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Keep calm and seek advice says leading college

15th August 2017

With less than a week to go before thousands of students across Staffordshire receive their A-level results, Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), the highest performing further education institution in the region, is reassuring students that whatever their results, there are options and support available.

Keep calm and seek advice says leading college

Liz Wyman, Head of Learning Resources and Guidance at Newcastle-under-Lyme College said: “Understandably, students can get nervous in the run up to results day, even though the vast majority get into university, an apprenticeship or employment without a hitch.  These results are the culmination of two years hard work and there is often a lot riding on the outcome.  We would urge students to stay calm and seek advice if things don’t go to plan.”


“As a caring college, we want to ensure that students have the best support available, whether they have out-performed expectations, undershot or are simply having doubts about the choices they have made.  It is important that students, including those from other colleges, are reassured that whatever their results, there will be options available.”


On Thursday 17 August, NULC will open its doors to students collecting results and will have knowledgeable staff on hand throughout the day to give advice and guidance.  NULC’s support team will be joined by advisors from local universities and Entrust, who will be available to provide independent career advice.  Students attending on the day can also access a free breakfast.


In 2016 98.6% of A Level students who sat exams passed, 151 students achieved A* or A grades and two thirds of all A Level subjects achieved a 100% pass rate.  For several consecutive years NULC has been the biggest provider of students to higher education in Staffordshire, with over 850 students progressing to 92 different universities last year.


For those students choosing to stay closer to home, NULC offers progression opportunities through a range of university-level programmes including Foundation degrees, Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Diplomas (HNDs).  These courses are a perfect option for those wanting to study in a dedicated University Centre within a smaller institution that boasts first class facilities and fantastic student support.  It is not too late to apply for courses starting in September; there are a range of course options available, including HNC/Ds in Business, Sport, Performing Arts, and Health and Social Care and new HNDs in Photography and Graphic Design.  Following a merger with Stafford College in November last year, NULC students can also access a wider range of university-level programmes at Stafford College.  


NULC also promotes a broad apprenticeship offering with equally strong success rates.  NULC is the top college in the West Midlands and third nationally across all apprenticeships.  NULC is also ranked number 1 in England for Engineering and Business Administration apprenticeships.  Currently there are around 70 local apprenticeship vacancies available through ‘The Workshop’, a dedicated apprenticeship hub, housed within the main reception area at the College’s Knutton Lane campus. 


Shamima Miah, 22 from Burslem initially studied a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design at NULC and achieved a D*DD grade and secured offers from a number of universities.  However, after a change in personal circumstances, she chose to step directly on the career ladder, undertaking a Level 2 apprenticeship in Early Years/Supporting Teaching and Learning with St Wilfrid’s Primary School in Tunstall.  After successfully completing her Level 2 apprenticeship Shamima progressed onto and completed the Level 3 Early Years Practitioner (Educator) apprenticeship.  She said: “I had always wanted to study Textiles at university, but a change in personal circumstances forced me to re-evaluate my options.  For me, being an apprentice has meant that I’m not building debts, I’m getting my qualifications paid for and I am continuing in education whilst earning and gaining practical experience.  I have recently graduated from my course and have now been offered a permanent role with my employer.”


Principal and Chief Executive of Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Karen Dobson said: “This is an exciting time of year as students across the country receive their all-important exam results.  For many, a university place will be calling, but for an increasing number of young people apprenticeships are becoming an attractive choice.  An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge in your chosen field, with the ability to study to degree-level, whilst earning a wage.”


To find out more about apprenticeships at NULC visit or contact the Work Shop on 01782 254287 or


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