College students are being promised a place at Northumbria University after the signing of a major new agreement.
The deal means that young students at North Tyneside and Tynemouth colleges, who pass HNDs and A-Levels, will automatically earn a university place.
The aim of the deal, a Memorandum of Agreement, is to get more young people in the region into higher education and train them up for the jobs market.
It will also lead to more jobs-orientated degrees being created.
Professor Kel Fidler, Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University, said: "Northumbria and the two colleges have a first-class record in providing young people with the skills and qualifications industry needs.
"By working in partnership we can make sure more young people get the opportunity to further their talents and become valuable members of the workforce.''
Northumbria University will also support the expansion of foundation degrees in the colleges including Fine Art and Computing.
Les Walton, Principal of North Tyneside College said:
"This deal will allow us to work together on the development of courses and broaden the opportunities for our students to progress to higher education. "