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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Dreams come true for Nottingham College theatre students


For an actor, and especially an actor in training, there is no better, or more prestigious, stage than that of the National Theatre in London.

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


Michelin-trained chef Alex Bond took time out of his busy schedule last week to work alongside trainee chefs to cook a five-course meal for the public.

Join us for our Aspire summer showcase!


Our University Centre is holding a special summer showcase at ncn City on 7th June, 4-7.30pm. ‘Aspire’ is an end of year celebration for current HE students, and for those interested in a degree-level course, it’s a great chance to see what ncn has...

ncn alumnus lands lead role in Playhouse production


Talented actor and former ncn student, Andre Squire, got the chance to perform back in his hometown after landing a lead role in the stage production of The Grapes of Wrath.

Students feel the heat from the kitchen


Our students have shown they have what it takes after impressing Nottingham diners during their Marco Pierre White restaurant takeover.

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).