Solihull College & University Centre is based in the Birmingham suburb of Solihull, offering courses up to degree and masters level. It works in partnership with a number of universities, including Oxford Brookes, Newman, Coventry and Northampton to provide accreditation for courses - and it also has its own provision too.
There are two campuses, Blossomfield Campus near Solihull town centre and Woodlands Campus in north Solihull.
The College was awarded a “Gold” rating from the Teaching Excellence Framework for its university level provision until the merger with Stratford-upon-Avon College. It was the only college in the West Midlands to achieve this, beating various Russell Group universities.
Lots of the courses at Solihull give you real-world experience in a range of different situations, with subject-specific facilities designed to simulate real working environments.
On top of that, the headquarters of Solihull Chamber of Commerce is based at the college, providing good links with many different employers, and giving you access to interesting and useful work experience opportunities.
There is a dedicated Careers team at the college, who are available for all current, potential and alumni students. Here you can get job hunting advice, as well as help with preparing a CV. There are also regular drop-in sessions, along with a Careers Office.
Courses are provided across a wide range of subjects, and are generally designed to encourage you towards a career of your choosing. Lecturers are experts in their fields, usually with several years (or longer) experience under their belts. Ex-students will also often visit the campus to give experience and advice on life after college.
Lots of the courses are offered as both full and part-time options, giving you the flexibility to fit studying around other areas of your life, such as family or other commitments.
The student enrichment team is around to provide activities outside of lessons. This includes trips, excursions, events, volunteering opportunities and other activities.
Additionally, Student Voice acts to represent students - giving you the opportunity to tell the college how it’s performing and anything you would like to see improved. Student Representatives and Governors give students a say in matters including school funding and the quality of education.
There’s a host of state-of-the-art facilities available at Solihull. Along with plenty of subject specific facilities (see each course description for individual details), there are study areas, including areas specifically for university-level students.
Recently the college has invested in virtual reality and industry-standard science laboratories at the Blossomfield Campus. At the Woodlands Campus, (which has recently seen a £8.5million redevelopment), you’ll find the Centre for Advanced Aeronautical Provision, which includes world-class simulators and a former Royal Navy aircraft.
There is also IT resources and a substantial library. You’ll have access to an upgraded new reception area and Student Services Centre. A refectory, coffee shop and a deli bar provide hot and cold throughout the day. A gym and hair salon are available on-site too.
The town of Solihull is located just south of Birmingham and has around 200,000 residents. There is a vibrant town centre with various shops cafes, restaurants and a cinema. The railway station provides direct links to nearby Birmingham, as well as London. Solihull also has some beautiful natural green areas and parks, including Brueton Park, Tudor Grange Park and Hillfield Park.
Nearby you’ll find Birmingham - Britain’s second largest city. There is a huge variety of shops, clubs, bars, restaurants, entertainment and sporting venues. There’s also a large international airport, as well as rail links to various cities across the UK.
The Student Enrichment Team provides students the opportunity to join a variety of clubs and societies as well as take trips across the year to places such as Alton Towers and Harry Potter studios.
On your first day at the college, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and assistance while you’re on the course. Counselling is also available, with a confidential service you can access at both campuses.
On top of that, there is also a college nurse who can provide advice on health issues and first aid, as well as helping if you are unwell.
The college has a team to help with issues surrounding disability and learning difficulties, and actively encourages those with a disability / difficulty to apply for courses at the college.
UK Students Per Year: Varies by course, a typical undergraduate degree costs £7,500
You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan through Student Finance. The amount available will depend on personal circumstances.
Special Support Grants are available for full-time students, including a Childcare Grant, Parents Learning Allowance and an Adult Dependents Grant.
An Academic Excellence Scholarship is available for students on HND programmes at the college who achieve high grades at BTEC or A Level. An award of up to £2,000 is available.
Students who are working towards a qualification which is delivered in partnership with another higher education institution can apply for grants and scholarships through the partner institution.
Contact the university for more details on all scholarships and bursaries.
Solihull has recently invested heavily in its aeronautical engineering programmes. It is now fully equipped with an aviation hangar, aeroplane simulator, wind tunnels and more to deliver a high-quality course which can lead to further study at postgraduate level or a career in a relevant industry.
For the BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, students will normally be expected to have a BTEC Level 3 Qualification (MMM) or A-Level equivalent in a related subject. You will also need to have a grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent).
For part-time attendance, you may be required to have a minimum of two-years relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting in addition to a BTEC Level 3 Qualification (MM) or A-Level equivalent in a related subject, as well as GCSE Maths and English (Grade C).
For more information on other course entry requirement, head to the college’s website.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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