets and goals for your studies
  • Regular reviews to ensure you meet your targets
  • Support from experienced and qualified Derby College tutors and Connexions Advisers
  • The opportunity to experience a variety of ways of learning
  • Access to appropriate learning resources
  • Relevant support if you have learning difficulties or disabilities
  • A welcoming and safe learning environment
  • An opportunity to develop and improve your personal skills and gain skills that will help you move on to the next step of your career
  • To be treated according to our Equality and Diversity policy
  • Regular updates on your progress to your parents or guardians in the form of consultation evenings or reports


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