Welcome to Halesowen College
For many years now, Halesowen College has held a reputation for high standards, an excellent learning environment and a caring, supportive sense of community. But don’t take our word for it - this is what our students say they like most about Halesowen College:
- 'Staff are approachable and friendly.'
- 'It’s a safe and welcoming place to learn.'
- 'Teaching is good.'
- 'It’s great having computers in classrooms.'
- 'Textbooks are free!'
- 'Feedback on assignments is very good.'
- 'One-to-one tutorial sessions are really important.'
- 'Having the same Personal Coach in the second year of the course makes a massive difference.'
- 'The College makes a commitment to continue AS subjects to A2 Level.'
- 'Open Day is a really useful event for applicants.'
We offer exceptional support and opportunities for students making the transition from school to higher education or the career of their choice.
Our convenient location benefits from extensive travel networks, so you can get to College and return home with ease.
The College appears consistently in the top 10% of colleges for examination performance.
Our last Ofsted Inspection reported many strengths, including good academic support, leadership and the fact that all students are valued.
All students are treated as individuals for achieving their potential and gaining a sound foundation for the future.
At the centre of the College mission are six key values:
Halesowen College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and works in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare.
The College seeks to promote equality and diversity, and the prevention of discrimination in all aspects of its activities. Action taken by the College includes:
- courses and services for those with particular needs
- a nursery
- access to buildings, facilities and resources for those with restricted mobility (see DisabledGo Access Guide in footer)
- assessment of the needs of students with learning difficulties/and or disabilities in order to provide reasonable support
- a theme week where students can explore issues of equality and celebrate diversity
- multi-faith chaplaincy service and a quiet room for prayer/meditation
- assessment and support if you have a learning difficulty or disability Ask for a copy of our Disability Statement for further information.
If you have the right support and guidance while you learn there is every chance you will reach your potential. Success is a partnership between committed students and the College and we are very proud of the quality of support we offer our students.
From the initial advice and guidance we give at admissions and enrolment to the direction and assistance we provide when you are ready to move on, we pride ourselves on the ongoing support we offer all our students.
Many of our students have succeeded against the odds, joining us on a Level 1 course and finding the encouragement and enthusiasm to work up to an advanced or even higher level course. When they set out in the world of work they have more than just a set of qualifications. They have a proven track record of dedication, hard work and achievement along with a set of marketable skills they have developed along the way.
We invite applicants who have confirmed their offer of a place to a Welcome Event in July. You can start getting to know your way around campus and meet some of your fellow students. You'll also get a better idea of College life by taking part in taster
lessons for some of your chosen subjects.
We also have induction sessions in September for all new students, where we make sure you get to know the campus, the staff and other students.
Along with your course lecturers, you will have a personal coach who will meet with you every week and support your progress in College. For two year programmes, you will keep the same personal coach for your second year. Coaching support includes regular review and direction sessions to help you to meet your targets. You will also have access to STARS (our Student Tracking & Reporting System) to help you monitor your progress on an on-going basis.
When you come to Halesowen College you can't fail to be impressed by our wonderful facilities, which include:
- Well-equipped science laboratories and indoor and outdoor specialist animal care facilities
- Modern hair and beauty salons
- Excellent IT facilities with over 1000 computers and the latest software
- Dance and drama studios
- Media and music recording suites
- Sports hall and fitness suite
- Training restaurant
- Learning resource centres for each curriculum area
In recent years we have invested in a major refurbishment and redevelopment programme so our students can benefit from light, spacious and modern accommodation. A £20m plan to replace and update campus facilities at the Whittingham Road site builds on plans to replace the original Block 0 building on a phased basis.
- Phase 1 - a new refectory and Health and Social Care teaching suite - completed in 2009
- Phase 2 - new facilities for Animal Care, Science and ICT & Computing and a new all-weather sports facility - completed in 2010
- Phase 3 - new facilities for Travel & Tourism, specialist teaching accommodation for students with learning difficulties, an Active Learning Centre, a fitness trail and outdoor gym - completed in 2012/13
Remaining accommodation will be replaced over the next year. Planning will include a phased scheme to minimise any disruption to student programmes.
Plans put forward to the local authority and for government funding are based on:
- Block 11 new College shop and communal facilities linked with coffee shop plus staff centre and training restaurant/seminar area
We understand that a good College experience involves more than lessons and learning. That's why we don't stop with learning support.
Our Student Services Team offer a wide range of services to all students across College, including:
- Financial Support
- Meal vouchers
- Student visit claim forms
- 19+ and 24+ claim forms
- Care to Learn
- Discounted nursery fees
- College ID Cards
- Student absences
- 16-18 Photo cards for Network West Midlands (Centro)
- Council tax certificate/confirmation letters
- Exam payments
- Car park passes/payments
- NUS cards
Other benefits available to our students include:
- Free Express bus services
- The Halesowen Foundation
- Discounted Hair & Beauty Salon treatments
- Free printing
- Free text books
- Free access to a range of student services
We go further to make your time at Halesowen College the best it can possibly be, because we believe that if we do our best, then you can do your best.
We encourage all of our students to take an active part in College life. By doing more than simply attending lessons, our students enjoy their life here and help their chances of future success. Put simply, doing more means achieving more. It means learning, not just about your course or subject, but about yourself. It develops skills and confidence that will help you now and in later life.
There are all kinds of ways to get involved, from being a sports leader to representing the College at promotional events, from helping younger students with their university applications to standing for election on the SU Council. Whichever opportunity you decide best suits your talents, make the most of it - and you'll be one step closer to making the most of yourself.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Halesowen College directly.