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In our 65th year of delivery, we have produced this short video to show you what it is like to be a learner at New Directions College.

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65 years of adult learning

65 Years of Adult Learning!

New Directions College 65th Anniversary Events and Heritage Exhibition is made possible with the Lottery Heritage Fund.  Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been


Congratulations to the Class of 2023

On Wednesday 20th September we celebrated the class of 2023. A dazzling awards ceremony was held at the Reading Concert Hall to celebrate the outstanding

Big Draw 2023

The Big Draw Festival 2023!

  The Big Draw Festival is back!  We’re so excited to bring you an inspiring programme of activities on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of 

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reasons to Choose New Directions College


A Reading based Adult & Community College, offering a variety of courses, flexible timetables, classroom delivery and online learning.


Meet new people, make friends and learn with other adults in a professional and relaxed environment.


Learn at a College where teaching adults is our specialism and you receive the support to reach your full potential.


The majority of our courses are free to study, or are discounted depending on your personal circumstances.


We offer a range of support that includes learning and financial support, help with the cost of childcare and access to ICT kit and equipment.

What our Students Say

“I really enjoyed the course Holly was kind, patient, engaging and thorough. Really appreciate the creche facilities and cannot stress highly enough that without that help and funding I would not have been able to study the course to help me change careers. Holly has been quick with feedback, encouraging and gave good constructive feedback on how to improve the work. I will miss coming to her classes and really appreciate the extra help that new Directions College has delivered in enabling parents to be able to study and help with the financial burden.” Learner, L1 Childcare

Early years | 2023

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