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.

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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).