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Case Study: Claire Dean – Highways Distance Learning

 

One of our fabulous Distance Learning students graduated from our Level 4 Professional Diploma in Highways Engineering. Highway Engineering is a distance learning package, similar to the way the Open University operates. No attendance at College is necessary, which makes it perfect for anyone anywhere, and you may enrol at any time and study at your own speed at home or work. We did a short Q&A with Claire to find out why she chose Bath College, and why she chose to study Highways.

 

Can you give us a little background about yourself?

I moved to Devon over 20 years ago with Balfour Beatty as part of a small team to undertake the design and build of two new bypasses. I started in a secretarial role but over time became interested in the technical side of road construction. I decided to take the plunge as a trainee highways technician. Balfour Beatty supported my ambition to do this and have continued to encourage me to further myself – from this first move from secretary to technician through to my academic studies. I have now been working as a Highways Technician for Balfour Beatty on the A30/A35 in Exeter for 17 years.

 

Why did you choose Highways Distance Learning?

Balfour Beatty are really supportive when it comes to upskilling and believe in having experts in the business. As a full time employee, I needed a way to work and study simultaneously. My goal was to develop in my role at the same as progressing academically. This, however, meant finding a course which I could do outside of working hours – the Highways Distance Learning course allowed me to do just that!

 

Which courses have you completed via Highways Distance Learning?

I have completed; Highways Maintenance, Highways Technology, Highways Legislation and Administration, Highways Materials and Testing and produced a project on current drainage challenge on the Balfour Beatty joint venture project on the A30/A35 in Devon and Dorset.

 

What was the most enjoyable aspect of your courses?

Similarly to my work with Balfour Beatty, I feel my strength lies in projects – I found producing in-depth, high quality coursework as part of my course one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things about academic study. Likewise, I love learning from others, whether in my role at Balfour Beatty or with my tutors. The insights and interactions I had with my tutors reminded me how much I love the highways sector.

 

What has been most valuable to you?

Everything I have learnt I can apply to my work. I feel I can contribute an expertise and understanding of highways projects which benefits my professional progression, but which can also help others in my team. Just like the Balfour Beatty values; I am a trusted expert in my field, and this is recognised by the business and my peers and colleagues. I put this down to the constant support from all my tutors and the administrative team for the feedback on my marked assignments. These comments meant a lot and gave me the confidence to continue.

 

What made you choose Bath College?

I was specifically looking for a distance learning course and Bath College not only provided what I required but had a Highways Distance Learning course in Highway Engineering. I do not come from an engineering background but I did bring practical experience from a live project environment and I was glad they recognised the value of this. I was pleased to see that there was a great range of course covering all the main topics and my areas of interest, so I knew I’d be gaining a well-rounded education there. The college was also very helpful in all aspects of my enrolment.

 

What do you plan to do with your new found knowledge?

The knowledge that I have gained has already benefited me in my current role – Balfour Beatty believe in having expert, trusted employees delivering their projects so I feel I can contribute and support the business even better than before. Whilst studying, I consolidated my knowledge of the practical skills I learn of the job with an academic understanding. I now feel equipped and confident and aim to progress to a managerial position with Balfour Beatty.

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to enrol on a Highways Distance Learning course?

Don’t keep thinking about it, do it! It was the best decision I made, and I know it has provided me with new skills and experiences to reach my goals and strive to progress professionally and personally. As a mature student, in full-time employment, attending college and stepping so far out of my comfort zone was a scary thought and difficult to balance but I have truly reaped the rewards. If you have an employer who supports you the way Balfour Beatty supported me, it is possible to have the best of both worlds; work and study.

 

Claire is right, don’t keep thinking about it, do it! You can enrol on one of our numerous Distance Learning courses, or Highways Distance Learning courses. We also offer Love2Learn leisure courses for those looking to learn something new in a more leisurely capacity.

 

Congratulations Claire, we hope you’ll be back to study with us again and we hope you had a fabulous Graduation Day!

 

Access to HE, News

Access to HE student wins Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement

 

We are delighted to hear that one of our Access to Higher Education students, James Kean, has achieved the Ascentis Access Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement.

 

The excellence awards (formerly known as the DJ Moore Award) have been in existence for over 20 years. This year Ascentis received a total of 21 nominations from centres all over the country.

 

James Kean – Centre

 

 

James was nominated for this award by his Lecturer John Barry who commended his high work ethic and consistently high grades. In support of the nomination, John forwarded two of James’ assignments, together with supplementary evidence detailing why he was nominated.

 

In his citation, John explained that James,

“Has been a thoroughly impressive student throughout this year. He has achieved Distinctions for all fifteen graded units for a total of 45 credits at Distinction. He has also studied A Level Maths alongside the Access course in order to prepare for a degree in Economics and is expected to achieve an A grade. The Applied ICT assignment showed real depth of understanding of how ICT has impacted on society and how it will impact in the future. A major element of the assessment was a 15-minute presentation on how ICT affects the world of work. James produced an excellently researched and engaging presentation on how technology has influenced employment and work from the days of the industrial revolution through to the future impacts of ICT…. It was the best presentation that I have had in Applied ICT over the five years that I have taught that unit.”

 

James had spent several years in Hong Kong and moved here on his own to do the Access course and has done impressively well. As well as the demands of the Access course and the Maths A-Level he has been helpful and supportive to other students and contributed well to the academic endeavours of each class he has been in.

 

James, who will receive £400 prize money, has a place at Bristol University to study Economics, told us that “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you [lecturer John Barry] and the other Access to HE course staff at Bath College.”

 

The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.

 

The course prepares students to pursue a degree or diploma at university. Working with a supportive tutor, students develop skills and confidence to enable them to embark on a successful higher education career. Access to Higher Education qualification is a QAA-recognised entry qualification for degree or diploma level studies at all universities in the UK, for a wide range of subjects. On this HE course, students study English, Maths and study skills together with subjects related to their degree choice.

 

This is a full-time HE course completed over one year. If you would prefer to study part-time and spread the course over two years, we now offer a part-time Access to Higher Education course.

 

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Exam success for dedicated Adult Community Learning Student

 

When Sandie, shown here second from left with some of her ACL classmates,  came for an initial assessment of her English skills in April 2017 her confidence was quite low. She joined an ACL group but didn’t manage to stay – life got in the way

 

However, she didn’t give up, and neither did the ACL team. Sandie was encouraged to join a new English group in September, and she flourished.  ACL offer Ascentis Certificates in English and Maths;  the qualification is broken down into small achievable Awards,  6 in total for English, learners take the qualification when they feel ready for it and their confidence grows with each assessment they pass.

 

Sandie passed the full Level 2 English Certificate ; the next step was Functional Skills. This is a bigger challenge for many adult learners, the exams are more formal, and bring back negative memories of school. Sandie was worried about failure and was adamant that she would start on Level 1. However, within a few weeks she agreed to move up to Level 2.

 

Sandie, along with the rest of her group, worked incredibly hard to get to grips with the unfamiliar terminology and exam strategies required for Functional Skills. One of her biggest fears was giving a presentation, but with a supportive group of learners around her, she succeeded. Her writing skills developed and she began to understand what was required to pass the reading exam.  The result? Sandie has achieved the highest mark in Level 2 writing in the entire college: 28/30. If ever we needed evidence of how important self-confidence and a supportive atmosphere is to learning, we only have to look to Sandie.

 

 

Bath College Adult Community Learning provides a wide range of courses intended for those who want to improve their chances to find work, support their families or live independently. The Adult Community Learning courses are a fantastic way to build your confidence, and you can make some great friends, find a supportive community and learn new skills along the way. There is such a vast range of courses, from short courses in confidence building, computer skills or CV workshops; to Community Love2Learn Vocational courses, aimed at providing a foundation for a career change, such as Bricklaying, Plastering and Stonemasonry.  They are also free, provided you are eligible. You can find out more about Bath College’s Adult Community Learning provision by clicking here. You can sign up to receive the Adult Community learning monthly newsletter, which contains the details of new courses, by clicking here.

 

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Case Study: Julianne Mackrell – Distance Learning

 

We caught up with Julianne, one of our Distance Learning students, to ask about her Distance Learning journey. Julianne has been working hard, undertaking not one, or two, but five Distance Learning courses! Julianne fancied a change of career and decided to retrain with us, and found that Distance Learning was the best option for her.

 

Distance Learning courses are courses you can undertake in your spare time, they do have a set deadline, but you can do as much or as little as you like per day, and you take charge of your own learning. They’re ideal as CPD, or to aid with a change of career, or even as a stepping stone into a career. The flexibility allows you to fit around your life, you don’t need to commit to coming in to College (although if you would like to come in to talk to the friendly Distance Learning team you can). If you would like to look at our range of Distance Learning courses you can find out more info by clicking here.

 

We asked Julianne a series of questions about how she found the Distance Learning courses, read on to find out what she thought.

 

Can you give us a little background about yourself?

After a 25-year career in estate agency in Bath I decided it was time for change. I found that I was facing the same challenges as that of a young person, not having the right experience in the field I was hoping to move into. So it became obvious that my best option would be to re-train. With this thought in mind I went back to Bath College, where I had completed my A-levels some years prior.

 

Why did you choose Distance Learning?

Distance learning was the perfect for me to study alongside my job in order to get some knowledge and understanding of the new area of employment I wished to move into.

 

Which courses have you completed via Distance Learning?

I have completed courses which would compliment my move into education, relating to autism and education

 

What was the most enjoyable aspect of your courses?

For me the best part about the distance learning courses was the ability to be able to train at your own speed, so if you had spare time you could do lots of work and vice versa. The flexibility of the training has made it less difficult.

 

What has been most valuable to you?

Being able to undertake the courses at my own pace allowed me to transition into my new career and I am delighted that I have started working as a teaching assistant in the last five weeks. So the course has been invaluable in providing me access to a new career path for the next 25 years.

 

What made you choose Bath College?

I was a pupil at Bath College over 25 years ago and have returned on an off for various evening classes. I’ve always found Bath College facilitates courses well and provides a good standard of education. The site in Bath is easy for me to access so I can pop in if I have any queries, but I have found that most of the information is available in the material provided.

 

What do you plan to do with your new found knowledge?

I have actually developed a huge interest in autism and have always had an interest in education, culture and language acquisition. I am considering looking at ways to see if these areas overlap in any way to study an MSc (Master of Science Degree).

 

What piece of advice would you give to students looking to enrol on a Distance Learning course?

If you are self-motivated, determined, and know which direction that you wish to go in then this is the course for you. Before you embark on your course, do speak to some of the helpful staff at Bath College who will be able to help and advise on a course to best suit you. In order to do well at a Distance Learning course, I would say you would need to be self-disciplined, as you are not required to attend classes. Distance learning is very much about wanting to achieve the qualification, and working at your own pace. It does still need to be completed within a maximum timeframe however, so it is important to understand you are committing to completing the task.

 

We’re so thrilled to see Distance Learning having a great impact on someone, and we’re so happy for Julianne finding a new career she is passionate about. Hopefully we’ll hear more from her and her journey!

 

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College students experience being a Student Nurse for a day at University of the West of England

 
Seven students from the Bath College Care Academy spent the day in Bristol at the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences Department of University of the West of England (UWE).
 
During the day they were paired with current first and second year Nursing Students and attended lectures and seminars with them.
 

 
They were able to find out more about Nursing study programmes and about student life. One student said “I learnt lots from the students, I asked lots of questions, they were very nice and they tried to answer all my questions.”
 
During lunch there was a reflective practice session where students were able to speak to both students and lecturers to find out further information.
 
The students really enjoyed the day. One student said  “It makes thinking about going to University less overwhelming, and I now have an understanding of the process”
 

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Frome volunteers named as Finalists in National Cat Awards 2019

 

Volunteers from Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch are celebrating after being announced as finalists in the National Cat Awards 2019

The team is one of three contenders in the Star Team award, recognising the dedication of volunteers that helps improve feline welfare.

 

The volunteers were nominated after organising an innovative new collaboration with Bath College to increase the number of cats they can help.

 

Previously, cats in the branch’s care were all looked after by volunteers in their own homes before they found a new owner. But after exploring ways to increase capacity, the branch approached staff at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus.

 

After months of planning and training, volunteers have now positioned a four-pen Cats Protection unit at the college, with students from Animal Care courses providing day-to-day care.

 

Cats Protection’s Frome & District Branch Homing and Welfare Officer Mandy Wescott said:

 

“We’re always looking for ways to help more cats and one of our volunteers had the idea to approach Bath College, which teaches a number of Animal Care courses. It took a lot of planning and hard work, but we now have a fully-fledged cattery at the college where up to eight cats can be cared for until they find new homes. We provide on-going training and guidance, as well as organising admissions, vet checks and rehoming. The students provide the daily hands-on cat care, under the supervision of their teachers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone – we’re able to help more cats and the cats themselves enjoy plenty of care and attention from a large number of capable students. The students themselves benefit not only from the experience of providing hands-on care, but also from working with Cats Protection on feline welfare.”

 

The team now needs to wait until Thursday 8 August when winners will be announced and trophies presented at an awards ceremony at London’s Savoy, an event attended by celebrities including entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, former England goalkeeper David Seaman and his wife, Dancing on Ice star Frankie Seaman.

 

Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting said:

 

“The commitment of our volunteers is truly inspiring and has a hugely positive, long-lasting impact on cat welfare. It’s a privilege to hear their stories and celebrate such amazing achievements.”

 

Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, organised by the UK’s largest cat charity and sponsored by PURINA®, is an annual celebration of the real-life stories of heroism, loyalty and companionship in the feline world. You can vote in the National Cat Awards, and read the feline testimonials by clicking here

 

Construction & Engineering, News

End of Year Engineering Awards celebrates student success

 

Bath College Engineering Department held their annual End of Year Presentation Evening in celebration of the hard work and effort expended by the students over the course of the year.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), family and friends were invited and many were impressed to see not just the quantity of work produced, but the high standards set and achieved.

 

The event prizes were sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Stephen Pearson (IET member) presented the awards, with Maurice Poole, another member, giving a short motivational speech.

 

Bath College Engineering Awards 2018/19

  • Best Welding Level 1 Student – Ryan Gosman
  • Best Welding Level 2 Student – Charlie Purchase
  • Best Turning Student – Miles Tucker
  • Best Milling Student – Greg Pawaczek
  • Students with 100% attendance – Will Rabbitts, Kieran Cullen Hardwick & Oliver Clark

 

IET Engineering Awards

  • Best Overall Student – Oliver Clark – £100 prize
  • Best Level 1 student – Kieron Bradley – £75 Prize
  • Best Level 2 student – Jae Crawford – £75 Prize

The IET Engineering Awards saw three winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.

 

Jae Crawford won the Best Level 2 student award which he was given £75 from the IET. Jae has also been offered an apprenticeship with Dyson which he hopes to start in September.

He says, “I’m looking forward to learning more about engineering and starting my career, it’s great I get to earn money at the same time.”

 

Oliver Clark won the Best Overall student award. He has completed Level 1 and 2 Engineering and is now looking at a wide variety of progression options, such as apprenticeships and further education. The course has provided him with an industry standard qualification and he now has skills in fitting, turning, milling, welding and CAD. Oliver says, “I now have a great portfolio of work which I’ll be able to show to potential employers and I’m looking forward to the next step of my engineering journey.”

 

Matt Driver, Mechanical Engineering lecturer said, “The standard of work this year has been excellent and the awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.

 

For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.

 

Access to HE, News

Access to Higher Education students celebrate their success, before heading off to top Universities

 

Bath College held an award ceremony to celebrate the incredible achievements of the Access to Higher Education students at the Bath Function Rooms last week.

 

The students were presented with their course certificates over a prosecco and canapé reception, followed by specially nominated awards.

 

The Access to Higher Education course provides students with a nationally recognised qualification and an alternative career pathway for those who want to study at university.

 

Carolyn Guy, Learning Co-ordinator for the Access to HE department, said that:

“We are delighted and proud of the outstanding achievements of our Access students who have made fantastic progress this year and are moving on to such a wide range of degrees. Many of our students gained the confidence to pursue career goals and ambitions which they would not have thought possible a year ago. This event was a celebration of their hard work, determination and success. The students created a culture of excellence and support of one another.”

 

The top prize of the afternoon was the much coveted Roper Prize, named after Brian and Maggie Roper, who were incredibly generous benefactors of Bath College who left a legacy gift to the College to recognise the achievements of students, particularly on the Access Course. This year there were five Roper prize winners, who were nominated by staff for outstanding dedication to their studies.

 

The Roper Prize Winners:

  • Ameka Francis
  • Kim Penhey
  • Jaydee-Leigh Emery
  • Stacey Rawlings
  • Joshua Salisbury

 

Roper Award winner Ameka Franis commented,

“I think it’s a wonderful course with really supportive staff and tutors, all of whom are so friendly. Everyone wants to help you succeed and you get a sense that they’re rooting for you all the way; it feels like they really care. The course allows you to surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar intentions and approachable attitudes, all of which helps to foster the friendly atmosphere. Everyone is in the same boat and it feels like we are all in this together, going on this journey, helping and inspiring one another along the way. It’s just been amazing; I am going to Uni next year so it has been a success for me.”

 

Bath College Principal Laurel Penrose attended the awards ceremony to meet students and hand out course certificates.

After presenting the awards Laurel commented:

“Listening to the list of universities you have been excepted to I am so proud to hear the depth and breadth of courses you’re going onto. The Access Course is very challenging, especially when you have family commitments or similar at the same time. You should all be so proud of yourselves. Congratulations.”

 

Destination Universities and courses of this year’s Access Course Students

University of Exeter- Conservation, Biology and Ecology
University of Exeter- Diagnostics Imaging
UWE- Physiotherapy x2
Oxford Brookes- Primary Teaching
University of Bristol -Liberal Studies
Bath Spa University -Primary Education x 2
York St John University – Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics
Swansea University- Business Management
University of Bristol – Archaeology and Anthropology
Oxford Brookes University- Law
University of Bristol – History
Sheffield Hallam University History
Cardiff University – Economics and International Relations
University of Leeds- Arts and Humanities
Bath Spa University -History
University of Bristol- Law
University of Exeter – Accounting and Finance
Cardiff University- Journalism, Media and English Lit
University of Bristol- Childhood Studies
UWE- Adult Nursing x2
University of Bath- Social Work and Applied Social Sciences x5
Bournemouth University- Paramedic
UWE- Midwifery x3
UWE- Paramedic x2
University of Bristol– Dental Hygiene and Therapy x2
University of Exeter- MSc Zoology
University of Bristol- Veterinary Medicine
University of Bristol- Biomedical Sciences
UCL -Geology
University of Birmingham- Physiotherapy
University of Bristol –Psychology x2
UWE- Primary Teaching
University of Leeds- Biomedical Sciences
University of Sussex -Psychology
University of Bath- Biochemistry
University of Bristol- Pharmacology
University of Bath -Business Management
University of Bristol- Biology
University of Bath- Biology
University of Bristol – Economics

 

If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here.

 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: May 2019

 

Our May Apprentice of the Month is Lewis Jones. Lewis is an Apprentice Stonemason working at Worcester Cathedral, and has been nominated by his assessor Ash.

 

 

Part of Lewis’ work as an Apprentice Stonemason involves him working on the restoration of ancient artefacts, as well as the Cathedral itself; some really exciting work! The Stonemasonry apprenticeships come in two levels at Bath College, Level 2 Intermediate Stonemasonry and Level 3 Advanced Stonemasonry. The level two course provides a practical hands on experience during which you will be learning to prepare for the job, setting out and producing architectural stone work, during which you will work as a Banker/Fixer Mason and produce bespoke work and carve architectural features, cut and shape blocks and lay or fit stonework into place on construction projects. The level three is more advanced and you could either work as a Banker Mason, working in a workshop shaping different components from sawn stone, using templates and drawings as a guide to produce complex stone for new and existing buildings; or as a Fixer Mason, cladding or positioning and fixing stone onto buildings. They are both fantastic stepping stones into the world of Stonemasonry and will help you gain the skills you need to become an accomplished Stonemason.

 

 

Aside from his fantastic work at Worcester Cathedral, Lewis has also secured work at York Cathedral as a part of a knowledge building exercise, looking to expand his skills and help him towards his goal of becoming a Heritage Specialist. Paul Maggs, Lewis’ tutor has told us that Lewis is “diligent, hardworking and has a good eye for detail, already completing his NVQ and on track to finish his diploma early”. Lewis’ assessor Ash has also told us that Lewis is a “real character” with lots of musical interests including Mongolian throat singing and playing the violin and ukelele.

 

It sounds like Lewis has a bright future ahead, and we wish him the best of luck in both his Stonemasonry and his musical hobbies!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship you can get more Apprenticeship information by clicking here or you can check out our Apprenticeship Vacancies by clicking here

 

 

Hair & Beauty, News

Incredible Undersea Creations at The Media Makeup Assessment

 

This year the Media Makeup assessments had a distinct underwater theme, with lots of seabeds, starfish and fins. The students have spent some time brainstorming ideas around the theme, and needed to bring their own models to suit their ideas. They then had a set amount of time to bring their creation to life.

 

Some of the creations were fantastic, and to pull them off in a time limit was astonishing. It was also incredible to see some of the ways the theme was interpreted. Although the theme is distinct throughout, the different tangents that students took and the way they processed the theme was entirely unique. There were fish people, underwater scenes and seabed and scale effects; their only canvas being their model. What an incredible achievement in that time!

 

Media Makeup is a unique course, after which you can go on to University, study a Level 3 Diploma or go on to work as a makeup artist, either freelance or within the media industry such as film and photography. There are so many different units covered at Bath College, with access to some incredible tools, some of the mandatory units include, airbrush makeup, cosmetic science, cosmetic camouflage makeup and many more. You can also opt to do extra units, such as creating small prosthetics and individual lash application. You’ll have access to our great facilities in The Academy and the knowledge from some of our great tutors.

 

If you’re interested in a Media Makeup course please click here to read more about it, otherwise scroll on to take a trip under the sea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher Education, News

Why study a Degree Level Course at Bath College?

 

University isn’t for everyone; not everyone wants to move away, not everyone wants to take out huge student loans, some people simply cannot afford it and others are worried they won’t get on with University life. This means, for most, the only options remaining are going straight into work, or looking for a traineeship or higher apprenticeship. However, there is a third option; you can study a Degree at Bath College.

 

At Bath College we have a range of degree level courses, ranging from Creative Enterprise to Applied Computing, meaning there’s something for everyone, without having to uproot your life and move miles across the country, this is ideal for people who don’t want or are unable to move away. We’re going to look at some of the pro’s for studying a degree at Bath College.

 

 

Expense (or lack of)

It’s no secret that University is expensive, you have tuition fees, living expenses, travel expenses to and from campus (or to visit home in the holidays), and then there will be hidden costs, like studio fees, trip fees and printing and equipment costs. These can all add up, making University an expensive endeavour.

Whilst the degree level courses at Bath College aren’t free, they are considerably cheaper. Most Higher Education courses start at £2,770 and rise to £7,700. Compare this with average University fees of £9,250 per year and you’ve got a clear winner. You can also still apply for student loans to help cover this cost, or a Higher Education Bursary. You’ve also got the advantage of being able to live at home, erasing those expensive student living costs.

 

Lifestyle Fit

Almost going hand in hand with our lack of expense, is the way some of courses can fit around your lifestyle. Not everyone looking to study a degree is fresh out of College or Sixth Form, and even if you are, you may have commitments that you can’t move around, such as a full time job or being a full time carer or parent. Some of our degree courses are evening courses, or distance learning courses (study from home), meaning you can fit them around your life, getting a degree alongside your other commitments, without one impacting the other.

 

One to One support

University is a popular option for Higher Education, and lots of University courses are full to the brim. Whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it shows that as a community we are striving to get as educated as possible, it does mean that classes are very full, and it’s harder to get that crucial one to one support with your tutor. Class sizes at Bath College are smaller, and there are more opportunities to talk to your tutor, allowing you to ask questions, clarify your learning and get that important critical feedback to help you improve your work.

 

Continuous Study

You can complete one of our courses and progress onto another, or you can take your new found knowledge and enter the work place, or look for a higher apprenticeship. For example, the HNC in Business can progress straight into the work place, or onto the HND in Business. You can also opt to finish your study at University, completing a Bachelors Degree fully and have it accredited by the University. You have a whole range of paths ahead of you, rather than a solid three years of study, with each year giving you a qualification, rather than parts of a whole qualification.

 

Employability

At Bath College we have connections with many local businesses in a variety of sectors, and we work very closely with them. We look at local industry demands and tailor our courses and learning to these demands, meaning our students leave College able to go into industries in Bath and begin gaining experience in their chosen sectors, giving them better grounding to move forwards in their chosen industry. For some the idea of being able to work within the City of Bath is tantalising, for other it may be a necessity due to commitments, we prepare you to enter the local industry and you will have the opportunity to meet and network with lots of local employers, rather than prepare you for your chosen industry generically.

 

TEF Silver

TEF stands for Teaching Excellence Framework, and is used to examine how good the quality of an institutions teaching is. We share our TEF Silver ranking with Universities such as University of Liverpool, University College London and Warwick University. TEF Silver is awarded to Higher Education providers who ‘deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, and consistently exceeds “rigorous national quality requirements” for higher education in the UK.’ (The Complete University Guide). Studying a Degree at Bath College isn’t going to be any less valuable than studying a Degree at a University, the standard of teaching that we have is amongst some of the best Universities in the UK, and we get you ready for the work place in the process.

 

Familiarity

If you’ve just spent several years at College, studying BTECS, Apprenticeships or Diplomas, you will be familiar with the campus, the journey and the tutors. If you have any problems with anxiety, or any reason why you would rather not move away to University, then you can opt to stay at College and stay in a familiar environment. This can be really beneficial for being able to settle into the demands of Degree level study, and skipping over that bedding in process. You won’t need to familiarise yourself with your journey to campus, the nearest shop, the best bus into town, or your group of new flatmates; as it’s been a part of your life now for several years.

 

Hopefully this has dispelled some of the myths and worries you may have had about choosing Bath College as your Higher Education provider.

 

If you’re a current student you can talk to your tutor about how to progress onto your chosen HE course. If you’re not a current student then email info@bathcollege.ac.uk for more information or have a look at our Degree Level courses for yourself by clicking here.

 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: April 2019

 

Our April Apprentice of the Month is Jake Wheeler. Jake is an Apprentice Commis Chef working for Fullers at The Crystal Palace in Bath, and has been nominated by his tutor Hazel.

 

The Commis Chef Apprentice aims to give students experience working in a busy kitchen, allowing them to progress onto full employment as a Chef. A commis chef works hands on in a kitchen, meaning you can gather experience in many different areas of work. You’ll assist the head chef in food preparation, cooking and clearing down.

 

Jake’s tutor Hazel told us:

“As part of National apprenticeship week, Jake Wheeler represented Bath College and Fullers at the Hospitality Apprenticeship showcase at the House of Commons. There he talked to local MPs on the importance of investing in apprenticeships. Jake continues to be an asset to his workplace and is exceeding in his Commis chef apprenticeship.”

 

Jake is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck for the future Jake!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship be sure to check out our Apprenticeship vacancies here or alternatively you can look at our top three Apprenticeships for this month (April 2019), simply click here.

 

Events, News

Travelling along the Silk Road at the Spiciest Shrubbery Event yet

 

Last week our Shrubbery Restaurant hosted its spiciest event yet, with the Silk Road Spice Night. The dishes were inspired by places such as Pakistan, India and Shanghai, with each one have an element or interpretation of spice.

 

The dishes included Tuna Tataki, Poached Seabass, Spicy Pork Soup, Chocolate Tart and many more. Each one being designed and executed by Catering students in the kitchen, and served by Hospitality students in the restaurant. The food itself was presented akin to a professional kitchen and tasted incredible, there were very few unfinished plates left in the dining room.

 

The Shrubbery is a great way for students to get real job experience from within the College. Every aspect of the Restaurant and Kitchen is run by the students, including making bookings, running the bar, table service, preparation, clearing up, cooking and decoration. The students in the kitchen create their own menus for certain themes and have freedom in their creativity, they are then responsible for executing their dishes to order on the night of service, and they do a fantastic job every time.

 

The next Shrubbery event is Flavours of the Caribbean on the 25th April at 6:30pm. If you would like to reserve a table, please get in contact with The Shrubbery on 01225 328 502. Please note that the phone is manned Tuesday – Friday and only between 10am and 2pm. Alternatively you can email the restaurant to book at shrubberyrestaurant@bathcollege.ac.uk

 

If you’re interested in a Catering and Hospitality course you can find more information by clicking here. Otherwise scroll on for lots more pictures of the night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

 

April Edition

 

Level 3 technical engineering at Rotork PLC

This is a 4-year apprenticeship that includes, Service workshops, Electronics, Mechanics, R&D and Production engineering.

The wage for this Apprenticeship is £10,263, and you’ll also get an annual bonus, private healthcare, pension matched 9% and access to the Cycle to work scheme, some great perks!

Rotork offers three apprenticeship schemes:

  1. Engineering apprenticeship
  2. Craft apprenticeship
  3. Administration apprenticeship

 

Be sure to apply for this Apprenticeship before the closing date of 30/04/2019. You can apply by clicking here

 

 

Level 2 Adult care worker apprenticeship at Safe & sound Homecare LTD

This is a 16-month apprenticeship, of which the main activities involve, Personal Care, Shopping, Domestic Services, Bathing/Showering/Strip Wash, getting residents dressed/undressed, Attending appointments (Doctor, Hairdresser, etc.), 24-hour live-in care, Financial Care, Social Care, Hair and Skin Care, Welfare Checks and many other services

The wage for this Apprenticeship is a generous £6.15 per hour on weekdays and £7.15 on weekends.

 

The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 14/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here

 

 

Level 3 Electro technology apprenticeship at MW smart home LTD 

This is a 36-month apprenticeship and you would be working mainly on domestic electronics on new build properties or listed buildings that need renovating. The successful candidate will be completing a level 3 Electrical Installation Qualification at the same time as working with their employer, which will also include English or Maths functional skills if required. Before you undertake this Apprenticeship you’ll need to attend an initial assessment session at our Somer Valley Campus. The wage for this Apprenticeship is £3.90 per hour.

 

The closing date for this Apprenticeship is 07/04/2019 so make sure to apply before this date. You can apply here

 

 

 

Hair & Beauty, News

Enter a Fantasy World with Bath College Hair and Makeup Students

 

Bath College hosted its annual Hair and Beauty competition and this year it was bigger and better than any other previous year. The running theme this year was a fantasy avant-garde look, and students had complete free reign to come up with their looks, which included Hair, Makeup and Clothing.

 

The students have been preparing for a while, creating mood boards to help inspire their look. They also had to source their own models and complete their look under time constraints. Special judges from within the industry were brought in to assess the students working, as well as their final looks. These included Natalie Yates from Melanie Giles; professional makeup artists, Kellie Moody and Liv Day; Rebecca Catton and Chelsea Gregory from Babington House Cowshed and Abi Greenslade from The Pig Hotel and Spa.

 

 

The hairdressing students had an hour to complete their styles, and the makeup artistry students had two hours, after which they had to stop what they were doing and the judging commenced. The students all worked incredibly hard and the results were incredible. The judges themselves were astounded at the level in which the students were working, and the level of professionalism they showed when at work in the studio. The judges decided on a first, second and third place winner from each group, aside from the Level 1 Festival look, where only a first and second place were awarded. The winners were given fantastic prizes, which were sponsored by Ellisons Hair and Beauty, Bath Academy of Media Makeup, Liv Day MUA, Lucknam Park Spa, Cowshed and The Priory Hotel. Each prize package included an array of beauty tools and products, with one lucky winner getting a £150 voucher for a Special Effects Makeup course at Bath Academy of Media Makeup!

 

Lisa Nelson, Bath College Hospitality, Spa and Landbased lecturer was absolutely thrilled with the work the students put it, stating: “Students were from full time and industry based learning, they were given a free hand to complete a Fantasy Avant Garde total look to include hair make-up and clothing. The Students invested a great deal of time creating these amazing looks, they really let their imaginations run wild. We couldn’t be more proud of the effort made.”

 

At the same time as the Hair and Makeup Challenges, Bath College Spa and Complementary therapy students were taking part in a competition of their own. For the complementary therapy students these included a 45-minute aromatherapy back, neck, shoulder and face massage, with each student blending their own essential oils tailored to their client’s needs; a 45-minute reflexology treatment, using pressure points on the soles of the feet to induce a feeling of relaxation and well-being. The Spa students performed a deep tissue Swedish massage on their clients. Aside from being a competition, this was a great opportunity for students to showcase their talent and skills to local industry professionals, and discuss work opportunities and employment. One student even left the competition day having secured employment in a top establishment! The prizes again were incredible, and included a Spa Day for two at local spas such as Lucknam Park, The Bath Priory and No. 15 Great Pulteney Street.

 

The winners List:

 

Level 2 Hairdressing Fantasy total look

1st Jade Nicholls

2nd Chloe Hooper

3rd Eloise Phelan

 

Level 3 Avant-Grade total look

1st Ellie James

2nd Ruby Gapper

3rd Alicia Kosminska

 

Hair and Make-up Artistry Avant- Garde total look

1st Beth Ingham

2nd Hannah Bottomley

3rd Megan Nash

 

Level 2 Barbers Commercial Cut and Finish

1st Harry Meredith

2nd Aaron Barrett

3rd Colby Cottle

 

Level 1 Festival total look

1st Ellie Mae Mundin

2nd Yazmin Gray-wood

 

Complementary level 3 Aromaflex Therapy

1st Jade Pocock

2nd Agata Rokicka

3rd Beth Albury

 

Spa Level 3 Swedish Deep Tissue Massage

1st Emily Hormon

2nd Charlotte Smith

3rd Bobbie Thomas

 

Overall competition Complementary Therapy and Spa Star & Winner

1st Ella Adams

 

The students themselves had a fantastic time, and although there could only be a handful of overall winners, each one should be incredibly proud of their work and creations. Congratulations to all the winners. We’re looking forward to next year!

 

Apprenticeships, News

Apprentice of the Month: March 2019

 

 

 

Our March Apprentice of the Month is Callum Cocks. Callum is a Level 2 NVQ Stonemason working for Well’s Cathedral and has been nominated by his tutor Ash.

 

The Stonemasonry Apprenticeship provides a practical hands on experience of stonemasonry. You’ll learn to prepare for the job as well as produce architectural stone work. An apprenticeship offers you a broad opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to become a qualified Stonemason, through instruction in the classroom and practical work experience on the job.

 

Callum’s tutor Ash told us:

“Callum is a model student and works to a very high standard as a stonemason and sometimes even matches the level 3 learners for skill.  He is methodical and is always challenging himself to become better, both at college and at work. Callum works very well within the classroom and is a popular figure, he is likely to finish his apprenticeship early and also complete his Diploma well within the deadlines given. He is also supporting other colleagues in the same class where required and helping with knowledge and tips on gathering evidence for the apprenticeship.  Callum has helped on open days for the college and promoting stonemasonry for department, he is engaging and passionate about his job and loves working with stone.”

 

Callum is well deserving of this month’s title of Apprentice of the Month, good luck with the rest of your studies Callum!

 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship be sure to check out our Apprenticeship vacancies here or alternatively you can look at our top three Apprenticeships for this month (March 2019), simply click here.

 

We also have an Apprenticeship and Jobs fair coming up later this month, which is ideal for anyone looking to get an Apprenticeship, talk to prospective employers or change their career. This will be hosted at The Guildhall on the 27th March, between 12pm and 5pm. You can find out more information and sign up to this event here.

 

 

Apprenticeships, News

Bath College’s Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

 

March Edition

 

#1
Trainee Electrical Engineer

This exciting Apprenticeship is with Facade Hoists Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of suspended access equipment (window cleaning cranes). The systems for these hoists are electrically controlled and as an apprentice you would be learning how to prepare control panels for the machines, running electrical cables onto the system, wiring control systems and motors as well as testing and fault finding. Alongside this practical, hands on experience you would complete a Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, which should take around 36 months. Facade are looking for an adaptive team worker with a desire and willingness to learn. Ideally you would have a years’ worth of electrical experience under your belt, and 5 GCSE’s graded A-c including English and Maths. This is an ideal opportunity for an electrician to expand their skillset and get a brand new set of skills. The salary for this Apprenticeship is £4 an hour, and the deadline to apply is the 22nd March 2019. Click here for more information or to apply.

 

#2
Business and Skills Apprentice

This interesting Apprenticeship is in Bath and North East Somerset Council, helping to deliver their strategies and projects. BaNES have ambitious plans for the future, and are aiming to create over 10,000 jobs by 2036 to make their local economy more competitive and encourage residents to enter employment and progress their careers. This Apprenticeship is based in the Business and Skills team, who are responsible for the promotion, co-ordination and direction of economic development within Bath and North East Somerset. As an apprentice you’ll have a range of responsibilities, giving you lots of valuable experience. You will be tasked with updating the ‘invest in Bath’ pages on the council website; marketing and promoting business news and events; maintaining the CRM systems, performing regular data cleanses; general day to day administration and support; ensuring business enquiries are sent to the relevant person or department and also ensuring these have been fulfilled by your colleagues in a timely manner. Alongside your apprenticeship you will complete an administration or customer service qualification. During the first year of your employment you will be paid a wage of £12,113.85 per year, which will then increase depending on your age. The deadline to apply for this apprenticeship is the 29th March 2019, and you can find all the information or apply by clicking here.

 

#3
Apprentice Care and Support Worker

This Apprenticeship allows you to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in the community. You’ll be training as a Care and Support worker for Safe & Sound Homecare, in a varied and fulfilling role. Your regular activities will include, domiciliary care, personal care, domestic services, shopping, taking people to appointments, medication management and social outings. The work is done in shifts, with regular weekday shifts being 7am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm. Weekend hours are varied, but you get paid extra for working weekends and bank holidays. Aside from being paid more for weekends and bank holidays, there are a host of other benefits that Safe & Sound Homecare offer you as an employee, these include; paid mileage and travel time, 28 days’ holiday (pro rata) and a Christmas Bonus after two years’ continuous employment. Alongside your working days you’ll study a Level 2 Diploma in Care. The experience and qualification combined provide the perfect footing for entry into the care sector, and you could eventually progress onto a team leader/supervisor role and complete a Level 3 in Adult Health and Social care. The apprenticeship is expected to last 18 months, and you will need access to your own transport and at least 4 GCSE’s grades D-E (3-1) or an NVQ Level 1. The wage is £6.15 per hour during the week and £7.15 per hour over the weekends. The deadline for this apprenticeship is the 10th March 2019 and you can find out more about this apprenticeship or how to apply here.

 

Love2Learn, News, Student Spotlight

Gab Hatter: A Bath College Love2Learn Success Story

 

On Thursday 28th February, Bath College hosted a Wedding Fayre allowing local exhibitors to showcase their wedding accessories, services and stationery. Exhibitors from all over Bath and the surrounding areas came down to showcase the amazing things they offered.

 

Alongside many other exhibitors, Gwenda Bryce, founder of Gab Hatter, attended with a large collection of her hand made wedding hats and fascinators. Gwenda has a very unique relationship with Bath College and we caught up with her to ask her about her journey into Millinery.

 

Gwenda told us that she attends the Ascot Horse Races every single year, and she would always dream of making her own hat to take along with her. Originally from Edinburgh, she found a millinery course to attend there and decided to bite the bullet and attend it. However, at the last minute she decided to look locally and saw that Bath College were offering a Love2Learn leisure course in Millinery. She enrolled on to this course and loved it; so much in fact, she decided to continue studying and enrolled onto more Love2Learn leisure courses, doing 18 months of millinery work on an evening course.

 

Gwenda then went on to train at The British School of Millinery and has also had the opportunity to work with top milliners, such as Bridget Bailey, Ani Townsend and Jane Taylor (whose hats have been worn by members of the Royal family, including The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie).

 

Gwenda then started her own business and operates out of her home in Bath. She makes bespoke hats to order, and also has a huge collection of unique hats she has created in her free time. Her business is called Gab Hatter, Gab being her initials and also a likeness to the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

 

Gwenda absolutely loves what she does and this is apparent when you speak to her. She’s now looking into expanding her skillset into working with leather, and likes to look around her for inspiration for her hats. It’s always fantastic to see our learners achieve great things after their time at College and we couldn’t be more proud that Gwenda is now doing what she loves as a business, what an incredible achievement!

 

Have a look at our Love2Learn Leisure courses to see what you can learn, you never know, you might find your dream business venture just like Gwenda!

 

Events, News

Success at Chef V Chef 2019

 

On the 15th February our Catering Department and Shrubbery Restaurant once again hosted the annual Chef v Chef Competition. This was an incredible day showcasing not only the talent of local Chefs but also of the Bath College Catering and Hospitality students.

 

To kick off the day students undertook a Canapé and Knife Skills Challenge. Tasked to create a selection of delicious canapés to be served at the awards ceremony at the end of the day. The students made a delicious selection, including a range of perfect Macarons! The winner of the Canapé Challenge was Modesta Petrauskaite, well done Modesta! Knife skills involved students preparing ingredients in different cutting styles, such as julienne and brunoise. They were then marked on how well they had prepared the ingredients and the accuracy of their cutting, the gold award winner of knife skills was Will Evans, closely followed by Fred Veal and Leon Dyer in second and third place respectively.

 

The Level 3 students were tasked with creating a two course meal to serve to guests in ample time. They had to design, cook and serve the meals, all whilst being keenly watched by our judges. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to practice in an environment much like a lunch service in a restaurant, with many high profile guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bath. The atmosphere in the kitchen was very tense, but the lunch service was a success and there wasn’t a scrap of food left on any of the plates! This meant the judges had an incredibly difficult decision to make, but ultimately it was Team Connaught who came out on top, consisting of Florence Sewell, Keziah Morgan and Thomas Will.

 

 

The day culminated in the Professional Chef Challenge, which saw Chefs from all over the local area coming down to compete. They needed to prepare a two course signature dish, consisting of a main and a dessert, all whilst being watched by our keen eyed judges. These plates were then tasted by the judges and a display plate was placed in the restaurant for viewing by attendees during the awards ceremony. Once the Chefs were finished they came out and mingled with the audience of the awards, where our Catering and Hospitality front of house students served drinks and the canapés made earlier to guests who were eagerly awaiting the winner’s announcement. After a long period of deliberation, the judges came to a decision, and Jethro Lawrence, Head Chef of Woolley Grange Hotel, was crowned the Professional Chef Champion! The celebration continued on, with more bubbly and canapés making the rounds as winners and runners up chatted about their dishes and collected their awards. What an incredible day! We can’t wait for next year.

 

We would like to thank our esteemed judges:

 

We would also like to thank our sponsors, without whom the day would not have been possible.

 

If you’re interested in our Catering and Hospitality courses, please click here

 

Otherwise scroll on for our complete list of winners and short gallery

 

Canapés challenge:

Gold: Modesta Petrauskaite

Silver: Molly Wilson

Bronze: Samuel Rossiter

 

Knife skills challenge:

Gold: Will Evans

Silver: Fred Veal

Bronze: Leon Dyer

 

Level 3 team challenge:

Gold: Team Connaught

  • Florence Sewell
  • Keziah Morgan
  • Thomas Will

 

Silver: Team Goring

  • Maddie Dodd
  • Jasmine Barnett
  • Ben Colley

 

Bronze: Team Savoy

  • Rosa Juodaky
  • Connor Adamson
  • Lewis Nash

 

Level 2 Team Challenge:

Gold: Team Pineapple

  • Destiny Smith
  • Liam Cottle

 

Silver: Team Strawberry

  • Lucy Knight
  • Emily Hunt

 

Bronze: Team Orange

  • Vikki Pearcey
  • Kaitlin Ellis

 

Front of House challenge

Winner: Ben Colley

Highly Commended: Thomas Will

 

Professional challenge

Gold: Jethro Lawrence. Head chef at Woolley Grange hotel.

Silver: Andrew jenkinson, Lucknam Park Hotel

Bronze: Fraser Jones (best western plus centurion hotel)

 

 

Have a look at some of these snaps from the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Bath College Business and Accounting students wow local Accounting Experts during Business Challenge

 

Last week 23 Level 3 Business BTEC and Accounting students participated in the annual Business and Accounting challenge. To complete the challenge Students had to look at a business case study and prepare a presentation to suggest the direction this business should take for the future. They had to work in teams to create their plans, thinking about how the business might grow and develop and what obstacles may be in their way. Midway through they were given newspaper articles and memos, which altered the plans of the business and challenged them to rethink and adjust. They had to show the judges they could adapt to different scenarios, just like in the ever changing world of business.

The challenge was run by Jack Henman from the Accountancy body ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and Donna West, Bath College’s own AAT Co-ordinator.  The judges themselves were all from local accountancy businesses, including MHA Monahans Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Richardson Swift LTD and Independent Vet Care.  Richardson Swift Ltd were kind enough to sponsor the trophies, which were given out at the end of the day to the team with the best plan. The decision as to who was the winner took a lot of deliberation from the judges, as all the students had done so well! After much discussion they came to an agreement and announced the winning team, which consisted of Bethany, Alexandra and Maddison.

If you’re interested in a Business or Accounting course please click here

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