Buxton and Leek College celebrates a year of achievements

Summer is often a time for reflection on the academic achievements of the past year. For Buxton and Leek College, not only was this summer a celebration of its students’ successes, but it also marked a successful expansion of its community outreach and connections. As the new academic year begins and following a successful Open Day in September, the college is also holding another Open Event (at both campuses) inviting the public to find out more about the myriad of opportunities available.

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Discover your future: Open Event on 16th November

The public are invited to their next Open Event on Saturday, 16th November 2023, 5pm – 7.30pm at both the Buxton and Leek campus. This is the perfect opportunity for prospective students to explore the vast array of courses offered – with something for everyone of all ages, meet the knowledgeable tutors in person, explore funding options and have a look round the campuses. It’s not just about discovering courses; come along to experience the vibrancy and friendly welcome of the college community here at BLC.

It’s not too late to apply!

Click here to register your place at the Open Event on Saturday 16th November 2023.

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Academic triumphs with outstanding results

Last month once again saw outstanding results in both GCSE and Level 3 students at BLC. Those who missed their grade when they were assessed at school, can re-sit their English and Maths GCSEs whilst they study their chosen programme. There was celebration and tears of joy for the ‘class of ’23’ Level 3 students, with the college reporting outstanding results being achieved across the board.  

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Standout achievements included Tea Gaines, 19, from Leek, securing a triple Distinction Star in Art & Design, the highest possible grade. She will be going on to study Costume Design and Textiles at Huddersfield University. Similarly, Dylan Marriott-Richardson, another 19-year-old from Leek, matched the feat with a triple Distinction Star in his Media Level 3, ensuring a promising start for his academic journey ahead.

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Real-world experience for students

A recent collaboration has been with the prestigious five star Buxton Crescent Spa Hotel. This partnership has led to the provision of apprenticeship opportunities, allowing students to gain practical experience in a luxury setting, honing their skills for a competitive job market.

Links have also been made with Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust where students will be able to gain experience on the inner workings and management of the visitor centre and visitor experience.

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Somerset House Awaits:  New Saturday Art Club at Leek campus

But it’s not just about traditional career pathways. Recognising the importance of nurturing creativity, the college is set to launch a unique initiative: a Saturday club for students at their Leek campus in the Leek School of Art. This isn’t your average weekend activity. Students will have the chance to brush up their art skills under the mentorship of renowned local artists. Moreover, the club isn’t just about skill-building; it’s about showcasing talent. A competition will be held, offering students the coveted opportunity to display their artwork at the iconic Somerset House in London, a dream for many budding artists.

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Strengthening links with local schools

Buxton & Leek College’s commitment to community-building doesn’t end there. Their efforts have skyrocketed in terms of collaboration with local schools. From a humble partnership with 3 local schools last year, they’ve dramatically expanded their engagement to 27 schools across Buxton, Leek, and the High Peak region. This not only increases the college’s visibility but also strengthens the bond between educational institutions, ensuring smoother transitions for students and more enriched learning experiences.

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Buxton & Leek College is not just a place of education; it’s a cornerstone of the community. As it strengthens ties with local businesses and organisations, it continues to pave diverse and enriching paths for its students, ensuring their success and the prosperity of the community at large.

Adult courses – apply now

Unlock your potential! It’s never too late to discover new skills and take a different approach to education and Buxton and Leek College offer a broad range of adult learning courses for ages 19+:

Whether you left school with results that you didn’t expect
✅ Top up or retake your qualifications
✅ Pursue a new career path – enhance your CV or get that promotion at work
✅ Learn a new skill

Buxton and Leek College Open Day

Including courses such as accountancy, management, digital skills and hair and beauty, to name a few, the learning is delivered through a variety of channels – online, face-to-face, distance learning and a blended approach. Open to anyone aged 19+, many of `the courses are fully funded, depending on your circumstances. 

The college also offers Functional Skills maths and English courses for adults keen to improve their essential skills, with pass rates at the college exceeding the national average year after year. 

Find out more

For more information about any of the courses offered at Buxton and Leek College, call 0800 074 0099, email at [email protected], or, come along to the Open Day on 30th September 2023 10am – 1pm.

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