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Life at College

Facilities and Services

In this section you will find information about our wide range of facilities to help you make the most of your time at College.

Library  

The Library offers an open access area for students to study quietly and individually in a supervised area where a seating allocation system is in operation.

The Library offers a wide range of books, DVDs, periodicals, newspapers and on-line journals available for loan or reference. 

In addition to offering a fully staffed counter service there is a self-service terminal for the issue, renewal and return of library items. 

There are networked PCs and in addition students are able to borrow laptops to use within the library only.

The library team are able to provide support to research and help with accessing learning resources.

I.T.  

Facilities / Study Centre / Helpdesk

The College is fully equipped with a wireless network, covering all buildings and outside areas. The wireless network provides connection for a range of mobile devices. These mobile devices are used in a number of subjects to support learning in the classroom, on field trips and visits and at home, allowing students to enjoy the benefits of IT wherever they might be working.

The College offers students the use of PCs and lap tops in a variety of fixed and mobile locations. There is internet access on all machines and every student has a College email account.

Scanning, laser jet printing and colour printing services are also available across the College. 

There are computer zones within most subject areas as well as the I.T. Study Centre and Library. The College has also introduced an Internet Cafe where many students choose to work. As well as the areas outlined above, many classrooms are equipped with computers and lap tops are available for student use in and outside lessons.

The Helpdesk located in the I.T. Study Centre will assist with any technical computer enquiries or problems.

Lockers  

Lockers are available at College for the storage of inexpensive personal property.  Students wishing to take advantage of this facility should enquire at the I.T. Helpdesk located in the I.T. Study Centre.

Resources 

Students can purchase stationery and resources offer a photocopying service together with laminating and binding.

The CUBE

Careers / Universities / Business Links / Employment Centre

A significant number of students progress onto a university education and receive specialist support from the Careers Team in the CUBE on choosing their university courses, applying through the UCAS application process and support with university interviews. 

Our staff work with a number of organisations to locate work experience opportunities for students across the College. In addition, a Careers Adviser from the national education, employment and training company, Prospects, is attached to the College two days a week.

Students are also supported in accessing apprenticeships, school leaver programmes and voluntary work opportunities throughout the year.

Student Finance 

Currently the additional finance support for eligible students is through the Government’s Bursary scheme.  For all students the College requires a returnable deposit of approximately £60 to cover possible failure to return books or attend exams. This should be paid during the student’s Freshers’ experience, but can be paid in instalments where paying the full amount would cause financial hardship. Other charges relating to specific courses may also be made – please ask at your interview for details/ see the Course Page of your chosen course.

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 

Moodle is the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides resources and activities to support students’ learning for a wide range of subjects coupled with an opportunity to discuss their subjects through moderated discussion rooms. Moodle can be accessed both from within College and from outside, allowing students full access and connectivity to learning materials and discussion groups from home.

The Room for Reflection 

The College has a multi-faith room for reflection that is available for students and staff who wish to pray, meditate or take a quiet break during the College day.

Sports Hall, Fitness Suite and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) 

The well-equipped, full-size sports hall is in use throughout the week for various Sport and PE lessons, but is also used for training sessions for many of the College sports teams. 

The recently extended fitness suite in Olympia House offers free weights, machine weights and cardio-vascular equipment including treadmills, rowers, bikes and steppers. 

We currently employ two fully qualified fitness instructors who can offer tailor-made training plans along with advice on nutrition, lifestyle and health. As well as traditional measures of fitness, we are able to measure blood pressure, body fat, BMI and lung function to assist students in monitoring all aspects of their health. Students are required to undertake an induction and health screening questionnaire before using the fitness suite.

An outdoor table tennis table and equipment is available for student use during break times and students are also able to use the new MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) at lunchtimes and after College.

The College Restaurant 

The restaurant offers a selection of hot and cold food, salads, pastas and sandwiches with an emphasis on healthy eating. Drinks and snacks are also available from vending machines and water stations are placed at various points around the College.

The Learning Zone 

Situated at the back of the Library, the Learning Zone provides a welcoming, friendly space where students can work independently, collaboratively with or without the support of a Learning Facilitator.  Facilitators are available to assist with numeracy, literacy, and organisation of work to ensure that all students maximise their time with us.

Specialist Support 

Specialist support is available in College for students with a wide range of physical, educational and emotional needs.  Students support needs are discussed at enrolment and referrals made in consultation with students and parents to ensure that the needs of every student are met.

The Care Suite 

For students with disabilities, serious illness or injury, the Care Suite provides a place to access support from a team of qualified care givers who have experience in dealing with students with physical, medical and emotional needs. The recently refurbished facility also provides a place for rest, showering and toilet facilities with appropriate wheelchair access.