Thanks to significant investment in Stratford-upon-Avon College, a range of new courses will launch September 2018.
College Principal and CEO Andrew Cropley commented “I’m delighted to announce this bold new curriculum offer for Stratford-upon-Avon. It is a key feature of our successful merger with Solihull College & University Centre that we will offer a wider range of opportunity to potential students from 14 upwards to develop their talents and take their careers forward with us.
“This enhanced offer builds on our core strengths in creative arts, culture, hospitality and sport in order to allow more people to benefit from our expertise. Over the last few years too many students from Stratford-upon-Avon have gone out of the town for their studies; I hope this announcement sends a clear message that this trend can be reversed.”
The College is most excited about new range of courses in performance, production and visual arts at higher education level, which will be equally relevant to 18 year olds completing their level 3 course and to adults returning to education. There will also be an opportunity for school leavers to blend academic and vocational courses in order to benefit from different learning styles and assessment regimes and to stretch the most able to reach their full potential. It’s not all about higher level students either; a new level one offer is being developed for those who might not have fulfilled their potential at school. Finally, there’s an exciting distance learning film studies course at the forefront of an exciting new range of leisure and professional development courses aimed at adults.
Solihull College & University Centre Principal and CEO John Callaghan is excited about the future of the College: “I’m thrilled to see the confidence with which the team at Stratford-upon-Avon College have grasped the opportunity provided by our merger to create this new, wider offer. The strength of the creative curriculum at Stratford was one of the prime reasons we wanted to merge with them so I’m particularly pleased that we are able to open this curriculum to a more diverse population.
“I’m also delighted that we are drawing on the unique cultural and historical character of the town to enhance the offer in a way that no other town could. This is only the first step in a rejuvenated Stratford-upon-Avon College and a reinvigorated curriculum, and it is hugely rewarding that our merger has delivered these benefits even in advance of its formal conclusion.”