Hopwood Hall College
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Hopwood Hall College is a further education college that is based in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, North West of England. It consists of two campuses, one in Rochdale ( and one in )Middleton (. The college's curriculum is of mainly vocational courses aimed at school leavers, with some university level courses, and )adult education.
Hopwood Hall College was incorporated in 1992 and officially opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth II on 17 July 1992. The College operates from two campuses in Rochdale and Middleton. The Rochdale campus was formerly home to Rochdale College of Further Education, Rochdale College of Art and Rochdale Technology College, all of which merged when the College was incorporated. The Middleton campus prior to incorporation was home to De La Salle Teacher Training College.
Since its opening, Hopwood Hall College has provided A Level courses for sixth form students from the local area. However, since Rochdale Sixth Form College opened in September 2010, the college discontinued A Level provision concentrating on vocational further education for school leavers and courses for adult learners. Hopwood Hall College transferred part of the Rochdale campus site to enable the new Rochdale Sixth Form College and the two colleges coexist, creating an attractive town centre learning quarter.
A series of capital projects have been undertaken and completed since incorporation, first of which was the Sports Arena, opened 25 September 2002 by Ivan Lewis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Learning and Skills and Paul Scholes of Manchester United Football Club. The Henry West Building at the Middleton campus was officially opened on 26 May 2006 by college governor Henry West. On 6 April 2006 Lord Tom Pendry, President of The Football Foundation, opened the Football Pavilion and Astroturf football pitch at the Middleton campus. A £7.5m scheme to construct a purpose-built technology centre at the Middleton campus was completed in October 2011 and officially opened on 6 March 2012 by John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning.
The college's mission statement is: "Hopwood Hall College aims to provide the widest range of quality education and training to learners in the borough of Rochdale and beyond, to ensure they achieve their individual, educational and employment goals, whilst meeting the skills needs of the region".
- "Our Mission", Hopwood.ac.uk, Retrieved 3 January 2012
- Hopwood Hall College, Hopwood.ac.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2011
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