Coming to college is an exciting time but we know you’re bound to have questions!
During our last Virtual Open Evenings we were asked lots of brilliant questions during our live events.
We have put the answers to the most common ones below:
In short, college is totally different to school. You can find about what makes college different in our article here.
There is no specific dress code at Nottingham College but we do have a no cap/hats policy in College buildings. For some specific courses such as Construction, or courses where you need to use specialist facilities such as labs or kitchens then you will be required to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) or follow additional health and safety protocol.
This varies depending on your course, but you can expect to spend at least 2 and a half to 3 days a week in College. If you need to resit your GCSE Maths and English, this will be built into your timetable as additional hours.
Some courses require you to complete work experience and this can be in blocks of weeks or days during the term and you would attend college in between on certain days. For A Levels you can expect to be in college most days as you will be studying a minimum of 3 subjects.
Our online resources and Virtual Open Evenings will hopefully enable you to research your options and pick the right course, but we do understand that sometimes you may wish to change your mind after you've started your course. If that's the case don't worry - there is a 6 week period from starting your course in September where you are able to swap*
*We do our best to accommodate changes (dependent on course capacity and entry requirements) and our team of Achievement Coaches and Tutors will advise you on your options if you do change your mind.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can find term dates on our website or StudentNet once you have a college log in.
Timetables are finalised at the end of the summer and you will receive yours after you have enrolled.
Applying and entry requirements
Applications are very much open now. All applications are submitted online and it is an easy process consisting of filling out personal details and predicted grades – it should only take you 15/20 minutes in total. You can apply for more than 1 course if you are still unsure exactly what you want to do.
You can find out more on how to apply to Nottingham College on this page.
Our college courses for school leavers are all full time. This means that you only pick and study one. You might also have to study Maths, English or both alongside your course if you did not pass them at GCSE.
A Levels are different, you will mix and match different subjects (3 or 4).
If you do not pass your GCSE Maths or English (or both) at school then don’t worry, it is not the end of the world and can re-take the subjects with us at College.
Hopefully with different teachers and a fresh learning environment we will help you pass them so you can progress to a Level 3 course with us. To study any Level 3 course you will need a grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English.
Once you have submitted your application, we would under normal circumstances invite you to a ‘Meet the Team’ event.
Don't worry, this isn't a formal interview but an opportunity to have a chat with you so we can make sure you're suited for the course and are applying for the right level dependent on your qualifications and predicted grades. Hopefully this will take place in person, but it looks likely that we will have to hold these virtually.
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.
Don't panic! If you don’t meet the entry requirements for your chosen course we will discuss options with you at enrolment.
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.
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.
Yes, you will confirm your choices at enrolment so still have time to change your mind.
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
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.
A level applicants have been sent reading material and recommended work to complete before starting your course next academic year.
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.
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.)
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!
You will be able to purchase your uniform at enrolment and pay over the phone.
Travelling to College
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.
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.
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.
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.