Further education

You are probably aware that all young people are now required by law to stay in education until they are at least 18. 

However, what you may not be aware of is the range of options available to your son or daughter - after 16 young people have the choice to stay in school, go into an Apprenticeship or attend college.

Thousands of young people choose to study at Nottingham College every year and if your child is considering applying for a course here, we can show you - in more detail - which routes are available with us. We know that for many, coming to college is a completely new experience. This is why we have systems in place to make sure that your child feels that they’re being looked after and are getting the help and opportunities that are right for them.

Choosing what's right for your child

At Nottingham College, we want your child to choose a course or Apprenticeship that’s right for them and their needs.

This is why we’ll provide your son or daughter with their very own personalised study programme designed especially for them- directly linking to what they’ve achieved so far, their abilities and ambitions for the future.
We want to show you that college allows your child to experience much more than getting a qualification. We’ll also prepare them to strive in their chosen career or towards university-level study. Plus, we’ll make it fun along the way!

Courses designed for your child's career

Employability and study skills will be included as part of your child’s course to help develop their broad skills needed by the industry they want to work in. This part of the study programme will vary from course to course and is designed to meet local and national employer needs. It could include team building, problem solving and evaluation skills, as well as work experience, volunteering, project work and visiting industry speakers.

With your child’s study programme, you can rest assured that they will get the most out of your time with us and will feel ready to take their next step into further training, education or employment.

We’ve put together some information in these pages to help guide you through the process of choosing us as a place of further education.

If you need any further information or have questions about any aspect of progressing to Nottingham College, please contact us by calling 0115 9 100 100.

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Don’t miss our creative end of year shows!


 As the academic year draws to a close, the hard work of our talented creative students will be celebrated with an end of year showcase this month, which includes Media, Art and Design, Photography and Fashion.

Trainee chefs gain inspiration from the professionals


Professional chefs Hira Thakur and Paul Thacker joined budding cooks at the Adams Restaurant for a special Asian-inspired evening. 

Talented students shine at Young Creative Awards


Creative students are celebrating after winning Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Film, Music, and Architecture and Design categories at this year’s Nottingham Young Creative Awards.

Spotting the early signs of skin cancer


To help celebrate Sun Awareness Week, the College teamed up with Skin Cancer charity, Skcin.

The Tale of Robin Hood and the College Carpenters


Carpentry students are playing a very important part in the up and coming Hoodwinked sculpture trail.

Course Moves 2018


As part of the College’s ongoing Estates strategy, this summer the college has the opportunity to improve the learner experience and outcomes by moving courses to different sites.

Professional chefs introduce students to Asian-inspired cooking


Former Nottingham College student, turned award-winning chef, Hira Thakur, is returning to where his training first began, in the College’s commercial restaurant, to support the next generation of budding cooks.

Beauty students receive training using industry-leading product waxu


Beauty Therapy students receive industry training in preparation for the uptake of waxu into courses from September 2018.

Students start a conversation about mental health


As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), staff and students are embarking on a 17-mile charity ‘walk and talk’ on Friday 18th May, to raise awareness and challenge stigma around mental health.

Students travel stateside for twice-in-a-life-time experience


Katie and Harry's Camp America work experience had such an impact the first time round, now they're jetting off again!

The Nottingham Motorshow is back!


From Japanese racing cars to pre-war classics, if you’re a fan of motors, old and new, the annual Nottingham Motorshow is a fantastic event not to be missed.

Trainee chefs put their ‘Hart’s’ and soul into College cook off


Professional Chefs Diploma students battled it out in the kitchen today, hoping to win the chance to cook alongside Dan Burridge, Head Chef at Hart’s Hotel and Restaurant.

Students’ creativity is set to soar on globally recognised art course


Foundation Art students selected for world class course

Hospitality students prove they have what it takes to make it in the industry


The pressure was on for Hospitality Management students last night, when they took charge at the renowned Marco Pierre White’s restaurant.