If you are due to start with us soon, you may have a few questions. These may include, how does college differ from sixth form? What are learner schedules like? What is the difference between a vocational and academic course?
We will help you to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and determination required to succeed on your chosen career pathway from day one.
Life at college differs from sixth form, allowing you to develop in a more open and adult environment with accessible locations and specialised facilities.
Here are our top 13 reasons to study at college:
1) STUDENT EXPERIENCE
We feel that college offers a more adult environment, where you can meet new, like-minded people and experience a more flexible learner schedule. We support a diverse range of students to reach their goals.
2) GREAT LOCATIONS
Study at city centre campuses; close to shops, restaurants, cultural hotspots, amenities, and travel links.
Our learning hours offer you freedom and independence, allowing you to schedule independent study, your social life, family and work commitments.
4) SPECIALIST PROGRAMMES
Discover a variety of specialist and career-focused programmes and pathways to suit you and your career goals, led by industry-savvy tutors.
5) CURRICULUM INNOVATION
Enjoy innovative learning and assessment methods that drive individual development and progress. We work with businesses to shape and develop our curriculum offering across all the areas we teach. You may have seen the work we’ve been doing recently with Heston Blumenthal and the Fat Duck Group on our hospitality and catering programme? This is just one of the many collaboration happening across Activate Learning.
6) INCREASED EMPLOYABILITY
Develop the key skills required for your future career and undertake exciting work experience placements as part of your programme. We like to think it’s the qualifications you get in your time at Activate Learning that will get you the interview, but it’s the attributes we instil in you while you’re here that will get you the job!
7) INTERNAL PROGRESSION
Follow clear career pathways to progress to higher level programmes and learning opportunities. We have your future career in mind from day one and our programmes are designed to get you to where you want to be.
8) OUR LEARNING PHILOSOPHY
Our award-winning Learning Philosophy and Attributes are at the heart of everything we do. We know that when you are engaged on an emotional level you feel more motivated to learn, plus we give you opportunities to get a glimpse of what your future career could be like via the great relationships we have with businesses. We recognise that when you have this motivation and can see the thing you are working towards, your brain is more likely to take in the information it’s learning.
9) GUARANTEED SUCCESS
Over 95% of students' progress directly into employment or higher-level learning. We are in the top 30% of further education colleges nationwide.
10) HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Be supported by your own Performance Coach in developing emotional intelligence, wellbeing and self-confidence and have access to a wide range of student support services, college nurses and counselling services.
11) EVENTS AND ENRICHMENT
Join in with student activities, complete your Duke of Edinburgh Award, and go on trips around the UK and the world. We’ve had students visit and perform at Disney World Florida, film in New York and learn massage techniques in Thailand!
With an active Students Union too, there are plenty of opportunities to have some fun!
12) FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Education is free until you are 19. However, Activate Learning offers funding support to all students, offering travel bursaries, course loans and free school meals, depending on your income.
13) ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
We have a range of one-on-one support services available including student support, learning support, dedicated Activate Careers consultants.
With all this in mind, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about starting at an Activate Learning college in September!
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