Morley College in London is a specialist adult education institution which started life over 125 years ago, as part of what is now the Old Vic. Located close to Lambeth North, Elephant and Castle and Waterloo, the college has around 14,000 students every year.
Originally established as an institution for working-class men and women in Lambeth and Southwark, equality is at the heart of everything Morley does. It specialises in Arts, Culture and Applied Science subjects, and has a programme of HND courses covering Ceramics, Fashion, Business, Social and Community Work, Performing Arts and Music Performance or Production.
Morley’s new HNDs are specifically designed with a vocational focus, so you’ll get the skills and knowledge you’ll need to stand out in the job market and build a successful career. HNDs are a respected professional qualification so they offer the opportunity to find work at a higher level once you graduate – the HND in Health and Social Care even includes a 200-hour work placement as part of the course, which the College will help you secure.
Many of the courses at Morley have been designed to help those who may not previously have studied for a qualification find a route into further education or employment. Help is also available from the Student Services team when it comes to applying for jobs and preparing for interviews.
Tutors at the College have professional industry experience of the subject they teach, so you can be sure that they have up-to-date specialist knowledge to help you succeed in the world of work. The College also offers a selection of Access courses that can help you get into Higher Education if you aren’t yet qualified for the HNDs.
Although the College does not have a formalised Students’ Union, students are invited to raise any concerns they have with the Class Representatives’ Association (CRA), which holds an open meeting once per term. The College also has a Student Council formed of elected students from across the full course provision, which is dedicated to representing students and addressing concerns raised at CRA meetings throughout the year.
The College is affiliated with the National Union of Students, so you can still apply for an NUS card.
Morley does not have its own on-site accommodation, but privately-managed student accommodation is available in the area. The Student Services team is available to provide housing advice to students who experience problems with their landlord or council, or who are facing eviction.
HND students at Morley benefit from access to a range of facilities that have been purpose-built and specifically designed to get them familiar with working in professional environments, using industry-standard tools, materials and equipment.
Students taking the Ceramics or Fashion HNDs will be able to work in bright, fully-equipped studios to develop their creative ideas and build portfolios of finished projects. Ceramics students can experiment with a range of clays, ceramics and glazes, while Fashion students have access to a selection of different fabrics and professional sewing machines to bring their garments to life. Students from both courses will get opportunities to display their work as part of their graduation shows – Ceramics students will take part in an exhibition organised by the College’s own Morley Gallery, while Fashion students will participate in the annual Catwalk Show to present their garments on live models.
Music and Performing Arts students at Morley get opportunities to perform in public throughout the year, often in the College’s own performance spaces like the stunning Emma Cons Hall. Students on the HND in Performing Arts can rehearse in one of three dedicated dance studios or hone their theatrical or operatic skills in the studio theatre. HND Music students have access to a number of specialist spaces to produce and record original music, including a music production Mac lab, a DJ suite, and state-of-the-art radio and recording studios, all equipped with the latest technologies.
Students on the HND in Health and Social Care also have access to specialist learning spaces, including a science lab that’s fully-equipped for biology, chemistry or health studies projects, and a light, airy complementary therapy room that’s set up in a quiet part of the College and has space to accommodate a number of massage couches, inversion tables and crash mats.
All students have access to the College’s Learning Centre, which is fully equipped with computers, printers, scanners and a range of software relevant to all courses. Students also have access to Moodle, the College’s virtual learning environment which provides more information about courses and events at the College.
HND students can also make use of the library resources available at nearby London South Bank University, and have access to HN Global, a free online platform that allows users to make links with other Higher Education students worldwide.
An on-site refectory provides hot and cold food and drinks throughout the day during term time, and the vibrant Lower Marsh market, with its huge selection of cafes and food stalls, is a short walk from the main campus.
Morley’s links to the creative arts can be clearly felt in the surrounding area, with the Old Vic, South Bank Centre, and BFI South Bank all within easy reach. The Imperial War Museum is just around the corner, and the vibrant South Bank, home of the London Eye, Royal Festival Hall, and Sea Life London Aquarium, is a short walk away from the campus. The area is also home to a huge selection of bars, cafes and restaurants, and a number of boat tours operate from the various piers along both sides of the River Thames.
The College is within walking distance of Lambeth North, Elephant and Castle, and Waterloo tube stations, providing easy access to the City’s other museums, galleries and cultural centres on the Bakerloo, Northern or Jubilee lines. Mainline rail services to other parts of the country also operate from Waterloo, London Bridge, Charing Cross and Victoria stations.
There are a number of different clubs and societies that you can join across a diverse range of interests. Noteworthy clubs that may be of interest to HND students include the London Ceramics Circle, which hosts a number of lectures by visiting experts throughout the year, and the Acoustic Guitar Club, which provides extra opportunities for solo and group performances and making friends with other musicians.
Students are also welcome to set up their own club or society if it doesn’t already exist. More information about establishing a new club is available through Moodle.
Learning support at Morley has been rated as “outstanding” by OFSTED, and the College recently attained a score of 95.3% in the FE Choices Learner Satisfaction survey for 2016/17, making it the top FE college in London and placing it second overall.
Students with disabilities or learning difficulties can get individual support, including in-class support and/or a support tutor.
Counsellors are available to help, who will be able to refer you to local counselling services should you need it.
The StudentServices team also provides assistance for helping with applying for jobs, finding out about further study, funding advice, and other external sources of specialist help. The team supports current students, as well as those who were enrolled in previous academic years and prospective students who have been referred by a member of staff.
Variable, depending on course.
Reduced fees are available for some courses if you meet certain criteria, for example if you are working, in receipt of benefit, or with a family income of below £22,000. A full list of those entitled to reduced fees can be found on the Morley College website.
If you are not entitled to a reduced fee, but still think you will struggle to pay for a course in one go, Morley offers a Staged Payment Agreement to split the cost of a course into three payments (for courses costing £200 or more).
There is also a bursary fund available to assist students with fees and equipment costs. The bursary panel meets weekly to assist those who are most in need - you can apply for bursary using the form found on the Morley website.
Additionally, there is a Learner Support Fund which helps with contributions towards childcare, travel and material costs on some programmes of study. It is a means-tested fund, and you will need to apply with proof of income or benefits.
Morley specialises in adult learning, with a range of courses designed for those who are looking to change careers, gain a first qualification, or progress on to university. Available courses range from community-based to advanced learning courses. You can find more information about individual courses on the Morley website, depending on your area of interest.
Prospective HND students are generally expected to hold Level 3 qualifications indicating strong performance in a relevant subject – this may be A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or an Access to Higher Education Diploma. However, the College also recognises that mature students may lack traditional qualifications but be capable of reaching the standards required for an HND as a result of paid or unpaid work experience or other types of professional training. All students must demonstrate a commitment to and interest in their chosen subject. More information on entry requirements for HNDs can be found on the College website, or through Student Services.
To apply for courses, you must submit an online application. If you meet the entry requirements, you will be asked to come to an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss your experience, goals and interests.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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