The College has increased its course offer in Berwick this year,
with one of the major developments being a raft of new arts
courses, based at The Maltings, which give students access to the
biggest theatre space between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Matthew Rooke, CEO of The Maltings said: "The Maltings is
delighted to be a venue for Northumberland College, as part of what
we hope will be a long and successful partnership."
"We're committed to supporting local talent and to ensuring that
our venue and resources are used to the full by our community, so
we jumped at the chance to support young people's training and
development as part of Northumberland College's Berwick Campus.
We hope in future years that students will build on their
College training by working with us on projects and events here,
giving them a unique taste of a real world creative
The venue comprises a main house theatre, the Henry Travers
studio theatre, workshop spaces, meetings rooms, office, bar and
café over five floors and courses on offer include BTEC Diplomas in
Performing Arts and Music Production, media, make-up and art
design, giving budding stars the opportunity to train for future
careers in Performing Arts and Music Production.
Patrick O'Doherty, Head of Art, Design, IT and Digital at
Northumberland College said: "Based at the Maltings, students will
have the chance to study in a working professional arts centre,
learn how to work behind the scenes, watch rehearsals and
performances from the technician's box, be part of the
front-of-house team for events, gain hands-on box office experience
and an insider's view of day-to-day marketing and design work from
From September 2017 the College is also expanding its current
offer to include Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Performing Arts that
specialise in Dancing.
Northumberland College Berwick Centre Manager, Tracy Girdwood,
said: "We are so pleased with how our relationship with the
Maltings is expanding. its great opportunity for those with a
passion for the arts who live outside of a city.
"If you have an interest in acting, dance, musical theatre,
producing or stage management then these courses will be of
interest to you."
In the college's engineering department, there have also been
significant developments as motor-vehicle students now have acess
to a new motor vehicle centre at East Ord Industrial Estate.
Students moved into the new centre this month, meaning learners
now benefit from practical, hands-on experience locally.
Northumberland College's Motor Vehicle tutor, John Bateman said:
"Our new centre is in the heart of Berwick and includes a two post
ramp, tyre changing machine, wheel balancer, engines on stands,
cars to work on and a work bench with vices and a metal cutter.
Before this change, our students worked in the construction centre
and travelled over to Ashington to use the workshop facilities
there, so this is a great improvement for our students having
everything they need just on their doorstep."
He added: "Local garages have also been getting on-board
supporting the college with work placements including McCreath and
Son, Greenwoods MOT and Service Centre, Semples of Berwick and
Maxwell Motors Ltd which is a great help our students as learner's
feedback have all said they were given a good experience."
Berwick is also one Northumberland College's campuses taking
part in the new concept of Leisure Learning, providing
community-based courses for people seeking to expand their
knowledge without working towards a qualification.
In addition, The Berwick Centre runs a wide choice of Higher
Education courses, including Access to HE for people seeking the
qualifications they need to meet the entry criteria for university
level study. PGCEs for those seeking a teaching career and a range
of Foundation Degrees in conjunction with university partners that
include Newcastle University, are on offer.
More than 40 different apprenticeships are provided by
Northumberland College - one of the largest number in the region
and Berwick employers are encouraged to partner with the college to
further support local training opportunities.
Anyone interested in enrolling at the Berwick Centre for the
current academic year should call 01289 302446 or email Berwick.firstname.lastname@example.org.