Studying at NCD

Maths & English

As maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university, we want to make sure your child can achieve these core qualifications. If needed, your child can re-sit their GCSE or work towards a Functional Skills qualification alongside their main course.

Our courses

We offer four different types of course for school leavers.  We will work with you and your child to make sure they get onto the course that is right for them.

Different routes Route description A great choice for your child if they…
  • Final exams at the end of two years
  • Mainly theory based
  • Classroom learning

enjoy research, reading and writing essays and perform well in exams.

  • Equivalent to three A-Levels
  • Mix of classroom learning and an industry placement
want to get into a skilled job and would like to spend time with employers trying out different job roles.
Full-time vocational 
  • Career specific skills
  • Mix of theory and practice


prefer a hands-on approach to learning and know which industry they would like to work in.
  • A real job with training
  • Earn a wage
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • On and off-the-job training
feel ready to start a job and know which industry they would like to work in.

Download our full prospectus for more information and our full course list


Work experience and enrichment

We will encourage your child to take part in a work experience that is relevant to their chosen career.

Our strong connections with national and local businesses mean your child will also benefit from workplace trips and industry visits, opportunities to work on employer-led live briefs and visits from industry experts.

We also want your child to have fun and gain new life skills through enrichment activities, including skills competitions, team building trips, fundraising events and competitive sports.

NCD online and COVID secure learning

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted to ensure your child remains safe while still getting the first-class education they deserve.

Using NCD online and blended learning – which combines face-to-face sessions in college with periods of remote online learning – your child has everything they need to succeed at their fingertips!

Click here for the most up-to-date information on your child’s learning