Weston College has undergone a complete transformation in the past decade and, earlier this year, was rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.
This tremendous achievement places us among the five highest-performing colleges in the country. We're also the first general Further Education college in the West of England to receive a rating of outstanding in all four key areas, under the new Common Inspection Framework.
Dr Paul Phillips OBE
"It's an exciting time to be joining Weston College"
Following their rigorous inspection, Ofsted commented that “the vast majority of learners successfully complete their courses, often achieving higher grades than expected when they started their courses”. This reinforces our view that, whatever your learning requirements, Weston College can help you get to where you want to go.
Our academic results are consistently above national benchmarks. In 2014, we gained outstanding pass rates at A Level (98%) and for vocational courses – Level 1 (98%), Level 2 (99%) and Level 3 (98%).
At university level, 99% of students passed their degree, with 22% achieving First Class Honours – well above the national average of 16%.
Weston College is also the place to choose for work-based learning, with more than 90% or our apprentices offered permanent jobs at the end of their programmes.
These results are testament not only to the excellence of our students but the commitment and ability of our teaching staff. We not only provide our students with the best educational opportunities in the area but by our ongoing work with schools and the local community we can also give Weston something to be proud of.
Weston College provides a huge range of courses to ensure you develop the skills employers and universities are looking for and I’m extremely proud that we are the only education provider in North Somerset that gives you the opportunity to progress from an entry-level course to a degree.
We have invested heavily in our buildings and facilities across all three campuses to ensure we offer our students the best possible resources in the South West.
Our state-of-the-art University Campus opened houses arts, media, design, music and a Sixth Form Centre, as well as degree-level education delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.
The Knightstone Campus also includes the latest technologies and state-of-the-art facilities including an industry-standard fitness suite and gym, world-class training kitchens, a top restaurant, Higher Education Centre, Electrical Installation Training Centre and a Learning Resource Centre.
The South West Skills Campus contains our Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence, bespoke Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) and the superb, new Automotive Technology Centre.
I am very proud of all that Weston College offers to our students - exciting courses, superb facilities and innovative methods of delivery - to ensure you have the opportunity to achieve great success.
It's an exciting time to be joining Weston College - I look forward to welcoming you in the near future.
- Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive