Retford Campus

North Notts College expanded its services to Retford in 2011 with the aim of making higher and vocational education more accessible to the local community. Scroll down to see a full list of the courses we offer and get started on your journey today!

We are a forward-thinking, innovative College that specialises in Sport and Media Make-up. From VRQs and BTECs all the way through to degree-level qualifications, there is something for everyone here at Retford. 

By offering smaller class sizes, we are able to create a supportive learning environment that is tailored to suit your specific needs.

Our tutors are highly experienced in their fields and are always on hand to help answer any questions you might have.

If you want to pursue a career in Sport or Media Make-up, then look no further – we have everything you need under one roof!

How to find us

The campus is less than a mile from Retford town centre, with quick and easy access to the A1 and M1 motorways.

The nearest train station, which provides regular connections to surrounding areas, is less than a 15-minute walk away from the College.

We also provide a bus service that links Retford to our other campuses in Worksop and Rotherham, making travelling to and from College as simple as ever!

North Notts College – Retford Campus

Old Hall Drive
DN22 7EA

Our facilities

Retford Campus is set under an atrium roof, the bright, airy building is designed to inspire learning and creativity.

It is conveniently situated next to Retford Leisure Centre, where students are able to enjoy a discounted membership while studying with us. Sports students also use these facilities twice per week as part of their academic activities.

The campus features multiple classrooms, an auditorium, a hair salon, a sports hall, a cafe, and two large common rooms, all of which are based on the ground floor with easy disability access.

There is also free onsite parking and bike sheds for students who wish to cycle to class.

Our courses explained

The above courses are offered between levels 1 and 5 in the following areas.

Find out more about how the levelling system works.

Courses at our other campuses

If you are unable to find the course you are looking for in Retford, be sure to check out the wide range of courses we have on offer in Worksop and our partner sites.

VRQ Qualifications

A Vocationally Recognised Qualification (VRQ) assures employers that you have the skills and knowledge required to perform a specific job. They are developed through a combination of coursework, workplace training, and assessments. This results in a clear, consistent, and measurable path toward workplace readiness.

These courses, which range in difficulty from entry level to level 8, are broken down into units based on the abilities and knowledge you will pick up by completing the assessments.

Higher National Qualifications

Higher Nationals range from level 4 (HNC) to level 5 (HND) and are ideal for those looking to earn a qualification that is recognised by employers across the country. An HNC is equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor’s (BA) degree, while an HND is equivalent to the second year.

These courses allow you to study for less money and be closer to home for your first two years of university. You can then progress onto a top-up year to earn your full BA degree if you wish or go straight into employment with your newfound skills and knowledge.

Foundation Degree (FdSc)

A Foundation Degree (Level 5) is a great way to kickstart your career. These courses are designed for people who want to study at a high level and are looking for a new challenge, but who don’t have the grades or experience to enter degree-level study straight away.

A foundation degree is a level of education below a bachelor’s degree but above an associate’s degree. It requires you to study a specific subject area in more depth than an associate’s degree would. The course provides you with an opportunity to build up your skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or work-related learning. Upon completion of this course, you can then progress onto study for a Bachelor’s Degree.

How to apply

You only need to apply once and complete one application form, even if you are applying for more than one course.

  • Click the ‘Apply Here’ button at the top of this page
  • Find the course you would like to apply on
  • Click ‘Apply’
  • Then complete your application online

Open events

Click the following link to view all of our open events.

For more information about applying for a course, call our Learner Recruitment Team on 01909 504500 or email