All full-time students at Bridgend College undertake a Learning Programme that is designed to enable them to be all that they can be.  The Learning Programme will focus on 3 main areas:

  • Vocational Skill Building
  • Developing Core Skills
  • Personal Growth and Development

Vocational Skill Building:  This will happen through undertaking a vocational programme of study that will involve practical activities and learning underpinning theoretical knowledge. You will follow a Learning Programme that will support you to progress  to your next level of study or help you move into employment.

 

Developing Core Skills:  In order to ensure you are ready for the world of work and/or further study you need to develop core employability skills that will enable you to be successful in every aspect of your life.  These core skills will be delivered throughout your programme and in specific sessions that will help you focus on areas you need to develop and help you to understand how the skills you are learning can be used.  These core skills include literacy, numeracy and digital literacy which are vital to your future success.

 

Personal Growth and Development:  You will be allocated a personal tutor who will help you to set targets so that you can achieve your goals.  You will also be able to access a broad range of services outside of your vocational area that are there to help you achieve your potential, these could include:  Student Well-being, careers services, financial support, study skills and enrichment activities to ensure you are fit, healthy and building a CV that will give you that extra edge when you are ready to move on to the next stage of your journey.

Your Learning Programme will also provide you with experiences that will help you to apply the skills and knowledge you are learning.  These experiences will help you to develop your interpersonal skills through working with a range of people and encouraging you to think about the broader context of the world around you, so that you can develop into a creative, happy and global citizen of the future.

 

This is our promise to you…..in return you must be…..Ready, Respectful and Safe.

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Vocational Skills Building

You will undertake practical activities, develop your skills and learn subject knowledge to help you progress and achieve your vocational qualification (for example, Level 1 Beauty or Level 3 Creative Arts)

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Personal Tutor

Your Personal Tutor will help you to set academic and personal targets to help you grow, develop and stay on track through group and 1:1 tutorials.

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Ready

As part of our citizenship expectations, we expect you to be on time for your sessions and attend your timetabled and planning learning and enrichment activities. You also need to ensure you have the right uniform and kit for your sessions.

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Respectful

We expect all students to demonstrate respect to other students, our staff and our visitors. Respect your learning environments and be kind.

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Safe

We want you to be safe and happy at college. Wear your lanyard and ID and follow any health and safety instructions. If you have concerns or you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of someone else, speak to a member of staff or contact the Wellbeing Team.

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Additional Learning Support Team

We want you to access all of the support available to you to help you learn and achieve. We can offer personalised support to help you reach your goals.

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Wellbeing and Safeguarding

We want you to access all of the support available to you to help you learn and achieve. We can offer personalised support to help you reach your goals.

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Cyfleoedd

Helping you to develop the skills and confidence you need to progress onto employment or be your own boss is a key part of our learning programme promise. We will help you develop and test ideas, support with developing experiences to enhance your CV and we’ll help to connect you to future employers.

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Skills Coach and Learning Coach

Developing your literacy, numeracy and study skills will help you to achieve your vocational qualification. Our Skills Coaches and Learning Coaches are here to keep you on track and can provide small group and 1:1 support, helping with assignments, planning and success.

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Success Centres

If you need a quiet place to study, research or complete group work, be sure to visit one of our Success Centres. We have thousands of books, ebooks, journals and digital resources to loan. Our Success Centre team can help you with searching for resources, using Google Workspace and referencing your assignments.

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Literacy

This is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and helps us to make sense of the world.

• Reading
• Writing
• Communicating
• Listening
• Presenting

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Numeracy

This is the ability to use numbers and solve problems. It includes having the confidence and skill to use numbers and maths in all aspects of life.

• Numbers
• Data
• Problems
• Logic
• Sequences

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Digital Literacy

This skill is about knowledge, skill, attitudes and behaviours in the use of digital devices. Digital literacy includes learning how to find, sort, evaluate, manage, and create information in a digital format.

• Digital communication
• Digital Citizenship [being safe online]
• Digital creativity

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Welsh

This skill is about using, applying and developing your Welsh language skills by never missing an opportunity (in college, the workplace, on placement or socially) to communicate in Welsh at the level at which you feel most confident.

• Communicating
• Employability
• Bilingual skills
• Customer service

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Creativity & Innovation

This can involve creating something new, original or unusual by broadening your mindset. This can happen inside or outside of the classroom.

• Create
• Ideas
• Vision
• Imagination
• Enterprise
• Originality
• Resourcefulness

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

This skill involves reflective thinking and working through details of a problem to reach a solution. This can be an individual process or working with others.

• Making decisions
• Solving problems
• Analysing

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Personal Effectiveness

Personal effectiveness means making use of all the resources you have at your disposal (i.e. your talents, strengths, skills, energy and time) to enable you to master your life and achieve work and life goals.

• Independence
• Teamwork
• Staying positive
• Leadership
• Work ethic
• Aiming high

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Planning & Organisation

Planning and organisation help you set your priorities and will give you the confidence that you are following your own personal roadmap to your target destination.

• Planning
• Organising

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Action for Sustainability

This is about caring for people and the environment so that they can flourish together. It is about taking active steps to protect the world in which we live. It means acting responsibly to reduce our environmental impact, and to protect our planet for ourselves and for future generations.

• Reduce
• Recycle
• Nature
• Green jobs
• Environmentally-friendly
• Climate change

Ready

  • Be on time
  • Take part in all timetabled and planned learning and enrichment activities
  • Have the equipment and Personal Protect Equipment you need with you
  • Report any absence to College by calling 01656 302 302 option 2 or emailing absence@bridgend.ac.uk

Respectful

  • Respect other students, staff and visitors irrespective of their gender, sexuality, disability, age, religion or belief or race
  • Respect your learning environments
  • Only smoke or use e-Cigarettes in designated zones

Safe

  • Wear your lanyard and ID badge whenever you are in College
  • Follow health, safety and fire instructions when using equipment and moving around the College
  • Report any concerns you have about your own safety or someone else’s to a member of staff or the Wellbeing Team
  • Follow the College’s ICT Network Acceptable Use policy, including online safety, use of WiFi networks and use of social media (including misrepresenting the College or bullying)

Zero Tolerance

Sometimes behaviours don’t demonstrate our Citizenship Code of being Ready, Respectful and Safe and fall short of our learning programme promise.

Examples of such behaviours and activities include:

  • Criminal activities and substance misuse (theft, fraud, criminal damage, assault, possession or supply of illicit drugs/legal highs, carrying offensive weapons)
  • Extremism (either violent or non-violent), which might include terrorism or and act which endangers others (under the Terrorism Act 2000)

Any Bridgend College student found demonstrating such unacceptable behaviour will be
sanctioned under a disciplinary process; details of this are available on the Student Portal.

Remember that you are an ambassador for the College, this includes whilst travelling to and from the campuses and when out on College trips or course activities.

Signing this Citizenship Code means that you understand and agree to demonstrate these behaviours at all times.