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Welcome to Swindon College


Swindon College offers the widest range of full time courses in the area with a mix of learning and training; preparing students both for employment and for university study. We also offer excellent success and progression rates.

Our industry-standard facilities – including Engineering, Construction, Hospitality and Catering, Hairdressing, Beauty and Art and Design – make us the first choice for those considering vocational (work-related) courses in the region.

Our new purpose-built Construction Centre also now provides excellent facilities for our Brickwork and Plastering students on our North Star campus.

At Swindon College we put students first. We are large enough to offer a full range of courses and facilities but small enough to care about individuals. All students have the benefits of a personal tutor and a team of highly-experienced professional teaching staff.

We offer a range of courses at different levels. Many of our students enter further education programmes, achieve and then progress on to full time higher education courses here at the college or at universities around the country. Swindon College offers university-level courses at HND/C, Foundation Degree, Degree and even Masters (postgraduate) level.

The college wants to ensure that you find the right course for you and our friendly Student Services Team is here to assist you with your decision. You will be fully supported throughout your course and in every aspect of college life during your time with us.

We look forward to seeing you!

Facilities available

Our campus at North Star has industry-standard facilities for Hair, Beauty, Engineering, Construction, Catering and Hospitality, Computing, Art and Design and Motor Mechanics. You really will get the full work experience!

  • Free Wi-fi Access
  • Free Careers Service
  • Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
  • The Zones – for class or independent study
  • The Chill Zone – a space to chill out between lessons
  • Refectory/Food Hall
  • Food to Go – express food shop for quick bites to eat
  • Costa Coffee and Starbucks
  • Onsite ATM
  • Onsite Nursery
  • Career Hub
  • Art and Design Studios
  • Photography Studio
  • Hairdressing Salons
  • Beauty Clinics
  • IT Suites
  • Mac Suite
  • Training Kitchens, Restaurant and Coffee Shop
  • Sports Therapy Clinic.

Additional support

You can get help and advice from your Personal Tutor, the Staff who teach you, our Support for Learning team, Student Engagement Team, Student Counsellors, Career Co-ordinators, Student Services Advisors and Youth Workers

Student Services

They are here to give you advice and guidance on:

  • Applications for courses
  • Financial information
  • Support with all aspects of your welfare as a student
  • Appointments for Career Advice and Counselling.

During college term time Student Services are open for enrolments and enquiries:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8.45am - 7.15pm, Friday 8.45am - 4.30pm
  • During college holiday periods: Monday - Friday: 8.45am - 4.30pm.

Careers Team

Not sure what to do after you finish your course? Need help finding your ideal career path? Advice about Uni? Help getting work? Help with Apprenticeships?

Our trained Information, Advice and Guidance Team can help you find the answers. They can help you with careers advice, matching your skills to the right course.

We offer drop-in advice and guidance sessions, one-to-one appointments, advice for anyone considering a course at Swindon College, career resources, visits to local universities and UCAS conventions and weekly job vacancies.

Learning Support

Our friendly support team are here to help if you need that extra support whilst studying at the college.

We welcome students with a wide array of learning difficulties, disabilities and special educational needs. Our support team can work with you to arrange the additional support you need.

Please let us know of any requirements on your application so we can put support in place for the start of your course. We also have the provision to support your transition from school with extra visits to the college before you start.

Financial Support

You may be eligible for funding to help you continue with your learning.

Eligible students who are on a course at college could receive support towards course-related costs.

The support is intended to help cover the day-to-day costs associated with studying at college, such as books, equipment and travel. More information will be provided when you come for an interview and financial application forms are available from Student Services.

Schools Liaison

Team Throughout Year 10 and 11 you will have the opportunity to talk to the Swindon College Schools Liaison Team.

The team attends Year 11 tutor groups, parent/guardian evenings and specialist post-16 events organised by local schools and you can talk to them about the courses on offer and find out about applying to college.

You can also contact the Schools Liaison Team directly for more information or advice or to arrange an informal tour of the college on: (01793) 491591 or email schoolsliaison@swindon.ac.uk

Personal Tutor

Personal Tutors are there to help you settle in and get the information you need, while supporting you throughout your programme of study.

Personal Tutors want you to succeed and will be really keen to make sure you are not only keeping up with your course work but to see that you are also getting as much out of college life as possible.

They are also there to challenge you, help you work harder and ensure you keep on track. They will point you in the right direction when you need extra help with careers, study techniques or recreational activities. After all, it’s not all about work; they want to help you keep a balance in your life.

If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s safety

We are committed to making sure that you are kept safe from harm such as neglect, bullying or abuse at home or at college.

If you are concerned about your or someone else’s safety then please contact a member of staff or ask to speak to a person in our safeguarding team.

Equality and Diversity

Here at Swindon College we actively advance equality of opportunity and are committed to eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation of any sort.

We welcome and celebrate the unique talents and experience of each individual, student or staff member. The College has an important role to play within the community and will use its influences to advance equality where appropriate.

Learner success

Swindon College’s success rates have risen significantly over the last four years and we were awarded Grade 1 Outstanding status by Ofsted in 2013. We have approximately 6,500 Further Education (FE) students (including 800 Apprentices) and 500 Higher Education (HE) students.
  • We are rated the Top Performing College in the South West for Apprenticeships
  • 98% of our students said they were happy with their course at Swindon College
  • 97% of our students said they would recommend Swindon College to a friend

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Swindon College directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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