NUAST is a new, specialist academy based in Nottingham offering the very best educational opportunities for anyone with a passion for science, computing or engineering between the ages of 14-19.

With specialist teachers, specialist facilities and the unique opportunity to work with the University of Nottingham and industry partners at KS4 and KS5, NUAST is the right choice for any aspiring scientist, engineer or information technologists.

NUAST opened in September 2014 and is housed in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art building near the QMC. We are currently accepting applications from Year 9 and Year 11 students for September 2016 entry. To find out what NUAST can offer you, explore our website, get in touch or visit one of our Open Evenings.

What we offer

NUAST is a new type of academy. We offer a specialist curriculum at KS4 and KS5 for students with an interest in science, engineering or computing.

You can join NUAST in Year 10 or Year 12 and we offer GCSEs, BTECs and A levels in our specialist subjects along with a wide range of more traditional subjects.

Our unique and innovative curriculum is designed to provide our students with the skills and experiences they will need to secure a place at a good university or employment and training in a higher apprenticeship.

With specialist teachers, the very best equipment and unrivalled university and industry links, studying at NUAST offers our students the very best start in life.


World Class Facilities

NUAST is based in a purpose built, state-of-the-art facility a few minutes walk from the University of Nottingham’s main campus. Designed to deliver specialist courses, NUAST is equipped very latest engineering, ICT and science equipment.

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Unique Partnerships

NUAST is supported by a whole range of partners from industry and education.

These partnerships make studying at NUAST an exciting new way to gain qualifications in Science, Engineering and Computing.

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Caring Environment

As a small, specialist academy NUAST offers its students a pastoral support package tailored to the needs of each individual. From day to day guidance to university applications and job interviews, NUAST provides the very best care and support.

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Year 10 Entry

Joining NUAST in Year 10 allows you to specialise in GCSEs and BTECs in Science, Engineering and IT. Our purpose built academy has some of the very best equipment available and all our staff are specialists in their field.

With industry partnerships and strong links with the University of Nottingham, NUAST offers a very different educational experience for Year 10 students.

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In Year 10, our curriculum balances specialist teaching in Science, Engineering and IT with all the other core subjects you will need to get a place at a university or secure a good job or apprenticeship.

With Science taught as discreet subjects, and Engineering and IT delivered through industry approved and recognised Cambridge National qualifications, our specialist curriculum is designed to give students the very best start in their careers.

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Applying for a place in Year 10 for a September start couldn’t be easier. You simply apply through the City Council Admissions scheme, the same process parents use to select primary and secondary school places across the city area.

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Year 12 Entry

As a specialist academy in Science, Engineering and IT/Computing NUAST offers a new choice for students in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

Our specialist curriculum is designed with the sole aim of providing students with the very best chance of developing a career in these shortage industries.

With the sponsorship of the University of Nottingham and the support of some of the biggest UK companies in Engineering, Science and IT, students will leave NUAST with the experience, knowledge and confidence to apply to good universities or secure the very best higher modern apprenticeships.

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NUAST offers Post 16 students a complex and diverse range of curriculum options based around Science, Engineering and IT/Computing. From a full suite of A Levels, through a mix of qualifications, to dedicated BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, NUAST can offer our students a pathway modelled to their needs.

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Applying for a place in Year 12 for a September start couldn’t be easier. For more information on the application process use the link below.

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The Latest News & Tweets


  • Year 11 Reports and Parent Evenings

    Year 11 Progress reports will be issued by post today.

    Student reports for Year 11 have been posted home today.

    Year 11 parents evening takes place next week on Thursday 26th January from 5.30. Students have been asked to make appointments with subject teachers on behalf of parents. ideas4careers will attend the parents evening to talk to students and parents/carers about future career plans. NUAST staff will be available to support discussion around careers and next steps in post 16 education and employment.

    We look forward to seeing you next week.

    Posted 20/01/2017 by Whole School

  • Boots360 Careers Event

    Boots are holding a careers event for young people & their parents to showcase career opportunities.

    Boots are holding the Boots360 Careers Event in the D90 Building at the Nottingham Support Office on Thursday 23rd February 2017, 5.00pm – 7.30pm, all students, teachers, careers advisors and parents are welcome to attend!

    This event is designed to show the wonderful opportunities on offer at Boots for young adults after finishing their school/college education. There are a number of apprenticeship programmes to showcase as well as store roles, Christmas roles and along with th Boots award-winning work experience programme.

    Alongside this they will be running a mock assessment centr...

    Posted 04/01/2017 by Whole School - Read more

  • January Examinations - Engineering

    Cambridge National Engineering Examinations take place in early January.

    January Examinations - Engineering

    Our Engineers and Product Designers have been fantastically hard at work this term and staff are incredibly proud of what has been achieved so far. Our Year 11 and 13s are busy revising and starting to prepare themselves for the homestretch of their courses.

    We wish all of our students and their parents and carers a wonderful Christmas Break and a Happy New Year.

    Students have two/three exams upon return in January. Please use the revision guides that have been provided to you and the resources that Miss Byrne and Mr Hose have given to you to revi...

    Posted 19/12/2016 by Whole School - Read more

  • Careers Interviews

    Ideas4Careers staff will be in school during January and February to work with students.

    NUAST has partnered with Ideas4Careers to offer students in Year 11, 12 and 13 the opportunity to receive independent careers guidance. Students will be able to access one to one support and will be given a future career/training profile along with specific advise about the next steps in employment and education. Students, last year found the service invaluable and we are pleased to work with Ideas4Careers again this year.

    The advisor from Ideas4Careers will also attend Year 11 parents evening to meet parents and answer questions that they may have.

    Posted 09/12/2016 by Whole School

  • NUAST Consultation

    NUAST is currently consulting on changes to its admissions arrangements

    NUAST is currently consulting on changes to its admissions arrangements and to the age range of the students who can attend the school.

    Click here for more information on the consultations and how to respond.

    Posted 01/12/2016 by Whole School

  • Year 13 and 11 Mock exam week

    Week of 5th December

    Students in years 13 and 11 will begin their mock exams the week of 5th December

    Posted 21/11/2016 by Whole School

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