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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) students are this week celebrating a 100% pass rate on five different accounting courses.

Twenty-six NULC students sat worldwide Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams in December and, when their results arrived this week, all of them had passed. This bucks a national average pass rate of 48%.

The clean sheet was for the Accounting Fundamental papers (F4, F5, F6, F7 and F8). NULC students also exceeded the national results in the Professional Papers where 77% of students passed P2 and 50% passed P3 against the national score of 50% and 48% respectively.

NULC was awarded ACCA Gold approval in 2013, which gives recognition to the quality of tuition provision and support for accounting students. Having exceeded the national pass rates in all December 2014 papers the College can set its sights on the Platinum level award following the next results in June.

In order to achieve the Gold approval the College demonstrated its commitment to quality by fulfilling a range of challenging performance targets relating to infrastructure, student feedback, quality of tutors and best practice provision of ACCA tuition and support.

Said NULC ACCA/CIMA Coordinator Sarah Champ: "The students and the staff are absolutely delighted with these outstanding exam results. Most of the students are sponsored on these professional qualifications by their employers so we are also pleased to be providing such a great return on investment.

"It shows that smaller class sizes and top quality teaching methods, rather than simply lecturing, really works for students."

Accounting is one of a series of professional part-time qualifications offered by NULC locally which allow students to improve their career prospects while continuing to work. These including law, finance, engineering, computing, business administration, health and social care, teaching, and leadership and management at a range of levels. To find out more, please click here.

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Photo left to right: Claire Hackney, Imogen Muir, Scott Cadman, Robyn O'Reilly, Natasha Millward, Ricky Allman, Lewis Knapp and Ben Goldstraw

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2015-01-20 14.23.59Three Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) Health and Social Care students will compete in the regional finals of the WorldSkills UK competition in March.

Students Tyler Poxon aged 16 from Tittensor, Bridget Watts aged 17 from Clayton and Lewis Moulton aged 19 from Stockton Brook competed against NULC Level 3 Health and Social Care students for the top places and were then handpicked by tutors.

The three successful students will now go on to compete in the regional competition at the NEC in Birmingham in March against other colleges. They will take part in role-play situations and be assessed on their practical caring skills whilst demonstrating a passion for key social care values.

Finalist, Lewis Moulton said,” It’s a great competition and in preparation for the final round we will be undertaking work experience which will be a fantastic way to practise working with employees in the sector.”

WorldSkills UK tests the skills and understanding required to excel in the social care sector and the competition is designed to recognise the importance of quality social care.

Mel Aubrey, Lecturer in Health and Social Care said, “This is a great opportunity for students to practise their skills in a competitive environment whilst participating in a truly unique competition. It’s brilliant that each year students from NULC are not only able to represent themselves and the College, but to show off their skills to everyone who attends.”

WorldSkills continues to raise the awareness of career opportunities in skilled trades, by holding international competitions every two years.

Said student Bridget Watts: “In previous years finalists who got through to the next round were selected for the World Final of WorldSkills which is being hosted in Brazil this year. The possibility of going to a World Final is really exciting!”

If you would like to know more about health and social care courses at NULC, come to our next Open Event on Thursday 12 March 5:30-8:00pm. Register here:

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PAC4 ResizeNULC has unveiled a brand new performing arts course that will run from September in the new state-of-the-art building on Knutton Lane.

Potential students can now choose to study for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Performing Arts that can lead to entry into university programmes, dance or drama school or employment directly in the industry.

The full-time programme starts in September and is taught over two years, where students will receive a Higher National Certificate (HNC) after successful completion in year one and a HND after successfully completing both years.

Tina McDonald, Performing Arts Centre Manager, said: “We are extremely excited by the new course as it will offer a progression route for all Level 3 students who are already studying in the new £5.5 million Centre which opened this month.

“Not only will the course give students more study options to pursue their career dreams, they will also have the opportunity to gain their qualifications in a building that is home to the latest state-of-the-art studios, as well as a 200-seat theatre for live performances.”

Students can choose to study either the dance or the acting pathway and will study mandatory units together in addition to specialised units in their chosen pathway.

Those who choose the dance pathway will work as part of the NULC Dance Company, where they will have the opportunity to devise their own work for

public performances and will be able to take additional dance exams throughout the course.

Acting pathway students will work as part of the NULC Acting Company who will work on commissions from schools and community groups as well as being part of a touring company, attending masterclasses and devising performances for live audiences.

Both pathways will receive help preparing applications to dance or drama school as well as support for auditions throughout their course from highly versatile tutors alongside guest lecturers with years of industry experience.

To apply for the HNC/ HND course students will need to have a BTEC Extended Diploma or A Levels.

The College also welcomes mature students and those with relevant experience but without formal qualifications. All prospective students will be auditioned and interviewed, where they will be asked to perform either a monologue or dance.

Upon successful completion of the course students can gain employment in a wide range of professions including acting, dancing, writing and performing or in roles supporting behind the scenes in television, theatre and film production.

Alternatively students can apply to dance or drama school or apply to university. Some students also choose to pursue a career in teaching.

To find out more about this course and other performing arts courses at the College or to make an application visit

Monday, 09 February 2015 16:32

NULC ‘rocks out’ for Douglas Macmillan

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) student Joe Newbon turned rock promoter to stage a live night of music at the college’s brand new Performing Arts Centre.

Taking place on Friday 13th February the event will feature local live artists and DJ’s and will raise money for the Douglas Macmillan.

Joe, who is studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance said: “This will be a great night of live music, we have some fantastic acts performing throughout the evening and most of all it will help us to make an impact in raising money for an amazing charity.”

Tickets are priced at £4 for NULC students and £5 for the general public.

All proceeds go towards the Douglas Macmillan. If you wish to register for tickets for this event go to Tickets can also be purchased from Bands, DJ's & Bevan’s music shop in Longton.

Doors open at 6.00pm with the first act due on stage in the theatre from 6.30pm.

Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

The NULC Performing Arts Centre is a new £5.5million investment to provide state-of-the-art facilities to students wishing to study performing arts, dance and music technology in the local area. Fitted with a 200 hundred seat theatre, recording studio and outdoor performance area, the centre aims to offer students courses from entry to university level as well as providing a local community venue.

Friday, 30 January 2015 13:58

Apprentice designs ‘little’ mementos

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IMG 4466Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) student Ellen Wiltshaw has made the New Vic seasonal show truly memorable for this year’s cast.

Ellen, 20, from Talke, a Level 2 Retail Apprentice has designed and produced a unique set of badges which were given to the cast of the latest show as a surprise for all the hard work and effort that has gone in to producing another successful show at the New Vic.

The extravagant seasonal show this year was an adaption of Mary Norton’s family classic ‘The Borrowers’. Ellen’s badges depicted The Borrowers in a commission that started with her work going on sale at the College’s MADE Here shop.

Ellen said: “It’s been a great experience for me to be able to provide the theatre with some unique mementos for the cast to remember their performance this year. The badges take inspiration from all the little things that The Borrowers make out of everyday objects and so have led to some interesting and fun designs.”

Situated opposite Newcastle’s Guild Hall, the MADE Here shop sells a variety of gifts and artwork produced by College students and local artists. Working as a Retail Apprentice for the last four months Ellen has helped with the day to day running of MADE Here along with spending one day a week in College studying for her qualification.

Lucy Hinton, MADE Here Manager said: “This was a great opportunity for one of our learners to be involved in such a creative project from a top local theatre. Ellen has designed some wonderful creations and she should be very proud of what she has produced.”

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly more popular as a method of study in the United Kingdom with 440,000 people in 2013-14 choosing to start an apprenticeship programme. NULC’s own apprenticeship programme has become increasingly more popular over the last few years achieving an 83% success rate amongst 16-18 year olds in 2013-14, much higher than the national rate. The college has also unveiled its own job shop ‘the Workshop’, specialising in helping young people find apprenticeships, traineeships and part-time work.

The College will hold its next open event for prospective students on Thursday 12th March 2015 between 5:30 and 8:00pm. The event is open to current year 11 students looking at A-levels, vocational subjects and apprenticeships. Visitors can beat the queues by pre-registering online at

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cakes for webNewcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is hosting a DigniTEA on Friday 13th February in support of National Dignity Day.

The DigniTEA afternoon tea event will welcome around 50 guests from local health and social care sector employers and the individuals they support and will help promote the positive aspects of care for National Dignity Day which is on Saturday.

The invitation only event is taking place in NULC's Starbucks café from 2 - 4:30pm and will include performances from NULC's Level 1 Performing Arts group and poetry recitals from Little Meadows Primary School pupils. NULC's Foundation Studies students are making cakes, Health and Social Care learners are meeting and greeting the guests and Beauty students will be offering hand massages. There will also be a raffle to support two local charities: The Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Donna Louise Trust.

Jane Tunnicliff, Business Development Manager at NULC, who is running the event, said: "The event was held last year, and the turn out and reception was great. This DigniTEA event is a chance for everybody to stand up and show their support for dignity in care, to show the positives of care and not the negatives."

All of the Health at Social Care team at NULC are dignity champions and are promoting the 10 Dignity Do's, a list of values and actions that high quality services should follow to ensure people in care are treated with respect. The Dignity Do's can be found at

NULC offers courses and qualifications in Health and Social Care ranging from entry to university level as well as adult part-time courses and apprenticeships for all ages. Depending on the level, learners will study topics including communication, equality, diversity and rights, care planning, duty of care, safeguarding, and health and safety.

Health and Social Care qualifications are recognised by both universities and employers; leading to careers in nursing, social work, and a variety of roles within the Health and Social Care Sector.

For more information on NULC courses in health and social care please visit our website.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is hosting a ‘Magic of Marketing’ schools event on Wednesday 28 January in support of local company KMF’s Young Engineer of the Year Project 2015.

Pupils will be attending from 17 local schools along with sponsors from 18 different local, national and international companies including Costa Coffee, Michelin and Staffordshire University.

On the day Year 10 pupils will gain experience in key marketing principles including sales pitching, promotion and networking. This will help towards this year’s KMF Project where pupils are challenged to design, print and pitch a gadget which provides a business solution, using 3D laser printers to bring their gadgets to life

Organiser Lucy Hancock, Schools Relationship Manager at NULC, said: “We are delighted to be supporting KMF’s Young Engineer of the Year Project again as it is a great way for pupils to work with employers and the College supports this with the use of our fantastic facilities.”

Employers will be on hand to help prepare the Young Engineer competitors for the semi-final on Thursday 12 March at Britannia Stadium before they advance to the final round with Jason Bradbury from the Gadget Show judging the entries in June.

Val Tomlinson, Assistant Principal at NULC said: “Here at NULC we embrace technology of all types and this event creates a fantastic platform for the sponsor companies to mix with pupils and gain fresh insight by working with young people, enabling the sharing of ideas and business practice.”

For information about NULC and the courses we offer, visit the website:

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Visitors to Newcastle-under-Lyme College's next open day will get the opportunity to tour the brand new Performing Arts Centre, which opens its doors to students at the end of this month.

The open day will welcome year 11 pupils, as well as adults, on Saturday 24th January from 10am till noon.

The £5.5 million Performing Arts Centre is Newcastle-under-Lyme College's (NULC) latest innovation to benefit students and features state-of-the-art dance and rehearsal studios, a café and a 200-seat performance theatre.

The open day is a chance for prospective students and adult learners to find out more about the wide range of courses the College has to offer including new courses in performing arts. Visitors can talk to tutors and current students to gain a real insight into College life.

Expert staff will provide advice and guidance about the range of support on offer, from financial help to additional learner support, and on student opportunities to play sport, gain work experience and enjoy enrichment activities alongside their studies.

The open day is predominantly aimed at year 11 pupils who will join the College in September to study for A-levels or vocational qualifications or apprenticeships. This time adults are also being encouraged to come and find out about higher education programmes, professional qualifications and apprenticeships.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive said: "With a 99% pass rate in vocational subjects and 98% pass rate for A-Levels, NULC provides great opportunities to succeed and progress for young people and adults alike."

The College was rated 'good' by Ofsted with many 'outstanding' features, which put NULC among the country's top 10 colleges inspected in 2013.

There are over 36 different A-Level subjects on offer, plus vocational qualifications and apprenticeships in subjects like media, business and computing, care and child care, construction and engineering, hair and beauty, floristry, music and performing arts, public services, sport and exercise, science, travel and tourism.

To pre-register for the event visit

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

College introduces Bubble Football

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Gordon Banks Sports Centre has today announced a brand new partnership with Bubble Footie, fast becoming a popular activity for corporate events, hen and stag do’s as well as fund raising events, with the centre providing the space and venue for this exciting and unusual sport.

Louise Ziemann, Sports Centre Manager said: “This is a unique football experience, and we are currently the only venue to offer the service in the area. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Sports Centre to give its customers even more diverse sporting options and help cater to even more members of the public.

“Even if football isn’t usually your thing, Bubble Football offers something entirely new, not only providing you with a great workout but also a fun and engaging experience.

“We offer state of the art facilities including 3G pitches as well as a fully equipped Sports Hall for indoor use, meaning customers can come and play rain or shine.”

Bubble Football is suitable for teams with a minimum of ten people and ages 10+ and all events are supervised and co-ordinated by fully trained Bubble Footie staff ensuring the safety of all participants.

The Gordon Banks Sports Centre also offers a variety of other sports, activities and classes including gym membership, facility hire, Slimming World meetings, personal training sessions and other fitness classes.

Anyone who wishes to organise a bubble football match at the Sports Centre will need to contact Andy Lea on 07841395301 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to make a booking. Further information about the Gordon Banks Sports Centre is available at

You can take a look at the sport of Bubble Football in action in this video:

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NULC’s Gordon Banks Sports Centre is launching the ‘Biggest Losers 2015’ following members’ success in losing 300 stones in 2015.

Participants of the of the Slimming World programme lost almost 300 stone since following the weight loss and exercise plan with the help of the Sports Centre since January 2014.

After the festive excesses the public are being encouraged to take part in the 2015 challenge but this time it’s with a twist.

Louise Ziemann, Sports Centre Manager, said: “I am personally really proud of all of our members who have taken part in the challenge and their commitment to achieving their own weight loss goals is evident to everyone.

“With determination and support from the Sports Centre fitness team, you can improve your confidence as well as being fitter and healthier for the future.”

This year’s challenge will see members of the public invited to take part in as pairs as oppose to individuals and will be following the Slimming World Food Optimising and Body Sculpting programme as well as following a fitness plan at the Centre. The pair that lose the most weight will be crowned the winners and will receive a voucher to spend in the Intu Potteries Shopping Centre in Hanley.

All participants will be weighed and measured between 5th January and 11th January and will then be re-weighed and re-measured between 2nd February and 8th February.

James Mountjoy, personal trainer at the Sports Centre, said: “We are here to help our members reach their targets and, with the help of Slimming World’s Food Optimising and Body Sculpting programmes, we are confident that people will see themselves transformed.

“There are people from all backgrounds and ability levels who took part in last year’s challenge, so I want to encourage everyone who wants help to lose weight in the New Year to come along and get involved this year.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the New Year Challenge should contact the Sports Centre Reception on 01782 254300 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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