The data, released on March 21, 2024, highlights the institution's exemplary performance in both Further Education (FE) and Apprenticeships provision types.

For  Apprenticeships, NCD sets the standard for excellence, achieving a remarkable success rate of 72.4%. This places the institution as the fourth highest performing General Further Education (GFE) college for Apprenticeships nationally, a remarkable 17.8% above the national average. Within the region, the college ranks second highest and holds the title of number one for regional GFEs with more than 100 apprentices.

New College Durham's commitment to excellence extends across a diverse range of sectors, with the institution delivering apprenticeships in six of the 14 Sector Skills Areas. Notably, the college leads the way as the highest performing regional college in four of these areas:

  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
  • Education and Training
  • Health, Public Services and Care
  • Retail and Commercial Enterprise

In the realm of Further Education, New College Durham has demonstrated remarkable progress, securing an achievement rate of 88.4% and surpassing the national average by 4.2%. This accomplishment places the college in the top 13% nationally, affirming its commitment to academic excellence and student success with strong performance for 16-18 year old students. 

Specifically within adult provision, New College Durham has established itself as the 4th ranked GFE college nationally, with an outstanding 94.7% of adults achieving their qualifications. Within the North East region, the college is the 2nd highest performer, underscoring its dedication to empowering learners of all ages. Furthermore, New College Durham stands out as one of the top 2.5% of colleges nationally, exceeding the national rate by an impressive 7.9%.

"We are immensely proud of our exceptional achievement rates for the 2022/23 academic year," said Alison Maynard, Deputy Principal of New College Durham. "These results are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students, staff, and partners. As we celebrate these accomplishments, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing high-quality education and training opportunities that empower individuals and transform communities." 

The recently released achievement rates serve as the most recent testament to NCD's success, building on the recognition already received. In November 2022 Ofsted judged NCD Strong for  contribution to skills development; and more recently the college won the prestigious Association of Colleges Beacon Award for College Engagement with Employers. New College Durham looks forward to building on this success and continuing to deliver outstanding outcomes for its students and stakeholders.