East Riding College (Beverley/ Bridlington)
Flemingate Centre, Armstrong Way, Beverley / Bridlington, HU17 OGH
Contact: Learner Services
Telephone: 0345 120 0044
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East Riding College welcomes more than 1,600 full-time students every year, with thousands more taking part-time and higher education courses. Our main campuses are in the beautiful historic market town of Beverley and the popular coastal resort of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, with a smaller site in Hull.
We are an ambitious College, with a strong desire to improve the high standard of teaching we provide and the campuses our students come to. The stunning new campus at our site on the Flemingate Centre, Armstrong Way, Beverley which opened in September 2015 and the St Mary's Walk campus in Bridlington opened in 2009 and has proven incredibly popular with students and staff.
When the College was last inspected, it was rated by Ofsted as good with many outstanding features, including its care, guidance and support for students, its leadership and management and capacity to improve further. Students were described as making "exceptional progress" with staff being "ambitious for the College and relentless in their pursuit of seeking improvements for learners."
We are one a select group of colleges to be given Beacon Status for the excellent standard of education we provide and our outstanding leadership, management and financial management.
What Makes Us Different
Life at East Riding College
College life is very different to school; you have more freedom and you’re treated more like an adult. At the same time, you’re expected to attend your classes and do your work without supervision. Your time at East Riding College will be exciting and interesting. While you’re learning essential skills for your chosen career, you’ll be having new experiences, making friends for life and maybe even going places you never imagined.
Learning isn’t just about studying in a classroom; it’s also about getting out and about and seeing and doing things for yourself. Many students have the opportunity to go on study visits for a day or for longer periods with recent examples including trips to major cities at home and abroad, eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant and meeting the Hull City first team.
We want our students to have the experience to back up their qualifications. Lots of our courses involve placement with a company doing jobs that are relevant to your qualification or career choices. This will give you a real taste of the job and practical experience that will help you in your coursework.
Your route to university
Now, you can pack even more into your time at East Riding College by taking Alevels and other extra qualifications alongside your principal level three course. With our Advanced Level Studies Programme, you can:
• Earn extra UCAS points to help you get into your first choice university
• Improve your chances of getting a job by learning the skills employers look for
• Expand your area of expertise to give yourself more options in the future
• Earn essential GCSEs to give yourself an excellent foundation for further study
If you want to do extra courses as part of the Advanced Level Studies Programme, your tutor will explain your options during your interview for your principal level three course. If you need a bit more help deciding what’s right for you, speak to our guidance officers.
Remember, some principal courses are better suited to doing extra A-levels and GCSEs than others. You may also be required to take and pass GCSE Maths and English alongside your main course.
East Riding College has a well-established network of student representatives who meet termly with their head of curriculum area. In addition to this, two representatives from each area attend the College’s termly learner focus group meeting and participate in the Student Association’s Learner Parliament. Students are also represented on key College committees including the Board of the Corporation.
All students automatically become members of the College’s Student Association upon enrolment. Members of the association’s executive are elected annually.
Free transport to East Riding College
Fully funded travel is available to full-time 16 to 18-year-old learners living more than two miles from their nearest place of study. Funding is available for the following on those days when attendance at College or placement is required:
1. Travel by East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) buses. This includes services in the East Riding, Hull and North Yorkshire, including Scarborough and Filey
2. Travel by dedicated College services BC4 (from Withernsea), BC8 (from Gilberdyke) and the new ER1(from Hull via Bricknell Avenue and Cottingham)
3. Travel by other public transport if an EYMS service or the BC4 and BC8 are not available. Travel by other public transport will be subject to prior agreement and is reimbursed in arrears, based on attendance.
Everyone who applies for a full-time course starting in September 2018 will be sent a form to enable them to apply for free transport to College. Support is at the discretion of the College and subject to satisfactory attendance and evidence of income. Travel on EYMS buses must involve the use of a discount card issued by the College via EYMS.
Separate arrangements are in place for those learners aged 19 and over, please call 0345 120 0044 for more information.
Financial support for 16 to 18-year-olds
Financial help for 16 to 18-year-olds on full-time further education courses includes:
- Free travel for those living more than two miles from their place of study
- Help with equipment costs where high cost specialist equipment is required
- Bursary of up to £1,200, subject to eligibility
- A free meal every day, subject to availability
- Support towards the cost of childcare from the national Care to Learn Scheme (for learners under 20 years old when their course starts)
Call 0345 120 0044 for more information.
Financial help for those aged 19 and over
There is also help for adults studying at East Riding College, subject to eligibility. Call 0345 120 0044 for more information.
Our guidance officers can help you with everything from choosing a course to finding out if you’re entitled to financial support to looking at the options for childcare.
Whether you’ve got a career in mind and just need to know how to get there or you’ve no idea where your future lies, our friendly team will help you make an informed decision. They’ll also help you plan your next steps after your course finishes.
Help with childcare costs may be available. The College works with a range of nurseries and registered childminders. The Bridlington site is close to the East Riding Children’s Centre which may have places available. Call us on 0345 120 0044 for more information.
The College welcomes and supports all learners with additional needs and disabilities. Please tell us about your needs so we can give you full support and guidance. We will respect your request for confidentiality.
Confidential counselling and advice
Everyone needs someone to talk to at some point in their life and this might be while you’re at College. We believe we have a duty to help you, so we offer an advice and guidance service and, where necessary, the support of a professional counsellor. These services are confidential, except in exceptional circumstances, and are available to all learners.
Enrichment is your chance to blow off steam outside of your course. Fancy representing the College at football, rugby, netball or other sports? If this sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll love Wednesday afternoon because that’s enrichment time.
Cafes and restaurants
Our Beverley and Bridlington campuses have refectories which serve a range of healthy and tasty food at reasonable prices. They’re relaxed and informal places where you can get your lunch, have a bite to eat between classes or hang out with friends. Our Beverley and Bridlington sites also have training restaurants which serve top quality food to members of the public. You can book a table for lunch or come along with your family and friends on Thursday evenings. Call 01482 390760 for the Longcroft Hall restaurant at Beverley or 01262 455063 for Archers restaurant at Bridlington.
Learning Resource Centres
Our Learning resource Centres are home to a wide range of reference materials and course texts as well as DVDs and interactive CD-ROMs to support your studies. They also have lots of computers available and photocopying services to support learners at the College. Even if you aren’t in College you can access the extensive range of e-books in our online library 24-7-365 via the College virtual learning environment.
Inspire Hair and Beauty salons
Our salons offer a full range of hairdressing, beauty and holistic therapy services to students and members of the public. Why not call in and treat yourself to a massage or manicure? Call 01482 390744 for Beverley or 01262 455044 for Bridlington.
New Horizons travel agency
The College has its own travel agency called New Horizons based at our Flemingate Centre campus, Beverley and St Mary's Walk campus in Bridlington. Again, it is open to students as well as members of the public and you can book holidays, short breaks and concert tickets. Call 01482 390933 at Beverley or 01262 455021 for Bridlington.
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