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We work in partnership with several high schools in the region to offer vocational qualifications to school students aged 14-16, enabling schools to offer an extended curriculum choice at Key Stage 4.
Our LEAP programme is ideal for 14-16s, who for a variety of reasons no longer attend mainstream school. These students access a range of vocational programmes alongside Functional Skills, IT and Literacy and Numeracy classes. There are excellent progression pathways to further learning and Apprenticeships.

Our School Links Team are happy to arrange visits to college to ease the transition from school to college. The team will be able to provide information on programmes of study, funding and travel to Northumberland College in addition to any other questions you may have. For more information contact the School Links Team on 01670 816 597.

From September 2014 we will be offering a range of mainstream qualifications for 14-16s from dedicated 14 to 16 centres at our campuses.


From September 2013 the Government is expecting all young people who complete Year 11 in July 2013 in any school to participate in learning for a further full academic year.

This does not mean students have to stay on at school, they could choose a full-time course at college or sixth form, an Apprenticeship, or part-time study whilst employed.


Vocational Courses
Here at Northumberland College we offer a wide range of full-time vocational courses from Level 1 to Level 3. These courses prepare learners for work and many are assessed via practical activities or coursework. A Level 3 vocational course is equivalent to three A Levels and is a route to university, if your son or daughter would like to progress to higher education.

We also offer around 40 Apprenticeship courses. To enrol on to an Apprenticeship your son or daughter will need to be employed. They will learn on the job with their employer and attend college usually either one day per week or on a block release basis of a few weeks at a time. This is the ideal route for anyone who would like to earn as they learn.


Most courses will have specific entry-requirements, details of which will be found in our prospectus. Your son or daughter can apply in three ways:
1. Click here to apply online
2. Click here to download an application form and return it via freepost
3. Come along to an Open Event and complete an application form

Please note, it is not unusual for young people to apply for more than one course and to make their final decision on which one to take when they have their GCSE results. However, it is advisable to apply early (well before the end of Year 11) to secure the offer of a place.


Tuition is free for 16-18s and Northumberland College can support eligible full-time learners with up to £1,200 over two years to help with the cost of being a student*.

We can also provide information about free and discounted travel schemes that may be available to you son or daughter.

On top of this, the college may be able to offer additional financial help with course related costs, for example, any specialist equipment needed for a course.

*Subject to household income of £20,800 or less.


Northumberland College has launched a travel scheme that means all 16-18 year olds who study at the college, living in Northumberland or Tyne and Wear and living more than 3 miles from their chosen place of study, will be entitled to free travel by public transport from September 2014.

Northumberland College is also providing an extended bus service between Berwick and its main sites at Ashington and Kirkley Hall to better cater for students in north Northumberland. Furthermore, dedicated bus services have also been added from Cramlington to Ashington and from Cramlington and Blyth to Kirkley Hall. This will help to provide a comprehensive bus service to the students of Northumberland College.

All eligible students may apply for free travel passes for their journey to and from college by contacting the college InfoZone team on 01670 841 200 or by emailing click here to download an application form.

For those aged over 18, the college also provides bursaries for travel and other financial support, so anyone seeking course advice or information should call 01670 841 200.


Eligible students aged 16-18 may also apply for free meals at college. Click here to download an application form and return to the InfoZone team.


* Terms and conditions apply.


We may be able to offer you financial support towards childcare - just speak to staff in the InfoZone for more information.


We offer courses from Entry Level to Level 3, plus a range of Higher Education courses with qualifications including HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees, which may then be 'topped-up', usually with another year of study to an Honours Degree at university.


Attendance is recorded on a class register and, so if your son or daughter has been absent, we may contact you to find out the reason why. We expect students to attend 100% of classes and, if an absence is unavoidable, we ask you to notify us as soon as possible.
Absence should be reported as follows
Call: 01670 841200 and ask for the Student Mentor Team
Text or call the Student Mentor for your Curriculum Area:

07584 474936 - Laura
Health and social care
Early years
Access and education
07507 773901 - Natalie
Renewable energies

07507 773893 - Kathryn
Business administration
Hairdressing and beauty therapy
Travel and tourism
Hospitality and catering
07507 774020 - Sara
Courses at Kirkley Hall
Outdoor education
Please note text messages and emails should give your student number, full name, curriculum area, reason for absence and expected return date.
Louise Westbrook, Senior Mentor can also be contacted on 07507 773888
If you are an apprentice and need to report an absence from college please call 01670 841 200 ext. 428 on the morning of your first day of absence before your class begins. If you do not report the absence your employer will be notified.


How can I find out more? 

To find out more about Northumberland College and our courses download a prospectus or come along to an Open Event where you can chat to tutors, alternatively just contact us.


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