Services to Schools

14-16 Provision

Extending Options for Schools and Home Education

Derby College has worked successfully with secondary and SEND schools across the city and county for over 15 years. We work collaboratively with schools to deliver a range of suitable qualifications for 14-16 year olds in the following vocational areas:

  • Animal Care (BH)
  • Art and Design (JWC)
  • Construction (RH or ILK)
  • Creative Media (JWC)
  • Engineering (RH)
  • Hair and Beauty (RH)
  • Health and Social Care/Childcare combined (RH or ILK)
  • Horse Care (BH)
  • Inclusion Curriculum (for students with learning difficulties/disabilities) (RH, BH or ILK)
  • LEXIS (for students with English as a second language) (RH)
  • Motor Vehicle (RH)
  • Sport (inc. Public Services) (BH)
  • Travel and Tourism, including Cabin Crew (RH)


BH = Broomfield Hall, Morley, Ilkeston, DE7 6DN
ILK = Ilkeston College, 2 Pimlico, Ilkeston, DE7 5JS
JWC = Joseph Wright Centre, Cathedral Road, Derby, DE1 3PA
RH = The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE

Students will usually attend college one day a week for their vocational subject, either for half a day (3 hours) or a full day (5 hours) depending on the total qualification time and type of qualification.

Please note, course delivery is subject to satisfactory student numbers.

Why should schools invest in the 14-16 provision?

Young people may need an alternative environment to learn in for a variety of reasons. For some, vocational courses are particularly relevant and offer the perfect introduction to their potential career path and the chance to develop sought after workplace skills. As an experienced FE provider with over twenty-five vocational subject areas we are well-placed to help you address the needs of your students (Benchmark 3).

We can offer:

  • commercial, industry-standard learning environments and specialist delivery staff;
  • a wide range of vocational qualifications which can be delivered at Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2, depending on the needs of the student. Most students attain a Level 2 qualification which counts towards school’s performance measures at the end of the two years;
  • employer engagement through our extensive links with local employers, preparing young people for ‘the world-of-work’ (Benchmark 5)
  • strong progression routes to full time courses and apprenticeships
  • careers and education guidance, delivered through workshops and a 1:1 interview with a qualified careers advisor (Benchmark 2 and 8)
  • experienced pastoral support and school liaison team to keep you informed at all times
  • support for students with additional needs and work with partner schools to plan on an individual basis.

For more information on this programme, please contact us via the methods provided at the bottom of the page.

Home Educated Provision

This provision has been specifically designed for Home Educated students in Years 10 and 11. Alongside the vocational courses listed above, home educated students will now be able to access GCSE maths and GCSE English Language at DCG.

The programme is designed to help transition into a college setting with students typically accessing more than one day at college (exact contact time will depend on the student’s individual timetable).

Students will usually choose one of the vocational subjects listed at the top of the page in addition to GCSE maths and/or English Language.

Vocational courses are typically one full day per week (5 hours), however some options are half a day per week (3 hours). Each student will receive their own personalised timetable outlining the days and times they will be expected to attend college. There will be opportunities for tutorial sessions, work experience and careers and education guidance throughout their college course.

We appreciate that there are various reasons why parents and students choose to home educate, therefore we ask that you provide us with this information at the point of application for us to assess whether the provision is suitable and that we can support student’s needs. If the programme is not suitable, we may refer you to alternative provision.

Students will be asked to complete an application form and will be invited into college for an informal interview.

Please note, course delivery is subject to satisfactory student numbers.

For more information, please contact us via the methods below.

To find out more

The 14-16 team are available to attend Year 9 options evenings, where suitable.

Essential transition support is also available, and we actively encourage schools and home educated students/parents to visit the relevant sites and attend a taster session before joining us each September.

For more detailed information on the programme and the vocational qualifications, please check the prospectus which is available to download to the right.

For more information about the provision or to request a hard copy of the prospectus, please contact the 14-16 Schools Team via the methods listed below.



Amanda Hollis, 14-16 School Manager
07870 160 349

Beth Slater, Home Education Co-ordinator and School Liaison Officer
07736 286 093

Jessica Bower, School Engagement Co-ordinator
07860 826 821


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