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Look beyond today - get ready for life at New City College

Course applications are open! For more information please contact 0330 135 9000 or email:

We are delighted you are interested in applying to New City College. Ofsted has rated us GOOD and we’re proud to offer a superb range of courses, and a first rate college experience. Inside and outside of the classroom, we will do all that we can to help you achieve your future career goals and ambitions.

With opportunities for everyone, we encourage our students to look beyond today.

You will join a college that will support you and drive you at every stage to be bold, determined and committed so that you achieve your very best.

Each of our campuses retains a strong local identity and provides a wide choice of courses for our communities.

Make your application and join us – it will be the best decision you can make!

How to Apply

First of all, find your course. You can search from our home page, by typing the name of the subject you’d like to study in the white search bar. You can also click on the Find Your Course photos on the home page, where you have choices depending on whether you are a 16-18 school leaver, an adult or looking for SEND or Higher Education courses. If you go to the campus pages, you can search for your course from there too. Whichever route you take, you’ll be sure to find the course that suits you and your future career.

Once you find your course and the campus you’d like to join, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button in the course information which will add the course to your basket. Next, ‘checkout’ your course, and fill in your details. Our Customer Services team will send you an email to confirm your application has been received. Later in the process, you will receive an offer of a place at New City College!

Course Advice and Applications

If you would like to speak to someone about any of our courses, or need help with your application, you can contact our advice teams on 0330 135 9000 or email Or you can fill in our Course Enquiry online form

To apply and enrol at New City College (19+ adults)

Looking to retrain and upskill? Search our adult courses by subject here.

Entry requirements for 16 to 18-year-olds

We expect all our students to work hard and show that they are committed. A school report or reference is essential. As well as this, applicants need the following grades for certain courses.

Level 3 Vocational programmes: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above – including English and Maths (some areas require specific subjects at GCSE).

A Level: Generally, we expect at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9-5 to include English and Maths at grade 5. There are specific requirements for some subjects which will be discussed when you are interviewed.

Level 2: Minimum 4 GCSEs at grade 3. Some subjects have other agreed requirements, including DBS checks, prior associated qualification at Level 1, an audition or portfolio.

Level 1: Suitability will be established at an interview, with qualifications and subject-specific skills taken into account.

10 things to know before you arrive

We’ve put together this handy list to help you prepare yourself for life as a New City College student:

  • Sort out your travel journey
  • Connect with us on social media @NewCityCol (Facebook, Twitter and TikTok)
  • You will need your student reference or Year 11 report and proof of your qualifications or certificates
  • Enrol on our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Know what to do if you have additional support needs
  • Confirm your course induction timetable
  • Complete your pre-arrival tasks
  • Take part in our Applicant Experience Days in July and attend enrolment and induction
  • Supporting You

    At New City College we support you in making the most of your time at college. We celebrate diversity, challenge inequality and work hard to create a learning and working environment that enables you to express your whole self.

    We have a range of services geared up to guide you through your college journey – from the moment you arrive to the day you embark on the next step of your career.

  • Course Advice & Guidance

    We know it can sometimes be challenging deciding what and where to study, so if you need help deciding which course is right for you, our friendly advisors can give you some guidance and also support you through the application and enrolment process.

    They can also advise you on any financial help and assistance that New City College can offer its students. Please call them on 0330 135 9000.

    The college holds Open Events throughout the year. At these events, you will have the opportunity to meet tutors from all course areas, student representatives, and the Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance Team, who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

    Our Careers advice teams are available to students at all stages of their college journey.  Click here to find out more about careers support within college.

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing support

    Our mental health & wellbeing team offers a range of support for you through your time at college. From confidential 1-1 sessions, to group events and stress-busting techniques.

    We have qualified counsellors who can help students through difficult times, such as relationship problems, family issues, anxiety, exam stress, depression and any other personal circumstances that are emotionally challenging and may interfere with their learning.

    And experienced mental health advisers who can give one-to-one support, such as practical advice, information, advocacy and referrals to internal and external services. Click here to find out more.

  • Financial Support

    Funds are allocated to students needing support with materials and other educational costs. These include the 16-18 bursary, the college’s 19+ bursary and the bursary for students taking out an advanced learner loan. We also provide free college meals for eligible students. Click here to find out more.

  • Additional Learning Support

    Our Additional Learning Support team can provide valuable support with your studies. Students can access support ranging from specialist assessment or screening, one-to-one study mentoring and special examination access arrangements, in-class support and assistance for people with hearing and/or visual impairments.

  • Key Dates to Note

  • Pathway to University

    Applying to New City College could mean you are already on your pathway to a degree. We have very strong links with a range of universities and we will support you all the way. Our careers teams will give you all the advice you need once you are here.