By Category

Access to Higher Education

Our Access to Higher Education courses are specifically designed for those returning to education who are looking to progress on to a university degree. This is an alternative to an A level programme and is for students over the age of 19. You will be returning to education with like-minded adults who will understand and share some of the issues you...


A career in accountancy can lead to top management in any organisation as no business can exist without the advice of accountants. There are lots of opportunities to work in this field which are interesting, varied and can lead to high financial rewards. Suffolk New College offer fully accredited part-time courses to help you qualify to work in this well...

Adult Learning

Our Adult courses give you the opportunity to develop your skills, learn a new trade and boost your confidence. Not only do our adult courses help boost your CV but they also help change your life! You will find our full-time, part-time and short courses listed below. Support More information on Advanced Learner Loans and Fee Remissions is available here...


These courses are based at Suffolk Rural, Otley World agriculture needs livestock handlers, farm managers, machine operators and agronomists. Our courses will give you the confidence and ability to grow a rewarding career.

Animal Studies

These courses are based at Suffolk Rural, Otley Our animal care and animal management programmes are for you if you are interested in working with animals. You may be just starting out, taking a break from a job to develop your skills with valuable training or managing and promoting your career and experience to the next level.

Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care)

These courses are based at Suffolk Rural, Otley Will you help to shape the future of forestry and arboriculture? Modern forestry and arboriculture practices involve far more than just growing trees for timber. There are numerous career options depending on your interests and goals, which range from managing large forests to managing trees for amenity and urban landscapes.

Art & Design

With an emphasis on practical projects and tutorial based teaching, you'll be working alongside specialist lecturers who are also practising artists and designers. You will have access to an excellent range of workshop facilities, including a purpose built drawing studio, receiving plenty of opportunities to learn about the latest technologies and you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities.


Our range of automotive study programmes will train you for many areas of the industry. As well as being actively encouraged to apply theory to practice, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in our fully equipped modern workshops, supported by qualified and experienced tutors throughout your development. We also have many trade contacts, which can lead to...

Building Services

Our range of qualifications will provide you with a grounding in the field of building services. The courses mix theory with practical hands-on experience to develop your skills and set a firm basis for your future career. You’ll have access to fully equipped workshops and IT suites, accompanied by the resources that allow our trained and experienced staff to fa...


You’ll gain an insight into the industry and how businesses of all types operate. You will study areas; from understanding how businesses take care of their finances and administer sales; to how they undertake marketing and manage their people. You will have the opportunity to visit several local businesses within the area, including public and private sector organisations. As we...

Catering & Hospitality

Gain the professional skills and practical experience you need to join this fast-moving industry, through practical assessments while broadening your experience alongside industry professionals.You will develop your skills in our excellent range of training facilities, including Whites Restaurant, which is open to the public, where you will gain valuable, realistic experience in a vibrant and modern environment.


These study programmes will provide you with the knowledge required to support and care for children and young people according to their individual needs. You’ll learn about the provisions of care across the early years and education sector, by studying in a well-resourced environment. You will build on this knowledge and experience through work placements, where you’ll develop conf...


Our construction qualifications extend from basic craft awards through to technical and professional qualifications. You will benefit from dedicated workshops, equipped with machines and facilities to support the specific trades offered. Our workshop areas are supported by resource rooms that provide open access to reference material and computing facilities. Study programmes are delivered by well-qualified and experienced staff, with the...

Distance Learning & Online

Our distance learning and online courses allow you to study wherever you are, arranging your studies around your work or family life. You learn using study materials and online learning resources that are designed for active learning. You can also connect with other students around the world via your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).


These programmes will provide you with a wide range of theoretical knowledge, together with hands-on experience. You will have access to fully equipped workshops and IT suites that will allow you to gain practical experience in a realistic industrial environment. With support from our trained and experienced staff, you’ll be guided and assessed, while developing personal and practical skills.

Engineering & Welding

You will have the opportunity to carry out practical activities in a realistic workshop environment. Classroom based theoretical units are delivered by highly qualified and experienced lecturers who support you in learning to work safely, effectively and to make efficient use of resources and materials. You will have the opportunity to attend various exhibitions and meet with a range of...

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

If England or the English language are new to you, then 'ESOL' courses are the perfect introduction to listening, speaking, writing and reading in English. English for Speakers of Other Languages courses give students the opportunity to improve their understanding of communication in this country and enhance their capability to learn and opportunities to work.

Equine Studies (Horse Care)

These courses are based at Suffolk Rural, Otley The East of England has a thriving equine industry and a global reputation for horse breeding. You will almost certainly have heard of Newmarket, in Suffolk, which calls itself ‘The home of British racing’. The town is also home to industry giants like the Animal Health Trust and Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloods...

Foundation Learning

Our Foundation Learning programmes are tailored around you. Our programmes will get you ready for Level 2 or 3 programmes or an Apprenticeship by giving you the skills needed to succeed.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills courses and qualifications provide you with essential knowledge, skills and understanding of English and maths. Studying part-time, the emphasis is on learning practical skills that are designed to help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. 

Games Design

If your passion is for games design our study programmes will give you the opportunity to learn about the games industry; from concept to creating a game by the end of the year.


Most courses that can be studied at Suffolk New College or other insititutions will require that students have successfully achieved certain grades in the core GCSE subject areas. As part of your study programme the College offers the opportunity to work towards these crucial grades in English, Maths and Science.

Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Our study programmes will provide you with an ideal platform to learn the skills and gain the experience necessary for a career in the industry. A good balance of theory and practical assignments enables you to build your knowledge and gain experience. You’ll have access to an extensive range of high quality training facilities, including hair salons, beauty salons, a...

Health & Social Care

Our study programmes will provide you with a firm grounding in the health and social care professions. You’ll discover the diversity of occupational areas and settings, including their requirements and provisions to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of work placements. Our centre has a lo...

Higher Education

The University of Suffolk is an agile, responsive university, custom built for a changing world, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty first century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. Through establishing working relationships with charitable organisations, business and research bodies the University has a rich network to enhance its projects...

Horticulture & Floristry

These courses are based at Suffolk Rural, Otley Gardens, parks and estates across the UK desperately need gardeners. There’s particular demand for growers, landscapers and plant experts. Around 70% of horticulture businesses struggle to find skilled workers. Our technical and creative training can help you shape your career in this growing £9bn industry.

Human Resources

Develop your skillset for a career in human resources management with fully accreidted courses provided by Suffolk New College. HR is a well-respected and rewarding profession and gives successful students the opportunity to work in a number of sectors and roles.

Information Technology

Our IT Programmes will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for a career in this dynamic and fast-paced industry. They are developed to allow progression from one level to the next. Our classrooms have the equipment, online learning and teaching resources you would expect to help you succeed in this fast-moving and exciting sector.


Taught by industry professionals, our media programmes offer you an opportunity to study a variety of media related specialisms in-depth. You will work on a series of practical projects and produce work to a professional standard. You will also have the chance to work on live media productions in our fully equipped TV studio. You can also present shows on...


Our study programmes provide a thorough grounding in musicianship, through practical exercises and hands-on music making experiences. Depending on your chosen pathway, you will develop instrumental and vocal performance skills, or be trained on how to use the latest music technology to create, edit and record your own music. You will be provided with regular opportunities to showcase your musical...

Music Technology

Our Music Technology study programmes are renowned for their exciting content and opportunities. They are perfect for any budding producer, composer or engineer looking to develop their skills.

On The Coast (Leiston & Halesworth)

‘Suffolk New College - on the coast’ in Leiston and Halesworth, offers great vocational teaching in a specialist learning environment - providing you with a launch pad for your future. Come to a taster event! | Contact Us | View Photos & 360

Online and On Campus

We appreciate that the pace of everyday life is getting faster, which is why we’ve looked for new ways of teaching – ways that make it easier to study alongside work and life commitments. Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are...

Performing Arts

This highly successful and exciting area provides a solid grounding in performing arts disciplines: dance, musical theatre, acting and stage management. These high-energy programmes are packed with visits to West End theatres and local productions, provide plenty of hands-on experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting and stimulating workshops in dance, mask wo...


This exciting and challenging study programme allows you to explore both digital and traditional photography. It will inspire and empower you to be creative with your ideas.


Our range of qualifications will provide you with a grounding in the field of building services. The courses mix theory with practical hands-on experience to develop your skills and set a firm basis for your future career. You’ll have access to fully equipped workshops and IT suites, accompanied by the resources that allow our trained and experienced staff to fa...

Professional Development

Our professional development courses and training packages deliver immediate impact and provide the skills needed to improve performance and progression in the workplace. Whether you are an individual looking for a promotion, or a business wanting to stay ahead of the competition, training is the most effective way of achieving your goals and up-skilling your staff. For training with an...

Public Services

These programmes offer a balanced and rounded experience, to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare you for a broad range of roles within the public services including uniformed services. You will also learn about yourself and develop essential transferable life skills. Our links with public services professionals will help you in making informed choices about your...


The study programmes will appeal to those who have a keen interest in all aspects of science and who would like the opportunity to carry out practical work as well as gain theoretical knowledge and develop an understanding of science whilst solving scientific problems. You will be supported to gain work experience during your study.


Whatever your speciality, these study programmes will provide the experience you need for an active and rewarding career in the world of sport, where there are many opportunities available. Throughout the course you’ll benefit from visits to various sporting venues to gain a real insight into how these organisations work and how they meet the needs of their customers.

Suffolk Rural (Otley)

A self-contained campus located 9 miles outside Ipswich, Suffolk Rural caters for a wide range of courses in a number of specialist buildings in Otley, many of which have been recently refitted and refurbished. It’s a well-connected campus, with an extensive and ever-expanding network of direct bus routes linking Otley to all parts of Suffolk and Essex. Come to a ta...

Supported Learning

We offer personalised programmes that will help prepare you for work, living independently and college life. Whatever your aspirations are we have programmes that will develop your confidence, increase your skills and knowledge and platform to progress. We will provide you with real opportunities to learn and develop and you will get a chance to study in an incredible friendly...