Loughborough College is a
college of Further Education in
Leicestershire, England established
in 1909. It is located opposite Loughborough
University on Epinal Way, and adjacent to the Loughborough
University School of Art and Design, situated next to the main
entrance of the college. The RNIB College is located alongside on Radmoor Road.
The College, which has celebrated its centenary with a number of
events in 2009, has 17 subject areas, split between academic
and full and part-time courses. Education is provided at the
further and higher education level, with GCSE
qualifications in English and Mathematics also available. Also
available are apprenticeships
variety of "access" courses aimed at those who seek educational
progression, but through "non-traditional" paths, and "foundation"
courses providing skills targeted at those starting work or
beginning to live independently.
There are approximately 8,000 students, split between 3,000 on
academic courses and the remainder (5,000) on vocational and other
courses. The College has an extensive campus, unusual amongst
British colleges as it provides Halls
on site, normally attributed only to Higher
Education level and above, and its students are members of the same
Union as those studying at the University and RNIB College.
Facilities provided on site include the new Radmoor Centre which
accommodates the Loughborough Sports Centre the new Futures
Restaurant and the Elite Hair Beauty and Complementary Therapies
salons. Recent additions also include a state-of-the-art Technology
Centre. The main college site also has a Student Union shop. Other
facilities (such as the Students Union building) are shared with
the nearby University campus, although a catered Students Union
Common Room is provided within the main college building.
Support services provided include support for students with
learning difficulties or disabilities, accommodation in a variety
of Halls of Residence, most with in-room network connections and
some with en-suite facilities, and a team of persons employed to
provide advice concerning student welfare, finance, etc, a student
liaison and enrichment team, counselling service and a day
There is an extensive Learning Resources Centre providing a range
of paper and electronic resources, and the college has significant
numbers of networked computers, and has invested heavily in
additional tools and equipment such as touch-screen presentation
white boards in lecture and practical teaching rooms.