Ruislip Residents' Association

Visit To Uxbridge College

I have been able to publish articles about the College's activities for residents' information due to regular communications from Liz Driscoll, the College's Public Relations Consultant. Recently I was delighted to receive an invitation from Liz to visit the College so I could see for myself the excellent facilities and learn more about the wide range of courses offered to local young people.

The College has celebrated its fiftieth anniversary : Creating Success Since 1965. Around 8000 full and part time students study at the two campuses ( Uxbridge and Hayes) and the College employs over 500 staff, some who come from industry and the professions to whom the college offers teacher training courses.

As expected the College offers the traditional subject courses i.e. GCSEs, A Levels and subject resits but I should like to make residents and local young people aware of some of the innovative apprenticeships and study programmes that the College offers.

The new IT and Media Block was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex in 2011. Skilled  professionals are in demand in this age of the ever-growing technology industry. Students can train in the software being used in the industry. Courses cover a range of skills including : Computing & IT Systems & Networks, Cybercrime and Security to Games Development with design or programming routes plus developing Digital Technologies and Mobile Apps.

The College has great sporting facilities including Hall, Gym, MUGA ( facility for use by several sports) and 3G pitches outside and the use of Hillingdon Athletic Stadium close by. Students can combine their practical sports aptitude with theoretical study skills to gain a highly recognised vocational qualification. Lecturers have worked in the sport, health and fitness industry as coaches, personal trainers, sport rehabilitators and professional sports people. Having gained a Level 3 In Sports Science, students may progress to a university course.

The Technical Institute for Engineering was officially opened by Sir Digby Jones, Director of the General Confederation of British Industry and has useful links with industry and external agencies such as Transport for London. The workshops are very well equipped and students can prepare for a career in the Engineering industry and from learning the engineering basics they can take their study through to university-level qualifications.

Young people can apply for a variety of apprenticeships including : Building Services, Plumbing & Electrical, Motor Mechanics and other courses in Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism, Catering & Hospitality, Art, Design & Fashion, Performing Arts & Dance, Childcare and Beauty Therapy.

The Public Services courses develop practical and theoretical skills students require to prepare them for a career in the Armed Forces, Police, Fire and Ambulance or other Public Services. Students have progressed to university courses studying policing and criminology, forensic science and government and politics.

The College is all inclusive as they also offer Essential Skills & Supported Learning which provide courses for students with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities, who have few or no formal qualifications and who require support to help them to work towards a specific goal or gain a qualification.

This article by no means covers every course offered by the College, so if parents and young people think that studying at Uxbridge College could be an option for them I would encourage them to send for the College's excellent Prospectus or visit the College on one of their Open Days (see below).

Uxbridge College Open Days

Saturday, March 4th. 2017; 11.00am - 2.00pm at Uxbridge Campus

Wednesday, March 15th. 2017; 3.00pm - 7.00pm at Hayes Campus

Wednesday, June 14th. 2017; 3.00pm - 7.00pm at Uxbridge Campus

Susan Midgley

Published in Further and Higher Education on 22 November 2016.
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