National College for High Speed Rail – Clearing is now open

If you’ve just completed your A-Levels but you don’t already have a university place – or you want to change your higher education path – then the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham could be the place for you.

Driven by speed, technology and innovation, the College is training the next generation of British engineers. It’s backed by Government and led by industry employers, which means you’ll be working towards real career prospects.

The College has a limited number of places available for 2018 entry through its Clearing programme, and whether or not you have already applied to another university, you can get in touch on 0330 120 0375 or [email protected] to talk about applying.

The NCHSR offers a range of training opportunities, courses and pathways that are designed to get you ready to take a leading role in this exciting future for Britain’s railways, infrastructure and engineering.

The full-time courses available to apply for via Clearing are the Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure, and the Foundation Degree in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure. These courses are an accessible alternative to university and last for one year or two years respectively, giving you a Level 4 or Level 5 equivalent qualification.

The full-time courses provide you with a broad introduction to the rail industry, and high-speed rail in particular. They offer the chance to learn technical knowledge and skills that will help you decide which area of the rail industry you would like to specialise in, and give you a great foundation to go on to a variety of career or learning options when you finish.

Studying at the College’s brand new, state-of-the-art campus in Birmingham means you can take advantage of cutting-edge learning technology – across a range of digital platforms, as well as within a real-life rail engineering environment. The college classrooms are equipped with the latest industry equipment, VR and AR learning platforms, and a spacious workshop which includes #Brumstar – a former Eurostar high speed power car.

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, said:

“While the government has voiced a strong commitment to apprenticeships, the reality is that the number of apprenticeship places available does not meet demand, and the competition for apprenticeship places is even greater for the higher valued technical positions.

“Those looking to take their first step towards an apprenticeship or to get their foot in the door of the engineering, transport and infrastructure industries, can greatly benefit from taking a technical course which provides practical, hands-on experience. As an employer-led college we have created the Certificate for Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure in conjunction with our employer partners to ensure that learners are ‘apprenticeship-ready’ with an excellent grounding in the industry that puts them in pole position for an apprenticeship as well as other routes into working with some of the best employers in the industry.”   

Clearing phone lines are open now, from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday (plus Saturday 18th August). Call 0330 120 0375 or email [email protected] and choose your connection to a high-speed future.

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