“ Address: Stockport College, Town Centre Campus, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UQ „
I am in my second year at Stockport college and I am studying sports science. I have mixed feelings about the college and I'm aware that it does have a bad reputation. This is what I have experienced whilst studying there.
Range of courses- I will start with a good point. Stockport college has a wide range of vocational and academic courses, they do everything from entry level to A level and even offer some higher education courses. They do focus mainly on vocational qualifications and have a wide range of NVQ's available. I don't wish to sound snobby but I think some of the lower level courses attract a bad element and the college has a reputation of being full of chavs. It has become quite obvious that a lot of people are only there to get EMA (a small amount of money from the government usually 30 pounds a week), this means that lessons are regularly disrupted because people don't want to learn, there are also sometimes fights and a lot of general confrontation between pupils and pupils and staff.
Facilities- Stockport college is probably the biggest college in my area, they have hundreds of classrooms and computers. They also have good facilities for practical courses such as joinery and plumbing. The library is an adequate size and they have a large range of books, they also have a lot of computers in there however these are often very busy.
Teaching- This varies massively, I have had around six different teachers, a few were great and a few were useless. We had one particularly bad teacher and had to spend months complaining and not getting the grades we should have been before they were able to get rid of him. They also have a lot of student teachers that are supposed to teach along side the qualified teachers however they seem to just be left alone to teach us a lot and they are sometimes not the best.
Overall I think Stockport college is ok for vocational courses but if you wanted to do A levels I would go somewhere else.