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News: All your questions about College: You asked — we answered!

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It’s been great to get out and about again this summer and we’ve been at lots of events across Nottingham over the past few weeks! We’ve spoken to hundreds of you about all things Nottingham College, busted some myths and noticed lots of FAQs too…if you haven’t spotted us out and about but are looking for some answers, we’ve put them all on one place!

Am I ‘too old’ for college?

No! From apprenticeships and Access to HE courses to GCSE’s, Functional Skills and part-time, professional and university level courses we have options for everyone regardless of age and previous qualifications. We also offer a range of hobby courses and 1 day taster sessions too at venues throughout Nottingham. In some cases, you can study for free!
Courses for Adults

Can I undertake an apprenticeship at any age?

Yes! A common misconception is that apprenticeships have an upper age limit, but this is very rarely the case! We advertise apprenticeship vacancies throughout the year and you don’t have to wait until September to get started. We work with lots of big names and leading employers too, so whatever your career interests, we’re bound to have something to suit you.

Is an Apprenticeship for me?

Browse our Apprenticeship Vacancies 

I’ve just left school, is it too late to apply for this September?

No, there’s still time to join us! If you haven’t secured a place for September yet or have applied elsewhere and changed your mind, then there is still time to apply. From entry level and GCSE’s all the way through to university degrees, we’re here to make you Future ready!

School leaver? Find out how to apply
Looking for a uni level course? Clearing is open now!

I’m worried I won’t get the GCSE grades I need for the course I’ve applied for, does this mean I can’t come to college in September?

If your GCSE results aren’t what you expected, it’s important not to panic! We’re here to help so it’s important you still come to your enrolment appointment so we can discuss all your options with you (there are lots more options than you think). We have places available on a range of courses at different levels, with varying entry requirements (there is even the option to re-sit your GCSEs if you want to). 

Enrolling onto courses starting this year

I don’t want to study A Levels; can I still get into university with a vocational course?

Yes! Our Level 3 vocational courses are equivalent to A Levels, many universities accept them as entry requirements, and they are worth UCAS Tariff points — what sets us apart is all the industry standard facilities we have to help support your learning and give you the hands-on experience you need.

If you have a specific university or course in mind, we’d recommend you do some research to find out their entry requirements as this will help you make an informed decision on what you’d like to study.

New for 2023 we are now offering T Levels in 3 subject areas. These are a mixture of academic and vocational study and incorporate a work placement too. 

  • T Levels are equivalent to 3 A Levels 
  • They include a 45-day industry placement 
  • Consist of 80% classroom and 20% work 
  • We’ve also invested in lots of new facilities which students on our T Level programmes will benefit from including a brand new Health Hub which features a simulated hospital ward that is set to open in September 2023.

Find out more about how we make you Future Ready

Do you offer careers advice?

Yes we do! We have a dedicated careers team who are committed to helping you figure out your future options. They’re the experts when it comes to qualifications and the most direct route to your chosen future career. 

Find out more about Careers Advice.

I’m about to go into Year 11, is it too soon to be thinking about my options?

It’s never too early to start thinking about your future and the choice really is in your hands. Register your interest for our 2023/2024 open evenings and we’ll send you an email when bookings open. 

Do you offer University Level Courses?

Yes we do! There’s lots of benefits to studying a university level course with us:

    • Wide range of university-level options — including one-year Higher National Certificates and Diplomas.
    • Stay local – degree level courses on your doorstep.
    • Smaller class sizes, more one to one support and state-of-the-art facilities.
    • Our fees are typically lower too!

Clearing is now open and our friendly Higher Education Team are waiting to take your calls. We can discuss a huge range of options with you including flexible study options and entry requirements. 

If you want to visit us in person to talk about our uni level courses, meet our HE Team and Dean of Higher Education, plus chat to curriculum teams and tour our facilities, book your space at our Clearing Information Event on the 23rd August.

I’m an adult learner who wants to go to university, but I don’t currently have the qualifications, can you help?

We certainly can! We run a series of Access to Higher Education courses that are designed for those aged 19+ who want to go to university. Funding for these courses is available and if you use your course to go to university, the balance of your loan for your access course is wiped. 

Access to Higher Education courses

It's not too late to join us this September!

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  • 2nd August 2023 (1:00 PM)
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