Our fantastic new College was formed on 17th August 2020, through the merger of Swindon College with New College Swindon.
Our vision is to build on our combined strengths and specialisms to create a vibrant, high-performing and sustainable institution. The College will be a beacon of academic and technical excellence for the region. We will deliver a single ‘Swindon curriculum’, which is more closely aligned to learners’ aspirations, and open up more employment opportunities.
For our 14-18 students, there are some clear opportunities and benefits
- Improved access to an unrivalled breadth and depth of courses, including GCSEs; A Levels; T-Levels; Technical, professional and vocational programmes; Apprenticeships and HE
- Access to a range of modern and specialist resources across two campuses
- An inclusive and flexible curriculum with progression pathways from Entry/Level 1 to Level 6 with multiple entry and exit points, catering for all interests and achievements
- We will have more influence to secure the best for our learners
- Breadth of subject offers and a choice beyond ‘core’ subjects.
Carole Kitching, Principal and CEO of the newly merged college (and former Principal and CEO of New College Swindon) says,
This day of merger is a great day for Swindon and one that we should rightly celebrate. Our vision has always been to be a beacon of academic and technical excellence for the region and we will never lose sight of that. Access to the very best A Level, technical and professional education for residents of Swindon and the region has never been more important than in these very challenging times. Swindon now has a single institution offering the widest range of high-quality courses for young people and adults including employers and apprentices for more than fifty miles.
We will be offering progression from Level One to Level 6 (degree level), more than 60 Apprenticeship routes, support for unemployment, re-skilling, professional and technical training and 38 A level subjects. The merger will enable the work on the building of the fabulous Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology to commence, which will provide local access to a much wider range of degree level programmes. Students will have access to the very best facilities on both campuses and we are already seeing a sharp rise in applications for September.
I must be clear however, that our top priority at the moment is supporting A Level and Level 3 students to appeal their grades and secure their places at University, on Apprenticeships and in employment. In this very challenging time, we also want to provide reassurance to GCSE students that the College will guarantee them a place on a suitable course, that will help them get to where they want to be.