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Together we are Nottingham’s College

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Here at Nottingham College we are one big community. People from all walks of life join us to start afresh, develop new skills, build on existing ones, make new friends and make memories that will last a life time.

Students come here to feel part of something, and our courses can unlock a whole world of opportunities - there really is a place for everyone.

Our community of teachers, staff, wellbeing professionals, employers we work with and our amazing student community work to make sure that when you join us, you feel like there’s no place you’d rather be.

All school leaver applicants will receive a conditional offer!

Times may be uncertain at the moment but a college place for September doesn’t need to be. Apply online and you’ll receive a conditional offer* to join us this September!

As Nottingham’s largest college we offer the widest range of courses for school leavers in the region - whatever you want to do, we have a place for you.

Together we're changing the world, taking care of each other and creating futures

We are proud to support our students and help them become the best they can be. In these last few months, we’ve collected some amazing stories from across the college community.

We’ve heard from ex-students who are proudly working as nurses on the frontline saving lives, and employers we work with, who are transforming their businesses to support local people through tough times. We’ve also seen students raise money, create community tributes and lead their friends through mental health challenges.

Changing the World

At Nottingham College we are proud to support the next generation of frontline workers to be the best they can be. Our students are out there in the real world, working in their dream careers and helping to change the world.

Britney Thraves


Britney Thraves studied her Health and Social Care (Health Studies) Level 3 qualification at Nottingham College a couple of years ago.

She’s now at university training to become a nurse.

Britney said: “I am studying Adult Nursing at De Montfort University. I have been working on a cardiology ward working with patients who have severe heart conditions, unable to see their family in these hard times with many passing away without being able to say their ‘goodbyes’.

“I have also been working as a support worker throughout the pandemic, helping severely disabled adults get shopping, medication and all other aspects of care.

“Additionally, I have been trying to help friends and family through this hard time with essentials.

"During this time it is important to help your community and please stay safe and take care of everyone around you."

Taking Care of Each Other

Despite being in lockdown our students have been getting creative, taking part in challenges and events to raise money for charity (and earning evidence for their course at the same time).

Our Level 2 Public Services students took part in a charity walk challenge with a twist - they had to keep to the confines of their back garden or yard (where applicable). The students unleashed their creative sides and took the challenge in their stride - all whilst raising money for the Guide Dogs charity.

Student Carter doing his bit by running lengths of his garden


“Our Public Services students aspire to join one of our frontline services, and they are keeping fit, going the extra mile and remaining positive.

“The challenges we set our students give them opportunities to learn skills, turning a negative into a positive wherever possible.”

"Not only have the students been able to provide evidence for their course, but they raised funds for a great charity too! It will help Guide Dogs ensure they can continue to provide life-changing services to help people with sight loss live the life they choose.”

Gail Lendis, Public Service Lecturer





In our Communities

Phil Tomlinson


The college's catering and hospitality department teamed up with local business, Pelham Kitchen, donating catering equipment to enable them to cook and provide food for larger numbers. Because of the donation of the much needed catering equipment, café owner Rebecca England was able to provide meals for Nottingham Community Housing Association care homes.

"It’s so important to Nottingham College to support local businesses and our community when we can. Now more than ever is a time to pull together and help each other out. We’ve been able to provide a selection of cooking equipment, including several large pans and oven trays to Rebecca, and I’m just so pleased that we have been able to play a small part in helping these care homes."

Phil Tomlinson, Nottingham College Catering & Hospitality Manager

The college also came together, responding to a call for support from our local health providers, to donate thousands of items of PPE from across college campuses to NHS frontline workers.

Nottingham College Health & Safety Manager Michael Bush with some of the supplies

Our automotive centre, construction centre, science, catering and hair and beauty tutors donated hundreds of pairs of gloves between them. Our construction and engineering centres donated masks too and our centre for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities donated aprons. Our state-of-the-art engineering centre at our Highfields campus donated masks and a much needed face fit test kit which enabled care givers to have the mask fitted to their face to ensure maximum protection.

"At Nottingham College we were keen to do our bit and have worked with local health teams to understand what their needs are and what specification their PPE needs to conform to. Luckily, we’ve been able to utilise resources that would have been used by our students and tutors, to ensure they can be put to good use by those who need them."

Nottingham College Chief Executive John van de Laarschot

Working in Partnership

One of our employer partners has worked incredibly hard to help her industry throughout the lockdown. Collette Osborne is the Owner and Director of Hairven, an award-winning hair and beauty business with salons in Beeston and Gedling.

Collette has put in a huge effort to support her staff team, which includes eight Nottingham College apprentices. She’s also worked with local salons to help them manage their businesses during a difficult period and to prepare them for return in uncertain times.

Hairven’s apprentices haven’t been able to work with customers during the lockdown, so Collette has adapted to continue some training and help them stay positive. For example, they’ve taken part in some exciting online workshops in partnership with another well-regarded salon in Northampton, from a hairdresser who has been featured on Channel 4.

Though her staff have been furloughed, Collette has also used this time to upskill her team and keep spirits up. She and another member of her team took advantage of the recent Nottingham College Leadership and Team Skills for Women course, (funded by the European Social fund and free to SMEs). The course was run online due to social distancing.

Creating futures


Owen Brindley

Alongside studying for an Entry Level 3 qualification in personal and social development, and Level 1 Functional Skills in maths and English, Owen Brindley plays an important role at Nottingham College as the Students’ Union Disability Officer.

Owen spends a lot of his time volunteering to help fellow students and local young people and this year was shortlisted for a National Diversity Award, after letting nothing stand in the way of his desire to help others.

"Being able to use my own experiences to help others with disabilities at College and in the community is such a good feeling." - Owen Brindley

Apply online and secure your place

By joining Nottingham College you become part of a fantastic community. When our students come together we are better and stronger and we can’t wait to welcome you this September.

Applying is easy - browse our courses and visit our apply page, submit your application and we’ll be in touch soon!

* We reserve the right to withdraw an offer based on the ground of safeguarding and/or the disclosure of a criminal record.