Student Support

Careers Programme

Careers Guidance

Our experienced careers 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. Parents and Students can access careers information via Derby College Career Coach, UNIFROG online career planning tool, resources at the College libraries or by accessing the Career Planning site in Moodle.

Careers Education Information and Guidance Entitlement for Students at Derby College (PDF)

Derby College Careers Programme (PDF)

Careers Education and Guidance Policy (PDF)

Delivering Excellence

Derby College is committed to actively maintaining a Quality in Careers Standard Award as recommended in statutory guidance for impartial Careers Guidance. Consequently Career Mark Gold Award was achieved for the fourth consecutive time in June 2018. Career Mark is one of the 12 national awards recognised as a Quality in Careers Standard. In addition The Careers Programme at Derby College adheres to the Matrix National Quality Standards for Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG).

Meet the Team

Guy Hodgkinson

Guy Hodgkinson

Team Manager Student Welfare and Guidance

Guy is a professionally qualified careers adviser (Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Diploma in Careers Education) and manages the careers team.

Jane Boswell

Jane Boswell

Careers Adviser

(Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance, NVQ Level 4 Advice and Guidance) provides careers guidance services at The Joseph Wright College, Broomfield Hall College and Ilkeston College

Jayne Nelson

Jayne Nelson

Careers Adviser

(Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Diploma in Careers Education) provides careers guidance services at The Joseph Wright College

Rachel Hobson

Rachel Hobson

Careers Adviser

(Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance) provides careers guidance services at Roundhouse and Joseph Wright Colleges.

Jill Harrison

Jill Harrison

Careers Adviser

(Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance) provides careers guidance services at Roundhouse College.

Carole Mosley

Carole Mosley

Careers Assistant

(Level 4 Advice and Guidance) provides information and advice ant Broomfield Hall College and Ilkeston College.

Helen Jefferson

Helen Jefferson

Director of Services for Students

Helen is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Derby College with responsibility for the strategic direction and operational delivery of all services for students and the Careers Advice Strategy. She is the designated Careers Leader for Derby College. Helen is a qualified careers guidance professional and holds the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and the Diploma in Careers Education

Careers Leadership Group

Derby College has established a Careers Leadership Group who meet on a monthly basis. The purpose of the Careers Leadership Group is to oversee the strategic direction and implementation of the Derby College Careers Advice Strategy. The group ensures the effective implementation of the Department For Education Careers Strategy (Dec 2017) and good practice Gatsby Benchmarks

The core members of the Careers Leadership Group will include:

  • Director of Services for Students (Careers Leader/Chair)
  • Team Manager Student Welfare and Guidance (Deputy Chair)
  • Heads of College/Faculty Head representative
  • Head of Inclusion and Support
  • Team Manager Student Journey
  • Assistant Director - International Student and Employer Partnerships.
  • Work Experience Manager
  • Roundhouse Recruitment Manager
  • Apprentice Manager
  • Careers Adviser

Derby College Student Eco System

Derby College has a range of support services to enable all students to progress into a positive destination. More about the services available

Support for Parents and Carers

For a range of information and advice to support your child see Parents section of the website

Working in partnership with Employers

The College enjoys a close working relationship with its partners in order to ensure we provide them with the talent they require for the future.

The College demonstrates high levels of flexibility and creativity in responding to our employers' needs. Our partnerships span our educational offer and include multi-faceted collaborations. Our creation of Employment and Skills Academies supports Students with enriched work experience and internships, access to workplace visits, mentors and guru lectures. Local Advisory Boards, made up of sector-specific employers and stakeholders, enhance the Student experience and ensure effective and successful transition to employment or higher education. The College further supports employers by providing a full apprenticeship recruitment service to meet their individual business needs.

For more information see Employers section


Counselling Services

Derby College Counselling Service

If you are experiencing difficulties which may be affecting your studies, you can refer yourself to the college's counselling service.

Our accredited counsellors are approachable, non-judgemental and have experience in working with many different kinds of issues.

Privacy Notice

Our Privacy Notice describes what Derby College Group does with the personal information it is provided with. You may be asked to give the College personal information to become a student, client or to use college systems and services.

Privacy Notice (PDF)

Contact Us

Contact us in confidence by one of the methods shown below. A member of the Counselling Team will respond by your preferred method as soon as possible.


Please go to Moodle > Services > Counselling Service

Call / Text

Broomfield Hall, Ilkeston
07799 837 934

Joseph Wright Centre, The Roundhouse (incl. Johnson and Hudson)
07870 160 322


Please fill out the form below:

Contact us Form

Fees & Financial Assistance

Fee Information

Full-time Courses

Full-time courses are free to students who meet the three-year residency requirement and who are under 19 years of age on the 31st August in the year in which their programme of study commences. UK students who are 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees and also the relevant registration and exam fees. UK students who are over 19 and studying for a Level 3 or higher qualification may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

Part-time Adult Courses

UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as the relevant registration and exam fees.

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Higher Education Course Fees

Studying a university level course at Derby College is considerably less expensive than most other options. Our fees compare favourably with university tuition fees and because you have the convenience of studying locally, you won't face the same level of costs for accommodation and transport. For more information on HE course fees, please consult the following PDF documents.

HE Fees

Part-time HE Fee Guide

Full-time HE Fee Guide

Disabled Students Allowance Guide

Advanced Learner Loans

Qualify now, pay later with an Advanced Learner Loan. If you are aged 19 or over, you could now qualify for a new type of loan to help pay for your tuition fees as you prepare for your next step up the career ladder.

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Tuition Fees for Overseas Students

Tuition fees for full-time overseas students range from course to course and level to level. For further information, please contact

Privacy Notice

Our Privacy Notice describes what Derby College Group does with the personal information it is provided with. You may be asked to give the College personal information to become a student, client or to use college systems and services.

Privacy Notice (PDF)

Visit our International Section for More Information »

If you are concerned that money troubles might affect your studies while you're at Derby College, we can offer advice and guidance on the financial support opportunities available to you.

We’re committed to helping you overcome any financial barriers which might prevent you from making the most of your educational opportunities.

Here, you can find information about bursaries, 19+ learner loans, lifelong learning accounts and other financial assistance that may be available.

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Bursaries for students aged 16-18

We provide two bursaries to help with the costs associated with studying: the Discretionary Bursary and the Guarantee Bursary. They are available to students aged 16-18 who are enrolled on our further education courses – either full-time or part-time – and who meet the right criteria.

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Bursaries for students aged 19+

Derby College has a Learner Support Fund which can help you towards the costs associated with studying.

It is available to students aged 19+ who are enrolled on further education courses, either full-time or part-time, and who meet the eligibility criteria. Funding is not available for students on apprenticeships, higher education or full-cost courses where other funding rules may apply. You must also meet the residency criteria.

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Lifelong Learning Accounts

Adult students at Derby College are eligible for a Lifelong Learning Account.

Who is eligible for a Lifelong Learning Account?

The Lifelong Learning Account is available to adults 19+throughout England and Job Centre Plus claimants or offenders in the community aged 18+.

What is a Lifelong Learning Account?

A Lifelong Learning Account is a free online service offering you greater flexibility and choice in developing your skills. Your Lifelong Learning Account is personal to you, tailored to match your circumstances and needs, helping you to organise your learning and career.

It provides you with a range of tools, the results of which can be stored in a secure single access point that you can return to and update.

What will your Lifelong Learning Account do for you?

A Lifelong Learning Account can help you take control of your future and provides you with access to relevant, up-to-date information on the training and funding options available to you.

There are four main benefits to a Lifelong Learning Account:

CV Builder

  • The CV builder can help you create a professional-looking CV using an easy-to-understand process

Skills Health Check and Action Plan

  • Identify the skills you have, using the online assessment tools
  • Match your skills to possible job roles
  • Plan and manage the information to help you make the right choices
  • Share this information with learning providers and advisers

Course Search

  • Choose the right course for you
  • Save your choices and find out how to apply

Find Funding

  • Find out if you can get funding
  • Track how much money you and the Government have spent on your recent learning

How do I open a Lifelong Learning Account?

Further Information

If you’re unsure whether you are eligible for financial support, please contact the Learner Support Fund Team on 0300 123 7890 exts 4861/4827/4057/4857.

Alternatively, visit Learner Services at any of our main campuses or contact our call centre for more information on: 0800 028 0289.

Inclusion and Support

Supporting you all the way

Our experienced and approachable staff are dedicated to your success

The Inclusion and Support Service at Derby College is here to help you maximise your potential and reach your learning goals.

We offer support on all college sites in-class, outside of the classroom, with exams and assessments and in the wider college environment. This support is to enable you to access all available opportunities and to have the most positive learning experience whilst studying at Derby College. Whatever learning difficulty or disability you may have, we can offer tailored support to match your individual needs.

We work in partnership with teaching staff, other internal services and external organisations to provide a person-centred approach. The support we offer is regularly reviewed and our aim, where possible, is to guide you towards independence. We are a part of the Local Offer.

Contact us

You can talk to us about your support needs before you apply to College, at enrolment or at any time during your course. We'll be happy to help.

You can contact us on 0800 028 0289 or email us at

What is the Local Offer?

From September 2014 Local Authorities, schools and colleges are required to publish and keep under review information about services available to children and young people from 0 to 25 with Special Educational Needs (SEN). This is called the ‘Local Offer’. The intention is for children, young people, carers, parents and professionals to have access to the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding the services available.

For more information about what is available locally to Derby please follow the links:

Derby City Local Offer »

Derbyshire Local Offer »

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At Derby College we support learners with:

We can also support other specific learning difficulties. Please contact the team for more information or if you have any concerns.

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The types of support we offer are:

  • Support at interview
  • Individual tutorials
  • In-class support (readers, scribes and prompts)
  • Mobility support
  • Note taking
  • Communication support
  • Specialist resources and equipment e.g. laptops with specialist software, dictaphones etc.
  • Counselling
  • Modification of learning materials e.g. into braille
  • Personal care
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Specialist areas on all sites

Who delivers this support?

Within the team we have experienced and qualified support workers, teachers, communicators and assessors who are committed to offering the support you need.

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So that we can provide this support we will:

  • Make arrangements to support you at interview (please request this at application)
  • Meet with you to discuss your needs and complete a Support Plan
  • Attend Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) meetings and reviews (if applicable)
  • Put support in place to enable you to access the opportunities you require to achieve
  • Liaise on a regular basis with teaching staff to share the relevant information and provide updates regarding your support
  • Support teaching staff with information and training about specific learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Review the support you receive on a regular basis
  • Discuss and agree any changes that will be made to your support with you
  • Promote your independence
  • Support your achievement and progression
  • Act in an inclusive and person-centred way at all times

Preparing for an Interview?

Interviews are daunting experiences. If you would benefit from preparing your answers in advance, please download a copy of our ‘Preparing for Interview’ worksheet.

Different is Brilliant at Derby College aims to work with prospective and current students to celebrate whatmakes us brilliant: the diversity of our students and our community. Different is Brilliant supports anxious students’ transition into College, facilitates the awareness of staff and students of mental health and Autism Spectrum Conditions and celebrates all that makes us different and diverse.

During 2017 we held 3 Getting to Know College events. The aim of these events was to familiarise students and their parents/carers/supporters with the College, our support services, our students and our staff. Prospective learners who had expressed anxiety concerns or identified as being on the autistic spectrum were invited to attend these small, safe and friendly events to be introduced to the College, have a tour and take part in an open question and answer session with staff and students.

The events were led by Inclusion and Support Co-ordinators based at each Derby College campus and supported by Inclusion and Support Specialists, Education Support Workers, Communication Support Workers and students who have been supported by the Inclusion Service.

This year we also developed “College and Cake”, where staff from College visit schools and deliver a short talk, engage prospective students with interactive activities, and answer any questions prospective students or parents may have.

Every year we also do a number of personalised visits for students who require an enhanced transition into college, and plan quieter enrolment experiences on every site for any student who finds crowds, unfamiliar situations and/or noise difficult.

Take a look at our 2017 event evaluation summary. (PDF)

Take a look at our 2016 event evaluation summary. (PDF)

Carl’s successes at Derby College

Pingle School, on hearing about Carl’s successes at Derby College as our Inclusion Champion, requested if he would be prepared to visit the school to talk about his experience. Carl gracefully agreed to this and the rest is history! This is the video-log (or Vlog for those in the know!) made on the day that records Carl’s experience, and feelings, before travelling to the school, arriving at the school and then immediately following the talk.

Are you looking for affordable and motivated Hospitality staff?

We can provide you with hospitality staff to cover casual shifts, flexible hours from our enthusiastic and employable student cohort. We already work with a number of large hospitality and event organisations in Derby to supply them with staff in the following areas:

  • Bar Staff – must be age 18+
  • Drink Service – Bar to table service
  • Glass collectors – Tables and pre drinks bar
  • Food service - Waiting on Tables
  • Event set up – preparing venue for service
  • Kitchen work – preparing food
  • Porters – in kitchen
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Employment and Skills Academies

Be part of our Employment and Skills Academies and help shape your future workforce. Building bridges for young people to make a smooth transition from education to employment

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Roundhouse Events

Whatever kind of event you're planning, from a business conference to a product launch, from a TV show to a formal dinner or wedding breakfast, The Roundhouse in Derby is the perfect venue.

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