Herefordshire College of Technology
Sunday 01 July 2012
Herefordshire College of Technology
History: Like many further education colleges, its roots were based in helping to develop practical skills sought by employers: it was the first college in the UK to undertake the training of farriers.
Address: Hereford City is home to about 55,000 people, with the famous River Wye running through it. The county is an area of outstanding natural beauty and one of the most sparsely populated in England. The Tourist Board regards it as one of England's best-kept secrets.
Ambience: Near the centre of a small but vibrant city, the campus is shared with Hereford Sixth Form College and Herefordshire College of Art. An impressive £32m refurbishment was recently completed, transforming the campus and providing state-of-the art facilities. There's provision for work-based learning and both short and recreational courses are laid on across the county.
Vital statistics: The college has around 7,000 students, making it the largest education and training organisation in the county. HCT offers courses ranging from beauty therapy and blacksmithing, to animal care and outdoor pursuits, at a range of levels. Almost 70 per cent of students going into full-time employment found jobs directly related to their college course.
Added value: A good and improving college, according to Ofsted. The Holme Lacy campus, a few miles down the road, has numerous specialist facilities including a purpose-built rural crafts centre. HE qualifications are offered in conjunction with the University of Worcester, the University of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire College of Arts.
Easy to get into? Courses are offered at a range of levels, and entry requirements vary accordingly.
Transport links: The Hereford campus is just a few minutes' walk from the city centre, where the main bus and rail station are situated. The Holme Lacy campus is a 10 minute drive from Hereford.
Who's the boss? Ian Peake, principal and chief executive.
Teaching: A recent Ofsted inspection resulted in a very complimentary report. Inspectors concluded that HCT was an improving college with good student achievements and standards. QAA recently classified the college's HE courses as ‘outstanding’, and many areas of ‘good’ practice were identified.
Foundation Degrees: Counselling, learning support, management and leadership and ICT.
Nightlife: Clubs, pubs, cinemas, theatres and a leisure centre, all in the city centre.
Any accommodation? None provided by the college, but they do have an accommodation office to help students find a place to stay locally.
Cheap to live there? Yes. It's between £55 and £75 per week for a room in a shared flat.
Fees: Vary depending on course and qualification. Last year’s tuition fee was around £600 per year for a full-time course but this is subject to change for 2012 entry. No tuition fees for students aged between 16 and 18 years. Separate fees apply for overseas learners.
Bursaries: Bursaries should be available via partner instiutions. If you are in receipt of certain means tested benefits, financial support may be available from the college.
Prospectus: 0800 032 1986; www.hct.ac.uk
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