Getting Started - Finding the right course for you

At Northumberland College we are committed to and passionate about securing positive outcomes for our students.

It is not just making sure that students have access to highly specialist resources and expert tutors, it is the many extra layers that all students receive as part of our Student Journey -Passport to Employment.

We recognise that employers expect more than just being able to do the job, they want employees who are confident, able to work as a team, resilient, creative, and entrepreneurial, with a can-do attitude.

Our student journey is aimed at developing those employability skills through a whole series of measures that are outlined below.

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To find the right course for you visit our website, pick up a prospectus, or come to an open event to speak to Tutors and our Help Hub Team for information, advice or guidance.

Then apply for your chosen course, attend an interview with an expert member of staff who can answer all of your questions then come along to enrol.

Freshers and Induction

Join our Fresher’s Fair where there will be a wide variety of fun activities, competitions, freebies, music and information to introduce you to college life.

Plus find out more about our Student Association and Enterprise 10 opportunities. And of course meet tutors, mentors and class mates.

At induction find out about your study bundle, which includes your entitlement to enterprise and employability, enrichment activities, work placement opportunities and English and maths courses. Then begin work on your individualised learning plan and find out how to access the wealth of online resources that are available to you.

Your Student Bundle Programme

Whatever programme you have signed up for, the College’s main priority is to ensure that you get the very best learning, teaching and training to prepare you for the world of work or to progress onto further learning at a higher level.

  • Your main study programme
  • English
  • Maths
  • Work experience/placement
  • Enrichment activities
  • Enterprise
  • Tutorial
  • Prevent
  • British Values

Using ProMonitor, you will be able to keep an e-log of all your achievements, which will inform your ‘Passport to Employment’ at the end of your programme.

There may be times in College when you feel you need some extra help and support. The Help Hub should be your first port of call. This dedicated team of specialist staff to help and advise you on:

  • Course information, advice and guidance
  • Welfare and safeguarding advice
  • Bursaries and financial support
  • Careers and progression advice
  • Student Mentors
  • Counsellors
  • Access to learning support and specialised equipment and resources and assistive
  • Travel information, passes and parking permits
  • Meals in college
  • Advanced Learner Loans
  • Support with tests and exams
  • Learner Support Funds
  • Care to Learn and help with childcare costs
  • Kit, equipment and books
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Maths and English

Whether you require a GCSE, a re-sit or wish to take part in the Maths and English Functional Skills Programme, our dedicated staff will provide a study programme that meets your individual needs.

Employers have made it very clear that Maths and English are vital and you will be encouraged and required to keep developing these skills at college.

Learning 10

We will ensure that you are stretched and challenged in terms of your learning, and treated as an individual.

Learning is student centred, using a range of technologies including e-learning.

Enterprise 10 aims to prepare you for work by exposing you to as many real work experiences and pressures as possible to develop your enterprise skills.

Get involved by:

  • Pitching to run a student led company and accessing business support
  • Signing up to work with a mentor from a local company
  • Signing up to work in one of the many college real working environments
  • Taking part in work experience placements with local companies
  • Getting involved with Social Enterprise projects run by the Enterprise 10 team
  • Coming up with an idea and pitching for support in the College’s Dragon’s Den
  • Volunteering in one of the many College enterprises or with a community based project
  • Signing up to work with other students on a real business brief set by a local employer
  • Taking full advantage of the range of enterprise e-learning packages on offer
  • Becoming an Enterprise Ambassador for College
  • Signing up for an exciting Enterprise Challenge to manage an event or community day
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Employers are very clear about the keys skills that they want their employees to have and we want to help prepare you as well as possible so that you can ‘stand out from the crowd’ and get the job you want, or progress onto a higher level course.

To ensure that we give you as many opportunities as possible we have embedded employability skills into your main programme of study as well as offering separate employability courses. This will help you develop your skills so you can impress an employer in an interview and become ready for the world of work.

You’ll develop skills including:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Team Work
  • Problem solving
  • Drive and determination
  • Written Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Time Management
  • Leadership
  • Numeracy
  • Computing Skills

Outdoor Activity Experience

Employers have made it clear they feel that the best candidates for jobs are those with confidence, capable of putting themselves forward well and coming across the best way possible. Another very important requirement is that of being a team player. To help you develop these skills we have put together a two day fun programme with our outdoor activity centre team that every course in the college will do at some time in the year and your tutor will inform you of arrangements for the group.

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Enrichments

During your college life you’ll have the opportunity to join The Student Association, join clubs, societies and teams.

Other activities include:

  • Sports
  • Social Enterprise
  • Charity work
  • Volunteering
  • Trips and visits
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Digital Gaming Club

Preperation for the world of work

To prepare you, courses include:

  • Work experience
  • Job shadowing
  • Work placements
  • and we offer a wide range of Traineeships and Apprenticeships
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Job Shop & Careers

Impartial Careers Advisers within the Help Hub have access to Career Coach, which is software that provides up-to-date information on trends within the labour market.

Within the College we also have an independent Recruitment Agency so our Job Shop is here to help you on your road to success.

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We want to make sure that you leave college with a clear idea of where you are going to next, be that work, further study, university, volunteering, Traineeship, Apprenticeship, an Internship or with plans for a productive gap year.

Your tutors, careers staff and mentors will make sure you have completed Your Passport to Employment that includes details of everything you have achieved at College.

Successful students will be invited graduation celebrations.

We also ask all students to join our Alumni, so that we can keep in touch with you and invite you in to events at College and enable you to continue having access to our support services, careers team and Job Shop for as long as you need.