History: Set up in 1909 as a Technical Institute, by 1920 Loughborough College had been renamed and gained an international reputation for pioneering vocational teaching approaches and qualifications. It was one of the first institutions to join the newly created independent further education sector in 1993.
Address: Loughborough is a vibrant market town within close proximity of Leicester and commutable distance from Nottingham and Derby. The college is situated in the town centre opposite the university campus.
Ambience: Loughborough College has a friendly atmosphere and shares a campus with Loughborough University. All college students automatically become part of Loughborough's students' union on enrolment, so there are plenty of opportunities to join sporting and social groups.
Who's the boss? Esme Winch is the college principal.
Prospectus: 01509 618 375 or order one online here.
UCAS code: L77
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Students are considered on individual merit. Help and guidance is available from the student recruitment team who help to find the most suitable course for each student.
Foundation degrees: Hospitality management; business and management; children and young people's services; early years pathway; teaching assistant pathway; engineering; events management; music performance and production; sports coaching; sports science development and management.
Vital statistics: There are over 11,000 students enrolled at Loughborough College and £13m is being invested in new buildings over the next year. Course provision includes: full-time, part-time, higher education, apprenticeships, Train to Gain, NVQ’s, and work-based learning.
Added value: Loughborough College has an excellent reputation for sport and has many successful elite athletes. Ideally positioned to explore the East Midlands, sitting comfortably between Leicester and Nottingham. For those wanting to get away from it all, some of the region's most stunning countryside is just down the road. Charnwood Forest is a great recreational area perfect for woodland walks, rock climbing, and hill walking. A purpose-built Visual and Performance Arts Centre including a 250-seat theatre, three music studios, a television and radio studio, a dance studio, two arts rooms, a textilse room, a photography studio and a dark room should be completed for September 2014.
Teaching: A 2013 Ofsted report rated the college as 'Good with Double Outstanding for Sport'.
Any accommodation? Yes, a single room in halls ranges from £85 to £105 per week. Half-board 'homestays' can also be arranged.
Cheap to live there? A room in a shared flat will cost you anywhere between £50 and £105 per week.
Transport links: Loughborough is one of the most centrally placed towns in England and benefits from excellent transport links. The town is less than three miles from the M1 and is on the main London to Sheffield rail line with London only 90 minutes away. There are also regular rail links to and from Leicester, Nottingham and Derby. The college runs frequent bus services to and from Loughborough train station and there is parking on site.
Fees: 2013 fees will range from £2,500 to £5,900 per year.
Bursaries: Loughborough College will be taking part in the National Scholarship Programme for 2013, offering financial assistance to those from families with a low annual household income.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Being a university town, Loughborough has a students' union and plenty of bars and clubs to keep students entertained. The vibrant cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham are also not far away.
Sporting reputation: Second to none. Loughborough University consistently tops the BUCS league table - students at the college can join its sports clubs through the union.
Glittering alumni: James Dasaolu, Britain’s second fastest man over 100m; Liam Tancock, world champion and world record holder, british backstroke swimmer; Robbie Grabarz, Olympic high jump bronze medallist; Harry Ellis, former England Rugby Union international; Chris McGeorge, Commonwealth Games 800m bronze medallist.