About Derby College

The Derby College Group is accountable for meeting the needs of its community, both business and civic.

Mandie Stravino - derby college ceo

DCG plays a pivotal role in providing academic, vocational and technical education in Derby and Derbyshire, as well as the wider Midlands region.

Responsible for generating the future talent required by business, DCG ensures that the local workforce is equipped with the skills, education, attitudes and behaviours that employers require to compete in a challenging economic environment.

The provision is driven by market intelligence, local priorities, and economic requirements and through strategic discussion with key employers and stakeholders, including the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Group Supports c19,000 students

Group Supports 19,000 students Graphic

We work in partnership with c3,000 employers

We work in partnership with 3,000 employers Graphic

We have a turnover of 49 million

We have a turnover of 49 million Graphic

We provide employment for 1,300 people

We provide employment for 1,300 people Graphic

Accessible education opportunities, enriching lives, creating bright futures

The Group provides an excellent learning experience to thousands of students every year, enabling them to develop and progress successfully to the next stage of their lives; be that advancement to further study including higher education and university, the world of work or establishing their own business, career progression, independent living and to contribute as positive, socially mobile citizens.

It is no longer acceptable just to celebrate the certificate. We need to ensure that all our students not only arrive at their intended destination but also that they are prepared for success.      

Our strategic ambitions remain resolutely focused on providing educational excellence, championing social mobility and enabling economic prosperity.

Our aspiration is to create accessible education opportunities that enrich the lives of all our students, delight our employers and stakeholders and positively impact on the communities, we serve, enabling the city of Derby, the county and region to thrive.

Derby College Making a Difference

The 16 to 19 Tuition Fund

The 16-19 tuition fund is a one-off funding allocation for 20-21 academic year only. The fund is being provided to support who have had their education disrupted due to COVID-19.

This support is available to students on a 16 to 19 study programme who have not achieved a grade 5 in English and/or Maths, although the tuition is not limited to these subjects.

DCG will be offering regular catch up session for students who achieved a grade 4 or below in their GCSE English and/or maths. These catch up sessions will vary depending on the needs of the individual students.

Catch up sessions for English and Maths:

  • Working with a teacher, either one-to-one or in groups of up to 5 students.
  • Support is being prioritised where students will benefit most from small group teaching in addition to planned timetable hours.
  • These sessions may take place in the morning, during lunch, at the end of the college day, or on a Saturday morning.
  • Sessions may be online or face-to-face.
  • We are recruiting more teachers to increase capacity for these sessions.
  • We are exploring different options of working with third party providers.

Study Support Coaches

  • Support students with their study habits and learning behaviours either one-to-one or in small groups of up to 5 students
  • Students are equipped with the skills and behaviours to become independent learners, manage their time effectively and develop their academic skills such as referencing, writing etc
  • Sessions are online or face-to-face
  • Vocational Catch Up Coaches

    • The role involves coaching/delivering subject content and providing practical and theoretical skill support to groups of around five study programmes students aged 16 to 19 on their subject studies. Coaching/catch up sessions will be of an hour to 90 minutes duration and be on a regular basis each week for targeted students.
    • There will be a catch-up coach for: Hair, Beauty, Construction Built Environment, Construction Building Services, Motor Vehicle and Engineering.

    Digital Skills Trainers

    • The Digital Skills Trainer is responsible for the design and delivery of comprehensive, student focused, and progressive digital literacy development.
    • Students will be supported with their digital skills to ensure they are not falling behind with their studies via virtual learning
    • Students will be supported either one-to-one or in small groups


Annual Review 2019 cover page

For a printed copy of this report please contact Derby College

Derby College Group Strategic Ambitions

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DCG Employer Impact

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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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