10 reasons to study at Eccles Sixth Form College

8 August 2018 

Eccles Sixth Form College has been placed within the top 10% of colleges nationally for achievement rates. If that’s not reason enough to study at the college, here are 10 further reasons to study at Eccles:

1) Outstanding Results

The outstanding pass rates produced at Eccles reflect their vision of ensuring students are the best they can be.

The college received a 100% Advanced Vocational pass rate across the board, in all subjects.

Ofsted: “The college has established a culture of high aspirations for student achievement. The high grades students achieve enable them to gain places at the most prestigious universities.” 

2) Ofsted rated ‘Good’

Following an inspection by Ofsted in November 2015, Eccles Sixth Form College is officially a ‘Good’ college. 

Ofsted: “The sessions are dynamic, with all students fully engaged, focused and demonstrating high levels of attainment.”

3) Unique Vocational A-level Offer

Launching this September, the college is offering a new, unique qualification. Vocational A-levels are advanced level courses that allow students to receive the academic rigour of studying A-levels, coupled with the practical elements of vocational studies. This means students will, quite plainly, receive the best of both worlds.

Students will be able to select a combination of courses that suit there individual needs and aspirations. Subjects on offer include animal management, business, applied science and sport.

4) Study in the Spectacular and Renowned Eccles Animal Centre

Eccles’ indoor and outdoor animal centre often steals the show at open events and community fun days; and with over 60 acres of land utilised by the department, including their own 4 acre, onsite facilities plus their partner facilities, it’s clear why.

Eccles is the perfect college for anyone wanting to study animal management, equine studies, veterinary nursing, or even just those with a love of animals.

The department has undertaken significant investment over the last couple of years to create the animal utopia it is today. Housing over 250 different species, including domestic and exotic species, students have access to a diverse selection of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish to enhance their studies. Some of the exciting newest additions include marmoset monkeys, capybara, alpaca, striped skunk, Asian water dragons, pygmy goats and much more.

If it’s equine you are interested in studying, then you’ll be based at Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre, in Bolton. The centre has been open since 1993 and houses more than 50 horses and ponies.

5) Study at the Outstanding Centre of Excellence in Sport

Sports facilities at the college are second-to-none. In fact, sports facilities at Eccles have seen over 100K in investment in recent years.

They include a dedicated, purpose-built 4G sports pitch, a brand-new, fully equipped fitness suite and a sports performance laboratory with the most high-tech sport technology equipment. This is on top of the college’s multi-purpose sports hall and sports classrooms.

6) Study in State-of-the-art Health and Early Years Facilities

If you want to prepare for the world of work from the outset, then Eccles Sixth Form College provides the most professional, real-life learning environment for early years and health and social care students to study in.

The brand-new, simulated nursery environment help early years students get into role from an early stage. The nursery is stocked with an array of books and educational aids for students to get to grips with, so when they head out on their work placement, they will be well prepared and knowledgeable from the beginning.

Likewise, the replicated hospital ward environment, with real beds and dummy patients, will prepare health and social care students for their placements in live hospitals. The hospital environment can be daunting to anyone who has not experienced much of it, but at Eccles, staff do their best to ensure every measure has been taken to grow the confidence of students before they are sent out on their placements.

7) Excellent Industry Links

Whatever course you choose to study at the college, you’ll benefit from its impressive and extensive industry links, which create employment and work placement opportunities, as well as excellent chances for trips, visits and guest lecturers.

Perhaps you are interested in studying business? The college has paired up with the Career Ready Programme, an initiative which aims to prepare students for the world of work by linking colleges with businesses to offer students unique internships, workplace visits and mentoring opportunities. This summer, one business student will be partaking in a six-week placement with ITV and other business links include KPMG, The Bank of New York Mellon and Morson Group – all global and hugely successful businesses.

If you are looking at studying sport, you’ll be immensely impressed by the college’s strong partnerships, including a collaboration with the Manchester United Foundation. The partnership allows the college to visit Old Trafford and put on training sessions with first-team players and United coaches. The department also has strong links with the Football Association and Salford Community Leisure.

And that’s not all, when it comes to health and social care, the college partners with the Salford Royal NHS Trust to provide students on courses including the elite nursing cadet’s courses one of a kind work placements. Public services students will also benefit from the college’s links with the British Armed Forces and The Royal Navy.  

8) Safe and Secure Location

The college is located in a leafy, green and secure residential area. Eccles is the home to the world-famous Eccles cake and is on Manchester’s doorstep, making it the perfect place to study.

The college does all it can to ensure the safety and security of students and even provide a convenient bus service to and from the college, to help student get there and back safely.

9) Endless Extra-Curricular Activities

Opportunities to get involved at Eccles are endless. Whether you are looking at getting involved in sports and making the most of our incredible facilities, want to learn to drive, or perhaps you want to utilise what the college has to offer in the way of animal facilities and get involved in our zoo club.

The college also host numerous fundraisers throughout the year, from inviting students to collect supplies for the local foodbank to getting involved with a sports challenge to row, run or cycle to Barcelona for Sport Relief.

And trips and visits are at the core of curriculum, with equine students visiting France each year, uniformed public services students heading to Poland and business and travel students being given the chance to explore the big apple on a trip to New York City.

10) Be Part of the Eccles Family

At Eccles, students become part of a community. There is every opportunity to study and learn at Eccles, but there is also the opportunity to enjoy life at college. The college acknowledges that it is an important two years in a young person’s life, preparing them for adulthood and the world of work, and with that in mind, personal qualities are highly valued.

Every measure is taken to ensure each and every student feels supported, safe happy and valued when they come to Eccles and this is all thanks to the dedicated pastoral support team, the specialist learning support team, and of course, the hard-working and committed teaching staff.

In fact, according to the 2018 student and satisfaction survey, 100% of students at the college feel safe – which speaks volumes.

Do you want to study at Eccles Sixth Form College? The college has limited places available for September 2018 entry, however, it’s not too late to apply, go to:  www.salfordcc.ac.uk. Already applied? Enrolment starts on GCSE Results Day – don’t miss out.

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