College Extends Guidance Offer During Enrolment

Walsall College is urging students who are receiving their GCSE exam results this week or have had their A-level results, to explore all the options available to them before making a decision about their next step.

The college’s awarding winning team of careers and guidance officers are available for extended hours during the enrolment period, which starts on GCSE results day, to offer impartial advice to help people to find the right pathway for them. So anyone who has achieved higher or lower exam results than they expected or are just unsure about what to do next can come and speak to someone at the college.

Carol Egan, Director of Student Journey at Walsall College said: “Students are faced with a difficult decision when they leave school or college. Choosing which course or apprenticeship to enrol on also means they are deciding which career route they want to pursue.

“With the reduction of independent careers advisors in schools, young people have less information to help them with this important decision. In current times when the job market is more competitive than ever, impartial careers advice has become increasingly important.

“All young people have to stay in some kind of education or training until they are aged 18, but this doesn’t mean they have to stay on at school after completing year 11. Full-time and part-time college courses and apprenticeships are also viable options.”

Carol added: “With higher education tuition fees continuing to rise, it is becoming increasingly important that students are aware of the affordable option; completing university level courses at FE colleges or that they can alternatively choose to do a higher apprenticeship.”

Walsall College’s Careers and Guidance team is available all year round, but from 24th August –9th September they will be available for extended hours: 10am -7pm from Monday to Thursday, 10am – 4pm on Friday, and 10am – 2pm on Saturday. Alternatively they can be contacted via email: or by calling 01922 657000.

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NSC Holding Advice and Guidance Evening

NSC Holding Advice and Guidance Evening

Left to Right: Shôn Prebble, Programme Leader for Creative, Digital & Science, and Faye Flack Curriculum Area Manager, promoting the upcoming Advice and Guidance Evening

North Shropshire College (NSC) will be holding an Advice and Guidance Evening open to everyone considering enrolling at the College on a full, part-time or leisure course this September. All four campuses; Oswestry, Shipley, Aspire and Walford will be open on Wednesday 30th August from 4pm to 8pm, where the College’s talented and experienced lecturing staff will be on hand to discuss qualifications and options open to school leavers and adults looking to start a course this September.

As well as lecturing staff, there will be staff from the College’s Student Services Department available to discuss travel and financial support options that are available.

The College offers a vast range of part-time and leisure courses including Silversmithing, Watercolour Painting, Beginners Dress Making, British Sign Language (Levels 1 and 2), Accounting, Care of Exotic Animals and Basic Car Maintenance.

There are 11 new full time courses starting this September also including; Progression for Further Study in Humanities, Social Science and the Arts, Foundation Certificate in Accounting, Access to Business and IT and Theatrical, Special Effects in Hair and Makeup Media.

It is not too late to apply for this September, come along to our open evening and start shaping your future at NSC.

For more information about courses starting this September, please go to You can also apply by calling Reception on 01691 688000 or emailing

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North Shropshire College and Reaseheath College announce outcome of Government funding application to support a move from federation to merger

North Shropshire College and Reaseheath College have successfully worked closely together in federation for over a year, sharing best practice and quality improvement projects, and have achieved significant benefits for learners in North Shropshire, but unfortunately long-term funding is not available to support a potential merger.

The college management teams and governors of both institutions were keen to build on these initial benefits and have been working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Treasury Transaction Unit (TU), for the past 10 months, to secure sufficient funds. Despite best efforts and long discussions, the ESFA and the TU have been unable to fund a merger sufficiently to enable the college management teams and governors to recommend with confidence that the financial support offered will ensure a successful merger.

A huge amount of work and expense has gone into this over the past 18 months and both college management teams and governors are extremely disappointed with this outcome.  North Shropshire College and their management team will now work with the ESFA and the FE Commissioner to find an alternative solution.

A spokesperson for both colleges said: ‘Following extensive discussions with the Government Transaction Unit, a decision has been made not to proceed to formal merger between Reaseheath College and North Shropshire College.

The conclusion to this process is disappointing to both colleges and the Government, but we have explored all possible long-term funding support and unfortunately there is not a viable solution.’

Peter McCann, Interim Principal at North Shropshire College adds “After so much work together it is of course disappointing that the merger has broken down at the eleventh hour but North Shropshire College has already begun discussing alternative strategies with our community and government stakeholders and we will ensure that the outcome serves the needs of our students, employers and community as effectively as possible.”


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WCG students at Leamington and Rugby celebrate A-level success

WCG students at Leamington and Rugby celebrate A-level success - A-levels group

Rancel Laureaga, Mandeep Singh Dhaliwal, Michael Koomson, Kingsley Koomson

WCG students at Royal Leamington Spa College and Rugby College are celebrating after picking up a set of excellent A-level results.

The college’s students achieved an overall 98% pass rate. Impressively, students across the two colleges achieved a 100% pass rate in 16 A-level subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and History..

Neil Coker, Group Vice Principal for Further Education at WCG said, “We are very proud of our A-level students and their achievements. Students who chose to study A-levels at WCG are looking to complete their studies in an environment that is different from a school sixth form and it is hugely pleasing to see them achieve so well.

“Our students benefit hugely from studying in a new and adult environment, learning in new ways with an experienced team of subject specialists whilst also receiving the highest level of personal and pastoral support.”

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City of Wolverhampton College A Level resultsStudents and staff at City of Wolverhampton College were jumping for joy today after achieving their highest ever set of of A Level results.

Excited students arrived at the Paget Road Campus to discover that they had achieved a pass rate of 97% for A2 Level provision for 16-18-year-olds, with achievement rates increasing by 2.3% on last year’s figures.

Results from the college, which has been named the best in the Midlands (East and West) for student satisfaction, showed a 100 per cent pass rate in nine A Level subjects, including Biology, Physics, English Literature and Business.

City of Wolverhampton College A Level results

Student – Anisha Sahota

Among the high achievers was Anisha Sahota who picked up AAB in her AS Levels after struggling at school.

The 18-year-old said: “I started my A Levels at school but didn’t do very well and wasn’t enjoying myself there, so decided to come to college and give them another shot. I’m really happy and didn’t expect these results – I’m so glad I chose to come to college.”

Curriculum Manager for A Levels Sally Slater said: “I am really proud of all our students for achieving such great results.

“With more students than ever choosing to study their A Level results with us – an additional 100 this year- this really has been a fantastic year for our sixth form centre, and it is with great pride that we send them off to the next stage in their lives – whether that is university, an apprenticeship or into employment.”

The college offers a range of A Levels through WVSixth, its specialist provision for school leavers, which is preparing to receive students who will start their A Levels in September. Places are still available for some subjects. For more information on courses ring 01902 836000.

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NSC Celebrates another Year of Fantastic A Level and BTEC Results

NSC Celebrates another Year of Fantastic A Level and BTEC Results

History tutor, Joanne Jones, Business Tutor, Sarah Probert, A Level Student Jack Galton and Geography Tutor Jill Cawthray Celebrating Jack’s fantastic results of A* in Business, A in geography and B in History with a NSC Cake supplied by The Old Coffee Pot.

North Shropshire College (NSC) is celebrating another year of outstanding results for both A Level and BTEC Students. As of 2017, NSC will no longer be offering A Levels and will become a vocational education specialist College.

The final year of A Levels at NSC has seen students working exceptionally hard to attain the grades they require for the next stage in their education, employment or with an apprenticeship. Peter McCann, Principal and Chief Executive for NSC comments, “The results for the College’s final year of A Levels have been impressive and we are very pleased to announce that 15 out of the 18 A Level Courses that were available had a 100% Pass Rate. Specific subjects with the excellent result of 100% grades A*-C are Fine Art, Art Photography, Graphics, Textiles, Media and Business. These are all subjects we will still be offering at NSC as BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are equivalent to A Levels. We wish huge congratulations to all A Level students and a big well done for all their hard work and perseverance throughout their two years with NSC.”

Jack Galton has studied A Levels at NSC for two years and is thrilled with his results of ‘A*’ in Business, ‘A’ in Geography and ‘B’ History. Jack says of his results and time at NSC, “I have really enjoyed studying at NSC and the tutors are really supportive and fantastic. I am looking forward to the next stage in my education at Aberystwyth University.”

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Louis Cogez-Smith, Zia Holloway and Katherine Evans proudly displaying their hard-earned results

Students and staff at Stratford-upon-Avon College have good cause for celebration. With the publication of this year’s A Level results on Thursday 17 August, the College was thrilled to learn it had achieved an impressive 95% pass rate.

10 of the College’s A2 subject areas achieved a 100% pass rate and passes for AS students were up 17% from last year.  These results compliment the College’s successes in its vocational courses. Sport, Public Services and Performing Arts all saw achievement rates of over 97%.

The students’ remarkable grades will enable them to fulfil their plans for the future, while the staff can be justifiably proud that they reflect not only their own high teaching standards but also the College’s commitment to providing a first-rate education.

Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Cropley is delighted with this year’s success, which he attributes to the motivation and strong work ethic of staff and students alike. “I am extremely proud of our students’ achievements. They have shown commitment and enthusiasm throughout their time at the College, and thoroughly deserve their excellent grades.

“The staff should also be applauded for their skill and dedication, which have inspired the students and allowed them to achieve their potential. It has been a great pleasure to see the students thrive, and I am sure the whole College will join me in congratulating them and wishing them future success in their chosen fields.”

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