Nelson and Colne College’s next Year 11 Open Event will be held on Monday evening.

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

Interactive curriculum demonstrations will be taking place across the college on the night and there will also 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 chance to come and find out about our outstanding provision and the vast opportunities available here at Nelson and Colne College.

“For anybody who could not make the event in October, we will be delighted to see you on the night. But those who came last time and want to come along again to speak with our expert members of staff about the options available, we look forward to welcoming you back to NCC.

“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.”

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.

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.

Former Pendle Vale College student Saima Hussain has just progressed to the University of Leeds to study Criminal Justice and Criminology after achieving A*AA at A Level in Sociology, Religious Studies and Law.

Saima, 19, said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at NCC and the variety of subjects available. The reason I chose NCC was because I saw it as the best route to university and because of its good reputation for results. I was over the moon on A Level Results Day!”

Another student who has just left NCC is Haqeem Anwar, formerly of Marsden Heights Community College, who achieved Triple Distinction* in Level 3 ICT. Haqeem is now at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Computer Forensics and Security.

Haqeem, 18, said: “NCC has been great and the fantastic teachers helped develop my skills for the future. Because of the support I received from my teachers, and the great college environment at NCC, I would definitely recommend it to others.”

Former West Craven High School student Luke Cole, 19, is completing an Engineering Apprenticeship with NCC at Brooksbank Valves. He said: “The Apprenticeship has helped me build up my experience using all the machines we have here and helped me learn how to program.

“I’ve also had to converse and work with other people, colleagues and peers to get the job done correctly.”

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