North Hertfordshire College

North Hertfordshire College ("NHC") is a further education and higher education college operating in Stevenage, Hitchin, and Letchworth Garden City. NHC was established on 1 April 1991,[1] through the amalgamation of Stevenage College, Hitchin College and Letchworth Technical College. NHC is graded 'Good with Outstanding features' by Ofsted.

North Hertfordshire College
North Hertfordshire College Logo.png
Stevenage, Hitchin,

TypeCollege of further education
Established1991 (by amalgamation)
Principal and Chief executiveKit Davies

Coordinates: 51°53′49″N 0°12′00″W / 51.897°N 0.200°W / 51.897; -0.200


The college was established on 1 April 1991 when further education in Hertfordshire was reorganised.[1] One of the institutions merged into the new college was Hitchin College of Further Education.[2]

Campuses and facilitiesEdit

The College has two campuses in Stevenage, one in Hitchin, and an administrative centre in Letchworth Garden City.

Stevenage CentreEdit

The Stevenage Centre, opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, is the largest campus and is home to learning childcare, GCSEs, Higher Education, health and social care, and science.

Engineering and Construction CampusEdit

The ECC focuses on construction and building trade services, teaching courses such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, brickwork, engineering, and painting and decorating. In 2011, the centre expanded with a new welding course offer which was officially opened by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.[3]

Hitchin CentreEdit

The Hitchin Centre focuses on the learning of business, tourism & events, hair and beauty, catering, sport, public services and creative arts. From 2012 to 2014, the centre underwent an extensive redevelopment.[4]

Hart SalonEdit

Hart Salon offers a hairdressing and beauty therapy service based at the Hitchin Centre. The salon is staffed by qualified and learning students.

Sports CentreEdit

The Sports Centre offers sport and fitness facilities to students and the public, including basketball courts, fitness studios, dance studios, a gym, and an all weather 3G football pitch.

Hart KitchensEdit

Hart Kitchens is a student run contemporary restaurant. Under the direction of a head chef, students design menus as well as prepare and serve food and drink to customers, including a lunch menu and theme evenings throughout the year.

Airbus Foundation Discovery SpaceEdit

In January 2017, NHC and Airbus opened a STEM education centre, the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space, which is backed and funded by the Airbus Foundation and the Hertfordshire LEP. The center was opened by Astronaut Tim Peake.[5]


The College has been accredited with Investors in People Gold Award in 2012 and 2014.

In November 2017, North Hertfordshire College underwent an OFSTED inspection and received a Grade 2 (Good) for overall effectiveness of the provision. The effectiveness of their higher needs provision and traineeships were graded as Outstanding.[6] NHC's Ofsted inspection grade is the highest of any college in Hertfordshire.

Notable alumniEdit

NHC alumni include:


  1. ^ a b "FEFC Inspection Report 30/94 – North Hertfordshire College – Eastern Region – Inspected September 1993 – February 1994" (pdf). Further Education Funding Council. May 1994. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Arts Council For North Hertfordshire". HertsDirect. Hertfordshire County Council. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Skills Minister opens welding training centre in Stevenage". Stephen McPartland. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Hitchin Centre Redevelopment" (PDF). Scott Brownrigg. North Herts District Council. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  5. ^ Elvery, Martin. "British astronaut Tim Peake opens new education centre at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage after announcing he will be returning to space". The Comet. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  6. ^, Ofsted Communications Team. (5 November 2010). "Find an inspection report". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

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