Central College Nottingham

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Central College, Nottingham
Central College Nottingham Logo.png
Former names
  • South Nottingham College
  • Castle College
  • Broxtowe College
  • The People's College, Nottingham
Type Further education
Established Nov 2012
Principal Malcolm Cowgill
Students 4,000 (full time); 20,000 (total)
Location Nottinghamshire
Website http://www.centralnottingham.ac.uk
Whiteley Mill, formerly part of Castle College

Central College Nottingham is 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 The People's College in Nottingham. The People's College was the oldest further education college in England, having been founded in 1847.[1] Following a public consultation, which ran from December 2010 to January 2011, it was decided that Castle College and South Nottingham College should merge.[2] The colleges officially merged on 1 July 2011.[3] The merged college was renamed Central College Nottingham in November 2012.[4] Today the college employs over around 1000 full-time staff.[5] Its main centres are at Maid Marian Way in the City Centre, Beeston, Clifton and Ruddington.[6]

The college offers courses from level 1 entry and foundation programmes to HNDs and foundation degrees.[7]

Nottingham Campuses[edit]


The Beeston centre houses Salon Central, a commercial salon with 40 hairdressing stations & 32 beauty treatment beds, and a 1000m2 Construction Centre. It also provides courses in Art & Design, Business & IT, Digital Technologies, ESOL, Foundation Studies (including LLDD), Health & Social Care, Science, Teacher Training and Travel & Tourism. The Centre is also the base for the College's International provision.

The centre is situated on Chilwell High Road adjacent to the Central College stop on the Nottingham Express Transit tram system.[8]

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, Health & Social Care and Uniformed Public Services.


Farnborough Road, Clifton, houses the Visual Arts department and also has some sport, construction and automotive courses as well as the College's all weather pitch football facility.


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.

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.

New Basford[edit]

The Centre, based on Duke Street, is the College's Engineering Centre specialising in Fabrication & Welding. With thirty bays it is one of the largest training facilities of its kind in the UK and provides training solutions for a variety of engineering companies.


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. Childcare and Unfiorm Public Services programmes also operate at the Centre.

University Level Courses at Central College Nottingham[edit]

Central College Nottingham 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 and De Montfort University. Courses on offer include Accounting, Business and Computing, Childcare, Engineering, Science and Criminal Justice, Sport Coaching, Travel and Tourism and Visual Arts and Photography.


  1. ^ "People's College Nottingham: A History". People'sCollege Founded. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Consultation on the proposed merger of Castle College Nottingham and South Nottingham College". Skills Funding Agency. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Telegraph: Central College Nottingham Guide". Telegraph FE Guide. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Major changes in pipeline as college plans for future". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Our Staff". Central College Nottingham. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Site Locations". Central College Nottingham. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  7. ^ "About Us". Central College Nottingham. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  8. ^ Skelsey, Geoffrey (2015). Nottingham's growing tramway - Building on NET's success. LRTA. pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-0-948106-49-1.