Parents FAQ

Want to know what to expect when your son/daughter starts at Derby College?

Read our Parents FAQ for information on what to expect from the College, what happens when your son/daughter starts College and the support we offer. Our Learner Journey details the application process for young people and includes details of what will be sent through the post and when. We have also put some information on the application process together for parents. We hope you will find the answers to most of your questions online. However, if you need any more advice you can contact us on: 0800 028 0289

Who can I contact at Derby College?

If you have any questions during your son/daughter's journey with Derby College, you can contact us on: 0800 028 0289. Our team are happy to help with enquiries on everything from open evening dates, to applications and interviews and beyond.

Do you offer students accommodation at Derby College?

Answer - Yes, for those that are attending a Landbased or other qualifying specialist study programme you can find further information here

When is the next Derby College open day?

We hold Information Evenings throughout the year. Dates are listed online and are also published in the full-time prospectus

Do you offer Additional Learning Support?

Yes. Our Inclusion and Support services were rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted. Specialist staff provide support for students of all abilities and needs. If you have any concerns, you can contact the Inclusion team even before your son/daughter applies to College.

What happens once College starts?

When students start at Derby College they receive a Student handbook, which states what Derby College expects of each of its students including:

  • 100 per cent attendance unless students have a valid reason for not attending eg - sickness
  • Being on time for classes
  • Behaving in a responsible manner towards staff, other students and College visitors
  • Meeting assignment deadlines on time
  • The first few days will be the college induction, this gives new students the opportunity to meet other students in their groups, meet both teaching and support staff, as well as receiving their timetables.

What you can expect from Derby College

  • An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to set targets and help you to achieve your highest potential
  • Receive a personalised study programme, which includes maths and English if you do not have a Grade A*/9 – C/4 by age 16, your Academic/Technical qualification, work experience and employability skills
  • Regular reviews to provide construction feedback to help you meet your targets
  • Support from experienced and qualified Derby College tutors and support staff
  • The opportunity to experience a variety of ways of learning
  • Access to appropriate, state of the art learning resources
  • Relevant support for students with learning difficulties or disabilities
  • A welcoming safe learning environment
  • An opportunity to develop and improve their personal skills and gain skills that will help them move onto the next step of their career
  • To be treated with respect and according to our Equality and Diversity policy
  • Access to Moodle which provides Derby College with an easy and comprehensive way to interact, and share resources, with students outside of the classroom

How does my son/daughter apply for a course at College?

Have a read of our step-by-step guide to applying

Why should my child choose Derby College?

  • Our fantastic range of student facilities is the envy of the region and we are investing heavily in new amenities to ensure the Student experience is even more rewarding and enjoyable.
  • Your child will have access to a wide range of resources and support to help them to achieve and progress, for example, a Personal Coach, Student Service Advisors, Financial Support Advisors, professionally training Careers Advisors, Welfare and Inclusion support

What can parents/carers expect from Derby College?

  • Regular updates on your son/daughter progress in the form of Parents' Consultation Evenings or reports
  • A prompt response to any enquiry regarding your son/daughter learning programme
  • A text from College to inform you when your son/daughter has missed a lesson(s)

Where can I get extra information on my son/daughter's options?

There are several useful websites, covering a range of options, which parents can access; including:

What will my son/daughter be able to do after they have successfully completed their College course?

Derby College is an inspirational place to learn, but don't take our word for it, read the experiences of some of our former students, from Games Tester to Michelin Chef. All subject area pages » include information on what your son/daughter can do next.

Important Dates

For a list of College term dates please see

Derby College Term Dates

Information Evenings take place throughout the year.

Information Evening Dates »

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