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West Herts College

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Overview
Overview

Overview

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.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

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.

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Higher education programmes at West Herts College provide freedom and flexibility. Students can choose to study:

  • Two-year foundation degrees
  • Higher National Diplomas
  • Higher-level apprenticeships.

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:

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Business and Management
  • Children & Early Years
  • Computing
  • Graphic Design
  • Law
  • Media
  • Music
  • Public Services
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Travel & Tourism

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.

Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

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:

  • Learning Resource Centres
  • New construction and engineering workshops
  • 120-seat theatre and green room
  • TV and video studios
  • Media editing suites
  • Music studios
  • Apple mac design suite
  • Art and fashion studios
  • Photography studios and darkroom
  • Dance studios
  • Hair and beauty salons and spa.

There are also plenty of social amenities, such as breakout spaces, canteens, restaurants, gyms and exercise rooms.

 

City life
City life

City life

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.

Watford

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.

Hemel Hempstead

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.

Cost of living
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Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

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.

Societies include:

  • Drama club
  • LGBT society
  • Debating society.

 

Sports available include:

  • Football
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Judo
  • Basketball
  • Rock climbing.

 

Other activities include:

  • Live music events
  • Talent shows
  • Health and social awareness events
  • Christmas and summer fairs
  • Charity events.

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.

Student support
Student support

Student support

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.

HE Centre

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:

  • English and maths
  • Exam practice
  • Referencing
  • Revision
  • Personal statements
  • CVs and interviews

and much more.

Fees
Fees

Fees

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

  • Professional Development Diploma in Art Direction and Copywriting.

 

HE courses at £6,165 per year

  • Foundation Degree in Business Management
  • Foundation Degree in Business Management with Accounting
  • Foundation Degree in Business Management with HRM
  • Foundation Degree in Business Management with Marketing
  • Foundation Degree in Computing Technologies - Networks and Cybersecurity
  • Foundation Degree in Computing Technologies - Software Development
  • HND Computing: Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years (Part-time)
  • HND in Graphic Design
  • LLB Extended Degree (Initial Year) Law
  • HND in Creative Media Production: Game Development
  • HND in Creative Media Production: Film
  • HND in Music
  • HND in Public Services
  • Extended Science Degree
  • HND in Sport
  • HND in International Travel and Tourism Management.

 

HE courses at £10,000 per year

  • Foundation Degree in Business Management with Law.
Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

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.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

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:

  • 98% feel that courses match their goals
  • 93% of those pursuing degree studies achieve their qualification
  • 91% are happy with the Learning Resource Centre and its support
  • 91% are satisfied with overall student support services
  • 90% say the college is excellent or good overall
  • 90% agree the GAP initiative helps them enhance their employability skills.

 

The college’s other strengths include:

  • A wide variety of subjects to study, which are all valued by employers
  • Opportunities to build industry contacts
  • Flexibility, where learners can study for a foundation degree and choose to complete their honours at university.

 

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

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Key stats

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

310
LOW

TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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  • Full-timePart-time
    82%18%
  • School leaversMature students
    70%30%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    100%0%
  • UKInternational
    99%1%
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Vamsi Dyjecinski
01 Mar 19

HND in Music HND

By far the college has provided an exquisite experience that of which is full of everlasting knowledge. Every time I walk out of the college I have learnt far more than I would if I were to teach it myself on the internet. Evidence of this is through a natural urge to personally research...
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Benjamin
28 Feb 19

HND in Music HND

I’m really enjoying my time at college so far, it’s alot harder than expected but still worth it 100%. The tutors really help you better yourself with many opportunities to excel and get...

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