Facilities for Learners
Library and Learning Resource Centre
Our well-stocked LRC is bursting at the seams with up-to-date books, newspapers and magazines, videos and DVDs to support all the courses run by the College. The LRC has 70 study spaces and over 80 PCs. Every student has access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 24 hours a day from College, home or mobile devices.
The College has a very active Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where teachers post their resources, enabling students to catch up on work, undertake revision activities, submit assignments online or extend their learning with additional materials. Office 365 is available to all registered College students giving online access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.
There are a large number of computer rooms, some for general use and others for specialist subject areas such as Languages and Media. We have over 100 computers including tablets, Apple computers, Windows PCs and netbooks. Students and staff can access resources including cloud-based mail and file storage as well as onsite facilities such as printing. We also offer a very popular "Bring Your Own Device" scheme for staff and students.
risual Microsoft Academy
This initiative, designed to support the digital needs of individuals, employers and communities within the Swindon and Wiltshire area, provides:
- A new innovative Academy in partnership with risual Education
- Specialist IT suite and equipment
- Digital Learning, IT training and qualifications
- A range of IT apprenticeships
Our Restaurant provides a range of refreshments, breakfasts and lunches across four food outlets. The Bakehouse offers baguettes, cakes, pies, pastries, chilled and warm beverages whilst Global Food Market provides two hot meals options, jacket potatoes and hot dessert. Streat offers a selection of Grab 'n' Go style hot food and meals and Natural offers a salad bar, soup selection, jacket potatoes, pasta and smoothies. There is also a shop, C-store Express providing sandwiches, yogurt and confectionery and Treats and a coffee bar offering premium teas, coffees and snacks.
This includes an Enrichment Centre with a Wii and X Box, pool table and various games. The Skills Development Area includes one-to-one tuition rooms for students requiring Additional Learning Support and there are also other small rooms for careers guidance and counselling.
We stage a wide range of College and external theatrical events within our professional Phoenix Theatre. It boasts a professional lighting rig and control and can seat 240. There are also dressing rooms and a scene preparation room. Both Dance Studios have a sprung floor and practice mirrors.
We have two dance studios with fully sprung specialist wooden floors and practice mirrors. Each studio also has air conditioning, a sound system and is Wi-Fi enabled. Each space is 150m2 and comfortable seats 60 for shows.
Fashion and Textiles Studios
There are two professionally equipped Fashion and Textiles studios. Specialist equipment includes 27 domestic sewing machines, 28 Freemachine embroidery machines, 12 x 8 shaft looms, six domestic overlockers, two industrial sewing machines, one industrial overlocker, one industrial chain stitching machine, heat presses, digital sublimation printing, six knitting machines, laser cutter, vacuum former and professional print and cutting tables.
Photography Studio with Darkroom
The Photography darkroom is fully equipped with 18 medium format enlargers and automatic processor. The facilities include black and white processing equipment and material. The studio is equipped with flash and tungsten lighting, including colorama backdrops.
You can use our fully-equipped sports hall and fitness suite in our Sports Centre, either independently or through one of the eXtras classes. The fitness suite has a wide range of modern LifeFitness cardiovascular and weight resistance equipment in addition to a large selection of free weights. We are also building a floodlit all-weather pitch on land behind New College.
These include specialist rooms for Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Barbering and Photographic make-up and are equipped and run to professional standards. The modern and well equipped salon offers a range of treatments including manicures, facials, hair styling, massage and much more. All treatments carried out by trainee therapists at Distinction are monitored and supervised by highly trained staff, with extensive experience and industry backgrounds.
There are ten well-equipped and up-to-date science labs in the College, including two Physics Labs. We use sophisticated data-logging equipment which allows results of experiments to be displayed on screen in real time as well as state if the art, modern equipment such as melting-point apparatus, waterbaths and colorimeters.