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Welcome to Cardinal Newman College

There are many reasons why our young people are amongst the highest achievers in the country; from our outstanding exam results to our inspirational teachers and our belief that students need to enjoy their studies to succeed.

When students enrol at Cardinal Newman, they can choose from a vast range of different subjects, ensuring that they find the course that’s just right for them. We are proud to be able to offer our students the best range of choices, even allowing students to mix BTECs with A Levels, giving them the broadest spectrum of opportunities.

The College performs exceptionally well each year in the Government’s league tables and the College’s most recent Ofsted inspection graded Cardinal Newman as ‘outstanding in every aspect’. Our students really fulfil their potential at Cardinal Newman, progressing onto prestigious universities and rewarding careers. This success is built on teamwork between staff and students.

Cardinal Newman staff are passionate about working with young people and always go the extra mile to provide guidance and support to help them succeed.

While we expect our students to work hard, we want them to enjoy life too! There is an enormous range of enrichment activities: trips around the UK and overseas, sport, performance and a multitude of other opportunities.

We are a Catholic College and the Chaplaincy team provides students with opportunities to be involved in charitable work, as well as considering their own spiritual journey.

This prospectus will give you a real flavour of what we have to offer. For more information have a look at our website or, best of all, come along to our Open Events - I look forward to meeting you then.

Nick Burnham 


About us

Cardinal Newman College, situated in Preston Lancashire, is a wonderful place to study. We are a happy and distinctive Catholic Sixth Form College with a small and unique campus, which welcomes students of all faiths and has a unique feeling of community. We offer a range of A Level courses, Level 3 courses and a selection of Level 2 BTEC courses.

We are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and wish to develop a community in which every student reaches their potential. We passionately believe that this can only be achieved if students enjoy their time at college and are allowed to thrive within a happy, safe and supportive environment.

As a Catholic Sixth Form College, we strive to be a centre of educational excellence for the community built on faith, respect and trust. We celebrate diversity amongst all of our students and staff, and we seek to nurture the gifts of each individual through high quality teaching, learning and dedicated pastoral care.

Cardinal Newman College is a community which aims to live out the gospel values of service and love.

Additional support

At Cardinal Newman College, every student matters and we will strive to give you outstanding support both inside and outside the classroom.

When you start College you will have your own Achievement Tutor, who will be like your form teacher at school. Your Achievement Tutor will support you in all aspects of College life: from guidance in your studies; help with your study skills; advice regarding possible career progression and application to Higher Education; to arranging any extra help or support you may need during your learning. Through regular one-to-one reviews of your progress, individual target setting and action planning, your Achievement Tutor will work with you to ensure that you reach your full potential.

To enable all students coming to Cardinal Newman College to achieve their learning goals, the College has a dedicated and specialist Learning Support team. The team has wide experience in supporting students with specific learning needs and is able to continue with the support students may have received at their high school. They also support students with the management of any special health needs, or if students experience other difficulties at particular times. They also liaise with the Examinations Office to ensure that there are individual arrangements in place for examination concessions. This can include assessment for additional time, provision of readers and scribes and the use of word processors.

In addition to your Achievement Tutor and the wide range of other support services available in College, every student has access to a confidential counselling service to help ensure that you enjoy your time here at Newman.

We have a specialist careers team who will help you make the right moves and choices for your future. There is a dedicated area in the St Wilfrid’s building, with information on a wide range of careers information about every university in Britain, access to various databases and information on gap years. A specialist careers advisor will always be available to discuss your individual career plans.

At Cardinal Newman College every student really does matter and parents and carers should be aware that the College will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its students. If you are worried about a student you can contact the Pastoral Support Managers at the College.

Furthermore, we recognise the damage that can be caused by bullying, in all its forms and have a zero tolerance policy towards any behaviour that causes anxiety or distress to others. We regard each person as worthy of the utmost respect.

The College curriculum can play a part in Safeguarding. The College offers this in RE and the Tutorial programme where related issues may be highlighted in a sensitive and reflective way. Awareness can be raised about the risks of different kinds of abuse and young people can be taught skills they need to help them keep safe and to feel that they can speak to members of staff should they have concerns of this nature.

Learner success

  • Achieve Results with us - 100% pass rate
  • 70% grades A*-B
  • 13 - number of Oxford/Cambridge Success
  • 912 Students were placed at University
  • 114 Students gained employment straight after college
  • 100% high grades in BTEC Level 3 courses
  • 324 (over 33%) University places offered were at Russell Group Universities 
  • 31 students were placed to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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