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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

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There is still time to enrol! Join us at venues across the city for subjects like drama, arts, languages, beauty, counselling, digital skills, maths, English, crafts and much more. 


We are delivering in new venues, such as The Spitler and Great Park Community Centre. We've added more evenings at the Heaton Centre, and increased our range of courses at Gosforth Library. On a Monday evening we have lots of new activities at our Westgate College site and in our Skills Centre building.


If you would like help to enrol please call us on 0191 2773520 or 0191 2782818 and we will be happy to help. There are lots of concessions available, so your course may be free. And remember for some courses we can offer financial assistance with books and travel; eligibility conditions apply.


We hope to see you soon for a great Autumn Term, packed full of new opportunities.

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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.

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Our new Guide for September - December 2022 is out now! Find out more about Newcastle City Learning, and our courses for adults, programmes for young people, apprenticeships and our work with employers.


You can also read about our venues and some of the new places in the community we will be running courses from, such as Great Park Community Centre and the Spitler. 


Our Guide for September - December 2022 will be delivered to households and businesses throughout the city, but if you can't wait for your copy you can download it from our website.


Remember you can get all of our up to date course listings and enrol online on our website too. If you'd like to talk to us, pop into Westgate College or the Heaton Centre or call us on 0191 2773520 or 0191 2782818. We look forward to seeing you in September.

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Join our Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (TAPPING) course, a 6-week programme starting on Monday 26 September 2022 at 6pm. This unique programme is designed to explore how we can all better deal with the stress and anxiety caused not only by our work, but by all the demands of life today. How wonderful would it be to just feel calmer, less stressed and anxious, and more able to enjoy the day and get things done without feeling inadequate, pushed for time or just completely overwhelmed.


The group creates a safe space to explore different strategies to help overcome feelings of overwhelm and feelings of lack of self-worth.


One of the main techniques to be introduced is Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as TAPPING). Tapping can reduce Cortisol in the body by up to 43%.  It can also help you eliminate limiting beliefs holding you back, and studies have shown it to help you improve your performance at work, bringing you more clarity and calmness within your life. Find out more about Emotional Freedom Technique   


Here is what previous participants had to say about the programme:-

“I enrolled on the ‘tapping’ course having very limited knowledge of what the course entailed, and I was really pleased I made the decision to do so. The course was interesting, informative and fun. Gillian was very knowledgeable about the subject area and a great coach. We had lots of opportunities to practise our tapping skills, which I found extremely helpful”.
“I am continuing to practise my tapping skills and find tapping greatly reduces any feelings of anxiety and stress. I would highly recommend giving this course a go”. Jayne

“Re-emerging from lockdown I was keen to get out and about in a real-world setting and talk to others experiencing high levels of stress. Gillian's course was an unexpected find and offered far more valuable insight than I was expecting.
There is a wealth of information and wisdom packed into the six weeks, much of which I am still digesting! The "killer content/app" in it is the introduction to Emotional Freedom Tapping which I had not come across before but has been a game changer.
In a very short space of time, I am much more aware of my feelings, actions and intentions and have started to see very positive results. I have raised energy, I have better relationships, more joy and I am making conscious decisions to do more of what I love in my life. Highly recommended” Veronica


So come and experience Emotional Freedom Technique (TAPPING) for yourself. What do you have to lose?


Enrol or call us on 0191 2773520.

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Are you interested in Counselling as a career, or do you want to increase your self-awareness, understanding of counselling and the associated techniques? We offer Counselling courses at Levels 1, 2, 3 and 5 so you can progress to become a professional therapeutic counsellor.


Find out more about our range of interpersonal skills and counselling qualifications on our website.


You can enquire and enrol now for September. To contact our counselling coordinator please email or our counselling tutor


You can also call 0191 2773520 or 0191 2782818.

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.

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Did you know the we now offer drama and singing classes?

Have fun, socialize, build confidence, tackle themes that are real or futuristic with our new drama course at Westgate College. 


Alternatively check out our singing workshops and ‘Singing Folk’ sessions at Gosforth Library and the Heaton Centre. You don't need to read music and all you need to bring is a bit of enthusiasm!


See our full range of music and performing arts courses 


Contact to find out more. 

Great Park Community Centre courses running in September

Great Park Community Centre

Did you know we are now running courses in the Great Park Community Centre? 

Located in the heart of the developing Great Park, this centre has grown since opening in 2014, and we are pleased to join the different groups and activities for the local community that operate out of this venue.


We will be running art, language, wellbeing and numeracy courses here on a Monday and a Thursday to start with, and we will look to offer more in the future too. 


You can enrol now on any of our courses starting in September.

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This September we will be running a GCSE Maths courses.

It is well known that lots of jobs require Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics, but Universities nationwide also have this as a requirement. So why not start your future now? We are pleased to announce Newcastle City Learning are delivering GCSE Maths again in the new academic year. In the past we’ve only delivered online GCSE courses, but in September we are going you a choice - face to face or online classes!

For more information or to arrange an initial assessment for Maths contact or call us on 0191 2773520 or 0191 2782818

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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.

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In 2022-23 we are offering even more new and exciting courses for those aged 19+.


We have a range of programmes from Pre-entry to Level 2 focusing on independent living skills, social and community involvement as well as work and life skills.


Choose from subjects such as ICT / Media, Performing Arts, Horrible Histories (Wanders around Westgate), Stagecraft, Physical and Mental Wellbeing, Beauty, Independent Living in the Home and Community, Learning to Grow and more.


Visit our LDD page and for further details or to book a place on any of the courses please contact