Welcome to our Student Takeover!

From discussing subjects, to the support our students receive to help them navigate their way through their years at college, we hope this page gives you a taste of student life at Bracknell and Wokingham College.

Covid update - no campus visits at Bracknell and Wokingham College

Due to sustained high levels in Delta variant cases in the Berkshire area, local authorities have advised us to take additional precautions on campus to keep everyone safe.

 

This, unfortunately, means no external visitors will be allowed on campus, therefore our new student welcome days will now be held virtually.

The campus

Check out our virtual tour to see what the campus is like.

Life at college

We know that coming to college can be a big step, especially in these uncertain times.

That's why we think that hearing what other students have to say about their college experience is better than anything we could try and tell you.

Jaivani had a bigger change than most students joining us, he's got some useful tips for those of you starting in September.

There are more students just waiting to share their experiences with you below.

Sophie originally came to Bracknell and Wokingham College to study Beauty Therapy. After finishing studying beauty therapy, she decided to study hairdressing at the college.

While she was studying beauty therapy, Sophie did some work experience at a beauty salon in Crowthorne, after which she managed to secure a part-time job. Sophie has combined this job with a hairdressing programme at Bracknell and Wokingham College and a second part-time job on high street beauty counter.

“The tutors are really supportive and try to help you as much as they can to get all the skills you need pass all of your exams. And the facilities are great. For the Hair side you’ve got all the hairdryers, straighteners, everything and then we get clients in so you’re actually practically doing the learning, actually doing it rather than sitting in a classroom being told how to do it and the same with beauty like they’ve got all the products, the routines and everything for us to go through and learn and then also get clients in to practise it.

“You’re actually doing it and physically learning how to do it rather than shown a video clip about it. The tutors show you exactly how to do it on people or a mannequin, so you can actually put it into practice.

Sophie also did some work experience at a hair salon while studying hairdressing, “my work experience helped me to see an insight of how it all ran and what salon life was like and how busy it was.”

Sophie has enjoyed her time at college, “I’ve become a lot more independent. My skills have progressed a lot. I’ve made a lot of new friends.”

And her advice for others who are thinking about coming to Bracknell and Wokingham College is: “I’d recommend it if they were interested in hair and beauty or any of the courses, but you’ve got to be interested in it and not just doing it for the sake of it.”

Sophie currently has a part-time job at Body Image Beauty Salon in Crowthorne, where she would like to continue working in once she has finished studying. She would like to progress in her skills in beauty therapy and perhaps set-up her own business in the future.

Student enrichment at Activate Learning Colleges

Watch as one of our Heads of Campus, Charlotte Morgan, explores the various extra-curricular activities you can get involved in at college, as well as how you can feed back your experiences at college.  

Learning Support at Activate Learning Colleges

Our Learning Support team here at Activate Learning delves into extra support you can receive when coming to college, and how to access the service when applying to college

Support for students

If you're worried about starting college and want reassurance of who is around for support, watch the interview below with our Head of Student Support, Leanne Hicks. Leanne will explore the help given to those who are concerned about their mental health and wellbeing at college, as this is an incredibly important subject to address when thinking about starting.

Leanne Hicks explains all the support we offer students.

Countdown to college

This video explains what to expect and key events between now and September, if you’ve applied or are thinking of applying to college.

It's not too late to get your application in for September!

If you haven't applied to college yet and want to join us in September, it is time to get your application in! Our main applications close at the end of July and we still have spaces remaining on courses! Find out more on our How to Apply page or contact us for if you have any questions.

Already applied?

If you have already applied to the college, you will soon be invited to our virtual new student welcome days, due to take place between 5–9 July.

 

Due to sustained high levels in Delta variant cases in the Berkshire area, local authorities have advised us to take additional precautions on campus to keep everyone safe. This, unfortunately, means no external visitors will be allowed on campus, therefore our new student welcome days will now be held virtually.

 

 

Keep an eye out for your invite via email!

We look forward to meeting you soon!