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!

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Primary school pupils go to college!


Nottingham College has hosted a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) day for 60 gifted and talented Year 4 pupils from Nottingham primary schools at its Basford campus.

Music students rock Spain


Twenty students took part in a music tour this summer.

Basford Nursery


Information about the Basford Nursery closure.

School pupils have fin-tastic time at College seafood workshop


Trainee chefs have been passing on their culinary knowledge and newfound fishmongering skills to school pupils during a seafood workshop.

Sporty students ace tennis coaching


More than 2,000 local primary school children benefitted from the coaching skills and experience of Nottingham College sport students at the Nottingham Mini Tennis Schools Festival recently.

Groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of the new City Hub construction


We hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today alongside Wates Construction, D2N2, and Nottingham City Council, to mark the start of construction at the College’s new City Hub.

Aviation students land dream jobs at Swissport


Thirteen Aviation students have begun new jobs at global airline support service company Swissport, as part of the Nottingham College Swissport training academy.

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.