New College, Swindon
New College Drive
|Type||Further and higher education|
|Department for Education URN||130851 Tables|
|Colour(s)||Blue, white and yellow|
New College is a further and higher education institution, founded in 1983 and located in Swindon, England. New College is one of the largest institutions of its type in the country, with around 3,300 16- to 18-year-olds and 2,500 over–19s enrolled in December 2014.
In January 2003, 20 years after formation, there was a rebuild of the main site. The new building had a larger library and computing area, darkroom, digital darkroom, recording studio, 250-seat theatre, textile labs, more biological, physical and chemical labs and a large Sports Centre. Further extensions were added in 2005 and 2012, the latter being a £10 million investment which increased capacity by a third. The new build included a Student Zone, a STEM zone, a lecture theatre and an extended restaurant.
Range of courses
New College is known for its range of courses offered, with 65 A-Level subjects (including unusual options such as Ceramics, History (Tudors & Stuarts), Archaeology and Environmental Sciences) and a selection of vocational courses across Public Services, Hair and Beauty, Health Care and Childcare, Sports and Leisure, Performing Arts and Art, Design and Photography. The College also offers a substantial number of programmes at Level 1 and 2 as well as part-time qualification and leisure courses for adults.
New College runs a football team, New College Academy F.C., which competes in the English football league system. There is also a Basketball Academy and a Cycling Performance Academy (established 2014).
Former and current sporting alumni include Shelley Rudman (skeleton bob), Laura Halford (rhythmic gymnastics), Debbie Palmer (speed skating and ice hockey), Jaime King (Swimming), Jon Lewis (cricket), Matt O'Dowd (athletics), Louise Hunt (wheelchair tennis), Anna Mayes (netball).
- "Further Education and Skills inspection report: New College Swindon" (PDF). Ofsted. December 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2017.