Dudley College

 

History: Dudley College can trace its origins to 1862 and the building of the Dudley Public Hall and Mechanics Institute to provide for the technical, recreational and vocational needs of the students. In 1896 additional accommodation was purchased named the Dudley Technical School, which was later renamed in 1928 as Dudley Technical College.

Address: Dudley is located in the Black Country, part of the West Midlands urban area but also close to the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Shropshire, including lronbridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in Britain.

Ambience: Students are aged 14 and up, and most are from around the Black Country area, although there are also around 300 international students. All campuses offer a friendly approach to study, with dedicated areas for both work and relaxation. Mons Hill Campus is a modern building packed with specialist equipment needed for subjects studied there, such as art and construction. Broadway Campus offers a mixture of traditional and new buildings and caters for the more traditional humanities subjects.

Who's the boss? Lowell Williams is principal.

Prospectus: 01384 363 000 or view the website here.

UCAS code: D58

What you need to know

Foundation Degrees: Musical theatre, construction and computing among others.

Easy to get into? Varies widely between courses. Some require very little in terms of formal qualifications, but many ask for industrial experience.

Vital statistics: Students are aged 14 and up, and most are from around the Black Country area, although there are also around 300 international students. Dudley specialises in design, engineering and computing courses. It has recently introduced foundation degrees in addition to its HND and HNC programmes. The libraries have a combined total of more than 50,000 volumes. HE qualifications are validated by Wolverhampton University.

Added value: A unique international glass centre, in keeping with Black Country traditions, specialising in hot and cold glasswork. A purpose-designed A-level academy providing a contemporary work area fully equipped with state-of-the art technology. The large 'academy' learning centre has 40 'high spec' PCs for students to use, individual work areas and an area for group discussions. Wireless connectivity allows students to use their own equipment to access the internet. Subjects are accessible via the Virtual Learning Environment enabling students to access exciting digital learning media, catch up with missed work, hand in assignments electronically and communicate with their tutors and fellow students via email and bulletin boards. The performing arts studios are purpose-built, well equipped and fully licensed for live productions.

Teaching: The college is an Investor in People and has a Matrix Award for information, advice and guidance services. It also received a Training Quality Standard in February 2011 for meeting the training needs of employers effectively. Libraries at Broadway, Mons Hill and Castle View.

Any accommodation? Only offered to international students by the college, priced at £260 to £340.

Cheap to live there? Very much so. Private rents were as little as £50 per week for a room in a shared house last year.

Transport links: Trains and late-night buses to and from Birmingham and Wolverhampton are plentiful. The West Midlands is at the heart of the national road and rail networks, so most of England and Wales are easily accessible. London is two hours to the south and Manchester an hour to the north.

Fees: £4,500 per year for HE undergraduate courses.

Bursaries: None offered by the college.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The SU organises a bash at Christmas and the end of the year. Bars and cinemas at the Castlegate Complex, the Waterfront and Merry Hill a few miles away. Birmingham's top notch club scene is just a half hour journey away.

Sporting reputation: Not entered into the BUCS league but there are a range of sporting opportunities at the college.

 

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor