European Social Fund


Preston College is all about making you the most employable and in addition to work experience, we offer a range of enrichment experiences to enhance your learning and bring it to life.

Depending on your course, opportunities can include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Employer set projects
  • Skills workshops
  • External company demonstrations
  • International trips
  • Industry visits
  • Additional qualifications
  • College and external competitions
  • College sports and lunchtime clubs

Dancing in the Big Apple

Each year students from Preston College Dance (PCD) head to New York to enhance their learning. They have the opportunity to work with the stars of Broadway and develop their performance skills. This year, our learners treaded the boards in a workshop with cast members from Jersey Boys, and watched a performance of the show. They also learned routines from the hit musical, Pretty Woman, based on the 1990 award winning film. After five fun packed days which included a visit to Times Square and the Empire State Building, the learners returned home full of inspiration and determined to pursue their performance careers.

Reach for the Skies with Aeronautical Engineering

Level 3 Aeronautical Engineering students make the annual trip Toulouse, France, to visit the Airbus A380 Manufacturing facilities, as part of an enriched learning experience. The site in the South of France is one of the world’s most advanced aircraft engineering and manufacturing operations, and provided an excellent opportunity to meet industry professionals and see the practical application of their learning in action.

Football Learners Go for the Win in the USA

The College’s Football Academy jetted off on an eight day trip to Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the annual President’s Day Football Tournament. For almost 20 years the our learners have been going head-to-head with teams around the world. This year the College was one of 434 elite teams chosen to take part in the annual competition which attracts scouts from some of the leading MSL clubs and many former learners have gone on to take up scholarships in the States.

College sport and lunchtime clubs

There is a variety of lunchtime clubs, including your traditional sports like badminton, football and volleyball, along with some none traditional activities including box fit, climbing, fitness classes and glow in the dark sports. Learners also get the chance to compete and represent the College in the AoC regional tournaments. There are also activities in the College’s Chill Zone including table tennis, pool and table football. Pop up libraries, book swaps and themed activities are also hosted throughout the year.