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Announcement, News

Start of term information for FE students

 

Start of Term Information – Study Programmes

 

Key Dates for Term 1
Induction Week 7th-11th September
Start of course teaching 14th September onwards
Half Term 26th–30th October
End of Term 11th December
 

Induction Week
During the first week of term, we will be spending time, letting you know all about the course you have chosen and what other things you’ll be doing during your time at College. It is an opportunity to:
• Get to know the other students in your groups
• Find your way around the College
• Get used to your journeys to and from College
• Meet your Tutor
• Ask any questions you may have
 

Course Teaching – the first six weeks

As the course teaching starts and the lecturers start covering the subject matter you should see it as an opportunity to impress. During the first 5 or 6 weeks, we will be looking at your performance and seeing whether you are on the right course and/or the right level. This will involve some assessments but your lecturers will prepare you well for them.
This time is vital for us to see what skills and talents you have, particularly those that are not always obvious when looking at a person’s GCSE results. Make this time count!!!
 

Course Changes
We realise that sometimes people choose a course they think they are interested in but may change their minds about it. If this happens to you, talk to us and we will ensure that we give you advice and guidance as to what to do next. Provided it’s practically possible, you may change your course choice in the first 6 weeks though we’ll want to talk to you about if first.
 

Your Voice
During this time we will be particularly interested in how you are settling into College and what your opinions are about your experiences so we’ll be asking you to tell us on a few occasions. We care what you think!
 

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

 
Lessons: Most courses are likely to have combination of face to face and online learning for at least the first term. There may be funds available for students eligible for bursaries to access IT to enable them to do this.
Please expect some of your learning to be online. We will try and maximise the amount of time you will spend at College but there will be times in the week where you cannot and we will guide you as to what you should do.
 

Class sizes: Will be smaller than usual and will be dictated by the room size and how we can follow social distancing guidelines.
 

Student bubbles: We will be keeping students in ‘bubbles’ with their classmates where possible.
 

Social space: We will need to minimise the number of students in our social spaces so there will be less available for the first term as we need to prioritise the spaces for our more vulnerable students.
 

Welcome forms: We will be asking you to fill out a short form when you first come into College to tell us that you do not have Covid-19 symptoms, that no-one in your household does and that you will tell us if the situation changes.

 

Student Support and Welfare

 
Safeguarding and welfare: Despite restrictions on us during this time, we are committed to keeping up our excellent student support and will be amending our safeguarding and welfare processes in order to take into account blended learning.
 

Student bursaries such as free college meals and transport assistance are still available for those who qualify so please contact our Student Advice Centre on info@bathcollege.ac.uk if you need further information.
 

Covid-19

 
College Campuses
 
One-way systems: Both our City Centre and Somer Valley Campuses will have one-way systems at the College that we will need to use if the Covid-19 situation in the South West becomes more serious. For the meantime, we are asking all students and staff to wear face coverings in corridors and social areas.
 

Face coverings: We will be supplying each learner a washable face covering and a small hand sanitiser bottle. The Government’s current guidance (as of 26.08.2020) is that face coverings may now required in educational settings in corridors and social areas, though each school/college can decide if they wish to do this. The College, has decided that we will be asking you to wear a face covering (you may bring your own if you wish) in some lessons, in corridors and in social spaces. Unless you have informed us of a reason why you can’t wear a face covering, you must do so when you are asked.
 

Please note, you will not be able to get on public transport OR a College bus if you do not have a face covering. If you cannot wear one and need to use a College bus please let us know straight away via closure@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

We are sending out a survey this week that you will be able to fill in to tell us if you have any medical reason why you cannot wear a face covering. We will help you with this so do let us know.
 
Hand sanitiser: Ensuring there are sufficient supplies of hand sanitiser at key points at both campuses and in each classroom and workshop. The best way to combat the spread of any virus including Covid-19 is to wash your hands. We are making our toilets safer by turning off hand dryers and supplying you with paper towels. Wash your hands often!
 
Staggering start and finish times: so that you and the staff can safely move around the College we have changed our planned start times. This means that being punctual is very important.
 

Additional cleaning: to ensure that we minimise the spread of Coronavirus we are increasing the amount of cleaning we are doing around the College including toilets, door handles, photocopiers etc.
Cleaning your own table and equipment: at the end of your lessons it is likely that you will be asked to wipe down your desk, keyboard etc before you leave. This is for hygiene purposes and we will provide you with materials to do this safely.
 

If you don’t remember anything else remember this….
 

STOP!
1. HANDS have you washed your hands?
2. DISTANCE be disciplined, keep 1m apart!
3. MASKS wear a mask when you’re asked!
4. THINK always think of others!

 

FAQs


What happens if I forget my face covering and a teacher asks us to wear one?

We will be keeping disposable face coverings at College though we will expect you to remember to bring the one the College gave you and an alternative if that one is being washed.
 

I have a breathing issue and cannot wear a face covering – what should I do?

Tell us! We will not force you to use a face covering as long as we know that you can’t. We will issue you with a card to use behind your I.D. badge so that you can show it if you are challenged.
 

My IT set up at home means that I cannot learn online – what should I do?

If you cannot get online at all because you do not have a device or internet access, again, tell us and we will try to help.
 

There is someone vulnerable in my household and I am worried about coming to College.

Again, let us know and we can advise you. Either tell the member of the curriculum staff who has been in contact with you, email closure@bathcollege.ac.uk or info@bathcollege.ac.uk.
 

If in doubt…talk to us
 

Announcement, News

College information for September

 

Now that students have enrolled for the coming academic year at Bath College, we have put together a brief overview of how we are handling the new term amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. We will, of course, be giving you lots more information in the run up to the start of term but in the meantime, these are the measures Bath College has taken to help minimise the risk of Coronavirus and keep students and staff safe.
 

College Campuses

One-way systems: Both our City Centre and Somer Valley Campuses will have one-way systems so that staff and students are able to move around the College safely when they are on site.
Face coverings: We will be supplying each learner a washable face covering to use when they are travelling to and from College and a small hand sanitiser bottle. We will not be asking students to wear face coverings at College unless the Government’s guidance to schools and colleges changes.
Hand sanitiser: Ensuring there are sufficient supplies of hand sanitiser at key points at both campuses and in each classroom and workshop.
Staggering start and finish times: so that students and staff can safely move around the College.
Additional cleaning: to ensure that we minimise the spread of Coronavirus.
 

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Lessons: Most courses are likely to have combination of face to face and online learning for at least the first term. There may be funds available for students eligible for bursaries to access IT to enable them to do this. On the week commencing the 17th August, we will begin to send out more specific information on what your young persons lessons will look like as well as key dates to remember.
Class sizes: Will be smaller than usual and will be dictated by the room size and how we can follow social distancing guidelines.
Student bubbles: We will be keeping students in ‘bubbles’ with their classmates where possible.
Social space: We will need to minimise the number of students in our social spaces so there will be less available for the first term.
 

Student Support

Safeguarding and welfare: Despite restrictions on us during this time, we are committed to keeping up our excellent student support and will be amending our safeguarding and welfare processes in order to take into account blended learning.
Student bursaries such as free college meals and transport assistance are still available for those who qualify so please contact our Student Advice Centre on info@bathcollege.ac.uk if you need further information.
 
We will be back in touch between now and the start of term with a lot more information for you but if you would like to ask us any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jayne Davis, Deputy Principal and Jon Domaille, Assistant Principal – Learner Journey & Customer Relations at closure@bathcollege.ac.uk. This will be monitored from Wednesday 12th August 2020 onwards.
 
We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.
 

Announcement, News

Proposal for city centre innovation centre on Bath College campus gets £300k boost

I-START is a collaboration between Bath College, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath & North East Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA)

 

I-START is designed to help local people to gain new skills and re-train for roles in the creative and digital sectors. It also aims to provide a more flexible approach to learning which will fit around people’s busy lives, making it more accessible to those without traditional qualifications. This would help more people from diverse social and educational backgrounds gain new skills, leading to high quality jobs in the creative and digital sectors.
 
The plan is to create an innovation centre – believed to be the first of its kind in the UK – on Bath College’s City Centre campus. As well as training, the innovation centre will also work with businesses, helping them develop new ideas.
 
The West of England Combined Authority approved the outline business case and agreed to invest £300,000 to develop and design the project further. This will including a review of the plans in light of Covid-19.
 
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “I am keen to ensure that all our residents, whatever their background or challenges, can realise their potential by gaining the digital skills our region needs in future.
 
“This focus on future digital skills is now more important than ever as we look at our region’s economic renewal, coming out of Covid-19. By offering people more training opportunities that will help them to develop the right skills that our region’s businesses need, we can give them the best possible chances to re-train and up-skill in their chosen careers.”
 
The I-START project involves a ground-breaking collaboration between the college, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath & North East Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).
 
Councillor Tim Ball, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet member for Housing, Planning and Economic Development, said: “Now we are in the recovery phase of COVID-19, giving people the right skills to meet the demands of the future will be key to the economic recovery of Bath and North East Somerset as a whole. I’m pleased that the I-START project will take an inclusive approach to opening up further and higher education to more people in our region.”
 
I-START’s learning space would be co-located with innovative start-up businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (via the SETsquared University of Bath Innovation Centre), the Institute of Coding and research & knowledge exchange – spanning the digital and creative economy, robotics, social science and the arts – leading to collaboration between partners, students and businesses.
 
The proposed training centre would be based next to Bath Quays, with its excellent links across the region; giving students access to growing businesses looking to expand their workforces. By 2027, it is expected that 55% of UK jobs will require higher level qualifications.
 
Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, said: “We are delighted that the I-START Outline Business Case has been approved, and look forward to working with WECA and our project partners to continue to develop our plans. I’d like to thank all those involved for their hard work in getting the project to this stage.
 
“What we’re jointly proposing is a genuinely exciting prospect for our city, expanding the University’s world-leading SETsquared Bath Innovation Centre, improving access to our research and expertise in areas of value to the City, creating Bath’s first digital labs to accommodate new and growing businesses, and building on our experience as educational providers to enhance the future prospects of the City as a location for inward investment.
 
“Not only is this a project exactly what the city will need as we look to bounce back from the economic impacts of Covid19, but it will benefit our city for years to come.”
 
Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College, Laurel Penrose, said: “We are delighted to be part of such a great partnership. At Bath College we are always striving to identify and address the needs of local people and employers.
 
We look forward to the development of the innovation centre at our City Centre Campus and welcoming a whole new cohort of students.”
 
Professor Andy Salmon, Pro Vice Chancellor External, Bath Spa University on behalf of Vice Chancellor Sue Rigby, said: “It is fitting that this exciting inclusive growth project is the first time that the four essential Bath partners have combined their national and international leading strengths in skills, innovation, and business start up. The revolutionary part of this programme is its ability to make ambitious and necessary connections across disciplines and business opportunities at the very moment when our skills and core purposes are undergoing radical shift. This project gives us the opportunity for the city and region to move forward rapidly harnessing the formidable capacity of one great College and two excellently complimentary Universities.”
 
I-START will help meet the objectives set out in the West of England Local Industrial Strategy and Employment and Skills Plan.
 

Announcement, News

College Reopening Info for Further Education Students

College reopening

 

Please note all plans are subject to any changes the Government might make around social distancing, travelling and education provision.
 

We have considered very carefully our strategy in reopening the College in light of Government guidance. The safety of all our College community has been at the forefront of our work in managing closure, lockdown and now return. It is with this in mind that we are taking a very cautious, staged approach.
 

Our focus for the rest of the summer term will continue to be on developing and delivering remote learning, with an additional emphasis on providing one-to-one or small group support.
 

There will also be the potential from the 1st July for curriculum areas who need to do practical work to invite in students, obviously with social distancing measures in place. Where we have students who are struggling to access remote learning, or need specific support, we will also provide the opportunity for some of them to attend.
 

Please look at the guidance below so that you can identify which parts are relevant to you.
 

1) If you are at the end of your first year and will be returning in September

Please continue to check your emails over the coming weeks as you may be invited to re-enrol for September by using our online, virtual enrolment process. You may also be contacted by your tutor to discuss your options.
 

2) If you are at the end of your course and are not returning

Please liaise with your tutor or course leader about the most appropriate time to return any college owned items or collect any portfolio work or personal belongings. You will not be allowed to access college without prior permission and consent by the college.
 
3) If you are at the end of your course and want to go onto a new course in September
 

You need to ensure that you have applied online via the college website for the course you wish to begin in September. You can email us on info@bathcollege.ac.uk or contact us on our live web chat service on our website if you have any questions regarding this. Once you have applied, you will be advised of your next steps. If you want to explore various options, why not register for our virtual open day on the 30th June where you can explore everything we have to offer and get some more advice.
 

4) If you are at the end of your course but still need to do some assessments before you finish

You may be invited to come into College after July 1st so please look out for some communication from your Tutor or Lecturer.
 

5) If you are an applicant to the College and will be starting in September.
 

Please continue to check your emails as we will be touch as soon as possible with important information about how you can safely enroll at Bath College for your start in September.
 

Further information

Students who will be invited to return to College for some classes

  • Only a very limited number of students will be asked to attend College. If you are not contacted directly by someone from the College, you should not attend.
  • You will be told when to come in and you need to stick to those times for everyone’s safety.
  • You should only come into College after being invited if you are able to get here safely – your tutor will talk to you about this.
  • If you are under 18 we will ask your parent/carer to confirm they agree for you to come in.We recognise that not all students may wish to return at the current time and that some may not be able to due to health conditions or for the protection of family members. Attendance at College will therefore not be mandatory, and students will continue to be able to access learning remotely. Students will not be penalised if they are not able to attend classes.
     

    Travel

  • Government guidance is currently to avoid the use of public transport where possible. We recognise that some of you will be reliant on public transport to get to College and before agreeing to come in you should talk to your family and Lecturer/Tutor about this.
  • We recommend, if possible, that you ask someone in your own household to give you a lift to College
  • The College bus service will be operating but on a revised and limited service.
  • We have been working with the bus company to devise a timetable based around the revised College days and the demand on routes from students.
  • The maximum number of students able to travel on an individual bus will be reduced significantly so that all passengers are able to practice appropriate social distancing.
  • We must know if advance if you are planning to use the service so that we can plan routes. We will shortly be sending out a questionnaire regarding travel to groups that we will be inviting to return by email. Please ensure you return this questionnaire.
  • No passes will be issued. Passage will be on a pay-as-you-go basis and we will send you details of this if you are invited in.
  • If you are in receipt of a travel bursary will continue to receive this if you are asked to come into College.
     

    College Facilities

    Not all College facilities will be available when we reopen, please see below:
     

    Facilities open:

    • LRC – limited spaces
    • Student Welfare
    • Student Services
    • IT services
    • First-Aid

     

    Facilities which will not be open:

    • Cafes: You must bring your own food and drink to College unless you are entitled to free College meals.
    • Sanctuary, although alternative provision will be available.

     

    5) Other changes and restrictions

    There will a number of other changes put in place to ensure the safety of member of both the College and the wider community and to reduce the risk of the spread of infection. You will be expected to adhere to an additional Code of Conduct when you are at College.
     

    COVID code of conduct

    In the interests of public health and in order to keep all members of the College community safe, we have developed a COVID code of conduct for students which will remain in place until the requirement for social distancing is removed. Students will not be allowed to return to College unless they have verified that they have read and agreed to this code of conduct. If this is broken in any way, the student will be immediately asked to leave the College campus and disciplinary action will be taken. The code of conduct is here: Code of Conduct COVID19
     

  • Announcement, News

    Kickstart your Bath College Journey now

     

    Did you know, if you’re a full-time student coming to Bath College in September, you can start preparing for your course now?
     
    Our lecturers have been working to produce a selection of tasks to get you thinking, inspire you and keep you busy between now and when you start college.
     
    What is the expectation?

    Whilst these tasks will not be assessed as part of your course, we really encourage you to give them a go. They will provide you a real kick start to your course and enable you to use your time positively over the coming weeks.
     
    How do I request my task?

    Simply email admissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk with the name of the course you have been offered a place on and we will respond directly to you with your tasks.
     

    What If I have a question?

    Just get in touch with us on admissionsFT@bathcollege.ac.uk directly, we are here to help.
     
     

    Sketch view of proposed building - looking east from James Street

    Announcement, News

    Bath College reveal initial plans for Digital and Creative Innovation Centre

     

    Bath College is developing proposals for a new academic building, to be located along the northern boundary of the College with St. James’ Parade.
     
    The new building is required to enable the College to better meet the skills need for the digital and creative industries and provide specialist facilities which are not currently available to students, employers and small-to-medium enterprises in the locality. It is envisaged that the new building will comprise of innovation learning spaces, public spaces and pre-incubation spaces.
     
    Whilst the design of the new building is in the early stages of development, it is expected that it will comprise an additional 1,300m² of internal floor space for the College and be designed with due regard to the character of the historic buildings in the immediate context of the campus.
     

    This new building will replace an existing area of car parking and a plant room, roughly on a footprint matching the extent of the adjacent parade, which formerly continued further to the west. Given that the proposed development is contained within the existing campus, it is not considered that the development will cause any detrimental impacts to existing residents or businesses.
     
    The College’s consultant team has commenced pre-application discussions with BANES Council and is in the process of notifying other identified key stakeholders. A public consultation is also planned for early 2020, in advance of a planning application due to be submitted in March 2020.
     

    Announcement, News

    Institute of Technology success in the West of England

     

    The 12 winning bids by colleges and universities, which will share £170m, have been announced by the Department for Education– today.
     
    The application to create an ‘Institute of Technology’ (IoT) is one of those winning bids and will now progress to the pre-award stage.
     
    The application titled the South West Institute of Future Technologies (SWIFT) will potentially receive £14m of government funding.
     
    SWIFT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the South West. It has been led by Weston College and includes the University of the West of England, Bath College, Gloucestershire College, and Yeovil College as well as a network of key local employers, including; GKN Aerospace, Airbus, GE Aviation, Renishaw, Weston Area Health Trust, St Monica Trust, Jisc, Mayden Academy, National Composites Centre (NCC), North Somerset Council and Tech OP Solutions.
     
    The Government’s aim for IoTs is to offer an alternative to universities by specialising in delivering higher level technical training in STEM subjects. This will boost young people’s skills and provide a route for students taking T levels or A Levels to move onto higher level technical education; IoTs will also cater for those people already in work, with higher level technical training at Level 4 and above in STEM subjects. IoTs will set all learners on a path to high-skilled, high-wage careers in health and social care; advanced engineering and high-value manufacturing, and the creative, digital and high-tech industry sectors.
     
    SWIFT’s combined foundation of expertise will extend learning beyond physical boundaries to maximise engagement of under-represented individuals through digital innovation. The next generation will be fully equipped to apply their skills increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
     
    Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for current and future students of Bath College as well as a national vote of confidence in the quality and commitment of the College and its staff to be part of this nation-wide initiative. It is fantastic to be part of such a rigorous and innovative process working with other FE and HE establishments developing appropriate qualifications in liaison with employers.”
     
    Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, commented: “We are thrilled to have received this news. Working collaboratively with other institutes and employers is key, and the Government have recognised that this project will significantly influence skills development and innovation on both a regional and national basis.”
     
    Tim Bowles, Regional Mayor commented: “This is fantastic news for our region. Our region’s new Institute of Future Technologies will attract more learners to higher education from under-represented groups in technical and higher education, addressing the emerging skills gaps in our economy. New learners will benefit from the technical skills and training programmes that will be provided by the institute – helping them into high skilled jobs in the West of England.”
     
    Prime Minister Theresa May said: “These new institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people.”
     

    Cameron Carpenter and Daniel Kimmins

    Announcement, News, Student Spotlight

    Project SEARCH students celebrate securing jobs for B&NES

     

    Project SEARCH students Daniel and Cameron are over the moon as they have been offered paid employment after just 6 months on the programme.
     

    Project SEARCH is an employability programme based at Bath and North East Somerset Council, which helps young adults with learning disabilities gain the skills they need to become employed.
     

    It is a unique programme of work based experience, originating from Cincinnati, which sees a Business (the Council) team up with an Educator (Bath College) and Supported Employment provider (Virgin Care) to run the programme.
     

    Cameron Carpenter has secured a seasonal position working for Bath and North East Somerset Council as an assistant stock keeper.
     

    His tasks will include: supporting with deliveries to the shops within Heritage Services, taking delivery of stock, unloading and storing in the warehouse, checking orders and maintaining a secure environment of valuable stock.
     

    Cameron said: “I have a mix of feelings about securing the job, but I feel excited and content and looking forward to earning money.
     

    “Project SEARCH has got me to the place where I can get a job and has helped my confidence.”
     

    Daniel Kimmins is about to begin work for Bath and North East Somerset Council as a porter at the Roman Baths.
     

    His tasks will include retrieving and retrieving, issuing and returning audio guides and giving a high level of customer service at this top attraction in Bath.
     

    Daniel Said: “It means a lot to have been given this job. I’ve worked hard and made a good impression on my placement so have really bonded with the staff and the porter team at the Roman Baths.
     

    “Through Project SEARCH I have gained skills in applying for jobs and filling out forms and it’s been great for getting me ready for interview, practicing the questions, I was very prepared.”
     

    Catherine Stargatt, Lecturer in Foundation Learning (Project SEARCH), commented: “Since Dan and Cameron started at Project SEARCH in September 2018 they have learned valuable work related skills both in their departments and in the Project SEARCH training room in the Guildhall.
     

    Both have showed maturity and professionalism at their time on this programme, we wish them every success in their new employment.”
     

    For more information about Project SEARCH click here.
     

    Announcement, News

    Bath College £2million Catering and Hospitality provision to open in Autumn term

     

    Bath College is being awarded more than £2 million from the West of England Joint Committee’s Local Growth Fund to support the refurbishment of its Catering and Hospitality Education and Training Hub. This will create a state-of-the-art hub with specialist training facilities to keep pace with the growing demand for hospitality and catering sector skills.
     
    The College held a consultation meeting with local hospitality businesses to get ideas about how to develop the catering and hospitality provision to further meet local demand.
     
    The consultation was attended by representatives from Chaine des Rottisseurs, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Bath Pub Company, Hotel Indigo, Corkage, Babington House, Searcy’s, Edible Arts Patisserie, Koffman & Mr Whites and The Manor House.
     
    The Ralph Allen Building currently houses the catering facilities, however this building has recently been sold, so architects are currently planning with the College how they can move it into the Roper Building.
     
    The brand new facilities will include a full commercial restaurant as well as both a skills and production kitchen, set to open in the Autumn term.
     
    Students will be learning skills including 5 course menus to industry standards as well as training high-end front of house skills.
     
    The kitchens will each hold space for sixteen students including a disabled access station and a lecture space.
     
    Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said: “We are delighted at the allocations of the capital funds for catering/hospitality as we know how beneficial it will be to the local economy.
     
    “Furthermore, it’s a real vote of confidence in Bath College’s staff and students, who will benefit greatly.”
     
    Bath College regularly works with local restaurants and hotels such as Lucknam Park, The Pig, The Bath Priory and others to give students the best possible industry experience whilst studying.
     
    With the College’s own restaurant being moved to Roper Building, the hope is that more members of the public take advantage of the facilities, giving students the experience they require.
     
    For more information about Catering & Hospitality at Bath College click here.
     

    Announcement, Football Academy, News

    Bath City Football Academy Trials – Registration now open!

     

    The Bath City Football Academy trials for 2019 are nearly here and registration is now open! Bath City Football Academy was set up to support the development of all students, both on the pitch as players, and in the classroom. Students will study a BTEC in Sport alongside their training schedule, and after 2-3 years will have the qualifications to progress on to a range of career opportunities. The days involve study at Bath College in the morning’s followed by training in the afternoon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Fixtures are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Successful Academy players have gone on to Bath University to study Sports Performance, gone on to play for Bath City Under 21’s or Bath City first team, take scholarships in the USA and go on to be full and part time coaches.

     

     

    We’re really excited for this year’s trials, and registration is now open, so if you would like to apply you can do so by following the links below.

     

    The Men’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Wednesday 20th February from 10am – 4pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here

     

    The Women’s Academy trials will be held at Odd Down Sports Ground on Thursday 21st February from 10am – 12pm. Trials are open to players aged 16-19 and all selected players will start studying a BTEC in Sport in September 2019. You can register for a trial place here

    Announcement, News

    UCU Industrial Action Statement

     

    We have learned that a small number of our staff are taking industrial action on 29th and 30th January. Whilst we are disappointed that some staff are striking, we understand the reasons why. The reality is that Further Education Colleges are inadequately funded by central government and, in fact, we recently took part in the national Love Our Colleges campaign to highlight the lack of central funding and the fact that nationally FE lecturers are not paid well when compared to other education professionals in schools and universities.
     
    Our focus is on our students, and I can confirm that the College will remain open throughout the industrial action as we expect the majority of teaching and learning activity to proceed as usual. Staff who are working will ensure that there is minimal disruption to students’ studies and students should continue attending college as normal on the two days of industrial action.
     
    We recognise that over the past couple of years we have been through difficult financial times, which has resulted in job losses and no cost of living pay awards. However, we have all worked hard to secure the future of Bath College and prior to the ballot for strike action taking place we had already proposed a 1% pay increase and although we recognise the limitations of the offer we believe that this is the maximum that we can afford whilst still ensuring that the financial wellbeing of the College is secured for all our staff and students.
     
    We look forward to continuing to work with the Unions as appropriate.
     
    Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College
     

    Announcement, News

    Cats Protection Pens now at Bath College

     
    Bath College Animal Care students are looking after cats that need rehoming in brand new cat pens opened this week at the Somer Valley Campus.
     
    The Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection will be running the pens by making appointments for potential new owners to adopt them into their homes whilst the students take care of the cats, giving them valuable industry experience.
     
    Poppy and Monty the cats120 cats get rehomed by the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection each year, which may be able to increase now that the cat pens at Bath College have opened.
     
    Volunteers are often hard to come by, so Emma Harrison at Cats Protection thought it would be a great opportunity to work with students.
     
    She said: “Previous to my role at Cats Protection, I was Head of Animal Management at a Land-Based College in Berkshire and felt that my experience in education and my understanding of the Animal Care and Management curriculum would be really useful in exploring a possible collaboration with Bath College.
     
    “After a lot of careful planning, we now have a 4 pen cattery unit situated at the college. The students and staff will provide the day to day care of the foster cats and our Cats Protection volunteer will manage admissions, vet visits and adoptions. This resource will allow the Frome and District Branch of Cats Protection to be able to help more cats but will also provide students with a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working with cats and with a National charity.”
     

    Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College, opened the cat pens by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
     
    She said: “We are delighted to be working with the Cats Protection on this project, which offers invaluable experience for our learners. We would like to thank the Frome branch, who have carefully planned the logistics of holding the pens at the College with our Landbased staff.
     
    “The pens are start-of-the-art, and it was great to see new residents, Pansy, Buddy, Monty and Poppy, settle in.”
     
    Appointments to re-home cats will open soon. For more details, contact: fromecp@gmail.com
     

    Announcement, News

    Life and Independent Living Skills Students running Bath College Shop

     

    A huge well done to the Bath College Life and Independent Living Skills (LILS) Students who have successfully taken over the day-to-day running of the College Shop.
     
    The LILS programme is for SEND learners and focuses on preparing young people for adulthood by promoting independence wherever possible.
     
    Bruno Elliott, Inclusion Facilitator at Bath College, is overseeing the learners in the shop. He said: “Students say that it helps them get ready for employment. It does this by making them realise the importance of customer service in a retail setting and improving their communication skills.
     
    “Handling money plays an important role in preparing for the workplace. It also enables them to feel more part of the College.”
     
    The College Shop sells a variety of art equipment, stationery and other useful items such as reusable coffee cups and is open Monday-Friday 10.00-11.45 and 12.50-14.45.
     
    Shop customers are kindly asked to be patient with the students staffing the shop as they learn the ropes of a retail environment.
     

    Announcement, News

    Bath College launch series of free courses to help further develop skills in the community

     

    Bath College have put together some brand new free courses to help local people and businesses.

     

    Whether it’s short courses to help get back into employment, computing courses or English language courses, the College can help you upskill.

     
    These courses are in addition to the existing Adult Community Learning programme that Bath College currently runs, which provides a wide range of courses intended for those who want to improve their chances to find work, support their families or live independently.

     
    Free Short Courses

     
    These courses are perfect for people who are looking to get back into the workplace and include:
    • Health and Safety in the Workplace (Free CSCS Card)
    • Working as a Door Supervisor/ Stewarding (Free SIA Licence)
    • Warehousing and Storage (Free FLT Licence)
    • CCTV Operator (Free SIA Licence)
    • Logistics and Transport (Free DGV Licence)
    • Working in the Care Sector including Work Placement (Free Care Certificate Portfolio)

     
    All courses include:
    • Functional Skills English and Mathematics;
    • Personal Development for Employability; and,
    • Emergency First Aid in the Workplace.

     
    We also offer:
    • Bookkeeping, SAGE & Business Administration (Free AAT Registration)

     
    Free IT / Computer Courses
    These courses are designed for those who are either completely new to computers or want to brush up on existing IT skills.
    The Bath College Learning Centre is located in a professional adult learning environment located at the City Centre Campus.
    Courses include:
    • IT Level 1 Certificate – This course is designed to develop your skills in Microsoft Office programmes including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • IT Level 2 Extended Certificate – This course is aimed at learners who have either achieved the Level 1 Certificate or already have experience, and a good understanding of Microsoft Office programmes.

     
    Free ESOL – English Language Courses
    These courses are to help develop English Reading, Writing or Speaking and Listening Skills for those whose first language is not English.
    The courses lead to recognised qualifications and are free to most people, including those from other European Union countries. They are for all levels of ability to enable people to learn at their own pace.

     
    For more information about any of our new free courses, visit www.bathcollege.ac.uk/freecourses or call 01225 312720

     

    Announcement, Events, News

    Chef v Chef 2019

     

    All the ingredients are being prepared for the annual Chef v Chef contest which pits the best local cooks against one another and also gives the next generation a chance to show what they can do.
     
    It was back in 2006 that Catering Services International, Bath College and the Initiative in B&NES dreamt up the idea of a competition to celebrate the talent operating in our restaurants, hotels and bars.
     
    Since then prize-winners have gone on to become Head Chefs in a wide variety of establishments. This year’s competitors will hope to follow in their footsteps by impressing the glittering jury of judges, including Gary Jones, Scott Lucas, Stuart McLeod, Stuart Ash and Damien Wager.
     
    “There’s no doubt that the competition has played a part in encouraging ever higher standards which brings a great boost to the local economy,” said Ian Bell, Executive Director of the Initiative in B&NES.
     
    Andrew Berman, MD of Catering Services International, the UK’s leading specialist in catering and hospitality recruitment is really looking forward to this year’s competition which will be held on February 15th: “We have a phenomenal pool of talented chefs throughout the region and Chef v Chef is the ideal platform to showcase their culinary excellence. Entries are open to all, creating a very diverse competition.”
     
    Bath College hosts the competition, which gives a range of their students the chance to display their skills under the pressure of a contest. Ryan Hanson said: “It’s fantastic to have Chef v Chef back at College this year, previous competitors have found it the launch pad to opportunities at some of the best places in the country.”
     
    The competition is split into two sections, with professionals in one and students in the other. The pros have to produce two courses, this year featuring guinea fowl, whilst the students will be judged on both kitchen and restaurant skills.
     
    There are cash prizes and a chance for work experience in a two Michelin starred restaurant in Cambridge.
     
    All the details are available at www.chefvchef.co.uk and entries close on January 25th.
     

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    Announcement, Events, News

    Bath Half Family Fun Run 2019 sponsored by Bath College opens for entries

     

    The 2019 Bath Half Family Fun Run is now open for entries and with 1250 spaces for runners, it is set to be the biggest fun run the race organisers have held to date. This year’s Fun Run is sponsored by Bath College, who are also providing massages in the Runner’s Village to those who are running the half marathon.
     
    The Family Fun run is open to all ages and abilities and takes place immediately after the start of the half marathon, starting and finishing under the main gantry in Great Pulteney Street. The course is ¾ mile long and completely traffic free. Runners use the first section of the half marathon course, running down Pulteney Road to North Parade Road before turning and running back again.
     
    Entry to the Family Fun Run costs £6.80 for a child under 16yrs and £10.80 for an adult, and there is a free t-shirt for every entrant and a medal and goody bag for all finishers.
     
    Race Director, Andrew Taylor said “We are delighted to welcome Bath College as another local partner for the Bath Half. As the largest community event in the city, we particularly value the support of the local community.
     
    “The Family Fun Run is an ideal way to introduce people to running in a safe race environment and to find out what it is like to run a bit of the main course too. It is great fun and open for people of all ages and abilities to take part. It is hugely popular and every year the fun run sells out very quickly, so if you are keen then my advice is to sign up as soon as you can.
     
    “If you have a loved one running the Bath Half you can take part in the fun run and still have plenty time to be finished and support them on the course, it is also a good way to keep the kids entertained while you are waiting to cheer your runner over the finish line.”
     
    Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Bath Half Family Fun run this year. We know what an important event this is to the Bath Community and as a college with our roots in the heart of the city, we feel this is a fantastic partnership.
     
    “Having our Sport, Complementary Therapy and Beauty students running the post-half marathon massage tent is a wonderful opportunity for them to gain more experience, whilst also showcasing their skills to the community.”
     
    The Bath Half Family Fun Run 2018 takes place on Sunday 17th March. Entries can be completed online at www.bathhalf.co.uk/entries.
     
    General entries for the Bath Half sold out 2 months ago but there are still some charity places available on the website www.bathhalf.co.uk
     

    Announcement, Apprenticeships, News

    Bath Colleges Top Three Apprenticeships of the Month

    December Edition

     

    It’s the last day of our Apprenticeship Takeover and we thought we’d wrap it up with the top three apprenticeship opportunities for this month!

     

    Our first one is Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations Apprentice

    This is based in Bath at The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Assembly rooms, some beautiful places to work! You will be required to work 37 hours a week, this includes your time at College. On Completion of the course you will have a NVQ Level 2 in Creative and Cultural Venue Operations. The salary is £11,406.67 in your first year. You can find all the details in the above link, this is not an opportunity you want to miss, make sure to get your application in before the closing date on Sunday 9th December!

     

     

     

    Our second one is Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice

    This is a perfect opportunity for an aspiring Chef. You will receive full training and guidance in all aspects of preparing and cooking the freshest ingredients to the highest standards, based in Fuller’s Kitchen establishments across the south of England. You will spend one day a week at Bath College studying, and the rest of your learning with be hands on in the Kitchen. The salary is £246.00 – £328.00 per week, not including any tips you get. Click the link above for more information including wages and requirements. The closing date will be in March so make sure to get your applications in early!

     

    Our last top opportunity is a Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship at The Bath Mill

    This is another great opportunity for an aspiring Chef and is more local to Bath. You will be providing prompt preparation and food service delivery to a five star standard, learning hands on skills as well as studying at College. Bath Mill are a great employer to work with an all the training will be provided by their talented Chefs and Front of House staff. The salary is £8.21 per hour. Click the link above for more information and if you’re interested make sure to get your application in before the close date in January!

     

     

    Have we piqued your interest with Apprenticeships? Be sure to have a look at our Apprenticeship page for all the information and all our other fantastic opportunities! You can find it here.

    Announcement, News

    UCU Industrial Action Statement

     

    We have learned that a small number of our staff are taking industrial action on 28th and 29th November. Whilst we are disappointed that some staff are striking, we understand the reasons why. The reality is that Further Education Colleges are inadequately funded by central government and, in fact, we recently took part in the national Love Our Colleges campaign to highlight the lack of central funding and the fact that nationally FE lecturers are not paid well when compared to other education professionals in schools and universities.
     
    Our focus is on our students, and I can confirm that the College will remain open throughout the industrial action as we expect the majority of teaching and learning activity to proceed as usual. Staff who are working will ensure that there is minimal disruption to students’ studies and students should continue attending college as normal on the two days of industrial action.
     
    We recognise that over the past couple of years we have been through difficult financial times, which has resulted in job losses and no cost of living pay awards. However, we have all worked hard to secure the future of Bath College and prior to the ballot for strike action taking place we had already proposed a 1% pay increase and although we recognise the limitations of the offer we believe that this is the maximum that we can afford whilst still ensuring that the financial wellbeing of the College is secured for all our staff and students.
     
    We look forward to continuing to work with the Unions as appropriate.
     
    Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College
     

    Careers Adviser Launch

    Announcement, News

    New 2019/2020 Full-time FE prospectus launched at Careers Advisers’ Event

     

    This week we launched our brand new full-time FE prospectus at our annual Careers’ Adviser Day.
     
    Careers advisers from fifteen schools in the local area came into Bath College to hear from Heads of Department discuss the changes in the curriculum and all about the provision the college has to offer.
     
    The new prospectus is focusing on learners ‘starting their journey’ at Bath College.
     
    Sarah Cooper, Schools Liaison Officer at Bath College said that: “We were delighted to see so many representatives from schools attend the launch event.
     
    “It was really encouraging to see so much interaction between advisers and College staff.
     
    “I’m confident that they now have all the tools to signpost students to the wide range of vocational and academic courses we offer.”
     
     
    The new prospectus is available to pick-up from the Student Advice Centre at both campuses.
     

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