Life at a new College

Choosing where and what to study after GCSEs can sometimes be a minefield for young people.

At Cheshire College – South & West new students can start their courses throughout the year and, with the support of a knowledgeable team of advisers and tutors, starting life at a new college is made easy.

BTEC Level 3 IT students William Goodwin, 18, and Cameron Jennings, 17, from Congleton, both started their course mid-year.

Cameron explained: “We both had friends from high school that had come to Cheshire College – South & West and they said it was a good place to come to.”

Both William and Cameron attended an Open Evening at Cheshire College – South & West and met with the Head of IT.

Williams adds: “It was a really simple process. We could study the same course we were on and did not have to repeat the modules that we’d already done. We both applied in the December and started studying at Cheshire College – South & West in the January.”

As well as being able to continue on the same course, there were other practical considerations for both students including travelling to College and meeting new friends.

William said: “We both now drive into College but before we got our own cars we got the free College bus. It was really easy and the bus came right outside my house.”

Cameron adds: “When we started in the January we did find it very different – it was much larger than our old college. But after a couple of weeks we settled in – met a big group of friends and really the transition was very easy. Overall it’s been a brilliant experience and personally it’s the best thing I could have done at the time.”

Both students are now coming to the end of their second year and looking to the future. Cameron is hoping to start and Apprenticeship in IT either with Barclays or Sellafield whilst William plans to study Computing Science at Bangor University.

Construction student Christopher Bell, 17, from Northwich, also found settling into a new college easy. Christopher visited Cheshire College – South & West and met with the Assistant Director of Faculty for Construction.

Christopher said: “I had already completed a Multi-Skills Level 1 course so found I could start on the Level 1 Joinery course here at Cheshire College – South & West. I visited the  College in February and started just before Easter.

“I’m able to get a free bus so it’s really easy. I’ve also already made a lot of new friends from the course so it’s been really great.”

After completing his Joinery course, Christopher hopes to continue into an Apprenticeship.

For more information about studying at Cheshire College – South & West, call 01244 656555 or 01270 654654 or visit