What is Excel@NCD?

At New College we provide tailored support for you so that you have the very best chance of progressing from New College to a great university, apprenticeship or job. We’ll ask you to review your career plans at key points, so that we can signpost relevant talks by visiting universities or employers, or arrange for you a careers interview. We’ll support you in finding high quality work placements if you have particular careers in mind, such as medicine or teaching, or if you’re studying BTEC courses which include work placements, or if you’re considering work or apprenticeships rather than university.

The broad range of activities available as part of our Excel@NCD programme have been specifically designed to prepare, support and engage all students in their applications to university and degree level apprenticeships. This includes applications to Russell Group universities, Oxford and Cambridge, and for very competitive degree courses which have extra hurdles to overcome. We’ll also create opportunities for you to engage with universities, employers or apprenticeship providers within the courses you are studying.

The Russell Group represents 24 leading universities who are at the cutting edge of academic research and provide an outstanding teaching and learning experience for their students. Many of our students go on to attend Russell Group universities, studying subjects such as English, History and Maths, or Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Science. Russell Group universities, like Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and York are the most competitive HE institutions in the country. The Russell Group have high expectations of their undergraduates, particularly focussing on academic achievement.

Our careers team have helped thousands of students get places on degree courses at these universities and, along with the support from Progress Tutors and subject staff, are well placed to maximise your chances of success.

The Excel@ programme is tailored to each individual student, and could include:


Regular support and meetings to support applications to the most prestigious universities, working with Cambridge HE+.


Regular support and meetings for students considering Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.


Regular advice and support from your Progress Tutor about your application.


Stretch yourself and earn an additional qualification that universities and employers really value.


Demonstrate your skills, your volunteering, take part in physical activity and an expedition.


Support with university schemes to encourage progress to university, including Russell Group universities.


Available both across college and in their subjects, including trips, visits to universities and employers, guest speakers and competitions.

Excel@NCD Event

We held our Excel@NCD Virtual Information Event for Year 11 Applicants and their Parents and Carers on Thursday 27th June between 5.30 and 7.00 pm.

Recordings of the event can be found below.

An overview of the Excel@NCD programme

The role of the progress tutor and supporting progression beyond New College Doncaster

The principles of Teaching and Learning at New College Doncaster to support all learners

Personal Development to enhance students’ experiences

Applying for Oxbridge, Aspirational Universities, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science 

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