Supported Learning

At Nottingham College, our Supported Learning team offers courses specially designed to meet the needs of students - aged between 16 and 24 - with a range of additional needs.

Whether you’ve left school with low GCSE grades, have no formal qualifications or have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, our supported learning programmes have been created to provide you with all of the support you need to progress through your studies at college.

We will support you to increase your confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness and independence. You will also improve your personal learning skills and potentially progress onto higher level courses. This could include supported internships, employability or other courses at Nottingham College. Importantly, we develop independent living skills that help support you in your everyday life.

All our programmes include employability, vocational, personal and social development, Maths, English and ICT skills. We have a flexible curriculum to meet the needs of students with higher support needs and ensure having fun and great experiences are compulsory!

Enrichment activities include: residentials within the UK and Europe, supporting environmental projects, outdoor pursuits and sports of all kinds.

Small class sizes and effective, specilaist training and learning support, combined with our ability to recognise and understand your needs, helps all students achieve.

We have specialist resources such as: a sensory room, accessible ICT software and hardware and accessible sports equipment. Whatever your level of need, we will enable you to enjoy your time with us and to succeed.

We have well-equipped libraries and IT facilities, access to vocational studies, as well as multi-purpose vehicles which we use for training to promote independent travel.


We offer flexible learning programmes, from Pre-entry Level through to Level 1.

Did you know?

  • We’ve recently opened a new sensory room and our student garden recently had a massive makeover!
  • We also offer Supported Internships to get you into the world of work. You can find out more about Supported Internships here!

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Nottingham College athletes hope to win big at national sporting event


Nottingham College athletes hope to win big at national AoC sporting event

Collaborating with industry is the perfect recipe


Don’t miss the chance to be wined and dined by our Hospitality Management students on 26 April when they take charge at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant for one night only.

College rides miles in memory of Mariam


A special community charity cycle ride for Mariam and her family is taking place this Easter

£30 million approved for College City Hub by D2N2


The College is pleased to be able to announce that it has secured approval from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership for their £30m funding towards the City Hub project.

Students' work features in art exhibition


Art students stage an exhibition to celebrate "This is Nottingham"

Students organise college games for Sport Relief


Foundation Degree Sport Coaching students put on "Campus Games" this week to raise money for Sport Relief.

A Level students have their sights firmly set on Oxford


Hard-working A Level students Talia and Oliver have secured places at the prestigious University of Oxford.

College Statement on Student Mariam Moustafa


Today (Thursday 15 March) the College is shocked and saddened to report the death of 18 year old engineering student Mariam Moustafa following a violent assault in Nottingham City Centre on 20 February.

Charlotte's made-up about her dream career


From weddings, proms and fashion shows to theatre productions, TV adverts and even feature films! These are just some of the exciting jobs that talented Charlotte has been working on since graduating from College.

Sofia’s career journey is becoming beautiful


Sofia's apprenticeship career path is steering her in a beautiful direction

Talented graphic designers help launch OWEN Trust


Design student Dean creates winning OWEN Trust logo, helping to raise awareness about open water safety.

Award winning Ruddington Arms team plan to shake & stir students with Small Plates & Cocktails event


The Ruddington Arms is collaborating with our Adams Restaurant again for a one-off Small Plates and Cocktails Evening.

Businesses pledge to help young people develop their digital skills


The College hosted Nottingham's first Digital Skills Summit last week which was attended by more than 50 delegates from local digital businesses.