Why choose us?

Ten reasons why you should choose to study at Newcastle College:

  • 01 In 2012 Newcastle College was granted Foundation Degree Awarding Powers, one of a select few colleges in the UK to have attained this outstanding achievement.
  • 02 We hold Beacon status – you’ll study at a college recognised for its teaching and learning experience.
  • 03 Our multi-million-pound investment in facilities means that you will study in inspirational buildings with cutting-edge facilities.
  • 04 With over 20,000 students at Newcastle College, you know you’ll be in good company.
  • 05 Our University awarded Honours and Masters Degrees mean your qualification is recognised by employers worldwide.
  • 06 Our outstanding QAA results (Quality Assurance Agency).
  • 07 You will join students from 44 different countries across 5 continents at a cosmopolitan college in a city bursting with culture.
  • 08 A dedicated International Office with highly qualified and friendly staff will be available to offer you lots of advice, guidance and support.
  • 09 Our tuition fees are highly competitive and we have a number of scholarships and discounts available.
  • 10 The city, coast and countryside are all on your doorstep and you will find a warm friendly welcome everywhere you go.

Newcastle College background

We are an established education provider in the North East of England with a history dating back to 1894. The college has been operating in its current form since 1972 when two smaller colleges merged to become Newcastle College.

Newcastle College is one of the largest and most successful colleges in the UK with over 20,000 students. We offer a wide range of programmes including English Language courses, pre-university courses, Foundation Degrees, Bachelors Degrees and Masters Degrees.

Study in the UK’s #1 student city

Newcastle upon Tyne is a rich and vibrant cosmopolitan city with a thriving student population. Newcastle is famous for its world-class culture, vibrant restaurants and bustling nightlife, fascinating history, great shopping, beautiful architecture and heritage.

Newcastle College is located in the city centre so you can take advantage of all it has to offer. The city’s warm and friendly atmosphere makes it a very popular destination for students from across the world and offers something for everyone.

A Brief History

The city has played host to many settlers including the Romans, the Normans, the Vikings and the Scottish Celts. This mixture of influences can be seen across the city in its architecture and people, making Newcastle a truly cosmopolitan city. The North East of England is famed for its unspoiled beauty, with wild woodland and rugged coastlines within a short travelling distance of Newcastle.

Famous Residents of Newcastle upon Tyne

Many influential and creative people have come from Newcastle and the North East. The region has produced world famous talent. Some of these include musician and human rights activist Sting; footballing legend Alan Shearer; movie director Ridley Scott; AC/DC singer Brian Johnson. The North East has always been at the forefront of innovation and invention spawning such talent as Joseph Swann, co-inventor of the electric light bulb and George Stephenson who created the first public railway line, and most recently Nobel Prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs.

Campus life

A mixture of old and new architecture, our campus is as diverse as our students. State-of-the-art education facilities blended with excellent hospitality and leisure facilities give you everything you need to succeed.

Lifestyle Academy

Our Lifestyle Academy, the winner of a Royal Institute of British Architects Award, boasts world-class facilities for beauty, hospitality, tourism and leisure, all staffed and operated by our students and offering you real-work experience in your chosen industry.

These fantastic facilities are open to all students at Newcastle College. After a hard day’s study, you can enjoy a work out in our gym or relax in our spa - complete with whirlpool bath, sauna and steam rooms - before treating yourself to healthy, freshly prepared food in our Chefs’ Academy restaurant and Food for Thought Bistro.

If you have time, try a make-over at our suite of hair, beauty and spa- therapy treatment rooms which rival any on the high street.

Performance Academy

Newcastle College’s Performance Academy is one of the UK’s leading training centres for music, performing arts and media. It combines award-winning architecture with up-to-date facilities, stimulating courses and industry professional tutors. A wide range of challenging and rewarding courses are on offer ranging from music, acting, dance, media, technical production and events management, so whatever your interests, we have the right course for you.

Mandela Building

Creativity and ingenuity are in abundance in our art and design building, providing inspiration to our budding artists. Within this facility, you will have access to a wide range of professional facilities to develop your skills, including photography studios, ceramic studios, digital media studios, fashion and textile workshops.

Aviation Academy

Our purpose built aircraft hangar at Newcastle International Airport houses our aerospace engineering and travel and tourism courses. Facilities include a fleet of aircraft for hands-on training and a fully functioning Boeing 737.

Sandyford Building

Our contemporary centre at Sandyford is home to our Digital Skills Academy for computing students and offers comprehensive training programmes for business students on our higher education courses. The building is situated in the city-centre near to Newcastle’s shopping quarter.

Energy Academy

A hub for the energy industry, the academy provides a centre of expertise for those seeking to develop a career in some of the major growing priority sectors internationally. Facilities in the 20,000 sq ft centre include a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine and autoclave pressurising apparatus related to manufacturing, assembly and maintenance of offshore wind turbines.

Rail Academy

This year we created the North East’s first ever Rail Academy dedicated to rail engineering. The new £5m purpose-built facility contains a number of real working environments which can train technicians and engineers in a variety of situations.

Parsons Building

We are proud to announce that our new and improved Parsons building opens September 2015! The £18 million facilities have undergone an amazing redevelopment and will be home to our business, uniformed public services, health and care, and childcare courses.

Student support

We want your time with us to be as successful and as stress-free as possible. Our award-winning support services are here to offer advice and support as and when you need it.

We are here to support you through the induction period and provide welfare advice and guidance throughout your studies.

There is a lot to think about when moving to a new country and our student support team will guide you through this process ensuring your transition to the UK is as smooth as possible.

The International Office services include:

  • welcome information and enrolment onto your course
  • induction to the college and Newcastle
  • opening a bank account
  • registering with a doctor and healthcare information
  • finding accommodation
  • advice on applying for a National Insurance Number (needed for employment)
  • immigration advice
  • course information and progression advice
  • general wellbeing support.

Social Programme

Newcastle College provides an extensive and exciting social events and activities programme. This will give you the opportunity to meet other students studying at the College and will allow you to explore this beautiful region of England and the rest of the UK. Previously we have visited: Edinburgh, York, Leeds, Beamish Museum and Alnwick Castle.


Newcastle upon Tyne has a wide variety of accommodation options throughout the city. Newcastle College International Office can help you make the right choice to best suit your needs.

Options Include:

  • Residential self-catering
  • Family home-stay accommodation
  • Private accommodation.

Residential Self-Catering

If you would prefer to live with other students you have the option of living in special student residences. Newcastle has excellent self-catering accommodation. Properties vary in size and style and bills are usually included in the price of rent helping you to plan effectively. Some properties offer self-contained studios, others have en-suite rooms with shared facilities and there are private rooms available in shared ats. Rooms in residential self-catering properties are subject to availability. Self-catering accommodation is normally situated within walking distance of the College.

Family Homestay Accommodation

You can choose to live with a local homestay host while you study. Choosing homestay can greatly enhance your experience of living and studying in the UK particularly if you are new to the country and/or you are learning English. A host family provides a warm welcome and can help you settle into the local area. There are a wide variety of homestay hosts including families with children, families without children and single hosts.

As an international student living with a host family, you will have the opportunity to:

  • practice your English with native speakers
  • learn more about British culture and our way of life
  • receive lots of guidance and support from your host.

Private Accommodation

Furnished apartments or houses are available to rent across the city. Newcastle is a very popular student city which means there are lots of opportunities for shared student accommodation in and around the area. Newcastle College does not carry out checks on private accommodation and you, your parents or guardians need to ensure that the accommodation is acceptable.

At Newcastle College, we run courses from Level 3 (university/ undergraduate entry courses) to Level 7 Masters courses. You must have completed the previous level before you are able to progress to the next, if you want to study for a degree you will need to have a Level 3 qualification to gain entry. However, for some Masters courses if you have relevant work experience you could be considered for entry.

International Foundation Programme

You can start studying for a Level 3 qualification with our International Foundation Programme. On attaining a Level 3 qualification, you can apply to study an undergraduate degree either at Newcastle College or at another institution.

Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees

Our degree courses work slightly differently to the normal route of study onto an Honours Degree. The first two years of a degree are covered by our Foundation Degree, so at the end of two years of study, you receive a qualification that is recognised by employers. At the end of this course, you can take a one-year course with Newcastle College or at another institution to top-up the Foundation Degree to a full Honours Degree. Our Honours Degree Top-Ups are validated by Teesside University.

Masters Programmes

With a degree qualification (or appropriate professional experience) you can apply to study on one of our Master's programmes. Our Master's Degrees are validated by Teesside University.

Corporate Education and Professional Training

Newcastle College is a leading provider of international corporate education and professional training. Our programmes are designed in partnership with our clients to provide bespoke, practical and vocational work-related training. We deliver high-quality teaching and learning to produce qualified learners armed with the latest industry knowledge.

We offer a range of bespoke programmes and qualifications across a number of subject specialisms to suit the needs of our clients. All programmes provide learners with valuable continuous professional development opportunities whilst building their knowledge base through their programme of study.

Subject provision:

  • Aerospace and Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Business and IT
  • Construction
  • Education and Teacher Training
  • Engineering
  • English Language
  • Fire Fighting and Health & Safety
  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Care
  • Oil and Gas
  • Renewable Energy and Subsea Technologies
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Vocational Science
  • Rail engineering
  • Creative arts

World-class facilities

Newcastle College prides itself on investing in industry standard facilities to benefit our students. Our facilities replicate real working environments to provide students with the best in training and development.

Programme delivery

We offer flexible and innovative methods of course delivery. Programmes are delivered at one of Newcastle College’s nine campuses or at client sites, dependent upon nature and learning outcomes of the course. Programmes can also be delivered in a range of national and international locations based on client requirements. Our flexible modes of delivery allow for a variety of approaches to learning. This includes blended learning where delivery can be face-to-face, off-site teaching, e-learning, or block/day release delivery, often combining academic with English language provision.

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