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Welcome to City of Wolverhampton College


Message from the Principal

“Welcome to City of Wolverhampton College.

“I am delighted that you are considering us as the place to continue your studies. You really couldn’t make a better choice to help you to learn, achieve and succeed and build an exciting future career.

“Ofsted recently rated us as a ‘Good’ college and praised the mutual respect between staff and students in lessons and around the campus, the good teaching and high level of support students receive from our enthusiastic and well qualified staff, and the results our students achieve.

“The inspectors also praised our outstanding links with employers which help our students to develop their skills and prepare them well for employment, and said that our apprenticeships are of a high standard.

“Almost all - 95% - of our students go on to employment, stay with us to study for further qualifications, or go on to university and we look forward to welcoming you to the college and helping you on the way to further success and an exciting future.”

Mark Robertson

Principal and Chief Executive

 

Ten reasons to choose City of Wolverhampton College

1. Graded ‘Good’ with outstanding features by Ofsted – November 9014

2. Great links with major employers including the BBC, Wolverhampton Wanderers, JLR Carillion, MOOG, Express and Star, Toyota, and Francesco Group to help you get the career of your dreams

3. Superb facilities including industry-standard Engineering Learning Zone and motor vehicle workshops, modern hairdressing and beauty salons, professional training kitchen, bakery and restaurant, well-equipped Community Sports Centre, state-of-the-art Construction Innovation Centre and new performing arts and recording studios

4. The NCTJ journalism course has been voted the best in the UK for four years running

5. Almost £2m invested in new and improved facilities over the last year to give you a modern and exciting place to study including great IT facilities

6. New social places where you can unwind, spend time with your friends and study in a relaxing, comfortable environment

7. Students do well with most exceeding their target grades in 2014 before progressing into higher levels of study

8. There are courses for almost everyone - from courses for those with no formal qualifications through to degree level programmes, our courses will help you to learn, achieve and succeed and build an exciting future career

9. 95% of our students achieve their qualifications successfully, and over nine out ten students would recommend the college to a friend

10. There’s an exciting graduation ceremony at the end of the college year at which your friends and family can celebrate your success with you.

About us

WHY CHOOSE TO STUDY WITH US?

City of Wolverhampton College is a great place to learn!

Graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors in November 2014, the college has undergone a huge transformation over the last two years and is one of the leading further education providers in the West Midlands.

With three campuses across the city, industry-standard training facilities, dedicated sixth form and higher education centres, a highly successful apprenticeship programme, specialist training academies in Telford and Worcester, a hand new facilities opening all the time, studying here will equip you with the skills you need for a successful future.

All of our courses lead to a qualification which will help you on to the next stage of your life – whether that’s taking the first step to your chosen career, improving your job prospects, moving up the career ladder, increasing your personal skills or building your self confidence.

Depending on the subject you choose to study, you won’t just learn in a classroom. Students get the chance to develop their skills in our commercial teaching facilities – including our modern hair and beauty salons, bakery, and restaurant – which are open to the public and give learners the opportunity to work with real clients and gain real industry experience as they are learning.

And that’s not all – we also have new music, recording and performing arts studios, a state-of-the-art construction innovation centre offering a range of trade qualifications, modern engineering and motor vehicle workshops, and well-equipped community sports centre.

We offer A Levels through CitySixth – our own sixth form centre within the college – and also have a dedicated Higher Education centre offering a range of HNC and HND vocational courses and university-level Foundation Degrees which combine academic study with work-based learning.

And our well-established apprenticeship scheme is currently helping over 800 young people to earn while they learn by combining studying with working in jobs with employers across the Black Country and beyond.

But we don’t just teach the same thing year after year! Because the college works closely with local employers and knows what they’re looking for in future employees, we make sure our courses are adapted to their requirements and equip you with the skills to meet these needs once you’ve finished studying.

And, of course, college is not just about learning – it’s about fun too! We have an active Students’ Union which organises events throughout the year. From sporting events to fundraising and trips out, there is always something going on.

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Facilities available

You’ll be amazed at our facilities!

As well as our excellent commercial facilities, we have a fantastic range of teaching facilities enabling our students to get the most out of training for their chosen career.

With free Wifi across our three campuses, over 1,000 computer workstations, interactive whiteboards or LCD televisions in many classrooms, and a loan system enabling you to borrow a laptop, iPad or notebook for a day while you’re on one of our sites, our computer systems will enable you to use a range of IT equipment and software packages to research, plan and produce the course work, essays and assignments required for successful completion of your chosen qualification.

You will also have access to a range of web-based learning resources, enabling you to access information relating to your course and timetable at any time.

These include:

• Moodle – a virtual learning environment where resources and materials relevant to your course will be regularly uploaded and stored.

• ProMonitor – an online resource giving details of your course timetable, tutor group, assignment marks and attendance record.

• Career Passport – for help with CV writing and job-related information.

And all our campuses have a Student Hub where you can get careers advice and guidance from qualified staff and find out about financial support to help with course and exam fees and other costs associated with college - such as travel, meals and childcare.

 

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OUR CAMPUSES

Paget Road campus

The Paget Road campus, in Compton to the west of Wolverhampton, provides courses in art and design, business and management, computing and IT, education and teaching, engineering, English, health and social care, journalism, maths, media, motor vehicle, music technology, performing arts, photography and science.

Also on offer at the site are Pathways programmes for people without any formal qualifications, ESOL courses for speakers of other languages, and short courses for job seekers.

The campus is also home to CitySixth – our dedicated sixth form centre offering A Levels in a range of subjects - and our Higher Education Centre which offers HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees.

The site also boasts an Engineering Learning Zone also equipped with a wide range of industry-standard equipment, modern motor vehicle workshops, new performing and recording studios, and well equipped science labs.

It aslo has a Student Hub, Study Hub, cafeteria and large free student car park and is on major bus routes.

 

Wellington Road campus

The Wellington Road campus in Bilston, to the east of Wolverhampton, offers qualifications in trades such as bricklaying, carpentry, electrical installation, gas, painting and decorating, and plumbing; as well as courses in accountancy, computing and IT, counselling, early years, English, maths, sport and leisure, travel and tourism and uniformed public services.

The campus is also home to a state-of-the-art Construction Innovation Centre complete with a gas training and assessment centre and purpose built areas for practical work in a range of trades, a modern Community Sport Centre kitted out with a 3G floodlit football pitch and well-equipped gym, and a Spa Academy providing a range of pampering beauty treatments.  The site is also the base for the popular Prince’s Trust programme for unemployed young people aged 16-25.

The site has a Student Hub, Study Hub and cafeteria, as well as an on-site gym and nursery and a large free student car park, and is on a major bus route with a Midlands Metro stop nearby.

 

Metro One campus

The Metro One campus, in Wolverhampton city centre, is where courses in beauty therapy, hairdressing, bakery, cookery and hospitality are taught.

The site is equipped with industry-standard training facilities - including a modern hair salon, beauty treatment rooms, a professional training kitchen and bakery, and popular 46-seater licensed restaurant and bakery shop – which enable students to learn their skills in a commercial setting and gain valuable experience of working with real customers.

The campus has a Student Hub and Study Hub and is well-placed for local transport links being situated directly behind the terminus of the Midlands Metro in the city centre and just five minutes’ walk from the main bus station.

 

Telford campus

The Telford campus, based at Stafford Park 4, is home to the college’s Polymer Training & Innovation Centre (PTIC) - a specialist training centre for the UK polymer industry. The centre is equipped with a wide range of specialist machinery and provides training to companies from across the country

The site is also home to the Lean Academy – providing work-based training from first aid to LEAN manufacturing - for employees from a range of industry sectors – as well as a modern hair salon proving training for hairdressing apprentices from across the region.

The campus is just a five minute drive from junction 4 of the M54 and is less than one mile from Telford railway station.

 

Additional support

We welcome people of all abilities, and are committed to enabling students with disabilities and learning difficulties to participate fully in their course and college life.

Our Additional Learning Support service provides support for students with a wide range of learning needs.

If you have a learning difficulty, sensory impairment or a physical disability, we will discuss and plan with you the support and reasonable adjustments you require to enable you to attend college and achieve the aims of your course.

If you are struggling with literacy, numeracy or language skills,or feel you just need a bit of extra help with their studies, you can discuss your concerns with staff and find out what support is available thoroughout your course. 

Most entrances at college sites are ramped or have gradual approaches and car parking spaces for drivers with a disability are reserved near the entrance of all our campuses. 

 

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Learner success

WHAT OUR LEARNERS SAY...

Martin Bradburn, Matthew Howard and Tom Timmins – engineering apprentices

Martin, Matthew and Tom were named the most talented in the UK after winning two gold and a bronze medal respectively in the sheet metal category at the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competition in November.

Matthew - who along with Tom and Martin, combines working for UTC Aerospace Systems Marston UK with studying for the City and Guilds Level 3 diploma in fabrication and welding at the college - said: “An apprenticeship is a great way of gaining the skills that employers are looking for and it can lead to a wide range of jobs in the industry. 

"Competing in the competition was a great experience and I felt very proud to be representing the college and the company at such a prestigious event.”

 

Rich Jones - A Level student

Rich left a private grammar school to come to the college to study for his A Levels, and says it was definitely the right move for him.

The 19-year-old, who hopes to move on to university to study history and politics, said: “I was really impressed with the standard of teaching at the college. It’s a really different environment from school and you are encouraged to be a lot more independent.

“I think it has better prepared me for making the transition to university as I have learnt time management skills and how to work on my own initiative. Coming to college has worked really well for me and I’m so glad I came here.”

 

Meena Chand – Level 2 Business

Eighteen-year-old Meena moved to the UK from Italy in 2012 and, after initially coming to the college to improve her English and maths skills, was so impressed with the tutors and facilities that she enrolled on the Level 1 diploma in business as the first step to achieving her ambition of becoming an accountant in the future.

Meena, who has now progressed to the Level 2 diploma in business, said: “Studying at college can open doors to lots of opportunities and I’m really glad I came here. The tutors encourage you to be the best that you can be and doing the course has put me on the path to my future career.”

 

Nicole Ireson – Level 2 professional bakery

After leaving school 18-year-old Nicole Ireson enrolled on a Level 2 professional bakery course as the first step to her dream of opening her own shop in the future.

Nicole said: “I'm really impressed with the facilities and, as well as learning baking skills, we get experience of working with real customers and how to run a business by working in the on-site bakery shop.

“When people say they like what I’ve made it makes me feel good and is proof that I’m doing things well. “If you want to focus on one subject I’d definitely recommend coming to college as you learn so much that you’ll be able to use in the future.”

As part of the course Nicole took part in the Britain’s Best Loaf competition, producing a traditional white farmhouse loaf for tasting by the judges.

 

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How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact City of Wolverhampton College directly.

Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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Key information

Venues

  • A: Wellington Road Campus
    • Address:
    • Wellington Road
    • Bislton
    • Wolverhampton
    • WV14 6BT
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 01902836000
    • Website:
    • www.wolvcoll.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • mail@wolvcoll.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • The Wellington Road campus in Bilston, to the east of Wolverhampton, offers qualifications in trades such as bricklaying, carpentry, electrical installation, gas, painting and decorating, and plumbing; as well as courses in accountancy, computing and IT, counselling, early years, English, maths, sport and leisure, travel and tourism and uniformed public services.

      The campus is also home to a state-of-the-art Construction Innovation Centre complete with a gas training and assessment centre and purpose built areas for practical work in a range of trades, a modern Community Sport Centre kitted out with a 3G floodlit football pitch and well-equipped gym, and a Spa Academy providing a range of pampering beauty treatments. The site is also the base for the popular Prince’s Trust programme for unemployed young people aged 16-25.

      The site has a Student Hub, Study Hub and cafeteria, as well as an on-site gym and nursery and a large free student car park, and is on a major bus route with a Midlands Metro stop nearby.

  • B: Paget Road Campus
    • Address:
    • Paget Road Campus
    • Paget Road
    • Wolverhampton
    • WV6 0DU
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 01902836000
    • Website:
    • www.wolvcoll.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • mail@wolvcoll.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • The Paget Road campus, in Compton to the west of Wolverhampton, provides courses in art and design, business and management, computing and IT, education and teaching, engineering, English, health and social care, journalism, maths, media, motor vehicle, music technology, performing arts, photography and science.

      Also on offer at the site are Pathways programmes for people without any formal qualifications, ESOL courses for speakers of other languages, and short courses for job seekers.

      The campus is also home to CitySixth – the college's dedicated sixth form centre offering A Levels in a range of subjects - and a Higher Education Centre which offers HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees, and also boasts an Engineering Learning Zone also equipped with industry-standard equipment, modern motor vehicle workshops, new performing and recording studios, and well equipped science labs.

      The site has a Student Hub, Study Hub, cafeteria and large free student car park and is on major bus routes.