Northumberland College's Berwick Centre has enrolled a record
number of students for the new academic year and there's still time
for new students to sign up.
More than 170 students have enrolled at Berwick this year. The
increased number of courses on offer means students don't have to
leave the local area to study the subjects they are interested
Northumberland College Berwick Centre Manager, Tracy Girdwood,
said: "We have students from Berwick, Eyemouth, Chirnside and
"It's easier for young people from the Borders to come to
Northumberland and they are still entitled to study for free and
travel for free if they are aged between 16 and 18."
The introduction of new courses, including exciting
partnerships with Berwick's The Maltings Arts Centre and Berwick
Rangers Football Club, have proved to be a big attraction for new
One of the major developments is a raft of new arts courses,
based at The Maltings, which give students access to the biggest
theatre space between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
The courses include BTEC Diplomas in Performing Arts and Music
Production, media, make-up and art design.
Tracy said: "As part of the courses, students have the
opportunity of work experience within the box office and helping
back stage. There is nothing else in the area like this at
The arts courses are currently full-time, and once they are
established, the college will look at offering additional
The link-up with Berwick Rangers Football Club will give young
ambitious footballers aged 16-18 the opportunity to gain
qualifications as well as develop their practical football
These are just two of the new offerings from the college's
Berwick Centre, which is also investing in improving its
construction centre and in a new motor vehicle centre that will
open shortly. Earlier this year the College's Ashington campus was
the first college in the country to become an approved MOT test
Berwick is also one of the Northumberland College 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.
Tracy said: "Leisure Learning is about things like sewing,
photography, craft baking, and more. It's a whole new area of
learning and courses will be run within the community so they are
Utilising spaces such as community centres for learning
sessions, Leisure Learning courses are open to everyone.
As well as urging people to try Leisure Learning, the Berwick
Centre is still signing up students for the academic year that
started in September.
"People should be excited about the chance to study on their
doorstep," said Tracy
The Berwick Centre runs a wide choice of 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 also on offer.
More than 40 different apprenticeships are provided by
Northumberland College - one of the largest number in the region -
with strong links with employers in Northumberland and across the
Anyone interested in enrolling at the Berwick Centre
for the current academic year should call 01289 302446 or email