Why choose Northumberland College?

There are loads of reasons - click on the arrows below to find out more...


Our latest Ofsted inspection rated the college as good and inspectors said:

  • Leaders and governors have a clear vision, underpinned by clearly defined strategies for Northumberland Collee to deliver high-quality learning programmes that meet the diverse needs of Northumberland's communities and employers.

  • Leaders and staff at Northumberland College reinforce effectively the importance to learners of developing good work-related skills and attitudes. As well as carrying out work experience placements, learners on 16 to 19 study programmes benefit from many good realistic working environments at the college.

  • Leaders and governors are ambitious for Northumberland College to provide high-quality education and training that enables learners, to achieve and progress to further learning or employment.

  • Governors, the principal and other leaders have successfully established a culture of high expectations for staff and for what learners can achieve.

  • The quality of provision and outcomes for learners on programmes in arts, media and publishing are outstanding.

  • Art - A very high proportion of learners join higher education courses, many at prestigious universities.

  • Learners receive good advice about the learning and course options available to them based on their planned next steps in learning and their career ambition.

  • The feedback also praises progress at the College to support those 16 to 19 year-olds who have not already achieved GCSEs at grades A* to C in English and/or maths to improve their grades in those subjects. 



Vocational Courses

We offer courses from Entry Level to Level 3, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Our courses are designed in conjunction with industry experts and we'll prepare you for further study or for the world of work.

Our subjects range from art and design to engineering and we can help you to progress to the next level so if you are thinking of studying a higher education course check out our courses, alternatively we'll prepare to move on to study at university.


Choose from over 40 different Apprenticeships, one of the largest range of Apprenticeships in the region. We have excellent links with employers in Northumberland and the wider North East region so we can also help you to find an employer.


If you are unemployed and you are looking to re-skill or build up your confidence, an Employability course could be ideal for you.

You will cover team work skills, CV writing, interview skills and we'll help you to identify your transferable skills.

Short Courses

If you are looking for a short part-time course, we have hundreds to choose from in everything from garden design to digital skills.

HE Access Courses

We offer popular Higher Education Foundation Certificate courses (HEFCs), which are the equivalent of A Level study and are perfect for adult learners aged 19 or over who would like to progress to university, but need additional qualifications to meet entry criteria.

HE Courses

Choose from HNC or HND courses - these Level 4 courses are widely recognised and valued as vocational higher education qualifications by employers.

We also offer a range of Foundation Degrees that are validated by our leading university partners including Northumbria University, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Huddersfield.


From the moment you apply you will be advised by our award winning Student Services team. All of our Info Zone Advisors have been accredited by Matrix, which is the quality standard for information, advice and guidance so you will get help right away.

You'll also have regular meetings with your personal tutor to chat about your progress. They'll be able to give you advice when you're thinking about work or university-level study.

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

If you have a support need, either for a physical disability or learning difficulty our dedicated ALS team is here to help.

Get up to £1,200

16-18s who have a household income of £20,800 or less and study on a full-time basis may be eligible to receive up to £1,200 over two years. Just contact the Info Zone to check your eligibility.

Financial Support

The Info Zone team will be able to advise you on whether or not you may be eligible for support with course costs such as books, equipment or uniform. They can also advise you about financial support, help with childcare costs or travel costs.

The Info Zone team can help with any questions you might have about HE loans or 24+ Advanced loans - these loans will help you to cover tuition fees, they are not subject to credit checks and you will only start to re-pay the loan when you earn £21,000 or more.


Our Kirkley Hall Campus has 90 rooms available for residential students to stay on campus.

The halls of residence are managed by a team of wardens to ensure safeguarding and there are a range of leisure facilities at the on-site student bar.


If you are 16-18 and you are thinking of making your next steps, you'll enjoy the vibe at Northumberland College. This is a diverse and inclusive environment where you'll make new friends. We'll support you at every step of your college course, but we'll also encourage you to be independent and prepare you for your next steps.


You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

  • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
  • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
  • State-of-the-art hair and beauty salons
  • A large motor vehicle workshop with two-post ramps and diagnostic equipment
  • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork and painting and decorating
  • Electrical installation workshops
  • Workshops for renewable energies
  • A 17th century rural estate with a grade II listed Hall
  • The Gallery fine dining restaurant
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchens
  • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
  • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
  • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
  • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes course and 120m zip wire and a sailing base at Blyth
  • Two farms; one at Kirkley Hall and one in the Coquet Valley
  • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio


As part of £9.5m camous upgrade there will be over 5,000m2 of brand-new and refurbished facilities for our students and the community

Ashington Campus

  • New Advanced manufacturing centre equipped with the latest technologies
  • New State-of-the-art construction workshops
  • New Spacious motor vehicle workshop with six vehicle bays
  • New Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
  • New Modern 60-seat restaurant serving a-la-carte menus
  • New Additional industry standard professional kitchen


Kirkley Hall Campus

  • New Teaching block with eight fully equipped classrooms and IT suite
  • New Learning resource centre with enhanced IT provision
  • New Arboriculture and tractor workshops with three agricultural vehicle bays


Watch our Campus Upgrade film and see artists' impressions here


We have invested over £14m over recent years


Ashington Campus

  • £2.5m STEM centre for sciences, creative digital media and engineering
  • Technology Park equipped with the latest technologies
  • State-of-the-art construction workshops
  • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with six vehicle bays and MOT Centre
  • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
  • Modern 60-seat restaurant serving a-la-carte menus
  • Additional industry standard professional kitchen


Kirkley Hall Campus

  • Teaching block with eight fully equipped classrooms and IT suite
  • Learning resource centre with enhanced IT provision
  • Arboriculture and tractor workshops with three agricultural vehicle bays


Berwick Centre

  • Brand-new motor vehicle centre
  • Improved construction centre



We'll help you to believe, achieve and succeed so whatever you want to do, join us and we'll help you get there.


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