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Welcome to Huddersfield New College

Message from the Principal
We are delighted that you are considering continuing your education at 16 at Huddersfield New College. 

As a Centre of Excellence for sixth form education, we are experienced in helping young people just like you to achieve their full potential, and to progress successfully to higher education and their future career. In our prospectus (available online at, you will see examples of students who have achieved highly with us, and who have achieved their life goals in terms of university and career. We hope that you will take inspiration from their stories. 

Your academic success is of paramount importance to us. We equally want you to grow personally whilst at College and take great pride in helping our students develop into young adults who have more to offer to their university or their employer than simply academic qualifications. Visit our website to get  a glimpse of the wider student experience at Huddersfield New College, a student experience which will help you to stand out from the crowd. 

We are a very friendly and caring community in which to learn and our support for students is exceptional. Many of our students, past and present, speak with affection about Huddersfield New College, describing it as a very special  place in which they were happy and supported to achieve their very best. We are confident that if you decide to join us at Huddersfield New College, you will be happy and you will achieve your very best. 

In April 2016, the College was judged by Ofsted to be an Outstanding Sixth Form College, the first nationally to be recognised as such under the more rigorous Inspection framework introduced in September 2015. You can take great confidence from this, that in joining us, you will joining one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in the country, one with an established reputation locally and nationally for excellence in every aspect of its work. 

Please visit us at one of our Open Events (please see below) to find out why we are an outstanding place to learn and an outstanding place to prepare you for your future. 
We very much look forward to meeting you at one of these Open Events. 

Angela Williams

During your interview you will be given the opportunity to discuss why you have decided on the courses you have chosen. Your interviewer will also be interested in your career aims, paying particular attention to how your chosen subjects fit into your plans for after college.

1. Choose your courses 
Our website  provides a full list of our courses and detailed information about each of these. 
If you need any additional information or advice to inform your course choices, you can speak to your school Careers Advisor or attend one of our Open Events, where you can speak to our Schools Liaison and Admissions team, as well as our subject teachers and students. 

2. Apply 
11-16 Schools in Kirklees 
If you attend one of the 11-16 schools in Kirklees you should apply to the College through UCAS Progress. Your Careers Advisor or Head of Year 11 will help you to complete this online application. 

All 11-18 Schools and 11-16 Schools outside Kirklees 
If you attend an 11-18 school or an 11-16 school outside Kirklees, you can apply to the College through UCAS Progress. If this is not available in your school, please complete our online application form. This, and other admissions information, can be found on our website at 

Applications open Monday 16th October 2017 and close on Friday 16th February 2018. 

3. Admissions Interview 
If you have met the application deadline, you will be invited to an admissions interview between January and March 2018 with one of our specialist admissions team. 
If you attend an 11-16 school in Kirklees, interviews will be held at your school. 

If you attend an 11-18 school or an 11-16 school outside Kirklees you will be invited into College for an interview. 

During your interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss the courses you have chosen. Your interviewer will be interested in how your chosen courses fit into your career aspirations long term. 

In order that careful consideration can be given to ensuring that your course choices are the best ones for you, you are asked to bring your most recent school report with you to your interview. 

4. Offer of a Place 
You will be informed of the outcome of your application at the end of your admissions interview. 

In most cases, we offer a conditional place at the College, which is dependent on you achieving the College’s general entry criteria and the specific entry criteria for your chosen course/s. 

In some cases, we place extra conditions on your offer of a place.

This can include the need to improve your attendance, punctuality or attitude to learning by a specified deadline (usually May 31st).

If your application for a place at the College is successful immediately, you will receive an offer letter in the post. This letter will include an acceptance form, and the link to our online acceptance form. You must either return the acceptance form to the college, or complete the online acceptance form, no later than Friday 13th April 2018. 

Conditional extra acceptance deadlines will be negotiated on an individual basis. 

5. Welcome Visit 
After completing your GCSE exams, you will be invited to our Welcome Event in July. This will provide you with an opportunity to meet fellow potential students and your subject teachers. It is also a great way to get to know the college environment better before you arrive in September. 

6. Enrolment and Induction 
If you have accepted a place with us, we will write and invite you to our enrolment in August. Enrolment will take place from Thursday 23rd to Tuesday 28th August 2018. 
An Enrolment Surgery is held on GCSE Results Day Thursday 23rd August 2018. 

If your GCSE results are not quite as expected, and you do not meet the general and course specific entry criteria for your chosen course/s, this surgery allows you to come into college to discuss your options with our specialist staff. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about your application, please get in touch. You can call Student Services on 01484 652341 or email 


Open Events
Thursday 19th October 2017 
6.00pm – 9.00pm 
(Final entry 8.30pm)

Saturday 2nd December 2017 
10.00am – 1.00pm 
(Final entry 12.30pm)

About us

As a dedicated Sixth Form college, which caters exclusively for 16-19 year olds, we can offer:
•    High academic standards – we are a centre of academic excellence and our students secured record breaking results in 2017 
•    A very wide choice of subjects at advanced, intermediate and foundation level so that you can choose the combination of subjects that is just right for you 
•    Highly qualified, outstanding teachers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subjects
•    A Honours Programme. If you are predicted to achieve a high number of 7, 8 or 9 Grades at GCSE you may be enrolled on this to help develop your critical thinking skills and supported with applications to Russell Group universities 
•    Exceptional student support, including access to specialist academic support, pastoral support and additional learning support 
•    Outstanding support and guidance from an experienced guidance team which includes personal advisors from West Yorkshire's Connexions service 
•    A well equipped library, study centre and IT support centre with good access to PCs for independent study
•    State of the art facilities in media and film, performing arts and art and design, including two purpose-built theatres, a dance studio and an art and design centre.  We also have a sports hall, 3g pitch and Sports Barn.
•    Excellent sports facilities and sporting academies in football (male and female), basketball, cricket and rugby.  A full range of team sports is offered on a weekly basis.
•    A variety of enrichment opportunities from leisure based interests such as playing chess to nationally recognised qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. 

Students at Huddersfield New College thrive. 97% of students who study here would recommend doing so to others! 


Course Choices
At Huddersfield New College you can choose a programme that suits you, whether this is straight A Levels, a full time BTEC, or a mixture of the two. Your interests and career aspirations can help determine which combination is right for you.


Time in College
The College timetable is divided into 6 option blocks. Each option block involves 4.5 hours of study. All students will be timetabled into at least 3 option blocks. All students also have a tutorial session each week. You can also benefit from our popular Enrichment Programme which offers the opportunity to get involved in Sport, Performing Arts and a variety of other interest based and skill based courses.

The minimum hours you will be required in College each week will 16. However, we will expect you to devote the same amount of time to independent study – either at home or in the college library, study centre or IT support centre.


Choose Wisely
Of course you will want to choose subjects you enjoy and are the right fit for your future ambitions.  However, it’s worth remembering that the subjects you choose at this stage can be very important to your future studies or career. Some universities will accept any combination of subjects at advanced level while others prefer a specific combination of subjects. If you have a particular degree course or career in mind, please speak to your school’s connexions advisor, careers teacher or staff from the college at one of our Open Events or when they visit your school before you finalise your course choices.


General Entry Requirements to Study Programmes 2017
Study Programme:  3 Linear A Level or Linear A Level and Vocational A Level combinations

2 GCSEs at grade 5 and 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths. The pass grades need to be in academic GCSE subjects and should relate to your chosen level 3 subjects 

For consideration for a 4 x A Level study programme, please see the guidance in the notes section below

Subject specific entry criteria will also apply 

Study Programme:  3 Vocational A Level combinations
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language 

GCSE Maths grade 3 or above (if grade 4 or above, this will be included as one of the five GCSEs needed) 

One vocational equivalent GCSE at Pass grade or above can be substituted for a more traditional GCSE grade (excluding English Language and Maths) 

For consideration for a 3 x separate vocational A Level study programme, please see the guidance in the notes section below

Subject specific entry criteria will also apply 

Study Programme: Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate (3 GCSE Equivalent)            
GCSE grade 3 in English Language and grade 2 in Maths 

Plus 1 GCSE or vocational equivalent at grade 4 

Plus 1 GCSE at grade 3 and 1 GCSE at grade 2 

Study Programme: Level 2 BTEC Diploma (4 GCSE Equivalent)   
GCSE grade 3 in English Language and grade 2 in Maths 

Plus 1 GCSE at grade 3 and 2 GCSEs at grade 2 

Study Programme: Level 1 BTEC Introductory Diploma
GCSE grade 2 in English Language and a grade 2 in Maths 

Plus 3 GCSEs at grade 2 

Admissions Information

Diagnostic assessments and GCSE English and Maths requirements
Any student presenting with a GCSE grade 3 or 2 in English Language may need to attend a diagnostic session following enrolment 

Any student presenting with a GCSE grade 3, 2 or 1 in Maths may need to attend a diagnostic session following enrolment 

The diagnostic session will determine your best GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths resit pathway. These resits are compulsory and we will fit your resit pathway into your study programme 

Some progression pathways from College will require a minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language and/or Maths. If this is the case for your potential progression pathway, we will incorporate a relevant GCSE English Language and/or Maths resit pathway into your agreed study programme, if appropriate 

Study Programmes
In some exceptional cases a Level 3 study programme consisting of 4 A Levels or equivalent may be appropriate. Such applications will be referred  to the Senior Admissions Team for consideration. To be considered for a study programme consisting of 4 A Levels or equivalent, you will be expected to offer as a minimum grades 7, 8 and 9 in 5 traditional GCSEs and at least a grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and Maths.

In some exceptional cases a Level 3 study programme consisting of a 3 individual vocational A Levels may be appropriate. Such applications will be referred to the Senior Admissions Team for consideration and to ensure that the study programme provides relevant progression opportunities from College. 

Your school report must confirm a good record in terms of attendance, punctuality, behaviour and attitude to learning for successful application to the College

You should choose no more than two predominantly practical/coursework based A Levels. If you want to combine three practical/coursework based A Levels, you should seriously consider an Extended Diploma course. 

If you have not studied your chosen Level 3 course at GCSE, you will be expected to offer at least 1 GCSE subject at grade 4-9 which supports your choice. For example, essay based A Level courses such as Politics, Psychology, Sociology or Film Studies all require strong literacy skills and so success in a written GCSE subject, such as History, would support your choice of these subjects. 

The course offer and entry criteria are accurate at the time of publication of the prospectus. The College, however, reserves the right to revise both offer and criteria, if necessary. Any revisions will be posted on the College website. 

Facilities available

Our teaching provision is supported by modern facilities and resources. Over the last five years, we have made a significant investment in the college, spending over £8 million on:

  • A Sports Barn 

  • A Multi Gym 

  • An Outdoor Gym 

  • Fully equipped and modern Science Laboratories 

  • A Sports Physiotherapy Laboratory 

  • A Media Editing Suite 

  • A Childcare and Education Suite 

  • A specialist Photography area, with a lighting studio
and traditional dark room 

  • A pastoral support base 

  • A specialist careers area 

  • A dedicated Library and other independent study 

  • A Costa Café 

Sport Academies
We are renowned for our incredible Sports Academies and Academy teams. With a Sports Hall, Sports Barn, all weather 3G pitch, 400 metre track, an outdoor and indoor gym and a sports physiotherapy laboratory, we are well equipped to nurture sporting talent and ability. Our team of specialist coaches currently run four Academies and three additional development programmes:

  • Men’s Cricket Academy 

  • Men’s Football Academy 

  • Women’s Football Academy 

  • Rugby League Academy 

  • Netball Development Programme 

  • Women’s Cricket Development Programme 

  • Women’s Rugby League Development Programme 
The Academies allow promising sportsmen and women to follow a structured training programme in a professional environment, alongside their academic studies.

If this is of interest to you, please click here to read more


Sporting Activities
The college’s sporting facilities are not just available for those following sports courses!

ENJOY is our daily programme of sporting activity designed to give everyone the opportunity to engage in some physical activity. Simply turn up and enjoy!

Available sessions include:

  • Girls-only gym sessions
  • Handball
  • Table tennis


The Library and IT Access Centre
The IT Access Centre offers full access to over 120 computers and a good range of software applications. This is the main centre for computer use outside of the classroom. Across the college, there are over 900 PCs available for student use.

Both the Library and IT Access Centre are staffed throughout the day so that there’s always a qualified person on hand to help you when you need it.


Catering Facilities
The College has its own restaurant which serves a wide selection of hot and cold food daily between 8.30 am and 2.30pm. We also have a modern onsite shop offering a range of options including freshly baked items and sandwiches.

 A number of vending machines around College mean that you can buy a range of products throughout the day.

We also have a Costa Coffee Café serving Costa coffee.


Independent Study Areas
If you need to find a quiet place to do your work outside the classroom, you will have open access to the Library, Student Guidance Centre, Study Centre or IT Access Centre. These are all bright purpose-built facilities, with top-of-the-range internet access and are available for use by students throughout the day.


As well as the sporting activities mentioned earlier, the College also offers a range of enrichment activities which students can take part in outside of lessons. These include:

  • Learning a new skill such as baking, singing or First Aid
  • Journalism club
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold award
  • A full range of sporting activities as part of the Enjoy programme
  • Field trips and international visits
  • Work experience
  • College productions
  • Sports Ambassador scheme
  • Student Ambassador scheme
  • Volunteering including V-Inspired and NCS programme
  • Studying for an additional qualification including an EPQ , Sports Leader or Event Planning qualification
  • Students’ Union
  • Raising money for charity

As you prepare for Higher Education or employment, it’s important that you also have the opportunity to develop your independent learning skills.



Additional support

Academic Support
To unlock your academic potential, we offer a range of specialist support, led by experienced staff, that is designed to support your learning:

  • Academic Writing Programme where you are fully supported to develop your English skills for the higher level required by A Levels such as History, Media Studies, Sociology 

  • Level 3 Core Maths Programme where you are fully supported to develop your mathematical skills for the higher level required by A Levels such as Chemistry, Economics, Psychology 

  • Timetabled subject specific workshops, where you will be able to access a subject specialist for extra support or challenge 

Pastoral Support
Every student will work closely with a Progress Tutor who they will meet on a weekly basis either in a group tutorial session or a one-to-one session. Together, you will monitor your progress. This will allow you to identify your academic strengths and areas for further academic development, to ensure that you achieve your potential. Your Progress Tutor will also help you to make important decisions about life after college. In tutorial sessions you will complete your UCAS application or research suitable employment opportunities (including apprenticeships), dependent on your personal future goals.

Additional Learning Support
If you require additional learning support, our dedicated Learning Support team will work closely with you, your family, your school, relevant external agencies and our teaching staff to ensure you receive the support that is exactly right for you. Our Learning Support team is based in the Study Centre.

The Study Centre is a hub of activity providing additional learning support including:

  • One-to-one support from an experienced team of Student Support Assistants 

  • Support for specific learning needs. These include, but are not limited to: 
Students with learning difficulties, including dyspraxia and dyslexia Students with sensory impairments
Students with physical disabilities
Students with English as a second language (ESOL) 

  • Special examination arrangement assessments
. Students who may need special examination arrangements will be assessed internally by our specialist assessors. Special examination arrangements may include provision of: 
a reader/ 
a scribe/
 a separate room/ extra time
/ rest breaks 

  • The loan of equipment, such as laptops 

  • Access to 20 PCs and specialist learning software such as Texthelp 

Our dedicated team of Support Assistants and Specialist Support Assistants work on a one-to-one basis with students with evidence based additional needs. The Support Assistants are based in the Study Centre. If you do have any special learning requirements please contact Andrea Lindley on

Safeguarding Team
We have an experienced and qualified safeguarding team at the College who you can contact at any time about any safeguarding concerns. This team work hard to establish a safe and supportive environment for students in which they can learn and develop.

Student Welfare Officer (SWO)
We have a dedicated Student Welfare Officer based in the Student Welfare Office who will support you with any welfare concerns. This is a confidential, young people friendly support service.

Not everyone finds the transition from school easy. If you struggle to make new friends or to settle into new environments, this group may be for you. The group meets regularly for lunch and arranges regular social activities for members, both inside and outside College.

Careers Support
From day one, we will match our support to your career aspirations, and we have a proven track record in helping students to pursue careers across a whole range of sectors. We will help to improve your employability potential through:

  • Career focused tutorials 

  • Careers fairs 

  • Access to work experience opportunities 

  • Help with CVs and job applications 

  • Interview preparation 

  • Higher Education Support

If you are planning to go to university, we offer all the support you need to do so.

Financial Support
All essential costs, such as course printing, textbooks and equipment are covered by the College. However, additional financial support is available for students who need it, and who qualify. Depending on your household income, you may qualify for a 16-18 Bursary or Free School Meals. If you don’t qualify for either of these national schemes, you can apply for financial support from the College’s own ‘Hardship Fund’. This fund is for those who experience exceptional financial hardship during their time studying at the College. Applications for support from the Hardship Fund are considered on an individual basis.

Talented Athlete Support Scheme (TASS)
We have a long-standing track record of sporting success. In 2012, the College was nominated for the College of the Year Award by the British Colleges for Sport. In 2014, the College was one of only 2 colleges nationally to be shortlisted for the AOC Beacon Award for Sport. We are a Sport England Leadership Academy. Our passion for, and success in, sport means we attract a high number of talented individual athletes. Our Talented Athletes are offered specialist support in order for them to pursue their professional sporting ambitions, whilst maintaining a successful academic study programme. 


Learner success

  • Number 1 Sixth Form College in Yorkshire for the personal development, behaviour and welfare of students
  • 99.5% vocational A Level pass rate
  • 99.6% A Level pass rate
  • Top 10% of colleges nationally for student progress
  • 7 in 10 students secured A*, A, B or equivalent grades in 2017

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Huddersfield New College directly.

Last updated date: 26 February 2018
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