Hilly Prendergast Higher Education Manager University Level Courses at Wiltshire College I believe in Higher Education at a local college. It brings University level courses to local people, who may not be able to leave home and go away and study. I have emails from students who graduated years ago who tell me how much the degree has changed their lives (for the better!). It is the best feeling in the world to teach our Higher Education students, they inspire me and the impact they make in their industry is breath-taking.
I was a student at Wiltshire College and studied an Access to HE course, which enabled me to go to university. The support I received on the Access course was phenomenal. It inspired me and gave me confidence to know I could achieve. I studied at the University of Bristol for a degree in Early Childhood Studies. I have since gained teaching qualifications, master’s level qualifications and am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have worked at the College for 15 years, teaching mostly on the Degree Programme in Early Years. For the last two and half years, I have been the Higher Education Manager (but do still sneak in and teach some early years).
Wiltshire College is in the process of expanding the number of Higher Education courses it currently provides and the College has partnerships with four universities. The College currently offers prospective students a number of university level courses that are delivered at each of the college’s four main campuses at Chippenham, Lackham, Salisbury and Trowbridge as well as at a dedicated Higher Education study centre at Castle Combe race circuit where students can study for University level qualifications in Motorsport Engineering.
Why study Higher Education at Wiltshire College?
You have a university level course ‘on your doorstep’. You can stay at home and study. But if you do want the full university experience, we do have accommodation at our Lackham and Salisbury campuses. The academic standard is equal to that of a university. Higher Education in the college is quality assured by an external agency to ensure academic standards meet the required expectations.
Small classes and small academic teams mean that a positive relationship develops between you, your peers and the tutors. Students have access to their tutors, face to face, via email and by phone. This contact with the tutors is part of the secret of our success. Students tell us that support from tutors is “exceptional”.
The ethos of the higher education community at the college is nurturing and supportive. We work in partnership with students, enabling them to realise and exceed their potential. Tutors know their students well, their strengths and areas to develop. This enables differential learning to support the individual needs of students. Our focus is always on the student, their learning and our teaching.
University Level courses at the College are all closely linked to industry. This work related ethos supports high employment on graduation.