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News: Reap the rewards of university study at Nottingham College

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The UCAS deadline may have passed but you can still apply for a university level course with us, and start this September! Book your place on our Higher Education Information Evening on Wednesday 18th March to find out how.

When it comes to choosing where to go to university there are lots of choices. For some, the idea of moving cities and entering a large university can be daunting and expensive.

Many students are now opting to reap the benefits of staying local, choosing to study for a university qualification in a college environment. We outline some of the advantages, and how you could reap the benefits too by opting to stay local and study a university level course at Nottingham College.

Save Money!


We offer a cost-effective solution to studying higher education, and our fees are set at an affordable level that’s lower than those set by most universities.

By choosing to stay local you are also saving money on university accommodation. In Nottingham, Halls of Residence can cost upwards of £8000 a year!

Immerse yourself in Nottingham's student culture

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Many of our campuses are based in the city centre and Nottingham is the perfect student city. It’s big enough to keep you busy but small enough to get around easily. By day, it’s bustling with shoppers and workers and by night the numerous bars, restaurants and clubs give it an eclectic, buzzing atmosphere, with plenty to suit student budgets. It’s a city of diverse cultures and religions, with a strong historical identity.

Supportive study environment

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Studying at Nottingham College offers a unique form of Higher Education where everyone can maximise their potential. Unlike mainstream universities, we offer smaller teaching groups, easier access to your tutors and intensive academic support to enable you to achieve success.

We are able to offer flexible ways of learning on a full or part-time basis with foundation degrees, BA (hons) top-up programmes and HNC programmes available many different subject areas.

Accredited courses


The calibre of our higher education provision has been nationally recognised both by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Nottingham Trent University, who validate the Foundation Degree and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Top-up Degrees. The College is also an accredited Edexcel centre for the delivery of Higher National programmes (HNC/HND).

In 2012 Nottingham College was incredibly proud to be awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

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Our HE courses combine the right mix of academic study and vocational experience. We have worked in partnership with various organisations from Disney World® to Capital FM to Nottingham Playhouse, to ensure our programmes reflect the realities of the workplace and our facilities remain relevant and up to date.

Excellent student satisfaction

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Nottingham College was again ranked in the top 20% of UK colleges (and a top rated college in the East Midlands) for student satisfaction in a recent National Student Survey. The College is also known for offering a friendly and lively learning environment with small class sizes and nationally recognised student support. In fact, many students say that they wouldn’t have achieved a university degree if it wasn’t for college-based HE study.

Immerse yourself in student life


Studying locally doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the social aspects of student life either. When you join us you automatically become a part of Nottingham College’s Students Union. Run by students for students, the Student Union aspires to ensure all members get the most from their total student experience, and offer the chance to take part in numerous events and activities throughout the year.

When you complete your course you are invited to our graduation ceremony which takes place at Nottingham’s prestigious Royal Concert Hall, where you can gather with friends and family and celebrate your success.

Find out more and apply today.

To find out more about university level study at Nottingham College take a look at our course pages or Download a course guide.

If you would like to apply for a university level course at Nottingham College but have missed the UCAS deadline don’t panic! You can still apply to study with us this September - our Information Evening on the 18th March will have all the information you need, as well as an opportunity to submit a course application on the night.

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  • 17th December 2019 (3:14 PM)
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