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Latest events at Weston College
Latest news and developments at Weston College
University Centre Weston (UCW) have launched five brand new FREE short courses for individuals in employment! These fantastic short courses give you a taste of what a full degree is like for those that are unsure if higher education is for them – they can also be used as part of your continued professional development.
These short courses are perfect for those looking for a change in career or wanting to upskill in new areas. Our Level 4 courses will provide you with an innovative way to boost your knowledge and skills, enhancing your career opportunities.
Here are the brand-new short courses and what they will entail:
- Coaching Practice and Skill Development (Level 4)
- Develop a sound understanding of the principles in sports through a mixture of academic and practical sessions, where you will put into practice the knowledge learnt in an academic environment. The sessions will be delivered face-to-face due to the practical requirements of the course.
- Fitness and Nutrition (Level 4)
- Identify what it means by fitness and nutrition, undertake practical tests, and develop a case study that assesses the fitness levels of different participants through laboratory-based testing, onset of blood lactate accumulation test, and field-based testing.
- Quantity Surveying and Sustainable Practice (Level 4)
- Gain an insight into the ways that political, social, and economic factors influence construction. Through this, you will consider the relationship between these factors and how they’re reflected in a project and in the broader economy.
- Quantity Surveying Practice (Level 4)
- Gain an understanding of the role of the Quantity Surveyor and explore the following discreet areas. From the different types of Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS), the Advice and guidance provided by quantity surveyors, how projects are financed, procurement routes, tendering procedures, and contract selection.
- Mental Health within Healthcare (Level 5)
- Foster an understanding of how mental health affects the health sector whilst discussing strategies around best working practice. This short course is broken down into two discreet areas. These include Risk Management for Mental Health and Professional Assessment for Mental Health.
UCW is the TEF Gold higher education provider in North Somerset. We deliver an excellent choice of degree-level courses in partnership with nearby universities across our three campuses in Weston-Super-Mare, providing students with outstanding support and focus on helping our students start and progress their careers.
UCW’s campuses have the very best state-of-the-art facilities, taught by industry professionals. Due to our smaller size classes, this allows more 1:1 time with our lecturing staff!
A Weston College student has created a logo, chosen by North Somerset Council to symbolise Knife Angel’s visit to Weston-super-Mare this spring.
Graphic design student Ryan created the winning design. He is currently studying for a degree in graphic design from Weston College. His cohort, along with second year Level 3 graphic design course students, were tasked with designing a logo and brand identity concepts as part of a live client brief.
This follows the announcement that the Knife Angel will visit Weston in May 2024 as part of a nationwide tour to highlight the issue of violent crime. The iconic 27-feet-tall statue has been created from over 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by the UK’s 43 police forces. Designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre (BIC), the Knife Angel is a national monument against violence and aggression.
Councillor James Clayton, North Somerset Council’s executive member for safety in the community, said: “Violent crime, particularly knife crime, is a major issue across the UK. The Knife Angel symbolises the devastating impacts that this can have on communities. What a brilliant idea to get this group of talented young people involved in creating a logo that can be used before, during and after the Knife Angel’s visit.
“Ryan has created a visually striking design that I’m sure will help to make sure the Knife Angel’s powerful message leaves a positive and lasting impact. Well done to him, and indeed all of the students who took part in the brief. It was hard to choose an overall winning design as the submissions were so strong.”
Coralie Kyriacou, Graphic Design and Digital Arts course co-ordinator and lecturer at Weston College, said: “The Knife Angel represents a real-life problem and something that needs considered communications to help strengthen the public’s understanding around the important issue of violent crime.
“I feel honoured that our graphic design students have been given this opportunity to work with North Somerset Council on this. Live briefs are a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with clients, develop their professionalism, confidence and specialised design skills to enable them to become industry-ready for future careers.”
Ryan, the designer of the logo, said: “It’s a real honour to have my logo chosen to represent Knife Angel for North Somerset, as knife crime is such a current and growing problem. Being involved in this project makes me feel really proud of the work I’ve done.”
This employer project forms part of the Creative Arts Careers Excellence Hub. The College has fourteen sector-specific Career Excellence Hubs, which evidence our dedication to supporting both employers and learners in achieving their future goals. By creating a seamless connection between industry and education, we enable learners to acquire not only the essential skills and knowledge but also the professional networks necessary to excel in their chosen fields.
A huge congratulations to Ryan, and all the other learners who took part in this incredible effort, for an incredibly important cause. A big thanks to North Somerset Council, and especially Katie Williams and Rhiannon Davies from the North Somerset Violence Reduction Partnership who set this challenge.
For more information about Ryan’s course click here.
For more information about graphic design courses at Weston College, click here.
This year’s Business Enterprise Project has now come to a close and has been the most successful yet!
Twenty-one groups of learners have been working with an employer mentor from the local business community, who provided invaluable guidance and support to the groups. These business mentors also funded the £50 start-up costs of each business, with the challenge being to turn this into the most profit, with all proceeds raised going to Weston Hospicecare.
The groups ran their businesses from October to December, selling innovative and exciting items including ‘Christmas Treat Baubles’, Pet Stockings, Mobile Phone Charms, Candles with Personalised Messages, Scented Christmas Decorations and so much more!
The winning team was mentored by Michelle Michael MBE, and raised a phenomenal £1275! Turning £50 into £1275 is incredible achievement and the team should be very proud of not just the personal achievement, but also of how much they have raised for charity. The winning team will be honoured with an award at the prestigious Celebration of Success event in February.
The grand total raised by all teams was an amazing £6771.75! Since the project began three years ago, this means that our learners have raised a staggering £14,568.28.
This impressive feat has certainly caught attention, with the strong support of people in Weston.
Ben Melhuish, Subject Area Manager for Business said: “we are so proud of what our learners have achieved as part of this challenge. Over the course of the challenge, we have seen learners’ grow in confidence, increase their understanding of running a business and build vital skills that will support them throughout their future careers”.
Ben Whitwell, Creative Director at Benji Graphics and mentor for the project said “my team were very well prepared when we first met, they had a clear plan and roles agreed. I was really impressed with their ambition to run some events to build up their capital to buy stock further into the project. It was a great plan that worked brilliantly. The team took my feedback really well, especially around pricing. As with other Weston College students, they were very respectful of me and my time, but confident enough to ask for favours, which I was happy to help with!”
Jane Murch, Visitor & Information Services Manager at WSM Town Council said: “What a brilliant team! From their first presentation through to watching them sell their product, they were such an inspiration. Creativity – 10/10, business knowledge – 10/10, commitment – 10/10.”
This project forms part of the Business Careers Excellence Hub; Weston College is committed to preparing learners for success in a rapidly evolving job market which is reflected in our offer via our bespoke Career Excellence Hubs, which form an integral part of all college programmes. In a world where professional networks and industry-specific skills are integral to landing employment, these hubs provide a unique solution to bridge the gap between education and industry demands.
A big thank you must be extended to all of the mentors who generously donated their time and money to help with the Business Enterprise Project. Thanks must also be given to The Sovereign for allowing our learners to utilise the centre retail space.
To find out more about Business courses, click here!