Choose us for.....
An exceptional choice of courses
- Three specialist routes: academic (A Levels and GCSEs); technical, professional and vocational; and Apprenticeships
- Academic includes 43 A Levels and equivalents; and 25 GCSEs and equivalents. Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways, underpinned by an employability focus, to help you choose the best one for a particular career/university destination destination, whilst still giving plenty of choice.
- Vocational subject areas include: Animal Care; Art & Design; Business; Childcare; Computing; Construction Trades (Bricklaying, Carpentry, Plumbing); Digital and Media; Electrical Installation; Engineering; Hair & Beauty; Health & Social Care; Hospitality and Catering; Media Make-up; Motor Vehicle; Performing Arts; Public Services; Sport; Travel & Tourism
- They also include new T Levels in six subjects: Digital, Lab Science, Business & Administration, Accounting & Finance, Health & Social Care and Childcare & Education
- Work experience and employability initiatives are embedded in every course and vocational courses are designed in conjunction with employers
- We have excellent progression opportunities - courses from Entry level to Level 3, plus HE and Degree-Level courses
- If you're looking for enrichment, we have lots of “Extraordinary Extras” – enrichment initiatives designed to support study programmes and develop skills
Teaching quality and excellent destinations
We are the number one local provider for A Level progress, College achievement rates, English and Maths progress and more! Our students achieve very good exam and assessment grades; on a par with, or better than, most local 6th forms. Our students go on to great destinations - 539 to university in Sept 2021 and more to careers and apprenticeships.
Find out more about our High Quality Teaching and Results
Great staff and facilities
Our staff are experienced and highly qualified; many with postgraduate qualifications and industry experience. Our two campuses provide a wide range of modern and specialist facilities and resources which are industry-standard for our vocational courses. This includes:
- Mock hospital ward for T Level Health and Social Care, mock nursery for T Level Childcare and wet lab for T Level Science
- Animal Care Centre for Animal Care/Management
- Commercial training restaurant for Hospitality
- Commercial salon for Hair & Beauty
- Construction and Engineering workshops
- Science lab
- Cyber labs
- Theatre, two dance studios, photography studio
- Sports Hall, Gym and 3G pitch
- Much more!
We've got your back - all the way! You'll have a Progress Coach and access to a large Student Services team, including nurses, chaplain, careers advisers, counsellors and more! Get further information about our Student Services
An unbeatable student experience - a bridge between school and university or your first job
- Lots of social activities, trips and visits, projects, employability initiatives, independence and other opportunities!
- College vs Sixth form
Coming to College from a school with a sixth form
Whilst staying at 6th form may suit some, many others prefer the wider opportunities and independence that College offers. There's a greater number of course, social, enrichment and employability opportunities available.
We have a wide range of vocational and technical qualifications; many in subjects not offered at sixth form– These are taught in industry specialist facilities and provide practical knowledge, skills and work experience to make you ready for your chosen career.
We’ve been awarded the matrix accreditation for impartial guidance – if we think study elsewhere may suit you better, we will say so! We want you to be able to access information on all available opportunities so you can make the choices that are right for you – we won’t insist you enrol with us just to hit numbers.
We have been named the top provider in Swindon and Cirencester for A Level progress! Progress scores determine how much progress A Level students make between the end of Key Stage Four (GCSE study) and the end of A Level studies. This means that we are really adding value to your study and learning.
You should consider all options and visit all providers.
Here are some of the main questions that prospective students ask about the differences between College and sixth form:
1. School is familiar and teachers know me – will I feel happy in College?
You’ve matured significantly since the age of 11 and Year 7, but the school environment won’t have kept pace and you may want to move on from certain staff and school constraints. Attending New College opens up all sorts of opportunities, allowing you to spread your wings, gain more independence, meet new people and start afresh.
2. My sixth form seems to have good A Level results. What about New College?
Our A Level students make better progress than those at any other state school or College in Swindon and Cirencester (Jan 2019-20 school performance tables, progress between end of Key Stage 4 and end of A Level study).
In Summer 2019, our A Level pass rates were on par with, or better than, most local 6th forms. Our overall pass rate was 98%, with over 41% of grades at A*A or B (up from 40% last year), with 61 students achieving at least 3 A*-B grades – and we have many more A Level students and entries than schools. Our BTEC Extended Diploma results were also good; 58% students achieved Distinctions.
3. I’m predicted to get top grades in my GCSEs. I want to do well in A Levels and go to a good university – how can you help?
We offer a High Flyers Programme for very academically able students. Approximately 64 students gained places at Russell Group, Guardian and Complete University Guide Top 20 Universities in Autumn 2021. 35 students secured places to study Law, Medicine or Pharmacy at university.
4. College is larger than school and there’s more people. Will I feel lost?
Although we deliver teaching across two campuses, you will only be expected to attend one. You will soon learn your way around. You’ll meet new people and take different classes, but you will still be able to meet up with old friends in our Restaurants and social spaces.
5. Will there be people to support me if I need it?
We provide a far wider range of services than school. You’ll have a Progress Coach and access to a large Student Services team including nurses, chaplains and counsellors. We have an Additional Learning Support team who have a fantastic reputation for providing this type of help. Find out more about Additional support
6. Will I receive the same amount of teaching time that I would have done in school?
You will get five hours per week per A Level in the first year. Many lecturers have postgraduate qualifications and industry experience and you will be taught by someone who has gained a degree (or an even higher qualification) in your subject; and not by someone with only a related degree.
7. Will I get enough feedback on how I am doing?
Yes! Our teachers set frequent assignments, give comprehensive feedback with subject reports with target grades in place so you will always know how you are performing and what you need to do to improve.
8. Will class sizes be too large for me to get individual attention?
Our average class size is 16-17, small enough for individual teaching but large enough to ensure that class discussion and group work – essential parts of the learning experience – are most effective.
9. Why is there a longer study day at College than school?
Our timetables allow teaching up to 5pm; this is far better preparation for university or working life and allows you to maximise study and course time.
10. My sixth form offers supervised study sessions – what about New College?
Studying at level 3/A Levels and at university means that you have to be motivated and develop independent research and study skills. We do run regular supervised study sessions and offer study skills sessions, but we also offer quiet study spaces in College to help you develop these important skills yourself.
- Enrichment at New College
There are plenty of chances to contribute to College life and get involved! Enrichment can be experienced as part of your main College programme or pathway (as Extraordinary Extras), or as additional activities.
Our Enrichment Programme provides opportunities in four key areas: Employability, Community Participation, Personal Development Skills, Sports & Fitness.
Become a Student Rep/Governor
We run Taskforce Groups for our student representatives. The groups undertake a development project (a ‘mission’) to bring about positive impacts for students or the local community and then pitch for funding (£1,000 prize fund) in a local business “dragons’ den.” In 2019/20, student reps formed the following four groups: Mental Health, Enrichment, Charity & Fundraising and Environmental. Student Governors are elected to represent the student voice at official College meetings.
Become a NC Ambassador
Join us in supporting events and activities throughout the College, such as open evenings. These are valuable experiences, which can develop skills such as team working, decision-making and customer service skills; these can be included in your CV or university application.
Raising and Giving Money
Our students are very proactive when it comes to fundraising. They raise money during national events such as Children in Need, Comic Relief and Sport Relief, as well as local charities.
Themed events run throughout the year. We invite internal and external organisations in over lunchtimes to offer you information, initiatives and life skills.
Past events have included Volunteering Fayre, AntiBullying Week, Diversity Week and Health Week. Additionally, we annually run a ‘Freshers Festival’ to welcome our new 16-18 students.
Equality and Diversity
We are committed to positively and actively eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation in all the forms it presents as. Every student is welcomed and celebrated as an individual throughout the College.
- High Flyers
If you’re predicted to achieve at least six grade 7/As at GCSE, you can join our High Flyers' Programme at both campuses for academic and vocational studies. The programme includes:
- The widest choice of A Levels in Wiltshire with 37 to choose from
- Extended Project Qualification to help your UCAS application stand out
- An excellent track record of placing students at the Russell Group and top universities
- Dedicated 1:1 tutor coaching, including Oxbridge
- A programme of presentations and initiatives e.g. graduate employers, top universities, former Oxbridge students
- Expert assistance with UCAS applications
- The opportunity to apply for one of our High Flyer scholarships
In Autumn 2021, 35 students secured university places to study Law, Medicine or Pharmacy. 64 students gained places at Russell Group universities, including two at Oxbridge.
Students attend a series of sessions on Wednesday afternoons during the Autumn or Spring terms. The sessions give an idea of what it is like to study at the University of Bristol, working with academics and current students who can offer advice and guidance about higher education and their subject area.
In addition to Access to Bristol, 13 students last year took part in other activities at the University, such as Taster Days and Options Conferences.
Taking part shows a commitment to further study that strengthens university applications. Students who successfully complete the programme are guaranteed a contextual offer/interview from Bristol, a top-ten UK University (QS World University Rankings 2020). Find out more information at University of Bristol - Contextual offers
High Flyers Scholarships
We know that our High Flyer students will be taking extra courses and may have additional costs to meet such as the purchase of books and equipment. We would like to help with this and so will be offering a limited number of scholarships worth up to £150 each to students who meet the criteria and make a successful applications (terms and conditions apply).
How to join the programme
You will be invited to join the Scheme at your interview (based on predicted GCSE grades) and contacted by our High Flyers Co-Ordinator once you arrive at New College.
If you have attended an interview and would like to be sent the High Flyers application form, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org