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Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education

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Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education
Overview
Overview

Overview

Sandwell College is a further and higher education college based in West Bromwich, in the West Midlands. Its imposing Central Campus was opened in 2012 after a whopping £77 million investment while its ultra-modern Advanced & Higher Education Centre across town is home to Central Sixth A-level students.

The college offers a wide variety of vocational courses for school leavers and adults, alongside university-level qualifications, such as foundation degrees, plus the Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND).

At 98% of the current intake, the vast majority of students study their courses full-time, and a wide mix of ages is represented, from 16-year olds through to mature students. There are places for around 10,000 students in total.

Many of the College’s courses have a 100% pass rate, and it boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including an automotive centre and a 170-seat theatre.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

You’ll find the Careers Plus hub in the central atrium of the Central Campus. Professionally-qualified Careers advisers are on hand to help you with everything from exploring potential career areas and the courses which meet your aspirations, as well as top tips for writing a successful CV and how to do well in interviews. They’ll even guide you through the transition from College to the world of work, so you’ll be completely prepared when it’s time to start your career.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

The teachers at Sandwell College are ready to support your learning whenever you need them. In fact, in a recent student satisfaction survey carried out at the College, 93% of students said they were able to contact or meet their tutors whenever they needed!

 94% of students also reported that they were treated with respect by teachers and other College staff, so you can be sure you’ll be learning in a positive, supportive environment.

Students spoke highly of the courses too, with 93% saying that feedback on their work has helped them improve their knowledge, skills and grades, while a mightily impressive 95% felt their course had equipped them with the skills they needed to meet their career goals!

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The Sandwell College Students’ Union is run by students, for students. There are plenty of activities and clubs for you to get involved with, from day trips to local theme parks and college-level sports teams. They also offer sexual health advice alongside a range of other support services, and multi-faith prayer rooms, where you can worship or simply get some quiet time, no matter what your beliefs.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

The College doesn’t offer its own accommodation, but you can find a flat or house share in Birmingham for around £70 a week. Nearby Wolverhampton is typically cheaper, at an average of £55-60 a week. You can check out adverts on sites like SpareRoom or Gumtree for inspiration and offers.

Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

The facilities at Sandwell College are second to none. There are outstanding IT facilities, and both photographic and recording studios all on campus. There are also specialist facilities for students of fashion and dance, and if you’re studying a course in travel and tourism, you’ll have access to a real aircraft fuselage!

Central Campus is also home to an innovative practice dental surgery, as well as hair and beauty salons and engineering and construction workshops. Whatever your subject area, Sandwell has the facilities you need.

City life
City life

City life

The main campus is based in West Bromwich, an historical town that dates back to at least 1086! You’ll enjoy plenty of amenities there, such as shopping at the Queen’s Square shopping centre or restaurants, bars and a cinema at the New Square shopping and entertainment complex.

You’ll also be close to the vibrant city of Birmingham. Birmingham also has a rich and varied history, and is known as the ‘Second City’, as it is the UK’s second largest city after London. You’ll never want for things to do in Birmingham. The Bullring Shopping Centre is one of the largest in Europe, plus you’ll find a state-of-the-art library, the world-famous Symphony Hall, where you can enjoy classical music, and huge events happen all year round at the NEC. There are many museums and art galleries in Birmingham, and Broad Street in particular is packed with bars and clubs playing all sorts of music.

If you prefer to be close to nature, you can enjoy many peaceful, waterside walks, as Birmingham has more canals than Amsterdam!

Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There aren’t any clubs or societies as such, but the Students’ Union is active in organising fun events for students all year round, from day trips to other cities like Blackpool and Liverpool and activities like paintball and go-karting. The Sports and Fitness suite is open every day for you to work up a sweat, and you can even choose to run for a position on the student council!

Student support
Student support

Student support

The Student Services Team at Sandwell College can help you with any personal problems you might be having, as well as offering advice on loans and grants that might be available to you if you are having financial difficulties, and on student rights and how to stay safe on campus. They also offer free sexual heath advice.

The Student Services Team at Sandwell College was the first organisation in the Black Country to receive a Guidance Council Quality Standards award for its service.

If you have a learning difficulty, you will also be able to access a range of supported learning services, plus Study Link helps you develop your literacy and numeracy skills. If English isn’t your first language, you might benefit from the College’s weekly English lessons with an English language specialist who’ll help you improve your written and spoken English, so you can succeed in your course.

International

Sandwell College is home to a diverse student community, and welcomes students from all backgrounds. If you’re an international student who needs to raise their English language level in order to meet the entry requirements of their chosen course, you can study the IELTS English for Academic Purposes at the College.

Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Students per Year: Access to Higher Education courses at Sandwell College cost £3,300, while HNDs, HNCs, Foundation degrees and the Diploma in Education and Teaching cost £5,000 a year full-time and £2,500 a year part-time.

International Students per Year: International students should contact the College directly for up-to-date information on fees.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

If you’re studying an Access to Higher Education course, you can take out a 24 Plus Advanced Learning Loan. If you’re studying a Foundation Degree, HND, HNC or Diploma in Education and Teaching you’re eligible to all the same government-funded support as a university degree student, so you’ll be able to take out a means-tested student loan that you won’t have to start paying back until you are earing at least £25,000 a year.

As Foundation Degrees, HNCs and HNDs tend to be more skills-focused and can boost your career, many employers may offer financial support for you to pursue one of these qualifications part-time while you work.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Students of the College’s Photography HNC and HND courses benefit from the use of dedicated photography studios, allowing them to develop their practical skills. Health & Social Care students can master their skills in a simulated hospital ward. The College is consistently praised for its dedication to practical training, which produces work-ready graduates.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary by course. The HNC and HND, and the Art Foundation Diploma courses typically require two A-levels at grade C or above, or an equivalent BTEC qualification in a related subject. Some courses, such as the Engineering HNC, for example, also require a previous qualification in a specific subject, in this case, Mathematics. The Engineering and Law courses also require a minimum of 64 UCAS points. A number of the HNC and HND courses will also consider relevant work experience from mature students in lieu of recent academic qualifications.

By contrast, students wishing to join the Access to Higher Education course typically need only GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above, or equivalent.

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18 Feb 19

Experience has been good with a steady rate of work being handed out for assignments, as well as clear completion...

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