A Levels

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There was much cause for celebration this week as East Berkshire College was judged to be consistently good by Ofsted following a week-long inspection in February. 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.

The College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, was praised in the report for the quality of its teaching and the high proportion of its students gaining employment or progressing on to higher levels of study. Furthermore, Ofsted found the College’s provision for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to be ‘outstanding’, which is reflected in students’ excellent progress and high success rates.

Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the good work the College does in serving the community and providing real life enhancing opportunities for students. This latest report demonstrates the significant progress we have made over the last few years and indicates we are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming outstanding. Our success is testimony to the dedication of our staff and governors, who work tirelessly to ensure all students have the chance to achieve their potential and acquire the skills they need to succeed in work and life.

“As a College, we are very much focused on student outcomes. Working closely with local employers and partners, we provide work experience programmes and job clubs as well as industry recognised qualifications and training on the latest industry specific technology. The skills that students develop at the College set them on the path to a prosperous career, with the majority going on to a range of good employment opportunities and higher education.”

Commenting on the news of the College’s Ofsted Report, Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, added: “I am proud of the success of our college. It provides many local people with the opportunity to learn practical skills so that they can make a greater contribution to our society, in work, with their family or through higher education.”

The College’s key areas of strength highlighted in the report included:
  • Good learner progression to higher levels of study, Higher Education and employment.
  • Good teaching and learning.
  • Good levels of support to all learners.
  • Good promotion of equality and diversity
  • Outstanding provision for learners on courses for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
  • Learners develop good skills that are relevant to the area in which they study, preparing them well for employment.
  • High proportion of learners completing their courses successfully.
  • Success rates for functional skills are higher than the national averages.
  • Learners’ are respectful, well organised and generally make good progress.
  • The College has established strong long-term relationships with a good range of employers, which result in apprentices gaining employment and higher training.
  • The Principal and governors have established a clear mission for the College and high aspirations for their learners.
  • The College offers a broad curriculum with progression routes from pre-entry level to Higher Education in most areas.

Along with the Ofsted inspection team, the students themselves also gave the College their seal of approval. The College’s Student Satisfaction Survey 2011-12 revealed that 95% of students are happy overall with their course and the College.

Each year, East Berkshire College supports the education and training of over 8,000 individuals, helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals. A recent destination survey of former students revealed that 81% of the College’s 2011-12 leavers are in employment or education.    

Learning at East Berkshire College also offers a good return on investment for students and their families according to a recent impact study conducted by EMSI. For example, the study found that someone who completed a Level 3 course at the College can expect to earn, on average, around £471,552 more than someone with no formal qualifications over the course of their working life.    

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses call 0845 373 2500.

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Top achievers at East Berkshire College were honoured by paralympic gold medal winner Jeanette Chippington at the College's annual Stand Out Awards Ceremony recently.

Former swimming champion, Jeanette was guest speaker at the prestigious event, which took place at the College's Windsor Campus in St Leonards Road.

The awards acknowledged the outstanding achievements of 67 students, aged 17-60, across both the Langley and Windsor campuses. Prizes were awarded for excellence, endeavour, achievement, service to the community and most promising student for each of the College's schools of study as well as an overall College learner of the year.

A delighted George Annan (19, from Slough), received the accolade of the College's most Outstanding Student 2012 and most promising student for Computing and ICT.

"I was so surprised when my name was called out," enthused George. "It is such an honour to win these awards. Since my childhood, computers have been my passion. Studying at College is helping me to gain the qualifications I need to become a computer engineer and build a career in the IT industry."

As well as shining academically, George gives up his own time to help his fellow students and, outside of college, works in care homes providing help for those in need.

Another winner was actor and former student David Gyasi, who won the coveted Alumni Award for his outstanding achievements since graduating in 1999 as well as his continued commitment to encouraging young talent through his visits to the College. His recent achievements include roles in The Dark Knight Rises, Doctor Who, the George Lucas blockbuster Red Tails and the Wachowski Siblings' epic film Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks, which is due out in the UK next year.

"It is a great honour to be awarded in this way. My teachers at College were the first ones to tell me that I could go far if I put my mind to it. They were very supportive and it was really emotional to see them again after all this time. My philosophy is to make the most of every opportunity and to see each knock back in life as a golden opportunity to come back stronger."

Jeanette Chippington (from Maidenhead) also gave an inspiring speech, talking about the virus that left her disabled, her rigorous training programmes and the unwavering determination that ensured her success in the pool. Success that culminated in achieving medals at five consecutive Paralympic Games. If that wasn't enough, Jeanette has now swapped the pool for the open water and is training in paracanoe, with the hope of adding to her medal tally in Rio 2016.

"I believe it is really important to recognise people's achievements, so it is an honour to be asked to present these awards. You can either sit back and wish your life away or work hard and achieve your goals. These students have worked hard over the year and they should all be very proud of themselves."

Principal of East Berkshire College, Kate Webb, praised the students' achievements: "The awards evening is about recognising talent. We have over 7,500 learners enrolled at the college and this year's winners are an inspiration to us all."

The special evening event was attended by over 180 people including Councillor Christine Small, Mayor of Slough and Councillor Colin Rayner, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, call 0845 373 2500.

 

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (16th August 2012) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College’s full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 99%, ahead of the national average of 98%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 20 subjects including Business, Psychology, Sociology, Law and all English and Science subjects. The College’s A-C pass rate was 65.4% 

The College’s Windsor Campus was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Charlotte Sullivan (19), who achieved A* in English Literature and three A’s in English Language, Politics and Maths.

“I am thrilled with my results, which have surpassed all of my expectations. Studying at the College has been such a great experience and I owe my tutors everything, they have been amazing! Now I’m looking forward to studying English Literature at Reading University.”    

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to good universities and exciting employment opportunities.

Peter Mills, Director of Curriculum at the College, said: “Our students have really done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also to their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

In recent years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past few years and a growing reputation for excellence, the College has seen continued demand for its A Level courses. In response to this demand, the College recently completed extension works to its Windsor Campus to provide new science laboratories and enhance student social facilities.

In May 2009, Ofsted judged the College to be consistently good overall, with outstanding social and educational inclusion, and financial planning.

The College offers a wide range of subjects at A Level (AS and A2) including all the traditional Science, Humanities and Creative subjects, with Languages, and also Accounting, Economics, Law, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

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

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Students at East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, can now save money on bus travel on First Bus routes thanks to a new subsidised bus pass scheme.

In association with First Bus, the College has launched a fantastic new student bus pass for those under 19 years old to help lower travel costs and encourage more students to use public transport. For example, with the new bus pass a student undertaking a typical journey to College three times a week will be able to save an average of £100 a year on bus travel from this September. And what's more, as the pass is also valid at evenings and weekends, there is the chance to save even more!

The pass will cost just £25 per term (or less for those from low income households who qualify for a further discount) and entitles the individual to child fares on any First Bus routes serving Berkshire and the Thames Valley, including the Green Line London coach service.

Available to those who are under the age of 19 and enrolled on a course, the pass is being part-subsidised by the College and will offer students at least a third off bus travel.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our current and future students the opportunity of discounted bus fares," said Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College. "We are committed to providing as much support as possible to our students, from financial assistance to careers advice and work experience programmes. This subsidised bus pass scheme is yet another way the College is helping to ensure learning is accessible to all."

Many people may also be eligible for free course fees or help with the cost of study. As well as government funding schemes, East Berkshire College has its own financial support schemes and flexible instalment plans available on some courses to help with the cost of studying.

For further information on funding and an extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses, contact East Berkshire College on 0845 373 2500.

charity fashion_show_01-400pxStudents from East Berkshire College took to the catwalk on Thursday (9 December) in a retro charity fashion show at Windsor's Firestation Arts Centre in aid of Cancer Research UK. Delivering a thrilling journey through eight decades of fashion, the event showcased a variety of vintage clothing from the roaring 1920s to the present day.

Raising over £540 for the charity, the show entitled 'Deja Vu' was organised by students in conjunction with Cancer Research in Peascod Street. Around 90 people attended the event with money from ticket and clothing sales going to the cause.

The models, who were all students from the College's Windsor Campus, were accompanied on stage by music from the era, which included the Beatles and Nirvana. There was even a special appearance from Buddy Holly himself!

The show brings to a close another year of record success for the College, which achieved an outstanding 100% pass rate for A Levels in 2010 – placing it in the top 10% of UK colleges.

The College offers a wide range of A Level (AS and A2) subjects at its Windsor Campus including Law, Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography. The campus also hosts specialist courses in Science, Business, Media and Retail and Merchandising Display.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses available, visit www.eastberks.ac.uk or call 0845 373 2500.

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East Berkshire College students and staff are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (18th August 2011) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College's full A Level pass rate was an outstanding 98%, ahead of the national average of 97.8%. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 17 subjects including photography, English literature and physics. In fact, 96% of photography students achieved A*- B grades.

The College's Windsor Campus was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Ellen Barnet (25), who achieved three As in chemistry, maths and biology.

"I've been so worried about whether I'd get my grades, but I'm absolutely thrilled with my results. The College has been so supportive in helping me juggle study with working part-time. I've always wanted to go into the medical field and now I'm looking forward to studying pharmacology at Liverpool University."

Rizwan Ullah (18, from Taplow) was elated with his results too. Having achieved an A* in maths, an A in economics and an A in psychology, he has now secured his place at Royal Holloway University.

"I'm so pleased. My final grades are even better than I expected. I've really enjoyed my time at College and my results mean I can now take up my place at university to study a degree in maths and computer science."


Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to good universities and exciting employment opportunities.

Peter Mills, Director of Curriculum at the College, said: "Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths."

"With a growing reputation for excellence, we have seen continued demand for our A Level courses. So much so, we are currently expanding our campus in Windsor to meet the needs of the communities we serve."

In recent years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards. With outstanding A Level results for the past three years and a growing reputation for excellence, the College has seen increasing demand for its A Level courses.

In May 2009, Ofsted judged the College to be consistently good overall, with outstanding social and educational inclusion, and financial planning.

The College offers a wide range of subjects at A Level (AS and A2) including Media Studies, Spanish, Politics, English Literature, Biology, History and Photography.

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

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