The 11 successful students, who study a range of subjects
including early years, agriculture, uniformed public services,
health and social care and travel and tourism achieved the awards
by completing a personal programme of activities covering three
topics; skills, volunteering and physical plus a challenging
The participants chose activities that they were interested in
or were good at to gain the necessary hours including learning how
to play the trumpet, learning how to dance, teaching children to
swim, taking part in a charity skydive, working in a charity shop,
learning to cook on a budget for university, playing rugby, playing
basketball and learning to drive.
The challenging expedition element saw the students organising,
training and undertaking a two day and one night expedition to
develop key teamwork, leadership and decision-making skills. This
involved camp craft and navigation training using the tutors and
resources of the college's outdoor education department.
The successful students are Joshua Allison, Lucy Breeze, Reece
Brown, Rebecca Dewar, Duncan Fenwick, Adam Moore, Elizabeth Mould,
Lee Robinson, Ross Seaton, Adam Thompson and Rebecca Todd. A number
of students are about to progress to the Silver Award.
Rebecca Dewar, 18 from Ashington, completed her Health and
Social Care course at the college this year and is now studying
Adult Nursing at Northumbria University. She said: "The Duke of
Edinburgh's Award was a great addition to my application to
university; the university staff were very interested in hearing
about it during my interview. I'm sure the Award helped me secure a
place on my degree course.
"I'd recommend the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to anyone. It has
been a great experience, I've made new friends and it's built up my
Stuart Cutforth, Principal of Northumberland College, said:
"These students have really embraced the adventurous nature of the
award and have done some really worthwhile work in the local
community in the process, whilst having fun with their friends. I'd
like to congratulate each and every one of these students and
encourage other students to sign up.
"The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a fantastic opportunity for
our students to develop the skills and attributes they need to
become rounded, confident adults, plus it looks great on a
university application and CV."
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the world's leading achievement
award for young people and is highly valued by employers and
universities. Students who achieve an award show commitment and
greatly enhance their opportunities for employment and university
Sam Kellie, Operations & Development Officer - North East
(Northern Area) at The Duke of Edinburgh's Award said: "I'd like to
congratulate the young people on completing their Bronze Awards and
to everyone involved in supporting the young people through their
Duke of Edinburgh's Awards at the college. It's been a fantastic
start and I look forward to supporting the college to extend their
Duke of Edinburgh provision to more students at Northumberland
Northumberland College were granted the licence to run the
prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze, Silver and Gold level
awards for its students last year. The college funds the award as
part of its commitment to providing an enrichment programme and
helps students to obtain the kit needed for the expeditions.
Sheena Towns, Programme Area Leader at the College has personal
experience of the benefits The Duke of Edinburgh's Award can bring.
In 1979 she was the first female in North Tyneside to achieve the
She said: "It was three years of hard work but at the same time
very enjoyable. I would really recommend the awards to young people
for the wide range of skills you acquire including employability
skills such as problem solving and teamwork really develop you as a
person and increase employment opportunities."
Alongside Northumberland County Council the college is the only
other directly licenced Duke of Edinburgh's Award centre in
Northumberland. The awards were delivered by the college's student
mentors, teaching staff and volunteers who have all been trained to
become The Duke of Edinburgh's Award leaders.