At a time when demand for highly educated and skilled professionals is growing across our city, county and region, our courses offer new progression routes for ambitious individuals.
Aligned with regional and national strategies, they are also ideal for employers to integrate into their long-term workforce development plans. Part-time course options make it easy to fit studies around work schedules.
At Derby College, we recognise that higher education is a sound investment in your future. Whether you want to gain an edge in the fiercely competitive job market, enhance your promotion prospects or even chart a completely new career direction, we can help you to achieve your ambitions.
There are a range of ways we can support Higher Education students financially at the College. These are spelt out in our Access Agreement ("Download).
We are keen to support students from non-traditional backgrounds to access and stay in HE. These include people who are the first in family to enter HE, those who live in certain postcodes, those who want to be in HE with non-traditional qualifications, mature students, and those facing other barriers.
As courses start all students will be written to with the full details of our Access Agreement. An application form will be included for people to fill in. There will be a deadline for completion and all applications will be reviewed by an independent panel. We will try and offer financial support to as many students as possible that qualify.
DCG’s Higher Education Transparency Return provides information relating to Applications, Offers, Acceptances, Registration and Attainment.
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The course is giving me the practical and theoretical skills I require to ultimately pursue a career as a veterinary nurse – something I’ve wanted to do since I was a young girl. I have children so studying at a site nearer home fits in better with childcare arrangements. I was also fortunate that this course was introduced just as I’d reached a stage in my life where I could start training for a career working with animals. I’m really enjoying my course. The lecturers know so much about their subject and there are a lot of hands-on aspects to the course – including handling exotic creatures such as tarantulas – as well as farm animals such as alpacas and goats.
As a mature student I’ve been able to bring some life skills to my learning. I’m among four older people on a course of 14.What I’ve learned so far is also useful at home. We have family pets, including an old rescue cat, and my knowledge of cat nutrition is benefiting her. I worked as a child minder for several years when the children were younger and took a BTEC in business studies when I left school, so I have experience in several different areas. Taking this course is the culmination of a lifelong ambition and my lecturers tell me I’m suited to a career as a veterinary nurse. To do this I will need to undergo further specialised training once I’ve completed my HND.
I like Broomfield Hall. The facilities are good and we have access to so many species of animal. I’d definitely recommend returning to college as a mature student. I’m fortunate to have the support of my husband and family but even if my situation was different I think I’d still have found a way to take this course. I have many years working life still ahead of me and life is too short not to spend it doing something you really enjoy.
We are the Higher Education Study Support Coaches. Our job is to help support all our HE students in developing their academic skills so that they can achieve their full potential. Derby College recognises that many of our students have busy lives and that some have also had a break from education. Our role is to support these learners and to identify areas in which academic help is required most. We have dedicated HE centres at The Roundhouse and Broomfield Hall specifically for HE students to study, equipped with computers and resources that are available to access at key times.
We work collaboratively with students to identify and focus on individualised key areas for improvement. Our support can be accessed in a variety of ways, either on a 1:1 tutorial basis or as a small group/class in your lecture time. We also offer advice and support via email, phone or video calls. We can assist you with your individual needs and preferences and help you in putting together an action plan.
We also work closely with lecturers which enables us to hold workshops that whole classes or small groups of students can access. We can offer help and support on critical thinking, academic writing, time management and organisation, referencing, avoiding plagiarism, and research skills. We have our own Moodle page with a range of resources that are available to assist you.
We look forward to welcoming you to the college and to working with you.
Addressing Barriers to Student Success
Derby College, has joined forces with Gateshead College and Northumbria University to launch the BRIDGE Project, a research programme that will investigate why there are low numbers of women, people from disadvantaged backgrounds, ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, mature and part-time students enrolling on construction-related degree courses.
Employers tell us that they are looking for a number of characteristics in their employees and Derby College has incorporated this feedback into the design and delivery of Higher Education programmes to ensure that learners have the skills they need to make them work-ready.
You can access the Derby College QAA action plan below:
You can access Office for Students documentation below:
Derby College is an approved partner of the University of Derby.
The University of Derby has been awarded a Gold rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in the UK’s first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This puts the University in the top 20% of all providers in the UK for the quality of its teaching. 96.3% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree*.
The TEF has been introduced by the UK Government to encourage and raise the profile of teaching excellence in universities and colleges, and is intended to help students choose where to study by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes