As parents of teenagers at secondary school, you may have heard about the introduction of the new T-level qualifications from 2020? At Newbury College, we have been busily preparing the groundwork for T levels for quite a while, and are ready to start incorporating them as they are phased in.
Alongside apprenticeships and A-levels, T-levels will become one of the three main options for school leavers. T-levels are being introduced in the 2020/2021 academic year, and are designed to replace many of the vocational qualifications currently offered at level 3.
The structure of the new qualifications will be different from the current system. The number of hours a student will study increases significantly from the average 540 hours offered now to approximately 1,800 hours over the two years (including the work placement). The work placement element increases to 45 days, but can last up to 60 working days, making it much more meaningful to the student and employer. The timing of the work placement may be different depending on the qualification, some may opt for a continuous block, and others will distribute the work placement across the programme.
In a new two-year, level 3 technical study programme, T-levels will offer students:
• Specific practical skills and knowledge in a chosen industry or occupation
• 45 days’ work placement at a relevant employer
• Core English, Maths and digital skills
After completing a T-level programme, students will have transferrable skills to use in the workplace, they may also continue their education at university or through an apprenticeship with an employer.
Newbury College played host to the district qualifying heat of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2019 on Saturday 19 January.
In the national competition, which is open to young people aged 17 years and under, contestants must create a healthy three-course meal in under two hours for no more than £20.
The budding chefs, who have already won their local heats earlier in the year, are judged on their costing skills, planning of the menu and the quality of the meal that they produce.
The Rotary Club of Thatcham and District once again selected the College to host part of this annual event because of the ideal location and excellent facilities, including a commercial kitchen and restaurant. Ron Howard, Competition Organiser at The Rotary Club of Thatcham and District, said “I am delighted with the excellent facilities provided by Newbury College and we are very grateful they have been made available to us. The skills and maturity shown by all the candidates during the competition were very impressive."
The winner of the competition was Amy Price, 15, of Licenced Victuallers School, Ascot, closely followed by runner-up Emily Woodford, 14, of St Gabriel’s School, Newbury.
Amy and Emily were presented with book tokens and a voucher for a meal at the Red House, Hamstead Marshall and will go forward to the regional heat in February, where they will compete for a place at the national final.
The winner of the national final will win a prize which includes a visit to the olive harvest, sponsored by Filippo Berio, international producers of olive oil.
Newbury College inspires young chefs with full-time professional cookery courses for school leavers that include real-life experience in their commercial kitchen and restaurant. The College also offers a vast range of one-day cookery courses and masterclasses for adults starting from just £30. Find out more.
December 2018 - We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Student Governor, Sophie Hemsley.
Sophie joined Newbury College from The Clere in Burghclere, in September 2017 to study L1 Catering and Hospitality, driven by a passion for catering from an early age and impressed by the industry standard training kitchen at the College.
In December 2018, now working towards her Level 3 in Catering and Hospitality, Sophie was appointed Student Governor. “As a Student Governor I provide student insight, working together with the staff to generate ideas and feedback a student perspective. I meet with the College Governors to discuss the agenda for the term, and I have an opportunity to give feedback from the student council, which I chair. It is good to know our student voice is heard and I am privileged to have been chosen to represent the students amongst the governors.”
We asked Sophie to tell us about a typical day at Newbury College
08:00 - Arrive at College and head to The Street Diner for a Starbucks to kick start the day. I tend to get into the Restaurant early and begin polishing the cutlery ready for service.
09:00 - I pop out for a Maths lesson for an hour and then head back to the Restaurant to help set-up the tables, stock the fridges and polish the glasses.
10:00 - Tasks rotate every week; either cooking or front-of-house, this ensures we get experience of all aspects of catering and hospitality. Today I’m in the kitchen, its December so we’re cooking Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. All items are prepared from scratch.
12:00 - Service starts. We plate the food ready for the waiting staff, serving between 30-50 people per sitting. Once we finish in the kitchen we go and help front-of-house with clean down.
15:30 - I head home and have a rest before starting work.
I work 4 times a week as a chef at a local pub and love the fact that I have actual experience within my course. It has made it a lot easier to adapt to life in a professional kitchen.
A little bit of royalty
Sophie is also a Pearly Princess, and having celebrated her 18th birthday, takes the title of Pearly Queen in 2019.
December 2018 - Lynne Stafford of Thatcham received an extra special festive surprise this week, when she heard she was the winner of the Newbury College wordsearch featured in the Newbury Weekly News Christmas Guide. She was delighted to hear that she had won £30 worth of vouchers, towards a part-time course at Newbury College.
Lynne commented, "It was a real surprise to have won the competition, as a childminder I often do the puzzles with the children but this is the first time I’ve won. I am looking forward to browsing the options and trying something new in 2019”.
We have a huge range of one-day courses starting from just £30 and 100s of part-time courses including ballroom dancing, drawing techniques, Microsoft Office for beginners, nutrition for physical activity, business administration and bookkeeping. To find out more, search here
Over 40 businesses took part in the annual West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair at Newbury College on Wednesday 7th November, providing an opportunity for organisations to network and showcase their employment opportunities to students and jobseekers.
As well as meeting with the exhibitors and discovering the opportunities available, visitors to the fair were also able to obtain advice on apprenticeships, tips for successful job hunting and attend 1-2-1 CV workshops with Adviza.
Dawnus Construction, who are currently building the Highwood Copse Primary School at Newbury College’s Monks Lane campus and medical technologies company, Stryker, also offered interactive workshops covering the employment opportunities within STEAM industries from the College’s Engineering Solutions Laboratory.
Participating organisations included a wide range of employers and training providers including local universities, Vodafone, Metro Bank, BUPA, Sovereign, Mencap, WBTC, Healthwatch, Berkshire Labels, AWE, Roc Technologies and many more.
Annie Danielli, Junior Marketing Manager, Roc Technologies, said: “The West Berkshire Work & Careers Fair is a great opportunity to promote your business, network with other local organisations and find the perfect candidate for your latest role. Roc Technologies was delighted to be a part of the event.”
As well as jobseekers looking for full & part-time job opportunities, Newbury College students and pupils from local secondary schools also attended the event to explore their future career options. “Supporting businesses and ensuring that local people are well trained to meet the needs of those businesses, is central to what the College is about. The campus is a fantastic location for exhibitions and events that engage with existing students, local schools and other members of the community,” said Iain Wolloff, Newbury College Principal. “Our aim is to inspire and support informed choices for young people and for all those looking to develop their careers. Anyone seeking further careers advice is welcome to book an appointment with our impartial Careers Advice team. We want to extend our thanks to all of the organisations involved in making the event a success.”
Exhibitors enjoyed an opportunity to network over a complimentary business breakfast, sponsored by Local Buzz magazine, before the main event opened to the public, supported by Job Centre Plus, West Berkshire Council and West Berkshire Skills and Enterprise Partnership.
Music Technology tutor, Matthew Foster said, “Sky is an exceptional student who excelled in all areas of our Level 3 Music Tech course and gained a 100% grade on the awarding body's results system. Her practical and technical skills were matched with excellent academic abilities and I was sad to see her go at the end of the last academic year.”
Sky commented, "I’m extremely happy to have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship. This is in no small part due to the dedication of my tutor, Matt Foster, and the music technology subject team at Newbury College. Thanks to the College’s support and their belief in my future aspirations. This award will make a big difference in my ability to further my music technology education."
Newbury College offers a wide range of Music, Media and Dance courses with full time Music Technology courses at Level 2 and Level 3. To find out more, visit the College Open Event on, Tuesday 6 November between 4pm - 8pm or explore the courses page.
Former and current staff, governors and students of Newbury College attended a special event on 04 Thursday 2018 for the opening of an exhibition celebrating 70 years of the further education provider.
The exhibition, which showcases the history of Newbury College through stories, photographs, news articles and memorabilia, was attended by a host of invited guests including Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, former Principal from 2001 to 2018, Jan Cover, Mayor of Thatcham and Tony Allen, former Chair and member of the Corporation from 1997 to 2015.
Former Newbury College alumni also joined in with the celebrations and provided memorabilia for a special cabinet of curiosities, including Mrs Elkins, who studied with the College in 1953 and Roly Wise, who started his Newbury College journey as an apprentice before enjoying a long and successful career within the engineering department.
Iain Wolloff, Principal, said: “It’s wonderful to look back and celebrate the rich tradition that Newbury College has had shaping education and training in West Berkshire and it is equally as important that we build on this as we look to the future. Our work with employers, the building of Highwood Copse Primary School and our plans for a university centre will ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our community.”
The exhibition is open to the public throughout October at the West Berkshire Museum and will be rehomed at the Newbury College campus on Monks Lane for the remainder of the year.
Newbury College is still looking for stories from people in the local area who have fond memories of their involvement with the College, and would like anyone who would like to share their experience to visit the exhibition or their website at www.newbury-college.ac.uk/70
Students on the Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning, a higher education course offered in partnership with the University of Reading, have rated Newbury College 100% in the National Student Survey for the third year in a row.
The Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning is delivered over two years, with the option to progress to the BA for a work-based programme at the University of Reading.
There are still spaces available for the 2018/19 academic year. To apply, please visit the course information page or call 01635 845000.
The 70th anniversary celebrations at Newbury College were officially launched today as Principal Iain Wolloff spoke to That's Thames Valley (Freeview channel 7) appealing for stories from students and staff, past and present, to include in a special exhibition at West Berkshire Museum.
Iain spoke to That's Thames Valley's Ali Monjack about the history of Newbury College, established in 1948 as the Newbury Institute of Further Education, one of the first colleges nationally to offer further education. The college has had a long and fascinating history, facing radical changes in education and a cross-town relocation, whilst remaining at the heart of the local community and continuing to meet the needs of students and local employers.
Today, Newbury College continues to work closely with local employers to ensure we offer the relevant skills and qualifications that people in West Berkshire and North Hampshire require and looking towards the future by sponsoring a new primary school and continuing to expand and support both further and higher education in the area.
The exhibition of Newbury College’s history will be on display at the West Berkshire Museum from 03 October 2018, and we hope to get lots of interesting stories from former students and staff members as we celebrate 70 years shaping the future of Newbury.
A fantastic collaboration by a group of music technology students at Newbury College has resulted in ‘Snow’ this summer as their debut single, of the same name, hits Spotify. The students, who have completed their Extended Diploma, have been working in the college recording studio to record and mix two original recordings for their end-of-year skills project.
The songs have been written by Rhys Clements and have been performed, recorded and mixed by Rhys and fellow students Sky Curtis, Robin Nutley, Lauren Peters and Tegan O'Connell Dorward. The aim of the skills project is to stretch our students and give them the opportunity to produce a vocationally relevant product at the end of their course.
"The Music Technology Extended Diploma students have been fantastic this year," said Matt Foster, the course leader. "They have really developed as studio engineers and music producers and enjoyed working independently in the studio to produce this skills project."
You can listen to the singles; Snow and Different on the Newbury College website www.newbury-college.ac.uk/courses/media-music-and-performing-arts where you can also enrol now for full-time Music Technology courses.