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Welcome to NHC and thank you for choosing NHC for your child or young person! We understand the involvement you have in encouraging their learning and study, and we hope that the information here will help you to provide that much-needed support.

If you have any questions about your child or young person during their time here, please contact their tutor or contact us using our online form here.

We believe in the power of education to enrich lives, raise aspirations and create prosperity for our students. We provide an inspiring curriculum that develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours students need to be successful in their lives and future careers. Read on to find out more about how our students benefit from studying with us.

What do you need to know?


At college, it’s the first step to a career. We encourage our students to take responsibility for their learning, we expect mature students to come into college and learn more about the industry they are interested in. We provide support, encouragement and great links to employers, to get our students exactly the outcome they need on completion, which may be further education, university, apprenticeships or employment.

Our teams will support your child with the decisions before applying based on predicted GCSE grades. But we will continually work with you to make sure that our students are on the right level for them and the course they have chosen.

This is dependent on the course, but usually, a programme would last 1 to 2 years, depending on the level.

Most full-time courses are free to those aged 16-18 years.

If you are still unsure on the right course you can come along to one of our open events and find out more about any of the courses on offer at NHC.

With an apprenticeship, a young person is in work but will study one day a week (usually), which will be linked to their working industry.

To find out more about Apprenticeships click here.

Many of our students go on to university on completion of a level 3 programme. We have close links with universities and an expert careers team and teaching staff who support with UCAS applications.

Students are taught by our expert tutors, many of whom have a number of years of industry experience, and all of whom are there to support your child or young person to reach their potential.

Introducing T levels – starting September 2023

Developed with employers, T levels are a new technical qualification that are designed to give your child the industry-standard skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to launch their successful career. Your child will learn through a combination of classroom theory, practical learning, and a 45-day placement as they work towards a qualification that unlocks the door to their future.


Work Experience and employer involvement

When your child enrols at North Hertfordshire College, they will have the opportunity to engage with a number of employers as part of their programme. All of our students undertake a work placement that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need for the industry.

In addition, we ask employers to talk to our students throughout the year, giving an insight into a career in their industry. This is an essential part of a student’s study and it builds on their learning to ensure they are fully equipped to start their career journey.

Our work experience team and tutors will speak to students about the opportunities they can experience with employers. If you are able to offer an employer experience, from a talk to a visit or a placement, please get in touch at wex@nhc.ac.uk.

These are the areas we would welcome additional employer support: construction, motor vehicle, childcare, health and social care, science, computing, sport and fitness, public services, hair and beauty, catering and hospitality, business, travel and tourism, creative industries. Read more about our Give a Future campaign.


You might also be interested in our Adult Learner courses…

Whether you are interested in upskilling yourself, developing skills for your work, re-training or learning a new skill for fun, we offer many part-time courses that will help you achieve that.

Our part-time courses fit around current commitments and help you to achieve your personal and professional goals.


Online Support

FAQ and tips for supporting your student’s learning at home