Accrington and Rossendale College is a vocational college with a substantial specialist offer of Higher Education which seeks to meet the needs of employers and the wider population of the area.
Many of our learners wish or need to work and study at the same time. Therefore our preferred delivery model reflects this and at the same time provides a more realistic understanding of working in a profession. For example many of our foundation degrees require 16 hours employment a week in an appropriate setting depending on the degree undertaken. Our foundation degrees are matched to occupational standards and you are assessed on competencies in the workplace.
On some programmes you will be allocated a practice trainer who is a member of staff from college with a relevant vocational background. They will visit you in your workplace to assess development in practice. You also select a practice mentor who can act as a ‘critical friend’. In general, this leads to graduates who are very capable and successful in gaining promotion or finding employment at a higher level once they have completed their studies.
Some programmes have a work based module which helps you to test and build upon your skills and knowledge and at the same time provides essential career guidance. Many students in the past have found a route to permanent employment following this module.
Employers are actively involved in the design and delivery across the provision. We have specialist vocational conferences in some curriculum areas (i.e. Mental Health, Alcohol & Substance Misuse & Early Years) and in others events which draw upon vocational experts with guest lectures from the professions frequently contributing to our programmes.
Career guidance and personal development planning forms a significant part of the higher education tutorial system as well as being an essential part in the Professional Practice modules which run across the majority of our higher education programmes. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to reflect on the development of your academic and professional skills and to make action plans to facilitate change.