Solihull College and University Centre
As our economy bounces back, there’s never been a better time to be part of Solihull College & University Centre – with tailored courses offered to suit the wants of industry and the local economy. There is a place for you here at the College even if your previous exam results were disappointing, or as an adult, you are returning to learning after a break in studying. The College had a record number of enrolments in September 2020 and our applications for September 2021 are already very promising. There are increasing numbers of high achievers who instead of choosing A-Levels are preferring to take the more practical and specialized vocational route, whether by way of full-time courses or apprenticeships. 95% of higher institutions in the UK accept BTEC or other vocational qualifications for entry, so higher education is a popular destination for our students – either here at our University Centre or at universities across the country. The College continues to be at the forefront of innovation with investment in outstanding facilities for our students. Recent developments include new life science labs and a virtual reality lab introduced at Blossomfield Campus and world-class flight simulators and a former Royal Navy Aircraft at our Woodlands Campus. We have also upgraded our motor vehicle facilities to educate students to deal with new electric and hybrid vehicle and driverless technologies. School leavers, apprentices, university level, and adult learners can thrive in facilities unmatched in the area. At our Stratford-upon-Avon College campus, we have increased capital investment in facilities amounting to a total of £10.3m following the growth of 150 full-time students. We have completed phases 1 and 2 to the tune of £4m and we plan a further 3 phases to provide our first-class creative provisions in many arts-related disciplines, such as Music and Theatre production, Performing Arts, and Media. We are also seeing important growth in our Health & Social Care, Construction, Motor Vehicle, Business, and Computing provision. The College links entirely with local industry and has recently partnered with RMF, a high-quality construction company here in Solihull, to importantly enlarge our construction plant training. We have also completed the Outpost area for employers to work closely with our Media and Visual Arts students to bring real-life briefs for them to work on. Our investment for these projects will be in the region of £5m supported by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. We have again been assessed as financially strong and resilient for the future with our funding body confirming our outstanding financial health. The College was graded ‘Good’ across all areas by Ofsted in November 2016 and has been granted government approval to use the ‘University Centre’ brand due to the high numbers and breadth of our higher education offer and the top marks achieved in a QAA review of our higher education provision. We were also the only college in the region and 5% of colleges nationally to be graded TEF Gold for our HE works prior to our merger. The Head Quarters of Solihull Chamber of Commerce is based at Blossomfield Campus, which has helped to broker many employer links, from work experience and specialists inputs to offers of employment and apprenticeships for many of our students. Other successes include leading the Greater Birmingham Institute of Technology – a collaboration between 4 universities and 3 FE colleges in Birmingham and Solihull. We were chosen as one of 12 education providers in the country to be selected. The Institute of Technology will provide higher-level technical abilities to meet the abilities shortages in the region. We are also introducing the digital T-Level in September 2021 in preparation for the whole rollout planned by 2025. We purpose to find a place for everyone, either at Solihull or Stratford-upon-Avon, with courses offered from beginner right up to degree-level. Our staff possess the expertise and drive to ensure students leave the College with the abilities necessary to make their mark in their chosen industry.
Our vision is to be the organization of choice for learning for young people, adults, and employers through their recognition of our excellent and distinctive experiences in vocational education and training.
Solihull College & University Centre will make important contributions to the local and regional economies and beyond, by ensuring high-quality vocational education and training for individuals, employers, and the larger community.
- Inspiring and supporting students to success.
- Striving for excellence, exceeding expectations.
- Respecting each other.
- Recognizing our responsibility.
- Sharing, caring, and working together