Our commitment to you
We are delighted to welcome your son or daughter to East Berkshire College and look forward to working with you to support them through their time with us.
We are committed to helping every student fulfil their potential and we are proud of the difference we make to their lives. All our courses are designed to help students develop their skills and progress onto a higher level of study or employment. We will ensure your son or daughter benefits from excellent facilities and lecturers, who are not only passionate about their subjects but are industry specialists.
Alongside their main course, our students also have the opportunity to improve their English, maths and IT skills. In addition, all full-time students will be offered real or simulated work experience and will be able to evidence their experience using the College’s new Passport to Employment, a scheme that helps to improve a student’s employability skills ready for the workplace. We work closely with employers and organisations such as Learning to Work to source structured work experience placements for our students. We also run Dragon’s Den style enterprise and entrepreneurial activities, which help students to develop employability skills and explore the potential to establish their own business.
Graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted
In February 2013, Ofsted judged our College to be good with outstanding features. In particular the report recognised our good teaching and learning, our strong relationships with employers and the high proportion of our students gaining employment or progressing to higher levels of study. For more detail on our recent Ofsted report click here.
Teaching & Learning
We aim to provide a vibrant, exciting teaching and learning experience that uses state-of-the art technology, realistic work settings and interactive teaching techniques. Outside the classroom, we provide the latest mobile technology such as iPads to help students learn independently as well as volunteering opportunities. See our Langley College and Windsor College pages and our DNA of Teaching.
Links with employers
We have extensive links with local employers to ensure your son or daughter develops the very latest skills and techniques employers require. What is more, many of our vocational areas work in partnership with leading employers to provide guest talks, interactive workshops and work experience to enable them to learn from some of the best in the business. For example, our hair salon is run in association with Francesco Group and our Hospitality & Catering Academy has Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge as a patron.
How we benefit our students
Studying with us can improve your son or daughter’s future prospects. For example, by completing a Level 3 course at East Berkshire College, a student can expect to earn, on average, around £471,552 more than someone with no formal qualifications over the course of their working life. Check out how we benefit students (EMSI Report) and the five reasons to choose East Berkshire College.
We offer a range of exciting benefits to our students including subsidised travel and subsidised membership of our Sports Centre. See our Extra Benefits page.
Have we got your number? The College uses phone and texting services to keep in touch with students and parents. Students aged 16-18 will be asked to provide a contact which is normally a parent or guardian. Please make sure that they do this, so we can keep you informed of their progress and relevant events.
Advice, Guidance & Progression
Our qualified advisors will support your son or daughter throughout their time at College and help them plan their next steps. This could be could be progressing on to the next level at college, applying to university or moving directly into work.
We can help with:
- Financial support
- Choosing a course
- Planning a career
- Applying for Higher Education courses
- Personal and welfare issues
Student conduct At East Berkshire College we have high expectations of our students, and believe that everyone should be treated with respect. Click to view our Civility Code.
There is strong evidence to show that poor attendance at lessons can lead to poor results, which is why we expect 100% attendance from students. If a student is unwell or unable to attend College, the teacher should be notified straightaway via the contact details provided at the start of the course. This will ensure we can provide students with any work they miss.