New College Swindon is an exciting and dynamic place to study that can act as a springboard to take you from school to your future career or university. We have an incredible choice of courses, including academic (A levels and GCSEs), vocational and technical courses at all levels from Entry level to Level 5 and beyond as well as Apprenticeships. We deliver courses across two campuses; one at Queens Drive and the other at North Star (formerly Swindon College). In addition, we have an Adult Learning Centre based in Swindon Town Centre.
“I like the step up in independence that New College gives you compared to secondary school. I also love the amount of opportunities there are to join other initiatives such as: NC Ambassadors, sports clubs and volunteering within the Harbour Project. I’ve been involved with the New College Ambassadors, which has helped me become more confident and develop leadership skills.” – Currently studying for a degree in Criminology and Psychology at Swansea University
“I would definitely recommend New College to anyone. Through my lecturer I had the opportunity to gain work experience with a football coaching company, which led to part-time work. After I finish my studies I plan to work in the sports industry and possibly go into personal training and sports massage.”
New College and Swindon College officially merged on 17th August 2020 to create a single, dynamic and vibrant College that will bring a wide range of benefits to students, employers, businesses and communities. Find out more here
We have very high-quality teaching and our students achieve very good exam results. Owing to the OFQUAL exam grades issues, last summer, we, along with most other providers, are not reporting our 2020 grades. Our 2019 results included:
- A level pass rate of 98% with 41% grades at A*-B and 71% grades at A*-C
- 58% Distinctions achieved for BTEC Extended Diploma
We have the highest A level progress/value added scores of any other state school or college in Swindon or Cirencester and we have the highest achievement rates of any local college.
We have produced our first joint prospectus as a merged College, covering all 16-18 courses and Apprenticeships at both Queens Drive and North Star. If you attend one of the following schools, you can pick up a prospectus via your school, as bulk copies were delivered at the start of this academic year for all Year 11s: Lawn Manor, Dorcan, Kingsdown, Highworth Warneford, St Josephs. If you attend any other school, copies have been delivered and you should ask your head of year 11 or careers contact for these. Alternatively, if you would like to be sent a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or access an online version here.
You can search our course function, by returning to the main website at www.newcollege.ac.uk. Applications are now open for 2021 entry. You will be contacted regarding an interview – these will be done on a face to face basis with a School Liaison staff member at Queens Drive and at special interview evenings for North Star. You should apply early as we are very busy with interviews between January and March. During the current lockdown, interview are being conducted remotely, via phone or Microsoft Teams.
We are exploring initiatives to ensure that you have plenty of chances to engage with the College throughout the current academic year. These will include virtual events and webinars as well as some physical events with limited attendance. Please keep an eye on our main website at www.newcollege.ac.uk as we will be updating this frequently.