EBC 058

East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (18th August 2016) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College celebrated 100% pass rate in 21 subjects including English subjects, law, fine art, Spanish, history, geography, photography, film studies and economics.

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Yussef Soudan (aged 20), who achieved four As in maths, physics, chemistry and further maths.

“I was so shocked when I opened the envelope and saw that I had all As. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Windsor College, the teachers have been extremely supportive. The results mean that I can now go on to study theoretical physics at Edinburgh University.”

Sisters Yasmeen and Savannah Adisi-Musgrove (from Windsor) were also elated with their results. Having achieved A in sociology, B in geography and B in history, Yasmeen has secured her place at Birmingham University to study archaeology and anthropology. Meanwhile, Savannah is off to Loughborough University to study English after receiving an A in English literature, an A in English language and C in psychology.

Yasmeen said: “We are delighted with our results. It has been great to study at college together as we have been able to support and motivate each other. We are both very different, I’m more of an outdoors person and Savannah is more of a bookworm, but the freedom and opportunities we have had at college have suited us both. I’ve met so many different people at college and the lecturers have been amazing, it has been such a positive experience.”

Savannah added: “I’m really excited to be going on to university. We are going to different universities, but they aren’t far apart, so we’ll be able to visit each other all the time.”

Sadaf Khan (19, from Slough) was also celebrating achieving an A in chemistry, A in biology and B in English: “I am thrilled with my results, especially biology as that was my favourite subject. I’m now looking forward to studying optometry at City University in London.”

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of top universities, including Edinburgh, Reading, Bath and Brunel as well as exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years, the College has earned itself a reputation for excellence. 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.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including maths, media, psychology, politics, English literature, history, photography and all sciences. There are also combined pathways available, which allow students to combine an A Level with a vocational course such as a BTEC in engineering or science.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in A Levels

ebc 1079 710px web

Over 100 budding young scientists from local schools, including Windsor Girls School and Westgate School in Slough, took part in a special Skills Show at Windsor College on Tuesday (17th June). Organised in partnership with Learning to Work, the event gave young people a practical insight into career paths in the science industry and a chance to meet with leading local businesses.

Designed to raise awareness of the wide range of local career opportunities in the science sector, the event featured presentations and Q&A sessions from UCB, Lonza Biologics, Premier Foods, AkzoNobel, Cogent and East Berkshire College.

Providing hands-on activities related to employment, the event gave pupils an opportunity to engage with employers and East Berkshire College to access advice on the careers and courses available to them. They even had the chance to 'have a go' at a number of experiments and analysis techniques such as chromatography separation and DNA extraction.

Windsor Girls School pupil, Georgina McGlasson (17), said: "It was great to talk to businesses about the options open to me after my A Levels and take part in some practical experiments. I'd never been to Windsor College before, but the science labs there are really modern and everyone was very friendly."

Clare Arnold from Lonza Biologics, which is based in Slough and currently employs apprentices through the College, was one of the guest speakers at the event.

Clare explains: "In this area, we are lucky enough to have a large science-based industry on our doorstep, so it's important to raise awareness of the variety of opportunities available to young people. There are lots of routes into careers in science, not just university. As a leading global laboratory, we have opportunities at various levels including apprenticeships."

The event was funded by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) who has been awarded funding from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency to deliver with its partners a programme of inspiring and interactive events throughout the Thames Valley that will raise awareness of skills, training and apprenticeships, as part of the Thames Valley Skills Show Experience www.thamesvalleyskillsshow.co.uk

From medical science to physics, East Berkshire College offers a wide range of science courses, which include GCSE pathways, A Levels, BTEC programmes and Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4).

The College works closely with employers of all sizes to meet their training needs and even helps businesses recruit apprentices. To find out more about hiring an apprentice, contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

Published in Science
EBC 2508 710px web
From fiery science experiments and creative nail art to face painting and a miniature farm, there was an extravaganza of activities to entertain and educate visitors at East Berkshire College’s Windsor College on Saturday (11th May)


Over 640 visitors enjoyed a host of demonstrations, games and stalls at the College’s first Summer Fun Day in St Leonards Road. With something for all the family, this free community event saw college students and staff showcase their talents in an array of interactive demonstrations and displays.

Highlights of the day included a bouncy castle, petting farm courtesy of Farms2Ewe, treasure hunt, face painting, mask making, inventors’ competition, hairdressing, a musical medley from performing arts students, various arts and crafts activities and a charity cake sale. Meanwhile, the air was electric in the science laboratories with a series of fiery experiments including an erupting volcano, ‘screaming jelly babies’ and ‘flaming fruits’. The local Fire & Rescue Service also brought along a fire engine much to the delight of some budding young firefighters. EBC 2624 710px web

Juliet Holloway, Director of Learner Service and Communications at the College, explains: “We hold a series of Open Days at our Langley and Windsor colleges each year, but this is the first time we have held a Summer Fun Day for the whole community. As well as showcasing our extensive range of courses and facilities, the event has been a great opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate local talent. From science experiments to nail art and face painting to a treasure hunt, there was something to entertain and inspire those of all ages. All in all, the day was a tremendous success with a record number of visitors through the doors.”

A number of local businesses were also exhibiting at the event. These included The Dinky Fingerprint Company, Usborne Children’s Books and Love Noodle Jewellery.

Visitor Trish Canziani (from Maidenhead) was particularly impressed by the range of activities at the event. “I saw the Fun Day advertised and decided to pop along and see what it was all about. It’s been a brilliant day. It is great to have a range of activities to keep the kids occupied, so parents can find out more about the courses and talk to staff.”

Another visitor Fran Patterson (from Windsor) agrees: “I think the event is a great idea. There was definitely something for everyone here. I’ve been able to get my hair and nails done as well as find out about the range of courses available. There was also a lot for children to do like face-painting and a petting farm.”

Staff and students were also on hand to give visitors a guided tour of the facilities and answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships.

Arunita Roy (18, from Slough) came along to the event to find out about computing and IT courses: “The College has a really good reputation, so I thought I’d come and check out the facilities here. As well as finding out about courses, I was even able to try out some fun experiments in the science labs and learn how different metals produce different colours when they burn.”

Over the years, East Berkshire 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. EBC 2734 710px web

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of courses, please call 0845 373 2500.
Published in Science
Monday, 15 April 2013 16:48

College celebrates 'Good' Ofsted report

Ofsted group hands webs
There was much cause for celebration this week as East Berkshire College was judged to be consistently good by Ofsted following a week-long inspection in February. 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.

The College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, was praised in the report for the quality of its teaching and the high proportion of its students gaining employment or progressing on to higher levels of study. Furthermore, Ofsted found the College’s provision for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to be ‘outstanding’, which is reflected in students’ excellent progress and high success rates.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the good work the College does in serving the community and providing real life enhancing opportunities for students. This latest report demonstrates the significant progress we have made over the last few years and indicates we are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming outstanding. Our success is testimony to the dedication of our staff and governors, who work tirelessly to ensure all students have the chance to achieve their potential and acquire the skills they need to succeed in work and life.

“As a College, we are very much focused on student outcomes. Working closely with local employers and partners, we provide work experience programmes and job clubs as well as industry recognised qualifications and training on the latest industry specific technology. The skills that students develop at the College set them on the path to a prosperous career, with the majority going on to a range of good employment opportunities and higher education.”

Commenting on the news of the College’s Ofsted Report, Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, added: “I am proud of the success of our college. It provides many local people with the opportunity to learn practical skills so that they can make a greater contribution to our society, in work, with their family or through higher education.”

The College’s key areas of strength highlighted in the report included:
  • Good learner progression to higher levels of study, Higher Education and employment.
  • Good teaching and learning.
  • Good levels of support to all learners.
  • Good promotion of equality and diversity
  • Outstanding provision for learners on courses for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
  • Learners develop good skills that are relevant to the area in which they study, preparing them well for employment.
  • High proportion of learners completing their courses successfully.
  • Success rates for functional skills are higher than the national averages.
  • Learners’ are respectful, well organised and generally make good progress.
  • The College has established strong long-term relationships with a good range of employers, which result in apprentices gaining employment and higher training.
  • The Principal and governors have established a clear mission for the College and high aspirations for their learners.
  • The College offers a broad curriculum with progression routes from pre-entry level to Higher Education in most areas.

Along with the Ofsted inspection team, the students themselves also gave the College their seal of approval. The College’s Student Satisfaction Survey 2011-12 revealed that 95% of students are happy overall with their course and the College.

Each year, East Berkshire College supports the education and training of over 8,000 individuals, helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals. A recent destination survey of former students revealed that 81% of the College’s 2011-12 leavers are in employment or education.    

Learning at East Berkshire College also offers a good return on investment for students and their families according to a recent impact study conducted by EMSI. For example, the study found that someone who completed a Level 3 course at the College can expect to earn, on average, around £471,552 more than someone with no formal qualifications over the course of their working life.    

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses call 0845 373 2500.
Published in A Levels
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 16:40

College life on display at Open Day

IMG 1129_web 

Windsor College, which is part of East Berkshire College, showcased its impressive facilities in St Leonards Road to prospective students and their families on Monday (4th February).

Over 260 visitors attended the Open Day, enjoying guided tours of the campus and watching classes in action. Current students and staff were also on hand to answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships.

From performing arts to forensic science, there was an array of displays and demonstrations throughout the event. Highlights of the evening included an exciting exhibition of work by retail and merchandising display students. Meanwhile, media students were at work in the state-of-the-art media suite, which includes a well-equipped recording booth and new internet radio studio complete with Sonifex mixing desk. The College mascot, Red, even put in an appearance to welcome visitors.

Wilma Nemharn and Levona Gumbs were two prospective students who applied for courses at the event.

"I was keen to come along to the Open Day to find out about the College's science courses," said Levona. "I've always been interested in Forensic Science and I was really impressed with the science labs at the College. The classrooms are very modern and everyone is really friendly. It was good to be able to talk to current students about the courses as well as the teachers."

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 99% in 2012, ahead of the national average of 98%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 20 subjects including Business, Psychology, Sociology, Law and English. IMG 1174_web

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor College including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The College also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Performing Arts, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College call 0845 373 2500.

Published in Science
Monday, 03 December 2012 00:00

College showcases its courses

IMG 0256web

East Berkshire College recently opened its doors to prospective students and their families for a chance to see first-hand its impressive facilities in Windsor and Langley.

Hundreds of visitors attended the two Open Days, enjoying guided tours of the campuses and watching classes in action. Current students and staff were on hand to answer questions on the College's extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, and offer an insight into college life.

From media to forensic science, there was an array of demonstrations throughout the event at the Windsor College. Highlights of the evening included an exciting exhibition of work by retail display students and science students performing various experiments including dissecting a heart in the state-of-the-art science laboratories. Visitors were even able to have a go at making paper props such as flowers and fashion accessories in the retail display department.

Meanwhile at Langley College, hairdressing and beauty therapy classes were in action. Visitors were able to try their hands at creating fishtail plaits and watch demonstrations of different massage techniques in the College's training salons. In contrast, sports students showcased their skills in the ring with a number of dynamic boxing routines.

Potential students were also given the chance to take a virtual tour of the new £16 million facilities being developed at the Langley Campus, which includes a purpose-built Sports Centre and new Hospitality & Catering Academy.

Louis Dallibar (16, from Windsor) was one prospective student who visited the Langley Open Day to find out more about the personal training course and Boxing Academy. IMG 0391web

"I want to be a personal trainer, but I'm also interested in boxing. I heard about the sports courses at the College, so I thought I'd come along and check it out for myself. The facilities here are excellent, especially the Boxing Academy. I'm looking forward to joining the College and being able to use the brand new Sports Centre, which is opening next year."

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. Each year, the College helps thousands of individuals aged 14-90 to fulfil their ambitions through education and training. The College offers an extensive range of part-time, full-time and workplace training courses, from introductory right through to degree level.

For further information on East Berkshire College call 0845 373 2500.

 

 

 

Published in Science
Thursday, 24 November 2011 00:00

College life on show in Windsor

windsor open_eveVisitors to East Berkshire College's Windsor Campus were treated to a fascinating display of forensic science techniques in its new state-of-the-art laboratories and an exhibition of work by its retail and merchandising display students at an Open Evening on Wednesday (23rd November).

From media studies to business, there was a wide variety of demonstrations running throughout the evening. Highlights included forensic science students examining a crime scene – complete with a severed finger (fake of course!) and suspicious fingerprints. Meanwhile, travel and tourism students took on the role of airline cabin crew to demonstrate inflight procedures and equipment.

Over 230 visitors attended the event, enjoying guided tours of the campus and watching classes in action. Current students and staff were also available to answer any questions on the College's extensive range of over 600 courses and impressive facilities in St Leonards Road.

Darcy Rutland and her daughter Kirsty (15), who applied for two courses on the night, were among the record number of visitors to take a look around the Windsor Campus.

Darcy explains: "We have been really impressed by the College's modern facilities, especially the science laboratories. Everyone has been really friendly and helpful. The students seem to have a real sense of pride in the College and enthusiasm for their courses, which is great to hear."

Prospective student Carla Kimble also attended the event to find out about the A Level courses on offer.

"A number of people had recommended the College to me, so I thought I'd come along and see for myself. It's been really useful to be able to speak to current students as well as tutors about college life, what you learn on each of the courses and the grades you need. Everyone is very welcoming."

The College celebrated 100% pass rate in 17 A Level subjects in 2011. These included photography, English literature and physics. In fact, 96% of photography students achieved A*- B grades.

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor Campus including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The campus also hosts specialist courses in Travel & Tourism, Science, Business, Media and Retail & Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College call 0845 373 2500.

 

Published in Travel and Tourism
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 00:00

Awards honour star students

stand out_awards_3071a_400pxTop achievers at East Berkshire College were celebrated at the College's annual Stand Out Awards yesterday (8 November 2011).

Acclaimed independent film director and former student James Fair was guest speaker at the prestigious event, which took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Slough.

The awards acknowledged the outstanding achievements of over 60 students, across both the Langley and Windsor campuses. Prizes were awarded for excellence, endeavour, achievement, service to the community and the learner of the year for each of the College's schools of study as well as an overall learner of the year.

Beauty Therapy student Jade Corentin (22, from Slough) was one individual whose hard work was recognised with an award at the event. Originally starting on a level one course, Jade has made exceptional progress at the College and is now studying for a level three qualification.

"I am so happy to have won an award. It has been an enjoyable evening and it was great to meet a former student who has become so successful. It shows that studying at college can help you achieve your ambitions. I've learnt so much at college and my dream is to run my own salon one day."

James Fair, who graduated from East Berkshire College in 1999 with three A Levels, returned to the place where his success story began to give an inspirational speech about his career in the film industry. A career which has seen him direct and produce programmes for Channel Four and make a number of independent feature films. Last year, James enjoyed success and controversy at the Melbourne International Film Festival when he made the audience top 10 with a feature length movie he shot, edited and screened in just 72 hours.

stand out_awards_3073a_400pxJames, who grew up in Slough, said: "I'm proud to have been invited back to speak at these awards. My career takes me to many different countries, but for me it all began in the media suites of East Berkshire College. The lecturers there changed my view of education, they made learning fun and I gained a variety of valuable skills.

"It has been great to celebrate and reward the achievements of this exceptional group of young people. I've been where these students are now and I'm pleased to be able to pass on the benefit of my experience to them. I believe it is important to make the most of your opportunities and never stop learning."

The special evening event was attended by over 250 people including Councillor Sukhjit Dhaliwal, Mayor of Slough and Councillor Asghar Majeed, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 600 courses available call 0845 373 2500.

Published in ICT

Browse courses

Select from any of the menus below below to find a course:

Search courses

Enter a course title or code

×
  1. Profile

    Your own personal space on our website. Add your picture, save your details for faster applications, and more.

  2. my Courses

    Any courses you click 'like' on are saved here for browsing later. You can also check the progress of courses you have already applied for.

  3. my Prospectus

    Create a personalised digital prospectus from the courses you have clicked ‘like’ on throughout the site.

  4. Help & Advice

    Questions? Visit our help centre for tips and information on how to get the most out of myEBC.

×