Why choose us

Here are six reasons why you should pick Nottingham College to study an international course:

  • Colleges have smaller class sizes than universities, so studying your Foundation Programme or University Level course with us means you have more personal attention and support from tutors.
  • We have an excellent student progression record to high-ranking universities. Many students choose to apply to the University of Nottingham. Our Foundation Programmes (CAVA Access to Higher Education Diploma) are accepted by most universities in the UK. For further details on progression please refer to our courses.
  • Our Foundation Programmes are accredited by CAVA - Access to Higher Education Diplomas.
  • Nottingham College is one of England’s largest government-funded colleges - with over 30 years experience of delivering International Foundation Programmes and has successfully helped many to achieve their dreams of gaining a place at one of the top British universities.
  • The college is a UKVI tier 4 sponsor and accredited by the British Council for teaching English as a Foreign Language - which means students can be sure of a high standard of teaching and welfare support.
  • Nottingham College acknowledges it has a statutory duty to safeguard and protect young people in its care. Under UK law, students under the age of 18 are considered to be children. Parents of International students under the age of 18 can rest assured that the welfare of their child will be protected under Nottingham College’s safeguarding policy and the International Office’s accommodation policy for under 18s. Both policies named above are available on request.

The accommodation policy for International students under the age of 18 states that:

All students under the age of 18 years must reside in DBS certified Homestay accommodation organised by Nottingham College. Please note all adults aged 18 or over within the household must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Also a DBS check will be requested to other adults who spend a substantial amount of time in the household during the student’s stay. The College has a duty of care to these students and has overall responsibility for deciding the arrangements for their care (as described to and agreed by their parents at the time of booking) and for ensuring that hosts know about and are conforming to these arrangements. In exceptional circumstances, Nottingham College will allow students under the age of 18, to stay in accommodation independently organised by the parent/guardian. In this case, Nottingham College must have written details.

We inspect all households annually to ensure the facilities they provide comply with College guidelines. We also take the student’s preferences into account, taking care in placing students in suitable households - for example we would not usually place a female student in a household where there was a teenage boy.

We also enforce a curfew, which is a set time by which students under 18 are supposed to be home if they are going out at night and parents’ consent is required if a student wishes to stay away from their Homestay home overnight or to go away on a short holiday with friends. So parents can be reassured, we have measures in place to keep their son or daughter safe.

Nottingham College provides a free airport pick-up and transfer service for under 18s.

Homestay Hosts play a key role in helping to support students and are encouraged to liaise with the International Office regarding any concerns related to students’ health and wellbeing, or behaviour. This helps us to pick up any problems quickly and support students to deal with them. The International Office comprises of a dedicated team committed to providing support, advice and guidance to all our students. The International Welfare Officer has 19 years experience in providing advice and support to International students on welfare issues and accommodation.

Important note for parents: students are not usually supervised when travelling to and from College and during their free time in the evening and at weekends, if they choose to go out with friends. However, when going out, they are required to inform their Hosts of where they are going and with whom and of the time they intend to return. Students must also maintain contact with the Host whilst they are out. An ‘Out of Hours’ support service is provided by the International Office for Hosts or students who require help in an emergency.

And while you are here, we can advise you on a number of things, including:

  • Accommodation
  • Course guidance
  • Immigration and visa requirements
  • Welfare support

Personal Tutor

All students are assigned a personal tutor, who will meet with you regularly. These meetings provide you with an opportunity to discuss any study difficulties you may be experiencing and our staff will constantly work with you to help you achieve your career goals.

Activities

In addition to your studies, you can also take advantage of our afternoon Enrichment Programme. Students can select from a range of activities, including sports, arts, music, and specialist IT courses. You can select an option that lasts for the whole academic year, or change your choice each term.

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Students kick-start the new year with their Freshers' Fair

20/09/2018

More than 2000 students flocked to Nottingham College’s beach-themed Freshers’ Fair this month.

College Supports Nottingham Jobs Fair

14/09/2018

Nottingham residents who are out of work or between jobs are invited to join Nottingham City Council, partners and local employers at the Nottingham Jobs Fair which returns to the city this autumn.

Nottingham College awarded for innovative online learning resources

07/09/2018

We have been officially recognised by the Blended Learning Consortium for the positive steps we have taken to develop and improve our online learning resources.

Kia apprentices earn bronze

06/09/2018

Automotive trainees from the Kia Academy Apprentice Programme, have gotten off to a cracking start in their training, with five achieving their Bronze Award Accreditation from Kia, in the space of just a week.

College to Host Young Nottingham Musicians

05/09/2018

Budding young musicians from across the city are invited to enrol in Nottingham Music Service ensembles as the charity enters a new era at a new venue at Nottingham College.

Fun at Freshers’ Fair

05/09/2018

Calling all Nottingham College new starters and current students! Join in the fun at our Freshers' Fair this Friday 7th Sept!

Late Enrolment Event on Saturday 8 September

04/09/2018

Nottingham College is hosting a late enrolment event on Saturday 8 September for people who think they have left it too late to start a college course this year.

Work experience with Barratt and David Wilson Homes

30/08/2018

Leading developers Barratt Homes North Midlands and David Wilson Homes East Midlands will give 65 Nottingham College students work placements.

Sport courses open day tomorrow! (Friday 31st Aug)

30/08/2018

Interested in sport? Find out how you can kick-start your career at Nottingham College’s Sports Open Day

Chinese summer school success

28/08/2018

For the 14th year running we welcomed more than 400 Chinese students to experience Nottingham College and our great city.

A New Era for Education in Nottingham

23/08/2018

Nottingham College unveils a new brand on Thursday 23 August 2018 following the merger of Central College and ncn in June 2017.

Well done to our hard-working GCSE students!

23/08/2018

Hundreds of our GCSE students collected their results from our Maid Marian Way campus today.

Nottingham College GCSE students - how to collect your results

21/08/2018

Current students awaiting GCSE results - here’s all you need to know about collecting results from Maid Marian Way

What next after GCSE results day?

21/08/2018

If you get your GCSE results and need some help with what to do next, read our latest blog post.