College will be open as normal today. Please take care and allow extra time when making your journeys in to college today due to the icy conditions.
Over the past month, Education and Health students have been fundraising for Tameside 4 Good's Christmas Toy Appeal. Following sponsorship and a fancy dress charity day, students raised over £1000 worth of toys for the charity.
Back in November, dancers and performers from across Tameside gathered at Ashton Sixth Form College for 'Lest We Forget'. The event raised over £600 for Tameside Armed Services Community. A-Level Dancers presented the cheque to TASC.
Performing Arts students went to Manchester Central for the day to attend UCAS' new flagship event, Create Your Future. The event brought together a wide range of universities, performance schools, apprenticeship providers and more from creative, media, or performance-related subjects.
Students on the XL programme at Ashton Sixth Form College recently had the opportunity to meet with visitors from Oxford University. They led a session on 'Applying to Oxford or Cambridge' where students learned more about the application process to both Oxford and Cambridge University. The college formed a partnership with Pembroke College, Oxford in 2013 as the North West Theology and Religious Studies Centre.
Alumni Jordan Lennie took some time out to visit his former Performing Arts department at Ashton Sixth Form College recently to run a contemporary dance workshop, helping them to develop their technique. Jordan Lennie studied Dance, Drama and Law during his time at Ashton Sixth Form College in 2010, achieving AAA. Following his studies at the college, Jordan progressed to the world renowned Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
The British Film Institute recently visited Digital Technology and Multimedia students at Ashton Sixth Form College. Students had the opportunity to take part in an industry workshop and learn more about the opportunities available to them.
North West Principals urge Chancellor to boost funding for all sixth form students, not just those studying maths. The Principals of the 21 Sixth Form Colleges in the North West of England have urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to boost funding for all sixth form students, not just those studying maths. Under plans unveiled in last week’s Budget, schools and colleges will receive an extra £600 per student – but only for each additional student that decides to study A level Maths, Further Maths or a Core Maths qualification. The plans have been criticised by the Institute for Fiscal Studies as unnecessarily complicated and “unlikely to increase the numbers of pupils taking maths”.
This year, the Realising Aspirations launch saw over 300 students enrol on the programme. The flagship university preparation programme prepares students for life after college, by allowing them to try out university through seminars, lectures and visits.
Psychology students recently took part in Brain Day 2017 with Dr. Guy Sutton. The lecture focussed on Biopsychology and Schizophrenia, allowing students to learn more about the research and developments happening in wider Psychology right now. Dr Guy Sutton is the director of Medical Biology Interactive and honorary Lecturer at the University of Nottingham Medical School.
Computer Science students recently took part in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge 2017. The challenge develops computational thinking. It aims to allow students to develop and explore their skills in problem-solving, thinking and initiative. Students will also be able to discover the techniques required for those wishing to progress on to successful careers in software engineering.
Education and Health students fundraise annually for a range of charities across the area, and this year they are raising money for local charity Tameside Toy Appeal. Students have already collected over £800 in sponsorship and have been fundraising around college dressed as Disney "heroes and villains".