North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
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North Warwickshire & Hinckley College is a Further Education College with main campuses in Nuneaton and Hinckley. The College teaches a wide variety of learning programmes to students ranging from school students and Further Education students to adult and Higher Education learners. North Warwickshire & Hinckley College aims to help individuals to progress into further training or employment.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitions
- 3 Campus locations
- 4 Further Education
- 5 Professional and part-time courses
- 6 Higher Education
- 7 Apprenticeships
- 8 Work with industry and businesses
- 9 British Youth Film Academy
- 10 Work with schools
- 11 Facilities
- 12 Notable alumni
- 13 External links
The College began in 1910 as the 'Nuneaton Technical College' and the 'Nuneaton School of Art' respectively, with the Technical College catering mainly to mining students. In 1913 the College moved to a larger building containing a laboratory, lecture room, drawing room and handicraft room only for the College to close between 1914 and 1919 due to the First World War. When the College reopened after the war it changed its structure to include general education courses, the College grew further and relocated again in 1923 and became the 'County Mining and Technical School' in 1932. The size and scope of the education provided continued to grow over the next two decades and in 1952 the Art School was amalgamated with the College to form the 'Nuneaton Technical College and School of Art' and in 1958 the main campus was relocated to Hinckley Road where it remains.
The college was subsequently renamed to 'North Warwickshire College of Technology and Art" until the merger with Hinckley College to become North Warwickshire and Hinckley College in 1996.
New Hinckley Campus
In September 2011, the College opened a new Hinckley Campus located on Lower Bond Street in the town centre. The £13m campus is home to the College’s Creative Arts provision.
New Engineering Centre
A £1.5m grant from Warwickshire County Council was secured to fund a new engineering facility at the College’s Nuneaton Campus, which opened at the start of September 2011. The teaching and learning area includes a workshop with integrated ICT and a virtual learning centre.
New Construction Centre
The College's Construction provision moved to a new Construction Centre on the Harrowbrook Industrial Estate in Hinckley in September 2011.
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College actively promotes a competitive spirit. Last year over 90 North Warwickshire & Hinckley Students registered and competed in competitions regionally and nationally. A large proportion of those who entered were recognised and celebrated by successfully achieving certificates and medals.
In 2011, the College dedicated significant time and resources to support WorldSkills London, the largest international skills competition and careers event. It was held in October at ExCel London, where young people from 51 countries/regions were competing to be the best in their chosen skill. Principal & Chief Executive of North Warwickshire & Hinckley College Marion Plant OBE is Worldskills UK Regional Champion for the West Midlands after its membership association, UK Skills, became impressed by the College's overall success in competitions in a number of fields.
Students from North Warwickshire & Hinckley College have triumphed in the UK finals of the Worldskills competition during the Skills Show 2012 held at the NEC in Birmingham. 23 of the College’s students competed in a range of competition categories, having already succeeded at regional heats. North Warwickshire & Hinckley College students were involved in several areas of the show. The Colleges’ performing arts students performed in the LG Arena, whilst floristry students composed and presented a floral bouquet for HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College has six campuses located in Hinckley & Bosworth, Nuneaton & Bedworth and North Warwickshire.
- Nuneaton Campus - located on Hinckley Road, Nuneaton
- Atherstone Campus - located on Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone
- Hinckley Campus - located on Lower Bond Street, Hinckley
- Polesworth Campus - located on High Street, Polesworth
- Construction Centre - located on Harrowbrook Industrial Estate, Hinckley
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College offers a wide range of vocational Further Education courses for young people wanting to develop industry based skills. The College has purpose-designed training areas for all courses, from Hair & Beauty and Hospitality & Catering to Travel & Tourism.
Most recently, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College have opened a Creative Arts campus in Hinckley which provides some of the best Creative Arts and IT facilities in the region. The Engineering Centre is located at the Nuneaton campus which gives students access to machinery and the Construction Centre on the Harrowbrook Industrial Estate teaches students traditional skills alongside new technologies. The College has extensive links with industry and universities which provides young people with a variety of new experiences and opportunities for further study.
Professional and part-time courses
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College offers a range of professional and part-time courses, allowing individuals to develop their career or learn a new skill for fun. Courses span a wide range of areas including Business & Management, Computing, Counselling, Creative Arts, Floristry, Languages, Literacy & Numeracy and Teacher Training.
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College has an expanding portfolio of Higher Education (university level) courses offered on its own and in partnership with linked universities. A range of qualifications are offered including Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas and Foundation Degrees. Qualifications are offered in areas including Art & Design, Business, Computing & Management, Health & Social Care, Engineering, Sport, Teacher Training and Travel & Tourism. In addition, from September 2013 students will be able to study for a full BA Hons Degree at the College in Media (Moving Image), Photography and Graphic Communication.
The College has partnerships with six leading universities in the Midlands to deliver a range of courses. The partnerships with Birmingham City University, Coventry University, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University, Leicester University and the University of Warwick enable the College to design and deliver courses that link together and build on individuals existing qualifications.
The College also offers a wide range of flexible and modualised HE Level and Professional qualifications that will help individuals to develop and expand career opportunities
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College offers a wide range of Apprenticeships in subjects spanning many employment sectors, including: Business & Administration, Engineering & Motor Vehicle and Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy.
Apprenticeship programmes are available to join at any time during the year. The Apprenticeship Team works with a wide range of employers and can support individuals in securing employment with the industry contacts that the College works with.
Work with industry and businesses
The College offers employers a broad range of practical solutions to match their organisation's strategy. Through an initial organisation training needs analysis, the College will help businesses look for cost-effective methods to meet businesses needs in a flexible and responsive way, tailoring existing courses or creating new bespoke courses to suit each client.
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College will support employers if their business may be affected by the economic downturn through a range of funded programmes they may be able to access.
British Youth Film Academy
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College is a member of the Co-operative British Youth Film Academy, working with the Academy to support the production of films and enabling students to gain valuable work experience on real film sets. Students have been involved in films such as: The Perfect Burger in 2009 and Julius Caesar in 2010. The College's students have continued to gain experience working on professional film sets last year for Self Same Sky, Olivia Twist and Friends of Money.
Work with schools
An increasing number of schools are joining forces with the College to work together to achieve excellence for students, staff, partners and local communities. The Nuneaton Academy, The George Eliot School, Hartshill School and The Midland Studio College Hinckley and The Midland Studio College Nuneaton are all College-led schools and members of the College’s multi-academy trust.
The Midland Studio College (Hinckley) and Hartshill School joined the group in September 2012. The George Elliot School and The Nuneaton Academy have been supported by the College since 2009 and 2010 respectively, both achieving significantly improved results since this time. The College will open The Midland Studio College Nuneaton in September 2013.
Floristry students at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College have launched a florist retail outlet at the Nuneaton Campus. The aptly named, “Budding Florists”, is staffed and managed by a group of more than 50 students selling arrangements created during practical sessions on their courses, as well as taking commissions for weddings, funerals and special occasions.
The College's Glebegate Restaurant based at its Nuneaton Campus offers a range of lunch time and evening dining experiences.
Refresh is the College’s lunch time eatery, where all food is freshly prepared to order and served by College students.
Sport & Fitness Centre
The College’s Sport & Fitness Centre located at the Nuneaton Campus is open seven days a week to College staff and students and the public. The Centre provides the latest range of equipment, an all new fitness class timetable, one to one personal training and advice, and a Spinning studio.
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College’s Hair & Beauty Salons are open to the public with students and the College’s team of therapists and stylists. A wide variety of treatments are offered including hair styling, perms, hair colouring, aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, reflexology, nail treatments and massage.
Located on the College's Nuneaton campus, WiseOwls nursery is open to students and non-students, and was recently awarded a 'Good' rating by Ofsted.
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- Midland Studio College Nuneaton
- Midland Studio College Hinckley
- George Eliot School
- Nuneaton Academy
- Hartshill School