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A Levels Courses at DCG

Unlock your potential with A-level qualifications that will set you apart in the eyes of universities and employers alike. With Derby College Group (DCG), you will discover exciting subject choices, high-quality teaching, first-class facilities, excellent careers advice and a vibrant learning environment.

A Levels are taught at The Joseph Wright Centre, our specialist post-16 Academic and Arts College in the city’s Cathedral Quarter, is a hub of inspiration for around 1,700 students. It is a bright, inviting and friendly setting, centred on a stunning atrium and offering superb resources for academic studies. As well as extensive general teaching spaces and an excellent library and learning resources centre, facilities include IT suites, art and design studios, and modern science laboratories. You will work alongside students from our Creative Industries Academy, which adds up to a vibrant atmosphere.

Where does your future lie? Business high-flier, scientific researcher, journalist, lawyer, politician, economist, psychologist, computer expert – whatever your career aspirations, A-levels from DCG can help you turn ambitions into reality. Your qualification will prove you possess not only academic knowledge but also dedication, application and critical thinking. We will motivate you to stay on track to achieve your goals, including seamless progression to university.

The choice is yours A-levels are the more traditional route for progressing to university. Our students normally focus on three subjects over two years. While some may decide to take four subjects at A-level, many find it more appropriate to add a one-year option – the Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) or the Extended Project Qualification – to bring an extra dimension to their CVs and strengthen their UCAS or job applications.

Ad Astra at DCG – set your sights high, to help you move forward and realise your ambitions, we have launched the Ad Astra programme at DCG. Ad Astra gives you access to inspirational people, organisations and opportunities; keeps you informed of events that will guide your career journey; and offers additional coaching and support. Students who actively participate will receive Ad Astra badges that mark them out as aspirational, autonomous, connected and curious individuals who can inspire others. Stay on for degree-level studies You do not even need to leave DCG to take your studies to the next level. We offer HNCs, HNDs, foundation and honours degrees in subjects like Business, Computing, Creative Practice and Criminal Justice. There are benefits to studying close to home with small group sizes and full academic support, not to mention a familiar learning environment. If you meet the entry criteria and have a good attendance and performance record, we guarantee you a place on a DCG HE programme as long as there are sufficient student numbers.

Our portfolio of subjects is wide-ranging and flexible, so you will not be restricted to the conventional subject combinations familiar from school. Along with traditional A-level choices like English, Maths and Sciences, you can select disciplines such as Film Studies, Geology, Philosophy and Textile Design. If you would prefer a more vocational programme alongside your A-levels – or in place of an A-level – we also offer specialist certificates and diplomas covering subjects such as Applied Law, Criminology, Psychology, App Development and Music Performance to give you a head start in your career.

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Oxford University Building

University of Oxford

Cambridge University Building

Cambridge University

As part of the extensive Higher Education provision given to students at the Joseph Wright Centre, we are proud to be able to support our students in their applications to competitive universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

In term one of year 1, interested students are targeted with support and detailed information about how to prepare. Teachers may also actively encourage students at this stage to consider the options. This is followed in Term 2 by focused super curricular tasks aimed at extending the students’ thinking and they practice keys skills of communication and critical thinking crucial for the inteview process. During term 2 students can sign up for a trip to the Oxbridge Student Conference, at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Students are then supported with their applications in Term 3 via tutorials and individual careers advice. There is also a trip to the Oxford University open day in June. If the subject of interest requires an additional entrance test, at this point, subject specialist teachers will support where necessary in the preparation. During this term students are also given talks by the Oxford and Cambridge outreach team who also assist with applications.

In term 1 of year 2, mock interviews are conducted with external specialists familiar with the Oxbridge interview process. The aim of these mock interviews is to enable students to experience an authentic scenario with questions pertinent to their chosen subject area. These intensive sessions replicate Oxbridge’s method of teaching and help students to solidify their confidence in discussing and talking about their subject in an academic setting.

The Joseph Wright Centre aims to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to access support through this personalised programme catering for their needs.

A Levels – Course Listings

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

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The Joseph Wright Centre Open Day – 20/01/22

Joseph Wright Centre
20-01-2022

Key Information

At Derby College we believe the best tutors are usually those who have real world experience of working in the field they’re teaching. So, in most cases, you’ll be taught by someone who has worked in the industry that you wish to enter. As well as being able to share their knowledge and experiences with you, they have crucial industry connections, which is a huge benefit when it comes to helping you to secure a work placement in your chosen field.

As part of your studies at Derby College we offer a full range of assistance to ensure you have a great learning experience.

Discover our campuses and facilities here. Each campus page contains:

  • 360-degree images of our facilities
  • A location map
  • A list of courses that are run at the campus
  • Student Success Stories
To find out more about this area, attend our next course and career event or contact us on 0800 028 0289
Press the Apply Now button, that can be found at the top and bottom of every course information page and follow the instructions for the InTouch applications portal. If you are unable to apply online, contact Student Services who will help you complete your application form and will be able to help and guide you to make a decision on the course of study to meet your needs and ambitions.

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A Levels – Success Stories

Hannah McDonald

School Leaver Academic

Hannah McDonald in her PCSO uniform

James Lanser

School Leaver Academic

Maryn Ewoma

School Leaver Academic

Martyn Ewoma taking photographs

Emily Gray

School Leaver Academic

Emily Gray

Lauren Bamford

School Leaver Vocational

Lauren Bamford at her graduation ceremony

James Lanser

School Leaver Academic

James Lanser

Shareen Akhtar

School Leaver Academic

Shareen Akhtar with her dog Riken

Alexandra Wood

School Leaver Academic

Alexandra Wood

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