Starting at NUAST in Year 10

This page tells you what NUAST can offer Year 10 students interested in Science, Engineering or Computing.

If you enjoy Science, Engineering or Computing, NUAST can offer you a chance to spend lots of time each week doing the things you like.

You will have the chance to study your favourite subject using some of the best facilities in the East Midlands and work with local and national companies gaining loads of experience. You will also still cover all the subjects you need to get a good job, such as English, maths and a language.

And at the end of Year 11 you will have a selection of qualifications and experience that mean you have lots of options including A-Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships.

Download Year 10 Prospectus 2017


The opportunity to study engineering at GCSE level is just another provision that sets NUAST aside from other local providers.

You will study the OCR Cambridge National qualification in Engineering. This course is worth three GCSE grades and will give you the chance to work closely with our industry partners.

You will study:

Engineering Design
Engineering Manufacture
System Control in Engineering

In addition you will study GCSEs in Science, English, Maths, History and a Modern Foreign Language.


Whether at GCSE or A Level, NUAST offers each science as a discrete subject, providing students with the qualifications to gain access to leading universities nationally and internationally.

GCSE (Level 2 Qualifications)

At GCSE level, NUAST offers each of the science disciplines as a discrete subject. This provides you with an in-depth understanding of the sciences and allows you to focus on a particular scientific specialism at A Level.

In addition to physics, chemistry and biology, computer science is also offered as an option subject. Combined with English, maths and a modern foreign language, this suite of subjects delivers a rounded education for any student seeking a career in science, engineering or computing.

To complete the curriculum, GCSE level students will select a specialist pathway. There are two pathway choices, each providing an additional four GCSEs.

You can choose between engineering and computing/IT. Each course will deliver an OCR Cambridge National qualification with the computing pathway also delivering GCSE computing.


With chronic skills shortages in computing and IT there has never been a better time to study these subjects. At NUAST you can study computing and IT as a specialist subject at GCSE and Post 16 level.

GCSE (Level 2 Qualifications)

At GCSE level, NUAST offers the OCR Cambridge National qualification in IT/Computer Science. This course covers three subject areas and is the equivalent to three GCSEs. You will study:

GCSE Computing
Cambridge National iMedia
Cambridge National ICT

And be able to choose as an option:

Cambridge National Systems Control

This will provide you with a set of qualifications widely recognised by employers and universities as the best vocational training at this level.

You will also be working with industry partners throughout the course gaining invaluable experience of workplace practices.

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Applications for Year 10 places 2017-18 (starting September 2017)

To apply to NUAST for a place in Year 10 you will need to go online and submit your application through the Nottingham City Council application system or the Nottinghamshire County Council application system (To apply through other local authorities use the links below). Applications for Year 10 entry cannot be made directly to NUAST.

Nottingham City Council Applications

Nottingham City Council generally consider applications after the 31st October to be 'late', however NUAST does not consider any application late. Early applications are advised, particularly with the school growing and this also means you will receive a response from Nottingham City Council more quickly.

If you apply to NUAST before the October deadline, you can expect to receive a confirmation from Nottingham City Council before the Easter holiday. Applications received from November 2016 onwards will be dealt with in the Spring and Summer term.

Upon receiving confirmation from Nottingham City Council that your child has been offered a place, it is important that you confirm the offer with them directly by calling 0115 841 5568 or emailing

Nottinghamshire County Council Applications

Nottinghamshire County Council consider applications to be late if applying after the 31st October, however you can still apply to NUAST throughout the academic year for entry in September 2017.

To apply via Nottinghamshire County Council we would recommend contacting their Admissions Team on 0300 500 80 80 in the first instance for guidance on how to apply.

Once we have received official confirmation from your Local Authority that your application has been successful we will be in touch to invite you into NUAST to meet staff, fellow students and begin the transition process for your September 2017 start.

Local Authority Links

Nottingham City
Nottinghamshire County Council
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Leicester City Council
Leicestershire County Council

NUAST operates a fair banding system for all applicants living within our 25-mile catchment area.

Current Year 10 ‘in-year’ applications during 2016/17

If you want to join in the academic year 2016/17, you will need to apply directly to the academy for a year 10 place (which will then be an "in-year" application). To apply from September 2016 onwards, complete our online contact form in the first instance giving details of your request.

"In year" applications are for those children looking to transfer from one school to another within the current academic year (for example, they have already started their studies at their current school).

Once your initial enquiry has been submitted we will contact you and invite you and your child to a meeting with the Principal. Full details will be sent to you upon application.