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Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon College


Stratford-upon-Avon College is just a ten minute walk from the centre of the famous Stratford-upon-Avon. Situated on one campus, the College attracts many students from the UK and abroad. I am proud of the College we have become, and hope you find just what you need on our website.

We are a high-quality, friendly, accessible and employer-responsive College that cares about the individual successes and outcomes of all of our students. The College offers students the opportunity to study in a safe environment. Our facilities are excellent and we provide outstanding support for all of our students, through personal tutorial systems, a student welfare office and counselling service.

I want to ensure that we develop our students into job-ready, employable individuals who meet the needs of local employers, but I also care deeply about those learners coming to us from the wider community who are looking for lifelong learning or just to participate in a leisurely activity.

I also dedicate our workforce on being open, professional, honest and dependable which is why Stratford-upon-Avon College is also not just a great place to study, but also a great place to work with many employee benefits.

Also, if you’re a local business or just a loyal visitor to the College, I’d like to invite you to join our Friends of the College scheme. There are some great offers available, including: loyalty schemes, course discounts and fine dining offers.

About us

Hospitality and Catering

The Central Academy of Hospitality & Catering is part of the College and heads a collaborative partnership with Henley College and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College. Together the Colleges can offer the best in Hospitality and Catering training in the region. With top facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. We have a wide range of courses from part-time cookery to Foundation Degrees in Hospitality Management.

The Central Academy’s focus is the provision of high quality education and training for the workforce of the Hospitality & Catering industry in Coventry and Warwickshire. As a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) we are committed to developing, maintaining and sharing the highest standards of good practice in all areas of our business. 

Performing Arts

The College has an outstanding reputation as a centre for Drama, Theatre, Popular Music and Dance. Our Performing Arts students put on regular shows and performances, which are open to the public. Stratford-upon-Avon College has a close working relationship with The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Facilities available

The Key Skills Centre is an informal work area for students to access when required. It offers a quiet but welcoming environment for private study. Study packs in literacy and numeracy topics are available and there are a number of networked computers, which offer extensive software facilities.

The Library has a wealth of books and periodicals, videos and audiocassettes, together with Internet and Intranet links there are resources available to support every College course. The careers area of the library contains university and college prospectuses and information on careers in general. The Library has 30 laptops and a wireless network for student use and operates extended opening hours.

As a student, you have access to our superbly equipped IT Centre with more than 140 computers, up-to-date software and access to the Internet. The IT Centre is open during weekdays and evenings and on Saturday morning and friendly IT staff provide on the spot support.

The centre of student life is the Student Refectory, where you can choose from a wide range of meals and snacks, listen to music or just chat and socialise with your friends. The Brazz Coffee Shop and Java Café are also popular meeting places. There is also the Academy Bar and Restaurant, the College’s training restaurant, which is open to the public.

The Willows Fitness Studio Is a small, but well-equipped fitness studio on site. The Studio offers a range of facilities including Cardio Vascular/ Aerobic Machines, weight lifting equipment, also a sauna and solarium. All facilities are available to students at reduced rates. There is also a centre that offers holistic and complementary therapy treatments to students.

Additional support

Learner Services is at the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon College. The College has a team of specialist staff who work together to provide help and advice for all our students, on every issue. 

Caring for students is as important to us as teaching. In our most recent inspection, we were commended for the strong support for our students. The Inspection report recognised the “broad range of well co-ordinated services, including counselling and advice and guidance on welfare matters.”

As a full-time student you will also have a Personal Tutor who will work with you and support you. Our Personal Tutors are chosen for their experience in supporting students and helping them to achieve their best.

The College’s tutorial programme includes planning for work experience, improving study skills and exploring career options. Whether you are planning to go on to employment or on to another course such as a Foundation Degree or Degree programme at the College or at University, you will receive all the help you need in preparing for your future.

Connexions Personal Advisers have a room on the College site and can also provide confidential advice and guidance on careers, Higher Education and personal issues.

Learner success

Please see the DCSF Achievement and Attainment Tables link on the right of this page

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Stratford-upon-Avon College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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