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Community

Learn a new skill or gain a qualification on a community course with West Notts. We offer 300+ community courses in over 50 small venues across Mansfield and Ashfield for students aged 19+.

Community courses

Want to learn a new skill or qualification? Vision West Nottinghamshire College offers short courses across Mansfield and Ashfield. The college works in partnership with 15 local community and voluntary organisations including Disability Nottinghamshire, NIDAS, MIND, Framework, Mansfield District Council and a number of local children’s centres.

With over 250 courses to choose from and subjects including digital photography, drama and acting, beauty techniques, languages, various crafts and mindfulness there really is something for everyone. Courses range in length from a few hours to a number of weeks, and can easily fit around your other commitments.

A list of courses can be found in our community course guide

Download our community course guide

Need more help? You’ll find contact details at the bottom of the page.

FAQs

  • How do I book?

    Booking onto a course is easy! Just call the number stated in the contact details to book your place. Remember to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Sometimes, a course may be cancelled due to low numbers, so do make sure you book early to let us know if you’re interested.

    Enrolment takes place during the first session of the course. If you cannot attend, contact the community team on 0808 100 3646.

  • Refunds

    If a course is cancelled by Vision West Nottinghamshire College due to low numbers, any student who has paid their fees in full at the start of the course will receive a refund for the weeks which have been cancelled. If a student withdraws from a course, the standard college refunds policy will apply.

  • How much will it cost?

    Many of the courses are funded by the Community Learning and Skills Service (CLaSS) and incur an hourly fee of £2.90 as a contribution towards learning costs. Fees can be paid in full during your first session, or you can pay weekly as you attend.

    Some courses will require students to purchase additional resources for their course including materials and workbooks – please ask for further details when booking onto your course.

  • Discounted fees

    If you are in receipt of a means-tested benefit you are entitled to a 100% reduction in tuition fees. Valid benefit documents must be produced at the time of enrolment (during the first session of your course).

    Benefits which qualify include:

    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (not contribution-based)
    • Housing or Council Tax Benefit (not single person’s allowance)
    • Employment Support Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Incapacity Benefit
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Pension Credit (not savings credit)
    • Unwaged dependents of those in receipt of the above benefits. All benefits claimants will be required to prove evident of their benefits to qualify for fee remission.
  • What do I need to bring with me?

    At your first session, you will need to bring one of the following forms of identification:

    • Passport
    • Driving licence
    • ID card or other national ID
    • National Insurance Number
    • Benefits documentation
    • Exam certificate
    • Bank/credit/debit card

    This will enable us to provide you with your Unique Learner Number (ULN) when you complete your enrolment form. If you qualify for a 100% reduction in tuition fees, don’t forget to bring your current benefit(s) documents with you.

Find out more

Call us to speak to a member of our team. Alternatively, visit our Facebook page

0808 100 3646

Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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