West Herts College opens the doors to the next stage of education or a career. It helps boost students’ CVs and gets them ready for university or employment.
A range of foundation and extended degrees are available to study. Courses cover a wide variety of sectors and are tailored to specific industry needs. Students graduate ready to enter the workforce, or continue their studies and earn a full university honours degree. The college also specialises in apprenticeships.
Expert tutors impart their specialist knowledge and teach using the latest technologies. Students benefit from their professional experiences and industry links. Modern teaching spaces carve the way for true-to-life learning environments. These set students up for advanced career progression.
There are two main campuses: one in Watford, the other in Hemel Hempstead. Both are in Hertfordshire and offer quick and easy access to London. There’s plenty to keep students entertained outside of the classroom – both on campus and in the local area. Many college clubs and societies are available to join. Theatres, shops, cafes and other amenities are all close by.
West Herts College works alongside the University of Hertfordshire to provide its education. It's part of the Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium. Foundation degrees are validated and awarded by the university. Students can take advantage of high-quality teaching and facilities, giving them a rounded university experience.
After studying at West Herts College, HE students can enter the graduate job market right away. They’ll have earned a recognised and formal qualification. They can even join the professional workforce and return to college at a later date to earn a higher top-up qualification.
Whatever their plans, students receive an education that focuses on future career success. They’ll boost their employability through work experiences, live briefs and projects. They also have chances to expand their professional networks. Campus locations are close to London where there are many job opportunities.
College initiatives provide students with a head start when gaining professional experience. Such initiatives include GAP and Industry Placements. They give CVs, personal statements and job applications the extra edge, helping students in the competitive job market.
HE degrees and diplomas are designed to meet the needs of industries from all over the UK. Content is work-focused. Teaching aims to give students both practical and theoretical tools and experiences. This prepares them well for employment or further studies at university level.
Higher education programmes at West Herts College provide freedom and flexibility. Students can choose to study:
These are nationally-recognised and valued qualifications. They open the doors to further study or career progression.
Programmes encourage learners to think differently and broaden their skillsets. Teaching takes place in modern learning environments where they can truly hone their crafts. Subject areas cover:
Learners receive high-quality tutorial support, helping them increase in confidence and competency. Those who need a boost can also study for English and maths GCSEs at the same time. This improves their chances of employment or entry to university. Tutors are experts in providing inspiring learning environments, where they tailor learning to the qualification.
The lively campus atmosphere makes West Herts College an exciting place to be. Both campus locations are full of specialist facilities that enhance the student experience. These are in Watford and Hemel Hempstead.
Academic facilities include modern teaching spaces with industry-standard equipment. All subjects are supported by professional technologies that give students real-world experiences. Facilities include:
There are also plenty of social amenities, such as breakout spaces, canteens, restaurants, gyms and exercise rooms.
Both campuses are in Hertfordshire and within London travel zones. This makes it easy to explore the capital city. Harry Potter Warner Bros studios are also nearby.
The Watford campus brings together students, staff, local businesses and residents. It’s well-connected with train, bus and tube links – Watford Junction and Watford Underground stations are both a mile’s walk away. The market town is home to parks, gardens, theatres, museums and a famous football club.
The new Hemel Hempstead campus is based in the town centre, providing an easy place for learning and achieving. Watford is less than 10 minute’s by train, and London can be reached in half an hour. The town features a historic old town, canal walks, pubs, shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants. It’s also close to a vineyard and beautiful countryside.
West Herts College offers a perfect balance of study and leisure. It holds activities and events throughout the year to suit a variety of interests. Members of the college can pursue hobbies, try out new things and meet like-minded people. Joining a club or society is also an excellent opportunity to add to a CV – students can gain skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication.
Sports available include:
Other activities include:
Learners are welcome to become representatives and voice their peers’ opinions. Student representatives often meet with college managers and governors. Together, they discuss ideas and important issues to make the student experience better.
West Herts College keeps its classes small. This is so students can easily collaborate and learn alongside others. Personal tutors give personalised support with learning, assignments, progress and future plans.
Exclusive to HE students, the centre provides a great location for working and relaxing.
Learning Support Centre
Students can find help from those with specialist knowledge and experiences in their subject areas. Experts provide support with projects and can even assist with general academic development. There are also dedicated professional services. These provide help with matters such as student finance and finding accommodation.
Learning Resource Centres
Learning Resource Centres can be found at each campus. They are full of books, journals, magazines, computers, specialist software and high-speed wifi. There is even access to websites and electronic databases, to support learning.
Staff at the centres offer personal assistance with:
and much more.
West Herts College provides everyone with what they need for their studies before they start the course. Students are made aware at the start if there are any extra costs due to special course requirements.
HE courses at £4,195 per year
HE courses at £6,165 per year
HE courses at £10,000 per year
Financial support is available for those who need it. It helps with travel, childcare and other costs. There are also bursaries and a Learner Support Fund, which students can ask about when applying to the college. The Student Support team can provide free and confidential help.
HE student loan
Higher education learners are eligible for a student loan to help them pay for tuition fees. This means they don’t have to pay fees upfront. They’ll only have to start repaying when they are earning over a certain amount in a year. More information can be found from Student Finance England.
Advanced Learning Loans
Those aged 19 or above who are returning to education at Level 3 or higher can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan. This helps with the cost of tuition fees. More information can be found from Student Finance England and the Student Room.
West Herts College received a Gold rating for its higher education degrees in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework. The college’s quality and standards for HE has been confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
West Herts College students:
The college’s other strengths include:
Prospective HE students can apply to West Herts College through UCAS. Entry criteria differ depending on the chosen course. Students can find specific entry requirements on different course website pages.
For most courses, students generally need 48 UCAS points or more from an accepted Level 3 qualification. This could be from at least one A2 Level, BTEC diploma or certificate, or equivalent. They will also need GCSEs in certain subjects. For example, grade D and above in maths and English language or literature, or equivalent.
Some courses require at least two A Levels. Applicants from a range of backgrounds and without traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply. They may have to take an entry test and demonstrate their abilities at the interview stage.
Degree courses are validated and awarded by the University of Hertfordshire.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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