Rail and Civil Engineering
Learn the skills you need to work in rail or civil engineering at our specialist facility in Gateshead.
Newcastle College's Rail and Civil Engineering Academy is a specialist facility in Gateshead which replicates the environments you would find in the rail and civil engineering industries.
Winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, this is where you will develop core engineering skills to be able to enter the growing rail and civil engineering industries.
Rail Engineering facilities:
indoor and outdoor overhead lines
multiple permanent way set-ups
signalling and mechanical workshops
fully operating and interlocked switches and crossings
level crossing barriers
electronic and PLC testing and monitoring equipment.
Civil Engineering facilities:
dedicated civil engineering learning environments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I be studying?
You will be studying at our award-winning Rail and Civil Engineering Academy in Gateshead, which is just a six-minute walk from Felling Metro Station.
The Academy has 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.
Is the college safe?
Newcastle College has a range of security measures in place to ensure that all students and staff remain safe while on campus.
We employ a team of security operatives providing 24-hour cover, 365 days a year. Optimum staffing levels are in place to ensure proactive foot patrols are conducted around the college estate, both internally and externally. All of our security staff can be identified by their hi-visibility clothing which is identified with SECURITY on the back which serves to distinguish them from other day-to-day contractors and suppliers who may also may be wearing hi-visibility clothing.
These security provisions run across all Newcastle College and NCG campuses.
CCTV is extensively situated around the college, both externally and internally in some buildings for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety with a dedicated CCTV control room that is staffed continually. The CCTV control room has a dedicated emergency line number in addition to two other phone lines.
In addition to general college staff challenging people without a valid college ID, security staff do this as part of their specific duties and conduct ad-hoc ID checks at the point of entry to buildings. We also have close liaison with our local neighbourhood police officers.
Do you have study areas for students?
The Rail and Civil Engineering Academy is equipped with easy-to-access study space and our team is on hand to help you with independent study, research and academic skills such as referencing.
At our main Rye Hill Campus, you will also have access to additional study spaces, including our library. It is one of the largest further education college libraries in the north of England and offers you access to over 40,000 books, plus hundreds of journals, magazines, DVDs, e-books and e-journal resources.
What facilities can I use outside of my studies?
At Newcastle College, we aim to provide our students with an excellent learning experience which gives you the practical skills you need to be able to make a difference within industry.
At the Rail and Civil Engineering Academy, you’ll embrace your independence, make lifelong friends and access our award-winning facilities and activities.
We also aim to give you as many opportunities as possible to have fun alongside your studies and we’ve got one of the best campus social scenes around.
When you are not studying, there are plenty of activities happening around the Campus. The Students’ Union also runs a full social programme throughout the year including trips, events, volunteering as well as the opportunity to start and become members of clubs and societies.
There are a number of multi-faith rooms located across the College, in recognition of the cultural and spiritual needs of the College’s diverse community. Regardless of which religion a student belongs to, how often they practice their faith and the frequency in which they do so, Newcastle College offers a quiet space for contemplation, reflection and prayer where all religious denominations are welcome.