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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in land-based studies & uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in four course areas.
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Thank you for taking the time to look at our new courses!

We were all sorry to hear that efforts to secure the future of Newton Rigg have not been successful, however regardless of whether you choose to study at Kendal College or not, we would like to offer you our advice and support to help you make the best decision for you as you take the next step in your education.

Kendal College has worked with the staff at Newton Rigg for the last 18 months to put in place an expanded curriculum offer, and our aim is to ensure that there is continued education and appropriate progression routes in place for learners who are leaving Newton Rigg in July.

A number of land-based and animal care qualifications have been planned with Newton Rigg staff and these are now being offered by Kendal College, along with a wide range of vocational and academic courses; including hospitality, hair and beauty, construction and engineering, health and social care as well as public services, sport and outdoor adventure.

You can now apply for these courses, starting in September 2021:

If you are currently studying at Newton Rigg on a Level 3 course in animal management, health and social care, children’s play learning and development or agriculture, and wish to transfer to us for your second year, this will also be possible. Application forms will be available here soon.

To make it easier for you to attend Kendal College we are putting on additional bus routes, and we will be delivering the land-based courses in Penrith using our new dedicated training centre, with support from local farmers and employers who will provide a range of practical experience.

Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the very best of luck in the future and if you do apply to study at Kendal College, I look forward to welcoming you in September.


Kelvin Nash

We are interested in hearing from and speaking to a variety of stakeholders that can help and influence our role in providing land-based education in Cumbria. Newton Rigg has played a valuable role in the community and particularly the land-based economy for many years, and whilst we recognise that Kendal College cannot replace all that has been achieved by Newton Rigg in that time, we wish to do what we can to support Cumbria’s future skills and the next generation of land workers.

If you are interested in hearing more about Kendal College’s land-based educational offer and would like to get in contact to offer support in any way, then please register your interest using this form.

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