Open evening

Top tips for unleashing your awesome when visiting College open evening

Come to one of our open evenings and get a real feel for the CCSW experience and find out why we are one of Cheshire’s largest and most popular Colleges.

You’ll tour our facilities, meet our inspiring staff and current learners and get a sense of what it’s like to study at Cheshire College – South & West.

Our open evenings are designed for learners wishing to study at CCSW in September 2019. Open evenings can be really good fun, as well as giving you the information you need to make the right choice. Here are our top tips to help you make the most of your time when visiting us.

  • Bring a pen and paper with you to take notes. Sometimes open events can be overwhelming, as you will receive a lot of information. Making notes of anything important will give you something to refer to once you get home.
  • Do your research. Find out what courses you might be interested in and which campus these courses are based at.
  • Make sure you have a bag, or someone to help you carry all the leaflets and freebies you will be given.
  • We run campus tours and Principal briefings at some of our open events – this is a must do if they are available.
  • Bring a camera or a phone with you to take pictures. You’ll be able to remember CCSW once you’ve explored all your post 16 options.
  • Before the end of the event, check you have had all your questions answered. If not, take advantage of the staff around you who are available to chat and remember to visit the non-academic stands during your visit!
  • Bring someone with you. Whether this is a parent or a friend, it will give you that extra boost of confidence when meeting our staff and learners and it provides them the opportunity to find out about what we can offer them.
  • Most importantly… enjoy yourself. Come September, you’ll be spending a lot of time in College, start enjoying your journey today!

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy CEO said: ‘’The majority of our current learners studying with us started their journey here at College after attending one of our open evenings. It is a great opportunity to see first-hand the many opportunities, facilities and support that we can offer.

‘’As one of the leading training providers for young people, adults and Apprentices across the Cheshire region, everyone can benefit from the advice and guidance available at the open evenings.

‘’We pride ourselves on the consistently outstanding results of our learners, our 2017/18 results were excellent. Our A level pass rate was 99.7% and our cross-college BTEC National Extended Diploma pass rate was 98.1%. 

‘’We encourage all potential learners to come and see our College in action, to get a true feel for our culture and to hear about how we impact both the local and academic communities.’’ 

If you are unable to attend this particular event, the College will also be running another Open Evening on Monday 29 April 2019, 5:30 – 8pm, across all three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

You can at Cheshire College – South & West

Cheshire College – South & West will open its doors to the public on Monday 28th January between 5:30 – 8pm. The main College sites at Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester will welcome visitors who may be interested in full-time or part-time study.

With a wide range of activities taking place across the event, prospective learners are able to engage and enjoy in taster sessions with activities taking place in the College’s state-of-the-art facilities. Learners will also get the chance to seek advice on a wide range of College related topics, including learning support and enrichment opportunities.

You can meet tutors, find out more about our courses, and discover for yourself the atmosphere of our well-established and highly supportive College, where everybody is encouraged to inspire, believe and achieve.

Whether you have already decided on a course, or are just investigating your options, our open evenings provide an ideal opportunity for you to see exactly what Cheshire College – South & West has to offer.

Mike Lorimer, Director of Marketing and Communications, commented: ‘’We have a wide variety of Vocational, A Level, Higher Education and Apprenticeship options available for potential learners, so the event is a great opportunity to see first-hand what College life is really like.

‘’The majority of our current learners started their College journey by attending one of our open evenings. It is important to see the College in action to get a feel for the culture and to hear of successes from both our staff and learners. 

‘’It is always a fantastic evening seeing so many people exploring their options and getting involved with all activities.’’

Have you thought about learning something new? Could this be the time to take up a new hobby, learn a new skill or even start a new career? At Cheshire College – South & West we offer a wide range of part-time courses including, Level 1 Cake Decorating, Level 2 Digital Photograph and our brand new Swissport Academy Aviation course.

Jonathan Finchett, recently completed his Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer course here at College. Jonathan said: ‘’I was extremely impressed with the delivery of the course and the knowledge that the tutors have. Both the theory and practical elements of the course were fun, interesting and engaging.

‘’I now work for a community interest company called Healthbox, who deliver strength and balance exercise classes across Cheshire West and Wirral and I am working towards increasing the services we deliver.

‘’Completing the course has ensured I have the necessary knowledge, understanding and experience to perform in my role and help my clients reach their full potential. Healthbox work in close partnership with the College, so it is great for me to stay in touch and hopefully inspire other learners.’’

Come along to our part-time enrolment event on Tuesday 8th January 2019 from 5-7pm at all of our campuses.

Visit the Ellesmere Port Campus for information on:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Access to Higher Education
  • Computing
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Early Years Education
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Performing Arts and Music
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Uniformed Public Services
  • Visit the Chester Campus for information on:
  • Applied Science
  • Business and Fashion Industries
  • Media and Games
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Visual Arts

Visit the Chester Campus for information on:

  • Applied Science
  • Business and Fashion Industries
  • Media and Games
  • Motor Vehicle
  •  Visual Arts

Visit the Crewe Campus for information on:

  • A-Levels
  • Apprenticeships
  • Access to Higher Education
  • Applied Science
  • Business and Fashion Industries
  • Computing
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Early Years Education
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Media and Games
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Performing Arts and Music
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Uniformed Public Services
  • Visual Arts

If you are unable to attend this particular event, the College will also be holding another Open Evening on Monday 4th March 2019 from 5.30pm to 8pm. Please see our website ccsw.ac.uk for more information and all College events.

Inspire, Believe and Achieve at College Open Evening 

Cheshire College – South & West will be holding their next Open Evening on Monday 19th November 2018. They are excited to welcome prospective learners and their parents into all 3 campuses, at Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester. The evening will run from 5:30pm to 8pm.  

The Open Evening will give year 11 pupils and those wanting to improve their career prospects, the opportunity to gain more information about Apprenticeships, A Levels, Vocational qualifications, Part-time and Higher Education courses.  

The evening will be packed full of activities, including, presentations, demonstrations and campus tours, which will provide an insight into what it would be like to be a learner at Cheshire College – South & West.  

Attendees can speak to course tutors and current learners from a range of curriculum areas to understand which courses are best suited to them. Furthermore, those visiting the Crewe Campus can learn about the College’s A Level Futures Programme which includes an exciting partnership with the University of Oxford.  

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, commented: ‘’Open Evenings are an invaluable experience for potential learners to visit Cheshire College – South & West and explore their future with our staff and learners. 

‘’We pride ourselves on the consistently outstanding results of our learners, our 2017/18 results were excellent. Our A level pass rate was 99.7% and our cross-college BTEC National Extended Diploma pass rate was 98.1%.  

‘’We encourage potential learners to come and see our College in action, to get a true feel for our culture and to hear about how we impact both the local and academic communities.’’  

Visit the Ellesmere Port Campus for information on: 

  • Apprenticeships 
  • Access to Higher Education 
  • Computing 
  • Construction and the Built Environment 
  • Early Years Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy 
  • Health and Social Care 
  • Hospitality and Catering 
  • Performing Arts and Music 
  • Sport 
  • Travel and Tourism 
  • Uniformed Public Services 

Visit the Chester Campus for information on: 

  • Applied Science 
  • Business and Fashion Industries 
  • Media and Games 
  • Motor Vehicle 
  • Visual Arts 

Visit the Crewe Campus for information on: 

  • A-Levels 
  • Apprenticeships 
  • Access to Higher Education 
  • Applied Science 
  • Business and Fashion Industries 
  • Computing 
  • Construction and the Built Environment 
  • Early Years Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy 
  • Health and Social Care 
  • Hospitality and Catering 
  • Media and Games 
  • Motor Vehicle 
  • Performing Arts and Music 
  • Sport 
  • Travel and Tourism 
  • Uniformed Public Services 
  • Visual Arts 

If you are unable to attend this particular event, the College will also be holding another Open Evening on Monday 28th January 2019 from 5.30pm to 8pm. Please see our website ccsw.ac.uk for more information and all College events.

Prepare for the future at College Open Evening

West Cheshire College and South Cheshire College are hosting an Open Evening on 9th October 2017 from 5.30pm to 8pm across all three of its campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

The Open Evening will give young people currently at high school and anybody looking to improve their career prospects, the opportunity to gain more information about Apprenticeships, A Levels, Vocational qualifications and Higher Education courses, as well as see first-hand the outstanding industry-approved facilities available across all Campuses.

Staff from across the College will also be heading up a range of presentations that aim to provide an insight into College-life as well as chair an interactive forum for guests.

Helen Nellist, Deputy Principal said: “The majority of our current students studying with us started their journey here at College after attending one of our opening evenings. It really is a great opportunity to see first-hand the many opportunities, facilities and support that we can offer young people.”

Bringing together tutors and current students, attendees can speak to course tutors from a range of curriculum areas to understand which courses are best suited to them. Plus, those visiting Crewe Campus can learn about the College’s A Level Futures Programme including their exciting partnership with the University of Oxford.

The College’s Apprenticeship team will also be on hand throughout the evening to provide advice and additional support.

Helen also stated: “As the leading provider of training for young people, adults and Apprentices across the Cheshire region, everyone can benefit from plenty of practical advice, tips and information on all our courses whatever their future career entails.”

If you are unable to attend this particular event, the College will also be running another Open Evening on the 20th November 2017 from 5.30pm to 8pm