Welcome from the Principal
I am delighted to welcome you to this new website, showing everything that is best and exciting about Weymouth College. A browse through this website will tell you all about us and what we offer to our learners, community and regional businesses.
We are very proud of our College and our achievements, securing excellent rewards for our students to gain entry to employment or higher education and become citizens of Dorset who are economically independent and able to contribute effectively to their communities – especially the business community.
There is a programme of study for everyone who wants to learn and develop their skills here at Weymouth College. We have the very best staff who are prepared to share their long industrial experience with students, and our resources and facilities are second to none. We operate in an adult and caring environment and we share our successes, which are many.
We hope that you enjoy our website. Although it will give you a great insight into Weymouth College, it can only do so much, and we hope that you will join us at one of our open or taster days. Alternatively, you can drop into the College to see for yourself how you can join the Weymouth College community.
About Weymouth College
With over 7,000 students from across Dorset, the South West of England and the rest of the UK, as well as overseas, Weymouth College offers a diverse range of courses, excellent facilities and a team of highly dedicated and experienced staff who provide guidance and support as well as quality teaching.
Our vision is to transform the lives and economic prosperity of our local people by providing access to learning delivered to the highest standards. With our partners, we will continue to build on the legacy of hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on behalf of our learners and our community.
Weymouth College is a vibrant, modern college and continues to make improvements to the campus to provide students with the very best facilities. The College is equipped with state-of-the-art learning and support resources both on the Cranford Avenue campus and the recently built Dorset Skills centre at Poundbury, Dorchester.
Our students will tell you that this is a caring college with a friendly atmosphere. You will find it easy to settle and make new friends and there is always something going on. We provide a comprehensive induction programme to help you get off to a great start. All College staff, whether administrative, catering, support or academic will make you feel very welcome. Weymouth College prides itself on the support that it gives to students, and there is a dedicated Learning Support and Guidance Team who can provide students with advice on careers, mobility, additional learning needs and personal support.
The College specialises in A Levels and industry-relevant vocational courses from Foundation Level to Level 4 including BTECs, Diplomas, NVQs, Apprenticeships, and Foundation Degrees. Students will benefit from the very high teaching standards and the wide range of courses which cater for a variety of vocational careers and entry to higher education. Our teachers are passionate about their subject area and will inspire you with their enthusiasm.The campus is just a stone’s throw from Weymouth beach, and is home to industry-standard facilities:
- Professional kitchen and Cygnets Restaurant
- Hair and beauty salon, Studio C
- 250-seater The Bay Theatre
- State-of-the-art media facility The Hive
- A separate campus in nearby Poundbury, Dorchester dedicated to construction, engineering and stonemasonry (for which Weymouth College is internationally renowned).
The College Travel & Transport department organises the travel needs of our students. Not only does the College provide annual bus passes, allowing 52 weeks of travel to students who live more than five miles away from the site, but we also operate our own coach for students who travel from East Dorset.