Whether you’re thinking of studying with us, are already a student, or are a parent/carer, these frequently asked questions may answer any queries you have about TyneMet.
You can study higher education right here on your doorstep with the highest Ofsted rated college in Tyneside. With campuses north and south of the river, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality higher education programmes designed to help you achieve your career aspirations. We’re the real alternative to university.
We offer students a personal touch to learning.
Throughout your time with us, you will benefit from 1-2-1 support and guidance, flexible learning, smaller classes, industry standard facilities, fantastic industry links, knowledgeable lecturers and a culture you will achieve and excel in.
We offer flexible, condensed learning to our higher education students. We know how tricky juggling life and work commitments are, so we’ll work with you to make sure it’s right for you.
Our HE programmes are value for money for our students, and we offer help with fees and funding so nothing can hold you back from achieving your dreams.
We offer HNCs, HNDs, and foundation degrees, which will set you up for a career in your chosen industry, or you can continue to university for your final top-up year.
We offer students a friendly, supportive, multi-cultural environment you’ll thrive in.
With industry standard facilities, well-being spaces, coffee shops, a restaurant and a hair and beauty salon, you’ll be able to experience a lively campus.
This will all depend on the programme and level you’re looking to start.
The best way to find out what grades you need is to pop to one of our Advice and Enrolment events. Please check our events section of the website for dates and times.
We’ll work with you to find the right programme that will get you on track to achieve your career aspirations. We have a lot of support available from tutorial sessions, maths and English courses and in-classroom support.
This doesn’t mean you have missed your chance to study HE.
You can apply for your desired programme directly with us. We’ll then process your application and get you enrolled on to your programme.
Clearing shows which HE programmes are still available for you to apply for.
From 5 July to 19 October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places. Visit our HE page for more information.
Once you apply for a HE programme, you’ll be contacted by a member of the team for an interview for the course.
It’s nothing to worry about – this is so we can assess your skills and identify any additional learning support you may need throughout your studies. Once you have completed your interview, you’ll be able to apply for any funding you need. Once this has been finalised, you can complete your enrolment ready to start your programme.
Supporting all our students is our number one priority.
We want all students to flourish and excel while helping them develop confidence, self-motivation, and achieve their career aspirations. Our support comes in many forms, including (but not limited to):
Additional Learning Support:
Depending on what level programme you start with, you can progress from level 4 up to a foundation degree.
Our strong links with employers means we can help you look for a career in the industry of your choice. If you would prefer to top-up your qualification, you can also do this through a university. We can help you with any job or university applications, offering you advice and guidance throughout the process.
Practical, hands-on, work related. It’s as simple as that. All our vocational courses have been specifically designed to guarantee you have the work-ready expertise employers are looking for.
From engineering to sport, and from catering to hair and beauty, we offer a huge range of vocational courses.
Each of our vocational courses will have slightly different entry requirements, to help us make sure that you’re on the right programme for you. However, in most cases, we look for a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 – 9.
Whatever option you choose to take after GCSE, it’s likely that there will be a few changes in the way you study.
A key difference will be the increased freedom and independence, as you will have fewer lessons across the week. It’s also the case that you’ll have smaller class sizes, which means that you can build fantastic relationships with your tutors and classmates. Finally, studying a vocational course will be much more hands-on than the learning you are used to for GCSE. If you’re someone that loves practical-based learning, a vocational course might be for you!
For each course, you will complete a variety of units which are assessed through projects, coursework, exams, and moderated assignments. For each unit you will receive either a Pass, Merit, or a Distinction.
There are a number of differences between vocational study and A-levels, including the teaching style, assessment methods, and amount of practical experience.
Essentially, if you study A-levels, you will be taught in a similar style to your lessons at GCSE, whereas with vocational study, you will combine any theory with practical work so you can apply what you learn. Additionally, with A-levels, you are assessed through exams at the end of your final year. If you know that exam pressure isn’t for you, a vocational course may be the answer as they are assessed throughout the year, which spreads out the work that contributes to make your final grade.
There are number of different levels you can study at, and these vary in length.
A vocational course at Level 2 course will last for one year but the extended diploma at level 3 will last for two.
Following successful completion of a vocational qualification, you will have a number of different opportunities at your fingertips.
Many of our students go on to further study (including university), apprenticeships, or go straight out into employment. Whichever option you choose, we will be there to support you with expert advice and guidance.
95% of universities and colleges in the UK accept vocational qualifications, including competitive students in the Russell Group.
The time management and self-organisation skills you will develop in a vocational course will be key to your success at university and vocational students achieving good grades are just as sought after as A-level students.
We offer the following levels at vocational study:
Anything above Level 3 is Higher Education
Certificate = 1 GCSE (9-5)
Extended Certificate = 2 GCSEs (9-5)
Diploma = 3 GCSEs (9-5)
As the Highest rated college in Tyneside, we provide great courses and study opportunities matched by an inspiring learning environment.
We have invested heavily to ensure we can offer our students the very best of what they need to succeed. From where the learn to how they learn, we support students every step of the way, and a great campus life means students can flourish both inside and outside the classroom.
There are a number of differences between BTECs and A-levels, including the teaching style, assessment methods, and amount of practical experience.
Essentially, A-levels will be taught in a classroom-based environment, whereas BTECs combine theory with practical work, allowing you to apply what you learn. Additionally, A-levels are assessed through exams at the end of the final year. If students know that exam pressure isn’t for them, BTECs may be the answer as they are assessed throughout the year, which spreads out the work that contributes to make the final grade.
Every students’ timetable will look a little different. However, students can expect a number of free periods alongside their lesson times, in which we recommend they use to support their studies.
We understand how important it is for students to feel comfortable and confident during their time with us, both in and out of the classroom.
Each year our dedicated ALS team provide support for students with a wide variety of learning needs and disabilities and work closely with schools and the local authority to ensure the appropriate support is put in place.
Before beginning their journey with us, students can highlight any additional needs on their application form, and a member of our ALS team will then design them a bespoke support package. But don’t worry, it’s never too late to ask for help and our friendly team can support at any stage of study.
Students will be offered continuous support throughout their time with us.
Here at TyneMet, we pride ourselves on the wrap around support that we offer. Our dedicated Student Services team are here to help students through every step of their learner journey from one-to-one guidance to funding and financial advice, our team welcome students to drop by for a chat or make an appointment in advance. Each student is also assigned a Tutorial Coach who will provide one-to-one reviews, support to achieve personal goals, help with university applications alongside personal statements and CV writing. Tutorial coaches set targets with each student and assess their progress throughout the year and ensure they remain on track with their studies. We also have dedicated Mental Health Ambassadors who are on hand for a chat or to offer support when needed, our on-site Counsellor is also available to all students.
A large proportion of our students progress onto Higher Education following the competition of their A Levels, others go onto apprenticeships, gap years, further study or straight into full-time employment.
Our Careers Hub is available to all students and offers a range of advice about further education, prospective interviews, CV building and Higher Education opportunities so there is plenty of opportunity to receive Career Guidance no matter what our learner’s progression goals are.
Here at TyneMet, our learners receive more than just a qualification.
For students who are interested in sport, our North East Sports Academy offers personalised sport programmes for all abilities, leadership and volunteering opportunities alongside a wide range of work placements. Alternatively, our Students Union offer a variety of activities held throughout the year, encouraging students to get involved in charity events, entrepreneurial projects, and an array of other challenges. Students can be involved in as much or as little as they want in line with their studies.
Our Wallsend campus is ideally situated between the coast and Newcastle city centre and has over 350 parking spaces.
IF you are traveling by bus, there are nine different bus routes that have stops close to TyneMet. For more information on how to get to us, visit www.travelinenortheast.info and click on ‘North East’ and plan your journey to the college using ‘Battle Hill Drive’ as the location.
Our Advice and Enrolment events are a great way to find out more about our range of courses, chat to our dedicated lecturing staff, tour the facilities and get a real feel for life at college. You can also follow us on social media to keep up to date with all our latest news and events.
Apprenticeships are real jobs with real employers.
As an apprentice, you’ll work with an employer from your chosen profession. You’ll become a member of the team and be trained by industry professionals.
Apprenticeships are a mix of work and training, so you’ll spend time in employment as well as time studying to equip you with work-related skills, relevant knowledge and a nationally recognised qualification.
Each apprenticeship vacancy is set by the employer. Some may require more qualifications than others. Although some apprenticeships will not require you to have any prior qualifications, you will be expected to demonstrate a great attitude, enthusiasm for the role, along with a strong work ethic.
The minimum wage for an apprenticeship is £4.30 per hour for the first year, though many employers pay more.
This will depend on the type of apprenticeship you are studying and your employer.
In some cases, you’ll spend four days at work and one day at college. For others, you may spend several weeks at work and a week with us. Regardless of your apprenticeship you will still receive support and guidance from your work-based tutor, who will be on hand throughout your apprenticeship.
Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will have the skills, knowledge and industry experience to secure your dream job in your chosen field.
The majority of our apprentices stay in employment with many staying with their apprentice employer. If you would like to continue with your studies, you can also progress on to the next level of apprenticeship or start a foundation degree or HND – many of which are part time so you can continue earning.
You’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.
This will depend on the type of apprenticeship. They can vary from 12 months to four years.
Assessments will take place throughout your apprenticeship.
These will be completed by your work-based assessor, who will visit you regularly in the workplace. When you have finished your apprenticeship, you will be awarded a grade based on your performance.
Don’t worry – whatever apprenticeship you choose, you can also study a functional skills qualification.
Functional skills run alongside your apprenticeship and give you the chance to achieve your grades in maths and English.
Intermediate Apprenticeship, Level 2 – This apprenticeship is the same level as GCSEs
Advanced Apprenticeship, Level 3 – This apprenticeship is the same level as A levels
Higher Apprenticeship, Level 4 or above – This apprenticeship is the same as a foundation degree or above.
As an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an apprentice.
The Government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.
You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule.
If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged:
If you exceed the funding band maximum, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.
You can hire someone new or up-skill an existing employee.
You can employ apprentices at different levels.
From school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.
For the requirements of an apprentice…
An apprentice must:
Get in touch with our Business Engagement Team.
You can manage the recruitment process or ask us to manage it on your behalf.
During an apprenticeship, your apprentice will receive two different types of training.
‘Off-the-job’ training is delivered by us during your apprentice’s normal working hours. This training will teach your apprentice the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard so they can achieve occupational competence.
‘On-the-job’ training will be delivered by you, as the employer. You’ll need to give your apprentice training and supervision to help them perform the job you’ve hired them for. Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job training. It can be flexible and doesn’t have to mean 1 day out of the workplace every week.
We can agree a suitable training schedule to suit the needs of your business.
Employers who hire a new apprentice may be able to claim financial incentives from The Government.
For more info, visit: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/employers/financial-incentives.
Many of our part-time courses are free for individuals who are eligible.
For full details of eligibility criteria, visit our finance page.
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. For more info visit our Access to HE course page.
Most of our adult courses are part time with evening and day time classes so you can choose an option that best suits you.
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.
For students who have children, we have an on-campus nursery ran by fully-trained, experienced staff.
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 offer here.
Take a look at our offering!
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 counselling, and catering to sport, we offer a huge variety of courses to suit your career goals.