Strategic Ambitions for 2020-25

We have high aspirations for our community and our vision, and ambitions outline these. We will continually strive to create accessible education opportunities and achieve ambitious goals, stretching and challenging ourselves and inspiring our students to widen their horizons and see beyond the impossible     

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Our 2020-2025 Strategic Ambitions brochure lays out our overarching aims and ambitions aligned to each of our strategic themes.



‘Students first’

  • Provide every student with an excellent education, enabling them to study a coherent and challenging curriculum that develops the knowledge, skills, behaviours and ambition to be successful in future learning, employment and to be confident in life.
  • Adopt, utilise and undertake research into learning sciences, informing experiments and driving innovative practice, risk taking and collaboration across our community of teaching professionals, resulting in more students receiving an exceptional education.
  • Pro-actively encourage and nurture students to deploy effective behaviours and attitudes, fostering understanding and preparing them as professionals at work and as social contributors in life.
  • Put student views, employer voice and customer satisfaction at the heart of our service delivery, continuous improvement and evolution. Embrace a culture of compliance and accountability to improve all aspects of our customers’ experience.


‘Challenge perceptions, remove barriers’

  • Further develop our breadth of community provision to engage with individuals with no or low qualifications, or those at risk of social marginalisation, removing obstacles to further learning and progression.
  • Effectively engage with schools to ensure smooth transition for young people, so they can be supported from day one and are best prepared for ‘college life’.
  • Remove barriers for advancement to Higher Education by expanding the range of progression opportunities to widen participation and positively impact on students’ life chances and future earning potential.
  • Utilise our excellent relations and interactive engagement with employers, sector skills bodies and wider stakeholders to raise awareness of industry opportunities, helping us to tackle gender stereotyping in career choices, broadening horizons and inspiring social progression


‘Co-creating future talent’

  • Utilise and exploit comprehensive business intelligence to drive strategic intent and inform a responsive curriculum plan which meets the needs of students and employers, as well as local, regional and national priorities.
  • Co-design our curriculum with employers, via our Employment and Skills Boards, to ensure the talent pool generated is equipped to effectively transition between education and industry, and where appropriate via Higher Education, supporting exceptional outcomes and contributing to the productivity and prosperity of our city, county and region.
  • Co-deliver career pathways with business, via our Employment and Skills Academies, to enhance our students’ exposure to ‘world of work’ opportunities and essential life skills, embracing enterprise and resilience to support positive destinations to employment, including business start-up for our aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Upskill and retrain the adult workforce to meet the needs of the economy, provide tailored programmes for employers and further develop our commercial offer to support people and business to thrive.
‘Creating a happy environment, generating work ready and socially mobile citizens.’


To create world class, accessible education opportunities that enrich lives and to make bright futures a reality for all.


To predict and serve the needs of our business and civic communities by preparing students for the next stage of their lives including:

    ▶︎ advancement to further study, including preparation for university life

    ▶︎ success in the world of work, business start-up and career development

    ▶︎ social progression and positive citizenship

    ▶︎ independent living


Annual Review 2019 cover page

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Derby College Group Strategic Ambitions

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

The University of Derby has been awarded a Gold rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in the UK’s first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This puts the University in the top 20% of all providers in the UK for the quality of its teaching. 96.3% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree*.

The TEF has been introduced by the UK Government to encourage and raise the profile of teaching excellence in universities and colleges, and is intended to help students choose where to study by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes

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