Northumberland College prepares to welcome new students at summer enrolment events

Northumberland College prepares to welcome new students at summer enrolment events

Northumberland College prepares to welcome new students at summer enrolment events  
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Northumberland College’s summer enrolment events start next week at its Ashington and Kirkley Hall campuses.

Young people who are awaiting their GCSE and A Level results along with their parents can speak to the college's award winning team of advisers who are on hand to provide help and support.


The college offers a wide range of vocational courses including construction, engineering, hair and beauty, horticulture, arboriculture and hospitality and catering, as well as free travel for 16 to 18 year olds.


Higher Education courses, which include Access to HE Diplomas - ideal for those that need qualifications to meet the entry criteria for university level study are also on offer, as well as PGCEs for those seeking a teaching career in addition to a range of Foundation Degrees in conjunction with university partners that include Newcastle University.



The summer enrolment events run from Monday 15 August to Saturday 3 September at both its Ashington and Kirkley Hall campuses and on various dates at its Berwick and Hexham centres. Times and dates can be found on the college's website.


New students will be part of a college community which includes thousands of learners across the college's campuses and will have access to industry standard equipment, following investment of over £10million, which include a brand-new restaurant, hair and beauty salon and engineering and construction academies at Ashington and agriculture workshops and learning resource centre at Kirkley Hall.


Those wishing to take up an Apprenticeship can do so too, as the College offers over 40 different apprenticeships, which is one of the largest ranges of apprenticeships in the region with strong links with employers in Northumberland and the wider north east region.


Applications to Northumberland Career College are now open to those aged between 16 to 18, with the first students in September able to access specialisms in land-based and rural tourism.


A Career College route gives young people the opportunity to combine academic studies with high quality practical learning, within a specific industry.

Growth plans will introduce further specialisms within Construction, Engineering and Hospitality for 2017. The plans are backed by leading employers including Northumberland Tourism, Banks Mining and Arch.


The College received a Good rating in its latest Ofsted inspection, ranking it as one of the top providers in the county and latest figures from the college reveal 91% of students' progress to either employment or further study after successfully completing courses.


Future developments at the College include a £2.5M STEM centre - for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics due to open in 2017, £1M Equine Centre and further farm developments at its Kirkley Hall campus, its £1.2M Wind Hub and Renewable Energies Centre located at the Port of Blyth.


The College are also expanding their course offer in Berwick including a new motor vehicle training centre and partnerships with the Maltings and Berwick Rangers Football Club.