“Strategies to promote personal development are exemplary” Ofsted 2016

“Learners develop into confident, articulate, respectful young adults” Ofsted 2016

Gone are the days when a university admissions tutor or an employer was just concerned with your academic qualifications.  Now they are looking for that ‘something extra’- that something that makes you stand out from the crowd.

To help you stand out from the crowd, we offer a huge range of personal development opportunities.

Learn a new skill:

  • Baking
  • Horticulture
  • Life Drawing
  • Self-Defence
  • Script Writing
  • Singing (in the College Choir)
  • First Aid

Join a Club

  • Journalism Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • NC/DC
  • LGBTQ Group

Challenge yourself!

  • Poetry by Heart Competition
  • UK Senior Maths Competition
  • Reading Ahead
  • DoE Gold Award


ENJOY is our daily programme of sporting activity designed to give everyone the opportunity to engage in some physical activity.  Simply turn up and enjoy!

  • Available sessions include:
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Girls-only gym sessions
  • Handball
  • Table tennis

Huddersfield New College offers all students the opportunity to challenge themselves to complete the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, even if you have not completed the Bronze or Silver Award.

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is universally recognised as one of the world’s best programmes for the personal development of young people. It is highly regarded by employers and higher education institutions.

Achieving the Award is a tremendous accomplishment, as all Gold Award holders have to  volunteer in their local community, learn a new skill, improve at a physical activity, plan and undertake an expedition and spend 5 days working away from home.

For the expedition, we offer students the opportunity to explore some of the UK’s most beautiful wild locations, including the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and North Wales.

We feel it is important for students to gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom and therefore offer a multitude of field trips as part of our academic study programmes.

If you would like to explore further afield, there are plenty of opportunities for you to visit a new country as part of your studies.  From residential trips to international work placements, we can help you touch down overseas.

We also hold the International School Award, which recognises our excellence in international links.  We run regular trips abroad, including to France, Ireland, Spain, and Sweden.

Every student has the opportunity to undertake some form of work experience in their first year. This can be self-directed and linked to personal interests, or it can be arranged in conjunction with our Careers team, who can help you find a placement that is beneficial and suited to your career aspirations. This allows you to build a portfolio of relevant work experience as you work towards your academic qualifications.

  • Be a Library Volunteer
  • Be V-inspired
  • Sign up for the National Citizen Service

The Students’ Union allows you to get involved in the planning and co-ordination of social activities and charity fundraising events, in addition to helping make important decisions on the college’s amenities, facilities and welfare services.

The Students’ Union Executive addresses student issues directly with the Senior Leadership Team and liaises on behalf of all students with external student organisations such as the National Union of Students.

Student Ambassadors are a specially selected team of students who are chosen to represent the college at various events throughout the academic year, including our open events, and other high profile events such as the annual STEM conference.  Everyone is given the opportunity to apply to be a Student Ambassador when they start college.

Sports Ambassadors are a specially chosen group of students who take on additional responsibilities within the Sports Department.  They also work closely with the local community providing support throughout the year at a range of Pennine Schools Sport Partnership events.  Our Ambassadors are involved in these events in various capacities, including coaching and officiating.

Events at which our Sports Ambassadors have assisted include Kirklees:

  • Badminton Schools Finals
  • Football Schools Finals
  • Gymnastics Schools Finals

During the year they also have the opportunity to achieve coaching qualifications in a range of different sports including; Table Tennis, Badminton, Handball, Football and Cricket.

The Student Diversity Team, supported by the Staff Diversity Group, helps promote equality and celebrate diversity across the college through a range of initiatives, including awareness-raising events.  All students who wish to be a Diversity Champion should contact and meet our Equality and Diversity Manager to talk about the process for joining the team and the commitment required, and their interests and how these can be developed through being a Diversity Champion.  In previous years, Student Diversity Champions have developed their interests in Marketing, Event Management, Video Production and Photography through equality and diversity events. They have written articles for the HNC Student Blog and for the College magazine about equality issues and they have organized a ‘Youth Conference’ at Huddersfield University.  Being part of the Diversity team is a brilliant addition to your CV and UCAS application.

The college Governors are always keen to hear the views of students. Anyone who is interested in bridging the gap between students and Governors can apply to become the Student Governor and represent the student body at Corporation meetings. This important role involves attending up to eight after-college meetings throughout the year and is a strong addition to your CV and UCAS application.

An additional qualification can seriously boost your CV and UCAS application. We offer a range of additional qualifications that are designed to complement and extend your main programme of study, such as:

  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • First Aid
  • L2 Air Cabin Crew
  • L2 Dance Leaders
  • L2 Event Planning
  • L2 Gym Fitness Instructors
  • L2 Resort Representative
  • L2 Sports Leaders
  • L3 Sports Leaders
  • Microsoft Academy
  • Music Theory
  • NGB Coaching Awards
  • Toy Making

From film reviews and fashion pieces, to political articles and well-being tips, the HNC student blog and the New College magazine welcome features from all budding journalists! Meetings are held regularly to discuss potential features.

If you are interested in Drama, Dance or Music, get involved with our annual College Production. Last year, our students produced ‘We Will Rock You’ to much critical acclaim!

Across 2016-17, our students raised over £5000 for local and national charities.

Charities who benefitted from their altruism and generosity included:

  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Down’s Syndrome Association
  • The Guide Dog for the Blind Association
  • Melanoma UK
  • MIND
  • The National Literacy Trust
  • Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Kirklees
  • The Healing Mission, Kirklees
  • Music and the Deaf, Yorkshire
  • Yorkshire Mixtures