​Newcastle College Business Academy

Newcastle College Business Academy (previously NCG Direct), is a part of Newcastle College, one of the largest training and education providers in the UK. We offer online and distance learning programmes ranging from entry level professional qualifications up to undergraduate degrees.

Newcastle College Business Academy (NCBA) online learning provision first started out as NCG Direct and we embarked on our journey back in 2013 with two key purposes:


  • Firstly, to offer high quality foundation degrees by online distance learning to a group of learners who for a variety of reasons could not attend more traditional modes of education.  
  • Secondly to embed, wherever possible, nationally and internationally recognised professional qualifications.


Starting Out

NCG Direct validated its first two Foundation Degrees in Business Management and Leadership and Management in July 2013 and commenced delivery with a small cohort of 8 learners in September 2013. In September 2015 that first cohort of learners went on to successfully complete their studies and graduate with their Foundation Degrees. This was the first group of NCG learners to do so on a wholly online foundation degree programme. Since 2013 Newcastle College Business Academy’s provision and the support and delivery teams have all grown.

We now deliver Higher Education qualifications in Law to complement the existing Business and Leadership provision as well as validating our first level 6 qualification in the form of a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Business Management, validated under our TDAP powers. This has been very successful with over 20 learners now graduating including a first ever set of students achieving a 1st class honours degree.

Merge with Newcastle College

In 2018 NCG Direct was merged with the school of Business within Newcastle College to become Newcastle College Business Academy. We now deliver a range of qualifications across the field of accountancy, business, law, marketing and project management and have students who are based locally, nationally and even have students studying abroad.

Our Objectives

Our objective is to be the brand most recognised for delivering a 'unique' blend of online higher, professional and apprenticeship education in the UK.

In meeting our purpose of Unlocking Potential through Flexible and On-line Learning we have set the following objectives:


  • To provide ‘value for money’ programmes of learning that are competitively priced and financially sustainable which return a surplus back to NCG
  • To empower individuals and employers to take control of their learning and unlock their potential by designing and delivering flexible on-line learning programmes which traditional classroom delivery doesn’t cater for.
  • To set the highest possible standards in course site design and deliver on-line learning content that is relevant and interactive with opportunities for regular assessment
  • To offer a ‘no wrong door’ policy aligning HE and professional routes to qualification which adds both value and reduces completion time. This includes wherever feasible integrating at least one professional qualification or accreditation route within our FdA/FdSc and Degree Programmes.
  • To embed wherever feasible at least one professional qualification or accreditation route within our FdA and Degree Programmes.
  • To offer the most comprehensive tutor support package in the on-line learning sector
  • To complement the on-line learning experience with a comprehensive suite of support resources, including on-line library, Office 365 and Video Conferencing




Interested in a course?

If you’d like to find out more about our distance learning courses, please contact our enquiries team.

0191 226 6313


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