Central College Nottingham / Central College Nottingham


History: Founded in 1971 on the site of the old Lutterel Secondary School. Central College Nottingham is the new name for South Nottingham College.

Address: Many sites across Nottingham including West Bridgford, Clifton, City Centre, Stapleford, Basford, Beeston, and Ruddington.

Ambience: A thriving further education college in a modern city with a large student population.

Who's the boss? First-time principal Malcolm Cowgill was appointed in 2003.

Prospectus: 0115 914 6414 or browse it online here.

UCAS code: S46

What you need to know

Easy to get into? You'll need between 80 and 120 UCAS points for an HND or 120 to 200 points for a foundation degree.

Foundation Degrees: Foundation degrees in dental technology; computer games and interactive media; sport coaching; criminal justice; production engineering; visual arts practice; photography; textile design. HNCs and HNDs are offered in subjects including computing; applied biology; and engineering. Full-time and part-time courses are available.

Vital statistics: With almost 1,000 full and part-time courses, the College has around 30,000 students.

Added value: The centre in Clifton is a regional Centre of Excellence for art, design and photography. There are modern hairdressing and beauty salons at the West Bridgford, Beeston and Radcliffe centres. It is the first college in the East Midlands to have achieved the prestigious STEM assured status, demonstrating its commitment and investment in science, technology, engineering and maths. The engineering facilities and automotive facilities are of an excellent industry standard. The college also links with the highly regarded Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies to deliver multimedia courses. The college was also awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011 for its charity 'Balls to Poverty' which helps turn around lives in the UK and overseas.

Teaching: Grade 3 in a recent OFSTED inspection. The College was praised for 'Strong strategic partnerships that provide many work related learning opportunities across Nottingham for a wide range of learners' and the 'good support that learners receive to help them progress to further learning or employment'.

Any accommodation? The college has some accommodation for international students

Cheap to live there? Yes - private rentals in the area can start from £60 to £70 per week.

Transport links: All main college centres are well provided with a raft of normal bus and occasionally tram services. Trains to London take around an hour and a half, and East Midlands Airport is close by.

Fees: The college charges £5,995 per year for its HE courses in 2013.

Bursaries: A bursary scheme will be available in 2013, with up to £3,000 available to eligible students through the National Scholarship programme.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: You can easily find cinemas, live music, clubs and bars to suit all tastes. The city has a proud place in pub history - it's home to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, allegedly the oldest drinking den in the country.

Sporting reputation: Sporty. Sports Academies in football, rugby and hockey, plus opportunities to support sports and volunteer in the local community.

Glittering alumni: Footballers Wes Morgan. Leicester City, and Simon Francis, Bournemouth; Jenny Gunn, England women's cricket; Helen Richardson, Olympic hockey bronze medallist Several sports alumni are on lucrative basketball and football scholarships at US universities.