These Frequently asked questions have been written by our Learner Experience team and have been designed to guide you through the application process.

Applying to college

You apply directly through our website: www.ncati.ac.uk/apply

We will be in touch shortly after you’ve submitted your application and will keep in touch with you as you progress through your application journey.

For the Access to Engineering course.  You will need to be working at Level 2 English and Maths and demonstrate your commitment to the course typically, learners on this course are aged 19 years old or over.

For the Higher Education courses, you will need a relevant full level 3 including GCSE English and Maths at C/4 and above grade.

The entry requirement for each of the courses can be found on the college website www.ncati.ac.uk

The entry requirement for each of the courses can be found on the college website www.ncati.ac.uk

Unfortunately, you will need to have both English and Maths or the required equivalent as stated on the entry requirement. We would suggest obtaining the qualification before you start the course to maximise your chance of being offered a place on the certificate of higher education course.

If you feel that your English and math are at or near Level 2, we can assess both your maths an English during the admission interview.  If you are offered a place because you are assessed at being at or near Level 2, it would be subject to you doing both English and math while on the course.


We are working on a robust plan to bring some learning back on site in the new year. We anticipate there will be a combination of onsite and remote learning, rather than all onsite.

We are committed to fighting the coronavirus and are putting in a whole set of measures to ensure learners, staff and visitors are safe on site – this includes new social distancing protocols, staggered timetables, reduced presence on site (at any given time) and new cleaning procedures.

We will keep you informed about these changes and what to expect. We have had excellent feedback from learners since the lockdown (currently all learning is online) and we aim to build on this platform further. We are confident we will provide strong and effective teaching and learning, despite the challenges of Covid-19.

Getting to college

The College is well served by public transport.

The Birmingham Campus is well served by bus and train services (the closest station is Moor Street Station).

The Doncaster Campus is located in the Lakeside area of Doncaster and is accessible by bus. The campus is a short taxi or bus ride from Doncaster train station.

We don’t have onsite parking facilities available at the Birmingham campus, however, parking is available at the Doncaster site on a first come first served basis. Should you have a disability and need to use your own vehicle to get to College, please speak to our Learner Experience team (0330 120 0375) about your requirements and they will do their best to help you.

If you are a Higher Education student, your maintenance loan is to help you with the cost of studying such as your travel cost. For Access to HE students, if we have been allocated any funding for travel cost, you will be told during induction and how to apply.

Life after college

You can apply to do an apprenticeship. There are different types of apprenticeships and you will need to check the job description to ensure that you meet the employer’s requirements.   Further detail on apprenticeships, where to find them and how to apply can be found on https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/apprentice/find-an-apprenticeship as well as companies websites.

Money matters

It is possible to loan a laptop while you are at college if you need one, this will depend on individual circumstances and availability. If you are on an HE course, you can take out a maintenance loan which helps you with the cost of doing a Higher education course which includes equipment. Information can be found on the Student Finance website: www.gov.uk/student-finance – Higher Education courses

Unfortunately, the college is unable to pay for your lunch and travel while on work experience. We would suggest applying for work experience that is local to you to cut your cost down.  Alternatively, find a part-time job while studying to help you with any cost.  If you get a student maintenance loan, you can use it to pay for these costs.

The fee for the Access to Engineering course is £3,928

If you do not have a full Level 3 qualification already, you may be entitled to free tuition. Advanced Learning Loans are available for this qualification and are written off on successful completion of a Student Finance England fundable HE courses at levels 4, 5 or 6. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan – Access Course.

Higher Education courses fee are currently £9250 and loans are available for both tuition and maintenance.  Information on fees and grants available can be found on the below website:

www.gov.uk/student-finance – Higher Education courses

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