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Get outdoors and learn something new

May 9, 2022

Do you enjoy being in the outdoors? Do you find gardening good for your wellbeing?  

We have launched a new horticulture course to grow your skills and knowledge, delivered in the stunning National Trust grounds surrounding our campus. 

You will develop a range of green-fingered skills which you can then use to develop your patio planters, garden or allotment. 

You will also achieve a Level 1 Award in practical Horticulture from City & Guilds.  This course is a great start for those wishing to pursue a career in gardening or landscaping.

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Outdoor learning 

From Forestry to Navigating Walks, we offer courses that take advantage of our unique setting.  Our team at the college have years of experience in the outdoors and you can begin your practical education with us now. 

Courses include: 

Our students will begin their careers with our courses and move into fields such as gardening, landscaping and outdoor pursuits. You will also learn more about returning to education at Northern College and how you can progress. 

Study for free  
The vast majority students can study most of our courses up to level 2 for free. 

Study residentially  
Most students apply to stay over on our campus whilst they study. We are a college only designed for adults, surrounded by over 500 acres of National Trust gardens and parkland. This means you can focus on your studies with like-minded peers and receive exceptional support throughout. 

Why choose Northern College?


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Stay and study on-site with us

Fully focus on your studies by staying on-site with us.

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Explore our gardens

We have acres of National Trust gardens and parkland to explore right outside our building.

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We’re Outstanding

We’re rated by Ofsted, the UK education standards office, as Outstanding.

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Our pass rates are excellent

We have outstanding pass rates, to ensure our students achieve and progress.

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We support you all of the way

We have a whole team to support you through your studies to make sure you do well.

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We're only designed for adults

Make new friends and study alongside like-minded adults as part of our unique learning community.

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