|Trafford, Greater Manchester, England|
Trafford College is a further education college in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. It was formed with the merger of North Trafford College and South Trafford College in 2007. Since then over £50M has been invested in the College's facilities. At its most recent Ofsted College inspection in 2009 Trafford College was graded as "outstanding" in five areas. Sir Bill Moorcroft was appointed principal of the newly merged Trafford College in September 2007. He was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in July 2008, recognised for his services to local and national further education.
Campuses and facilities
Trafford College has three branches. The Altrincham branch, The Centre for Science & Technology and the Manchester Music Base.
Altringham campus with its £25M new build offers A Levels and a range of vocational courses in Business & Accountancy, Childcare, Creative Arts & Media, Foundation Learning, Hairdressing, Beauty & Spa Therapies, Health & Social care, Hospitality, IT & Computing, Sport & Uniformed Services, and Tourism and Aviation. Facilities include the Strive Fitness Suite, Enhance Salon & Spa and Aspire Restaurant.
The Centre for Science & Technology at Talbot Road opposite Lancashire County Cricket Club has recently had £15M invested in its facilities. It offers a range of vocational courses in Electrical Installation, Electronics, Engineering, Engineering Services for Buildings, Foundation Learning, Gas, Motor Vehicle, Plumbing, Science and A Levels in Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Maths, Physics and Psychology.
Manchester Music Base is located in Manchester's Northern Quarter and specialises in performing and producing popular music. The £1.5M facility has professional recording studios, rehearsal spaces and editing suites.
Trafford College offers A Levels in: Applied Science, Art & Design (Fine Art), Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Communications & Culture, English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, Government & Politics, History, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish.
Trafford College offers a wide range of vocational qualifications in: Business & Accountancy, Childcare, Creative Arts & Media, Engineering & Electrical Electronics, Engineering Services for Buildings, Foundation Learning, Gas, Plumbing & Electrical, Hairdressing, Beauty & Spa Therapies, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, IT & Computing, Motor Vehicle, Music, Science, Sport & Uniformed Services, Tourism & Aviation.
In addition to A Levels and vocational provision, Trafford College also offers a range of apprenticeships where learners combine work and study whilst being paid a wage. Apprenticeships available include: Accountancy, Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Business Administration, Childcare, Customer Services, Electrical Installation, Engineering, Gas, Hairdressing, Hospitality Supervision, Instructing Exercise & Fitness, IT, Laboratory Technician, Management, Motor Vehicles, Nail Services, Pharmacy, Plumbing, Process Technology, Professional Cookery, Supply Chain, Supporting Teaching & Learning.
National Skills Academies at Trafford College
Trafford College has 5 National Skills Academies for excellence in training in: Retail, Hospitality, Environmental Technologies, Sport & Active Leisure and Financial Services.
Career Academies UK
Trafford College offers Career Academies in the following areas: Business & Enterprise, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), Finance & Law and ICTY & Digital. Career Academies programmes last for two years and work with major companies to develop students employability skills, contacts and experience for a career in their chosen field. The programme includes a 6-week paid internship, a business mentor from industry, networking opportunities with local businesses and other Career Academy students, masterclasses, key speakers and Academy trips, including an annual trip to London. The programme is available to BTEC and A Level students in certain subjects. Over 85% of students on the Career Academy programme nationally progress to university.
Trafford College holds Beacon status, placing it in the top 10% of colleges nationally. Beacon Status is awarded by the LSIS, Learning and Skills Improvement Service, on the basis of their student results.
Trafford College offers a range of training for businesses.
Trafford College offer a range of professional qualifications, short leisure courses, Community Learning courses that are delivered in venues across Trafford, and Looking for Work programmes to support people in moving back into employment.
Working in conjunction with partner universities and employers, Trafford College offers Access to Higher Education courses, a range of full-time and part-time courses from Foundation Degrees to HNC/Ds and a number of Professional Courses.
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