Back with a Bang is the message from the Isle of Wight College as it opens its doors to prospective students and their families for the first time in nearly 2 years.

The Isle of Wight College Open Day on Saturday (6th November) between 10:00-14:00 is an opportunity for visitors to tour the college campus in a COVID secure environment where they can talk to existing students, find out about the new T Level post-16 option, and get involved with various interactive activities around the site.

Students come to the college from all over the Island, attracted by the college’s exceptional facilities which can’t be found anywhere else on the Isle of Wight, including:

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  • Working motor vehicle repair shop
  • Hair salons
  • Beauty studios
  • Construction environments including plumbing, electrical, brickwork, boat building and carpentry & joinery.
  • Dedicated centre of excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine (CECAMM)
  • Imitation childcare environment
  • Exceptional art, design and media studios, I.T and materials
  • Dance and performing arts studio
  • Working animal care unit
  • Fully equipped gym and fitness facilities
  • On-site working horticulture department

The focus for this Open Day will be on the new T Levels qualification which is being delivered by the college from September 2022. The college is the exclusive provider of T Levels until at least 2024 and they are set to eventually replace every existing level 3 qualification (A-Level) for school leavers.

T Levels boast 80% classroom work and 20% real work, which means that on completion students can move onto University, start an apprenticeship or move straight into the workplace. For 2022, T Levels will be offered in:

  • Digital Production & Design OR Digital Support Services.
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Science
  • Early Years and Education (Childcare)

The open day is not only for students leaving school, there will also be opportunities to find out more about Apprenticeships, Adult Learning and Short Courses, amongst other things.

Ben Sheridan, Assistant Principal for Curriculum, says:

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“We are looking forward to welcoming Island residents back on Saturday. Visitors will have the opportunity to dive into areas, experience first-hand the exceptional quality of our various provisions and get excited about your future with us!

“Be sure to taste our catering student’s incredible dishes whilst enjoying the music provided by Platform One and please do pick up a goody bag on entry.”

Prospective students can also find out about the range of bursaries and financial assistance available as well as the college’s vast range of enrichment such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, subsidised international travel and use of on-site facilities such as the salons and college gym.

The event will be taking place with all necessary COVID safety measures in place and the college is trying to stagger entries to avoid crowding. You can help by booking your slot for the open day (although this is not essential) at

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