The FAQs below are designed to help you before, during and after applying to New City College.
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We focus on a giving students a rounded educational experience providing skills and qualifications to progress to university or succeed in the workplace.
Students at NCC campuses value being treated more like an adult during the college day. There are no bells to mark the start of lessons; there is no uniform; students call staff by their first name.
With our support, students are expected to work hard, attend all lessons and other activities on time, and complete all assignments or homework that is set, to a high standard. Students undertaking vocational (work-related) courses benefit from real-life work in industry standard facilities for example in salons, workshops, studios, restaurants, gyms or nurseries.
Don’t panic! We use both your GCSE results and a school reference. When you come into college to enrol, we will sit down with you and look at your results.
If you have not achieved the entry requirements for the study programme you’ve applied for, our careers team will discuss alternative choices and help find the right course for you.
Entry criteria are based on course levels and individual subject requirements. Please check the course information for the subject you are interested in on the website course pages.
All students under 19 are required to study English and Maths until they achieve a GCSE grade 4 or better. This will mean anyone with a grade below this will have to take either a Functional Skills course or retake the GCSE if they have a grade 3.
If we, or you, realise during the first 4 weeks that you are not on the right course or programme for you, our team will immediately work with you to explore other options available here at New City College.
Young students (aged 16-18 on August 31 in the year they start their course) who are eligible for the bursary receive £3.50 per college day as credit on their college ID cards. With this, you can buy a nutritious ‘meal deal’. Students may also choose to spend the free meals credit on other items at the college catering outlets.
Students who are not eligible for free college meals can either pay for food at college with a bank card (plastic or through their phone) or credit that you top up on their ID card through our online payment provider Wisepay.
If this is not possible, cash will be accepted but we encourage students not to carry cash.
How do I add funds to a college ID card through WisePay?
Add funds to your ID card by making an online payment .
At college, we have dedicated security staff who ensure that all students study in a safe environment. Entry to the college is only permitted with a college ID card.
Read more about the support on campus.
College attendance is different from school and full-time courses do not necessarily run every day of the week. Some courses require 4 or 5 days of attendance at college, while others require fewer.
Committing to studying needn’t mean leaving your job – indeed, ongoing work experience and application to learn is an important component of most courses.
We offer choices that enable students to design their learning patterns around their lifestyles. Students need to ensure that any part-time work they may take on does not interfere with their studies or attendance at lessons.
Employers all over the UK recognise and value apprenticeships as they show you’ve been trained in the skills they need. We deliver apprenticeship training at employers’ premises or at one of our college campuses. Please see full details on our apprenticeships page for more information and live vacancies.