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Welcome to Get Ahead

Welcome to all applicants - 'Get ahead' is your chance to use this last half term to prepare yourself for your chosen college course in September.  

We know you’re probably a little daunted about missing out on your GCSE exams to prepare you for your next step, so Northumberland College are giving you the opportunity to get ahead this term.

Get ahead’ gives those who have applied to start animal and land-based courses in September, access to a range of learning activities and resources, from your home, for all of your favourite subjects, to give you a taste of college life!

Our expert staff will be setting up dedicated pages, including research projects, links to useful resources and essential reading lists to help you complete tasks.  You can even get access to tutor support, if you need it.

Make the best use of your time  – Get ahead for September!

Choose the subjects you love!

Investing in your future with outstanding new facilities.


Why choose Northumberland College?

We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.

Our student transport scheme is available for eligible students to make getting to and from college as easy as possible.

Our extensive re-development programme will create outstanding new facilities.

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.