Welcome to West Herts College
Vision – where we want to be
Our vision is to play a leading role in transforming the lives of local people, our communities and our shared economic prosperity. We’ll do this by working in partnership with employers to meet the needs of our community through innovation, outreach and technology.
For the latest official record of our progress towards these objectives, take a look at our strategic report: Strategic Plan 2013-16 and Annual Community Report 2013.
Integral to our plans is our mission and shared values.
Mission – how we’re going to get there
In our increasingly complex world, West Herts College will do the ordinary things extraordinarily well – inspiring success through learning that stimulates a competitive edge in our students and a sense of fulfilment across our communities.
Shared Values – How we’ll behave
Student success: We are dedicated to success and achievement – striving to meet the needs of our students, communities and local employers.
Accountability: We ensure our decisions are data-informed, provide value for money, and are grounded in the best interests of our students, communities and economy.
Integrity: We value civic responsibility, high standards, ethical practices and the courage to act.
Lifelong Learning: We believe education is a lifelong opportunity and commitment – and we will demonstrate this belief by involving people of all generations.
Respect: We value difference and treat others with consideration – encouraging open and honest communication.
Responsiveness: We recognise and act on opportunities to be innovative and flexible – always adapting to the needs of our students, communities and economy.
Enterprise and Innovation: At the heart of innovation is an enterprising spirit seeking fresh ideas and opportunities.
- 120-seat theatre and green room
- TV and video studio
- Recording and band practice studios
- Media editing suites
- Apple mac design suite
- Art, design, ceramic and fashion studios
- Photography studios and darkroom
- Gym, fitness and dance studio
- Fully-stocked kitchens including pastry kitchen
- Restaurant and canteen
- Hair and beauty salons and spa
There really is a lot of creative space, but we also have professional facilities for general business:
- Meeting and conference rooms with SMARTboards
- Classrooms and IT suites
- Flexible theatre and canteen space
Our facilities and rooms are used throughout the week and on weekends by external language classes, dance companies and after school clubs. So why not contact us and see how we can accommodate your own activities.
Looking for a film location? Our campuses are used frequently for commercial and photographic shoots as well as for film location.
During your time at College we want you to enjoy yourself, work hard and achieve – being happy and getting involved is an important part of this. We're here to help whenever you need us.
Advice and guidance
Our Student Support staff are available on every campus and we’re on hand to provide advice on finance, personal support, careers information and much more. You can drop in and see us any time or you can call or email us for impartial advice and guidance.
During the first few weeks of term we assess all our students. This is so we can identify any areas where you may need extra help with your studies. We can then offer you individual support such as specialist teaching, adapted materials, classroom support and special examination arrangements.
The VLE and our student portals
As a West Herts College student you will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) from any online device, 24/7. The VLE gives you access to materials and coursework as well as links to useful websites for quizzes and other helpful resources.
All full-time students also have access to ProPortal and E-Portfolio. Here you can access your grades, track your progress, monitor your attendance and see your predicted grades. These all help to keep you on track and really do make studying easier.
Learning Resource Centres
In our LRCs you’ve got the world at your fingertips. As well as a substantial collection of books and journals, you have access to a range of electronic databases and websites – all there to help you research and complete your studies and assignments. You also have open access to computers specialist software and high-speed internet connection.
If you ever need extra help with assignments you can book yourself a one-to-one study skills session with our LRC staff. They can also provide advice on planning your workload, research, drafting work, revision techniques and completing your assignments. It’s all part of a service dedicated to helping you achieve the very best grades you can. Drop into any LRC to book your session.
We are committed to providing the best possible learning experience for all of our students; setting clear, high and consistent standards and expectations. You can view our student behaviour policy here.
Here at West Herts College student success is our greatest achievement and listening to our students keeps us moving forward and focused on what matters most.
Our students tell us:
- 94% said their lessons were well taught
- 91% were happy with the support they receive
- 93% of parents would recommend the College to a friend
- 90% of students would recommend the College to a friend
- 81% of employers rate the College’s training as up to speed with the latest industry practices
- 85% of our Higher Education students were happy with their experience
Our success rates:
- 88% of all full-time students taking long qualifications succeeded (national average 81%)
- 96% of all students on short qualifications succeeded (National average 88%)
- 93% of students taking degree studies achieved their qualification
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact West Herts College directly.