Derby College - The Joseph Wright Centre

Part of Derby College.

Last updated: 07/09/2012
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The Joseph Wright Centre
Cathedral Road

Telephone: 0800 028 0289
Fax: 01332 365 312
Type of learning provider Further Education
Specialism All AS/A2 courses; Computer Games Development; ICT (Level 3); Media; Performing Arts; Drama; and Music.
Provider details...


Derby College - The Joseph Wright Centre

Derby College is one of the largest, most successful andmost forward-thinking further education colleges in the UK. We will prepare youfor the next stage in your life - whether you want to pursue that dreamcareer, to head to university or to improve your prospects in the jobsmarket.  Whatever your goals andaspirations, we can help you achieve them.

Convenientlylocated in the city centre, the purpose-built Joseph Wright Centre is anoutstanding setting for our A-level and Level 3 vocational courses.  With its high-impact design and strikingatrium, it has become the backdrop for excellent exam results and impressiveprogression rates to university and employment.

As well asextensive general teaching, self-study and social learning spaces, thefour-storey centre boasts specialist modern facilities for subjects includingscience, art and design, dance and music technology.

Head teacher, Principal, Director or Chief Executive

Mandie Stravino

Chair of Governors

Janet Morgan

What are our aims?

Our mission: Torelease potential and achieve outstanding success


  Respectand value each other

Encourage and applaudentrepreneurship, imagination and originality

Support success, excellence and torealise potential

Passion for learning

Ethos of challenge, support andempowerment

Celebrate diversity and recognisecommonality

Together, proud to be part of DerbyCollege

How to apply...

How to apply for post-16 courses

1. If you are not sure which area you would like tostudy, please visit one of our information evenings and have a chat with our enthusiastic and friendlystaff. You may also like to talk over your choices with your ConnexionsAdvisor. You can also check out our online Course Searchand Subject Area pages to find out more about our various courses.

2. When you have made your decision, you simply needto submit an online application. You’ll find an application form on all course detail pages of our website. You can apply for a course directlyfrom any course page.If you have problems submitting your application electronically, please contactus immediately.

If you are not quite sure which course would suit youbest, but would still like to apply to the College, you can request advice andguidance when making your application.

3. You will then be invited for an interview with amember of staff from the subject area in which you are interested.  In most cases, you will also undertake anonline assessment of your Maths and English which will enable us to ensure youare on the right level of course.  Thewhole interview and assessment process will take around two hours.  After your interview, you will be contacted bythe College informing you of the outcome and the next steps.  

4. During August you will be sent a pack through thepost with dates and times for your Welcome Day and enrolment.

 5. The Welcome Day takes place in August/September,when there will be further opportunities for you to meet with staff to discussyour programme of study.

If you areunable to apply online, come along to our Learner Services offices at any ofour campuses and a member of the team will help you to complete yourapplication form.  We also have anAdditional Support Team who can support you with any additional needs you mayhave when completing your application.

There is nodeadline for applications but the sooner you apply online, the sooner we cansecure your place. Just visit to take that first step towardsan exciting future.  

Closing date(s) for post-16 courses

More info...

Other local information

Derby College work with partner schools to extend opportunities for learning which raises standards and aspirations for young people.

The College also has extensive links with local, regional and national companies where we specialise in helping organisations gain a competitive advantage through our bespoke business solutions.

What facilities do we have?

We offer state-of-the-art facilities, thanks to ouraward-winning campus regeneration.  And we continue to invest in first rate industry-standard equipment and resources to bring your learning to life. 

As part of our services to the wider community, the nearby Roundhouse campus features several specialist facilities which are open to thepublic and students from all parts of the College. These include:

·       The Engine Shed Restaurant - our fine diningrestaurant setting high standards of cuisine, innovative presentation andimpeccable service.

·       The SENSI hair and beauty salons - our populartraining and commercial salons offering a wide range of treatments.

·       The Garage - an efficient and convenient facility for motorists run at the Collegeduring term time. Our students are the mechanics and are supervised by staff atall times. 

What childcare facilities and support do we have for our students who have children?

If you are a parent, you will want to feel reassured that yourchildren are well cared for while you are studying.  We can help you find convenient and reliablechildcare of a high standard. 

We are pleased to offer childcare through our own LittleExplorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus. Theunique 54-place nursery, set in the picturesque grounds of the historic hall,provides high quality care for children aged from three months to five years.Clubs for older children also run during the school holidays.

All Little Explorers have access to the BroomfieldHall farm and extensive estate.  Thecurriculum involves activities such as sessions in the woodlands, gardens andthe Food Hub on campus.

What kind of personal support is available?

We offer awide range of facilities and support to make your student life a happy and enjoyable experience.  Our Learner Services team provides daytime guidance and support Monday to Friday throughout the year.  You can make an appointment or simply call in to meet a member of the team - Learner Services has a base ateach of our main campuses.

The Learner Services team can:

* provide information and guidance to help you choose from a variety of study and training programmes, at Derby College and elsewhere

* advise onentry to higher education and employment

* offerinformation on grants, sources of finance and other money matters, includinghow to apply to the College for financial support

* provideadvice and support on personal matters - and refer you to other forms of helpas appropriate.

Your wellbeing is our top priority while you’re at College. We aim to ensure all our learners are confident, healthy, safe, emotionally resilient and personally fulfilled. Our Healthy FE programme covers many aspects of College life, including healthy eating, physical activity, controls on smoking, active citizenship and clean environments. 

TheCollege’s Student Counselling Service is open to all students - full andpart-time - at all sites and outreach centres. It provides you with the opportunity to meet a counsellor on aone-to-one basis in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental setting to discussany difficulties you might be having. 

The Derby CollegeStudents’ Union, meanwhile, is committed to representing students and providing them with an excellent array of services. Its main role is to promote the diverse interests and needs of students.  

What enrichment activities do we offer?

We add value to all our courses with elements of enterprise,employability and enrichment. When you leave us, you’ll be a well-rounded and confident individual well equipped to succeed in the next stage of your life.

As part of your course, many of you will have the opportunity to undertake work experienceand work placements, to go on industrial visits or to hear from inspirationalguest speakers.  You may also have thechance to take additional qualifications that will help you into employment.

We’ll enrich your studies with new experiences too, such as national competitions,community projects and international collaborations. 

Sports,exercise and recreation activities are organised throughout the week and the Students’ Union, based on site, runs social events and activities which will broaden your horizons further still.

What extended school services do we offer?

What transport is there to get here?

DerbyCollege is closer than you think.  Weare easy to reach, with central campuses in Derby and Derbyshire all served bygood public transport links.

We want everyone to get to College as easily, convenientlyand cheaply as possible. We’re working hard to make your journey easier –providing everything from shuttle buses to secure cycle parking, from lockersfor motorcycle helmets to easy-to-follow maps.

Our city-centre sites - the Roundhouse, the RoundhouseJohnson Building, the Roundhouse Hudson Building and the Joseph Wright Centre -are all easily accessible from most local areas by public transport.
The Roundhouse, for instance, is a ten-minute walk from Derby busstation and right next to the train station.
To make yourjourney more cost-effective, you can also take advantage of discount optionssuch as the b_line card.

And, of course, if you choose to walk, cycle or take publictransport to College, you’re doing your bit for the environment too.


Bus route close by


Wheelchair friendly route from the bus stop to our reception


Access / parking for cars / taxi near to our building


Premises wheelchair friendly



Wheelchair access is available across the site.

Wheelchair accessible toilet


Premises equipped to help people with a hearing impairment



Premises accessible to people with a visual impairment



Are there facilities and support for people with learning difficulties



Every learner has different needs.  Derby College will support you all the way toensure your studies are enjoyable, that you realise your potential and that youattain your goals.

Our student-centred Learning Support Service is here to helpif you have any kind of learning difficulty or disability.  We can offer tailored services to meet yourindividual circumstances and help you to study well, all within an inclusiveCollege community.

We provide outstanding support including:

·       Individualtutorials

·       Mobilitysupport

·       Dedicatedteaching areas on all campuses

·       In-classsupport

·       Notetakers

·       CommunicationSupport Workers

·       Specialistresources and equipment

·       Counselling

·       Adaptationof learning materials

·       Personalcare

·       Examsupport

You can talk to us about your needs at any time during yourcourse – and even when you are first considering coming to Derby College.  

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Last updated: 07/09/2012

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