Nelson and Colne College is gearing up to welcome in prospective students and their families to its first Year 11 Open Event of the academic year.

The College’s doors will open up to visitors on Thursday 3 October between 5.30pm and 7.30pm when there will be the chance to come and discover what life is like at the number one college in the country for 16-18 classroom learner achievement, and 16-18 Apprenticeship achievement.

Those attending can find out more about the broad range of A Levels and high quality vocational courses offered, as well as valuable Apprenticeships in many industry sectors, and new gold standard T Level qualifications in Digital and Childcare to be delivered at NCC from September 2020.

Principal Amanda Melton said: “Choosing a College is an important step in a young person’s life and by choosing Nelson and Colne College, you are selecting an extraordinary place to study. We continue to be a beacon for educational excellence and this is achieved by combining phenomenal teaching with hard work and high expectations.

“Each and every student at NCC receives a tailored study programme, so you can be confident in the knowledge that your future is our number one priority from the day that you first walk through our doors.

“It is an exciting time to be applying for College too, with our exceptional range of A Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships being complemented by new technical qualifications – T Levels. These are enhanced by more relevant work-related content and skills development, combined with in-depth work placements with regional employers.

“We are in the privileged position to be the only East Lancashire College to deliver these from September next year, and we are looking forward to showcasing these new qualifications to our welcome visitors.”

On the night, there will also be the chance to enjoy a tour of the campus, view the College’s modern facilities, talk to expert tutors and members of the Careers Team, and take part in a range of exciting ‘have a go’ activities.

Visitors can also learn more about Nelson and Colne College’s outstanding extracurricular programme, and discover more about the travel arrangements to and from College, and gain further information around financial assistance.

Hannah Smith, 19, formerly of Colne Park High School, achieved ABB in A Level English Language, English Literature and French during her time at Nelson and Colne College, and progressed on to the University of Manchester to study Linguistics.

Hannah said: “The courses at Nelson and Colne College truly enable you to achieve your full potential, both as a student and as a person, which I believe will help me both in life and in my academic pursuits.

“I’ve loved my time at College – NCC is a place which supports every student in their academic studies, but also allows you to develop social skills through a thriving extracurricular offer and a vibrant and diverse student body.

“I would recommend the college to others in a heartbeat. You are more than just a number at Nelson and Colne College – you are encouraged to improve personally and professionally and you are given the tools to be the best version of yourself.”

Former Pendle Vale College student Zainab Ijaz, 19, who achieved Triple Distinction* in Vocational Science at Nelson and Colne College is now studying Audiology at the University of Manchester.

She said: “A Russell Group university such as Manchester was definitely something I was looking at when I began College because I knew of its reputation.

“Places are very competitive and the content of the course and the high standard of my teachers, including the workshops and quality of feedback on my work, definitely played a big part in me successfully gaining my place.”

Former Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School student Joe Cook, 20, progressed into an Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Apprenticeship at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust after completing his Level 3 vocational Engineering qualification at Nelson and Colne College.

Joe said: “I am really enjoying my Apprenticeship at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. The opportunity came through a work placement and the relationship that Nelson and Colne College enjoys with the Trust. I have had really good support during my Apprenticeship and it is developing the skills I need to succeed in my career.”

Nelson and Colne College is the number one college in Lancashire for A Levels and Vocational studies, based on progress scores. It is also the number one college in Lancashire for student satisfaction, based on the government’s FE Choices survey.

If you would like to apply to study at Nelson and Colne College, contact 01282 440272 or visit