Tuesday, 23 February 2016 18:51

Students graduate to higher level success

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East Berkshire College was full of smiles and cheers last week as 40 Higher Education students from its Langley and Windsor colleges celebrated their successes and graduated in front of family, friends, lecturers and the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Mohammed Rasib.

The prestigious ceremony, which saw students aged from 20 to 55 don the traditional mortar board cap and gown to receive their scrolls, marked their hard work in achieving a university-level qualification. The students graduated from a diverse range of higher level courses including HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees in subjects ranging from computing to performing arts and engineering to teacher training.

James Cooper (24, from Maidenhead), who has graduated with an HND in Computing and Systems Development from Langley College, said: "I have studied at the College for 8 years, originally starting on an ECDL computing course, working my way up from Level 1 right through to the HND (Level 5) qualification. Studying at the College has been a fantastic experience and well worth it. I'm currently working for European Electronique in Oxford and I certainly wouldn't be able to do my job without an HND. Gaining a university-level qualification is essential to get ahead in the IT industry."

Lauren Elliot (21, from Slough), who is one of the first to graduate from the new HND in Performing Arts at Windsor College, explains: "I wanted to take my studies further, but university wasn't for me. Studying an HND at college is a great alternative. You get more one-to-one time than at university, the lecturers are amazing and the facilities are great. Because the course is flexible, I was even able to work while I studied. It's been hard work, but I'm so pleased I did it. I'm now a step closer to my goal of becoming a drama teacher."

Engineering graduate, Matthew Ramdeen (aged 26), was celebrating completing his HND after balancing working in London with studying at Langley College for the last two years. "I never thought I'd be here today graduating," explains Matthew. "It just shows what you can achieve with a bit of hard work and determination. I think education changes your whole perspective on life and helps you grow as a person. Studying while working has been tough, but achieving a higher level qualification is vital for my career."

Jahseen Foster, who didn't let dyslexia hold her back from achieving her Foundation Degree in Working with Children & Young People, was delighted to graduate with a distinction. She explains: "No one in my family has ever really been to school or college, so I'm very proud to have graduated. I believe it is really important to have qualifications as well as experience and skills. You definitely get more opportunities and greater respect from colleagues when you have a higher qualification."

Jahseen continues: "The great thing about the College is that they support the whole you, not just your studies. Being diagnosed with dyslexia really knocked my confidence, but my college tutor was so supportive. She gave me techniques to help and showed me that I could do anything if I put my mind to it."

Jahseen is now supporting young people with special educational needs at Manor Green School, while continuing her own educational journey at Reading University and topping up her qualification to a full honours degree.

Kate Webb, Principal and CEO of East Berkshire College, said: "Our Higher Education ceremony is one of the highlights of the academic year. Many of those graduating have studied whilst working or looking after families, or both, which makes their achievements even more incredible. They have made the most of their opportunities and worked hard to achieve their goals, taking their skills and careers to a higher level."

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for higher level skills in the area, having established strong links with employers, invested £30m in its facilities and received the QAA quality mark. In fact, the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015 on Higher Education providers has rated East Berkshire College as one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the UK for student satisfaction, ranking it above both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

With the cost of university education on the rise and more competition than ever before for top jobs, studying for a university-level qualification at college is a more convenient and affordable alternative.

In response to the growing demand for higher level skills, the College has continued to expand its range of Higher Education courses and celebrated an impressive 94% pass rate last year. The College now offers a wide range of part-time and full-time Higher Education courses, which include HNCs, HNDs, Higher Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees in various subjects from hospitality to computing.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of Higher Education and Access to HE courses, click here or call 01753 793000.

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A national survey on Higher Education providers has rated East Berkshire College as one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the UK for student satisfaction, ranking above both Oxford University (91%) and Cambridge University (90%).

The results from the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015 revealed that 94% of East Berkshire College's higher education students were satisfied with their courses at the College, which far exceeds the national average of 86% for all UK institutions.

The survey also highlighted the quality of teaching at the College, with an impressive 98% of students surveyed stating that staff were enthusiastic, good at explaining and made the subject matter interesting.

The NSS is a high-profile census of nearly half a million students across the UK, which has been conducted annually since 2005. The survey gathers opinions from students about their experience of their courses, asking them to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study on their course. It is an influential source of public information about higher education and gives students a powerful collective voice to help shape the future of their college or university.

In response to the growing demand for higher level skills, East Berkshire College has continued to expand its range of Higher Education courses and celebrated an impressive 94% pass rate last year. The College now offers a wide range of part-time and full-time Higher Education courses, which include HNCs, HNDs, Higher Apprenticeships and Foundation Degrees in various subjects from hospitality to computing.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, said: "With the cost of university education on the rise and more competition than ever before for top jobs, studying for a university-level qualification at college is a more convenient and affordable alternative.

"As a college, we are very much focused on helping students achieve their ambitions and develop employability skills, so expanding our Higher Education provision has been key. We have established strong links with employers and invested heavily in our facilities to provide a centre of excellence for higher level skills in the area. The NSS survey is a wonderful acknowledgement of our achievements."

Tom Absalom, who studied an HND in Construction at the College alongside working full-time, commented: "For me the best thing about college is the student-teacher relationship. It is a really supportive environment. You can email the lecturers anytime if you have any problems or questions. Plus, the cost of studying at college is considerably lower than university."

The survey is a further endorsement to the quality of the College's Higher Education provision, which has also recently received the QAA quality mark. Following a review in May 2015, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) judged that East Berkshire College's academic standards and the quality of its student learning opportunities all meet UK expectations. In particular, the review found that students received a high level of support from staff and had access to a wide range of resources and activities to enhance their employability skills.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its range of Higher Education and Access to HE courses, click here or call 01753 793000.

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The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at East Berkshire College following its review in May 2015. 

A team of QAA reviewers visited East Berkshire College and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations. 

The review identifies a number of examples of good practice. These include: 

·         the high levels of support from staff, which enable students to develop their academic, personal and professional potential

·         the wide-ranging resources and activities, which enhance students' employability skills and professional development.

The review also highlights the innovative use of new technologies, which ensures that a wide range of information is readily accessible for prospective and current students.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, said: 'We are delighted to have achieved the QAA standard of quality for our higher education provision. As a College, we are very much focused on helping students develop employability skills and preparing them for the future, so expanding our higher education provision has been key.

'Employers are increasingly seeking higher level skills, and over the last three years we have seen a 38 per cent rise in students taking higher qualifications such as foundation degrees and HNDs. Dedicated to providing students with the highest quality education, we have established strong links with employers and invested heavily in our facilities to provide a centre of excellence for higher level skills in the area. This latest QAA review is testimony to our achievements.'

QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed East Berkshire College included Kevin Burnside (University of the West of England, Bristol); Marian Stewart (independent reviewer); and Craig Best (student reviewer from Brunel University).

A successful review means that the College can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the College meets national requirements for standards and quality.

To view the QAA review, click here

For more details on East Berkshire College's extensive range of Higher Education courses, click here.

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Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:14

Delivering higher level skills

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In response to the demand for higher level skills, the College has further expanded its range of Higher Education courses and celebrated an impressive 94% pass rate last year.

With a 38% increase in students taking HE qualifications (such as a Foundation Degree or HND) over the last three years, the College has continued to expand its range to meet demand. This has included the introduction of a new HNC in Computing & Systems Development, a Hospitality & Tourism Management Foundation Degree and an HND in Visual Merchanising.

For those who are returning to education after a long break or don't have the relevant qualifications to start a higher qualification right away, the College also has a growing range of Access to HE courses in nursing, computing, business and art and design. These courses help individuals prepare for studying at a higher level and provide a stepping stone on to Higher Education (Level 4) programmes such as a degree.

Over the last 10 years, the College has been successfully delivering foundation degrees in various subjects from computing to construction and has further developed its own HE provision through Edexcel HNC/HND qualifications including higher level apprenticeships in engineering, computing, construction, business and applied science.

Relating closely to the work environment, our higher education courses enable the individual to study while in employment and put theory into practice. Plus, all foundation degrees offer progression to a full honours degree with further part-time study. In fact, a high proportion of merits and distinctions were achieved across education programmes with many learners progressing on to a full honours degree (Level 6).

Dedicated to providing students with the highest quality education, the college has established strong working relationships with employers and higher education institutions (HEIs) such as Bucks New University, London South Bank University and University of West London.

For more information on Higher Education courses at the College, please click here or call 01753 793000.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:52

Meeting the demand for Higher Education

 

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In response to the demand for higher level skills, the College has further expanded its range of Higher Education courses and celebrated an impressive 95% pass rate last year.

With a year on year increase in students taking HE qualifications (Foundation Degree, HND or HNC), the College has continued to expand its range to meet demand. This has included the introduction of a new HNC in Business Management & Entrepreneurship and an HNC in Computing & Systems Development.

For those who are returning to education after a long break or don't have the relevant qualifications to start a higher qualification right away, the College has also introduced a range of Access to HE courses in nursing, computing, business and art and design. These courses help individuals prepare for studying at a higher level and provide a stepping stone on to Higher Education (Level 4) programmes such as a degree.

Over the last 10 years, the College has been successfully delivering foundation degrees in various subjects from computing to construction and has further developed its own HE provision through Edexcel HNC/HND qualifications including higher level apprenticeships in engineering, computing, construction, business and applied science.

Relating closely to the work environment, our higher education courses enable the individual to study while in employment and put theory into practice. Plus, all foundation degrees offer progression to a full honours degree with further part-time study. In fact, a high proportion of merits and distinctions were achieved across education programmes with almost 80% of learners progressing on to a full honours degree (Level 6) in 2012-13.

Dedicated to providing students with the highest quality education, the college has established strong working relationships with employers and higher education institutions (HEIs) such as Bucks New University, London South Bank University and University of West London.

For more information on Higher Education courses at the College, please click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 19:23

It’s never too late to learn something new

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For all our good intentions it is estimated that less than a quarter of us keep our New Year resolutions to lose weight, drink less or stop smoking. So instead of making the same old resolutions this year, why not try learning a new skill, improving your prospects, changing careers or taking up a hobby.

Whether you want to study part-time or full-time, there's a variety of courses on offer to suit your needs and you don't have to wait until September to start. From hairdressing to computing and Italian to carpentry, there are a variety of courses at East Berkshire College starting in January and February.

"It's never too late to learn something new," says Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Services at East Berkshire College. "We have students aged from 14 to 90 years old. With our part-time courses, people can learn at a pace that suits their lifestyle or work commitments. We have courses at various levels to suit most people's needs and a growing range of apprenticeships and traineeships, from catering to engineering."

"For 16-18 year olds, we have a number of courses starting in January, which are stand-alone qualifications or can lead to a course in September. For those over 18, there are a range of opportunities to gain a professional qualification or try something new, through our flexible part-time courses. Some people may also be eligible for free course fees or the new 24+ Advanced Learning Loans."

With everyone expected to work longer before retirement, keeping your skills up-to-date or training for a career you enjoy, is a wise move that is sure to pay off.

Julie Pearce, a sales assistant at John Lewis, found going back to college to study an interior design course has opened up more opportunities for her professionally and personally:

"I had been out of education for many years before taking this course, but the lecturers were so supportive and encouraging. Now I feel I can do anything if I put my mind to it. Having interior design skills definitely played a part in securing my position at John Lewis. At work, I am able to apply my knowledge to provide an enhanced level of customer service to clients. For me, returning to college has been a life changing experience."

Ian Battersby, Apprentice Chef at Eton College, agrees: "I've always loved cooking, but never thought of it as a career until I got my apprenticeship. I didn't enjoy school, but I really enjoy learning at college because it is more practical. My apprenticeship has turned my life around and given me a career path. Not many people can say they have cooked for The Queen, Bear Grylls and Boris Johnson!"

With the cost of university education on the rise, many people are also finding studying for a higher level qualification (e.g. Higher National Diploma, Foundation degree or Higher Apprenticeship) at college is a more convenient and affordable alternative.

Alexandra Gibbs, a Trainee Estimator at SAS International, is one individual who decided to start her career debt-free.

Alexandra explains: "I wanted to continue my studies but I also wanted to start earning money. Studying a part-time Construction HND course at my local college while working at SAS seemed like the perfect alternative to university. At the end of the course, I'll have gained a higher level qualification and two years of experience, but no student debts."

From Applied Science to Engineering, the College offers a growing range of Higher Education courses including a new HNC in Computing & Systems Development. For those who are returning to education after a long break or don't have the relevant qualifications to start a higher qualification right away, Access and Pre-Access courses are available in various subjects to help you prepare for studying at a higher level.

For further information on courses and the financial support available, contact East Berkshire College on 0845 373 2500 or click here.

 

East Berkshire College courses starting January & February 2014: 

Access & Pre-Access courses

Various levels & subjects available


Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Various levels & subjects available

Business

Accounting (AAT)

Business Management & Entrepreneurship (HNC)

Computerised Book-keeping

Management

Computing & IT

A + Comptia

IT Users Skills

CCNA (Exploration) Part 1

Computer Literacy & Information Technology (NEW CLAIT)

Computers for Improvers - Internet & Email

Computers for the Older Learner

Computing & Systems Development (HNC)

Databases ECDL Advanced

Dreamweaver Non Accredited Introduction

Flash & Fireworks Non Accredited Introduction

IT Practitioners Technical Certificate

Microsoft Office Specialist

Presentations ECDL Advanced

Spreadsheets ECDL Advanced

Word Processing ECDL Advanced

Construction

Basic Bricklaying

Brickwork Advanced

Carpentry & Joinery

Construction

Fitted Interiors

Floorcovering Occupations

Multi-trade construction

Painting & Decorating

Plastering DIY

Plumbing (Heating & Ventilation)

Site shop Fitting

Tiling DIY

Wall & Floor Tiling

Creative Studies

Art & Design

Asian Cookery

Contemporary Flower Arranging

Creative Cookery

Digital Photography

Interior Design

Painting & Drawing

Wine Tasting

Foundation

Career Launch

Life Skills - Literacy & Numeracy

Hair & Beauty

Bridal Hair

Bridal Make Up

Dynamic Blow Drying for Hairdressers

Eyebrow Shaping & Eyelash/ Brow Tinting

Eyelash Extensions

Hairdressing

Hair Extension for Hairdressers

Hopi Ear Candles

Hot Stones Massage

Manicure Workshop

Nail Art

Health & Caring

Children & Young People's Workforce

Health & Social Care

Set Up Home-based Childcare Service

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

Hospitality & Catering

Intro to Chinese Cooking

Bread Making

CIEH Food Safety in Catering Award

CIEH Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace

Spanish Cooking

Vegetarian Cookery

Languages

Arabic

British Sign Language - BSL

English as a Foreign Language - ESL

English for Speakers of Other Language - ESOL

French

German

Italian

Polish

Portuguese

Russian

Spanish

Motor Vehicle & Engineering

17th Edition Wiring Regulations 2382-12

ATA Diagnostic Technician

Electrical Installation

Engineering (HND)

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Requirements for Electrical Installation BS7671: 17th edition (2382-10)

Science

Applied Science Technicians Certificate

Sport, Travel & Tourism

Personal Training

Gym Instructing

Teacher Training

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

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As part of its multi-million pound investment in its facilities and services, East Berkshire College has launched a new official alumni association to create a range of services especially for its former students.

The new alumni association is aimed at anyone who has studied a course at East Berkshire College or any of the former colleges in Langley, Windsor and Maidenhead which were later merged to collectively become known by this name.

By joining the association, former students will have access to a free package of benefits and services including exclusive discounts, access to careers advice and support, quarterly newsletters, events and an alumni directory to help them reconnect with old college friends. The network will also provide a platform for former students to support the College and inspire current students through guest speaking opportunities, careers talks or providing work experience placements.

Principal Kate Webb explains: “We are very excited about our first ever alumni network. We believe in supporting our students even after they leave college, which is why we have put together a comprehensive package of services to help our former students continue to develop their careers and their skills.

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of our alumni, some of whom have gone onto attain great success in their chosen fields. We would love to hear from anyone who has studied with us over the last 45 years. By joining the association, our former students can share their experiences and make a real difference to current students in many positive ways.”

International bestselling author Anne Jirsch (from Bourne End) is one of the first former students to join the College’s new alumni association. Having studied English and Sociology at Langley College in the early 1980s, Anne is now a successful writer whose books include Cosmic Energy and Create Your Perfect Future. She is currently writing a screen play and working on various TV projects.

“I think the College’s new alumni association is a great idea and I’m proud to be part of it,” said Anne. “I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the College. My reading and writing skills were quite poor when I first started Langley College aged 24. However, the lecturers there were so encouraging and supportive that my confidence and my ability improved dramatically. I now have a successful career as a writer, which gives me the chance to travel all over the world.”

Each year, the College organises a series of talks by guest speakers and former students to enhance the learning experience of its students and demonstrate how the curriculum relates to future careers. Some of the College’s most famous former students include Cloud Atlas actor David Gyasi, Genie in the House star Katie Sheridan and acclaimed independent film director James Fair. All of whom have visited the College to talk to students about their careers and experiences in recent years.

East Berkshire College has been serving the communities of Berkshire and West London for over 45 years. Over the years, the College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

For more details and to join the East Berkshire College alumni association, visit www.eastberks.ac.uk/alumni

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:29

New - Access to HE courses

 

New for 2013, East Berkshire College has introduced a suite of Access to HE courses, aimed at adults aged 19 and over who wish to return to education. These courses provide a stepping stone on to Higher Education (Level 4) courses in computing, health care subjects and the arts by providing specially tailored content to give you the skills and knowledge you need to start a degree, HNC or HND. These courses will be studied over a year, and will also help you improve your English and Maths as part of the programme. Click on any Access to HE factsheet for full course information. 

On completion you’ll then be able to move on to an Higher Education course at East Berkshire College or apply to any university. For those looking for a bit more help, we will soon be offering short Pre-Access courses to boost English and Maths skills ready for studying.

For those aged 24 and over, there is new government loan available to help with the cost of tuition fees. The 24+ Advanced Learning Loan is not means tested or based on credit checks, and repayments will not start until April 2016 and until you are earning over £21,000. The benefit for those taking an Access to HE course is that if you complete your programme, and move on to certain Higher Education courses, your loan will be written off. Contact us on 0845 373 2500 for more details or see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans page.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:25

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

From 1 August 2013, government loans are being introduced to support those who are aged 24 and over and studying at Level 3 or above, for example  Access to HE Diplomas, and apprenticeships at advanced and higher level.  

If you decide to take out a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan, this means that you will not need to pay any tuition fees at enrolment. And, you won’t need to pay anything back until April 2016, and only when you’re earning over £21,000 a year. Loans are not means tested and don’t take into account your credit history, so most people will be eligible.


What's more, if you take out this loan for an Access to HE course and go on to take a full HE course, your loan could be written off. Contact us on 01753 793271 or see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans page for further information.

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Fiona Mactaggart MP joined local businesses for the first Slough Skills Forum on Wednesday (28th March) to discuss current and future skill needs in the town. Held at SEGRO's offices on the Bath Road, the event was led by East Berkshire College which announced the launch of the Business College Slough – a new dedicated training provision for businesses.

Speaking at the event, which was attended by representatives from companies such as Lonza and Unilever, Fiona said: "I welcome the advent of the new Business College Slough. We need businesses in the town to succeed and a well trained workforce is one key to success. This initiative should help companies of all kinds to meet their need for training."

The Business College Slough has been developed by the College in collaboration with SEGRO and multinational companies on the Slough Trading Estate, and will provide a dedicated skills and training offer for Slough's businesses to enable them to maintain a skilled and motivated workforce.

The Business College Slough will support the needs of local businesses by creating and delivering tailor-made training courses for their staff that meet today's business needs and provides accreditation to recognise individual achievements.

Founded by East Berkshire College, the project will use the latest skills delivery techniques to provide a unique 'pay-as-you-learn' approach to studying with flexible hours to meet the needs of businesses and individuals, and using tailor-made online content to underpin a face-to-face training experience. Employees can use the Business College to achieve new skills, enhance existing skills and even work towards a higher level qualification (e.g. HND or Honours Degree).

Courses can be created to meet the needs of the business and individual by picking from a wide range of units, covering everything from leadership and management, to scientific manufacturing and IT systems analysis. These modules are worth credits and count towards a recognised qualification.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, explains: "The Business College Slough marks an exciting new direction for the College and builds upon our success in providing education and training for Slough's young people and adults over the past 35 years. The Business College will focus on designing and delivering tailor-made Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for employees of Slough's businesses. It will provide a mix of eLearning, classroom interactions and self-study, alongside work-based development opportunities to exactly meet the skills needs for businesses."

The Business College Slough will also offer businesses a strategic skills analysis session to support them in defining the training and development needs for their staff. These interactive workshop sessions bring together specialists from the College with business professionals to explore and identify the progression routes and a development ladder for staff.

Neil Impiazzi, Partnerships Development Manager at SEGRO, says: "We're delighted to have supported the College in developing the Business College Slough concept and they should be congratulated on taking such an innovative approach to learning. As Europe's leading provider of flexible workspace, it is also fitting that our customers and their employees can now benefit from a flexible approach to training and development."

The Slough Skills Forum was the first in a series of discussions leading up to the opening of SEGRO's Aspire Centre in autumn 2012, where the Slough Business College will be located. The Aspire Centre will provide a dedicated training and skills facility for businesses, schools and the local community. Through strong business leadership, in partnership with local stakeholders, Slough Aspire will enable the local community to develop their skills that meet the needs of employers on Slough Trading Estate.

For further information on Business College Slough or to book a free strategic skills analysis session, please contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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