Rotherham College of Arts and Technology
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|Mottoes||Set yourself up for the future|
1853 - Rotherham School of Science and Art1981 - current name
|Type||Further Education college|
|Colours||Blue Green, Yellow and White|
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) is the largest further education college in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. The college also has one of the largest variety of vocational courses in the South Yorkshire region, having a maximum of 2,312 courses. The overall college student enrolments is of 32,063 a year, with 11,826 Issued qualifications.
The college has two campus locations, one in Rotherham, and one in Dinnington which are 97 acres of campus. It has a staff of 560, and an enrolment of 1,100 14–15 year olds and 2,900 18 year olds. Its town centre campus is located near Rotherham Central railway station and the Rotherham Interchange, and the Dinnington Campus is equidistant from Sheffield and Rotherham, and about 5 miles (8.0 km) away from Worksop.
Rotherham College of Arts and Technology is home to the Roland Music Academy which is one of 11 in the country and the first in the North of England. The college has industry links with Rother FM Hallam FM, Roland corporation and the BBC.[not verified in body] The college altogether has links with over 600 local private and public sector employers.
The current principal is Gill Alton.
In August 2004 the college merged with Rother Valley College, becoming Rother Valley Campus (RVC) and is now known as Dinnington Campus (from 2014). RVC took its name from the Rother Valley which lies about five miles to the west, although the College does lie in the parliamentary constituency of the same name. The clock-towered building was built as a mining college by the Dinnington Colliery Company, and was opened in 1928 as the Chelmsford Mining and Technical Institute. By the turn of the 1960s it was known as Dinnington Technical College, and later adopted the name Rother Valley College. In the 1950s the college included a secondary technical programme;[further explanation needed] this was separated in 1963 and merged with the neighbouring secondary modern school to create Dinnington High School.
The college has two main campuses, Rotherham Town Centre Campus (TCC) and Dinnington Campus (DC). The Town Centre Campus is on Eastwood Lane, and Dinnington Campus on Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington.
In 2010 Rotherham College began the first stage of a new build programme, with the demolition of the Starting Point[further explanation needed] building on Eastwood Lane. A new £8,000,000 Wentworth Building was begun in January 2011; in March 2012 Prince Andrew, The Duke of York took part in its official opening.
The campus includes a small livestock farm, and is partially on land acquired from the now demolished Throapham Manor.
The Catering and Hospitality program runs Wharncliffe Restaurant as a training restaurant. The college has 97 general classrooms, 128 specialist classrooms.
There is no campus living accommodation for students.
The college, provides education to GCSE, BTEC and AS level for students between the age of 16-18. It also provides Night classes for Adult learners. Courses for Adult learners are part-time, but courses for students are full-time.
It has Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status in four areas. Cisco and Microsoft ICT Academies Partnership with local radio stations Rother FM and Hallam FM have endorsed the media course.
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