Dance students from Stratford-upon-Avon College with Edge Hill University’s Debbie Milner (far left)

RSC, Performing Arts School and alumni provide hands-on support at Stratford-upon-Avon-College.

It has been a fantastic start to the year for Performing Arts students at Stratford-upon-Avon College. Only three weeks into the new term, the students have already found themselves immersed in hands-on, intensive workshops, developing professional skills and audition preparation with the RSC, leading Performing Arts Schools and former students who are now flourishing on the stage and screen.

Just last week, two Performing Arts lecturers from Edge Hill University visited the College to work with its Dance and Acting students. With the help of a group of their own Edge Hill students, Debbie Milner, Senior Lecturer in Dance, and Geof Atwell, Senior Lecturer in Drama, ran workshops to prepare the College students for university applications and industry employment.

Amongst the Dance students taking part in the workshop were Georgia Holmes, 17 from Warwick, and Nathan Smart, 17 from Brackley.  For Georgia, the most challenging part of the workshop was the unfamiliar African dance style favoured by Edge Hill. “The way you have to move is very different to anything I’ve done before. It was really fun but tough!”  Continue reading

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Young Urged to Join New Programme

Sandwell youngsters are being urged to join a new, life-changing programme kicking off in Tipton this month.

City of Wolverhampton College is launching a new Prince’s Trust programme at Jubilee Community Centre on October 30.

The college already runs the programme, which helps 16 to 25-year-olds back into jobs, education or training, across the Midlands and Shropshire, and hopes this new location will prove equally popular.

The 12 week course includes a one week residential week away with activities such as climbing, abseiling and raft building, worthwhile community projects and fundraising activities.

Students will also spend two weeks on work experience and pick up a number of certificates, including those in First Aid, Food Hygiene and Health and Safety.

Organisers are also appealing for anyone who knows of any potential projects, such as renovating a community centre or creating a play area, that would be challenging and achievable for a team to complete within two weeks to get in contact.

For more information or to suggest a project, challenge or a young person to join the programme please ring Will on 07771505473.

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College Welcomes National Citizen Service

College Welcomes National Citizen Service

NCS Representatives Ross Newell, and Darren Carpenter with students from North Shropshire College

North Shropshire College (NSC) recently welcomed representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) to its campuses to talk to students about the programme NCS has been running since 2011 and has proved popular with young people; with half a million graduating from the programme across the country to date.

The programme is run over three exciting and diverse stages; Adventure, Discovery and Social Action. This enables students to undertake a variety of activities, from outdoor adventure to workshops including Self Defence, First Aid and Apprentice style challenges, as well as their own self led Social Action project during their time with NCS giving them valuable life skills and experience.

Darren Carpenter from NCS comments “We have a Summer programme which is mainly aimed at Year 11’s, plus we have an October half term programme which is specifically aimed at Year 12 students, both are fantastic fun but they also aim to develop key skills that employers increasingly value. It has been great to talk to the Students at the College this week and show them the positive impact that NSC continues to have for young people and the wider community.”

Jill Cawthray Access Co-ordinator and Senior Tutor at NSC adds “We were very pleased to welcome NCS to the College. The talks given were truly inspirational and showed how attending NCS camps can boost students’ self-confidence and skill set whilst also having a truly amazing experience. The concept that all participants also take part in a social action project is also of immense benefit to local communities.”

For more information about NCS, visit their website via:

For more information about NSC or to apply now, visit the website via: October Open Events are just around the corner, so for prospective students wishing to enter the College in September 2018, they are a must. Oswestry Campus is Wednesday 18 October 5pm-8pm and Walford Campus is Saturday 14 October 10am-2pm.

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HoW College students ‘program’ their careers at OGL

HoW College students 'program' their careers at OGL

L to R: Six of the students; Dave Hinton, Jack Webb-English, Rachel Wright, Lewis Liggins, Kirsty Sheppard and Bill Van Cleak, along with James Duckhouse, HoW College’s IT and Computing Curriculum Leader and Cindy Phillips, Marketing Manager at OGL Computer

Nine students from Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) are now working at OGL Computer after successfully completing their computing courses at the College.

OGL Computer who specialise in business software, IT solutions and cyber security, have been working with Heart of Worcestershire College to help build their workforce; bringing in new talented employees with relevant skills and training needed to succeed in the industry.

The students are fulfilling a number of roles within the companies technical division, including; Managers, Security Consultants, Server/desktop Engineers and Hosted Services Consultants.

Emma Porter, Head of HR & Legal at OGL Computer said:

“The calibre of the individuals we see from HoW College is excellent and over the years we have employed many of their ex-students who have gone on to hold key roles across the business, including in our newest division, CyberGuard.  Working with the College enables us to attract the engineers of the future who bring fresh ideas and a real passion for what we do”. Continue reading

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Charity coffee mornings organised by students at City of Wolverhampton College raised £375 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The events were organised as part of the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 29 September.

Students with learning disabilities raised £270 by selling drinks and cakes to customers in the Futures café which they run at the Wellington Road campus.

Meanwhile, a sale of cakes, biscuits and pastries made by bakery students at the Metro One campus netted a further £105, and they also baked a range of mouthwatering cakes for a coffee morning held at the Park View Hotel in Park Road West.

The Futures café is open to the public from 10am-12.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and the Academy bakery from Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm.

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People can save money on university tuition fees by signing up for higher education qualifications at City of Wolverhampton College.

The college offers university-level Higher National Certificates (HNC), Higher National Diplomas (HND) and foundation degrees in a range of subjects, with full-time courses costing £5,500 – compared to university fees of around £9,000 – and part-time qualifications costing between £2,750 and £3,667. 

Places are still available on programmes starting this year, with flexible study options available, and students can apply for a loan to cover the costs of the course which they will not have to start paying back until they are earning over £21,000 a year.

Subjects on offer include business, computing, construction, counselling, creative arts, education, engineering, health and social care, hospitality and catering, science, sport, travel and tourism, and uniformed public services.

For more information visit or call 01902 836000.

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A Level Film students (left to right) Katie Jellicoe, Ellie Checketts, Harry Gibbons with Lecturer Sarah Downing

Budding film critics from Stratford-upon-Avon College have triumphed in a national film review competition.

 Funded by the British Film Institute, Into Film is an educational organisation which promotes the use of film in the teaching of all students. And for the first time in its Review of the Week history, the first week of September witnessed a clean sweep, with every single winner coming from the College’s A Level Film course.

Katie Jellicoe, 17 from Solihull; Harry Gibbons, 16 from Stratford-upon-Avon; Ellie Checketts, 16 from Birmingham; Eve Flude, 16 from Coventry; and Lauren Heath, 16 from Solihull, were all awarded the Review of the Week accolade, with Katie recognised as the official overall winner.

Katie, who wants to work in the film industry, both behind and in front of the camera, is thrilled to have won Review of the Week with her analysis of the film Submarine directed by Richard Ayoade. “It’s one of my favourite films. I thought it would be really good to write about because it uses a lot of experimental filmmaking techniques. There’s a lot of interesting cinematography and the characters are really likeable.” Continue reading

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