Nelson and Colne College is an ‘outstanding’ Further Education College, based in Barrowford. In 2018, we celebrated a 99% pass rate for A Levels and a 99.6% pass rate for advanced vocational studies. We are home to 1,800 full time students, 14,000 part-time adults and 1,300 Apprentices, and offer a range of courses to suit all needs.

In November 2018, Nelson and Colne College incorporating Lancashire Adult Learning, completed a successful merger with Accrington and Rossendale College to create a combined force for greater opportunities.

Whole generations of families from across the region have benefited from the education they received while studying at Nelson and Colne College. We pride ourselves on helping each individual student achieve their future goals by offering exceptional teaching and facilities, as well as extensive extracurricular opportunities.

Key facts about Nelson and Colne College:

  • Recent Government data has placed NCC as top in Lancashire for A Levels (based on progress scores), top in Lancashire for vocational studies (based on progress scores), top in the country for 16-18 learner achievement (at all levels) and top in the country for 16-18 Apprenticeship achievement (at all levels)
  • We are number one in Lancashire in the latest FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey
  • We are number one in Lancashire in the latest FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey
  • In April 2019, Nelson and Colne College was named as the FE College of the Year in the Educate North Awards
  • We offer unique Pre-Professional Programmes supporting students pursuing professional careers in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, Journalism, and Teaching
  • More than 350 students progress to university each year and one in five go to Russell Group universities – the best in the country – including Oxbridge
  • Recent investments have included a new £2million Engineering facility, 3G all-weather sports pitch and gym, new fully-equipped science laboratories, student study and social spaces
  • We sponsor the multi-Academy Pendle Education Trust incorporating Colne Primet Academy, Castercliff Primary Academy, Pendle Primary Academy, West Craven High School and Casterton Primary Academy
  • In August 2016, NCC joined forces with Lancashire Adult Learning – the UK’s second largest adult education provider, offering a range of courses in more than 120 venues across Lancashire
  • In January 2017, we launched a new University Centre, building on our ‘outstanding’ reputation for teaching and learning, to offer a range of Higher Education programmes to adults in East Lancashire and beyond
  • In May 2018, NCC was chosen to deliver new technical qualifications (T Levels) in Childcare and Digital from 2020
  • Selected to be a Maths Centre for Excellence in October 2018, gaining the investment potential to develop collaborative activities around teaching and share good practice regionally

For additional information on the performance of Nelson and Colne College, and to compare this to other schools and colleges, please click here.

Our Visions and Values:

  • Expanding Horizons
  • We Excel Together
  • Always Learning
  • You Matter

Use this section to find out more about how the college is governed, our policies and procedures, our commercial facilities and our highly successful alumni!


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