The Pathfinder Academy is aimed at providing adults with opportunities to study part-time to improve their skills in maths, English and ESOL (English for Speakers of other languages) as well as provide short taster courses in a variety of subjects out and about with community learning.

We also work with local employers like the NHS and Boots to deliver work related training on work premises to support employers who value their staff and want to update their skills.

You can join a course at any time of the year with our flexible start dates and study at time that suits you - day or evening.

To further improve your employment opportunities we are now offering new ‘employability’ and ‘volunteering’ courses as well as a new ‘Women Returners’ course to provide women who may have been out of the workplace for some time a chance to brush up on their skills in both a classroom setting and on a short work placement in college.

The Family Learning team run Literacy and Numeracy courses for parents in schools across the City and County. They will help improve your skills in a fun and friendly way to enable you to help your children at school, to find out the new methods they are taught and to gain a qualification for yourself.
Ask your child’s school if they are running a Family Learning Group so you can access easy and stress free learning. All Family Learning courses are free of charge.

Our Community Learning team offers an extensive choice of courses and workshops from Asian Bridal Make up to Paediatric First Aid at venues across the city and county. Whether you are looking for a first step back into education or employment or simply want to try something new come and take a look!

Our courses will give you the skills you need to take a first step back in to learning, improve your skills to better your job prospects or even up-skill you to improve your chances of promotion.

Click on the Browse Courses icon on this page for a full list of courses.

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Budding film makers hit the big screen


Young movie makers got the chance to watch a premiere screening of their own short film at Nottingham’s Broadway cinema as part of the BFI Film Academy. 

Get a three-course meal at top Nottingham restaurant for just £25


Don’t miss the chance to be wined and dined by our Hospitality Management students on 26th April when they take charge at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Award-winning architects have been appointed to design a campus of the future


Award-winning architects have been appointed to take forward our plan for a ‘hub for skills’.

Talented rappers perform for Prince Harry


Budding rappers, Akil Beale, 17, and Omari Levy-Sterret, 18, got the chance to meet and perform in front of Prince Harry during his recent visit to Nottingham.

SafeGuard donates bullet proof vest to assist students with their training


Our Public Services students are benefiting from new protective armour to use as part of their course, thanks to a generous donation from SafeGuard Armour.

Talking business over tea


For Liam Richmond, manager and owner of Rudyards tea house, an apprentice has been the perfect solution to helping his fledgling business thrive.

Growing business reaps the rewards of an apprentice


Artificial Lawn Fitters UK Ltd employs 17-year-old Emily Johnson as Apprentice Sales Administrator and is looking to take on a further three apprentices.

We're supporting National Apprenticeship Week!


We currently work with more than 600 employers to deliver Apprenticeship programmes to over 1000 apprentices across 40 different sectors. Here's what one of our hospitality employers and his apprentice has to say...

Careers event gets students thinking about their futures


Students and school pupils have been inspired for their futures following the success of our Your Future careers and employability event.

Ruddington Arms chef patron passes on his culinary expertise to students


Mark Anderson of the Michelin Guide listed Ruddington Arms and three of his chefs joined ncn catering students to cook a gourmet five-course meal for the public.

The future’s looking bright for our students


To prepare students for life after college, we’re gearing up for Your Future, a careers event which will see more than 300 student workshops taking place throughout the week (20th-24th February), a host of inspiring guest speakers and the chance for stude

Creative collaboration is put under the spotlight


Music and media students came together this week for the College’s Music Expo.

Trainee chefs share their wisdom


Trainee chefs have been passing on their culinary skills to school pupils during a seafood workshop.

Working with Fujitsu to create digital champions


People in north Nottingham are being invited to become digital champions thanks to a new partnership between ncn and Fujitsu.