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Your questions answered

Cac Freshers

Coming to college is an exciting time but we know you’re bound to have questions!

To get your questions answered then just use the hashtag #CuriousAboutCollege on social media or email schoolsteam@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk.

Below we have answered some of the most common questions we get asked:

Coming to Nottingham College in September

I haven't applied yet, is it too late?

NO! There is still time to apply and join us this September. Simply submit an application online and we will aim to be in touch within 5 working days.

I haven't got the results I need, can I still come to College?

If you did not get the results you expected please get in touch - we will do everything we can to secure you a place with us. We have lots of options available including changing the level of your course or offering you the chance to re-sit.

Find out more in our FAQs section on our Join us this September page.

How will you be keeping us safe on campus?

Robust plans in place to ensure all students and staff can be kept safe on campus from September.

This means things will be a little different when we open our doors to students again.

Our priorities have stayed the same though. We want to provide you with a fantastic college experience and we want to keep you safe. To do so we’ve made some changes.

Find out more by reading our Keeping you safe at College pages.

What happens in my first few weeks at College?

Your first few weeks will be all about settling in, getting used to your campus, your course, your timetable and getting to know new people. We'll also make sure you know how to keep yourself safe while out and about.

Find out more about your first few weeks on our dedicated web page.

How is College different to School?

In short, college is totally different to school. You can find about what makes college different in our article here.

How do I apply to Nottingham College?

The application process is a very quick and easy online process. You can find out more on how to apply to Nottingham College on this page.

College life.

Are there clubs and societies to join?

Yes! The Student Wellbeing team offer a wide range of activities which give EVERY student a chance to meet new friends, develop employment skills, enhance your CV, gain an extra qualification and make sure your time with us is an unforgettable one. You will find information about this when you join the college on StudentNet and college notice boards and can read more on our enrichment pages.

Does the college have sports teams?

Yes! There are lots of competitive and non competitive options for playing sport at Nottingham College. Enrichment activities include basketball, futsal, football, rugby, tennis, badminton, table tennis, ice skating, boxing, tai chi, yoga and indoor cricket. Students can take part with classmates and friends from across the College. The activities run during lunch and late afternoon on the different College campuses and are FREE for students.

The Association of Colleges (AoC) runs national representative squads and teams in many sports and take part in international events and competitions and we have competitive teams at the college.

Is there the chance to go on trips?

Yes! The Student Wellbeing team regularly organise trips and recent ones have included Alton Towers and the theatre. Lots of courses also offer trips, both in the UK and abroad.

Do we get term breaks e.g. Christmas, Easter and half term?

Yes, you can find term dates on our website or StudentNet once you have a college log in.

When will we get our timetables?

Timetables are finalised at the end of the summer and you will receive yours after you have enrolled.

Applying and entry requirements

I have a conditional offer, does this mean I definitely have a place?

It means we have offered you a place on your chosen course dependent on meeting the entry requirements. The full details are included in your letter or email.

If I don’t get the grades to meet my conditional offer can I still do the course?

Don't panic! If you don’t meet the entry requirements for your chosen course we will discuss options with you at enrolment.

Can I retake GCSEs at college?

We do offer GCSE resits and can discuss individual options with you at enrolment. You can find out more about GCSE's at Nottingham College on our GCSE pages too.

I've applied for a Level 2 course but want to do a Level 3 instead, is this possible?

We will assess this at enrolment but if you meet the entry requirements for a Level 3 course and there are still spaces left, yes.

I’ve applied for 4 A Levels, can I drop a subject if I don’t want to study it anymore?

Yes, you will confirm your choices at enrolment so still have time to change your mind.

I need to submit a portfolio, what should I include?

We don't expect it to be perfect but its great if you can showcase the areas that will be covered on your chosen course - it can be work you've completed at school or at home.

If your work is too big to scan then you can take photos.

Preparing for College

I've already accepted my offer, what do I need to do?

That's great! You just need to enrol.

Enrolment takes place after GCSE results day in August and you'll get sent a letter with further information.

What work can I do in preparation?

A level applicants have been sent reading material and recommended work to complete before starting your course next academic year.

What equipment and materials do I need?

You will be given a materials list during your induction days and this will depend on which course you are applying for. The list will vary per course.

I'm studying art and design, do I need to provide my own materials?

You will need to supply your own materials and we will send you a kit list.The items can be bought at our College Art Shop.

If you have studied art and design recently you may have a lot of the materials you need already (pencils, pens, paints, scissors, glue & sketchbooks etc.)

I'm studying fashion, what equipment will I need?

The fashion department puts together a pack which you can buy from college with everything in it that you will need to get started. This works out cheaper than buying separately too!

My course requires a uniform, where do I purchase this from?

You will be able to purchase your uniform at enrolment and pay over the phone.

Travelling to College

Is the College easy to get to by public transport?

Our college sites are in central locations, easily accessible by public transport. You can find information on the nearest tram/bus stops and train stations on our website.

Can I bring my car to college?

As many of our sites are in City Centre locations the college does not have car parking facilities, but there are pay and display carparks nearby.

Our Basford site has car parking available for students at a cost of £3 per day.

What happens if my public transport is late?

We are completely understanding of transport issues but ask that you allow extra time to travel to college and inform us if you are going to be late. It is important to arrive on time so you don't miss important information at the start of the lesson.

Is there free transport available?

Student Finance may be able to help you with a contribution towards travel to college, visit the Student Finance page to find out more information on how to apply.

Many public transport providers do offer discounted tickets and passes for students - you'll need to show your student ID card or enrolment letter when purchasing.

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