Welcome to North Shropshire College - NSC
We pride ourselves in being a friendly college with a real focus on the interests and success of our students. Our main campuses are:
Walford - near Baschurch, Shrewsbury
Shipley - near Telford and Bridgenorth
Oswestry - near the NW Shropshire borders
We have an impressive A Level programme offering a menu of over 30 subjects. We also have a huge range of vocational courses that cover just about every curriculum area, with motor vehicle, outdoor education, animal management and care, land-based subjects based at Walford and the Shipley Campus.
We aim to cater for students at every level and to meet the needs, interests and aspirations of everyone as an individual. If you want to know more please visit ourwebsite: www.wnsc.ac.uk or attend one of our open events.
Welcome from Principal, Jackie Doodson
If you are reading this then there is a good chance that you are already considering joining us at North Shropshire College (NSC), so I would like to thank you for your interest. Our students, past and present, tell us that our College is a fantastic place to be a student so you would be making a great choice.
We have an extensive choice of full and part-time courses to suit all interests and abilities, delivered at five campuses across Shropshire: Oswestry, Walford (Land based studies), Shipley, Wem and the Aspire Centre in Tenbury Wells. We also offer an extensive range of apprenticeships delivered in the workplace.
We offer courses from level one through to degree level with new courses being introduced regularly. Please come in and talk to our advice and guidance staff or pop in to one of our open events and chat to our staff – we would love to see or hear from you.
The staff here at NSC are passionate about your success. They are talented teachers and very experienced in their subject areas. You will be well supported all the way through your time with us to ensure you achieve your goals and aspirations. We will work with you on an individual basis to ensure you gain the right skills, knowledge and qualifications you’ll need for when you leave to take that next step – whether to secure a place at University, start on a career path or set up your own business.
We are proud of our academic achievements at NSC, last year the success rates were above the national average, with our A level pass rate at 100%. Added value on vocational provision is at or above national average; this reflects the dedicated support provided by our professional staff who use their industrial experience to set high expectations of students. We provide outstanding support through our learning coaches as well as arranging extra activities such as study trips, clubs, sporting activities, work experience and so much more to ensure that you develop as an individual as well as having some fun!
You will find your learning experience at NSC is greatly enhanced by our learning environment. We have invested significantly to provide you with first class teaching and learning facilities as well as student social spaces.
I look forward to welcoming you to North Shropshire College.
At North Shropshire College, we set ourselves high standards and work hard to achieve them. We cherish our close links with the community we serve and are ideally placed to help you achieve your aims in life, or to offer guidance if you are uncertain. The College aims for excellence, both academically and in the quality of the services we offer.
But don’t take our word for it… these awards speak for themselves:
Investor in People
This coveted award recognises the College’s firm commitment to the development of its staff; helping them to support our objectives by offering an on-going programme of training.
Investor in Careers
This certifies that North Shropshire College has achieved the most exacting standards of excellence in careers education and demonstrates our high standard of careers advice and guidance.
Matrix Quality Standard
This standard demonstrates our commitment to, and delivery of, high quality information, advice and guidance.
Positive about Disabled People
North Shropshire College is committed to a policy of giving equal job opportunities to disabled people, and consulting with them over their development. The Employment Service has recognised our determination with the presentation of this award.
Student Survey Results
Every year the College conducts a comprehensive survey of student satisfaction to help us measure how we are doing and to identify areas for improvement.
I am treated with respect 93% I am happy with my course 98% The teaching on my course/subject is good 94% My course is helping my skills to get better 100% I would recommend my course/subject to a friend 95% I can get on with my teacher 100% The College is a safe place to learn 95% Overall I am satisfied with the College 99%
(Figures show percentage of students agreeing with this statement – sample of 1,652 students).
Oswestry Campus offers some of the best educational facilities in Shropshire - an exciting, modern campus on a shared site with superb, purpose built Oswestry Leisure Centre. Our purposeful learning environment provides an excellent range of classrooms and well-resourced learning facilities, including new dedicated study centres.
Specialist facilities include:
Four hair and beauty salons meeting the latest professional standards
Dedicated art studio, with ceramics and photography facilities
Six computer classrooms plus graphics/multimedia workshop with a suite of Apple Macs
Professional teaching kitchen and Scholars restaurant
A modern Library and Learning Resources Centre (LRC)
High quality sports pitch, training pitch and Multi-Use Games Area
New for 2014, brand new Construction Centre focusing on bricklaying and plumbing, with electrical studies and carpentry to follow September 2015.
The Walford Campus is situated amidst a beautiful 220 hectare estate near Baschurch, just a few miles west of Shrewsbury with a network of transport routes from Telford, Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and the Welsh borders.
Following recent investment of over £10m, Walford provides some of the best land-based facilities in the region.
We are particularly proud of the new RD Park Dairy Centre with its state-of-the-art robotic milking parlour. We also benefit from excellent engineering, motor vehicle and sports facilities set within an extensive country estate. The extensive grounds also include mature woodlands, new tree plantations, fishing pools and a rough game shoot.
The award winning Harris Centre provides fantastic specialist resources for animal care, which houses over 100 species and over 700 animals ranging from alpacas to meerkats, snakes, rats, kookaburras and bearded dragons. As well as specialist animal laboratories, a dog grooming parlour and an impressive birds of prey centre, the Harris Centre provides a range of high quality classroom and IT facilities plus a brand new library to meet the needs of our animal care students.
Our aim is to bring out the best in every individual and offer a broad range of courses, with particular focus at Walford on our land-based specialisms.
The mature learning environment we offer is, in our view, the best preparation for university and the world of work. At the same time, we get to know every student and make sure that when you need support, you get it.
We are a friendly, approachable team who are passionate about learning, and ambitious for success. These are exciting times for the College and we look forward to making you very welcome.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact North Shropshire College - NSC directly.