Rail Engineering

Study Rail Engineering

Our courses in rail and the built environment are based at our award-winning Rail Academy and have been developed in conjunction with key industry partners to ensure you’ll be equipped with the right skills to prepare you for your career. Benefit from first-class facilities, work experience opportunities and industry experienced tutors.

Full-Time Courses

If you'd like to carve out a career in Rail and Built Environment, we can support you on your way. The level that you begin at will depend on your final GCSE results. Our guide below gives you an idea of what level you could expect to enter at:

Typically, if you have or are predicted 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above:

Typically, if you have or are predicted 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above:


If you do not hold more than 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, you can also choose to complete a Level 1 in Engineering before specialising in Rail and Built Environment.


All courses are delivered at the Newcastle College Rail Academy, based at Felling in Gateshead. As a student you will benefit from learning through a number of real working environments which include:

  • full indoor and outdoor OHLE
  • fully operating S&C and S&T equipment
  • multiple P-way set-ups
  • latest electronic and PLC testing and monitoring equipment.

Find out more about the new Rail Academy.

Employer Links

The Academy was developed in conjunction with the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) and has the backing of regional and national employers such as Network Rail. With its excellent industry links students will have many opportunities to engage with employers through site visits, guest lectures and master classes throughout the duration of the programme.