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As part of its multi-million pound improvement project at Langley College, East Berkshire College is delighted to announce that it will be undertaking an internal refurbishment of its hair and beauty training salons and its teaching facilities for health and social care.

This second phase of investment will focus on upgrading the teaching facilities inside the south-wing of the existing Langley College building to provide students with state-of-the-art learning environments. These improvements will include new commercial hair and beauty salons on the ground floor, enhanced facilities for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, a simulated hospital environment for Health & Social Care and a brand new Innovation Lab.

Scheduled to open in early 2014, the new commercial hair salons will incorporate professional cutting stations, the latest industry-standard equipment and a new public reception area. As well as being a teaching facility for those studying hair and beauty courses, the salons will be open to the public and act as a working business to allow students to train on real customers for an enhanced learning experience. A range of treatments will be on offer to the public including hairdressing, massage, make-up, manicures and pedicures.

Principal Kate Webb explains: “The College is investing heavily in its facilities and services in response to the changing needs of the individuals, businesses and communities we serve.

This second phase of investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible facilities for current and future students. We believe these improvements will enable us to deliver an enhanced level of education and training, to ensure local people have the chance to develop the very latest skills and techniques employers require.

“We are particularly excited about the creation of a new Innovation Hub, which will feature a state-of-the-art Innovation Lab to showcase applied maths and science in new technologies and product design development.”

The first phase of improvement works at Langley College, which includes a new Hospitality & Catering Academy, began in August 2012 and is now nearing the final stages of construction. Due for completion in August 2013, the academy will feature professional training kitchens and a working restaurant to enable the College to deliver full and part-time courses in hospitality and catering for the first time. 12-075 G91 EBC P2 BIM Training Hair Salon Persp 1-Lr

Langley College has been at the heart of the community since 1976 and currently serves over 2,400 students from the Langley and Slough area.

Over the years, the College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability.

Today, Langley College is the centre for most of the College’s main vocational courses, which all have specialist facilities. These include Motor Vehicle & Engineering, Construction, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy, Computing & ICT and Health Care & Education Pathways along with ESOL & Languages.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including apprenticeships, call 0845 373 2500.
Published in Hair & Beauty

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As part of the College’s commitment to continually raising standards, we are currently undertaking a £30m improvement project at our Langley College in order to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities to meet the community’s current and future learning needs. To achieve this, we are refurbishing the existing building to improve facilities for our students and provide greater amenities for the local community.    

In the second phase of our multi-million pound improvement plan, we will be refurbishing the south-wing of the existing Langley College building. This will include the development of new commercial hair and beauty salons, enhanced facilities for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, a simulated hospital environment for Health & Social Care and a brand new Innovation Lab. Our two existing lecture theatres will also be transformed into a single spacious lecture theatre.

We believe these improvements will provide you with an exceptional learning experience in a professional environment, which will ensure you gain the latest skills, knowledge and experience employers require.

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Friday, 05 April 2013 15:03

New - Access to HE

East Berkshire College is pleased to launch a brand new Access to HE course in Nursing and Health Professions starting in September. 

Aimed at those who are 19 and over, this Access course will help those who have been out of education gain the skills and experience needed to progress on to a degree or other Higher Education course. Over the duration of a year, you will study a number of units designed to improve your analytical skills, to hone your research skills and to develop your organisational skills. On completion, students will be fully prepared to apply for a degree at university in subjects such as Nursing, Midwifery, Psyiotherapy or other health studies courses. 

For those aged 24 and over, there is new government loan available to help with the cost of tuition fees. The 24+ Advanced Learning Loan is not means tested or based on credit checks, and repayments will not start until April 2016 and until you are earning over £21,000. The benefit for those taking an Access to HE course is that if you complete your programme, and move on to certain Higher Education courses, your loan will be written off. Contact us on 0845 373 2500 for more details or see our 24+ Advanced Learning Loans page. 

For full course information, see the factsheet on Nursing & Health Professions Access to HE, or speak to a student adviser on 0845 373 2500. 

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With the help of East Berkshire College, Complete Care in Windsor has introduced its first apprenticeship scheme to offer its staff the chance to develop their skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

As part of its commitment to supporting staff development and further promoting good working practice, the professional home care company has six apprentices undertaking a level three qualification in Health & Social Care.

Though traditionally the caring industry is not a sector automatically associated with apprenticeships, more and more businesses like Complete Care are recognising the initiative as a cost-effective way to develop their workforce and recruit fresh new talent.

Beverley Buckner, Managing Director of Complete Care, explains: "It is important to have qualified staff to deliver the highest level of care to our service users. Apprenticeships are good for the individual, our business and the industry as a whole, as they help to raise standards and provide clients with added reassurance. This kind of training not only motivates the apprentice, but also inspires other members of the team."

"East Berkshire College made the process of setting up an apprenticeship scheme very straight forward, helping us with all the paperwork and accessing relevant funding. I have been very impressed with the College's flexible approach to our business. For example, they work around our shift patterns to deliver training at our offices rather than at the College, which is a real benefit for us and more convenient for our apprentices."

Established since 2002, Complete Care provides a full range of professional home care services to service users across Windsor, Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.

Amy Morrison, a homecare assistant, is one of the individuals studying for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care (NVQ Level 3).

"I always thought apprenticeships were for 16 year olds and I didn't realise they were available for the caring industry. Being an apprentice is great because you can learn while you earn. All the units of the course are relevant to my job and I am learning so much about industry regulations and legislation. Completing my level three qualification will give me more opportunities and enable me to work towards a possible promotion."

East Berkshire College trains hundreds of apprentices every year, in subjects from engineering to hairdressing, and helps businesses recruit apprentices.

As well as the more traditional trade-based apprenticeships, the College now offers a range of new apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Customer Service, Science, IT and Hospitality & Catering. An increasing range of new higher apprenticeships (Level 4) are also available.

Local businesses interested in taking on an apprentice, can contact East Berkshire College's Business Services team on 01753 443855.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses including apprenticeships, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

Published in Business Services

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Health and social care students from East Berkshire College's Langley Campus took part in a Guinness World Record breaking attempt for the largest simultaneous hand hygiene lesson on Monday (15 October).

Timed to coincide with Global Hand Washing Day, the event saw 26 students join other schools and colleges across the country in a challenge designed by e-bug (part of the Health Protection Agency) and Schools Councils UK.

The students, who are all studying on the Health & Social Care BTEC Level 3 course at the College, took part in the potentially record breaking lesson to learn the best way to wash their hands. They also performed experiments using a 'sneezing runway' to demonstrate how far a sneeze can travel.

To be awarded the World Record all the teachers taking part across the UK had to hold a simultaneous lesson on hand hygiene to explain and demonstrate how bugs are spread and to discuss why it is important to prevent germs spreading.

Joanne Nituan, lecturer at East Berkshire College, explains: "We are really excited about taking part in the world record attempt and we hope the challenge will help our students to understand how bugs are spread and what they can do to stop it. They will be able to apply what they have learnt and pass the hygiene message onto others."

Student Lauren Cumber (18, from Slough), who is looking to become a midwife after she finishes college, said: "It was a really clever and fun way to learn about hand hygiene. It makes you realise how important it is to wash your hands properly and use the anti-bacterial gel in hospitals. I will be taking what I've learnt in the lesson into my work placements and future career."

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, please visit or call 0845 373 2500.

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 00:00

Awards honour star students

stand out_awards_3071a_400pxTop achievers at East Berkshire College were celebrated at the College's annual Stand Out Awards yesterday (8 November 2011).

Acclaimed independent film director and former student James Fair was guest speaker at the prestigious event, which took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Slough.

The awards acknowledged the outstanding achievements of over 60 students, across both the Langley and Windsor campuses. Prizes were awarded for excellence, endeavour, achievement, service to the community and the learner of the year for each of the College's schools of study as well as an overall learner of the year.

Beauty Therapy student Jade Corentin (22, from Slough) was one individual whose hard work was recognised with an award at the event. Originally starting on a level one course, Jade has made exceptional progress at the College and is now studying for a level three qualification.

"I am so happy to have won an award. It has been an enjoyable evening and it was great to meet a former student who has become so successful. It shows that studying at college can help you achieve your ambitions. I've learnt so much at college and my dream is to run my own salon one day."

James Fair, who graduated from East Berkshire College in 1999 with three A Levels, returned to the place where his success story began to give an inspirational speech about his career in the film industry. A career which has seen him direct and produce programmes for Channel Four and make a number of independent feature films. Last year, James enjoyed success and controversy at the Melbourne International Film Festival when he made the audience top 10 with a feature length movie he shot, edited and screened in just 72 hours.

stand out_awards_3073a_400pxJames, who grew up in Slough, said: "I'm proud to have been invited back to speak at these awards. My career takes me to many different countries, but for me it all began in the media suites of East Berkshire College. The lecturers there changed my view of education, they made learning fun and I gained a variety of valuable skills.

"It has been great to celebrate and reward the achievements of this exceptional group of young people. I've been where these students are now and I'm pleased to be able to pass on the benefit of my experience to them. I believe it is important to make the most of your opportunities and never stop learning."

The special evening event was attended by over 250 people including Councillor Sukhjit Dhaliwal, Mayor of Slough and Councillor Asghar Majeed, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 600 courses available call 0845 373 2500.

Published in ICT
Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

Best-selling author goes back to college

penny tassoniA best-selling author of childcare books visited East Berkshire College's Langley Campus recently to give a very special talk and masterclass to its childcare students. Penny Tassoni, whose latest work is entitled 'Continued Success with the EYFS', spent a day at the College talking to students and delivering tailor-made workshops on observation and planning for young children.

The delighted students, who are all studying childcare courses, were given the chance to meet and question the writer after the College won a national competition run by her publisher Pearson. As part of the entry process, each college was asked to explain in 200 words or less what masterclass they would like and why.

Competing against Further Education colleges from across the UK, East Berkshire College's entry stood out as the winner according to Penny Tassoni:

"I chose East Berkshire College as they presented a really good case for why the students would benefit from a day with me and I liked their idea of a 'virtual nursery' environment. They wanted the workshop to focus on observation and planning, which is a really key area.

"It was great to work with the students here and play a part in their education. Childcare is a demanding, but rewarding profession and one in which you never stop learning."

Chris Burrows (18, from Slough), who is studying a childcare level 3 course at the College, was one of the lucky students to meet the best-selling author.

"I was shocked and proud to find out our college had won the competition. I always use Penny's books, so it was great to meet the person behind them. Having heard her talk, I can now better relate to the ideas in her books. Plus, I was really impressed that she was interested in our feedback and experiences too."

Fellow student, Arshia Ahmed (19) added: "You don't really think about the person writing the books, so meeting Penny was a real privilege. It was a great opportunity to draw on her knowledge and ask her questions. This experience has really broadened my knowledge and given me other ideas I can put into practice in my work placement."

Senior Lecturer Lesley Bradley, who spearheaded the College's competition entry, enthused: "Having Penny here was a fantastic opportunity for our students, not to mention a real honour. I think both students and staff alike came away feeling very inspired by her."

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses including childcare, call 0845 373 2500.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:00

A helping hand for the children of Haiti

haiti1 press_crop_350pxOne year on from the earthquake that devastated Haiti and its people are still facing overwhelming hardships as former East Berkshire College student, Olivia Owen (19, from Holmer Green, High Wycombe), has seen first-hand.

Not only has Olivia, who studied Childcare and Education at the College's Langley Campus, raised an amazing £10,000 for the cause. She has also just returned from Haiti, where she has been working as a volunteer for the past two months in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince.

It was while working on a College assignment that Olivia first saw the harrowing images of Haiti on TV. So moved was she by the plight of the earthquake victims, she decided to do something to help.

"College really changed my life around," explains Olivia. "I never really cared about school, but at College I realised how much I'd missed out on and how I'd wasted my opportunities. My lecturers made me believe in myself again. It was this self-belief and support that gave me the confidence to not only pass my course, but to take on the challenge of going to Haiti."

After some research, Olivia decided to become a volunteer through the Global Volunteer Network and set about raising funds.

"I particularly wanted to work with children in Haiti, so I started organising a charity ball to raise money and awareness. I was amazed by people's generosity and the amount of money we raised. On the night, people were offering to donate additional items for the live auction. For example, there was a personal trainer who donated training sessions."

The successful event, which included a four-course dinner and charity auction, raised a staggering £10,000 for the cause and was attended by over 100 guests.

Having raised more than she expected, Olivia flew out to Haiti in November. Spending six weeks in Jacmel and one week in the capital Port-au-Prince, Olivia divided her time between working in local orphanages, teaching English to classes of adults (aged 18-30) and helping with reconstruction projects. These included rebuilding a school in Jacmel, which had been devastated by the earthquake.

Olivia reveals: "I found the extreme poverty and the amount of children begging quite overwhelming when I first arrived. I soon realised that the Haitians are proud people who don't want our pity; they want to work for their money and help rebuild Haiti. They have lost so much yet they are generally positive. They taught me so much about humanity and I've learnt a lot about myself."

During her trip, Olivia was also able to see how hard the region has been hit by the outbreak of cholera.

"It is understandable why people get sick there. Simple hygiene is not part of most Haitian's lives; they drink and wash with whatever water they can find. The most heartbreaking part is that the local hospital has to turn people with cholera away because they simply have no space. As well as medical help, education is important. While I was there, I was involved in organising cholera education workshops to help people understand the cause of it and give out supplies.

"My time in Haiti was physically and emotionally challenging. I have changed, as has my life, since the trip. I will never forget the people and experiences I had there, especially the most beautiful and lovable children I think I will ever meet."

During her final week in Haiti, Olivia had the chance to work with an organisation called GrassRoots United. GRU connects communities with volunteers, resources and partner relief organisations for efficient short-term delivery of aid and sustainable long-term reconstruction. Olivia explains: "This organisation is amazing, they work so hard. I could literally see the money I donated making a difference through their projects. They were exactly the organisation I was looking to support."

haiti2 press_cropOlivia is continuing to raise funds and is now working alongside GRU to create an education link between a school she worked with in Haiti and Heatherton House School in Buckinghamshire. The idea is to raise sponsorship for tuition, teachers and lunch for as many pupils as possible.

In fact, Olivia is already planning to return to Haiti in April for three weeks to oversee this project herself. She hopes her story will inspire others: "I want to ensure as many children as possible get at least a start at some sort of education. I also want to encourage others to become a volunteer. You will work 24 hours a day, but you will make a real difference and save many lives!"

Lesley Bradley, a senior lecturer at East Berkshire College, said: "We are all very proud of Olivia's achievements. We have been following her experiences via her blog. She is very passionate about her work in Haiti and it is great to hear she is using the skills she learnt at College to help others."

The College's School of Health, Care & Education Pathways has also been raising money to support Haiti through a number of fundraising activities over the last 12 months and will be continuing to do so in 2011.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses including Childcare and Education, visit or call 0845 373 2500.

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