Nelson and Colne College is to hold its first Year 11 Open Event of the year on Monday evening.

Prospective students and parents are welcome to come along between 5.30pm and 7.30pm and discover the first-class facilities and outstanding curriculum on offer, including A Level, vocational and Apprenticeship options.

Interactive curriculum demonstrations will be taking place across the college on the night and there will be the opportunity to find out more about the college’s newly-enhanced extracurricular offer, hear from student ambassadors about life at NCC and talk to expert tutors about the wide range of options available at NCC, its career college ethos and study programmes.

Staff will be on hand to talk about the personalised support available to students as well as the travel options to and from NCC, while those who are unsure of what they want to do will have the chance to speak to staff in the college’s specialist Careers Zone.

Principal Amanda Melton said: “Making a decision on where to go after secondary school is a huge decision, but our Open Events are a brilliant opportunity to come and find out about our outstanding provision and the vast opportunities available here at Nelson and Colne College.

“Here at NCC, we have a career college ethos which is designed to get you ready for your future and many of our students take advantage of our exceptional extracurricular opportunities to put them at the front of the queue for applications to some of the country’s best universities or to stand out from the crowd to employers.

“We look forward to welcoming students and parents to Monday’s event.”

In its 2016/17 results, NCC achieved a 99.7% pass rate at A Level and a 100% pass rate in vocational courses. In the summer, the college was named as the top college in the country for learner achievement at all ages and levels and second in the country for its 16-18 Apprenticeship success.

At A Level, a total of 28 students achieved three or more A*/A grades, and many have gone on to prestigious Russell Group universities including Birmingham, Cambridge, Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick and York.

Government data also places NCC as the best college in Lancashire for A Levels and the top college in the area for vocational courses, based on progress scores, while it is also the best college in Lancashire for student satisfaction, according to the FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey.

Claudia Aggett, who has just progressed to Falmouth University to study Graphic Design after achieving A*A*A at A Level, said: “When I came and looked around NCC on open day, all the staff were welcoming and the facilities were superb. The course content has exactly fitted my needs and staff have been very accommodating.”

Another student who has just left NCC is Bradley Edwards, who achieved Triple Distinction* in Applied Science (Forensic). He is now at the University of Central Lancashire studying Forensic Science.

Bradley said: “College is a really friendly environment. It has always been positive in all the time I have been here and it’s really allowed me to flourish.”

And current apprentice Thomas Croston, who is completing a Level 3 Professional Cookery Apprenticeship with the Seafood Pub Company said: “I love my Apprenticeship. I chose NCC as it is a great college that has a track record for great results.

“I’m really enjoying learning new things and I’m looking forward to continuing to progress. I have noticed the difference – my skills have improved tremendously.”

For those who cannot make the event on Monday, there will be another Year 11 Open Event on Monday 13th November from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

There will also be a special Apprenticeship Open Event on Monday 23rd October from 5.30pm and 7.30pm where those looking at an Apprenticeship route will have an opportunity to speak directly to a wide range of employers.

For more information about Nelson and Colne College contact 01282 440272 or visit