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Peter Symonds' College

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Overview
Overview

Overview

Peter Symonds College is based in Winchester, Hampshire in the South of England. It is one of the largest sixth form colleges in Britain, with around 4000 students aged between 16-18. It has a separate site in Winchester (AHED) where it provides HE qualifications in partnership with Middlesex University and the University of Chichester.

The Adult & Higher Education Division (AHED) is a leader in developing affordable higher education. Degree courses on offer include Management & Business, Sport Injury & Treatment, Early Years, Teaching & Learning, Inclusive & Special Education, Insurance and Counselling. All of these programmes are designed to allow students to continue working alongside studying. This allows students to gain relevant work experience and keep costs down.

Alongside their degree programmes, the college also offer a number of further education courses, including Access to HE qualifications and apprenticeships.

The college received a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2018.

Where you will study

Peter Symonds College, Adult & Higher Education Division

Stoney Lane

Weeke

Winchester

SO22 6DR

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

The careers service offers drop-ins and appointments to students needing careers information, advice and guidance. Students can also find additional information and advice on the careers intranet or via the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), such as tools to help with job searches and interview advice. As most of their courses are vocational, students are able to make valuable contacts and gain hands on experience to help them stand out in the job market.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Peter Symonds College was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2008 and the Adult & Higher Education Division underwent a successful QAA review in 2015. The maintenance of academic standards, quality of learning opportunities, quality of information and enhancement of student learning opportunities were all judged to meet UK expectations. In 2018, AHED was awarded a Silver Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework, a system that measures the quality of teaching in higher education institutions.

AHED offers a diverse range of courses with flexible learning and small class sizes. A blended-learning approach is taken, where students take part in lectures and seminars and have access to personal tutorials, in addition to online materials and resources.

The college offers a number of Foundation Degrees, which are the equivalent to the first two years of a degree. Foundation Degrees combine study with workplace learning and are developed with employers. On successful completion of a Foundation Degree, students can apply to top-up to a full honours degree, either at the college or with an alternative provider.

In addition to Foundation Degrees and Top-Up courses, the college also offer a number of full honours programmes, including a BA (Hons) in Insurance and a BSc (Hons) in Sport Injury & Treatment. Successful applicants to the BA (Hons) Insurance programme will also gain paid employment with Be Wiser in Andover, with a starting salary of £18k per annum. Applications will also be considered from those already working within the insurance industry.

The lecturers have industry or vocational backgrounds and many are still current practitioners in their field of expertise, allowing them to pass on relevant and current knowledge to students.

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Students are encouraged to take an active role in their learning and are given the opportunity to influence the delivery, content and organisation of their programme. There are various opportunities for students to offer feedback throughout the year. Student Representatives are selected for each course, to represent the student body at Programme Voice Groups and Student Rep Committee meetings. The College places a strong emphasis on enhancement and seeks to work in partnership with students to ensure continuous improvement.

Students at AHED can apply for membership of the National Union of Students. See the NUS website for further information on the benefits of membership.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

The institution is not able to provide accommodation for its students.

Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

The Adult & Higher Education Division is based on Stoney Lane and there are a number of shops, supermarkets and food outlets in the immediate vicinity. There are also vending machines and facilities on site for students to purchase snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Students studying at AHED have access to the Ashurst Learning Resource Centre, which is based on the Sixth Form College campus on Owens Road (approximately one mile from the AHED campus). The LRC contains around 17,000 books, over 70 journals and newspapers, DVDs and CDs relevant to the courses studied. Extensive on-line resources (e-books, e-journals, multi-media, e-newspapers and databases) are available for students to use both within College and from home. Digital voice recorders, cameras and camcorders are available for loan and televisions are available for students to watch DVDs related to their studies. There are two floors containing over 200 computers and 90 netbooks for students to drop in and use. The Ashurst LRC is also fully wireless enabled and students can bring in their own mobile devices.

Laptops can also be borrowed from main Reception at the AHED campus. Students will also be given a network login, college email address, and access to the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

City life
City life

City life

Once the capital of England, Winchester is a vibrant and bustling city. Rich with history, ancient architecture and, of course, one truly spectacular cathedral, it has a huge amount to offer. Reputed to have more pubs per square mile than any other city in England, there is a thriving night life. In particular, there are student nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays where students from a range of Higher Education establishments gather together in one happy mass.

It also offers a stream of seasonal and cultural events, such as the Hat Fair, where the town comes alive with street performers and music, and the fun and spectacular Christmas market and ice rink.

 

Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

Students at AHED can apply for membership of the National Union of Students. See the NUS website for further information on the benefits of membership.

All Higher Education students are enrolled onto the HE Common Room forum, allowing them to communicate with students across all of the HE courses. This can be used for both academic work or to organise social events.

Students on the college’s HE courses are eligible to attend the graduation ceremony of their validating university (Middlesex or Chichester). Alternatively, the college holds their own graduation ceremony each year at the Hosptial of St. Cross in Winchester.

Student support
Student support

Student support

Students will have progress reviews with their personal tutor at least twice per year, as well as having regular one to one meetings as required. Students can also refer themselves to Academic Support for additional help with their academic work – this could include help with note-taking, essay writing or grammar, in addition to help with research skills and referencing. Tutors and lecturers can also refer students to Academic Support if they feel they might benefit from it as the course progresses.

Small class sizes mean that tutors can easily get to know your strengths and weaknesses and there is more time for individual attention. You will find that your tutors and lecturers are accessible and operate an open-door policy should you need any further help or advice.

Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Students Per Year:

Fees depend on the course you take and how long it takes to complete. Contact the college or see their website for further information.

International Students Per Year:

 Due to UKVI regulations, the college does not currently accept HE applications from international applicants.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

There are various funding options available, depending on your age, existing qualifications, the level of your course and personal circumstances. Check the website and contact the college for further information.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Insurance

The BA (Hons) in Insurance has been developed with BeWiser Insurance and is the first Insurance degree in the UK. The programme is aimed at those in the insurance broking industry; students will consider theory, policy and practice using a combination of hands on workplace learning and classroom theory.

Education (Early Years, Teaching & Learning and Inclusive & Special Education)

The college has a strong reputation locally for providing high quality Early Years and Teaching and Learning programmes and recently introduced a degree programme in Inclusive & Special Education. The structure of these programmes means that they are accessible to students of any age and background. They are also suitable for those who are in employment, allowing students to study alongside work and family life.

Counselling

Counselling courses at the college come highly recommended and are offered from Level 2 right through to full degrees. Many students who complete a Level 2 or 3 Counselling Skills course at the college progress on to the Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (BACP accredited) and BA (Hons) top-up courses.

Access to Higher Education

The College has been successfully delivering Access to Higher Education courses for a number of years, helping many adult learners to change career and progress on to higher level study. Students are offered individual support and guidance and help with study skills, in addition to help completing UCAS applications.

Management & Business and Sport Injury & Treatment

Peter Symonds has a growing reputation in the fields of Management and Business and Sport Injury & Treatment. Both courses are designed to allow students to work alongside study, meaning they can apply theory learnt in the classroom directly to their workplace. This is beneficial to both students and employers. Sports Massage courses at Level 3 and 4 are also offered and the college runs a Sports Therapy clinic, allowing students to practice their practical skills.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary from course to course – please check the website for full details.

All eligible applicants will be required to undertake an interview. It is expected that you would have evidence of study at level 3 (NVQ or A Level or equivalent). Students under the age of 21 will be expected to have 2 A Levels (64 UCAS points), BTEC National Diploma or similar. See course pages for any course specific entry requirements.

Mature students, over the age of 21, without traditional qualifications may also be accepted following Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL), providing they can show appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience. They may also wish to make a claim for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), as exemptions from parts of the degree programmes are possible. Claimants seeking RPL and RPEL must apply to the college and may be required to present a portfolio in support of their claims.

Applicants who do not have a GCSE or equivalent qualification at grade 4 / C or above in English and/or Maths, will be asked to complete a screener at interview to assess their suitability for their course.

Students should be employed or working in a voluntary capacity in a relevant setting. Those currently not working will be given support in finding a work position. However, responsibility for this ultimately lies with the student.

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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...
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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...

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