City College Nottingham



Welcome to City College Nottingham

City College Front view

City College Nottingham (the College) is a community led education and training provider and Social Enterprise, which was established in 1991. It has been serving communities across the City (and now across the East and West Midlands) for more than 20 years, supporting and facilitating skills and knowledge development to both unemployed and employed learners from age 14 and above.

The College’s provision covers a wide range of Skills for Life and occupational areas from Entry 1 to Level 7, and its curriculum is constantly evolving to meet learner and employer needs, including Functional Skills, English language with citizenship, employability, and enterprise skills. The introduction of higher level qualifications for UK resident learners in 2011, enabled the organisation to engage with new markets and provide a wider range of accessible professional development opportunities to Employers and their staff.

The College is accredited as a recognised delivery Centre by a number of nationally and internationally recognised Awarding Organisations such as City & Guilds, Pearson Education and many others.

Through its Further Education (FE) partnership arrangements, the College is experienced in the delivery of Skills Funding Agency (SFA) government funded programmes, including Foundation Learning Tier pathways and Apprenticeship Frameworks, using the Common Inspection Framework as the benchmark for quality. In recognition of its operational standards, the College has achieved a number of externally assured quality marks, including ISO9001, Matrix, and Positive About Disabled People.

In addition to these quality marks, the College is monitored for educational standards by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for Educational Oversight. In its May 2016 inspection, the College achieved a Grade 1 overall (“Exceeds Expectations”), and a Grade 1 in each of the three areas of monitoring (i.e. The Quality of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learners Achievement; Students Welfare including Health & Safety; The Effectiveness of Governance, Leadership and Management).

The College strives to maintain a committed and well qualified team of Tutors/Assessors, IQA’s and Administrative/Management staff who are representative of the multi-cultural, multi-national learner population, who have the skills and experience to engage with target learners, including the utilisation of bi-lingual Tutors and delivery in off-site community venues (where appropriate), in order to meet the needs of “hard to reach” groups. Through its established networks, the College has also developed an Employer Engagement strategy targeting SME and BME employers, and voluntary sector organisations including PATRA.

The College delivers some of its Apprenticeships through these employers and through Nottingham Builders Ltd, another Social Enterprise. The College also has a track record of delivering bespoke “special” projects, including projects funded by the Home Office Integrate fund. Other partners include schools (for 14+ Alternative Provision), Nottingham City Council, Communities Inc, and Job Centre Plus.

In December 2014, the College became the Area Based Organisation (ABO) for Area 6, delivering the Youth Contract as part of the “Step in to Work” programme, which is aimed at supporting 18-24 year old clients from St. Ann’s, Mapperley and Sneinton, into work.


Mission, Aims and Objectives


City College Nottingham aims to promote social & economic inclusion to individuals, communities and employers by empowering them to develop through enterprise, training, education, job support and community based services.


Primary Aims

  1. The primary aim of City College Nottingham is the provision of quality vocational training geared to provide individuals, nationally recognised skills, necessary for them to obtain employment.
  2. In pursuing this aim, City College Nottingham operates under its own quality standards that are in line with those enforced by the awarding/accreditation bodies with which it works.
  3. City College recognises that its Staffing Team is key to the provision and maintenance of quality training, and is also committed to the achievement of the Investors in People national standard, in the training and development of its Employees.


Secondary Aims

  1. City College will operate as a professional Business supported by comprehensive systems of Quality, Health & Safety Administration Marketing and Industrial Liaison Systems.
  2. City College will offer training to all regardless of their Race, Religion, Colour Creed, Sexual Orientation, Disability or Political Persuasion.
  3. City College will provide special support in language, literacy & numeracy.
  4. City College will seek to expand its set of services through the development and introduction of new additional courses.
  5. City College will target its products and services particularly towards members of disadvantaged groups, especially people from the Asian and African – Caribbean community.


“As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies.”



City College Goes from Strength to Strength!


Throughout its 22 year history, City College Nottingham has made raising standards and quality improvement a central pillar of its ongoing work, with the primary objective of ensuring that its’ users needs and expectations are met, and that learners benefit from an empowering and enjoyable learning experience which enables them to change their lives positively.

This commitCityCollegeNottingham11_227ment and investment in Quality Assurance and continuous quality improvement has culminated in continued recognition as a quality provider, by two independent bodies during 2016:

1.0       The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for Educational Oversight

In May 2016, the (ISI) carried out a full 3 day re-inspection of the College’s education and training provision, looking at three main areas of performance:

  • The Quality of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learners’ Achievements
  • Students’ Welfare, including Health and Safety (and Safeguarding)
  • The Effectiveness of Governance, Leadership and Management

In each area, the College was found to have exceeded expectations, gaining a Grade 1 for each area and a Grade 1 overall.  Previously, the College had been judged as meeting expectations (Grade 2 overall, with Grade 1 in Students’ Welfare, including Health and Safety)

2.0         The British Council – for English Language

Following its 2 day re-inspection visit in May 2016, the College was found to be meeting all standards, resulting in re-accreditation as a British Council recognised centre, for another four years

These results are in addition to the College’s continuing to meet The Matrix Standard and ISO9001 (Quality Marks for theBritishCouncil respective provision of Information, Advice and Guidance, and for Management and Operating Systems) at the last reviews held in 2015.

Hassan Ahmed, Principal of the College, said “These significant achievements are the result and testament of the commitment, dedication and hard work of the College’s staff, volunteers and Trustees, supported by the Students and our Partners.  It is no mean feat for a small, independent community led education and training organisation to have achieved these accolades.  It is especially pleasing to have achieved these standards in our 25th anniversary year, and it is an acknowledgment of the quality of the education and training and other services that we provide to our Students and other service users”

Comments from our recent Matrix visit:


Their approach to IAG is being effectively underpinned through processes and systems, training and development, staff induction and briefing as well as the contract compliance and performance management structures that are operating

There is a continued endeavor in the organisation to build capacity and capability through outreach and community focus in line with their overarching purpose. This was particularly evident in their extensive partnership working, investment in operating systems and practice such as use of PICS, and development of their website and social media presence to promote their services. They have established a strong approach to compliance and standardisation of IAG quality that is aligning their delivery closely to their aims and objectives.

The organisation has taken an extensive approach to respond to Prevent Duty and
embed British Values across the organisation that has included staff training and
development, displays and a broad range of embedded learning and information.



Ron Bell – Director/Trustee

We are now offering a much wider curriculum, including courses at a higher level i.e level 3 to level 7. 
With rapid changes in technology, communication, industry and commerce happening so quickly, we all need to keep learning and developing ourselves in order to keep up with the skills demands of employers, and to climb the career ladders of our choice.  That is why here at City College Nottingham, we believe that everyone should have equal access to training and education in order to better themselves and improve their employment and career opportunities.
As well as working with both large and small businesses, City College Nottingham has a long history of providing education and training, and has worked particularly closely with disadvantaged communities, including the unemployed, people in low paid employment, Asian, African-Caribbean communities and other disadvantaged groups and people with special learning needs.  Our informal friendly learning environment and supportive team of Tutors and staff aims to ensure that even the most nervous of students feels at ease, and that their learning goals can be achieved.

We look forward to helping you get where you want to be.


Hassan Ahmed – Principal

We welcome and support all individuals who wish to join our provision; we celebrate the diversity of our learners and aim to offer an inclusive curriculum, promoting best practice in equal opportunities. To widen the horizons of our learners we will continue to attract learners from the International market to provide a global perspective to our curriculum.

We can not achieve our vision alone but recognise that we need to work in true partnership with local schools, neighboring colleges, the voluntary and public sector and employers and that this requires openness and trust.

© 2017 City College Nottingham, Registered as Company in England & Wales No: 2783889, Registered Charity No: 1028281