50 Great Reasons to Study at Northumberland College

50 Great Reasons to Study at Northumberland College

The Top 10

#1 Over £10 million recent investment in teaching facilities and resources

#2 Amazing new IT infrastructure & Wi-Fi access across our campuses

#3 High success rates - placing us in the top 10% of colleges in England*

#4 Great outcomes for learners (90% positive into jobs or education progression)

#5 97% of students agree that the teaching on their course is good

#6 High levels of individual support and mentoring for all our students

#7 FREE** transport for 16-18 year olds and a brand-new transport network - NorthConnect

#8 Apprenticeship training available in over 40 subject areas

#9 NEW Student Association

#10 NEW dedicated student social areas with pool table and air hockey table at the Ashington Campus


11. Progression from Entry to Degree Level

12. For Northumberland - provision right across the county

13. Friendly and welcoming community focused college

14. Ofsted rated us GOOD and praised our teaching and learning

15. 24+ loans - a great way for over 24s to access life changing study

16. NEW engineering, motor vehicle and construction workshops

17. First choice for apprentices and employers

18. NEW STEM Centre opening in 2016

19. Opportunities to take part in local and national events, competitions and volunteering

20. Wide ranging work experience opportunities in your chosen field

21. Progression events to help you with future choices

22. Exceptionally high job conversion rate for JCP Employability provision

23. Links and partnerships with nearly 1,000 Employers

24. Graduation ceremonies for all our students

25. NEW Teaching and Learning Centre at Kirkley Hall

26. NEW Land-Based Foundation Degrees validated by Newcastle University

27. Zoo licenced animal training centre with over 130 species for students to learn about

28. NEW 'The Graduate hair and beauty salons' across the county for student training

29.NEW Enterprise Hub opened at Kirkley Hall - helping students start their own business

30. NEW 'The Gallery' training restaurant at the Ashington Campus

31. Wide variety of career paths - we work in most sectors

32. Commercial farm at Kirkley Hall and a hill farm in the Cheviot Hills for agricultural training

33. NEW on site nursery opening in 2016

34. Specialist training hub for wind turbine maintenance at Port of Blyth

35. NEW machinery, arboriculture and countryside workshops at Kirkley Hall

36. Annual British Eventing horse trials and equine show programme

37. Northumberland Xtra - a package of discounts and benefits for all students

38. Highly experienced and passionate staff to deliver and support training

39. NEW improved Student 'Help Hub'

40. Passionate about enterprise - student run retail units

41. Commercial dog grooming parlour at Kirkley Hall

42. Extensive range of short courses for employers and for everyone wanting new skills

43. Dedicated team of assessors and support staff working with apprentices and employers

44. We can provide bespoke training and corporate packages to suit all needs - just ask!

45. Residential accommodation for those needing support with long distance travel

46. A further £1 million planned investment into our equine, farm and animal facilities for 2016

47. Outdoor Adventure Academy with canoeing, kayaking, archery, high/low rope challenges, assault course, indoor and outdoor climbing

48. Be part of our 5,000 strong learning community

49. Many evening courses available

50. Great transport links from Tyne and Wear to Kirkley Hall via bus and Metro 

*Based on success rates for 16-18 year olds during academic year 2013/14  

**Free travel for 16-18 year olds travelling from all areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear only