Why Worcester?

View of the Malvern Hills from college

Located at the heart of the West Midlands and central UK, Worcester boasts excellent transport networks – from rail and road links, to nearby international airports, making it an easily accessible city from the rest of the UK and the world.

Brimming with culture, history, diversity and breathtaking countryside, Worcester has all the benefits of a big city with the idyllic atmosphere of a small town. A quick stroll down the road and you’ll find yourself surrounded in rolling English countryside – whether that be the banks of the River Severn, or lapping up vast views from the popular Malvern Hills. 

Worcester has been voted the happiest city in the UK (2018), and has also been rated in the top three for both safety and friendliness. It is the perfect place to both live and learn!

Map of UK showing Worcester

History

Being one of the oldest cities in the UK, Worcester is steeped in rich history.

Only in Worcester will you discover majestic buildings such as the Cathedral, Tudor House and The Commandery which dates back to the English Civil War, as well as navigate the picturesque cobbled streets of the city centre. 

Today, many of our historic buildings dotted around the city serve a modern purpose, housing restaurants or independent shops.

Worcester is also home to the world famous Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, and was once home to one of the most renowned English composers.

Worcester Cathedral

Innovation

Worcester boasts one of the UK’s fastest growing local economies and a digital infrastructure that is at the heart of many next generation industries.

Our city is also home to The Hive, Europe’s first fully integrated University and Public Library, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.

The growing local economy is already providing excellent opportunities for our young people – placements, volunteering and work experience in a variety of sectors from food to business, and sport to education.

Worcester provides the perfect environment for ambitious young people.

Sports

There are many opportunities to get involved in sport in Worcester, and we have a wealth of top class sports teams and venues to put our name to.

We have forged great links with local national teams such as Worcester Warriors Rugby Team, in which students at NCW have been involved in the creating of adapted vision impaired sport, Hugby.

Worcester is also home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, with it’s ground being widely regarded as the most picturesque in the country.

In addition, we have fantastic Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball teams, Worcester Wolves, who play in the state-of-the-art Worcester Arena, and whom many of our students love to support during games.

Students playing Hugby with Warriors player, Darren Barry

Connected

Centrally located with excellent road, rail, and air links, Worcester is easy to reach from anywhere in the UK, and the world.

Second largest city in the UK Birmingham, along with Bristol and Cardiff are all within easy reach, as are Herefordshire, Shropshire, and the Black Country.

Rail links, already comprehensive, will be strengthened by the opening of the nearby Worcestershire Parkway station, easily connecting the city with a whole host of new destinations, such as London.

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