Why choose us? | Weston College

Why choose us?

Our fantastic pass rates and exam results, high quality teaching, range of courses, clear progression routes and state-of-the-art facilities will enable you to develop your skills and create a brighter future.

On top of that we're the only College in the West of England rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, and were named 'College of the Year' and 'Overall Further Education Provider of the Year' in the 2015 Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards. In 2017 we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

So, if you’re in any doubt as to whether Weston College is the place for you to study, please take a look at the pages in this section to see what we offer our students.

Results

Weston College results are consistently above national benchmarks and place us as the top-achieving college in the South West and one of the most successful in the country.

In 2018, our A Level pass rate was 99%. 

We also achieved a 99% pass rate among degree students, with 22% achieving First Class Honours – well above the national average of 16%. And the success story continued for our vocational programmes, with 100% of BTEC students passing their course.

In 2015 we won both College of the Year and Overall FE Provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards, which follows our last Ofsted report rating us as 'exceptional' with recognition of high quality teaching and learning coupled with state-of-the-art resources. Ofsted praised our “rich and varied curriculum” and the way we meet the needs of students, employers and the community.

In 2017 we won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Our results are testament not only to the excellence of our students but the commitment and ability of our teaching staff. We not only provide our students with the best educational opportunities in the area but, through our ongoing work with schools and the local community we can also give Weston something to be proud of.

Teaching and progression

High quality teaching

Weston is the top-performing college in the South West of England and our record of outstanding results is testament not only to the excellence of our students but the commitment and ability of our wonderful teaching staff.

By enrolling at Weston College, you can be sure that you’ll be given the very best opportunity to realise your true potential and achieve the grades you need to take your career to the next level.

Our highly qualified and enthusiastic staff have extensive experience of their relevant sectors, which means students benefit from the most up-to-date, innovative and relevant teaching methods available.

This “high quality teaching” was also recognised in the College’s exceptional Ofsted report.

Progression routes

Weston College is the only education provider in North Somerset that provides the opportunity to progress from an entry-level course to a degree.

Our impressive and ever-growing course provision means more and more students are choosing to remain at Weston College for the duration of their education.

We have clearly defined progression routes for students seeking to pursue a specific career, whether this culminates in an apprenticeship with a local company or a degree in partnership with one of our partner universities.

For further details of the progression opportunities provided by our courses, please refer to our course pages using the course finder at the top of each page.

Employment prospects

Whether you’re leaving school or thinking about studying a degree, Weston College will equip you with the skills you will require in the employment market.

We offer more than 100 vocational courses, more than 20 A Levels, 51 degree-level courses and an ever-increasing range of popular apprenticeships, to help you stand out to potential employers.

All our courses include units that will help you develop employability skills and we can also make the impressive claim that:

More than 90% of our apprentices are offered jobs at the end of their apprenticeship.

65% of our Honours Degree graduates are now in related employment compared to the national average of 45%.

The Weston College experience

As a Weston College student, you'll get to experience an engaging and vibrant learning environment filled with unique activities and opportunities that won't get anywhere else...

Health, leisure and fitness

You'll be able to access our sports facilities, including our gym, where you can access personal training delivered by student volunteers.

There are plenty of additional sporting activities available through our sports academies and our Body and Mind programme.

Students' Union

Our Students' Union is an active and vibrant student-led team that organises many trips and activities throughout the year. You'll automatically be enrolled into the Students' Union, which means you are eligible for an NUS card, giving you access to hundreds of discounts in high street stores.

Hair and beauty salons

At the Knightstone Campus commercial salon you'll be able to get haircuts and beauty treatments at a discounted rate. Our salons are supervised by lecturers with extensive industry experience.

Themed weeks

No two weeks are the same at Weston College! Throughout the year we hold special 'theme weeks' that bring to light topics such as volunteering, mental health, drug and alcohol awareness and sexual health.

LibraryPlus

Our LibraryPlus service is available at all of our main campuses. It contains books, magazines and newspapers, as well as a number of PCs and Macs. You can borrow equipment such as laptops, cameras and tablets from here, as well as accessing our learning mentor team which will help you get the most out of your studies.

Trips and residentials

Each faculty offers a range of trips, residential activities and work-related experiences to enrich your learning experience and support your skills development in settings outside the College.

School of Motoring

The Weston College School of Motoring is available for all students who want to learn how to drive. It can fit your driving lessons around your timetable, and you'll get free theory tuition and a Weston College discount.

Freshers' Festival

Each year we welcome our new students to the College with a university-style Freshers' Festival, which is packed full of fun activities. Here you can find out more about pursuing your interests and talk to businesses about careers. There will be agencies, charities and community groups at the festival, and you will be able to sign up to a number of activities, clubs and societies.

College award ceremonies

Many of our faculties hold their own awards ceremonies each year, and there are two main College-wide awards ceremonies: the Celebration of Success and the Business and Apprenticeship Awards. These events reward College students who have gone the extra mile or have achieved against all odds (and their families), and often includes a no-expenses-spared gala dinner complete with entertainment - plus plenty of prizes! 

IT support

If you need a helping hand with any technology on offer at the College you can access a variety of support from the LibraryPlus team and our student-led Tech Genius IT Helpdesk, which is a team of computer students who can give you help and advice about a range of IT issues.

Eating and drinking with us

The Knightstone, Loxton and South West Skills campuses have their own dedicated cafeterias that serve a selection of hot and cold food daily between 8.30am and 2pm. We aim to make our cafeteria prices affordable to all, so prices for the hot meal of the day at these campuses start at £3.20. You will also find a Costa Coffee in our Knightstone and Loxton campuses, and a Starbucks at the Law and Professional Services Academy opposite the Knightstone Campus. The Winter Gardens has a cafe, The Florentine, and Lasseter's Restaurant and Bar - both of which are open to the public.

Support

Weston College aims to provide a safe, supportive and happy learning environment for its students.

To ensure you are able to fulfil your potential and enjoy your time at the College as much as possible, we provide a range of services to support you along the way.

The pages in this section hopefully cover all aspects of College life that you may require support with at some stage.

There are always people and teams ready to listen, so come and chat with us!

Find out more about the ways we support our students here.

Student support at Weston College

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