Myerscough’s partnership with Ullswater Community College, in Penrith in Cumbria, recognises the importance of the future of the agriculture and animal management sectors to the county, and how vital it is that the next generation have the best possible opportunity to obtain high level qualifications locally. This partnership, which has already been welcomed by leaders and high-profile figures in both fields, will ensure continuity of study for learners in agriculture and animal studies affected by the forthcoming closure of Newton Rigg College, as well as increasing options for other students in Cumbria, who perhaps previously felt full-time study so far from home was too much of an obstacle.
The study programmes on offer are available to students in school Year 11, who had either already applied, or were thinking of applying to go to Newton Rigg College in September, as well as existing Newton Rigg learners who were facing uncertainty as to the continuation of their studies. In addition, the offer is available to any other students in the county, regardless of if they’ve had any link to Newton Rigg previously.
All of the below programmes will follow a model currently being followed by a similar partnership Myerscough currently enjoys with Furness College, in the south of the county. Learners can still live at home, while enjoying the benefit of quality, local, academic study, with theory and classroom sessions at Ullswater, combined additional weekly travel to Myerscough College, via a free, dedicated bus service, where practical elements will be taught in state-of-the-art, sector leading facilities.
Myerscough’s new Cumbrian offer also includes the opportunity for full time residential study at the College’s main campus at Bilsborrow, near Preston, for learners who wish to choose to do so. In addition to the animal management, agriculture and arboriculture programmes detailed above, Cumbrian learners can apply for a range of study programmes in the land-based sector in the usual way, in subjects including Agricultural Engineering, Arboriculture, Land & Wildlife (Gamekeeping and Countryside Studies), Horticulture and Equine.