OUTSTANDING STUDENT EXPERIENCE
With fantastic modern facilities and a focus on preparing our students for work, Aylesbury College is the place to be. There is a wide range of courses available and we’re sure that there is something that is just right for you.
But choosing your course is just the start. Everyone at Aylesbury College is focused on delivering an outstanding experience for all our students. We have a strong and vibrant structure for student representation and we work closely with students to deliver a wide range of activities and experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
Student Voice – The College Council and student representative system
At Aylesbury College we want to hear the views and opinions of our students and work in partnership to drive continuous improvement in the College; so we place great importance on our student representative structure. Representation begins at tutor group level – each group votes for representatives who will attend regular Curriculum Council meetings – where they meet with department heads and discuss issues and concerns around their subject areas. Each of the six Curriculum Councils elects members of the College Council which meets five times a year and focuses on important cross-College issues and driving ‘3 Big Ideas’ for the year. The College Council is chaired by a member of the Directorate and both Curriculum and College Councils run a ‘You Say We Do’ process which is closely monitored for updates and progress on issues raised.
We issue all of our student reps with a handbook explaining their role and this year, for the first time, we offered all our representatives in-depth training on how to be effective in their roles – delivered by Bucks New University.
This year’s 3 Big Ideas – Fundraising for the Aylesbury College Trust, arranging more extra-curricular activities and clubs, organising and end-of-year student prom - are being driven forward successfully by the Student President and members of the College Council.
The College has a paid Student President who works with staff and students to help ensure that the student voice is heard. The Student President acts as a conduit between the College staff and students and spends time in curriculum council meetings as well as managing the activities of the College Council. The Student President is also responsible for seeking out student views through a variety of activities such as informal surveys and our popular ‘sticky note sessions’ where students can give their views on a range of topics.
Communicating with Students
The ‘formal’ feedback routes are through the Curriculum and College Councils and the ‘You Say We Do’ process. In addition there are many other channels through which students can make their views known – sticky note sessions, the suggestion box, Cloud and our independent third-party organisation The Wow Awards.
We have a dedicated Student Experience Co-ordinator whose role is to liaise with schools and also to enhance the student experience within College by running events and information sessions on a wide variety of topics. This year we have run a successful Careers Fair, a Higher Education Fair and a whole host of other events such as Barclays Money Skills Week, the sexual health road show and anti-bullying week – to name but a few. Much of this activity is centred on our key priority of preparing our students for work. We also provide information on a range of topics to students through regular tutorial sessions.
We encourage all students to act as Student Ambassadors for the College and help out at Open Days and other College events.
We provide lots of support to our students – whether it is providing learning support inside and outside the classroom, advice and help with funding, dealing with safeguarding issues, providing careers guidance or just a friendly face for a chat. For more details of our services to students please see the useful links on the left of this page.
There’s lots of information on our website to help you make your choice – take a look at the links to the left and below.
We hope to welcome you to Aylesbury College soon.
What Our Students Say
What do you like about your College?
- That every day I come here I learn something different
- Friendly and supportive staff Treated like an adult
- That I get treated like an adult and it doesn’t feel like it’s just another higher education school
- The new design of the college. Looks more professional and makes you feel more professional
- The staff and students are friendly and make a happy learning environment
- The environment
- It’s a clean building with good facilities
- Everyone is very friendly and welcoming
- The facilities are brilliant in comparison to sixth form students who are on the same sort of courses as we are
- I enjoy my course and like how new the college looks and feels
- I am given feedback that helps me to improve my lessons
- Training sessions are well taught
- It’s a better atmosphere compared to school
- The support you get from Teachers
- It gives me the opportunity to have a better future
- The staff are good and it is generally kept in a good maintained position
- I like making friends and learning something which is relevant to what I want to do when I start applying for a job
- I like being in a working environment
- Tutors are easy to talk to when you have a problem or a question and I enjoy the course that I’m on
- Everyone is friendly and welcoming
- The teaching is fantastic
- We all get treated equally and it helps you in your next steps
- The additional support provided to students who struggle in a certain area or subject
- It is very organised