Nelson and Colne College’s third and final Year 11 Open Event of the academic year will be held on Monday 5 February.

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: “If you did not manage to make either of our Open Events in the autumn, our February Open Event is ideal for Year 11 students who have not yet made a decision on their future. If you have already attended an event, but have some further questions or simply want another look around, then please do come along to speak to our expert staff and see how NCC can help you in preparing for your future.

“We know choosing the right college is a big step so come along to explore the outstanding provision and the vast opportunities here at NCC.

“With our Career College ethos, we see students progressing on to exciting jobs, Apprenticeships and some of the top Universities in the country every year. We look forward to welcoming you to NCC!”

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 St Christopher’s CE High School student Georgia Smithies, 18, is now studying Film at the University of Warwick having left NCC with A*AA in English Literature, Creative Writing and Film Studies.

She said: “I chose NCC because I knew it was a very good college and I felt that I would benefit more from an education at Nelson and Colne than at another college. I have enjoyed making some of the best friends I’ve ever had and learning in a mature environment.”

Niall Valentine, 19, formerly of Park High School, achieved D*D*D* in Uniformed Services while at NCC and is now studying Criminology at Lancaster University.

He said: “I have an ambition to join either the police or the military police. I enjoyed making lots of new friends at NCC and the trip to the Army and Marines was very useful and interesting. I would absolutely recommend Nelson and Colne College as they ensure you reach your potential while making it fun.”

Former Pendle Vale College student Hamza Rashid, 19, completed his Business Administration Apprenticeship with Calico through NCC. He said: “I would definitely recommend an Apprenticeship. I have been able to develop my skill set and achieve not only professionally but personally as well.”

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