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School leavers (16-18 years)

Get the qualifications you need to stand out when looking for a job or progressing to further and higher study with us or at university.

 

With start dates in September and January, now is the time to kick-start your future career with a full-time course from Northumberland Skills.

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Endless possibilities ...

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Studying with us means you’ll gain more than just a qualification - you’ll adopt skills for life and work, as well as the confidence to succeed. 

Our full-time study programmes allow you to dive straight into your vocational area of choice. Not only will your qualification help you to stand out when looking for a job, you’ll have the skills, aptitudes and requirements to progress to further and higher study with us or at university.

 

We offer eight vocational study programmes which have a mix of online study, classroom based learning and work placement or experiences:

  • Business & Digital Skills

  • Childcare & Education

  • Construction

  • Engineering

  • Hair & Beauty

  • Health & Social Care

  • Professional Cookery

  • Students with additional needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

 

Explore each of these subject areas below or download your full-time prospectus here

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Business & Digital Skills

Study levels available: Level 1 and Level 2

Courses available:

  • Diploma in Skills for Working in Business & Customer Service Industries, Level 1 (in Alnwick or Morpeth)

  • Diploma in Skills for Working in Business & Customer Service Industries, Level 2 (in Alnwick)
    Diploma in Skills for Working in Digital Technology Industries, Level 1 (in Alnwick or Prudhoe)

  • Diploma in Skills for Working in Digital Technology Industries, Level 2 (in Alnwick)

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Childcare & Education

Study levels available: Level 1 and Level 2

Courses available:

  • Certificate in Caring for Children, Level 1 (in Alnwick, Berwick, Blyth and Prudhoe)

  • Diploma in the Early Years Practitioner, Level 2 (in Alnwick, Berwick or Prudhoe)

  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, Level 2 (in Alnwick, Berwick or Blyth)

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Construction

Study levels available: Level 1 and Level 2

Courses available:

  • Diploma in Construction Skills, Level 1 (in Alnwick or Haydon Bridge)

  • Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery, Level 1 (in Alnwick)

  • Diploma in Bricklaying, Level 2 (in Alnwick)

Engineering

Study levels available: Level 1 and Level 2

Courses available:

  • Certificate in Introductory Welding, Fabrication & Cutting Skills, Level 1 (in Blyth)

  • Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), welding pathway, Level 2 (in Blyth)

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Hair & Beauty

Study levels available: Level 1 

Courses available:

  • Diploma in Hair and Beauty, Level 1
    (in Haydon Bridge)

Health & Social Care

Study levels available: Level 1 

Courses available:

  • Certificate in Work Preparation
    - Health & Social Care, Level 1
    (in Alnwick or Berwick)

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Professional Cookery

Study levels available: Level 1 

Courses available:

  • Certificate in an Introduction to
    Culinary Skills, Level 1
    (in Haydon Bridge)

Students with additional needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

Study levels available: Level 1 and Level 2

Courses available:

  • Entry Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Studies: Choose from Business Admin, Customer Service or Construction pathways (in Alnwick or Prudhoe)

  • Level 1 Diploma in Occupational Studies for the workplace: Choose from Business Admin, Customer Service or Construction pathways (In Alnwick or Prudhoe)

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