Mid Cheshire College


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History: Grew out of Verdin Technical College. The Verdin Centre was built by Sir Joseph Verdin to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. It was opened by the Duke and Duchess of Westminster on the 24th June 1897. Hartford campus opened in 1962, brand new arts and creative media building opened in October 2008. The brand new Winsford campus opened in 2010 and Centre for Creative Arts & Sport in 2012.

Address: English country. The market town of Northwich is two miles away. Nature lovers can lose themselves in Delamere Forest and Tatton Park. Wales, the Wirrall, and the Lake District are a day trip away and, for the occasional car-fume fix, Chester, Manchester, and Liverpool are within easy travelling distance.

Ambience: Modern, chic and continuing to change. The Winsford campus was the result of £9.6m of investment and provides a state-of-the-art higher education centre, while governors recently approved plans for a £7.5m project to develop new buildings on the Hartford site.

Who's the boss? Richard Hollywood took charge in August 2013. He spent his early years as a sound recording engineer in one of London's top recording studios, working with a number of high profile artists, and spent a short time in Australia working for ABC Radio.

Prospectus: 01606 744 44, view it online here and follow @midchesh.

UCAS code: M77

What you need to know

Easy to get into? You'll need 120 UCAS points (or equivalent); three GCSEs at (grade C or above) and one A-level or Access to HE or NVQ 3 to study a foundation degree.

Foundation Degrees: Business management; commercial music technology; contemporary photography; fashion design; sports coaching and physical education; public and community services; graphic design; computer science; supporting teaching and learning; travel and tourism management. HNC/HND engineering; HND performing arts; fine art; health and social care.

Vital statistics: Around 7,000 students. Courses from entry level to foundation degrees. A partner of Manchester Metropolitan University. More than 22,000 books in the library.

Added value: Restaurant and beauty salon on campus.

Teaching: Grade one 'outstanding' in the Ofsted 2008/2009 inspection.

Any accommodation? None provided by the college - you're on your own when it comes to finding a flat but student services can help finding local accommodation.

Cheap to live there? A room in a shared house in Northwich was around £75 per week last year.

Transport links: Most students at the college live locally and travel in from within a 15 mile radius. Transport for them is provided via local bus companies.

Fees: £5,000 per year for full-time foundation degrees, and £2,500 for part-timers, starting in 2013/14.

Bursaries: None offered by the college.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Northwich has pubs, restaurants and a cinema. Otherwise, it's a case of making your own fun in the hay or catching a bus to the bright lights of Chester or Manchester.

Sporting reputation: Students can use the college fitness centre free of charge.

Glittering alumni: William Tempest, fashion designer.