Principal's welcome to Northumberland College

Principal's welcome


Welcome to Northumberland College

At Northumberland Collge you will be treated as an individual and given opportunities to study subjects you may not have tried before, as well as opportunities to grow and develop so that you are prepared for your next steps, whether this is university or starting out in the first stage of your career.


Click here to take a tour of Northumberland College's campuses and the fantastic facilities with our Principal, Marcus Clinton. 

We believe in giving you a learning experience that is as close to real life as possible in order for you to be properly prepared for your future.  Our aim is to support you in the best way possible to ensure you succeed.

As a student at the college you will be able to undertake your Passport to Employment - an innovative journey encompassing all sorts of ways in which we will help you develop all the skills that employers expect, prepare you for work and increase your chances of gaining a positive outcome such as gaining a job, progressing to Higher Education or starting your own business for example.

All the development of a wide breadth of skills in addition to your main area of study will be recorded and available as a passport to take away with you.

If you click on the Student Journey TAB at the top of the website home page you will see more detail on all the areas of the Passport to Employment.

To help make your learning as real as possible and develop these skills under pressure we have a network of enterprises across the college including:-

  • MOT and Service Centre
  • Zoological Gardens tourist attraction
  • Activity Centre
  • Restaurant
  • Salons
  • Tea room
  • Equine Centre
  • Farm
  • Dog grooming parlour
  • Weddings, Events and Conference Centre
  • Enterprise Hub

We have around 6,000 students and work with over 700 employers across the North East including small businesses and larger enterprises.

We offer a wide range of courses from full and part-time Vocational courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education courses and Professionally Accredited courses.

I am proud that we are a high performing college with an overall success rate of 86% which is above the national average. We have excellent feedback from student surveys. I am also proud to lead a passionate team of over 400 staff operating across five campuses.

We also externally test where all our students go after graduating and am delighted to be able to report that 91% of our students go onto that positive outcome mentioned earlier.

All of our students have the opportunity to graduate at wonderful ceremonies at the end of the academic year.

Whether you are an existing student, prospective student, parent, teacher, employer or partner you will find Northumberland College to be an organisation committed to providing the highest levels of support.

New facilities include a luxury hair and beauty salon, 40-seat modern restaurant, state-of-the-art motor vehicle, engineering and construction workshops at Ashington, and brand-new teaching block, arboriculture workshops and tractor workshops at Kirkley Hall.

We are in the process of building a new STEM Centre and Equine Centre ready in 2017 and continue to improve student facilities right across the college.

We therefore offer our students and partners industry standard facilities and resources and a broad curriculum with progression opportunities increasing all the way to a full degree at L6 working with our University partners such as Newcastle, Cumbria and Huddersfield.

Our aim is to ensure that all of our students are taught in the highest quality learning environment.

I would like to invite you to come on a tour of the college with me by clicking here

This is therefore an exciting time for Northumberland College, we hope you will enjoy your stay with us and return in the future.

Marcus Clinton

Principal and CEO

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