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Welcome to Newton Rigg College

Newton Rigg College, part of Askham Bryan College - one of the leading land-based colleges in the UK, is part of the largest provider of specialist land-based further education in England.

Newton Rigg College is situated on the edge of the Lake District and within walking distance of the market town of Penrith. We’re proud to be part of the fastest growing land-based College group in the country, thanks to our range of existing courses, great teaching and fantastic facilities. We not only offer courses in the land-based sector (agriculture, gamekeeping, animal and equine management, forestry, horticulture and agricultural engineering), we also offer general Further Education courses as well (uniformed public services, sport - indoor and outdoor, hairdressing and beauty therapy, childhood studies and health and social care).

We have courses to suit just about everyone, whether you are looking for an entry level starter course, or a vocational course that gives you qualifications to go to University, alterntively a work-based learning course, which means you can earn whilst you learn.. Our residential campus at Newton Rigg has a thriving social scene with good food and fantastic extra-curricula activities.

Our lecturers all have a vast knowledge of their subject areas and many have had considerable experience working in industry. The staff who work in supporting roles are also dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals.

We’re a very friendly College and there’s lots to do when you’re not studying. If you’re interested in studying with us, you really do need to come and see for yourself. It could be your first step towards a new experience and a great career.

About us

Our specialist campuses mean you have the facilities specific to your interest area close at hand. 

The staff and students are friendly and helpful and the campuses small enough that you will soon get to know your way around and start to recognise faces!  Added to this our smaller class sizes mean you will get to know your lecturers well and they will get to know you, which means they are better placed to help you reach your full potential.   

Facilities available

Newton Rigg campus

  • Covering 250 hectares, landscaped gardens
  • State-of-the-art Library
  • IT Centre
  • Academy for Animal Studies
  • 3rd Generation All-weather sports pitch
  • Sports hall complex & gymnasium Climbing centre & high ropes course
  • Yurt Village
  • Equine centre with indoor training area
  • Students’ Union
  • Clubs & Societies from Clay Pigeon Shooting to Cheerleading
  • Residential student village
  • Early Years Centre  


Additional support

Our specialist Additional Support Centre (ASC) team offer an excellent support service to our further education students.

From first making contact at your course interview the ASC team will work to ensure you have all the support you require to reach your potential whilst on programme.  The earlier you can make contact and disclose your needs to the admissions team the better, so that we can ensure your support is in place from the moment you arrive.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Newton Rigg College directly.

Last updated date: 25 September 2015
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