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College achievements


We are proud of our college and student achievements outlined here


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In March 2013 we received our best ever Ofsted inspection result, which rated the college as GOOD and positioned the college as one of the best in the region.

We received particular praise for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

What Ofsted had to say:

"The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good."

"Students benefit from highly skilled and experienced teachers with credible industry knowledge."

"The college curriculum offer meets the needs and interests of its region and local community well."

"Teachers plan progression routes well with a strong focus on employability."

"Students make good progress on their course and most move on to employment or higher levels of study."


2012/13 national league tables published by the government's Skills Funding Agency positioned Northumberland College as the best performing college in the North East.

Northumberland College's success rates were fourth best nationally and the only North East college to feature in the top 12 out of 221 general further education colleges in England for 16-18 year olds studying long courses, with a learner success rate of 91.1% and an achievement rate of 97.5%

The college ranked sixth best nationally and is the only North East college to feature in the top 16 for students of all ages studying long courses, with a learner success rate of 89.4% and an achievement rate of 97.2%.

Long courses are determined as courses with a duration of one to three years.
To view the Skills Funding Agency 12/13 education and training league tables by institution click here.


  • 90% of Level 2 students achieve success on their main programme of study.
  • 93% of students rate the teaching on their course as good, March 2015. 
  • 90% of full-time students progress to employment or further study.
  • 90% of all students would recommend Northumberland College. 



Our friendly, helpful and experienced InfoZone Student Services Advisors achieved Matrix accreditation for the high standard of information , advice and guidance they provide to our students.


We are able to offer students the chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award - the most respected personal development award in the world, which is highly valued by employers and universities.


In 2013 our hair salon, The Graduate, became the first salon in the North East and one of just 30 throughout the UK to be awarded Centre of Excellence Status by Wella.


Our Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens has achieved full membership to the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), a body which shows commitment to animal welfare, education, research and conservation.
The zoo achieved the membership by completing a mentoring scheme with members of two BIAZA associated zoo collections. 
All areas of the zoological gardens were assessed during a series of mentor visits including record keeping, welfare of animals, ethical review process, licensing, diets, education and health and safety. 
This membership places Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens in a unique position alongside just two other college collections in the UK that have BIAZA membership and over 100 other leading zoological collections in the UK.

In 2014 our Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens was honoured with two Blue Cross Animals in Education Awards.

Blue Cross, a nationwide organisation that has been dedicated to caring for injured animals since 1906 recognised the college zoo with the Best Mammal Welfare award for our Primates and the Best Bird Welfare award for our Wetland Aviary.



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