Widening Participation Statement 2016-2017

The College is committed to widening participation and values the range of experience and diversity of its Higher Education students. This ethos is embedded within the mission of creating THE most employable learners. What this means in practice is that we aim to provide the culture, environment, facilities, innovation and services to enable learners at all career stages, local businesses, college staff, and the College itself to develop and maintain social mobility and a thriving local economy.

The mission is underpinned by values and behaviours which ensure, as a college, we provide:

  • A high quality learning experience, exposure to the world of work, professional CPD and enhancing employability skills for our learners, all focused on clear career pathways.
  • A critical role in the regeneration and forward planning of Preston City and its surrounding areas and the region.

The College works with partners to raise participation and success in Higher Education in Preston and the surrounding area by;

  • Developing and delivering university level courses focussed on workbased learning that meets the practical skills and technical knowledge required by employers;
  • Provide high quality teaching, learning and assessment developing graduates with both a breadth of experience, knowledge and skills.

The College provides information and promotes its Higher Education opportunities to potential students in the workplace, through open events, through progression talks to its internal student population, the College website and other forms of social media. The College has developed its work with employers to actively engage with their workforce in the Preston area and promote its Higher Education provision. This has enabled employees to have access routes to Higher Education and develop skills to enable career progression within the company.

The College has delivered progression talks to its Level 3 16-18 cohort and adults, providing support for UCAS applications and accessing financial information. Taster sessions have been held for progression learners and apprentices to sample higher education courses who previously may have thought higher study was not open to them.

Applications are welcomed from all students irrespective of background. The College aims to place applicants on appropriate courses and provides appropriate support to enable students to succeed. The College operates a fair admissions policy with clear entry criteria for its programmes/courses. The College will ensure that students are not discriminated against during the admissions process or during their time at the College. Where students do not meet the entry criteria, the College supports the learner in identifying a suitable alternative programme of study that will enable access to Higher Education in the future.

To aid retention, and ensure students have a smooth transition into Higher Education, the College operates an induction programme which introduces students to aspects such as academic regulations, welfare support, and gives the opportunity to identify support required. Implementation of a weekly tutorial facilitates the development of students in skills required to succeed and provides further opportunity to monitor progress towards a positive outcome be it further study or career enhancement.