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Parent Communication December 2022

Stay in touch with what is happening across the Derby College Group


Current students at DCG

Term Dates

Parents Evening Dates

Prospective students of DCG

DCG Open Days

Season’s greetings from all at DCG, wishing you a relaxing break and a happy New Year!

The holiday season is upon us and your child will have a break from College. The College is closed to students from the 23rd December and re-opens on the 10th January 2023.

View our full list of Term Dates for more information.


Parents Consultation Evenings are an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teacher to discuss their progress on their course.

Our online booking system is now live for the Year 2, November events. Click on the event you want to attend below to find out more and book your slot. Online booking for the other events listed will be available soon, we will contact you again when the system is live.

Year 2 students

The Roundhouse – 15th November 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 16th November 2022
Broomfield Hall – 17th November 2022
Broomfield Hall – 24th January 2023
The Roundhouse – 25th January 2023
The Joseph Wright Centre – 26th January 2023
Virtual catch-ups (on Teams or Phone) – 13th – 17th March 2023

Year 1 students

The Roundhouse – 6th December 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 7th December 2022
Broomfield Hall – 8th December 2022

Parent and Carer Support

Join the DCG Parent and Carer Support Group…
We have created a Parent and Carer Support Group on Facebook, as a place for you to:

  • Access resources and content related to well-being, careers, study skills
  • Ask questions and offer suggestions related to College
  • Network and support other parents and carers.

The page is managed by the Student Pastoral Coaches from each campus who can answer your queries. Join the DCG Parent and Carer Support Group

How to check your childs progress, attendance and targets – Access the Parents Portal We have a dedicated online Parents Portal for you to log onto. The Parents Portal enables you to view your child’s live attendance, progress reports and SMART Targets. Access the Parents Portal Please note: some parents may not have access to parent portal due to consent not being given. If your child would like to give you consent to access the portal they need to visit Student Services.

Parent Voice

Your views matter to us and the feedback you provide will help us shape the service we provide your son, daughter or child in your care at Derby College. If you would like to tell us your views please email Parent Voice

Student Bursary’s

Here at DCG, we are committed to helping our students overcome any financial barriers which might prevent them from making the most of their educational opportunities.

If money troubles do start to affect studies with Derby College Group, students could receive additional financial support with study-related costs such as equipment, trips and travel.

If your household income is below £25,500 AFTER tax or if you, are in receipt of Universal Credit or Tax Credits, your young person may be eligible for a student bursary to help with the cost of travel to and from college, lunch while you they are at college and uniform, PPE or text books.

If you have not yet applied and you think you may be eligible, please email the student’s name, ID number and the site they attend to

Dog Grooming at DCG Broomfield Hall is back!

Competitive prices starting at £20! Our Full Grooms include bathing, drying, coat clipping and styling, nails clipped, and ears cleaned.

Please contact Olivia and Emily at the grooming salon to book in or for any queries you may have.

01332 836615 (Monday-Friday)
Animal Unit, Broomfield Hall, Morley, Ilkeston, DE7 6DN

Please follow Derby College Dog Grooming | Facebook page to keep up to date with the Grooming Salon.


To book a Careers appointment, for support with a range of careers issues, including Next Steps guidance and option choices, students, or their parents/carers, can email:

The College Careers team can support all students with a range of things, including: making decisions about their next step options, ways to identify and develop their strengths, skills and abilities in relation to their next step; plus, practical help with making applications and preparing CVs.

Higher and Degree apprenticeships

Opportunities are now being advertised by large employers for their higher and degree level apprenticeships. Applicants will need to be on the second year of a level 3 qualification and have 5 GCSES (these are opportunities at level 4-6).

These applications are extremely sought after and competitive so applications need to be of high standard. Support is offered to students to complete their applications by the careers team at DCG

Here are our 5 top tips to search for higher level apprenticeships:

  1. Visit employer websites and check the school leaver vacancy section
  2. Visit University websites and check their degree apprenticeship offer
  3. Check the government website Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK (
  4. Check UCAS apprenticeship search function UCAS | jobs | Choose from 8,866 live vacancies
  5. Plus register on Success at Schools Success at School: Search Jobs and Course


  • Large employers may support a range of higher-level apprenticeships (not just in their main business area)
  • Employers will advertise at different times
  • Employers will want to see different skills and capabilities evidenced
  • Employers will have different recruitment methods
  • You can save your search and get vacancies sent to you by registering
  • All apprenticeships function differently

Rolls Royce have over 460 vacancies across all of their business functions:

Manufacturing Engineering – Digital & IT Solutions – Engineering – Nuclear Engineering Finance – Professional – Supply Chain Management – Project Management – Commercial – Materials Engineering – Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering – Nuclear Business – Aerospace Services Business – Marketing & Digital

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – must be a level 3 student and have 5 GCSEs including English, maths and science. Students who can speak different languages are welcomed.

Apply to Rolls-Royce Apprenticeships & School leavers | Rolls-Royce

Many other companies are also advertising vacanices including; PWC, Coca-Cola, Virgin Media, O2, BP


DCG are proud to say we had over 530 successful applicants to University last year. Over 10% of our applicants were placed at Russell Group Universities and DCG are consistently placing over 16% into the Times top 40 group.

Some of our students favourite Universities include: University of Nottingham, Durham University, University of York, Warwick University, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, UCL University College London, Aston University, Loughborough University, University of Leicester, Keele and Lancaster University

Locally, and popular with students are the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Leicester De Montfort, Sheffield Hallam, Birmingham City University.

Further afield, specialist institutions include Falmouth, Bangor, The Northern School of Art and BIMM.

We have also seen the first cohort of DCG T level students’ progress into higher education to study computer science, digital forensics, quantity surveying, civil engineering, architectural technology, primary education and QTS and cyber security.

You may be surprised to know that the top courses applied for with places gained are: Law, criminology, nursing (all types), psychology, fashion, business, computer games, computer science, forensics, biomedical, sport, accounting and finance, and mechanical engineering

Parents/carers of level 3 students:

The UCAS deadline is due. Students have been asked to complete their forms and get them checked by their tutors. Please encourage your child to do this to enable the careers team to complete final checks – we have over 800 students applying!

Help for all applications including Higher and degree apprenticeships and UCAS is given by the Careers team, simply contact


More information for Parents and Carers can be found on the DCG website.