Full Time Courses at Derby College for School Leavers

At Derby College, you will build the valuable skills, experience and qualities you need to be successful in work and life.

full time courses at derby college

As one of the country’s leading and largest colleges – supporting around 26,000 Students each year – our focus is on shaping happy, well educated, workready and socially mobile young people. We are committed to ensuring you reach a positive destination at the end of your learning journey.

Whether your ambition is to go straight into the world of work, to gain on-the-job training as an apprentice, to head to university or to set up your own business venture, our job is to secure the right pathway for you.

Why choose Derby College?

We’ll take you further on your career pathway. Find out more about how we can help you fulfil your ambitions.

  • Dedicated
    Our focus is on your success. Whatever your interests and aspirations, we’ll equip you with the skills and attributes to progress – whether directly into the world of work, to further study and higher education, or even to launch your own business.
  • Forward-thinking
    We offer clear progression routes to take you where you want to be. Throughout your time with us, you’ll have a personal coach to encourage and motivate you, keeping you on track.
  • Well Connected
    We boast strong links with over 3,000 national and local employers, which means our courses are always up to date and relevant to the workplace.
  • Innovative
    Our Employment and Skills Academies are a new venture in collaboration with employers, giving you the chance to benefit from specialist lectures, industrial mentoring, work placements and paid internships.

    We have a wide range of Employer Academies working with key employers in the area.
  • Experienced
    Our expert teaching teams have strong backgrounds in industry and the professions, so they know exactly what employers are looking for. Their expertise will be your inspiration.
  • Helpful
    Our excellent Student support services will ensure you get the most out of your time at Derby College, with all the advice you need. We hold Career Mark accreditation and the IAG Matrix Award, recognising the quality of careers education and guidance we offer.
  • Enriching
    We’ll enliven your studies with new opportunities – from work experience to national competitions, community projects to international collaborations. We’ll always take pride in and celebrate your achievements.
  • Entertaining
    Studying with us will transform your social life. Welcoming and friendly, we have a diverse but close-knit Student community and an array of entertainment led by our dynamic Students’ Union.
  • Inspirational
    We offer state-of-the-art facilities, thanks to our award-winning campus regeneration. And we will carry on investing in first rate industry-standard equipment and resources to bring your learning to life.
  • Convenient
    We are easy to reach, with central campuses in Derby and Derbyshire, all served by good public transport links.

We look forward to welcoming you to Derby College.

Full Time Courses at Derby College

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Tamsin Riley

Tamsin Riley

A Level Results Day!

Having gained her predicted grades of As in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, Tamsin is now taking a gap year to gain relevant experience working with animals at local farms and stables before applying to study Veterinary Medicine at university.

I am so happy to have got my grades. I’ve wanted to work with animals since I kept pets when I was little and I will be able to apply for a place at vet school now. All my family are engineers so I will be the first vet.

Did you Know?

  • From our first contact with you, we will support you to achieve your career ambitions.
  • At the start of your learning journey, you’ll be allocated a personal coach who will work with you throughout your time at College.
  • We can help you work towards GCSE grades A*-C in English and Maths if you haven’t already achieved them
  • You can prepare for your educational journey by joining us at one of our information evenings or open days throughout the year.
  • The REED NCFE jobs brokerage service is available at Derby College to help you get ahead of the competition in the hunt for work.


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