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News: Blog: Advantages of College vs. University

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In a time of constant change and uncertainty, it may feel daunting heading off to a city away from home to study at university - and expensive too!

It’s reasons like this why many students are now opting to reap the benefits of staying local and studying for a university course in a college environment.

Already started a course at uni but unhappy with your choice?

Don’t worry, there’s time to swap. We’re still accepting HE applications, and here at College you’ll receive safe face-to-face teaching, enabling you to have the learning experience you deserve.

Here are a few more benefits to consider:

Save Money!


We offer a cost-effective solution to studying Higher Education (HE), and our fees are set at an affordable level that’s lower than most universities. Plus, by choosing to stay local you’re also saving money on accommodation.

Small class sizes

Student in classroom environment

Unlike mainstream universities, we offer smaller teaching groups, easier access to your tutors and intensive academic support to enable you to achieve success. You can feel assured that you’ll receive safe, face-to-face teaching.

Supportive study environment

Access Pre

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 in 13 subject areas.

Location, location, location

Adams Building

Our fantastic city centre location, in the iconic Lace Market, is a great place for students. You’ll study in beautiful surroundings, in our grade 2 listed Adams Building, at our dedicated University Centre - just a stone’s throw away from everything Nottingham city centre has to offer.

Accredited courses


The calibre of our HE 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).

Industry Links

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

Immerse yourself in student life

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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, and there’s always plenty to get involved in.

We still have places available for this academic year, click the buttons below for our course pages and clearing information to find out how you can apply.

Published on:
  • 8th October 2020 (2:23 PM)
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