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Changes to entry requirements

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Entry requirements – what you need to know

Entry qualification requirements are changing in some cases. That’s because we need to reflect the new GCSE grading structure which no longer uses grades A*-G, it uses Grades 1-9.

We’ve also reviewed our entry requirements as Central College Nottingham has merged with New College Nottingham to form Nottingham College, so it’s important that the new college has one consistent set of entry requirements.

If the entry requirements for the course(s) you’ve applied for are changing, then we will have written to you to let you know. It does not mean that you might no longer have a place at college. Your place at college is secure. All it means is that the grades you need to achieve on a particular level of study have changed, so if you don’t achieve these grades, we start you on a different level of study.

You may have lots of questions and you may be worried about your exam results so here’s a little helpful set of answers to some of the questions you might have. If we haven’t answered your question here, then you can fill in your details on this form and someone from the college will call you back at a time to suit you.

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to do now with the letter I’ve been sent?

Absolutely nothing. All you need to worry about is revising for your summer exams, if you have them, and then enjoying your summer. We will write to you again soon with an invitation to a college taster day and its then that we start working through your individual situation. If you already have your grades, again, you don’t have to do anything. You’ll receive an invitation into college over the summer and we’ll go through your options with you then. Remember, your place at college is safe. 

What happens if I get the grades for the course I want?

If you receive your exam results this August and your results gain you entry onto the course you want to do, then great. When we invite you to enrolment, you’ll be asked to bring your results certificates with you and we’ll use these results to match you to the right course at the right level. 

What if I know I don’t have the grades I need to do the course I want?

If you already have your grades and you know that they don’t match the new entry requirements, then don’t worry. You will be invited into college in July and we will go through your options with you, including options to study in the area you’ve chosen but at a different level to begin with. It’s important that we assess each situation individually so it’s always better to go through things in person. If you’d prefer not to wait until July, then that’s ok too. Get in touch with us by emailing us at or calling 0115 914 6414, or using this form and we will arrange a chat over the phone or in person. Either way, we will keep your place open at college until enrolment in August.

What if my predicted grades now don’t get me a place on the course I want?

First things first, don’t worry. Remember, predicted grades are just that – predicted. You have the opportunity to change these grades by working hard and revising well over the summer. If on the day, it doesn’t work out, that’s ok. At Central you can re-sit GCSEs and you can do this alongside a vocational qualification, meaning next year, you’ll have what you need to climb up the levels. It’s difficult to understand all your options without sitting down with one of our advisors and that’s why we’ll be inviting you into college, once all your exams are done, to talk you through all the options you have. Remember though, your place at college is safe.

I can do the course I want at a different college, why can’t I do it at yours?

Entry requirements do change a bit from college to college and school to school. However, we do not want to set students up to fail. We’ve carefully looked at the course content we offer and have reviewed how the new GCSEs are graded and have decided that you need to achieve a certain level in English and maths in order to do well on our courses. If you are looking for a quality experience and want to be well supported throughout your studies, this is the place to come.

Why have you made ncn and Central’s entry requirements the same?

At the moment ncn and Central are still two separate colleges but they are working closely together as soon they will be merging to create one college. We can’t have one college with lots of different entry requirements – it would be too complicated and difficult for applicants to understand. This way, all our Entry Level, Level 1, 2 and 3 programmes have consistent entry requirements. The same goes for Higher Education qualifications too.

My letter mentioned that you’re also moving my course to a different campus

Lots of applicants have received a letter about changes to entry requirements and some of them have also received information relevant to the course they’ve applied for, relating to that course moving. If your letter contained information about a move to a different campus, then you can find more detail here.

I want to talk someone about my situation. What do I do?

You can call 0115 914 6414, email or fill the enquiry form below to request a call back when it’s convenient for you. At any point, if we think you need some one-to-one guidance, we’ll invite you into college to meet with an advisor in person.

Entry requirements enquiry