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image of a mobile phone with book now written on the screen

Our new brochure is out 20 March 2023 and you can enrol from this date too!

There are loads of courses on offer over the Summer Term so download your copy of the new brochure (pdf, 7.8MB) or go online and pick a course. You can also pick up a copy of the brochure onsite at Westgate College and the Heaton Centre.


Our staff are available from 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am - 4pm on Fridays on 0191 2773520 or 0191 2782818 to take your enrolments. They can also offer advice and support on eligibility, concessions and financial assistance.


Whatever you choose whether you are a returning learner, or new to Newcastle City Learning, we hope to see you again soon.


Learners on a sponsored walk

Our Independent Living Classes have been very busy this term raising money for their chosen charities. As part of their Mental Health and Wellbeing project each class chose a charity to support. Monday’s class chose Samaritans and did a sponsored walk and Name the Bunny. Tuesday’s class chose Mind and did a sponsored walk and a coffee morning.


The learners raised a massive total of £433.51 which will be divided between the two charities. Some of the money will also go towards next term’s project to buy items to help the homeless and their end of year event.


Thank you to everyone who supported our learners.

collage of adult learning activities

Our new brochure will be out on Monday 20th March 2023. You will be able to pick up a copy onsite or download from our website.

Recycled art piece of a fish

If you visit us at Westgate College you will now see this wonderful art piece when you come into the main entrance.

A massive well done to our Tuesday art group who created this when working on their recycling topic, looking at how we can all reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.

The group designed, planned and made the piece themselves, and created it from old bottle tops and ring pulls.

keyboard with 'apply now' key highlighted

We now have a page listing current apprenticeship vacancies. 

For up-to-date information on the opportunities available visit our apprenticeship vacancies  page.


If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, or you are an employer and want to find out how we can help upskill your staff, contact 

Andrea Satterthwaite Apprenticeship Business Development Officer

Tel: 0191 2773506

Mobile No: 07977 589530
Email :

Brenda McCutcheon recognised for services to adult education

Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Ms Lucy Winskell, OBE, and Brenda McCutcheon

We were thrilled to hear last year that Brenda McCutcheon would receive the British Empire Medal. Brenda is a sewing tutor with Newcastle City Learning, with over 20 years of service helping residents of the City learn new skills.


Last week the investiture of her British Empire Medal took place in a ceremony at the Banqueting Suite at the Civic Centre.


The medal was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Ms Lucy Winskell, OBE. The ceremony was also attended by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Karen Robinson.


A wonderful evening was shared by Brenda's family and friends, and former and current colleagues. Well done Brenda on this wonderful achievement.


Photo by Steve Brock Photography

colourful books in a bookcase

Our new learner handbook is out now, packed full of useful information to help you to make the most of your course with Newcastle City Learning.


Download your copy of of Learner Handbook 2022-23 (pdf 3MB). Remember you can also ask any tutor, manager or other member of staff if you have any queries and we will be happy to help.

FoodWorks staff in the cafe at Westgate College

Have you visited the cafe at Westgate College? Run by our colleagues at FoodWorks you can get hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and much more. In term time there are also hot meals and daily specials.


FoodWorks is a pro-social retail food enterprise, providing employment opportunities for vulnerable people.The cafe is open every day from 8am - 3pm to both our learners and the public. Please pop in next time you are on site or passing by.

matrix Standard logo

We are pleased to announce that we have been accredited to the matrix Standard, demonstrating the high quality Information Advice and Guidance services we provide to our learners, apprentices, and stakeholders. The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG), either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.
Roger Chapman, Head of the matrix Service for The Growth Company said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for Newcastle City Learning and I would like to congratulate the team on 
their success. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, 
excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources 
available. The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practice in these 
areas. With their accreditation success, Newcastle City Learning is working to provide the best possible 
support to their clients.”


For more information about the matrix Standard please visit The matrix Standard is owned by the Department for Education and is managed by The Growth Company on their behalf.