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Parent Communication January 2022

Stay in touch with what’s happening across the Derby College Group

Happy New Year from all at DCG!

We hope you enjoyed a break over the festive season. Read on below for the latest news and information from DCG.

Please note: Due to the spread of Omicron, all face-to-face events, including Parents Evenings and Open Evenings, for January and February have been moved on-line.


Current students at DCG

Term Dates

Parents Evening Dates

VIRTUAL Parent Carers Consultation Evenings

(for current students only)

Parent and Carer Consultation Evenings are an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teacher to discuss their progress on their course. Upcoming dates are all listed below. Links to these events and details of how to book your attendance will be released soon. Look out for emails with more information in the coming weeks!

Year 1 students

The Round House – 25th January 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 26th January 2022
Broomfield Hall – 27th January 2022

All students

The Round House – 15th March 2022
The Joseph Wright Centre – 16th March 2022
Broomfield Hall – 17th March 2022


Face coverings

From Monday 10th January, wearing of face coverings became compulsory for all employees, students and visitors, unless exempt, within all indoor areas including classrooms and staff rooms as well as on public and dedicated College transport.

Social distancing

We encourage everyone to give one another personal space wherever possible including when walking around sites and queuing.

Student testing

Please make sure that your child is testing at home twice per week and report your results to the NHS:, and let us know if you have tested positive: DCG Covid Positive report form ( (Lateral Flow Test kits can be collected from either reception or student services)

From 11th January 2022, anyone in England who receives a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result should report their result on and must self-isolate immediately, but will not need to take a follow-up PCR test.

After reporting a positive LFD test result, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that their contacts can be traced.

Anyone who tests positive will be able to leave self-isolation seven days after the date of their initial positive test if they receive two negative lateral flow test results, 24 hours apart, on days six and seven.

Level 3, Year 2 students

The UCAS national deadline 26th January 2022.

There are still several students with UCAS forms outstanding- which still require both Tutor and Careers staff checks.

As a matter of urgency, please encourage your child to fully complete their online UCAS form and then ask them to arrange to meet with their personal tutor to complete the online Hand-in Checklist.

Additional time for completion is offered to students, on an individual basis depending on their circumstances.

Please contact the Careers team for a discussion regarding how we can support your child to successful completion. Contact the Careers team by email on:

350 students have already applied through UCAS for a wide range of courses including; Computer Science, Musical Theatre, Nursing, Marine Conservation, War Studies, Medicine, Sports Journalism, Paramedic Science, Quantity Surveying, Law, Physiotherapy, Professional Policing, Cyber Security, Midwifery, Vet Nursing, Accountancy, Social Work, Astrophysics, Electrical Engineering, Teaching, Architecture, Speech and Language Therapy, Computer Games Development, International Business Management, Orthoptics, Interior Design, Occupational Therapy, International Relations, Optometry, Film and TV Production. Printed Textile Design, Linguistics, Philosophy, Cognitive Neuroscience, Pharmacy, Sport Coaching, Veterinary Medicine and many more!

What another interesting and varied range of choices our students have made this year!

Overview of last year’s UCAS applicants:

  • An incredible 590 students were placed within HE institutions from the academic year of 2020-2021. This is an 18% increase in places gained by our students from the previous year. DCG are proud to celebrate student success, we have seen more students go to Russell Group Universities and our percentage of The Times and The Guardian top third HE universities has grown by 4%.
  • DCG champions ‘careers not courses’ and we ensure that students utilise their ability to progress onto courses that they want to do. This is illustrated with Business students progressing onto LLB Law course; Childcare students progressing on to Social Work and degrees with Qualified Teacher Status; and Art and Design students progressing to Architecture courses.
  • Some of the most popular career areas chosen by our students are: Nursing and Midwifery, creative courses, Bioscience and Applied Health courses, Criminology, Psychology, Law and Policing, Engineering, Animal, Sport, Computing and Professional Construction.
  • The most popular universities chosen by our students are: University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam, University of Nottingham, Manchester Metropolitan University, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, Staffordshire University, Leeds Beckett University and Liverpool John Moores.

We can’t wait to see where our current students’ progress to!

All Levels of students

National Apprenticeships Week 2022: 7th – 13th February

If your child is considering the option of an apprenticeship, from summer 2022, then don’t miss National Apprenticeship Week. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) brings together businesses and potential apprentices to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy and gives future apprentices top tips on how to apply and how to succeed!

Activities and events, as part of NAW, will be taking place in College (details to be circulated soon). To find out more about National Apprenticeship week, visit the National Apprenticeship Week website

Level 3, Year 1 students

Applications are now open for the Sutton Trust US Programme (United States HE study) 2022.

The Sutton Trust US Programme helps state school/college students from across the UK explore US study and access leading universities through support, advice, two residentials (might be virtual) and a one-week trip to visit a variety of US universities.

The programme is free and the application deadline is 11:59 pm on Sunday 16 January 2022

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Currently be in Year 12;
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college i.e. non-fee paying;
  • Not hold US citizenship;
  • Be from a low or middle income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less);
  • Be interested in US culture and higher education

The Sutton Trust also offer free Summer Schools in the UK These are aimed at students who are interested in going to University full time or interested in taking a Degree Apprenticeships. Both programmes are completely free to attend. All costs – including travel, accommodation, food and activities – are paid.

Two Summer Schools are available:

  • Full Time study: offers the chance to experience what university life is like, from academic taster sessions to social activities, your child will get the chance to meet like-minded young people from across the UK and explore a subject of their choice at a leading UK university
  • Degree Apprenticeship: a chance to gain an in depth understanding of degree apprenticeships, what they involve and whether a degree apprenticeship is the right choice for your child

Students applying to either of the above UK Summer Schools must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
  • Be in Year 12

Applications open this month; you can view the Sutton Trust website to check when applications are live and apply.

Please contact the Careers team for support if required.
The team can support your child with identifying which programme to apply for and help to check whether they meet the eligibility criteria and support them to complete the application. You can contact the Careers team by email on:


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