Higher Education Courses at Derby College

CLEARING 2017! For more information visit the Clearing webpage.

Our aim at Derby College is to deliver first class, innovative and responsive higher education provision which meets the needs of individuals, employers and society.

higher education courses at derby college

At a time when demand for highly educated and skilled professionals is growing across our city, county and region, our courses offer new progression routes for ambitious individuals.

Aligned with regional and national strategies, they are also ideal for employers to integrate into their long-term workforce development plans. Part-time course options make it easy to fit studies around work schedules.

Make Derby College your first choice:

At Derby College, we recognise that higher education is a sound investment in your future. Whether you want to gain an edge in the fiercely competitive job market, enhance your promotion prospects or even chart a completely new career direction, we can help you to achieve your ambitions.

  • Go Further...
    You will gain not only nationally recognised qualifications but also the right skills, attitudes and professional standards to go further, faster in your career.
  • Latest Developments
    Employers have significant input into our courses. You will keep in touch with all the latest developments and build an invaluable network of contacts.
  • Leading Universities
    Our partnerships with leading universities will put you on the fast track to honours degrees and other higher qualifications.
  • Inspirational
    Our experienced teaching teams are dedicated to your success. Their expertise and enthusiasm for their subjects will be your inspiration.
  • Support
    We provide the right level of support to build your confidence and motivation – including courses tailor-made for learners who have been out of education for a while.
  • Specialist Advice
    We’ll give you all the help you need to chart your future after you’ve completed your course. We offer a wide range of specialist advice to help you decide what your next step should be.
  • Facilities
    We offer state-of-the-art facilities, thanks to our award-winning campus regeneration programme. And we will continue investing in first rate equipment and resources to bring your learning to life.
  • Enrichment
    We’ll enrich your studies with new opportunities – from exciting hands-on projects to work placements, from community initiatives to talks by inspirational guest speakers.
  • Convenient
    All these opportunities are available on your doorstep. We are easy to reach, with central campuses in Derby and Derbyshire served by good public transport links.

Student Money Week is here – join the conversation now!

Student Money Week starts today and for the next seven days a host of experts will be answering questions from your students and their parents to get them ready to apply for student finance.

We’ve got live webchats, live broadcasts and drop-in surgeries on a wide range of topics from how to apply and repay to settling in at uni and learning how to budget – so whether your students are new or continuing, thinking about applying to uni or about to enter repayment, we’ve got it covered!>

Encourage them to visit the Student Money Week homepage to post a question now!

Media Pack

And make sure you download our media pack! It includes a link button graphic to use on your website to take students directly to the Student Money Week homepage.

There are 16 films available in a handy playlist – ‘Ask SFE: student finance explained for practitioners 2017/18’ – that explain:

  • how and when students apply and repay,
  • who is eligible for student finance,
  • what evidence we need to process an application
  • what extra help is available.

You can watch the films now on our YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/user/SFEFILM – and our practitioner website –www.practitioners.slc.co.uk

Derby College Access Agreement

Download the 2018-2019 Office For Fair Access agreement for Derby College.

Prosperity for all – shaping lives, society and the economy.

Donna Hobson

Donna Hobson

Animal Care

The course is giving me the practical and theoretical skills I require to ultimately pursue a career as a veterinary nurse – something I’ve wanted to do since I was a young girl. I have children so studying at a site nearer home fits in better with childcare arrangements. I was also fortunate that this course was introduced just as I’d reached a stage in my life where I could start training for a career working with animals. I’m really enjoying my course. The lecturers know so much about their subject and there are a lot of hands-on aspects to the course – including handling exotic creatures such as tarantulas – as well as farm animals such as alpacas and goats.

As a mature student I’ve been able to bring some life skills to my learning. I’m among four older people on a course of 14.What I’ve learned so far is also useful at home. We have family pets, including an old rescue cat, and my knowledge of cat nutrition is benefiting her. I worked as a child minder for several years when the children were younger and took a BTEC in business studies when I left school, so I have experience in several different areas. Taking this course is the culmination of a lifelong ambition and my lecturers tell me I’m suited to a career as a veterinary nurse. To do this I will need to undergo further specialised training once I’ve completed my HND.

I like Broomfield Hall. The facilities are good and we have access to so many species of animal. I’d definitely recommend returning to college as a mature student. I’m fortunate to have the support of my husband and family but even if my situation was different I think I’d still have found a way to take this course. I have many years working life still ahead of me and life is too short not to spend it doing something you really enjoy.

Kelly Parmar

Kelly P

Study Support Coach

Hi All! A warm welcome from me, your Higher Education Study Support Coach. During this exciting time, where you will be starting a new chapter, I am here to help you with your Academic Study Development. I work collaboratively with students to identify and focus on individualised key areas for improvement. This takes place in our new HE Centre on a 1:1 tutorial basis or as a small group/class in your lecture time. Areas I help with are critical thinking, referencing, avoiding plagiarism and research skills.

Working closely with your lecturers enables me put on sessions that whole or small groups of students identify they need. I am also able to signpost you to a range of resources that are available to assist you. I can assist you in your individual needs and preferences and help you in putting together an action plan.

My background is Law/Criminal Justice. My hobbies include photography, particularly black and white candid photography! I am also involved in some research at the college developing student involvement of employability and study skills. Please do get in touch if you would like to hear more about how students can get involved in the ideas I am proposing to develop.

I look forward to welcoming you to Derby College and working with you, helping you with any challenging skill development areas!

5 Reasons to Study HE

  • Over a working lifetime, you could earn around £100,000 more before tax.
  • You will benefit from higher level jobs and greater promotion prospects.
  • You will spend less as our fees are significantly lower than many universities.
  • Our class sizes are smaller than most universities so you benefit from high quality teaching and support from your tutors
  • You will have to access to the College Sport and Leisure facilities


Addressing Barriers to Student Success

Derby College, has joined forces with Gateshead College and Northumbria University to launch the BRIDGE Project, a research programme that will investigate why there are low numbers of women, people from disadvantaged backgrounds, ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, mature and part-time students enrolling on construction-related degree courses.


Employability Statement

Employers tell us that they are looking for a number of characteristics in their employees and Derby College has incorporated this feedback into the design and delivery of Higher Education programmes to ensure that learners have the skills they need to make them work-ready.

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QAA Action Plan

You can access the Derby College QAA action plan below:

QAA Action Plan »

Our Partners

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

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