Burton & South Derbyshire College
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Burton and South Derbyshire College has a variety of course types, including:
- Art & Design
- Business & Professional
- Basic Skills & Foundation Programmes
- Early Years and Care
- Construction (nr)
- Engineering & Manufacturing
- Hair & Beauty
- IT & Computing
- Leisure & Hospitality
- Sixth Form & Continuing Education
Employer Engagement Unit
The Employer Engagement Unit is the commercial training arm of Burton College. The Unit is able to provide customised training for all types of organisations. Through the Employer Engagement Unit, the College is able to offer the Train to Gain Service and Apprenticeships.
In December 2008, Burton College was only 1 of 35 colleges in the UK to achieve the Training Quality Standard (TQS), an assessment which recognises the quality of industry training provision. Earlier that year, the Employer Engagement Unit had also achieved The Matrix accreditation which the College's Student Services Department had also achieved in 2004.
The Creative Hub
Burton College’s Faculty of Creative Studies is sited in a new teaching block. The teaching block contains facilities for:
• Digital and media production. • Textile and fashion design. • 3D design. • Traditional fine art and graphic design with MAC computer facilities. • Music technology sound recording studio. • Industry standard hair and beauty salons.
Performing Arts courses have also benefited from new dance and drama studios, and a stage set-up which simulates a real life theatre environment. This allows students to learn about the practicalities of drama production, music and music technology, recording and sound.
Business and Management Centre The teaching block also houses a Management and Business Centre. Higher Education Students on professional and management courses have access to study facilities, which incorporate the latest digital teaching and learning technology. The facilities provide a setting for delivering the new suite of Chartered Management Institute courses.
Sport Management The £1 million sports hall at the town’s Shobnall Leisure Complex is based on a design put forward by Sport for England. It provides modern facilities for a wide variety of activities including badminton, basketball, volleyball, five-aside football, netball and cricket.
IT and Learning Resource Centre The College's Learning Resource Centre (LRC) was expanded in 2003/04 to provide 207 personal computers in addition to the 22 “quiet study” computers in the library and 20 learndirect computers.
The Library, on the ground floor of the LRC, has a 40,000 book stock. Two data projectors are installed on the first floor for teaching and learning. The Library's new website provides guidance on access to online services and partner university electronic information services which are searchable by an online catalogue. The College has a Managed Learning Environment (MLE) which gives you[who?] access to the College’s e-learning materials. Over 160 courses are loaded on the MLE for lecturers to post/track online materials and assessments for students.
The University Centre
The University Centre, which is sited in Burton’s Abbey Street, incorporates a three storey teaching block including amenities from computer rooms and a cyber café to a recording studio and business centre, and laboratory and workshop facilities.
The development complements the investment already made in recent years, including a £1.5 million Learning Resource Centre and the development of an Advanced Manufacturing Centre, whilst during 2002/03 approximately £7 million was invested upgrading the College’s facilities at the Town Centre Campus and the nearby Shobnall Leisure Complex. A Lean Manufacturing Centre is situated on the ground floor designed to replicate a factory environment.
In addition, there are 10 start up units for small one and two person businesses. The units offer graduates the opportunity to set up a business in a protected environment with low cost rents.
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