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Bexhill College
Penland Road, TN40 2JG, UK Bexhill-on-Sea
+44 (0)1424 214545
www:http://www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk/e-mail:enquiries@bexhillcollege.ac.uk

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Bexhill College is a sixth form college with a long history of excellent post 16 education. In September 2004, the college moved into brand new buildings.

There are about 100 sixth form colleges all over England. All of them focus on giving top quality education to students who are mostly between 16 and 19 years old. They are specialist colleges and therefore they are able to provide an outstanding range of courses and specialist services aimed specifically at this age group. Colleges have developed in different ways, but they all share a reputation for good results, strong relationships between staff and students and outstanding support services. Bexhill College has a track record of this and if you decide to come to us you will be able to access excellent post-16 education in your local community.

Some Key Facts about Bexhill College:

  • There are about 1150 full-time students
  • Nearly all the college’s day-time students are between 16 and 19 years old
  • All course tuition is free as long as you start before you are 19
  • We have a wide range of courses, including A levels, BTEC National Diplomas, Vocational A levels, GCSEs, BTEC Firsts and Foundation level
  • We are co-located with post-16 students of Glyne Gap School

Bexhill College is a good stepping-stone between school and work or higher education. It is very different from school, but you will get lots of support and are not left on your own. You won’t have timetabled classes every hour of the college day and will need to develop independent study skills to make the most of your time. The college has a range of specialist resources to help you to do this. There is no uniform and teachers and students are on first-name terms.

Bexhill Pic 1 We feel it is important that students are involved in College issues. One of the ways we do this is through the student reps and the student council. One student rep will be selected as a Student Governor and he or she will have exactly the same responsibilities for the development of the college as other Governors.

Parents and guardians are also a vital part of this partnership. Their help and support can be central to success and we will keep them fully informed about your achievements and progress and talk to them directly if things begin to go wrong and we can’t sort them out with you.


FULL-TIME COURSES

AS & A2
Together these make an A level. In the first year you take the AS and get a grade for this. If you choose to continue with the subject into the second year you take the A2. The marks from the A2 are added to the AS to make your final grade. You can retake AS modules in the second year to improve this. All A levels have important exams as a core part of the assessment process, although there will also be some coursework in some subjects.

International Baccalaureate (IB)
The IB is a broad course which offers students the opportunity of studying six different subjects at advanced level. The programme also requires students to study the Theory of Knowledge and take part in voluntary work as part of the Creativity Action and Service (CAS) programme. Students also produce an extended essay.

Applied A Levels/BTEC Awards
Applied A levels are available in work-related areas and do have more coursework than traditional A levels. You can use them for university applications and for direct entry into employment. They are a good way of building on GNVQ qualifications /vocational GCSEs that you may have taken at school.

BTEC National Diplomas/Certificates/Awards
These courses cover work-related areas and they have a strong emphasis on coursework. The diploma equals three A levels and takes up most of your timetable. The certificate equates to two A levels and the Award one, so other subjects can be studied alongside them. Many are set up to include work placements and real work projects. We have a long history of students from these courses going on to exciting higher education places. They are also highly regarded by employers because they demand high level study skills, personal organisation and academic study.

Advanced Foundation Programme
Students who achieve 1 or 2 grade C’s or above at GCSE can study the Advanced Foundation Programme. This offers the chance to achieve level 2 qualifications in the course subjects and allows progression to level 3.

BTEC First Diploma Programmes and OCR Awards
These are equal to four GCSEs and are offered in a range of work-related areas. All of these courses have a strong emphasis on coursework and are an ideal preparation for Applied A levels and BTEC Nationals. You should normally have GCSE grades averaging a D/E for these courses.

Introduction to Learning
These courses will give you a taster of several work-related areas and improve all your study skills. They are full-time courses.

Individual GCSE Re-sits
Research shows that students who have achieved GCSE in C or above in English and Maths do better at advanced level study. We offer you the chance to re-sit key GCSE’s if needed.



How Many Courses Can I Take?
Different people can cope with different demands and we will tailor your workload to suit your needs. As a minimum, you will need to meet the level set by the Learning & Skills Council to qualify as a full-time student. If you drop below this for any reason, we will need to work with you to add in extra work. Some students may manage 5 AS levels or a BTEC plus other courses. This is very demanding and we will need to monitor your progress carefully to ensure this level of commitment is not counter-productive.

Many students may want to combine study with part-time work. The College supports this as long as you don’t take on so much work that your commitment to study suffers. You should wait until your final timetable is set before you agree a schedule of work with your employer. We expect other commitments such as driving lessons and routine medical and dental appointments to be made so that they don’t interfere with your classes.

ADULT COURSES

  • Over 20 diverse and interesting recreational and hobby evening courses including massage, cookery, IT, web design, and reiki
  • Over 20 academic courses including GCSE’s, NVQs and Teacher Training
  • Skills for Life courses including Literacy, Maths, English and IT
  • Recreational courses to develop skills or just for fun
  • Apprenticeships
  • SCITT – School Centred Initial Teacher Training
  • Adult Learners can join any of the courses detailed in the full-time College prospectus on a part-time basis
  • Fully equiped Sports Centre with large hall, climbing wall, dance studio and a large outdoor astro turf pitch
  • Purpose-built campus with safe, well lit car-parking facilities
  • Early Years Nursery. Open 8am - 6pm, Special Rates for Bexhill College Students



  • With the Government placing increasing importance on Life Long Learning, we hope you will find something of interest in our adult programme for 07/08.

    There is a wide range of courses on offer to adults at the College. Adults are welcome to study exam based courses such as AS/A levels or BTEC National Diplomas alongside our full time students, or study professional qualifications such as NVQ’s in Health Care, Teaching Assistant or Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

    All adults are encouraged to achieve qualifications to at least level 3 and the opportunity to do this is available at Bexhill College.

    Some of you may need to achieve that elusive pass in GCSE English or Maths; others may need support in basic skills to improve employment prospects. All this is available at the College.

    Some adults just want to learn or develop new skills for fun. Our recreational courses offer the opportunity to do this and meet a whole new group of friends. Courses range from painting to Reiki, beadwork to cookery, basic IT to alternative therapies. There is something to interest everyone.

    Our SMART training department works with employees in the workplace to achieve Apprenticeships at level 2 and Level 3 (see page 10). In addition the College INPACT department offers Skills for Life training in the workplace.

    Some of these courses are free depending on your circumstances, others have fees. For the first time in 2007/8 the Government is offering a first free level 3 course to adults who are not already qualified to that level, alongside the similar level 2 offer.

    If you need any help or have questions regarding adult learning, please do not hesitate to contact the Adult Learning Co-ordinator (Judith Hattam) on 01424 214545 ext 111.

    AIMS

    Vision
    To be an outstanding college, valued by its wider community for providing a high quality, inclusive and supportive learner centred environment



    Mission Statement
    Bexhill College strives to provide educational opportunity and excellence for the young people and the wider community of Rother and Hastings.



    Operational Objectives

    • To deliver, in partnership with other providers, an engaging, demanding and exciting full time 14-19 programme which incorporates relevant curriculum initiatives.
    • To achieve success rates across all provision that exceed national averages.
    • To provide high quality personalised support to learners through strong academic and learner support structures.
    • To provide enrichment opportunities which develop learners' broader skills and increase their enjoyment, achievement, future participation in society and contribution to it.
    • To provide opportunities for adult participation through focused lifelong learning.
    • To enhance teaching and learning through the use of Information Communication Technology.
    • To maintain a well qualified staff, committed to continuous relevant professional development.
    • To promote an actively inclusive community which celebrates diversity and internationalism and in so doing, respects and values the individual.
    • To establish and develop a range of local partnerships to enable the effective delivery of education for the benefit of learners.
    • To maintain the college's strong financial base currently assessed as LSC Category A.



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