Five events took place at the college's Kirkley Hall Campus
where students were applauded by family, friends, employers and
tutors for their achievements during the past year.
Awards were also given to students who had excelled in their
studies or gone above and beyond requirements to develop themselves
and fellow students.
At the college's Higher Education ceremony, Penny Marshall,
Regional Director for The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), who
is a champion of women in business and specifically with
engineering, presented graduates with awards.
Penny said: "It was a pleasure to be guest speaker at
Northumberland College's Higher Education Graduation ceremony. I
personally understand the hard work and dedication that goes into
studying especially whilst working and all of the graduates should
be proud and look forward to a great future."
Also speaking at the ceremony, Marcus Clinton, Principal for
Northumberland College, spoke about extended Higher Education
provision being offered at Northumberland College, as well as new
campus developments, including the launch of its brand-new £2.5m
STEM centre at Ashington campus and a brand-new £1m equine centre
at Kirkley Hall.
Marcus said: "It was a pleasure to see all of our
hard-working, dedicated students cross the stage to receive their
awards. It is also wonderful to see more and more learners receive
their qualifications each year as we continue to grow our HE
provision. I wish all of our graduates success for their
The College now offers over 30 higher education qualifications
ranging from HNC to Degree level, working in partnership with
leading universities and this year, the College has built on its
partnership with Newcastle University that offers Foundation
Science Degrees in Animal Management, Equestrian Performance and
Coaching, Horticulture and Arboriculture.
More HE courses have been approved and will be introduced from
September 2017. These include BSc Top-Up degrees in Agriculture,
Rural Tourism and Enterprise Management and Environmental
Conservation validated by the University of Cumbria, HNCs in
Applied Biology and Sport, an HND in Public Services and Higher
Apprenticeships in Engineering.
The College is also expanding HE provision from its Berwick
Centre to make HE more accessible to those living and working in
North Northumberland, including the Foundation Degree in Event
Following an Ofsted inspection that was carried out in May,
governors, staff and students at Northumberland College are
celebrating Ofsted's official findings, which praise the college
for its clear vision to deliver high quality learning and its
findings confirm the college as one of the best in the
A criteria for graduating students is completion of the
College's Passport to Employment scheme, that received Ofsted
praise for preparing students for work.
Marcus said: "In recognising student's employability and
ambitions, we have developed the Passport to Employment scheme.
This aims to support student's to develop skills that help them to
be work-ready. We continue to invest in industry standard training
environments and support students with communication, teamwork and
other work related skills. We also align our provision with local
The College recently secured a £4.9m European Social Fund
programme, to help North East businesses identify future skills
needs and address current skills gaps within SME