Services to Schools

14-16 Provision

Extending KS4 Options for Schools

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 vocational qualifications for year 10 and 11 students.

The pre-16 listings below show the opportunities available. Click on the individual courses to find out more information, including course content and whether they appear on the DfE Performance Tables.

Course Listings

We also offer a bespoke Inclusion Curriculum for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and a Lexis programme for students where English is not their first language. Please get in touch to find out more about these programmes.

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 students, 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 information, advice and guidance delivered through workshops and a 1:1 interview where needed 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.

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 schools can book visits to the relevant sites and attend our yearly taster sessions before joining us each September.

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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