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Higher Education

NCG is the largest provider of college-based Higher Education in the UK, with over 2,000 degree-level students.

Students studying for an NCG award are based at Carlisle College, Kidderminster College, Southwark College, or our largest college, Newcastle College University Centre. Most of our provision is based within Newcastle College University Centre, which offers higher technical education that is recognised for our inclusive approach where students are supported to achieve their best, our impact on the local community, and our national influence and reach.

Our Higher Education model offers an alternative route to higher technical qualifications, set in a student-focused learning environment where developing professional skills for future careers is paramount.

Preparing students for their future career is at the heart of everything we do. Our strong industry links, fantastic facilities and opportunities to work with employers and industry experts help our students graduate ready for the world of work.

We were the first Further Education (FE) college to achieve Taught Degree Awarding Powers on an indefinite basis, allowing us to develop, validate and deliver our own degree qualifications up to Level 7.

Higher Education students at Carlisle College, Kidderminster College, Southwark College and Newcastle College University Centre study on a programme awarded by NCG with a wide range of vocational higher qualifications which include:

  • Certificates in Higher Education (Level 4)
  • Foundation Degrees (Level 5)
  • Higher National Diploma/Certificates (Level 4 and 5)
  • Top Up Honours Degrees (Level 6)
  • Honours Degrees (Level 6)
  • Higher and Integrated Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6)
  • Post Graduate Certificates in Teaching (Level 7)
  • Masters programmes (Level 7)

Higher Education at NCG


Higher Education students at NCG


first in FE to achieve Taught Degree Awarding Powers indefinitely

Over 60

degree courses offered across NCG's colleges

NCG University Centre

NCG Higher Education Strategy

The NCG Higher Education Strategy sets out the priorities for NCG's Colleges. Our strategic objectives are rooted in inclusivity and widening access to, and success in, Higher Education. We strongly believe in student empowerment through education and the positive impact Higher Education has on an individual’s choice and prosperity. All of our activities are committed to creating a transformative environment for our students to develop, flourish and succeed.

NCG HE Strategy To 2030

Higher Education (HE) at NCG

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