I have embraced college life and learning from day one. I have made new life long friends, as well as a whole new career and prospects, turning my life around into a positive, bright future. The Peter Symonds package as a whole did that- from accessibility of the course, to the teaching style and empathy of the lecturers. I have no doubt that doing this course has enabled me to change my life around for the better and provide me with a future.
I divorced in 2014 and had worked as a cleaner for 18 years. After divorcing I knew I need to support myself and get a good career and prospects, I needed to keep my head above water and not become a statistic. Nervously I registered and was interviewed by a lovely lady. Imagine my surprise when I got in! Not learning since school some 30 years ago, I threw myself in and absorbed everything they taught me. Knowing my background, my lecturers cheered me on and listened to my worries. They have coaxed me and explained things time and time again if I didn't understand something. They have given my work fair criticism and sat me down and told me where I went wrong or what I lacked. They gave me the tools for critical thinking and self reflection through learning. Within this time my confidence grew and I was able to gain a job in a local hospital as business support administrator, within 4 months of this I applied for a P.A's position and got it! All down to the work and encouragement at Peter Symonds. My lecturers advised me on interview techniques and protocols, what to expect and the tools to use to get over hurdles. After finishing my Foundation Degree at Peter Symonds in 2017, I immediately signed up for the BA (Hons) Top up. Although I struggle academically, the lecturers have all been very supportive and guiding. I don't want to think where I'd be today if I hadn't taken the plunge to sign up. They really have helped me change my life into something positive and worthwhile. Now I work as an Executive Assistant! I have with the help and guidance gone from cleaning to an E.A in 3 years. This I believe is testament to the teaching skills of the staff, along with the transferable skills they have taught me to increase my employability. I have no doubt that without doing this Top up degree, I would not be earning the revenue I receive today had it not been for the skills I have been taught. The responsibilities I now have is rewarding and inspiring me to again apply for promotion, to lead teams and inspire others to gain education and rewards. My time a Peter Symonds ACE has been incredible.
I loved everything about the teaching, the creativity of being able to break things down to basic learning levels for me to understand. The lecturers are very approachable and amenable. The only thing was the overlap from a module ending to beginning the next, as we were still working on our reports per module. We spoke at length to the lecturers and this has been amended for the new students. Peter Symonds listens to concerns and strives to amend them. This worked very well for us. We are always welcome to email our lecturers for advice and clarification on our work.
Peter Symonds ACE has the most adequate facilities. It is well laid out, with everything accessible and notices are clear. There is parking on site, a clear bonus in Winchester. The Library is open to all students and we have links to external resources for library services and journals. There is education for special needs clients and we see them in the restaurant area, always happy and polite. Also eating tables outside and nice garden area to sit in. It is like a family atmosphere, inclusion for all. Everyone is polite and helpful.
The support is amazing. Again the academic support I have received has enabled me to be where I am today, as I explained in previous answers. Having gone through a challenging, stifling home life which ended in a traumatic divorce, the personal support I have had is incredible. Although not seen by the councillor at Peter Symonds the staff know my background and have been just incredibly supportive.
It has been hard work going back to studying after having a long break. However the staff have been very supportive and encouraged me throughout the course which has allowed me to succeed
Majority of the assignments are work based which means that you are applying the theory to actual business situations
The classes are small and staff are very supportive which is brilliant especially when you have had a break from studying.
The classrooms are clean and comfortable. Though some rooms could do with more plugs for charging laptops. Have managed to get access to most resources needed for the course from the library at Peter Symonds and also through the library at Chichester University
The support I have received has been excellent
Good. It has been a good experience so far with face to face lessons the reason i chose to study this way. Without having taught lessons i would not have continued learning
Each assigment is based around word
Face to face
More support is needed academically
Good overall in terms of tutoring and guidance. The administration processes could be tightened up. I don’t feel all departments communicate well and this gives an overall impression of disfunction.
I already have a job. My course will help in developing my career opportunities.
I like the mode of delivery, specifically the opportunity to discuss topics as a group. This helps me gain better understanding and develop ideas. I least like the library being on a different site.
Fairly good but sometimes hard to navigate. The library is on a separate site and moodle is not very intuitive.
Very good! Openly communicated and easily accessible
Peter Symonds has been an excellent place to study for my degree. The teaching has been really good with teachers making lessons interesting. Teachers are supportive and always on hand for discussions and questions. Any issues or complaints that we have are always listened to and acted upon where appropriate. I have really enjoyed my time at Peter Symonds and it has provided me with the confidence to continue with further education after graduation.
N/A - Already in employment prior to starting course
Teaching is very good. Interesting, engaging and supportive. Sometimes there can be a bit of inconsistency in what is required of us.
OK. Parking is a complete nightmare. As a satellite campus we don't have our own library so we have to go to the main site which can be inconvenient.
Brilliant. They are really supportive and always willing to help.