From make-up to meerkats

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NORTHUMBERLAND College is offering 17 and 18-year-olds a summer of meerkats, make up and motor mechanics when it opens its doors for dozens of free short courses at its summer school.

Students will be able to choose from a range of exciting courses lasting from three to five days at its campuses in Ashington and Kirkley Hall near Ponteland.

They include looking after horses or exotic animals, nail art or hairdressing, bricklaying, joinery or motor vehicle maintenance, early years, health and social care, fashion or photography plus many more.

Director of Curriculum Nigel Lister said: “Northumberland College offers young people a summer school with a difference – where else can they choose between caring for zoo animals like our very own meerkats at Kirkley Hall Zoo, to learning the basics of beauty and make-up or getting their hands dirty as a motor mechanic. Would-be college students should book now to guarantee their space, as some of our summer school short courses are proving very popular. This is an excellent opportunity to sample all that college life has to offer.”

Courses will run from 9.30am to 3pm between Monday and Friday, July 13. Visit or email or call 01670 841200.