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Bursaries and financial support

Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We believe in you!

We believe in your courage to be yourself. You are authentic!

We believe you can be the change in the world. You are innovative!

We believe you will do great things. You are Ambitious! 

We believe you'll transform lives with your actions. You are respectful!

92% of our students agree they are developing skills to get a job or prepare for their next step.

(*On programme survey 2019).

Why you've made the right choice!

We have invested in outstanding new facilities.

We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland.

Brand new facilities and courses

(*Summer 2019)

Our student transport scheme is available for eligible students to get you to college.