College History

Newcastle College is an established education provider in the north east of England with a history dating back to 1894. The college has been operating in its current form since 1972, when two smaller colleges merged to become Newcastle College.

Newcastle College is one of the largest and most successful colleges in the UK with over 20,000 students. We offer a wide range of courses including: English Language, Foundation Degrees, Bachelor Degrees and Master Degree Programmes.

Key dates in Newcastle College History

Rutherford College is formed in the Rye Hill area of Newcastle

Rutherford College becomes Rutherford College for Boys

Rutherford College is split into the College for Further Education and the Charles Trevelyan Technical College

College for Further Education and Charles Trevelyan Technical College merge to create Newcastle College

£21m Performance Academy is officially opened

£16m Lifestyle Academy is officially opened

Sandyford Building is reopened after an £8.6m refurbishment

£3.3m Aviation Academy is officially opened at Newcastle International Airport

Plans unveiled for a purpose built centre for Newcastle Sixth Form College opening in September 2013

Energy Academy is officially opened; a centre of innovation, training and development for the energy sector.

How to apply

If you are an international student and wish to apply to study with us, please do not apply online.

To ensure your application is dealt with personally within our office, we ask all of our International Students to deal directly with our International Office using the International Application Form.

Please download and complete an International Application Form and send it to our International Office Admissions Team at along with a copy of your passport.

You will receive a confirmation email to say it has been received safely and then a personal response from one of the team within 3/4 working days of receipt to advise you of its progress.