Nottingham College

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Nottingham College
Established 2016 (by amalgamation) (with Central College Nottingham)
Type College of further education
Chief Executive Officer John van de Laarschot
Chair Michael Wisher
Location Nottingham
Students 15,000 (Full time) total 40,000
Gender Mixed
Ages 14+
Website Nottingham College

Nottingham College (formerly New College Nottingham (NCN) and Central College) is one of the UK's largest Further Education and Higher Education colleges. It is based in Nottingham, England. It provides education and training from pre-entry through to university-degree level, at its 12 campuses in the City and around Nottingham.


Nottingham college is an amalgamation of New College Nottingham and Central College. This happened in 2016.

New College Nottingham[edit]

The New College Nottingham was formed from Arnold and Carlton College in 1960, Basford Hall College of Further Education which opened 1969, Clarendon College of Further Education which was founded 1919 and became a further-education college in 1948 whose current campus opened 1960, and the High Pavement Sixth Form College which was founded as a school in 1788 and offered sixth form education since 1975; the current campus opened 2001.

On 22 January 2013, NCN opened its first overseas campus in India – the New College Nottingham International Lifestyles Academy (NILA) based in Gurgaon, New Delhi – but withdrew from the project in 2014.

In December 2015 New College Nottingham underwent its new inspection framework OFSTED inspection and received a Grade 2 (Good) overall, having been rated as Good in all individual categories.[1]

Central College Nottingham[edit]

Central College Nottingham was a further education college based over ten sites in Nottinghamshire, England. The college was formed from the merger of Castle College Nottingham and South Nottingham College. South Nottingham College was founded in 1970 in West Bridgford, while Castle College, Nottingham, was formed on 1 June 2006 from the merger of Broxtowe College and The People's College in Nottingham. The People's College was the oldest further education college in England, having been founded in 1847. Following a public consultation, which ran from December 2010 to January 2011, it was decided that Castle College and South Nottingham College should merge. The colleges officially merged on 1 July 2011. The merged college was renamed Central College Nottingham in November 2012.

Current college[edit]

On 8 June 2017, New College Nottingham merged with Central College Nottingham to form Nottingham College, one of the largest colleges in the UK, with around 40,000 students.[2] Upon merging the colleges in June 2017, Nottingham College CEO John van de Laarschot said: "We have a unique opportunity to bring students and employers into a single, dynamic learning environment and I want to encourage employers, partners, parents and students to join us as we design a new and very different kind of college".

Nottingham campuses[edit]

Basford Campus[edit]

The Basford Hall campus on Stockhill Lane, on the north-western edge of the city, focuses mainly on construction technologies, with an emphasis on vocational courses. The campus has specialist facilities for bricklaying, plumbing, gas, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, plastering, refrigeration, tiling, welding, heating and ventilation and electrical services. Basford Hall is also the home of the "Once Upon a Time" Day Nursery.

From September 2015 the campus has new facilities for students studying construction, science, technology and engineering subjects. The £27m rebuilding project follows a £15m investment by the Skills Funding Agency.

City Campus[edit]

The Adams Building – illuminated – February 2012

Opened in 1998, the City site is the main focus for the College's Higher Education provision, programmes for international students, hospitality, aviation, travel and tourism, fashion, art and design, ICT, broadcasting, media, languages and English as a foreign language.

Much of the provision is delivered in the Grade 2 listed Adams Building, a converted lace factory on Stoney Street in the historic Lace Market, and at the nearby School of Art and Design at 25 Stoney Street. Specialised facilities include a three-camera TV studio, a radio broadcasting station, and fashion design/manufacturing studios.

Lace Market Gallery[edit]

A traditional "white cube" exhibition gallery space with polished hardwood floors, high ceilings and large windows. The gallery features guest artists as well as a variety of student shows. Exhibitions normally change every two weeks.

Adams Restaurant and Brasserie[edit]

Open to the public, this award-winning restaurant provides students with catering and hospitality courses the opportunity to practice their skills in a real working environment.

Maid Marian Way[edit]

The centre, in the heart of the City, provides courses in Access, Business & IT, Childcare, Digital Technologies, ESOL, Foundation Learning, Health & Medical Sciences and Health & Social Care.

London Road[edit]

The centre, just five minutes walk from Nottingham Train Station and Tram terminus, is the College's Technology Centre which has three automotive workshops with a total of 32 ramps as well as Engineering facilities.

City Hub

In 2020 the College's campus estate will include a brand new state-of-the-art city centre-based 'City Hub'. The City Hub will offer new facilities and resources for students and provide community facilities such as a new training restaurant, café and performing arts centre. Building work started on the £58 million City Hub in May 2018 and is set to be completed by 2020.

Clarendon Campus[edit]

The Clarendon site (just off Mansfield Road) offers facilities in the performing arts and music, Early Years and Education, hairdressing, catering and beauty therapy. The Nottingham College Academy of Performing Arts and Music has purpose-built facilities including a large multi-purpose theatre seating up to 300 people, a smaller theatre seating up to 84 and computerised box office. There are also dance studios, drama rehearsal rooms, industry-standard music recording studios and music technology suites. The Academy of Food, Drink and Visitor Services has specialist facilities for hospitality and catering including a purpose-built demonstration theatre and state-of-the-art preparation and patisserie kitchens. The Academy enjoys strong links with local industry including Woodborough Hall, Bluu, Restaurant Sat Bains and Hart’s. All food is prepared and served by Hospitality and Catering students alongside the College’s own catering team. The nearby Berridge Centre on Stanley Road, Forest Fields (closed in Summer 2010) was formerly the co-educational Forest Fields Grammar School. Between 1895 and 1955 it was High Pavement Grammar School, a boys grammar school.

High Pavement[edit]

The High Pavement Sixth Form College is a dedicated A-level centre. The College moved into a purpose-built campus on Chaucer Street in the heart of the City's academic district in 2001. The impressive £6.3 million[3] building – designed by Ellis Williams Architects – comprises six floors with classrooms and computer suites, a Learning Resource Centre and a café.

High Pavement history[edit]

The Sixth Form College was previously the 11–18 'High Pavement Grammar School'; first established in 1788 as the 'Unitarian Day Charity School' on High Pavement, in the Lace Market in central Nottingham. From 1895 until 1955, the school was in Stanley Road in Forest Fields, then moving to the Bestwood Estate.

With the introduction of comprehensive education in Nottingham, the grammar school became High Pavement Sixth Form College, and in 1999 part of New College Nottingham.

High Pavement is now known as High Pavement Sixth Form Academy.


Hucknall was a smaller centre offering vocational access and progression mainly for the local community's young people and adults. The centre had specialist departments offering floristry, hair and beauty provision. The Hucknall campus closed in July 2015, with courses moving to either Clarendon or Basford Hall.


The centre provides specialist facilities for students with a range of physical and learning difficulties and disabilities as well as for other Foundation Learning courses.


Highfields is located on University Boulevard. Created in association with Toyota, the centre has ten workshops, a car showroom and a learning resource centre.


This centre is home to Emtec as well some of the industry's training providers. Training takes place in facilities in Ruddington where automotive training in conjunction with motor manufacturers has been taking place for over 15 years


Farnborough Road, Clifton, houses the Visual Arts department, Uniformed Public Services and sports courses as well as the college's all-weather pitch football facility.

Beeston campus[edit]

The Beeston campus use to hold Salon Central before it moved to the city center, a commercial salon with 40 hairdressing stations & 32 beauty treatment beds, and a 1000m2 Construction Centre. The campus is now only used for office use for the running of the college

The centre is situated on Chilwell High Road adjacent to the Central College stop on the Nottingham Express Transit tram system.

Former international campus[edit]

The New College Nottingham International Lifestyles Academy (NILA) opened its Gurgaon campus on 22 January 2013 in partnership with The Batra Group. NILA offered UK higher-education qualifications (BTEC Higher National Diplomas) in Hospitality Management, Interactive Media, Retail Management and Fashion Management. Programmes were designed by the college in consultation with employers, in line with Indian National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) priorities. The college subsequently decided in 2014 to withdraw from the project in order to concentrate on its core operations in Nottingham.

University-level courses[edit]

NCN offers a range of university-level courses recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in partnership with higher education institutions including Nottingham Trent University, Edexcel, University of Derby, University of Warwick and Middlesex University London. The foundation degree law course, developed with Nottingham Trent University and introduced in 2004, was the first to be nationally recognised by the Law Society.

Nottingham English School[edit]

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) services are provided at the Adams Building's Nottingham English School. It is accredited as a centre by the British Council.

Accreditation UK, run by the British Council and English UK, is the only internationally recognised quality-assurance scheme for English language schools in the UK. The British Council regularly inspects schools offering courses in EFL.

The inspection checks quality of standards in teaching, course design, management, resources, student welfare and accommodation services. Only good schools which meet the agreed standards of quality are awarded accredited status by the British Council.

Nottingham English School's EFL provision was inspected by the British Council in 2005, 2009 and most recently in 2013 when its existing accreditation was renewed for a period of 4 years until 2017.


In 2002, New College Nottingham was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. The official citation for the award – in the 'Environment' category – reads:

In a far-sighted and imaginative initiative the College has played a major role in the regeneration of Nottingham's city centre through the renovation and re-use of a derelict heritage building. The Adams Building now provides exemplary education, training and business support in 'state of the art' facilities, meeting the needs of individuals and the growing service sector. Opened in 1998, the campus now has more than 11,000 students and provides over 1000 different courses at further and higher education levels from entry and basic education programmes through to professional qualifications.

Notable alumni[edit]

They include in alphabetical order:


  1. ^ "OFSTED report". OFSTED.
  2. ^ "Two colleges merge in 'radical' transformation". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ Powell, Kenneth (2006). Nottingham Transformed: Architecture and Regeneration for the New Millennium. London: Merrell. p. 168. ISBN 1-85894-335-3.

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Coordinates: 52°57′10″N 1°08′37″W / 52.9529°N 1.1435°W / 52.9529; -1.1435