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If you’re looking to start, change or improve your career, get back into education, or pick up a new hobby, do it with a highly-rated Tyneside College.

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We know that everyone’s circumstances are different and committing to a course can sometimes be a little daunting.

Now, you can learn YOUR way with our brand new range of Distance Learning courses.

Whether you’re looking to pursue a passion, pick up a hobby or start a new career, you can enjoy the flexibility of learning where and when you want.

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From what you learn to where you could live, there’s a reason why thousands of students choose STC.

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If you need support on anything personal or financial, college or career-related, speak to our Student Services Team.

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May Advice and Enrolment Event
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June Advice and Enrolment Event
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Got a question?

What financial support is available for adults?

Many of our part-time courses are free for individuals who are eligible.

For full details of eligibility criteria, visit our finance page. 

I haven’t studied in a long time but want to go to university, what can I do?

We offer a pre-access to HE course, which is ideal if you want to return to college to develop your basic academic skills in preparation for an Access to HE course, and subsequent university entry.

The course will help you to develop maths and English skills as well as developing your personal study skills and knowledge, preparing you for future education. For more info visit our course pages. 

Can I study part time?


Most of our adult courses are part time with evening and day time classes so you can choose an option that best suits you.

When do adult courses start?

Majority of our adult courses start in September. 

However, we have various start dates across the year you can start immediately or book your space for later.

Can I study Higher Education at college?


Usually associated with going to University, not many people realise you can also study Higher Education at college – and it can often be the best route. Studying HE at college comes with a wide range of benefits – and the same University standard qualification.

Find out more about our Higher Education programmes. 

I want to change my career path, how can I do this?

Take a look at our offer! 

Whether you’re looking for a hobby course, enhancing your CV or fancy a career change, we offer something for all ages and abilities.

Our courses range from beauty to welding, and media to uniformed services, we offer a huge variety of courses to suit your career goals.

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Our team is always ready to help. So if you have questions on courses, your career, or anything else, complete this contact form and we’ll be in touch.