The main focus at Swindon College is the provision of vocational education and training, taking into account local skills needs, progression to higher education, and further training opportunities, as well as offering university level courses, writes Effie Bond.
In pursuit of these aims the college offers industry-standard training facilities in construction, automotive, engineering, beauty, hairdressing and catering.
From 2012, Swindon College is also offering A level courses to study alongside Level 3 courses to further support students’ progress into higher education or the workplace.
Helping students decide the best pathways to follow is an important feature of the college which has a specialist centre offering careers and UCAS advice, as well as a dedicated apprenticeship team to guide students into employment while they study.
The college also offers higher education courses from both Oxford Brookes University and University of Bath, including art, business and sports therapy.
Over the last three years success rates have risen greatly and in the December 2010 Framework for Excellence, Swindon College was rated top in Wiltshire for long and short courses, apprenticeships, and advanced apprenticeships and Train to Gain (training for those in employment).
The college has outstanding (Ofsted) Train to Gain provision and a further 2,650 students achieved qualifications through this route last year either in the workplace or in college.
The college continues to grow its provision to address the increasing numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and runs a number of innovative projects in the community in order to meet their needs.
See advert for details of A Level courses.