Northumberland College is a leading provider of education and training. It is part of Education Partnership North East, one of the largest college groups nationally.
Northumberland College offers a wide variety of courses and apprenticeships for school leavers, adult learners, and higher education students.
There are a range of Vocational courses and Apprenticeships available for school leavers.
Vocational Courses for School Leavers
Agriculture is a dynamic global industry, which is constantly innovating. Grow an exciting new career in this specialist sector with one of their land-based courses.
If you have a passion for animals and their welfare, a varied and exciting career within the animal management sector could be super rewarding! You can make a real difference to the lives of animals including pets, working animals, livestock and wildlife.
Working with children is one of the most rewarding and satisfying careers and no two days are the same. It’s always interesting and super fun! Be the person who makes a difference and who has a positive influence on the life of a child, helping them explore and grow, learn and develop, and protect and keep them safe.
Computing and IT is one of the fastest growing industries and technology is constantly evolving. There is a demand for computing and IT professionals in the public sector and business, with new opportunities being created all the time.
Construction & Building Services
Build a firm foundation for a career in the construction industry! Construction is the creation of the built environment. A career in this sector makes a positive impact on society and a lasting contribution for places, people and communities.
There are lots of exciting possibilities for you in the world of engineering! You could work in lots of different areas of engineering including mechanical, electrical and civil. A career in engineering will give you a real opportunity to change the world and shape the future!
Take the reins for an exciting future and gallop towards a challenging and rewarding career working with horses! The equine industry offers lots of different career routes and will provide you with an opportunity to turn your hobby into a career.
Help people to look and feel amazing! A career in this fast-paced industry allows you to use your skills, creativity and vision to make a difference and get instant gratitude for your talent. That’s why a career in the hairdressing, barbering and beauty sector is so rewarding.
Make a real difference with a career in this rewarding sector. There’s lots of different settings and job roles to choose from and as everyone relies on the specialist skills of a health and social care professional at some point in their life, you will always be in demand.
Inspire others with your passion for plants and get paid to work in some of the most beautiful landscapes and gardens.
Get your career on the road! There are lots of exciting changes happening in the automotive industry with new technological advancements.
Offshore & Renewable Engineering
Engineer a career in the exciting and dynamic offshore and renewable energy sector! You will develop your knowledge and understanding through a mix of theory and practical work alongside work placements.
Outdoor Education & Military Academy
Experience the exhilaration of a career in outdoor adventure or develop the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to become a future leader. Every day is a new adventure!
Professional Cookery & Hospitality
Get your career cooking! Be creative and provide people with an amazing experience, whether it’s through food, drink or an event.
Public services is a huge employment sector and there’s no better job satisfaction than working with the public to protect them and make a real difference.
This high-energy sector is set to grow even further and there are lots of career options for those with a talent for sport and fitness who can motivate and inspire others.
A career in this customer-focused industry can offer you a world of opportunities! What’s not to like about seeing different travel destinations, meeting new people and helping them to experience new adventures?
If you are passionate about improving animal health and wellbeing, becoming a veterinary nurse will be a super rewarding and satisfying career! There is a high demand for registered veterinary nurses and the role is constantly developing so there will always be exciting new challenges for people who work in this sector.
Their Foundation Learning programme is especially for young people with special educational needs and
disabilities. They can offer a bespoke programme, delivered by specialist staff, to make sure you achieve your goals and fulfil your own unique potential.
Gaining professional skills to improve your performance with a professional qualification could be a worthwhile investment. Our accredited courses are well respected within the industry and you can make the most of the benefits of membership.
Professional Qualifications courses include:
Level 3 Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
This course will provide you with the skills you need to have a successful career as personal trainer. You will develop skills to help individuals achieve their health, fitness and lifestyle goals. The course is delivered with face-to-face training to give you the practical experience of communicating, assessing and motivating your clients. We believe that training you in a gym and studio environment, with tutors and peers, will give you the right skills and experience to start your PT career.
Level 3 Education and Training
Expand your skills, train for a new career or gain a nationally recognised qualification. These courses are mostly part-time, and allow for excellent skills progression.
Studying higher education can give you access to exciting new opportunities and more career options!
The course is a great alternative for those who don't want to head off to university to study higher education, or who do not want to study away from home. We offer smaller class sizes to allow you to explore a range of computing topics, will look in considerable detail a range of factors influencing technology within companies and how a range of IT / Computing solutions can be developed to improve efficiency within an organisation.
BA (Hons) Childhood, Youth, and Family studies
This course is suitable for a range of individuals working in diverse roles across the children’s workforce, for example in schools, nurseries, youth/play work, residential care, health and social environments, specialist or alternative provision, inclusion/behavioural/SEN support teams and family support. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list and applications are encouraged from any individual working with children and/or young people and/or families where the child is aged between birth and 18 years. Applicants may already be employed in the sector or could opt to engage in an appropriate voluntary placement of 70 hours.
BSC (Hons) Top Up in Animal Applied Management
This programme is a one year course designed to follow on from an animal management foundation degree and is for students who wish to develop their knowledge of the exciting scientific and technical developments currently taking shape within the global animal management industries.
Focus will be made on critical appreciation for animal management in its wider context considering animals as pets and companions on farms, in zoos and in wildlife parks.
FdSc Equine Management Training and Coaching
The FdSc Equine Management, Training and Coaching is a level five qualification suitable for those with a strong interest in ethical horse management and training. The programme is aimed at developing a wide range of equestrian skills to maximise employment and entrepreneurship within the equine industry but also develops graduate and transferable skills with the intent to maximise career opportunities for graduates.
HNC in Manufacturing Engineering
The programme has been designed to enable engineers to develop the skills necessary to fault find and problem solve in a timely, professional manner, reflecting on their work and contributing to the development of the process and environment they operate within. This course will aim to provide direct progression in Manufacturing Engineering careers, and has been designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds.
Level 4 Working with Children and Families
This course is suited to any person wishing to work, or already working, with children and/or young people with a desire to study at a higher level. It is delivered over a one year period from both the Ashington and Berwick campuses at level 4; students who successfully complete will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Children and Families through the University of Cumbria. Success at this stage will entitle you to apply for a further one year study route to achieve a Foundation Degree Working with Children and Families and subsequently a BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families following a third and final year of study, if desired. The course is broad and sufficiently flexible to meet varying professional specialisms/age range preferences and allows for progression to further study in areas such as teaching and social work.
Level 5 Certificate in Education
The course is ideal for practicing teachers, trainers and those wishing to train to teach in all post fourteen education and training sectors. This could include teaching in further education, adult education, offender learning, local government, health services, police, the armed forces or for private trainers.
This qualification is ideal for practicing teachers, trainers and those wishing to train to teach in all post fourteen education and training sectors. This could include teaching in further education, adult education, offender learning, local government, health services, police, the armed forces or for private trainers. The course is assessed through 100 hours of post 14 teaching practice (paid or voluntary), assignments, on-line portfolio building, observations of teaching practice and seminar presentation.
16-19 courses are free, 19+ courses are paid and vary by course. Financial aid is also available for students who need support.