Welcome to Sheffield College
Deciding what to do after leaving leaving school is a big step. The Sheffield College is here to help you make the right choice.
We offer a great range of academic and vocational courses that equip our students for their future. They develop the skills they will need for work and life, and benefit from high quality careers information, advice and guidance.
The College is proud of its talented staff and multi-million pound facilities at four fantastic campuses across the city, that are easily accessible by public transport.
Students who successfully complete their full-time courses with us progress on to Apprenticeships, further training, employment and university.
They love the diverse and friendly atmosphere of our college, making new friends and the chance to join clubs, sports teams and our dynamic Students’ Union.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Chief Executive Officer
The Sheffield College
At The Sheffield College you have an unrivalled choice of hands-on, vocational courses and A Levels. Alternatively, you may prefer to earn and learn with an Apprenticeship. We offer exactly the right option for you, not only in the first instance but also as you grow and develop.
Importantly, our courses will give you industry knowledge that’ll make you stand out when you go for an interview. Study programmes include masterclasses by professionals, visits to the workplace, opportunities for work experience and mentoring, work on projects set by employers and opportunities to exhibit work and make presentations.
All of this from within a college that sits at the heart of a vibrant city alongside two of the UK’s largest universities. With over 50,000 students in Sheffield, student life is rich and varied. At college, you’ll be able to join sports teams, societies and clubs, enjoy days out and trips away, and take advantage of our fantastic fitness, beauty and catering facilities.
The Sheffield College City Campus is a great place to be, perfectly located a 10 minute walk from the city centre and just 5 minutes from the train station.
Facilities here include: the refectory (with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city) where you can get a bite to eat, animal care salons, aeroplane cabin for our aviation students, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science labs, dental labs, sports hall, high-tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops, libraries, computer suites and a children’s nursery which is available to students. Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from Grab n Go (our healthy takeaway), our student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or perhaps something from the bakery. You’ll find our business students running regular enterprise markets over lunchtime too – there’s always an offer to be had!
Our Hillsborough Campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with art and design, photography, fashion and music all based at the campus, alongside more traditional courses such as A Levels and our sport and public services offer.
The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check them out for yourself at one of our Open Days, you’ll find the dates on page 60). With Mac suites, sprung dance studios, performance theatres and photography suites to recording studios, music suites and a TV studio, it really is a creative hub.
Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on stage or in front of the camera though. It has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, and a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.
Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall, which is available for use by all, not just those studying sport.
If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough Campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery on-site.
Olive Grove is The Sheffield College’s home of engineering, motor vehicle, gas fitting and plumbing, and is just a five minute walk down the road from our City Campus.
After a recent major investment at Olive Grove, we have provided students with state-of-the-art workshops which include the exact same machinery as out in industry, the latest CAD software, new classrooms and a Learning Resource Centre to keep us at the cutting edge of the changes in manufacture, electrical and electronic engineering.
Olive Grove also has a dedicated motor vehicle workshop equipped with a tyre fitting machine, wheel balancing machines and car ramps as well as a workshop for body repair and refinishing
The Sheffield College Peaks Campus in the south-east of the city has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with The Loft canteen and social area, and The Attic providing a vast learning space and climbing wall.
Peaks Campus has excellent transport links with a tram stop right outside the campus with regular trams to and from the city centre. Peaks offers vocational courses and has a small and friendly campus atmosphere.
The Silver Plate Restaurant Nestled within our City Campus overlooking the Sheffield skyline, The Sheffield College has a little culinary secret we would like to share with you – The Silver Plate Restaurant.
Serving exquisite, varied, and locally sourced food throughout the week, the award winning Silver Plate Restaurant allows students to showcase their talent as we host tasting menus, lunch and evening meals, and our sought after themed nights to the public.
Revive Hair and Beauty Salon
Whether you’re a budding hair stylist, beauty therapist, beautician or make-up artist, hair and beauty courses at The Sheffield College give you the opportunity to learn your trade in our real life hair and beauty salon, Revive.
Learning Resource Centres
At all of our four main campuses you’ll find a Learning Resource Centre or LRC as they’re more commonly known amongst students.
The Learning Resource Centres offer a wide variety of print and electronic resources to support your learning here at The Sheffield College. We have an ever growing collection of books, journals, newspapers, videos, CDs, DVDs and access to a wide range of electronic resources through our online Discovery Service.
Clubs, trips and societies
There’s a club and society for almost everything, from Chess through to our Media Society – more than enough to keep you occupied. Remember, if we don’t have what you’re looking for we’ll help you to set up your own! Here’s a list of a few below:
— Arts Club — Badminton — Chess — Dance Club — Enterprise — Fitness Classes — Football — LGBTQ — Media Society — Netball Rugby — Running — South Yorkshire College Games — Students’ Union — Table Tennis — Tennis — Volleyball Classes — Volunteering
How can our Student Support Team make your time at college even easier and more enjoyable?
We want your experience to be as enjoyable as possible. We don’t think you should have to worry about too much other than concentrating on having a great time and doing well on your course. That’s why we have a fantastic Student Support Team who are always on hand to help you with any questions, concerns or problems that you might face whilst at college.
Our Student Support Team will help you with just about anything from supporting you with issues of a personal nature, your travel to and from college, and even running through the financial support available to you.
We know how decisions you make now can help shape your future career or path to university. That’s why we have expert staff on hand to help you plan your future. We can work with you individually talking you through your ideas and looking at the options open to you. You will also be able to access advice through in–class sessions or at careers fairs and events we hold regularly. For example, we can support you through the UCAS process via a tutor group session or keep you up-to-speed with new opportunities and pathways in the ever-changing job market.
If you feel you need help with your studies including in-class support, support with exams or a learning disability, we can help.
If you’ve got any problems whilst at the college, no matter how small, come and have a chat with our Student Support Team and we’ll do everything we possibly can to make your life that little bit easier!
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
Free meals If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Travel passes Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire. You can apply for a student pass at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/studentpasses or purchase a value pass from us at reception, including a college specific product for all ages.
Learner Support Fund If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of: — Travel — Books and materials — Uniform and equipment — Essential course trips — NUS extra — DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB) — UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Childcare If childcare is affecting your opportunity for further study and you are 19 or under, you may be able to get extra help with it via the Care to Learn Scheme. Go to www.gov.uk/care-to-learn for more information. If you are aged 20+, you can apply for the 20+ childcare fund from the Financial Support Team.
Students Celebrate Strong A Level Success
Sheffield College students have maintained a strong pass rate in their A Level results this year.
The pass rate for A Levels (A2) for 16 to 18-year-olds is 94%, the results show a significant increae by 7% in the top grades. This year, 25% of students ages 16-18 achieved grades A*, A and B in their A2 Levels compared to 18% last year.
Heather Smith, Principal said: "I'd like to congratulate our students on achieving a strong set of results and wish them all the very best for their future. I'd also like to thank our dedicated staff for their hard work and support."
Ten subjects have a 100% pass rate. They are accounting, art and design, fine art, further maths, drama and theatre studies, physical education, geography, graphic communication, history and photography.
Your Future - Guaranteed
The Sheffield College Guarnatee is a new pledge being introduced from the next academic year starting in September 2015/16. It applies to new students, aged 16-18 enrolling on full-time courses, lasting at lest six months, in September 2015.
The College is guaranteeing that it will provide those students with an apprenticeship or a jobs offer or an offer of a place on a Higher Education course at the College or University or a progression route to one of them.
The appropriate attainment level in Maths and English may be rquired to qualify for some aspects of the guarantee. In return for the guarantee, students must successfully complete their course, achieve a 95% course attendance rate and attend all examinations, assessments and interviews arranged for them. Student behaviour must confirm to the College's code of conduct, exceptions will be made for circumstances beyond students' control.
Students with learning difficulties and disabilities are included in the Guarantee. Alternative options for those students will be offered, where appropriate, tailored to individual needs. They may include progression to develop further employability skills and move into independent living.
The College cannot guarantee that any offer will be fully funded.
How to apply
You can apply for courses at Sheffield College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.