United Kingdom, England

Being a further education college, Tyne Metropolitan College is located in the borough of North Tyneside and is also a major employer of about 300 employees in the borough. It was established as a result of the merging of North Tyneside Further Education College and Tynemouth Sixth Form College in 2005 and is also called TyneMet. It has three campuses which are the Coast Road Campus, the Queen Alexandra Campus and TMC in Benton. The Coast Road campus offers a vocational-based curriculum and the Queen Alexandra campus located in North Shields provides several arts-based qualifications and A-level provision at its Creative Studios. TMC focuses on building and construction industries along with vocational training programmes that are focused on employment. The Queen Alexandra campus has partnerships with Marden High School, John Spence Community High School and Norham High School.

Campus Life

Students of TyneMet can be part of North East Sports Academy and can receive free coaching in sports including rugby (union and league), men’s and women’s football, badminton, men’s and women’s basketball and mixed martial arts. The main campus at the Coast Road is close to the city and the coast and the Queen Alexandra campus is close to Hawkeys Lane in North Shields. Both the campuses are also close to Newcastle City Centre and the coast at Tynemouth. Newcastle has several museums, shops, cafes and bars for the students to enjoy without going far from the college. Tynemouth has an enticing beach along with many cafes, shops, bars and restaurants and it also hosts events like the annual UKPSA North East Surf Open and the Mouth of the Tyne Festival with the college sponsoring these events with the partnership of North Tyneside Council.

Noted Alumni

The most notable alumni of the college include Andrew Dunn who is a film, stage and television actor and Paul Harvey who is a musician and Stuckist artist along with John Heppell who is a former Labour Party politician.