Student FAQs


Got any more questions? Give us a call on 01462 424242 or email enquiries@nhc.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can fill in our online contact form and we will be in touch.


No, we are enrolling students on courses throughout September. Even if your preferred course has started there may still be places available, and we can discuss your options with you. To find out more about what to do next, please contact us

If you feel that you may be on the wrong course, please speak to your tutor or our careers advisor and we can work with you to find the right course for you. You can arrange an appointment with our careers advisor here

If you would like to apply for any of our courses please contact us. We will call you back and can arrange for you to come in and meet with the team to enrol. You are also welcome to drop into any of our sites to enrol.

We can enrol you at the site your course is delivered. Please ensure that you bring with you your GCSE results and a form of ID and we will be able to enrol you on to your course.

We would look to enrol you on the course that is relevant to your level of qualifications and can give you any advice and guidance if you would like to look at your options.

Not sure which course is right for you? Call our student services team on 01462 424242 and they will be able to talk through your options.

If you have any concerns about your programme, we would encourage you to speak to your tutor or Head of curriculum who will be able to support you with any decisions about changing your course. We have a careers advisor in the college who is always available to talk to about your options as well, you can arrange an appointment with our careers advisor here

If you are not enjoying your college experience, then speak to your tutor in the first instance and we will do our best to make what adjustments we can to improve things for you.

But if you are sure that it’s not the right option for you then consider other options like apprenticeships which enables you to study and earn a salary at the same time. Hart Learning & Development is based at our Stevenage campus and offers a range of apprenticeships both in Hertfordshire and nationally.

We work with employers on all our courses and work experience is a core part of each study programme. Work experience and work placements may be slightly different this year, depending on any restrictions within the organisation. But we will still be offering a variety of employment opportunities so you will get the experience of working with employers, this may be a traditional work placement, or a virtual work experience or through employer projects.

At NHC, we are here to help you discover what you want your future to look like and how you get there. This might mean support to help you get straight into work or gaining a further qualification before you start your career.

All students take part in work experience and it is not unusual for students to be offered permanent work by employers with whom they complete work experience.

We will support you throughout your time at NHC. All students take part in The Bridge which helps prepare you for work by offering support on writing CVs and cover letters as well as interview techniques. For more information, please visit our careers advice and guidance page.

Our careers team are here to help you decide on your next step and plan how you are going to get there.

Claire Cooper is the college Careers Leader. She is responsible for the delivery of careers advice and guidance. You can contact Claire by email ccooper2@nhc.ac.uk or by phone 01462 424242.

Charlotte Sandwell is our Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) officer. If you would like a 1:1 careers interview to look at all your options, you can contact Charlotte by email csandwell@nhc.ac.uk or by phone 01462 424217.

For general information, email IAG@nhc.ac.uk

When you start your course, you will receive a timetable detailing when you will be studying in the classroom, or virtually, you will also be expected to do some self-study at home. Should you wish to, you may be able to get a part-time job outside of your college hours, but please remember to allow yourself enough time to study and complete assignments at home so you don’t fall behind in your course.

Many of our students go on to University course on completion of their courses. On our level 3 programmes we will provide you with support on your UCAS applications and work with you to choose the right university option for you. We also offer a range of Higher Education opportunities within the college so you may even be able to continue your study with us. To find out more about our HE courses click here

In most cases, the course fees are covered if you are aged 16-18 years. Depending on your course there may also be kit or enrichment fees applicable, but you will be told about this prior to your enrolment.

There is also financial support available for these costs should you need it.  We are also asking all students to make a voluntary contribution of £25 to the College. This contribution enables the College to further enrich each student’s experience by boosting the resources we have available to use on the delivery of our programmes.

You can visit our financial support page for more information about fees and any funding that may be available to you, and this includes 19+ funding information.