North Hertfordshire College
North Hertfordshire College ("NHC") is a further education college operating in North Hertfordshire. NHC was established on 1 April 1991, and is now based across main campuses in Stevenage and Hitchin, a purpose built management centre in Letchworth Garden City, a vocational Skills Centre, also in Stevenage, specialising in Construction and Engineering which opened in 2008 and was extended in the Autumn of 2009, with further expansion in 2011, and a Centre for the Arts in Hitchin.
The college was established on 1 April 1991 when further education in Hertfordshire was reorganised. One of the institutions merged into the new college was Hitchin College of Further Education.
About the College
The College has been accredited with Investors in People five times and achieved the Gold Award in 2012. The College has also achieved Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status in Management in 2002, and CoVE status in Sports & Fitness Coaching in 2006. The College has achieved the Customer First Award at the Goldsmith Centre.
The College restructured in 2012 to operate through four Academies:
- Built Environment, A-levels and Technology
- Care, Health and Life Skills
- Creative and Cultural
- Lifestyle, Enterprise & Life Skills
The curriculum is delivered at each of the College’s campuses, at a range of outreach locations, learning shops in community venues, schools and a football club, and other venues agreed with local employers and community/business partners.
In 2013, the College went through further restructuring, becoming a sponsor for The Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage, The Da Vinci Studio School for Science and Engineering, and The Da Vinci Studio School for Creative Enterprise. This new collaboration, known as The Renaissance Group, looks to improve the A-level course offer across North Hertfordshire by combining resources and facilities. In addition, The Da Vinci Studio Schools offer specialist subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and the Creative Arts, at GCSE and A-level.
The College offers support to learners through its Student Services team, which operates across the whole College and includes a pro-active Students’ Union.
Campuses and Facilities
The College is based across main campuses in Stevenage and Hitchin, a purpose built management centre in Letchworth Garden City, a vocational Skills Centre, also in Stevenage, and a Centre for the Arts in Hitchin.
By moving into a more entrepreneurial learning environment, students are encouraged to gain work experience when possible throughout the college. A number of commercial opportunities are open to students to work with college departments, offering support and assistance, as well as gaining a valuable insight into a live working environment. Students can also work in specialist learning companies, set up to offer work experience in conjunction with course study.
Learning companies at North Hertfordshire College currently include Indulge Restaurant, Enhance Hair Salon, Energise Beauty Salon, Shine Valeting Centre, Studio Hatch, Invite Event Management, and Fit4less gym.
As part of recent redevelopment of the College's campuses and facilities, NHC's administration and support staff now operate from Letchworth Garden City Town Hall, The Da Vinci Hall, Letchworth (formerly Plinston Hall), and a training centre in Stevenage Town Centre. The Hitchin Centre and Stevenage Centre are undergoing signifcant redevelopment, due to be completed in 2014.
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