Higher Education

Top UK universities make offers to CCSW learners

Sixteen Cheshire College – South & West learners have successfully gained places at Russell Group Universities, including the University of Cambridge, for September 2019.

Founded in 1994, The Russell Group Universities represent 24 of the UK’s top higher education institutions that promote excellent teaching and research and unrivalled links with business.

The offers are across a wide range of subjects including mathematics, economics and medicine.

Sophia Rutter, 19, Crewe, has beat off tough competition from across the country to secure a place to study Law at the University of Cambridge.

Sophia said: ‘’I was on holiday when I received the offer from Cambridge. I was in total disbelief, I never imagined I would get accepted.

‘’The Careers Team have been extremely supportive, throughout the entire application process and they are still closely working with me to help prepare for my exams.

‘’The College has encouraged me right from the start and taught me to believe in myself and my abilities.’’
All learners across the College are supported with dedicated and personalised support and advice with their university applications.

Recently launched, the Colleges Futures Programme takes learners beyond their study programme to experience opportunities with Russell Group universities, and to ultimately realise their potential to apply to these prestigious institutions.

Moyra Throssell, Dean of Higher Education, commented: ‘’I am delighted that so many of our learners have been successful with their university applications this year.

‘’Top universities look for learners who not only have good grades, but grades in the right subjects for the course they want to apply for.

‘’Cheshire College – South & West has a dedicated careers service and specialist university ready programmes which attract learners of the highest academic ability and provides them with the necessary support and encouragement to progress to top universities.

‘’The dedication and ambition of our learners is exceptional. We are incredibly proud.’’

Those set for Russell Group Universities came to Cheshire College – South & West from a number of different high schools across Cheshire, including, Tarporley High School, Middlewich High School and Shavington High School.

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654 654 (Crewe Campus) / 01244 656 555 (Ellesmere Port and Chester Campuses) or visit ccswdev.wpengine.com.

College hosts annual Humanities Conference

This year’s Humanities Conference and Higher Education Fair took place on Wednesday 5th December and Wednesday 12th December at the Colleges Crewe and Ellesmere Port Campuses.

It was the perfect opportunity for learners to meet some of the UK’s leading universities, speak to representatives about courses, find out about university entry requirements, as well as having the opportunity to speak to our staff about the College’s Higher Education experiences.

Each year over 30 universities attend from across the UK, giving learners the chance to explore their higher education’s options. A number of specific workshops also took part on the day, sessions included topics within Poetry, Law, Geography, English Literature and Language, to help attendees make informed decisions about subject areas, before the main UCAS deadline on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Neil Borg-Olivier, Assistant Principal Curriculum, opened this year’s event by welcoming guests, before introducing keynote speaker Paul Ward, Professor of Public History at Edge Hill University.

Paul gave an insightful talk about the importance of humanities subjects and the value of them in industry. Paul said: ‘’We think that humanities disciplines like ours have much to contribute to understanding the incredible variety of human experience, as well as equipping our graduates for their personal and professional development, to contribute to the major issues facing humanity in the 21st century.

‘’Humanities foster core skills in research, analysis, cultural literacy, critical thinking, communication and persuasion valued by a wide range of employers.’’

The following Wednesday, 12th December, Simon Stewart, Dean of Faculty – Social and Life Sciences at Wrexham Glyndwr University, opened the Ellesmere Port event, with an inspiring and interactive presentation focusing on how our skill sets need to develop in order to suit the futures ever changing economy. Simon said: ‘’The future economy is constantly changing and in recent years there has been a shift towards critical thinking and creativity. It is essential for learners to develop their skill sets, so they are prepared in these ways.

‘’Teachers need to ensure they are speaking positively into learners lives, as this asserts and confirms potential. It is essential for today’s learners not to settle for second best. Seek out people who will aid your achievements and support your development.’’

Representatives who attended the Fair, included; Keele University, Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Derby.

The conference was delivered as part of the Colleges’ Futures Programme. Futures Coordinator at Cheshire College – South & West, Fiona Burgess, commented: ‘’The event has inspired our learners to realise their potential to study at University and to experience exciting workshop delivered by leading academics.

‘’This was the first time we held the event at our Ellesmere Port Campus. It has provided an exciting platform for the learners to explore subjects they may not have considered before.’

The College’s Careers Team organised and led the Higher Education Fair. Lorraine Murray-Fletcher, Admissions, Reception and Careers Lead also commented: ‘’It was delightful to see so many learners interacting at both the conference and the fair

‘’Ensuring learners are exposed to and encouraged to explore their different options is part of our careers strategy, linking back to the Gatsby Benchmarks.’’

Dhesi, Principal and CEO, said: ‘’The event was a huge success and encouraged learners to engage with academics through a unique style of learning.

‘’The idea of bringing together a wide range of leading universities to deliver such an event, stretches the boundaries of raising aspirations.’’

If you are interested in studying at Cheshire College – South & West, or for more information, call 01270 654654 (Crewe Campus) 01244 656555 (Ellesmere Port & Chester Campuses) or visit ccswdev.wpengine.com

College finds its spark at Higher Education Graduation Ceremony

Successful learners from across Cheshire celebrated their achievements at Cheshire College – South & West’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony on 13th November at Chester Cathedral.

The ceremony celebrated the success of more than 70 learners who have studied at the College’s Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester campuses.

Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive at Cheshire College – South & West who opened the evening, said:  ‘’I am delighted to welcome our graduates and their families, friends and employers to this prestigious event at Chester Cathedral.

“All our courses are dedicated to ensuring that our learners leave us with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make the next step, so we are always delighted to see them moving forward in their careers. Whether this means progressing to higher level qualifications, starting their own business, or entering their chosen career, we are extremely proud of all our learners’ achievements.

‘’On behalf of everyone at Cheshire College – South & West, I wish you every success in your careers.’’

Keynote speaker for the event was social entrepreneur, Michelle Shavdia, founder of Find Your Spark Limited. Michelle has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology from Warwick University and an MSc (Dist.) in Coaching Psychology from the University of East London as well as eight years’ experience of coaching, mentoring and delivering inspiring talks to young people.

Michelle is passionate about supporting young people to reach their full potential. Michelle commented: ‘’Confidence comes through doing something you have never done before not from reading about it in a book or magazine or watching it on YouTube or Instagram, actually doing it.  Therefore, take regular leaps of faith into the unknown and step outside of your comfort zone as with uncertainty comes new experiences, opportunities and confidence.

‘’So many people fear failure but the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  Rather than fear failure or fear making mistakes, think what can I learn from it or what is life trying to teach me here as there is a lesson in everything.  It really is a case of ‘Learn to fail or fail to learn’.

‘’To end, know that ‘The opposite of success is failure only if you choose to disregard the lessons you have learnt along the way’ so don’t let the fear of failure ever put you off doing something.  And bear in mind that if it doesn’t go to plan and you don’t get what you want, the Dalai Lama said, ‘sometimes not getting what you want is a remarkable stroke of luck!’  Good luck in all that you endeavour to do and congratulations once again for graduating tonight!’’

Learners graduating have studied a range of different Higher Education qualifications including Foundation Degrees in subjects such as ICT, Travel and Tourism and Public Services; as well as professional qualifications such as AAT Diploma in Accounting, CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Dr Chris Haslam, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic, Recruitment, Quality and the Student Experience) University of Chester, presented this years’ Student of the Year Award, which was awarded to Adele Pollard, who graduated with BTEC Higher National Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management Level 5. After receiving her award, Adele was invited to give this year’s vote of thanks.

Adele said: ‘’Let me start with one of my favourite quotes, one that really resonates with me and one that is displayed at the Ellesmere Port campus “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”. Some of you here this evening may have realised this during high school, sixth form or at college, when considering your futures. But for myself it was in 2015 when I decided after spending many years bringing up my children, to return to education.’’ 

She continued: ‘’Before we continue on our life journey, we want to take this opportunity to thank those who have helped us achieve this milestone in our lives. Over the past couple of years, we have all been supported by a team of dedicated teachers, and with their wealth of experience and knowledge, they have provided us with the foundations in our various fields of study, and for this we owe them a debt of gratitude.

‘’Cheshire College – South & West has given us an education, and it is our responsibility to continue our journeys and to be able to apply the skills and knowledge learnt when faced with new situations and experiences.’’

Our Higher Education and Professional courses enable people of all ages and backgrounds to gain qualifications from Level 4 to Level 7. For further information on our range of courses, including Access to Higher Education and Teaching and Education qualifications, please visit our new website at he.ccsw.ac.uk.

 

Adele Pollard – Student of the Year 2018

Cheshire College – South & West Higher Education Ceremony at Chester Cathedral

Learner in the limelight

For former learner, Joshua Jones, a HND in Technical Theatre at Cheshire College – South & West gave him the skills and confidence to start his career as a successful Lighting Engineer.

Since high school, Joshua, 22, from Bagillt in North Wales developed a passion for lighting within the event and theatre industry. After completing his HND in Technical Theatre at the College’s Ellesmere Port campus, Joshua secured a fantastic job working for leading European lighting supplier, VME, as a Lighting Engineer.

Joshua commented: “My tutor, Angie Berwick mentioned that a position had become available at VME and so I applied for the role of Lighting Engineer. I started in June last year and I love it.

“The HE qualification I studied really gave me the skills I needed to fulfil this role. I gained some great opportunities and experience whilst I was there, which has helped me to progress to the next step at VME. Angie was also very supportive, always there when I needed her for help or advice and she really encouraged me along the way. All the support has given me the confidence to push on and achieve my goal.”

VME are a major European supplier for all aspects of sound, lighting, AV and broadcast equipment. Committed to advanced technology and design, VME have been in the industry for over 20 years and are a highly specialised organisation.

Angie Berwick, Course Team Leader for HE and Technical Theatre at Cheshire College – South & West said: “Joshua has always been very committed and hard working so I had no doubt that he would go on to be successful in his field.  Employers specifically come to us looking for their next Technician because they are confident the course creates world class Theatre Technicians from all specialisms and Josh is one of them.  I am incredibly proud of him and his new role at VME, who are well known in the industry. This valuable experience will enable him to thrive.”

Cheshire College – South & West offer learners an opportunity to excel in their career with a choice of over 30 different Higher Education qualifications, all developed with partner employers to meet the needs of modern businesses.

Joshua went on to say: “ I wouldn’t be where I am now without the HE course and the support of the College. Now that I’m at VME, I’m still continually learning every day, which is great.  My next goal is to continue to gain more experience, enhance my skills as a Lighting Engineer and hopefully progress further with VME.”

For more information on studying Technical Theatre or for details on Higher Education courses available at Cheshire College – South & West, visit ccsw.ac.uk or call the College hotline on 01244 656500.

Chester Cathedral hosts College’s Graduation Ceremony

Successful students from across Cheshire will celebrate their achievements at South Cheshire College / West Cheshire College’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony on 16 November at Chester Cathedral.

The ceremony will celebrate the success of more than 200 students who have studied at the College’s Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

Keynote speaker for the event is entrepreneur Tony Stone who co-founded the porridge firm Stoats. Initially based in Scotland, Stoats has gained national listings in both Tesco and Waitrose as well as provided 10,000 porridge bars to runners in the 2007 New York Marathon and 26,000 bowls of porridge to athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Students graduating have studied more than xx different higher education qualifications including Foundation Degrees in subjects such as ICT, Travel and Tourism and Public Services; as well as professional qualifications such as AAT Diploma in Accounting, CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management and CMI Diploma in Management.

Jasbir Dhesi, Principal and Chief Executive at South Cheshire College / West Cheshire College, said: “This is our first Graduation Ceremony since we merged earlier this year and we are very excited to welcome our graduates and their families, friends and employers to this prestigious event at Chester Cathedral.

“All our courses are dedicated to ensuring that our students leave us with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make the next step, so we are always delighted to see them moving forward in their careers. Whether this means progressing to higher level qualifications, starting their own business, or entering their chosen career, we are extremely proud of all our students’ achievements.”

South Cheshire College / West Cheshire College’s Higher Education and Professional courses enable people of all ages and backgrounds to gain qualifications from Level 3 to Level 7. As an Associate College of the University of Chester, the College can also offer those undertaking a Foundation Degree awarded by the University a range of progression routes and other additional benefits.