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Plymouth University Graduation for Weymouth College students

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/plymouth-university-graduation-weymouth-college-students/

Plymouth University Graduation for Weymouth College students
Thirty six Weymouth College students were recognised for their academic achievements at the University of Plymouth Graduation Week 2016 held on Plymouth Hoe 19th – 24th September.
Our students achieved awards in many areas including Foundation Degrees in Actor Training, Health and Social Care and Sport Coaching: Health and Fitness, HNC in Business and Management and the Certificate of Higher Education.

Shelley Poole, Lecturer in Business at Weymouth College said “What a beautiful setting and event for our students to celebrate their individual successes with family and friends.  These awards represent a vast amount of hard work and all our students graduating this September should be very proud of what they have achieved.”
Shelley also made special mention of John Norman – achieving a Foundation Degree in Science (Sport: Coaching, Health and Fitness) – who was additionally awarded The Academic Partnership Prize (Weymouth College) by Plymouth University in recognition of the commitment he showed to student participation in the College’s recent QAA review for quality in higher education delivery. The College was awarded a ‘Good’ grade following the QAA review paying testament to the high quality of delivery of higher education at Weymouth College.
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Agincare Health and Social Care Academy launched at Weymouth College

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/agincare-health-social-care-academy-launched-weymouth-college/

Agincare and Weymouth College are pleased to announce the launch of a new training initiative – The Agincare Health and Social Care Academy.
The initiative will see Agincare and Weymouth College working in partnership to offer a wide range of clear pathways for a rewarding long-term ‘career in care’ for the students of Dorset.
Both Weymouth College and Agincare believe that a strong partnership between business and education is a key way forward in developing the very best career opportunities for the people of Dorset.
This sentiment was firmly endorsed by Richard Drax MP who was pleased to declare the Agincare Health and Social Care Academy officially open at a reception in the College’s HIX Academy on 21st October.
Raina Summerson, Group CEO at Agincare said: “As examples from job roles across our services show, social care is an immensely rewarding sector in which numerous and diverse career pathways can be pursued. The Agincare Health and Social Care Academy enables us to work with a key educational partner – Weymouth College – to inspire those working in care or looking to follow a career in care.”
Nigel Evans Principal of Weymouth College added : « There are lots of opportunities within the care sector in West Dorset offering a wealth of opportunity for health and social care students.  We are extremely pleased to be working with Agincare on the Academy which I firmly believe offers the innovation, enrichment and job creation possibilities so important to the economic future of quality social care services in Dorset.”
Nigel Evans, Richard Drax MP and Raina Summerson at Friday’s launch event at the HIX Academy
One student who has seen first-hand the importance of business and education working together to offer support and training is Agincare Business Administration apprentice Milli Threadwell:
“I think that companies like Agincare working together with colleges such as Weymouth can really positively help support and develop the learning experience.  As a student you really feel you are part of an experienced team from the beginning and that you are being actively trained for a future in a sector offering a great variety of career opportunities.”
 
 
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The Bay Studios – the South West’s exciting new centre for industry training in the performing arts – launches

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/bay-studios-south-wests-exciting-new-centre-industry-training-performing-arts-launches/

Over 150 guests joined the music and performing arts students and staff at Weymouth College on Thursday 20th October to celebrate the launch of the South West’s exciting new centre for industry training in the Performing Arts – The Bay Studios.
Guests attended a reception in the Studio 1 bar and were invited to take guided tours of the Bay Studios amazing facilities.
Following a short musical set from the Bay Studios outstanding music students – and the official opening ribbon cutting by Weymouth College Principal Nigel Evans and the students – guests  were treated to a gala performance from the Bay Studios companies.  Showcasing performance art, dance and music – together with some fairly impressive pyrotechnic cannons! – the performance was greeted with deafening applause from the audience.

Sarah Turner-Higgins, Head of School Visual and Performing arts said:
“I am so pleased to be launching the Bay Studios this evening.  We are offering our students an exciting, industry relevant place to study Acting, Dance, Music and Music technology right here in Weymouth. This new environment provides a suite of level two, three and four qualifications for students to develop their artistic skills whilst preparing for the real challenge of working in the creative industries.
  
“From September 2016 our students have  joined ‘companies’ rather than just courses and  their curriculum  encourages the  development of practical employability and independent business skills alongside their creative programme.  At Bay Studios we are aiming to ensure that all our alumni leave Weymouth College equipped with the very best tools to assist with finding work or enabling them to generate their own employment opportunities”.
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Open Day - Saturday 8th October

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/event/open-day-saturday-8th-october/

Our next College open day is Saturday 8th October from 11am-2pm. Visit the campus, meet the lecturers, tour the departments and get to know us.
Pre-register online http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/book-open-day/
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Weymouth College Students celebrate another great year of A Level success

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/weymouth-college-students-celebrate-2016-level-success/

Students and staff at Weymouth College are proudly celebrating another year of A Level success, as course results are published across the country today.
 
 
This year, the College’s A Level students have achieved an outstanding overall A2 pass rate of 98%, demonstrating that the College continues to maintain an excellent level of performance alongside a strong national pass rate. In 22 out of 23 subjects at A2 a 100% pass rate was also recorded.
James Lee West achieved two As in Maths and Physics and a B in Chemistry. He has been offered a place at the University of Southampton to study Mechanical Engineering.
James said: “I really enjoyed my time at Weymouth College.  Everyone helped me so much and my tutors have been amazing.”
Callum Peden achieved an A* in Maths and B in both Physics and Further Maths and has been offered a place at Nottingham University to study Maths.
Siheon Choi from South Korea achieved an A* in Government and Politics and an A in both World Development and Geography.
Siheon – who has been offered a place at Kings College London to study International Relations – said:  “I am proud that I have finished my 2 years at Weymouth College so successfully.  All my tutors were resourceful and dedicated and helped me out with everything – both educational and personal.  I couldn’t be more grateful for their input. I’m really looking forward to taking up my place at Kings College – their International Relations course is one of the best in the world”.
Aiden Simpson from Bridport achieved A* in Creative Writing and English Literature and a B in Government and Politics.
 Emma Parker achieved an A in English Language B in Psychology and a C in Biology and has been offered a place at Plymouth University to study Midwifery.
Across the College, 248 students applied to university in 2016 with 96% of these students receiving offers from universities across the UK.
Of this year’s A Level cohort, 97% of students who applied were offered places at University.  With 58% of those students who applied to the elite Russell Group universities receiving offers.
The number of Access to Higher Education students receiving the offer of places at UK universities also saw an increase this year to 85% – confirming that the College continues to provide a variety of paths into Higher Education.
Weymouth College Principal and Chief Executive Nigel Evans said:
“I am extremely proud of all our A level students and the very strong results they have achieved this year. I wish them all the very best with their next career steps whether that be here at Weymouth College or elsewhere.  As always, this year’s A Level outcome is the result of committed and consistent hard work and I – together with every member of staff here at Weymouth College – couldn’t be more proud of what our students have achieved”.
Head of Sixth Form, Paul McArthur, said:
“Both students and staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results. All the staff involved wish all our students the very best of luck and every success with their future endeavours.”
For those students who didn’t receive the results they had planned for, the College’s Independent Advice and Guidance team were on hand to offer advice and support on next steps.
This guidance service is available to all local students – not just Weymouth College students.  So if students have any questions or would like some independent advice they can simply come in and have a chat with the team
The Independent Advice and Guidance Team are based at the Information Point in the Weymouth College reception and are available every weekday from 9.00am – 5.00pm to offer free and impartial careers advice.  No appointment necessary.
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Congratulations Rebecca – Junior Scratch Race World Champion 2016

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/congratulations-rebecca-junior-scratch-race-world-champion-2016/

Congratulations to Weymouth College student Rebecca Raybould who rode to her first world title at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Aigle with a powerful performance in the women’s scratch race.
         
Rebecca rode to victory in the 38-lap scratch race after making a well-timed break off the front of the pack and holding her form for over 10 laps, as she was chased down by the rest of the field.

Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/gbcyclingteam/article/20160722-Golden-girl-Rebecca-Raybould-becomes-the-junior-scratch-race-world-champion-0#y6eTVP8BCdWXDC4z.99
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Weymouth College students work on 'Land Bone Stone App'

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/land-bone-stone-apps-launched/

In a ground-breaking new project – part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone  – a series of three smartphone Apps have been developed.  The Apps allow the user to experience for themselves the natural sounds which are often heard high on the skyline and along footpaths, ancient tracks and whispering woodlands together with created sounds evoking the histories and stories of the stones and ancient barrows of Dorset.
Land Bone Stone App 3 – based around the Kingston Russell Stone Circle – was made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with Weymouth College students.

A series of sound-pools have been laid out in evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway.  The sound-pools can be accessed through the App and downloaded onto a smartphone together with background maps. Once at the correct location, the user simply opens the App and plugs in headphones to experience the variety of evocative sounds. The smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience accordingly.
Listen to Land Bone Stone App 3 here https://ridgewaysounds.wordpress.com/sounds-of-the-neolithic/kingston-russell-stone-circle-with-weymouth-college-students/
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Another successful Careers College week at Weymouth College

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/another-successful-careers-college-week-weymouth-college/

Year nine and year ten pupils from across Dorset got the opportunity to try out a range of careers at last week’s Careers College at Weymouth College. There was a vast range of course areas for the students to choose from including: 3D animation, fashion design, law, construction, hairdressing, games programming, forensic science, renewable energy and the ambulance service.  Students following the journalism course researched and produced editorial pieces each day to be included in the next day’s Dorset Echo.
    
These pages give a very good insight into how the students themselves feel Careers College helps them in deciding upon their future career path.
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Congratulations Rebecca

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/congratulations-rebecca/

Congratulations to Weymouth College student Rebecca Raybould – and the members of the British Cycling Junior Academy team pursuit squad – Bronze Medal winners at the UEC Junior and Under-23 European Track Championships in Montichiari yesterday.

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Weymouth College - Primary College 2016

http://www.weymouth.ac.uk/weymouth-college-primary-college-2016/

Primary College 2016 was running all last week here on campus – with Year Six pupils from across Dorset visiting the college to try out a range of courses. Over the three days many  of the pupils conducted interviews and ‘news gathered’ to produce a full page of editorial which was featured each day in the Dorset Echo.

As you can see they produced some really good pieces
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