Supported Learning

Whether you’ve left school with low GCSE grades, have no formal qualifications, or have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, our supported learning programmes have been designed to provide you with all of the support you need to progress through your studies at college.


We make sure that group sizes remain small and we give you loads of support and encouragement to grow your confidence, independence and self-esteem. You can try out lots of different things and get a taste of which direction you’d like your future to take – most of all we want you to progress and achieve your ambitions, make friends and enjoy your time here.


You will be based at Basford Hall which is a brand new state-of-the-art building. Also, many of you will visit the specialised facilities on the other campuses as part of your course or to take part in other opportunities, whilst you are with us. We’ll also support you in achieving your dream ambitions, whether this is progressing to employment, starting an Apprenticeship, or into further and maybe higher education. During your time with us you’ll develop great life skills, employability skills and undertake practical job-related training.

At Basford Hall, we have well-equipped libraries and IT facilities, access to vocational studies and two multi-purpose vehicles which we use for training to promote independent travel. We also have ramps, lifts and induction loops installed at all our major campuses.

Programmes we offer include:

Connects Pathways

Connects Pathway - Entry Level 1
Connects Pathway - Entry Level 2

Adult Enterprise Pathways

Adult Enterprise Pathway - Entry 2
Adult Enterprise Pathway - Entry 3
Adult Enterprise Pathway - Level 1

Entry 2 Pathways

Entry 2 Pathway - Level 1

Entry Links Pathways

Entry Links Pathways - Entry 3

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

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Dreams come true for Nottingham College theatre students


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A celebration of creativity


From giant cars made from scrap metal, extravagant costume design, moving furniture, and jewellery made from nature; these were just some of the creative pieces displayed as part of the students' End of Year Art and Design Show.

Students gain inspiration from industry


Students were able to tap into industry knowledge this week as our High Pavement campus opened its doors to careers advisors from local businesses and universities. 

City and Guilds names Nottingham College ‘UK Centre of the Year‘


Nottingham College was honoured at the City and Guilds Lion Awards last week (15th June), winning the UK Centre of the Year award at a prestigious ceremony held in London’s iconic Kensington Roof Gardens.

Fashion students strut their stuff on the catwalk


St Mary’s Gate Church became a stunning backdrop for a catwalk fashion show for Nottingham College Fashion students' End of Year catwalk show.

Megan’s artwork reaches new heights


Talented young artist Megan Cresswell has taken her final college project to a whole new level, literally… 

Ncn and Central College merge to become Nottingham College


New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham have today merged to create Nottingham College – set to be one of the largest colleges in the country.

Top chef Alex Bond inspires students with contemporary cuisine


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Join us for our Aspire summer showcase!


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ncn alumnus lands lead role in Playhouse production


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Students feel the heat from the kitchen


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I declare Creative 122 officially open!


A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham on 10th May at a special launch event held at our City campus.

Awards success for talented Nottingham students


Creative students from both ncn and Central College were honoured at the 2017 Young Creative Awards on Wednesday 10 May. 

Creative 122 set to open by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham


A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students will open to the public on Wednesday 10th May at an official launch event at ncn City (Adams Building).