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🎓 Message for Degree Studies and Access to Higher Education students
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In light of the Government’s announcement to close schools and colleges, the West Suffolk College campuses will be closed from 4.30 pm today until further notice.
However, we are adopting a virtual and distance learning approach for students; which staff have been preparing for and are ready to support. With the wellbeing of our students and staff in mind, continuity at this time is essential and at West Suffolk College we will be operating as normal – just not from the college campuses.
We are working with our validating partners to ensure that students are not penalised by this situation and if you have upcoming exams or face to face assessments please do not worry, we will keep students updated on changes to these.
As always we are committed to support all of our students and the following email addresses have been set up for questions, queries or concerns that you might have:
You can also contact your lecturers, Sarah, Laura or Ben directly on their college email addresses.
We will ensure that you are regularly updated with information about the College’s strategy and plans for dealing with this very unusual situation through a regular email but also through Brightspace and the West Suffolk College website (www.wsc.ac.uk).
Please keep in touch with your peers and your tutors. This will be essential for everyone’s wellbeing and successful progress and finally I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding - we have worked our way through the last couple of weeks to get to a stage where we can now continue in a virtual way with your learning. I want to assure you that all of your lecturers, the support team and the management team are fully committed to ensuring you achieve and progress either to the next level or to graduation and we will all do what we can to make sure this happens.
Assistant Principal, Higher Education
Learning is for the whole of life. It can take you in any direction, or to any level. It is not exclusive, nor does it make demands. You can leave it and you can return. Learning is limited by nothing except your curiosity.
Degree Studies at West Suffolk College
It is exciting that right here in Bury St Edmunds you can choose from 25 different Higher Education courses plus Higher Apprenticeships in engineering and a Degree Apprenticeship in Business and Management.
✔️ In 2018-19 82% of students studying degrees at West Suffolk College were satisfied with the overall experience.
✔️ 96% of students stayed on course at WSC compared to 93% in 2014-15.
✔️ In 2017-18 81% of students achieved a 1st class degree or a 2:1. This was achieved through a very rigorous marking and quality assurance process.
✔️ In 2017-18 85% of students progressed to a graduate job or post graduate study from WSC.
✔️ 90% of sports students were satisfied with the learning opportunities (NSS, 2018-19)
✔️ 90% of sports students were satisfied that staff valued students’ feedback and opinions about the course.
✔️ 95% of sports students were satisfied with the learning community, and 100% of sports students were satisfied that they had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of the course. (NSS, 2018-19)
✔️ 100% of sports students thought the course provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics. (NSS, 2018-19)
✔️ 90% of business and management students thought their course provided them with opportunities to apply what they had learnt. (NSS, 2018-19)
✔️ 100% of business and management students were satisfied with the learning resources. (NSS, 2018-19)
✔️ 90% of business and management students were satisfied that the staff had made the subject interesting and that they were good at explaining things. (NSS, 2018-19)
A beautiful place to study, relax and shop
Surrounded by countryside with 1,000 years of history to explore, Bury St Edmunds offers visitors a shopper’s paradise, award-winning restaurants, fantastic annual festivals and entertainment, and stunning parks. With the beautiful medieval wool towns of Lavenham, Clare and Long Melford on our doorstep and Cambridge just 30 minutes away, Bury St Edmunds is a quintessentially English market town where you can truly unwind.Take a stroll through history, enjoy fine dining and contemporary cuisine, treat yourself to some serious retail therapy or simply explore and take in the peaceful atmosphere. Bury St Edmunds is a jewel in the crown of Suffolk and the perfect getaway.
If you want a day out at the beach, Bury St Edmunds is just an hour away from the beautiful Suffolk Coast with charming seaside towns to explore. If you are feeling energetic how about exploring on foot on one of the local walking routes which take in quaint villages, cosy pubs and stunning Suffolk scenery, or hop on two wheels and follow our many cycle routes. With historic houses, galleries, exhibitions, festivals, and museums, exquisite food, unique boutiques, beautiful countryside, live music, dance, theatre and cinema, there is so much to explore in Bury St Edmunds and beyond. Photo: Tom Soper.