North Shropshire College welcomes Star Cycling Student

North Shropshire College welcomes Star Cycling Student

George Evans, Access Student at NSC, crosses the finish line in a Road Race Event

North Shropshire College (NSC) is celebrating the sporting success of George Evans, who has recently started studying Access to Higher Education – Science at the Oswestry Campus.

George, 20, has a keen passion for cycling and has already had an excellent start to his athletic career, including a win in the Welsh Elite Time Trial Championships and a fifth place in the Amateur World Time Trial Championships in Albi, France. George is the proud holder of a first Category Road Racing licence, which has allowed him to enter many higher level Road Racing and Time Trial events throughout the UK and abroad.


George comments “I have really enjoyed my time so far studying at NSC. The Access course has given me the perfect opportunity to progress on to University to study Sports and Exercise Science. My time management skills and drive to succeed both academically and professionally in my cycling has really helped me to get the most out of the course, and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wishes to go to University. I look forward to continuing with my studies in the New Year and succeeding within my chosen subject.”

For more information about Access to Higher Education courses at NSC, please visit our website at or call our Admissions Team on 01691 688080.

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Shrewsbury Colleges Group launches new rugby course

Shrewsbury Colleges Group launches new rugby course

SCG students playing rugby

Shrewsbury Colleges Group is launching a new vocational rugby course at its London Road Campus for September 2018.

Rugby enthusiasts will have the opportunity to gain a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport that will be focused on the skills and coaching techniques of rugby. Students on the course will be taught how to coach all abilities, from young children to elite professionals.

During this two year course, students will learn the classic skills that are taught in Level 3 Sport, including anatomy, physiology, sports coaching and fitness training, alongside six hours of rugby training each week with experienced coaches, as well as having the opportunity to take part in national and regional competitions. There is also the chance to do work experience in local schools and rugby clubs. Opportunities for those who have gained this qualification include going on to a study a range of sports disciplines at a higher level or becoming a sports teacher or rugby coach.

Sports Teacher, Dale Smallman, who will be taking charge on this course has years of rugby expertise including 15 years teaching experience. He is also an ex-Royal Navy Physical Training Instructor with a wide range of coaching qualifications and is the current Director of Rugby at Bridgenorth RFC and the Worcester Warriors Developing Player Programme Manager for Shropshire. He said: “I really believe in harnessing the power of sport to engage with students, to ensure they reach their potential both academically and within their chosen sport. The Rugby Programme is hugely exciting and with the range of excellent work placements on offer, alongside the additional coaching and officiating qualifications, it will benefit rugby players and clubs in the region for years to come.” Continue reading

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Walsall College masterclass on genetics and DNA

Walsall College masterclass on genetics and DNAA Birmingham City University (BCU) professor visited Walsall College to run a masterclass on genetics and DNA to its Applied Science students.

Dr Pat James, Head of Department of Health Sciences at BCU, gave Level 3 students a demonstration of how to extract cells from a human cheek.

Students were tasked to extract cells from a cheek sample, and stain them so they can observe them through a light microscope.

They were then shown how to extract DNA from the cells, and to identify the different fragments of DNA using electrophoresis, a technique used in laboratories to separate large molecules according to their size.

Dr Pat James later delivered a talk on careers within the NHS in biomedical science, including Clinical Scientist, Radiographer, Microbiology, and food and nutrition.

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North Shropshire College shows support for local food bank

North Shropshire College shows support for local food bank

NSC Staff members Rosemary Dorse, Matt Selfe, Carol Meadows, Marie-Ann Preston and Madhukesh Loomba with donations from NSC to the Oswestry and Borders food bank.

North Shropshire College (NSC) Staff have been busy collecting donations for the Oswestry and Borders foodbank over the festive period.

The foodbank project, originally created in 2011 by members of local Churches, runs from Beatrice Street in Oswestry and The Methodist Church in Ellesmere, and is aimed at preventing vulnerable people from going hungry in times of need.

The food bank relies on donations from business, local schools, churches, and the general public to ensure that they can continue to provide such a critical service, especially over the busy winter season.

Rosemary Dorse, Examinations Administrator at NSC, who helped to organise the donations and their recent handover to the foodbank comments, “We are delighted by the support that we have received from staff at the College, and would like to thank them for their contributions. We are grateful that we are able to give back something to the community that has supported the College over the years, and hope that we can continue to do so in the future.”


For more information about courses at NSC, please visit our website at, or call our Admissions Team on 01691 688080.

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North Shropshire College festive gift sale in aid of Guide Dogs Trust

North Shropshire College festive gift sale in aid of Guide Dogs Trust

Georgina Scott, Student at NSC with her festive gift stall at the Christmas Sale.

Students at North Shropshire College (NSC) recently took part in a Festive Christmas sale at the Oswestry Campus in order to raise money for The Guide Dogs Trust. The students were given the challenge of making products for a total of £5 and then selling them to Staff, Students and Visitors, with ten percent of the profits being donated to the charity.

There was a vast selection of products on offer to buy including Festive Shaped Soap Bars, Christmas Treats including candy canes and cakes, and also a Nail Bar run by Beauty Students from NSC’s Visage Hair and Beauty Salon.

Trishna Rahman, a NSC student who took part in the Christmas sale comments, “I am really excited to have taken part in the sale this year. It has given me and other student’s invaluable experience with creating and selling our own products and also an insight into business management. I am pleased to have been able to contribute to our chosen charity with some of the proceeds from today”.

For more information about courses at NSC please visit our website at or call our Admissions Team on 01691 688080.

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Senior appointment to new world-class skills centre

Senior appointment to new world-class skills centre

Lisa Bingley

A Midlands-based £9.5m skills centre for the automotive sector has been given a boost by the appointment of an Operations Manager to lead on its launch, planned for September 2018.

Lisa Bingley will take up the Operations Manager role on the development of the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI), designed to develop specialist skills for the global automotive industry.

Construction work started on the training facility at the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton in September 2017, and is due to open its doors in 2018. The MIRA Technology Institute is being developed with the help of government growth funding and is expected to become a global centre of excellence, helping to nurture specialist skills in new disruptive technology areas such as electrification and driverless cars, ensuring a sustainable supply of future technical specialists and engineers.

The project is led by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College and HORIBA MIRA, working closely with a collaboration of key partners including Coventry University, Loughborough University, and the University of Leicester. Continue reading

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Every learner makes their own special journey

Every learner makes their own special journey

L-R Rosemarie Sellers, Rowena Bennett and Chloe Bird

Success cannot always be measured by the results at the end of a course, that often is an accumulation of a series of events during the learner’s journey. Obstacles and challenge have to be overcome; fears have to be faced and motivation by coaches and tutors keep the learner on track to reach their destination.


None more so than for young North Shropshire College (NSC) Apprentice, Rowena Bennett, now in her second year within the employability and community education department. Rowena began her journey some three years ago as a student on the Resilience Programme where personal development played a fundamental part in building the confidence of learners. During this time, Rowena also undertook valuable work experience within the Marketing Department at the College. She recalls, ‘I really enjoyed the placement at NSC and I then moved to an internship at Severnside Housing.’


Following on from the internship, Rowena wanted to gain employment as an apprentice or in a junior role. Despite physical challenges and disappointments after unsuccessful job interviews, owing to Rowena not having the necessary experience, she seized the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship in business administration within the College and has never looked back.  Continue reading

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