Nelson and Colne College is set to host its first Virtual Open Event for school leavers and parents/carers – including live bookable sessions, panoramic tours, live chats with tutors and much more!

The Virtual School Leaver Open Event will take place on Monday 5 October, from 6pm until 8pm, and it will give visitors the opportunity to find out more about life at Nelson and Colne College – the number one FE college nationally for A Level progress and for student satisfaction.

Visitors will be able to learn more about the college’s broad range of A Level and vocational subjects, as well as Apprenticeships, and the progression routes available to them, including to leading Russell Group universities such as Oxbridge, and employment. There will also be more information on the College’s new career-aligned T Level qualifications available in Digital, Education and Childcare, Health and Science.

As well as the virtual tours of the facilities, live chats with tutors, and live skills demonstrations, which can be booked in advance, pupils and parents/carers will also be able to find out more about the extensive extracurricular opportunities and wraparound support available to students at Nelson and Colne College and hear video content from former students who have progressed in their careers.

A Principal’s Welcome, support Q&A and application help also form part of the online Open Event experience for those attending. To register, students and parents/carers need to visit

Former Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School student Sam Jennings, 19, achieved A*AA in his A Levels in Geography, Biology and Geology, and progressed on to Lancaster University to study Biology.

Sam said: “I’ve massively enjoyed my time at Nelson and Colne College and it has pushed me to be more independent with my learning and with my researching.

“There is a wide range of extracurricular activities available at College, which help to keep your mind and body healthy, and I have visited places I never thought I would be able to visit through College trips.

“I would 100% recommend Nelson and Colne College to others who are looking to be a lot more independent with their learning and who would like more responsibility when it comes to learning certain modules. I like the fact there are lots of quiet study areas that are open for hours after College finishes, in order for work to be completed, while still in a learning environment.”

Aisha Abid, 18, formerly of Pendle Vale College, achieved A* in Education and Childcare and progressed on to Manchester Metropolitan University to study Primary Education with QTS.

Aisha said: “My time at College has been great. I have made some amazing friends for life and I feel that the Education and Childcare course will put me at an advantage when I begin Higher Education. The staff are really helpful, and they always push you to achieve your best.

“Through the course, I’ve developed valuable knowledge of childcare and gained experience of it while on work placement. This has been a real benefit to me as I understand better what it is like to work in primary schools.”

Joe Clarke, 22, formerly of Park High School, is a Level 1 Motor Vehicle Apprentice at Graham’s of Colne. Joe said: “I’ve always wanted to go into Motor Engineering, and my Apprenticeship is developing the skills I need for the future. I also have a unit myself where I work on cars out of hours and at weekends to strengthen my knowledge. I would like to do my MOT qualification as well to improve my inspection abilities so that I can work in that aspect of the business in the future.”

In 2020, Nelson and Colne College achieved a 100% A Level pass rate and a 100% Advanced Vocational pass rate. The number of students achieving A*-A grades at A Level rose to 37%, those achieving high A*-B grades increased to 69%, and the number gaining A*-C grades has also improved to 91%.

Principal of Nelson and Colne College Group Amanda Melton said: “Choosing a College is a big decision, and if you have an ambition to successfully progress into a rewarding and sustainable career, then Nelson and Colne College should be your first choice destination when you leave school – we are one of the leading colleges nationally across a range of academic measures.

“Open Events are the perfect opportunity to really get a feel for what it is like to study at College. While we would love to see pupils and their parents/carers in person, their safety is our number one priority right now, and as such we have invested time and money into this online platform, to ensure they will receive the same quality and same delivery they would expect if they were coming to see us on campus.

“I really would encourage any school leaver, as well as their parents/carers, to register to this virtual event and get booked on to the live sessions available by visiting our website or contacting our Admissions Team on 01282 440272 or”

For more information about Nelson and Colne College, please visit To apply, or for application support, contact the Admissions Team at or call 01282 440272.