North Hertfordshire College

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North Hertfordshire College
North Hertfordshire College Logo.png
Established 1991 (by amalgamation)
Type College of further education
Principal and Chief Executive Matt Hamnett
Location Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City
Students 10,500 (full time); 25,500 (total)
Gender Mixed
Ages 14+
Website North Hertfordshire College

Coordinates: 51°53′49″N 0°12′00″W / 51.897°N 0.200°W / 51.897; -0.200

North Hertfordshire College ("NHC") is a further education and higher education college operating in Stevenage, Hitchin, and Letchworth Garden City. NHC was established on 1 April 1991,[1] through the amalgamation of Stevenage College, Hitchin College and Letchworth Technical College.


The college was established on 1 April 1991 when further education in Hertfordshire was reorganised.[1] One of the institutions merged into the new college was Hitchin College of Further Education.[2]

Campuses and Facilities[edit]

The College has two campuses in Stevenage, one in Hitchin, and an administrative centre in Letchworth Garden City.

Stevenage Centre[edit]

The Stevenage Centre, opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, is the largest campus and is home to learning childcare, GCSEs, Higher Education, health and social care, and science.

Engineering and Construction Campus[edit]

The ECC focuses on construction and building trade services, teaching courses such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, brickwork, engineering, and painting and decorating. In 2011, the centre expanded with a new welding course offer which was officially opened by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.[3]

Hitchin Centre[edit]

The Hitchin Centre focuses on the learning of business and enterprise, hair and beauty, catering, sport, public services, art and design, and tourism. From 2012 to 2014, the centre underwent an extensive, expensive, poor value for money redevelopment to improve the learning facilities and expand the number of students learning at the centre.[4]

Hart Salon[edit]

Hart Salon offers a hairdressing and beauty therapy service based at the Hitchin Centre. The salon is staffed by qualified and learning students.

Sports Centre[edit]

The Sports Centre offers sport and fitness facilities to students and the public, including basketball courts, fitness studios, dance studios, a gym, and an all weather 3G football pitch.

Hart Kitchens[edit]

Hart Kitchens is a student run contemporary restaurant. Under the direction of a head chef, students design menus as well as prepare and serve food and drink to customers, including a lunch menu and theme evenings throughout the year.


The College has been accredited with Investors in People Gold Award in 2012 and 2014.

In June 2016, North Hertfordshire College underwent an OFSTED inspection and received a Grade 3 (Requires Improvement) for overall effectiveness of the provision.

Notable alumni[edit]

NHC alumni include:


  1. ^ a b "FEFC Inspection Report 30/94 - North Hertfordshire College - Eastern Region - Inspected September 1993 – February 1994" (pdf). Further Education Funding Council. May 1994. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Arts Council For North Hertfordshire". HertsDirect. Hertfordshire County Council. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Welding". North Hertfordshire College. Stephen McPartland. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hitchin Centre Redevelopment" (PDF). Scott Brownrigg. North Herts District Council. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 

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