The College

We are one of the top performing colleges in the UK

Newcastle College serves over 15,000 learners from our main Rye Hill campus in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, a number of satellite sites in and around the city, and at four community-outreach venues across the North East. We work with hundreds of regional businesses and a recent economic report identified that the College contributes almost £244m to the regional economy.

Range of courses

Newcastle College prides itself on the breadth and depth of its course provision. We offer over 100 full-time vocational courses, for those aged 16 -18, who are looking for a more practical and career-focused way of learning that will enable them to progress into higher education or into employment.  For adult learners we have over 200 part-time, evening, daytime, and weekend courses which range from those designed to help you get back into work, retrain for a new career, or if you wish to start a new hobby. We also have one of the widest range of apprenticeships available in the north east, suitable for those already employed in a role or for those looking to enter the world of work, get paid and continue their education. 

Newcastle College also has a well-established degree offer for those looking to go into higher education. We are the largest provider of higher education in the FE sector and we have over 60 full and part-time Foundation Degrees covering a wide range of subject areas. Our Foundation Degrees are two year programmes that are broadly equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree, and are designed to combine practical work-based learning with academic study. We also offer a number of one year Honours Degree Top-Ups in partnership with Teesside University as well as Masters level programmes.  


We are a part of NCG, who have been awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP), and were the first FE institution in the UK to develop and award our own Honours and Masters degrees. 

The College's Student Services department holds the Matrix Award. Matrix is a national quality standard for organisations delivering information, advice and guidance services about learning and work.The team was particularly praised for its highly motivated staff and commitment to equal opportunities.

The College boasts Beacon College status - awarded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service in recognition of excellence and innovation within the further education sector.

In our 2012 inspection, OFSTED described Newcastle College as “Outstanding in meeting the needs and interests of its learners” and making “a significant contribution to improving the life chances of a large number of young people and adult learners.”


Newcastle College is a division of NCG, one of the largest providers of skills and training in the UK. NCG comprises six divisions, with its head office based in Newcastle upon Tyne, find out more here.