Introducing Britain’s newest college: the National College for High Speed Rail

It’s got some of the most advanced courses anywhere. And its first students start in 2017. This could be the start of something big…

Can’t get a top job without a degree? Forget what you’ve been told. At the National College for High Speed Rail, leading employers actually help to set the courses, so you know you’re developing skills and using the technologies that employers really need.

It’s about starting a career: While other people are searching for work experience, you train and work in a company, on real projects. You also get a company mentor – if you can picture your perfect job, they’ll help you make the right course choices.

It’s about getting the edge over the competition: The college’s qualification packs a lot into just one year. You will be able to join after A-levels, NVQs, BTECs and their equivalents. You build your core skills with rail, engineering and management courses. Then you pick your specialist subject like digital railway systems or advanced construction and train in the technologies of the future.

It’s about more than rail: If you’ve got plans to be an engineer, or want to use maths and science on a bigger scale, you’re obviously going to love it. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to lead a team or run a business? They do courses on that. Or learn how to develop an invention or an idea to provide the best possible service to passengers? That too.

It’s about opportunities: The college is backed by HS2 Ltd, which is building Britain’s high speed railway. It’s the biggest mega-project in Europe, and there’s new tech everywhere: if you want to discover how engineers protect the environment, or see how 3D printing works, this would be the place.

It’s about you: By the time they’re done, NCHSR students will be cutting-edge designers, digital innovators or business brains. They will be building or planning or problem solving on a scale they never imagined. It all starts with what you’re good at – and the desire to find out more...

The NCHSR’s two campuses – in Birmingham and Doncaster – will welcome students from all over the UK from September 2017. To get news and updates or to register your interest, simply visit

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