Welcome to Newcastle-under-Lyme College
At Newcastle-under-Lyme College and Sixth Form Centre you’ll find your way to achieve what you want from your life... in an encouraging, safe and supportive environment.
Our stunning campus boasts outstanding new facilities, designed to give you the best possible environment in which to learn and enjoy college life.
What’s more, when you join NULC we’ll make sure you get all the support you need to succeed... including one-to-one support from your personal tutor and learner manager and extra help such as careers advice, counseling, help with your finances and additional learning support when you need it.
And remember - our approach works. Full-time student achievement rates at NULC and Sixth Form Centre exceed all national averages, firmly placing NULC among the top 25% of further education colleges in the country.
Newcastle-under-Lyme College is a highly successful college in North Staffordshire, with pass rates and student success levels amongst the best in the country.
We provide a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications from entry to degree level, along with the support services to help you achieve your goals.
This is reflected in our mission statement: “To shape successful lives through excellent education and training.”
In January 2010 we opened the doors to our new £60m campus which we believe offers members of staff, students and the public amongst the best college facilities available anywhere in the country.
Newcastle-under-Lyme College is proud of the facilities it provides for its students. They include great spaces for socialising, a hairdressing and beauty therapy salon in addition to online resources and learning resource centres designed to enhance the learning experience.
Learning Resources Centre (LRC)
Our Learning Resources Centre provides a wide range of services to support all your information, study and IT needs. The Centre is open access with help and advice available at all times. It contains over 70 computers, 18,000 books, videos, magazines, newspapers and electronic information.
We also have:
- Helpful and qualified staff
- Colour printing
- Internet and email
- On-line databases
- Specialist careers advice
- Learning materials
- Black and white and colour photocopying
- Silent study area
Our computers are attached to a high speed network and run all the latest software. You will receive your own user-name which enables you to access all the College software including the Internet, email and on-line databases. These give you access to huge banks of information held outside the College which will be useful for your course.
You are also able to borrow up to five books at any one time. Books are issued for four weeks and can be renewed if not previously reserved by another student.
Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 9.00pm
Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm.
The Food Hall
The Food Hall is open from 8am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, during term time. It serves a great range of breakfast dishes (until 11.15am), with lunch and snacks being served from 11am - 2pm.
The Shop is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Fridays during term time. You can call in to top up your phone credit, buy magazines, or grab a sandwich, drink or snack if you’re eating on the move.
There are also lots of vending machines throughout the college, serving drinks and snacks when you need them.
Starbucks Coffee Lounge
The Coffee Lounge is open from 8am - 8pm during term time. Choose from a selection of hot and cold snacks and delicious hot drinks.
The Olympic Lounge is a great space for chilling out in between classes, with comfy sofas and vending machines serving a range of drinks and snacks. There is also a pool table and table football game. Special events such as Wii tournaments and DJ workshops also take place throughout the year.
The Learner Services team includes a Careers Advisor, Student Finance Advisors and a College Counsellor. You can drop in to see them in Learner Services on the second floor, next to the LRC, or call them for a chat on 01782 254391. There’s also an email helpline. Learner Managers
We have four Learner Managers, Paula, Jo, Lauren and Janet, who are here to help keep you motivated and to get you help with anything that is causing you worry or concern – this could include extra support for your studies, or more personal issues such as relationship or family problems, alcohol or drug use, sexual health, housing or financial worries.
If you’re missing lessons, your Personal Tutor may ask one of the Learner Managers to call you to see how you are and offer help to overcome any problems that might stop you from achieving your goals at College.
If you are a full-time student, the key person in providing the support you need is your Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor will be a friendly member of your course team who you can approach if you need to talk to a member of staff or get help with any problems. He or she will also lead a weekly timetabled session with your tutorial group, where you will cover a range of useful topics to help you settle in and become a better student.
Your academic progress
Your Personal Tutor will help you to ensure you make good progress on your course and meet your deadlines and targets. You will have a series of one-to-one reviews with your Personal Tutor which cover a range of topics as the year unfolds - from how you are settling in at the start, turning to your on-going progress as your programme develops, and then onto your plans for the future towards the end of the course.
Your individual targets and learning plans
To help you and your lecturers track your progress, the College has developed a range of leading-edge tools so that you can complete an electronic learning plan (ILP) which can be monitored and updated by yourself and your tutors.
We ask you to set your own targets and assess your own strengths and weaknesses - this helps you to see how well you are achieving and makes sure that you understand how to meet your targets. Many courses also use an electronic mark book which enables you to see your marks and grades on your learning plan.
The College's success rates on AS/A Levels and advanced vocational courses consistently exceed national benchmarks, firmly placing Newcastle-under-Lyme College among the top 10% of further education colleges in the country.
In 2016, more than 2,700 A and AS Level entries were made in more than 30 subjects.
. 98.6% pass rate
. 151 A* and A grades acheived
. Two thirds of all A Level subjects enjoyed a 100% pass rate
Vocational subjects enjoyed a 99.5% pass rate in 2016
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.