Wirral Metropolitan College
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Twelve Quays campus with the Wirral Tramway, in front.
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Wirral Met is the largest provider of post 16 learning on the Wirral and is divided into three main Campuses:
The college has recently invested £6million in refurbishing and building new facilities at the Oval, where it supports delivery of Public Services, Sports and Outdoor Education which is outstanding. The campuses at Conway Park and Twelve Quays in the centre of Birkenhead have been refurbished and they support a whole range of vocational education from entry level to higher education.
Wirral Metropolitan College, located in the north-west of England, is a state-funded educational institute of further education. It operates through three main sites in Wirral, two of which are situated in Birkenhead, at a walking distance from the town centre. Its Twelve Quays Campus, which opened in September 2003, offers recreational facilities for students and comprises dance studios, modern library facilities, and art studios. The other sites of the college are also equipped, providing recreational facilities and educational resources.
Further education at Wirral Metropolitan College is designed to prepare students for university education or enable them to acquire necessary skills in their chosen areas, such as engineering, accounting, business, and tourism. Additionally, the college also offers a wide range of English language course for students outside the UK, particularly those, who do not have it as their first language.
The current Principal and Chief Executive is Sue Higginson, who started her role as Principal in September 2012, having worked at Wirral Metropolitan College previously. Sue has had over 21 years experience in the Further Education sector, having decided to move from industry into a career in education.
The college's roots go back to 1855 when Birkenhead Arts School was launched. In the 1970s it merged with Birkenhead College of Technology on Borough Road, Carlett Park College and Withens Lane College in Liscard, which all originated in the 1950s. Wirral Metropolitan College was formed in 1982 when all the further education colleges in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral were amalgamated.
The Glenda Jackson Theatre, on the Borough Road campus of the college in Birkenhead, opened in 1983. It closed in 2003, and was demolished by Wirral Council, to make way for a new housing estate, in 2004.
The college has 16,000 students with around 2,000 studying full-time. It has about 200 international students coming from some 30 countries.
It has status as a dedicated Centre of Vocational Excellence in Health and Social Care. The English Language Unit is accredited by the British Council and is a member of the British Association for State English Language Teaching (BASELT).
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