offer include foundation science degrees in Applied Animal
Management, Equestrian Performance and Coaching, Horticulture and
of 44 students enrolled on land-based foundation degrees this year,
all progressing from previous study at the college.
courses have been approved and will be introduced from September
2016. These include foundation science degrees in Agriculture,
Rural Tourism and Enterprise Management and Environmental
courses provide a seamless progression route to higher level
qualifications, which means Northumberland College students can
progress on to foundation science degrees while still studying at
Northumberland College. The new qualifications will replace
land-based HNCs/HNDs in 2016/17.
completing the two year foundation degree, students may then choose
to progress to Newcastle University to continue their undergraduate
studies and gain an honours degree.
Clinton, Northumberland College's Principal, said: "I am delighted
to see these cutting edge foundation degrees get underway after a
lot of hard work between the University and the College.
partners have always been keen to expand the range of higher
education provision available in these areas, making great use of a
wealth of staff expertise and specialist resources.
courses will provide more progression opportunities for those at
Level 3, allowing them to stay locally, as well as providing great
opportunities for employers and employees to update their
professional knowledge and expertise."
Professor Rob Edwards, Head of the
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle
University, said: "This exciting development means that students
and staff at both institutions will have access to a broader range
of teaching and research facilities. This not only makes
degree-level qualifications more available to students who want to
pursue a career in this growing area, it also enables the
University to extend its world-leading expertise in agricultural
science and farm management."
partnership allows the University to use Northumberland College's
facilities and the college's staff and students can use Newcastle
University amenities. Students on the new foundation degrees will
be registered as Newcastle University students, meaning that they
will have full access to the University's support services -
including library and study resources, careers advice and student
College has two commercially-run farms - Kirkley Hall, near
Ponteland, and Carlcroft, in the Cheviot Hills. The two contrasting
settings give students experience of lowland and upland farming,
and provide opportunities to gain knowledge of arable farming and
working with sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry. Kirkley Hall has just
undergone a £3m re-development as part of the college's recent £10m
campus investment programme. New facilities include
state-of-the-art arboriculture, countryside and machinery workshops
and a brand-new education block with eight classrooms and an IT
University has farms at Cockle Park and Nafferton Farm, in
Northumberland, both of which are used for teaching and
Park farm has arable and animal resources, including pigs, dairy
and beef. It also has a variety of arable cropping and grassland
trials and a number of laboratories for research.
Nafferton farm include dairy, beef production, arable cropping and
small-scale vegetable production.
Nafferton's land is farmed organically, with the other half farmed
using conventional husbandry. Additionally, half of Nafferton's
dairy herd was certified organic in 2006. New facilities installed
at the farm enable the two herds to be managed concurrently and
milked simultaneously, aiding comparison between them.
Harris, 19, of Washington, Tyne and Wear, is studying towards an
FdSc in Equestrian Coaching and Performance.
completed her Level Three Extended Diploma in Horse Management at
Northumberland College last year.
said: "I feel access to the facilities at Newcastle University will
assist me greatly with my studies.
library facilities and broader range of resources will help me when
it comes to writing my assignments throughout the FdSc.
able to study at a higher level at Kirkley Hall is convenient and I
feel the campus has a lot to offer.
that because my course is validated by the university, it gives the
qualification greater status as Newcastle University is a
well-known, reputable, red brick university."
degree paths have been introduced in part to encourage more young
people to enter the agricultural and land management sectors. The
number of people, aged 65-plus, is set to increase by 60 per cent
by 2035 with the number of working age adults falling steadily over
the same period, which could result in significant skills
sector is forecast to need 595,000 entrants between now and 2020.
This includes 447,000 workers to replace those leaving through
retirement, according to national training and qualification body
a shortage of workers with soil management and crop production
skills, horticulture, landscape architecture and land-based
engineering skills. There is also an urgent need for young people
to enter fisheries management.
wishing to find out more about the new courses should visit
www.kirkley.ac.uk and those wishing to learn more about Newcastle
University should go to www.ncl.ac.uk