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These are the most frequently asked questions about our college.

How many A Levels will I study?

You can choose to study three or four A Levels, for those students who do particularly well in their GCSEs there is the opportunity to do five, this is discussed at your college interview.

Can I study BTECS with A Levels?

Yes! Newman is the only college in the area that will allow you to mix and match BTECs with A Levels, to give you the maximum amount of flexibility and future career options.

What is compulsory RE?

The RE programme aims to encourage the formation of the whole person and seeks to be inclusive, challenging and affirming to all, irrespective of faith or perspectives. Through reflections, discussion, simulation games, trips, meditations, personal time, music, art and prayer, we foster a community based on respect and trust where everyone feels valued.

In this class you will discuss the wider issues in life. They look at the big questions, spiritual development and how they relate to their internal and external worlds. There are no exams, no homework and no coursework in this lesson.

Do I have to be Catholic to study at Newman?

No! Although Cardinal Newman is a Catholic College, we have a broad range of students from all different backgrounds and faiths.

Will I have a form group?

You will have a tutor group with a personal tutor, who will support you in all aspects of college life; from guidance in your studies; help with your study skills; advice regarding possible career progression and application to Higher Education. Through regular one-to-one reviews of your progress, individual target setting and action planning your Personal Tutor with work with you to ensure that you reach your full potential.

Does Newman have a college bus?

We have service level agreements for the provision of students transport with all the major transport providers in the Lancashire Area: Lancashire County Council, Stagecoach, Preston Bus, Fishwick and Transdev. This allows us to sell travel passes to our students at a greatly reduced cost and gives students the flexibility of travel on commercial network services. Passes are valid for the entire academic year and most can be used at evenings and weekends.

Newman is situated within five minutes walk from Preston Bus station and the train station is a 15 minutes walk away. There are a variety of cycle routes into the city and there is provision to store your bicycle securely within college grounds.

How long is the college day?

Newman is a full time college, lessons start at 9am and finish at 4pm, excluding Wednesday where all lessons finish at 2.45pm. However, you will have frees scattered throughout your day allowing you to catch up on work or meet up with friends.

What can I do in my free time?

There is a wide variety of enrichments activities available to help you fill your college week. Please see the Enrichment page for more details.

We have the Open Learning areas where you can go to study or work on class assignments.

We also have the Library with a variety of resources available to you.

Ther College has a range of food outlets, including a sandwich station and Costa Coffee as well as plenty of social space and beautiful grounds for you to enjoy.

Is there a careers service?

Yes. We have a dedicated careers team and careers area in college, stocked with information on universities and courses, apprenticeships, gap years and careers.

How do I apply?

Applying to Newman couldn’t be simpler, please see the Apply Now page for more details.

If I’m not currently at a partner catholic high school can I still apply to study at Newman?

Absolutely! Although as a Catholic College we are obliged to reserve a number of our places for those schools in our Catholic Partnership, there are still plenty of places available for students applying from other schools both inside and outside of the local area.

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