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New City College students make things happen. Whether it’s progressing to further study or careers at amazing places, New City College helps stories start and adventures begin.

New City College prepares students for their future. They progress to their next step with the confidence to succeed and to think independently. Whether that’s through the practical hands-on training, the real-life experiences, the ongoing support and mentoring from staff, or the projects with real business clients at our Learning Companies, New City College provides an environment to stretch and challenge.

In other words, New City College prepares students to stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few examples of how New City College students made it happen, in their own words:

Redbridge, Mark

Mark

I joined New City College at Redbridge campus to study Level 3 Extended Diploma Business. I had been interested in graphic design from a young age and had started selling myspace layouts in the playground.

I now work as a Marketing and Graphic Design Executive at Wani's International/Tropical Sun (The food brand). I also run a successful graphic design business which has a turnover of around 30k a year designing for worldwide artists and brands such as Sony, Virgin, J Hus, Headie, Loski, Michael Dapaah and NSG.

The knowledge I learned in my Business course at College taught me to maintain and balance my business with my University work in order to grow my portfolio. The specific skills I learnt from Shabnam and Cornelius, were teachings around business and law, as well as learning correct presentation techniques and communication skills.

I received an unconditional offer for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and studied a 4-year course in marketing with a placement year.

Redbridge, Maira

Maira

I studied Level 3 Extended Diploma Business, at New City College Redbridge campus. Alongside this, I completed the Career Ready Programme, where I had the opportunity to attend workshops and business masterclasses aimed at helping students focus on their ambitions.

After college I progressed on to study Business Management at Queen Mary University in London and graduated with a 2.1 degree. I am now working within the HR division at Barclays.

Redbridge, Fadomo

Fadomo

I joined New City College Redbridge campus after being uprooted from Somalia war zone in 2011 by my mother for a better life in the UK, along with my three siblings.

When I arrived in England the only words I knew were ’I don’t know English’ and so I had to learn a completely new language. I learnt the alphabet at age eleven and only knew Arabic, so I was very proud when I managed to get 9 GCSE’s. My best achievement was grade A* in English Literature, a language I could not speak 6 years before.

I was Inspired by my sister who studied at New City College and progressed onto study Adult Nursing at University, so I decided to follow in her footsteps. I studied Level 3 Extended Diploma Business at NCC and was also extremely honoured to have won Student of the year in 2019!

Fadomo’s teachers said - “Her work was always exemplary, which showed when she achieved distinctions in all her units. She also completed her work experience in advance to her applying to university.”

I am now studying at City University to become a radiographer.

Attlee A Level Academy, Lapaz

Lapaz

I had an unconventional educational background as I was home schooled in my early years. In the first year of my A-levels at Attlee, I lived in a caravan with no electricity or running water and my daily commute to college took over an hour and a half.

Lapaz’s teachers said – “Her attendance, punctuality and positivity remained an inspiration to her class-mates throughout her studies”.

I was proud to have represented the Attlee A-level Academy in a mock murder trial at the Supreme Court, playing a QC and in Parliament, arguing in a debate on a second Brexit referendum, as well as winning the A Level student of the year at Gala Awards Evening!

I am now studying law at Sussex University.

Tower Hamlets, Sameeha

Sameeha

I joined New City College, Tower Hamlets campus after moving to the UK from France, with no experience speaking the English Language. I started on the 14-16 provision, then progressed to BTEC Level 2 Science and continued to level 3.

My teachers were very friendly and always pushed me to achieve the best. Hence, I achieved triple Distinctions stars. I couldn’t believe that I achieved these results and wouldn’t have been able to do so if it weren’t for them.

My teachers always have told me: Don’t get disheartened, if you fail initially, instead keep trying. Remember that your mistakes give you valuable lessons in the end and also help you choose the right path.

Whilst studying, I joined the ambassador programme, which gave me an insight to a different perspective outside of student life. This is one of the remarkable moments of my college life. It allowed me to identify my strengths and weaknesses. It wasn’t easy at first, but after a while I got the hang of it.

In October 2019, I started at Middlesex University to study Audiology with one-year placement. At the beginning everything was new, so it was a bit challenging but that’s absolutely normal. I met new friends and we study together as well in order to achieve our 1st year very well.

So far, I had 4 exams and many assignments, however, as I have already experienced assignments in my BTEC Science course, I found that I was more used to this way of examination. I can’t believe that the 1st year is soon over and hope to do well in my next two years!

Tower Hamlets, Raymond

Raymond

I originally enrolled to do A-levels at New City College in 2017, as I had aspired to be a lawyer, however after careful consideration I realised the courses weren’t suited to me so I changed to Health and Social Care at the Tower Hamlets campus.

I received amazing support from my tutors as I’d started a bit later than others, they helped direct me around my assignments, coursework and assessments.

I completed work placement alongside his course in both community and hospital environment working in St. Matthias Community Centre and Homerton University Hospital. These placements gave me skills in Health and safety in the workplace, Equality, Diversity and Rights (EDR), Developing Effective Communication and Caring for Adults and young children.

The amount of support, help and counselling from my tutors and teachers, allowed me to become fully motivated to complete my coursework done and ready on time.

They took time out of their busy schedules to assist me whenever I needed help and I'm forever grateful for having these amazing tutors. They are really special

After I left College in 2019, I delayed attending University, however, I have continued to work at Homerton University Hospital and am completing an online course until I hopefully attend University next year.

One thing I enjoyed in college was how diverse and equal NCC is. The College provides equal opportunities and support to everyone irrespective of their race or background. As a black boy in the college, I never felt discriminated against or abused or left out in any way. This encouraged and pushed me to focus on my studies and course and not worry about discrimination or abuse. I felt empowered.

Hackney, Giedre

Giedre

I studied level 2 pre-access course alongside GCSE maths and English as English was not my first language.

I had been out of education for a long time when I started at NCC, Hackney campus in 2016 and I started whilst my 3 children were all in school. I really wanted to do something for myself and start a career in something I had always dreamed of, a Midwife. After I completed this course, I continued onto the L3 Access to Nursing and also won student of the year, whilst pregnant and eventually giving birth with my 4th baby while studying!

I progressed to study at City University as a Midwife and graduated with a first-class degree.

I am now proudly working full time for the NHS.

Hackney, Aaron

Aaron

I joined New City College, Hackney campus to study Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports. I am now attending one of America's top basketball colleges, Sheridan College, Wyoming, where he will have the chance to play for their college team the Generals.

I won several awards during my time at New City College's Hackney Campus, so I was encouraged to apply for US colleges by my coaches for a scholarship. To do so, I prepared a tape of my basketball career at New City College, including highlights of game action and details of the awards I won, including being AoC sports player of the year, ABL Southern Conference player of the year, ABL Southern Conference Most Valuable player and the New City College Hackney campus sports student of the year.

Sheridan College then awarded me one of their 12 scholarship places for overseas students to study general studies at Sheridan. This course gives me the opportunity to take courses across multiple faculties and prepare for a transfer to a university in the US, most likely in South Dakota.

I am so grateful to my teachers and coaches for pushing me to get to where I am now. Their advice and encouragement have helped to develop my game and continually improve to be the best player that I can be. New City College's partnership with the London Lions has provided me with more exposure to the professional basketball world and that is now my dream to become a professional player.

Epping Forest, Aaron

Aaron

I have recently completed my two-year Sport Couching course at the Epping campus and through the Football Development Centre I was recommended for Tottenham Hotspur’s Coaching Excellence Centre. On this course I’ve been mentored and up-skilled by the Clubs Academy coaches along with a year-long work placement with the Clubs First Team staff.

The college helped me massively with my overall development. Especially Paul (Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach), who has helped me with all the opportunities I have received.

I am now doing a coaching role with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club!

Epping Forest, Elise

Elise

During my time at Epping, I completed my two-year Sport course and have since represented Essex in The Great North City Games in the straight 150m, where I came third place with the time of 18.49 seconds!

I started my athletics career when I was 14 and have been competing since then every year. The college has helped me improve on my technique! The staff are amazing, and I couldn’t be where I am today without them.

I now attend Middlesex University where I’m is studying Sport and Exercise Science. I also complete my work placement at New City College, supporting Sports staff and students, which I love!

Epping Forest, Jayden

Jayden

I completed my two-year Tourism & Aviation course at the Epping campus. After leaving college I was scouted by aviation services giant ‘Swissport’ to join their operations team at Stansted Airport as a Passenger Service Agent.

The course has been awesome! It’s been a dream of mine to be a pilot and working at the airport is a step towards my dream, I'm so excited to be starting work in an industry I have such a passion for.

I have continued to progress across the company during my time at Swissport and am now one of five people specially trained for liaison with Air India.

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