Why choose ncn?

1. We will deliver.

With the best success rates of any vocational college in the city, a brand new campus in Basford and years of experience, we'll deliver you a qualification which will prepare you for life. 

2. We are the most creative college.

Choose a creative course in the field of art, design and fashion and study at ncn City – otherwise known as the Nottingham School of Art. It’s here that you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, get guaranteed access to top artists and institutions in the industry and hone your talents into skills that creative employers are looking for.

3. Love Music & Performance? So do we!

Whether you were born to be on a stage or prefer a role behind the scenes, ncn’s fantastic facilities offer you the very best in music, music technology and performing arts training. Our connections have helped our students gain record deals, play huge festivals, become award-winning producers, and famous actors and dancers. With a centre that’s been doing it well for over 20 years, there’s no better place to train. Don’t take our word for it – it’s official – ncn’s Academy for Music and Performing Arts is in the top three in the whole of the UK for student success!

4. We're the best for media and creative courses!

TV studios, design suites, state-of-the-art equipment and huge creative spaces have helped our media, gaming and digital production courses go from strength to strength. With the best student success rates for media and creative industries training in Nottingham, there’s no better place to be if you’re serious about a career in media, journalism, graphics, illustration, gaming, animation, TV & Film and photography.

5. Our new campus is light years ahead!

Choose a course within our construction academy and learn your craft at ncn’s brand new Basford Hall campus with 15 specialist workshops, science labs and IT suites, giving you the best training in the largest construction training centre in the region.

6. We care.

Study for a career in health and social care and be safe in the knowledge that you’ll be studying within Nottingham’s largest care training academy, with well-connected tutors, guaranteed work placements and an excellent support network around you. So whether you’re looking to move into nursing, childcare, social work, animal care, laboratory work or care for the elderly, ncn has it all.

7. We're not school.

Study A Levels at ncn’s dedicated sixth form centre at High Pavement, in the heart of Nottingham Trent University’s city campus, with tutors who will not rest before seeing you off to your university of choice. It's completely different to school.

78. You'll meet the most important people from the world of hospitality.

Study one of our many courses in catering, tourism and hospitality for top of the range facilities such as our very own Top 10 world-ranked restaurant, guest lectures from the very best names in the industry, and connections with huge hotel, airport, events and restaurant employers.

9. You can learn your trade in a real working environent.

Fancy a career in the hair and beauty industry? Well there’s no better place to train than in one of our professional salons and beauty centres. You’ll train by working with paying customers and with top brands like Dermatologica, L’Oreal and Wella.

10. In to business? We know business!

The professional and support services sector is Nottingham’s fastest growing so choosing to study computing, ICT, business, marketing, finance or Public Services is a very wise choice. We’ve been teaching in these areas for many years and have a fantastic track record in securing our learners jobs and opportunities – you can be one of them.

Highlights from ncn

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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.