A A A
BANES Interns

News

B&NES Council welcomes new Bath College interns

 

Eight young people with learning disabilities have started a year-long employability programme with Bath & North East Somerset Council.
 

This is the 10th year the council has welcomed interns from DFN Project Search – an initiative led by the council in partnership with Bath College and Virgin Care. The aim of the scheme is to support young adults with learning disabilities into work.
 

Councillor Paul Myers, Cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “The average employment rate for young people aged 18-24 with a learning disability in the UK is just seven per cent. We need to do all we can to increase their opportunities and help them develop the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Every year we’ve seen our graduates find community-based employment through the programme and I’m sure this year’s intake will benefit greatly from their time with us.”
 

During their time at the Council the interns receive on-site tutoring from Bath College and Job Coach support from Virgin Care. The partners also work with local organisations to help interns find vacancies and apply for jobs in the community.
 

Following the successful completion of their internships next June all graduates will be presented with certificates at a special ceremony at the Guildhall.
 

For more information on DFN Project Search, visit our Project SEARCH page or contact Bath College on 01225 312 191.
 

News

A warm welcome to Bath College’s new students

 

Enrolment week saw over 2200 students come through the City Centre doors to enrol on courses across both campuses.
 

New students were excited by the holiday theme of this year’s enrolments and swapped their boarding cards for a passport before meeting their new course tutors.
 

There was a mixture of excited and nervous faces (students and parents!) coming in but all looked happy as they left with their goody bags.
 

Amanda Jennings, whose son Thomas came to enrol was delighted with the experience: “What a wonderful atmosphere in the Bath College today. My son and I were made to feel very welcome from the second we walked in.
 

“All the concerns we had, were addressed in the most professional yet caring way. Thank you.”
 

Students and staff alike got into the holiday theme with flower garlands, giant sunglasses and got on the giant deckchair in Rope Reception to pose for pictures.
 

Mark Fuller took to Twitter to share his enrolment experience: “Well done @BathCollege – went with my daughter to enrol today and made to feel really welcome.
 

“Special thanks to Health & Social Care staff for their time yesterday to reassure her (and Dad)! All looking forward to a new start now.”
 

 
From all the staff at Bath College, a very warm welcome to our new students. We hope you have a wonderful time learning here.
 

If you would like to enrol on a course at Bath College, it’s not too late. For more details pop in or call 01225 328720.
 

Kim and Billie jumping with their results

News

Students jumping for joy at Bath College as they open their GCSE results

 

Students across both Bath College campuses have been nervously opening their GCSE results this morning.
 

Students who study at the College often take GCSE Maths and/or English alongside their studies to maximise their employability or future study options.
 
Lisa with her Results
The sun shone as envelopes were opened by shaky hands. Lisa, who came to the Somer Valley campus with her two sons to collect her results, was absolutely delighted when she opened her envelope.
 

She said: “I can’t believe it! I’m so pleased. And the best thing is, I have now secured my dream job at Fosseway School.”
 

Harry, with tutor Carol, who achieved 9 in his EnglishHarry took his GCSE English alongside his Access to Higher Education course. He was in shock when he opened his results to find he had scored a 9, the equivalent of an A*.
 

His tutor Carol said: “We are so proud of all our students, but Harry has worked particularly hard. What a fantastic achievement.”
 

Students Kim and Billie were jumping up and down they were so proud of their achievements, with Kim stating: “I’m so happy! I haven’t taken an exam for so many years so to get so much higher than I expected is amazing. I can go to University now!”
 

GCSE results day can be a stressful time for many, so Bath College has careers advisers on hand between 10am-2pm on Friday 24th August for anyone to come in for advice and guidance on what your results mean, help with online course applications or answer questions about coming to College or applying for an apprenticeship.
 

For more information, call 01225 328501 or email enquiries@bathcollege.ac.uk
 

Inside Saga's Magazine '21st Teens'

News

Bath College Creative Media Production Student has work displayed at prestigious London exhibition

 
Talented Bath College Creative Media Production & Technology Student, Saga El Banna showcased her work at Origins, a creative arts festival run by awarding body UAL. The exhibition was at the esteemed Bargehouse in Oxo Tower Wharf, London between 3rd – 5th August 2018.
 
The festival showcased an exciting range of painting, drawing, sculpture, video and fashion, complemented by a programme of music and performing arts, all created and performed by pre-¬degree level students.
 
Saga’s work displayed was ‘21st Teens’, a fashion magazine that presents the relationship between fashion and self-expression for 21st Century teenagers.
 
The Creative Media Production and Technology course at the College introduces students to the world of designing and publishing, leading to a UAL Level 2 Media Award.
 
At the end of the course, students will have gained the skills to be able to progress their own publications.
 
Jo Dolby, Lecturer in Media, Arts & Creative Enterprise at Bath College commented that: “I was so incredibly proud to see one of our students’ work at the Origins exhibition.”
 
She added: “Well done Saga – big things are in your future!”
 
Saga was delighted to have had her work be picked for the Origins festival: “I never thought I would reach something like that and see my work in an exhibition and I never thought someone would call me an artist.
 
“College made me more confident thanks to the teachers and staff. I believe that I always can improve and be better at things with hard work and experience.
 
“The things that I want to do next is to improve and try new things that I am passionate about. All of this is thanks to my beautiful parents and teachers who helped me to believe in myself.”
 
For more information about the UAL Creative Media Production and Technology Level 2 Award click here.
 

The partnership group for the awards

News

Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19 launched

 

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community.
 
The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair, Councillor Karen Walker.
 
Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.
 
The awards are organised in partnership with B&NES Clinical Commissioning Group, CURO, Sirona Care and Health, B&NES Virgin Care and the Student Community Partnership and Bath College.
 
There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.
 
Bath & North East Somerset Council Chair, Councillor Karen Walker, said: “On a daily basis I meet people who do so much for our community and their work often goes unsung. The Community Awards are an annual celebration to recognising those people, and organisations, who are dedicated and committed to helping others and make our area a better place.
 
“This year we have introduced a new category called Service to the Community which recognises partnership working and staff who share their good work.
 
“I would encourage people to nominate those around them who they think deserve recognition for their hard work and contribution to their communities.”
 
In addition to the awards the Chair may also identify one or more individuals or groups from the nominations received to present a ‘Special Award’.
 
Barbara Owen, director of HR & OD at Bath College, said: “We are delighted to be a partner of the awards this year. Here at Bath College we pride ourselves on our sense of community and actively encourage our students to contribute, both on our college campuses and across Bath and North East Somerset. We are very much looking forward to recognising those who share these values at the Community Awards.”
 
“The Student Community Partnership is proud to support the Chair’s Community Awards which recognise outstanding contributions to the local community. The winners are an inspiring example to us all,” added Chair of the SCP, Pro-Vice Chancellor Peter Lambert at the University of Bath.
The awards categories are:
 
Category 1 – Volunteering in the Community Awards
Volunteer of the Year / Young Volunteer of the Year (25 and Under)

Volunteer Leader of the Year / Young Volunteer Leader of the Year (25 and Under)

Volunteer Team or Young Volunteer Team (25 and Under)

Carer of the Year / Young Carer of the Year

The Peter Duppa-Miller Lifetime Achievement
 
Category 2 – Business in the Community Award

Business of the Year
 
Category 3 – Service to the Community

Employee of the Year

Employee Team of the Year

Above and Beyond (Employee)
 
Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December. You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked The Community Awards 2018/19.
 
Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution. The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.
 
For more information and how to nominate, please go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/CommunityAwards or
Email: community_awards@bathnes.gov.uk
 
The partnership group for the awards
(names from left to right): Tom Box, Curo, Jo Scammell, Virgin Care, Lisa Harvey, CCG BANES, Alice Stevens, Bath College, Dawn Cronin, Sirona Care & Health, Cllr Karen Walker, Chair of Council, Enya-Jayne Battersby, Bath Spa University, Debbie Thornton, University of Bath, Theresa Hallett, Bath College, Matthew Harmer, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Mike Plows, Volunteer Service at Virgin Care.
 
 

Steph Smith, Best Overall Engineering Student

News

Engineering Department at Bath College celebrates Student Talent

 

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.
 
Employers, 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). Esther Dunstan-Sewell (a former apprentice and IET member) presented the awards and Maurice Poole from the IET gave a short motivational speech.
  
Mechanical Engineering Awards
Best Welding Project – Anton Parker (Bristol Port)
Best Electrical Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
Best CAD Project – Karl Jefferies (Rotork)
Best Turning Project – Jacob Darvile (Rotork)
Best Milling Project – Ben Harvey (Bristol Port)
Best Hand Fitting Project – Ben Mogg (Bristol Port)
Best Folder/Written Work – Joe Paget (Bristol Port)
Best Improved Project – Rhys Jennings (Full time student)
Best Project – Matt Durbin (Johnston Controls)
 
Engineering Awards
Best Level 1 student – Nathanael Wadsworth,
Best Level 2 student – Will Oborne
Best City Campus Student – Matt Durbin
Best Overall Student – Steph Smith
 
The Mechanical Engineering Awards were given out to apprentices for their projects.
 
Simon Preston, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer said: “I am very proud of how both the full time students and apprentices have done this year, moving to a new qualification with a huge amount of work to cover within the 9 months; all have passed with the quality exceeding previous years.
 
“The learners that got awards deserved them as the standard was very high throughout the whole year.”
 
Matt Durbin winning his awardMatt Durbin (pictured left) won the Best Project award for which he was given £60 from the IET.
 

The Engineering Awards saw four winners collect their prize for the best student in each category.
 
Stephanie Smith (pictured below) won the Best Overall student award. She is starting an apprenticeship with British Aerospace (BAE) in September for which there were 3000 applicants and only 42 jobs.
 
She commented: “I am looking forward to learning more about engineering in a world class company, with the support that brings.
 
“The apprenticeship is a great way to start my career and I’m looking forward to the development I can get from it.”
 
Matt Driver, Engineering Lecturer said “We’re really proud of Steph and her achievement in getting such a prestigious apprenticeship. She has performed really well across the whole year and has set high standards for other students to emulate.
 
“We wish her continued success in the coming years and look forward to her coming back and letting us know how her career is progressing.”
 
Matt continued: “The awards evening was the culmination of a very successful year at Bath College with over 90% successful in their qualification.
 
“Work Experience was a particular success this year generating lots of interest from employers, many of whom went on to offer jobs and apprentices directly to the students with no further interviewing, such is the strength and impact of Bath College.
 
“We look forward to seeing our students returning on various local Apprenticeships in the near future.”
 
For more information about Bath College Engineering courses, click here.
 

Tim-Bowles-with-Aimee-Wyld-and-Charlie-Coggans

News

West of England secures new Careers Hub

 

A new West of England Careers Hub is being set up to improve career opportunities for young people.
 
It was announced last week that the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have secured £220,000 from the Careers & Enterprise Company to establish the new Hub.
 
Managed by WECA and the LEP, it will initially work with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Bath College, along with other schools and colleges will be supported to improve careers opportunities and work experiences for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their careers.
 
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “Our region is home to over 40,000 businesses and has one of the highest skilled workforces in the country. We have many high-quality jobs and we want to give locally grown talent every opportunity to secure employment here in our region.
 
“The new Careers Hub will ensure young people have more opportunities to connect with the world of work and potential future employers. Evidence shows that if a student has four or more opportunities to engage with an employer, they are more likely to secure employment, and earn more during their career.”
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said that: “Part of our strategic focus is to ensure that Bath College continues to build business links across the South West of England so this announcement is incredibly exciting. Developing these opportunities to enhance links with industry, as well as educational partners, can only benefit the region”.
 
Chair of the West of England LEP, Prof Steve West, said: “This is great news for our region. The new Hub will play a key role in the long-term success of our economy, building on the success of our existing Enterprise Adviser Network, and strong partnerships with UWE, schools, colleges, and businesses to ensure young people get timely and relevant careers advice and meaningful work experience.”
 
There are currently 40 Enterprise Advisors in the West of England, who are trained volunteers from the local business community. They work with headteachers and school leaders, sharing their knowledge and experiences and helping to deliver better careers support and work experience opportunities.
 
The network is looking for more professionals from local businesses to volunteer as Enterprise Advisors. If you are interested in getting involved please contact enterprise@westofengland.org.
 
Additional funds for the Hub will be provided by WECA, the LEP and Future Quest.
 

Roots to Work Students

Adult Community Learning, Events, Fundraising, News

Bath College ‘Roots to Work’ students grow in confidence after successful plant sale at Bath City Farm

 

A group of Bath College students have successfully completed a course in which they put on a hugely successful plant sale at Bath City Farm, all the while gaining skills in business planning, marketing, IT, budgeting, customer service as well as developing practical gardening skills.
 
 
The ‘Roots to work’ programme in partnership with Julian House is one of many free Adult Community Learning courses that Bath College run.
 
The students worked twice a week at Bath City Farm for 9 weeks growing hundreds of plants from seed, while also creating promotional materials for their sale.
 
 
The course is designed for anyone who needs to build confidence to get into the work place, whether they have been out of work for a number of years or have yet to be successful in securing a job.
 

The sale was held at the beginning of July up at the farm and the students had hundreds of herbs, vegetables and flowers for sale. With each item being £1-£5 they were very affordable.
 
 
Families were welcomed to the farm with brightly coloured ‘Roots to Work’ bunting made by the students and tables full of every plant you can think of.
 
The students were delighted when it was revealed that they had raised £400 for charity from their carefully nurtured plants. They decided to donate £100 to Bath City Farm for hosting them and £300 to Julian House.
 
Andy Charlton from Julian House commented that: “It has been fantastic to see the positive change that the course has had in those who have been involved.
 
“We are incredibly pleased that everyone really enjoyed the experience and are now keen to implement and develop the skills that they have learned on the course, it has helped to boost aspirations for the future.”
 
For more information about Adult Community Learning courses click here.
 
 

Bath College Graduates

Awards, Events, Featured, News

Students celebrate their success at Bath College Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

 
Higher Education graduates from Bath College celebrated their success at their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday.

 

More than 80 students dressed in mortar boards and gowns gathered at The Assembly Rooms to collect their certificates.
 

The students have all completed degree level and higher education courses, including programmes validated by the University of Bath, The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
 

The ceremony opened with an impressive Civic Procession made up of the Senior Management Team of the College, Heads of Departments, academic staff, Governors, and The Mayor of Bath, councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones, led by the City Sword-Bearer and two Mace-Bearers.
 

Bath College Graduates throwing hats in the air
Once everyone was seated, guests were welcomed by Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College and certificates were handed out to graduates from Carole Stott, the Chair of Governors.
 

Two keynote speakers inspired the crowds with their words; Gavin Strange, Senior Designer & Director at Aardman Animations and Nick Isles, Managing Director of Corporate Agenda advice consultancy.
 

Gavin pointed out to the graduates that: “We all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé does or Mozart did. It’s how we choose to use those hours that count.”
 

Nick said that: “What Bath College has done is to offer you all an immersive, supportive learning world that has hopefully strengthened your self–confidence and self-belief and helped you all grow in stature.
 

“A great learning environment is also about creating life skills such as communication, teamwork, self-reliance, self-control, and an unshakeable belief that you can be the very best you want to be.”
 

Proud friends and family looked on as graduates collected their awards in subjects such as Accounting, Business, Construction, Engineering, Computing, Marketing, Music Production and Education and Training.
 

After the Ceremony the graduates gathered outside the Assembly Rooms and threw their hats in the air to the cheers of guests and passers-by including a city tour bus full of applauding tourists.
 
A drinks and canapé reception was held at Woods restaurant where the graduates and their families continued their celebration.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal and CEO of Bath College said that: “It has been a wonderful day.
 

“These students remind us that success comes to those who work – and I know the extra work they have undertaken through their studies will, at times, have been difficult and gruelling, but they have made it through.
 

“I am very proud of our Higher Education graduates and I wish them all the very best in their exciting futures.”
 

For more information about our degree level courses click here.
 
Photo credit: Steve Parker

Events, Exhibition, Love2Learn, News

BATH COLLEGE MIX UP – Art and Design end of year show

Bath College is celebrating the work of talented art and design students with an end of year show open to the public.

 

Final year students studying graphic design, art and design, photography, fashion and textiles, product design and fine art are all displaying their work at the exhibition.

 

Prospective students are encouraged to visit and see the wide range of art specialisms available to study at the college.

 

Jo Sanders, Deputy Head of Department for Creative Arts and Enterprise, said the display would give students valuable exhibition experience. “We are very pleased with this year’s innovative exhibition.

 

“I would advise everyone with an interest in a creative career to come along and have a look at our fantastic facilities and work.”

 

Students studying art and design benefit from access to specialist equipment in a highly regarded department.

 

“A high proportion of students are going on to study at university, including Rhianne Good and Amber Bowerman who have secured places at the Old Vic Theatre School to study costume design, Joseph Amies, who is going to Magdalen College, Oxford University to study Fine Art and Caitlin Allison, who is going to Central St. Martins to study Architecture.”

 

“I’m really proud of our students when I see the journeys they have made. It’s particularly rewarding for staff to be able to help students in a new environment.”

 

The exhibition is open to the public on Thursday 21 June to Saturday 23 June from 10am to 4pm.

Josh and Hartaj, Skillbuild

Awards, Construction Skills Centre, Events, Locations, News

Bath College students win first and second place in SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition

 

Last month, Bath College hosted the regional final of the SkillBuild Stonemasonry competition in the stonemasonry workshop at the Somer Valley Campus.

 

Bath College students have been announced as the top two, Josh Underwood in first and Hartaj Hunjan in second.
 

Josh and Hartaj have worked incredibly hard to get to the top of the Regional Qualifiers and are now awaiting their final results, released in July, to see if they have made the top eight competitors who will go onto the UK National Final, held at the NEC Birmingham in November.
 

SkillBuild is the biggest and longest running multi-trade construction skills competition in the UK, delivered by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).
 

Skills represented in the competition include: Bricklaying, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plastering and Drywall Systems, Roof Slating and Tiling, Stonemasonry and Wall and Floor Tiling.
 

Hartaj was delighted to come in second place in the competition: “I was quite surprised to finish where I did as I tried last year and didn’t quite make it. It’s great to see how much I’ve improved in a year.”
 

Hartaj has just finished the Stonemasonry course at Bath College and is an apprentice at A F Jones Stonemasons.
 

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as they are enabling me to hone my skills. It’s a great way to learn and improve, as eventually I would like to go self-employed.”
 

Josh is also doing an apprenticeship at a Stonemasonry business, his is with Phidias Neo Classical, based in Bristol. After his apprenticeship finishes he would also like to start a business.
 

Paul Maggs, Stonemasonry lecturer at Bath College was very impressed with his students: “We are incredibly proud of Josh and Hartaj who worked so hard for the competition.
 

“To have our only two competitors come first and second is a real testament to their talent.”
 

For more information about our Stonemasonry courses, click here.
 

Mock interviews

Events, Futures, News, Training

Futures Team at Bath College invite local businesses in for student mock interviews

 

Bath College has had six days of mock interviews with over 36 interviewers from the business world including Bath Building Society, Ministry of Defence, Civil Service, FWD Thinking Recruitment, Simple Recruitment, Barclays, Lucknam Park and Space.
 

The Futures team have organised interviews for over 250 students from Business, Travel and Tourism, Product Design, Fashion and Graphic Design.
 

Interviewers have commented on what a massive difference it makes to students to have a mock interview, as you see students growing in confidence. The interviewers have been able to help students identify the skills they have gained through their time at College or in part time work.
 

Employers have seen the students’ shyness and lack of confidence and have really enjoyed playing a small part in overcoming this in preparation for their next steps.
 

Students have commented on how useful it has been to have a trial run at interviewing before applying for jobs, apprenticeships and university. Having someone there to talk them through their CV, help them identify and draw out skills that they have and may not even realise has been a huge confidence boost. The feedback about simple things like how to sit, what to wear and how not to dwell on negative factors have been invaluable to the mock interviewees.
 

For many students this was their first interview and to have members of the business community giving honest feedback makes a massive difference to them. Bath Building Society came away from one day wanting to interview a candidate for a vacancy they have and many others have gained confidence and new contacts.
 

Noel Broomfield from Bath Building Society commented: “It has been a pleasure for the society to be involved once again with the student interviews.
 

“Hopefully the experience will have been beneficial for the students who have come across very well, but also, for the society staff who have been involved.”
 

Event organiser Lucy Beattie, Employability Adviser at Bath College said that: “In talking to businesses throughout the year many commented that students who have had part time jobs or work experience, whether it is related to their course or not, have noticeably better confidence and communication skills.
 

“They are more able to communicate effectively and knowledgeably about their key employability skills and that is why we try to ensure all students get the opportunity to complete work experience and mock interviews with external interviewers.”
 

Access to HE students with their certificates

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 Shrubbery restaurant last week. Excited student

 

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:
 
Carolyn Guy toasts with students“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 WinnersDaniel being awarded his Roper Prize
 

Sheldon Hibberd
Daniel Currell
Levina Testa
Hannah Hillier
Lucy Williams
 

The Part Time Prize Winner
 

Pearl Bartlett
 
 

Samantha has a three-year-old son and took the Access course to become a midwife, something that she was nervous about juggling before starting: “Luckily, I have a very supportive family who will care for my son when I need time for my assignments.
 

“College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to the course. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons.
 

“The Access Course has really helped boost my confidence, it’s supported me to receive offers from universities for competitive courses I would never have been able to achieve on my own.
 

“It’s also allowed me to improve my academic knowledge and set me up for university whilst making great supportive friends who are also going through the same process for their goals.”
 

Students at the awardsBath 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
 

Bath Spa University – Education, Creative Writing
Birmingham City University -Psychology with Criminology
Bournemouth University – Paramedic Science
Cardiff Met University – Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Cardiff University – Children’s Nursing, Optometry, Physiotherapy
City of Bristol College – Health and Social Care Practice
King’s College London – English, Nutrition and Dietetics
Manchester Metropolitan University – International Business Management
Oxford Brookes University – Operating Department Practice, Biomedical Science, History, Midwifery
Swansea University – Modern History and International Relations
University of Bath – Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences
University of Bristol – Msci Biochemistry, Psychology, Geography, History, Psychology, Sociology, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Nursing, Zoology
University of Glasgow – MA History and Politics
University of Gloucestershire – Sports Coaching
University of Leeds – Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, Pharmacology
University of Manchester – Japanese Studies
University of Nottingham – Physiotherapy
University of Plymouth – Ocean Science and Marine Conservation
University of Portsmouth – Paramedic Science, Politics
University of Reading – Pharmacy MPharm
University of Southampton – History
University of Surrey – Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of York – Historical Archaeology
UWE – Physiotherapy, Children’s Nursing, Law, Primary teaching with QTS, Psychology
 

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

Creative Media Student Editing on Mac

News

South West College Consortium Shortlisted for Government Funds

 

Bath College, as part of a consortium of local education providers, have put forward a proposal to create a South West Institute of Future Technologies (SWIFT), which has been shortlisted by the Department for Education (DfE). If approved, the proposal will see up to £14m of government funding awarded to establish SWIFT, designed to support the DfE ambition to create a network of Institutes of Technology. SWIFT aims to directly enhance the delivery of employer-led science, technology, engineering and maths provision to meet current and future workforce demands.
 

SWIFT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the South West. A partnership between Bath College, Weston College, the University of the West of England, City of Bristol 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 and St Monica Trust has been established for this project.
 

SWIFT will bring together industry, education and research to design and deliver flexible higher-level technical learning to equip young people and those already in work with the skills to fully exploit new technologies and digital innovation to increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
 

Capitalising on respective partners’ areas of academic and industry expertise, SWIFT will provide training solutions to support the continued growth of regional excellence, where industry and academia work together to develop a sustainable pipeline of skilled labour to meet current, emerging and future demand. SWIFT seeks to widen participation in targeted science, technology, engineering and maths higher education to ensure the region has the skills to drive and deliver resilient, inclusive and sustainable economic growth now and for the future.
 

It aims to support regional industry as it prepares to respond to regional, national and global skills needs, and prepare the current and future workforce to embrace and maximise the impact of digital innovation on key industry sectors that have regional and national impact on economic growth.
 

Laurel Penrose, Principal and Chief Executive of Bath College said that: “Part of our strategic focus is to ensure that Bath College continues to build business links across the South West of England so this prospect is incredibly exciting. Developing these opportunities to enhance links with industry, as well as educational partners, can only benefit the region”.
 

“We have seen a sharp rise in the demand for courses in Media, I.T. and Digital Technologies recently. Couple this with the skills requirements of industry and employers the alignment to the SWIFT project provides a compelling case.”
 

Dr Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “We are thrilled to have got through to this stage and recognise that this project has the potential to significantly influence skills development on both a regional and national basis.”
 

He went on to say that the next stage would now involve detailed meetings with everyone involved in the process matched by rigorous timelines and financial analysis.
 

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of the West of England commented: “UWE, Bristol is delighted to be supporting a very strong bid for an Institute of Technology that engages further education partners and employers from across our region.
 

“Clearly the strength of an innovative and collaborative bid focusing on developing the skills we need for the future has captured the attention of the Government. We look forward to moving to the next stage of our application where we would hope to secure the backing of ministers.”
 

TEF Silver Logo

News

Bath College awarded TEF Silver Award for HE provision

 

Bath College has been given a Silver Award by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) panel of The Office for Students, who recognises excellent teaching in UK Higher Education providers.
 

The award has been given to Bath College for the next three years by TEF for “delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and consistently exceeding rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.
 

The College offers a wide range of Access to Higher Education courses as well as over thirty Higher Education qualifications, Foundation Degrees and Degrees.
 

Simon Bracken, Head of HE at Bath College said “We are delighted to be awarded TEF Silver by panel for our Higher Education provision.
 

“We are very proud of our excellent students results and destinations, but to be officially accredited is validation of all the hard work our staff and students do.”
 

TEF reported that most HE students at Bath College achieve excellent outcomes. In particular, the panel noted that the full-time student rate of progression to highly skilled employment or further study is above the benchmark.
 

Laurel Penrose, Bath College Principal commented that “Higher Education is an important part of our work at Bath College and our Undergraduate students add to the diversity that makes the College such a special place.
 

“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.
 

“It is wonderful to be recognised for our HE provision by TEF.”
 

If you would like any information about Bath College HE courses click here.
 

Little girl rolling mortar

Construction Skills Centre, Events, News

Bath College inspires young minds in the Imagineering Tent at the Bath & West Show

 

Last week saw hundreds of people come and participate in fun and educational activities at Bath College’s stand in the Imagineering Tent at the Bath and West Show.
 

Imagineering TentChildren were immediately drawn to the Bath College stand as there were so many interactive activities from the College’s Department of Engineering, Construction and Computing for them to participate in.
 
Wednesday saw the opening of the show, and despite the drizzle, the crowds descended on the tent. There were queues for the brickwork activity, where children had a go at rolling mortar and laying bricks, all with the help of two of our friendly and upbeat students.
 
Mechanoid the Meccano RobotAll generations were impressed with the technology on show as many people were seeing virtual reality headsets for the first time, staggering around amusing the crowds! Mechanoid, Bath College’s Meccano robot, was a real crowd pleaser, showing off his best dance moves to anyone who would watch and everyone enjoyed learning about the inner workings of motor vehicles.
 

On Thursday the temperatures started to soar, which encouraged a lot of visitors to our air conditioning unit where they could cool down and have a go at using the refrigeration thermometer.
 

Plumbing Steady Hand GameNo one could resist having a go on the steady hand game, sending beeps and screams across the tent when they were a bit too shaky!
 

Kids of all ages were enticed by programming minibots on the Mars rover activity, where they navigated their minibot around the surface of Mars and also won a Mars Bar!
 

On Friday and Saturday, the weather had improved again and the Bath & West Show visitors were queuing for ice-creams around the site.
 

The stonemasonry stand ran out of tablets for people to carve their own initial as it was such a popular activity. There was a lot of talent coming through the Imagineering tent.
 
Junior stonemasonsAnother crowd-pleaser was the carpentry stand, as children were amazed at seeing how a roof was built (and seeing power tools and saws in action!).
 

There were happy faces all round as children had their Imagineering passport stamped after they had taken part in one of Bath College’s many interactive activities. It was wonderful to see so many talented children, we hope they will be enrolling in a course at the College in 5-10 years!
 
 
Feedback from parents was extremely positive too, with lots of selfies and posts on social media.
 

Staff and students at the Bath College stand worked extremely hard to ensure that everyone enjoyed the stand. We’re looking forward to next year already.
 

Art Students with Owlet

News

Bath College Students are having a ‘hoot’ in the run up to the launch of Minerva’s Owls of Bath

 

Students of Bath College are using skills learnt in class to contribute to Minerva’s Owls of Bath, the city-wide sculpture trail which launches next month.
 
Carpentry students from Bath College at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock have been collaborating with the Owls of Bath team to create wooden plinths on which most of the painted owls and owlets will be perched. They are working with sapele ply and using traditional joinery methods. The plinths also have wheels, so they can easily be moved in and out of their nests.
 
Carpentry Students Making Plinths
Once constructed, the plinths will be finished by painting and decorating students, who are tasked with decorating the plinths to resemble traditional Bath stone.
 
The Bath Business Improvement District, which is a Gold Sponsor of the event, has donated one of the smaller owlets to Bath College for their art students at the City Centre Campus to decorate.
 
Megan Witty, Event Organiser, says: “We are so pleased to be working with Bath College and schools across Bath. We’re delighted that the Bath BID has donated an owlet to Bath College students to get owl creative. This is a great example of how businesses, schools and organizations across the Bath community are coming together to take part in the Minerva’s Owls project.”
 
Head of Marketing at Bath College, Fiona Gilbert, says “What a wonderful chance for our students to showcase their skills to so many visitors and residents of Bath this summer, whilst also supporting some very worthy causes.”
 
Owls of Bath Promotional Picture - 5 owls at the Royal Crescent
Bath College isn’t the only educational establishment jumping on board. Infant and senior schools around Bath including Farmborough Primary school, Twerton Infants, Kingswood School, Royal High Junior School and the Paragon school have been creating their own owlet masterpieces, all to be mounted on the plinths constructed by Bath College.
 
Three Ways School in Odd Down is very excited to have just been donated an owlet to decorate by the Paragon School. The Three Ways School Lions of Bath sculpture, which they decorated in 2010, still has pride of place at the school where it welcomes pupils as they arrive each morning.
 
Minerva’s Owls of Bath will see nearly 80 decorated owl and owlet sculptures perched in and around Bath from the 25 June – 10 September 2018 and extends a big winged invitation to anyone who would like to visit the World Heritage city to track down all the owls on the trail. Each sculpture will be sponsored by different local businesses and organizations, such as SouthGate Bath, the Bath Guildhall Market, Yewtrade, Norland College, the Ivy Brasserie, The Abbey Hotel and many more.
 
The owls will be auctioned on 17th October at the Assembly Rooms in Bath in aid of four local Bath charities; the new RUH Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and the UK Little Owl Project.
 
For more information about the Minerva’s Owls of Bath Trail, visit minervasowls.org
 

Panorama of SVC Wellbeing Festival

Awareness, Events, News

Bath College Summer Wellbeing Festival has students basking in the sunshine in Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Bath College put on a Summer Wellbeing Festival. The festival, which ran across both campuses, had students leaving their exam stress aside and enjoying playing in the sunshine for a couple of hours.

 

With a focus on positive mental health, exhibitors from local businesses and health and wellbeing organisations held stalls at the festival, which enabled students to be signposted to the right people should they have any concerns.
Climbing Wall 
Exhibitors included Project 28, Curo, Vault 29, Tamara Pitelen Yoga, Comptoir Libanais, the Young Carers’ Centre and Off the Record.
 
Day one of the festival at the Somer Valley Campus saw students braving a giant climbing wall, letting loose on a bouncy castle and eating ice-cream in the 22-degree May sunshine.
 
Day two of the festival at the City Centre Campus had students participating in group yoga and Eft tapping to relieve stress, while others bashed each other around on the giant inflatable ‘Extreme Demolition’.
 
Hannah Backstrom from Vault 29, a company who sell comic books with a focus on mental wellbeing, said of the festival: “It’s so good to see the College taking ownership of their students’ mental health.
 
“With events like this, they now know where to go.”
 
In between visiting the stalls, students took part in karate sessions, learned how to box and rowed as far as they could on a rowing machine in a minute. There were also students from the Hair and Beauty Academy giving hand massages to help festival goers relax.
 
 
Positivity stones decorated by students with positive messagesThe stonemasonry department provided the festival with stones that were decorated to build a miniature wellbeing wall, on each stone an individual representation of positivity.
Students were in high spirits as they played Frisbee, football and ping pong. Many of the tutors also decided to get involved, with a surprising amount making a bee-line for the bouncy castle.
 
People were stumbling around the courtyard as they had lost all sense of direction when they got to try out beer goggles from the staff at Project 28, who were there to raise awareness for their services for young people, which help people with problems surrounding substance abuse. Jahnene Green from the project was very impressed with the festival, remarking: “Great food, great staff, great students!”
 
Harriet Rose, an LGBT+ development worker from Off the Record found that her stall was busy: “We’ve had so many young people come and have a chat.
 
“We’ve had some great discussions with allies, not just those who identify. Off the Record’s slogan is ‘you talk, we listen’ and that sums up today really.”
 
Bath College Welfare and Participation team did an excellent job of creating a safe environment where staff and students could have a break from the stresses of their day-to-day routine and connect with their inner child, everyone leaving in a more positive headspace than when they arrived.
 
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week and The Mental Health Foundation, click here.
 

News

Bath Rugby gives Bath College students VIP insight into careers in Sport

Bath Rugby opened up their headquarters at Farleigh House to a select few Bath College Sports Students earlier this month.

 

The students were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with all the professionals that work there, who gave them an insightful day highlighting the variety of career options that link to sport.
 
The event was funded by WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) which is a targeted programme of activities and personalised support for young people considering their future options and to find out whether higher education is for them.
 
Students receiving talkThe students got a tour of the impressive grounds as well as hearing talks from staff from a wide range of departments including Jack Howden (Community Rugby Coach), Michael Bache (Head Chef), Sophie Bennett (Rugby Operations and Player Welfare Manager), Jojo Bowles (Project Manager), Owen Peachey (Financial Controller) and Connor Farrell (Physiotherapist).
 
Beth, a student at Bath College said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and listening to all the different roles really helped me in choosing my job role in the future, especially hearing about the physio’s role at the club as this is hopefully the road I would one day like to go down.”
 
This opportunity offered by WIN and Bath Rugby broadened the students view of their job prospects when finishing their course and they left excitedly discussing their new aspirations.
 
Students in the gymJack Howden, Community Rugby Coach at Bath Rugby was thrilled to host the students: “It was great to have the sports students at Farleigh House for the afternoon – it gave them all an insight about the operation of a professional sports team and the many roles that come inside it.
 
“The students came with an enthusiasm to learn and asked some great questions to delve deeper into how one of the biggest clubs in professional rugby runs on and off the pitch.
 
 
“I think the experience has opened their eyes to the processes that go on behind the scenes, in order to run an effective and successful business.”
 

Brides and Wedding Beetle outside Bath College

Events, Fair, Floristry, Hair & Beauty, Love2Learn, News

Bath College holds crafty Wedding Fair for DIY Brides and Grooms

Bath College opened its doors to brides-and-grooms-to-be looking to add their own personal stamp on their wedding day.

 

The Wedding Fair had a wide range of local exhibitors, as well as information on evening/Saturday courses in crafts that would be perfect for adding a DIY element to visitors’ upcoming weddings.
 
The College offers part-time Love2Learn leisure courses in floristry, cake decoration, photography, graphic design, pattern cutting, jewellery, make-up artistry, video editing, threading, nail art and millinery, all of which generated a lot of interest.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal, with bridesmaidLaurel Penrose, Principal, opened the inaugural Wedding Fair with a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon. She was delighted to be presented a beautiful bouquet, prepared by floristry students, by a young girl in a bridesmaid dress from Solitaire Brides.
 
Attendees were wowed as they approached the College with Fizzbox bar, a converted horsebox, outside the doors, as well as a beautiful vintage VW Beetle from Lovebug Wedding Cars.
 
Other exhibitors included The Cake Architect, Boo Delicious Sweet Cart, Paul Gillis Photography, Bath Bridal Hair, Bunting by Jen, Clayzer Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Suave Owl Menswear, Bath Function Rooms and more.
 
The College were delighted to hold their first Wedding Fair and are already planning the next one, which will be early 2019.
 

Your Wishlist