What Our Students Say
Joey Do Rego
Level 3 Public Services
“The student support at New College has helped me find my weaknesses and overcome them. All the teachers are friendly and happy to help or provide extra support.”
Vocational Level 3 in Health and Social Care
“New College has allowed me to evolve as a professional, and develop as an individual. Without New College I would’ve missed the opportunity to meet various individuals from diverse backgrounds, and be part of an amazing society, while developing my leadership skills”.
Senior journalist at BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat
A-levels in Film studies, Media studies, English and French 1998 and 2000
“I loved the freedom of college the most – the ability to manage your time and the interaction between lecturers and students. Looking back it was the perfect transition between school and university and gave me a group of friends I never thought I’d have.”
Going on to study at a music conservatoire
A Levels in Music, English Language and Literature, Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics, Extended Project Qualification Diploma
“I like how passionate the teachers are at New College. They push you to achieve your potential. I’m part of the New College Choir, which gives a sense of community in the Music Department and I’m also part of the High Flyers/Villiers Park scheme, which helps maximise your potential through trips and workshops”.
Now studying History (Ancient and Modern) at University of Oxford
A Levels in Bristish and European History, Government and Politics, Classical Civilisation, AS Levels in English Literature and Ancient History
“I chose New College because of the wide range of historical, classical, and humanities courses offered. Lecturers are also really understanding and sensitive to learning needs of students. Debate Club has allowed me to meet a group of really awesome new people who I wouldn’t have otherwise met. It has also developed my reasoning skills, as well as allowing me to compete in debating”.
Sara Louise Nogueira Perez
Vocational Level 3 Hospitality, A Level Spanish and German, A Level Mathematics, Level 2 Report Rep, AS Level English Language and Literature
“I was a Student Executive and a Student Ambassador, which meant doing a lot of voluntary work for and around college. This helped me develop skills which I will use in the future in employment, as well as everyday life. It’s lead me to opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise, such as being on the board of Governors”.
Went on to be a Great British Sewing Bee contestant and now a fashion designer.
A Level drama, fashion and design, art and design
“The incredible staff and tutors at New College gave me guidance and direction, as well as encouraging my ambition to succeed; and now every I have the incredible opportunity to work with actors, models, musicians, dancers and comedians. I was also awarded a place at the prestigious Central Saint Martins to study Menswear so that my skills can continue to develop and I can challenge myself further.”
Now studying at University of Iowa on a tennis scholarship
Vocational Level 3 in Sport Extended Diploma
“I like the sports facilities at New College as they are a big enough size for our practical sessions. After college I’m going to attend the University of Iowa on a tennis scholarship.”
Now studying Cyber and Computer Security at University of Gloucestershire
BTEC Level 3 Software Development, A Level History
“The college’s Software Development course covered a wide spectrum of implementable skills and concepts in the IT industry. During my time at New College I made great friends, and felt a sense of freedom and independence in comparison to school”.
Access to HE Diploma in Healthcare Professions
“I chose to study at New College as I wanted a sense of independence. I like the diversity that New College offers me and other students. The environment makes me feel welcomed and safe to learn and socialise”.
Mohamed Nour Eldin
Now at University of Reading
Access to HE Diploma in Science and Maths
“The course has helped me with deciding what I want to do and the career path that I want to take. I plan to progress onto a pharmacy degree at Reading University”.
Degree in Psychology and now working at New College
Access to HE Diploma in Healthcare Professions
“The start of my journey as an Access student not only gave me the academic skills, but also confidence to believe in myself. For anyone considering studying on an Access Course, I cannot recommend it enough.”
Foundation Degree in Early Years
“I chose to study a HE course at New College because I felt it was best suited to my personal needs and it is a respected College. I instantly knew I would have the support I needed from the tutors. I have enjoyed the relationships I have made and the support I have received, I am not overly academic, this is a challenge that I have overcome due to the immense support from my tutors.”
Level 4 AAT Accounting Apprenticeship at Travelport Ltd.
''I chose the apprenticeship route as it gives me the chance to gain qualifications whilst getting the hands-on experience in the IT office. An apprenticeship has helped my confidence grow and I have a much greater knowledge of IT with plenty more to learn. I have already achieved so much and I really enjoy the flexibility in my job as I have a good balance of work and study.''
Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship at New College
“I chose to do an apprenticeship because I wanted a change of career and didn’t have the qualifications or experience to do so. The job is very varied, which provides me with new skills and challenges. I am looking to pursue a career in marketing and this apprenticeship has helped me get a foot in the door in a competitive industry. My time at New College has been very rewarding and I have had lots of guidance and support to aid me with my personal development.”
Now teaching at New College
Counselling Level 1 to Level 4
“Returning to study as an adult took me on a journey of self-discovery which at times can be surprising and difficult. It was sometimes hard and often felt like a balancing act with the other commitments in my life. Luckily, I had amazing support from my peers and tutors throughout which helped me to manage the demands of the course”.
Part-time leisure Novelty cake decorating for beginners
“I studied the Novelty cake decorating for beginners on a Wednesday evening. This course was incredible and taught me so much about cake decorating. The tutor was amazing, she truly made the course fun and enjoyable.”
ESOL Level 2
“New College has great teachers and learning English and Maths on the ESOL courses is going to help me achieve my goals for the future – I plan to study to become a car mechanic. The lessons are great, we work with a partner in, which is really helpful, I’ve told many of my friends to come and study at New College too.”