North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) supports around 8,000 students in full and part time study, apprenticeships, T Levels, higher education, professional courses, and distance learning from seven campuses serving the urban centres of Nuneaton, Hinckley and Wigston. The college traces its roots to when Nuneaton Technical College opened in 1910 to teach skills to the mining community. Wigston College of Further Education opened in 1970 and became South Leicestershire College in 2001. In 2011, the college opened its £12M creative arts campus in Hinckley and its 4,000m2 Harrowbrook training centre for construction skills.
NWSLC formed on 1 August 2016 when North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College merged to join forces. The college sponsors the Midland Academies Trust, an independent charitable organisation which oversees the operation of four local secondary schools.
NWSLC works with over 1,000 national, regional, and local businesses across a wide range of sectors including over 350 organisations operating apprenticeship programmes. In 2018, the college led a collaboration with HORIBA MIRA and Coventry University, the University of Leicester, and Loughborough University to launch the MIRA Technology Institute, a specialist automotive training facility built with £9.5m from the local growth fund via the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Ltd (LLEP).
In 2020, the college launched a Digital Skills Academy in Coventry supported with funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority, to deliver specialist digital skills training in cyber security and software development. The Centre for Logistics Education and Research (CLEAR) launched in 2022 with GLP and Wincanton to deliver skills training to the logistics and supply chain sector.
NWSLC is a UK WorldSkills Centre of Excellence and in 2021, led the medals table for England in the WorldSkills UK skills competitions after students achieved 16 medals. NWSLC was also the highest performing college overall in the foundation skills category.
Advanced and Higher Technical Specialisms
- Automotive engineering including connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies.
- Mechanical engineering.
- Cyber security, networking and software development alongside computing and IT.
- Media production for film, TV, and games development, graphic and interior design.
Health and life sciences
- Early childhood, communities and young people, policing, healthcare, core focus on access to higher education programmes.
Logistics supply chain
- Forklift truck maintenance and repair.
- Warehousing and storage.
Key Facts 2020/21
|ESFA financial health rating||Requires|
|Current Ofsted grade||Good|