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Derby College Launches RHS Courses

Derby College has become the first College in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to launch a broad range of courses designed by the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

A full range of courses will be launched later this year and the first evening course will start on Thursday 14th April aimed at enthusiastic gardeners who want to increase their knowledge and skills or who are looking to re-train and work in the horticulture industry.

Get Creative At St Peters Quarter Live

St Peters Quarter Live’s season of monthly variety events returns to St Peters Cross on Saturday 2nd April and will also feature in the BBC Arts Get Creative Campaign – a worldwide celebration of arts, culture and creativity.

School Pupils Complete Construction Skills Challenges

Twenty six pupils from six local schools competed in four different construction skills challenges organised by staff and students at Derby College.

Pupils from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ashbourne; John Flamsteed Community School, Denby; Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College, Ilkeston; as well as Murray Park Community and Allestree Woodlands schools in Derby competed in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating, Carpentry and Joinery and Plastering challenges.

Pep & Co Expansion To Feature In New Documentary

Pep & Co will open their expanded store in Albion Street, St Peters Quarter, at 9am on Friday 25th March. The expansion of family fashion retailer Pep & Co in Derby’s St Peters Quarter is earmarked to be featured on a new ITV television series which is due to be screened this Spring.

Tapton Lock Celebration Event 17th & 18th Sept 2016

Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service and Junction Arts, supported by Arts Council England, Chesterfield Borough Council and local businesses, have hosted successful weekends of activities at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre on the Chesterfield Canal, over the last 3 years.


A Leicester based radio station is to offer practical training for a Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production (Radio) at Derby College.

Takeover Radio 103.2fm will be offering an HND course starting in September, working with Derby College to offer students a more hands on approach to learning. The students will gain valuable experience in how to work at and operate a radio station as well as the academic education needed to achieve a higher education qualification which ultimately could lead to a degree.