As a result of a new partnership, land-based foundation degrees validated by Newcastle University are now available at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus.
The qualifications on offer include two-year foundation science degrees in applied animal management, equestrian performance and coaching and horticulture.
A total of 44 students enrolled on land-based foundation degrees this year, all progressing from previous study at the college.
More courses have been approved and will be introduced from September. They include foundation science degrees in agriculture, rural tourism and enterprise management and environmental conservation.
After completing the course, students may then choose to progress to Newcastle University to continue their undergraduate studies and gain an honours degree.
Northumberland College principal Marcus Clinton, pictured above with Professor Rob Edwards of Newcastle University, said: “Both partners have always been keen to expand the range of higher education provision available in these areas, making great use of a wealth of staff expertise and specialist resources.”