Family day at Northumberland College

Northumberland College's Ashington campus.
Northumberland College's Ashington campus.

Northumberland College is opening its doors to the community by hosting a family open day and careers event at the weekend.

The free event, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, at the Ashington campus, on College Road, features face painting and children’s activities, stalls, sporting activities, workshops, nail art and hair styling, messy play, a climbing wall, fairground rides, textile weaving, photoshoots, 3D printing, as well as handling sessions with animals from the college’s Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.

Visitors are also invited to talk to tutors and student advisors about which courses are available.

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College principal Marcus Clinton said: “We are looking forward to our community open day, there will be plenty for all the family to see and do.

“This is the fourth annual family open day at our main campus and we hope to engage with the local community and provide a fun day out with an exciting atmosphere. We hope to see lots of faces on campus that day.”

Potential students can have a go at a range of hands-on workshops, to get a taste of what to expect on a college course.

Have-a-go taster workshops includ hair and make-up, science experiments, joinery and block paving.

Visitors can also find out about part-time, professional and leisure courses available to start now, suitable for those looking to develop a new hobby or develop new skills. Courses range from accounting, catering and construction to Spanish, ballroom dancing and creative writing.

The Northumberland Career College team will also be on hand to answer queries from parents seeking advice on the innovative new learning model for 14 to 19-year-olds that combines academic studies with practical learning and work experience in areas including construction, engineering, rural tourism and hospitality.

The college is also taking applications for September 2017 for all courses.

Higher education courses include an HND in theatrical, media and special effects make-up, Foundation Degrees in arboriculture, animal management, equestrian performance and coaching.

The college has received record applications for its HE courses over the last two years and exceeded its enrolment target for the last academic year so advises early application for courses starting in September.

Those aged 19 or over are eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan, a Government initiative, for those who wish to study a course at Level 3 or higher. Loans are intended to help students cover the cost of tuition fees and there are no repayments until earnings are over £21,000 per year.