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Benefits of Merger


South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College have today (31 March 2017) merged to create a new FE College for Cheshire.

This is an exciting opportunity for our 11,000 students and 1,300 Apprentices to access high quality teaching and learning.

Our expert teaching staff, industry-standard facilities and work with employers will ensure that even more students will have the very best chance

of career success, including opportunities to progress onto higher level Apprenticeships and degree courses.

We will retain the existing brands of South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College at our campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

To read a copy of the press release please click here

For students the merger will:

• widen the range of learning provision and options

• improve access to high quality resources and technologies, as well as further investment in new learning environments

• ensure progression to higher education and employment for all learners through our close links with universities and employers

• give access to expert teaching staff, industry-standard facilities, plus exceptional learner support

• make you part of a large student network with 4,200 full-time 16-18 year old students, 900 adults, 800 international students, 1,300 Apprentices and 400 HE students

There will be no change to the curriculum offer and you will not need to travel between campuses. Interested in studying at South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College? Please click on your chosen campus to submit you application:



For employers the merger will:

• offer you excellent education provision which will help local businesses fill their skills gaps – ensuring our economies continue to grow and thrive

• enhance our existing employer links through the development of an effective employer engagement network that identifies and responds effectively to the training needs of employers and supports the regional economy

• respond to the new apprenticeship standards and employer levy by offering a broader range of apprenticeships and training opportunities

• provide learning relevant to your needs by responding to regional priorities and supporting economic and social development by working with the LEP, Chambers of Commerce and local business

• offer opportunities to develop bespoke training and skills development

For communities the merger will:

• offer more high quality learning opportunities for local people

• increase community resources for learning and development through rationalised and improved community-based campuses

• increase the College’s capacity to work with local organisations

• ensure the College’s responsiveness to the Government’s policies, initiatives, remits and targets so that learners are able to gain the necessary skills and qualifications and contribute positively to the economy of the region

The newly formed College will:

1. provide consistently high quality provision and exceptional student support across the College. Our students will develop essential skills required by employers and higher education

2. provide a comprehensive range of qualifications and apprenticeships that reflect the needs of our students, employers and communities

3. be a financially strong College that will invest in new learning environments and technologies

4. work closely with schools, key universities, and other colleges to ensure there is effective progression to higher education and employment for all students

5. act with integrity throughout any period of change ensuring all staff are treated honestly, fairly and with respect. Any changes to terms and conditions will be implemented following full and effective consultation


6. be a good employer providing opportunities for staff to develop fulfilling careers within an environment which respects people and seeks to ensure that individuals have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and feel a sense of pride and ownership in the College

7. ensure the College is a vital part of the life and future of the County of Cheshire and will work with stakeholders to ensure that we are an essential agent in realising the hopes, aspirations and potential of the County and its people

8. create a College with a strong national and regional reputation whilst maintaining our local identities and accountability

9. work in close partnership with Local Authorities to secure equality of access to provision for all students

10. work with the Local Enterprise Partnership, Chambers of Commerce and employers to provide learning relevant to their needs, with the aim of supporting economic and social development in the region


In partnership with The University of Oxford.