New College Durham

Introduction

An outstanding college

We are delighted that New College Durham has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted. Plus, our excellence and innovation has been recognised by the awarding of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Beacon Status.

Our overall success rate places us in the top 10% of all colleges nationally for performance. Not only that, but our student achievements and retention rates are among the best in the country!

Our support for students both inside and outside of the classroom is also one of our key strengths with 94% of students, who join a course at the College, completing their studies, which is 5% above the national average.

We are an outstanding college in so many ways. These are just some of our key strengths:

  • Outstanding success rates on most provision types, including Apprenticeships and Functional
  • Skills
  • A history of sustained outstanding performance at most lengths, levels and age groups
  • Outstanding support for learners
  • Strong emphasis on teaching and learning leading to excellent outcomes
  • Strong strategic leadership and performance management which promotes high achievement for all
  • Ethos of continuous improvement and mutual respect for all
  • Significant contribution to social inclusion
  • Outstanding and well maintained learning environment.
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About the College

Our £35 million campus offers an impressive range of buildings, facilities and resources to give you a modern and stimulating learning environment, complemented by the most up to date learning materials, IT facilities and resources.

There are plenty of places to eat, including the food court and Sports Café, with an on-site Starbucks and Costa Coffee. For something a bit different you can visit the Le Nouveau Restaurant where our catering students provide a wide range of delicious meals. Students can also visit the POD shop for everything from sandwiches and tea, to soft drinks and chocolate bars.

We provide services for students and the general public alike. Halo, our hair and beauty salon offers everything from hair cuts to fake tans. Musicians can take full advantage of our recording studios and rehearsal rooms, whereas fitness fans will enjoy the Steps2Fitness gym which houses all the latest cardio and weight machines.

Achievements and success

We have continually improved on our high academic standards and our student achievements rank with the best in the country.

Corporation and structure

The Corporation of New College Durham is made up of members from the business and local community, local authorities, stakeholders, partners, staff and students.

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide outstanding learning and training for individuals, business and the community.

College history

New College Durham was formed in 1977 from the merger of Neville’s Cross College and Durham Technical College.

A safe college

Your health and safety is our top priority, we always want you to feel and be safe in college.

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Our Campus

As well as being a great place to study, it is also a great place to socialise and catch up with friends. We have a hair and beauty salon, gym, dance studio and multipurpose sports hall, shops, restaurants, and even a Starbucks and Costa Coffee.

College services

We have an impressive range of facilities onsite including Halo hair and beauty salon, Steps2Fitness gym and dance studio and Le Nouveau Restaurant. There are also cafes and shops, plus free parking.

Exciting new redevelopment plans revealed

Following months of consultation and planning, we would like to share the details of this exciting £5 million facilities investment plan.

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Learning Resources Centre

The LRC is home to the library and e-Learning Centre and provides all the resources you need for your studies.

Accessibility

With our modern campus we have achieved an accessible environment that everyone can enjoy.

Cashless Catering

New College Durham will be introducing a cashless catering and payment service from September 2014.

External Accommodation

New College Durham does not own any halls of residence however in Durham there is a wide range of accommodation options.

Conference facilities

We have a wide variety of facilities available to hire at competitive rates.

Sustainability

We have been actively making sustainability an established part of College life for many years. Our campus has made a significant impact to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Programs

This school also offers:

Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma for Applied Science

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

The course is an interactive course and will include numerous excursions, practicals and assignments to both enhance and enrich your time here with us. You will leave the course with the necessary skills for life at University and more importantly vocations in the Health, Education and Science sectors. [+]

Overview The course entirely consists of course work units and each student has the opportunity to achieve D*D* which is equivalent to 280 UCAS points. You will be required to take one other A level alongside this course, in order to meet the minimum entry requirements for University. The course is an interactive course and will include numerous excursions, practicals and assignments to both enhance and enrich your time here with us. You will leave the course with the necessary skills for life at University and more importantly vocations in the Health, Education and Science sectors. Studying You will study the following units on this course Fundamentals of Science Working in the Science Industry Scientific Practical Techniques Physiology of Human Body Systems Physiology of Human Regulation & Reproduction Diseases and Infections As part of this course, you may visit some of the following places Edinburgh zoo Centre 4 life Museums Sea life centre RSPB Hospitals Entry Criteria 5 A* - C GCSEs to include Maths, English Language and Science If you wish to study a core science subject along side the BTEC Applied Science course then you must achieve a grade B in Maths, Science and English Language at GCSE level. Course costs: 16-18 - Free 19-23 - Free/TBC 24+ - TBC [-]

Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality Supervision & Leadership

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course leads to the award of NVQ Level 3 in Hospitality and Leadership. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally and also competitions. [+]

Overview This course leads to the award of NVQ Level 3 in Hospitality and Leadership. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally and also competitions. This qualification will prepare you for a career within some Hospitality and Catering organisations, but is primarily designed as a progression route on to the foundation degree. The aim of the programme is to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities you need for work and learning and also help you achieve your full potential. NVQ qualifications are intended as a practical 'hands-on' programme with each one taught in the context of real jobs and careers in a chosen vocational sector. This gives you the chance to explore the opportunities offered in that sector, and to acquire appropriate vocational skills. Within the NVQ Level 3 Hospitality Leadership qualification Students will gain knowledge and expertise including learners being involved in the operation of our fine dining restaurant, which sets high standards of customer service and delivers excellent food to members of the public, food and drink service, advanced planning, running events and stock control. Achievement of the Professional Cookery NVQ requires students to complete theory based assignments that are directly related to the dishes they will prepare, cook, finish and evaluate. This qualification will be assessed through practical assessment, multiple choice tests, short answer questions and assignments. Studying The units that you will... [-]

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course leads to the award of C&G Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Travel and Tourism. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally. [+]

Overview This course leads to the award of C&G Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Travel and Tourism. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally. This qualification will prepare you for a career within some Travel and Tourism organisations, but is primarily designed as a progression route into higher education or employment. The aims of the programme are to; provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in the Travel Industry; provide relevant studies for seeking employment; provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career development; develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. Throughout the course learners will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills so that they can explore and locate tourist destinations and areas of interest around the world including visitor attractions and events. This qualification will provide the learners with an understanding of the knowledge and skills that are required to act as a tour guide. This qualification will be assessed through practical assessment, multiple choice tests, short answer questions and assignments. Studying The units that you will be covering: Worldwide Destinations Promotions and Sales Tour Guiding Package Holidays Farm and Rural Tourism Worldwide Adventure Tourism Tourism in the UK In addition to this you will also cover: Employability Skills Trips and Visits Maths and... [-]

Preparatory Year

A-Level in Science and Maths

Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. [+]

Chemistry This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. This is done mainly by a mixture of practical and experimental work, some demonstrations, student led learning and discussion as well as teacher centred learning. Full-time students study this subject in combination with other AS/A Levels. It goes well with other sciences, such as Physics and Biology, as well as Maths. It can help with Environmental Science, and can be combined with other subjects including Psychology and Applied Science. Appropriate textbooks are provided. The library has a good selection of books. Students wishing to purchase their own books may like to consider: Chemistry in Context, Hill and Holman, Nelson Chemistry in Focus, Andrew and Rispoli, Hodder and Stoughton A range of Chemistry books and periodicals, including Chemistry Review, is available from the College library. There are also revision guides available at the College Media Store. Materials from the internet and the College’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (NCD Online) are also used. Students are expected to wear lab coats and eye protection, which are supplied, when doing practical work. Biology Biology is a topical and evolving subject and this course covers a variety of areas from evolution and ecosystems to enzymes. Maths The aim is to develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment. It will enable you to... [-]

Foundation Year

FdA Business Management

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Durham + 1 more

The recently re-developed Foundation Degree in Business & Management has been designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in a wide range of business careers or for progression onto an honours top-up degree programme. [+]

The recently re-developed Foundation Degree in Business & Management has been designed to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in a wide range of business careers or for progression onto an honours top-up degree programme. Level: Level 4 & 5 Credit Value: 120 Awarded by: New College Durham Venue: New College Durham Studying The programme aim is to meet the complex and organic needs of the business sector by providing appropriately trained, qualified and certified staff at supervisory levels with the requisite knowledge and understanding of business organisations from a variety of sectors. It aims to develop students to be able to work across various functions of the business. Upon completion students will be able to demonstrate innovative thinking coupled with cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to business management, and ethical practice. Modules Level 4 Personal Professional Development (M) Innovation (M) Managing People (M) Business Environment (M) Sales and Marketing (O) Leading People (O) Events management (O) Level 5 Personal Professional Development 2 (M) Work Related Learning (M) Entrepreneurship (M) Business Finance (M) Logistics and Supply Chain Management (O) Developing Collaborative Relationships (O) Digital Technologies (O) Teaching & assessment If students feel they need any additional learning support during their programme this can be arranged through the College Learning Support Service. PLC referrals can be made by the course team or requested by the student, this also applies to the academic support tutor. Placement During level 5 students are expected to undertake work placement, in... [-]

FdA Events Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course is designed to help you progress within the event industry. There is an ever increasing range of employment opportunities and career prospects for well qualified and motivated people. This course is designed to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of the event industry, together with developing knowledge of specialist areas within the industry. [+]

The event industry is a growth area that spans local, national and international activities in a diverse range of fields such as business conferences, major sporting events and regionally based tourism events such as the food festivals and Christmas markets. This course is designed to help you progress within the event industry. There is an ever increasing range of employment opportunities and career prospects for well qualified and motivated people. This course is designed to develop student’s knowledge and understanding of the event industry, together with developing knowledge of specialist areas within the industry. Employability is a key component of the course as it enables you to develop new skills and learn about developments within event management. We have a wide range of links with industry both local, national and internationally and we work hard to ensure that these are reflected in the course in visits, guest speakers, work placements and any other opportunities to ensure the ‘real world’ is brought into sessions. You will develop your skills in diverse aspects such as IT, communication, time management, team work, research and problem solving skills as well as an opportunity to explore the diverse and global event industry. Level: 4 and 5 Credit Value: 120 Awarded by: New College Durham Location: New College Durham Course Learning Outcomes: 4.1 Examine the industry, the nature of organisations within the industry and the wider environment that the sector operates in. 4.2 Understand and apply management principles and practice within the sector. 4.3 Understand the... [-]

FdSc Computing with Networking

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Durham

Information Technology and Web-based solutions are an integral part of all business types including public sector, private sector, public companies, retail and education. All companies, large and small, are affected by the by use of IT both to trade and to support the business. [+]

Information Technology and Web-based solutions are an integral part of all business types including public sector, private sector, public companies, retail and education. All companies, large and small, are affected by the by use of IT both to trade and to support the business. The Foundation Degree in Applied Business Computing is aimed at students who want to develop their skills and knowledge of computer systems to develop and support web-based and commercial systems in all types of businesses to an advanced level. At least one third of the modules in this foundation degree are devoted specifically to web-based and e-skills, with the remainder focusing on generic/commercial systems. Work placement can provide further opportunities for students to develop their chosen specialism skills. Level: 4 and 5 Credit Value: 120 Awarded by: New College Durham Venue: New College Durham Studying This programme aims to develop individuals wishing to progress to skilled technical and support level positions in website development, internet systems operations and technical website database support, along with the management and development of an e-business operation. Opportunities are available to obtain professional advanced qualifications from the British Computer Society. At the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate, at foundation degree level, that they have: Knowledge of the generic principles and practice in relation to how web based and commercial systems are developed and how they support the Business and IT Sector Understanding the characteristics of different organisations and the technical and economic environments in which they... [-]