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Information about A Level results day…

A Level Results 2015-26

We’re pleased to invite our A Level students to celebrate the release of their examination results on 18th August. It will be an opportunity for everyone to meet up for one final time before leaving for university / employment.

AS and A2 results will be released on Thursday 18th August, at 9am.

Both will be available for collection from 9am in Loxtons refectory at the Weston College University Campus, Loxton Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4QU.

Please remember to bring your student ID card.

If you are unable to collect your results at this time then you can arrange for a family member or friend to collect them. They must bring the following with them:

  • YOUR student ID card
  • A signed letter from you stating that you give permission for them to collect your results (e.g: “I, John Smith, give permission for Joe Bloggs to collect my AS results on Thursday 18th August 2016…” *Remember to sign it!)
  • Their own form of ID (driving licence, passport, birth certificate etc

Any results not collected by 2.30pm will be posted out to your home address via first class.

Please note, no results will be given out by telephone or email and nor will a member of staff be able to inform you of your results if you arrive after 2.30pm once your results have ben posted.

Members of the examinations and teaching team will be available to deal with your queries at university campus throughout the day. The progression team and tutors will also be available to offer support and advice.

If you have any questions about these arrangements, please contact us on 01934 411477.

School commended for work promoting employability

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has been awarded the Employability Chartermark as recognition of its commitment to work-readiness in young people.

The Weston-super-Mare school has been awarded the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s Employability Chartermark. The award is given to education institutions and businesses in recognition of their commitment to, investment in, and delivery of work-readiness in young people.

NSETC works with multiple employers, businesses and higher education institutions to help ensure its students are prepared for the workplace.

Principal, Darran George, said: “At NSETC we recognise the importance of engaging with employers. Every student studying a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject will receive support from a STEM employer through their day-to-day lessons and also our extensive employer engagement programme.

“This has a direct impact in the development of our students’ employability skills, their confidence to apply to either university or employment, and their long-term career aspirations.”

The charter mark provides recognition for NSETC’s commitment to employability and brings with it the opportunities to work closely with more employers.

NSETC’s Business Development Coordinator, Emma Cox, said:  “This award is a fantastic achievement, we work very hard to give our students access to the most inspirational local and national employers.  We value every business partner that works with NSETC and the impact it has to raise aspirations for our students.”

The Employability Chartermark Assessment Report says: “This is a significant achievement and reflects the level of priority NSETC places on ensuring its students are exposed to a wide range of further and higher education and employment options, and supported to build a platform of knowledge that will enable them to achieve their employability potential.”

NSETC is due to move into a new, multi-million pound campus in Weston-super-Mare’s Junction 21 Enterprise Area in September, where it will be well-placed to continue its work with local and national businesses.

The report says: “The impending move to state-of-the-art facilities on a new site affords considerable opportunities for NSETC to build on its success.”

Getting to the new NSETC campus by bus…

From September 2016 the new NSETC campus will be located at:

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College
Weston College Academy,
Beaufighter Road,
BS24 8EE

Students from Worle / Milton / Locking area:

  • Take the red route number 7 or blue route number 3 to town centre then change to the green route 126 to the NSETC bus stop on Somerset Avenue.
  • Take the red 7 to Baytree Road cross over to the Borough Arms and catch the green 126 to NSETC bus stop on Somerset Avenue.
  • Take the red 7 to Baytree Road then walk to school via the underpass.

Students from town centre area:

  • Take the green 126 to school bus stop on Somerset Avenue.

Students from Wrington, Sandford, Winscombe, Banwell area:

  • Take the A2 to school bus stop Beaufighter Road.

Students from Cleavedon, Portishead area:

  • Take the X5 to Worle Homebase and then take the red route number 7 or blue route number 3 to town centre then change to the green route 126 to the NSETC bus stop on Somerset Avenue.

Students from Bridgwater, Highbridge, Burnham on Sea area:

  • Take the orange 20 to town centre Regent Street. Connecting transport solution for students from this geographical area to be confirmed.

Click here to download our Bus Routes map

You can also use to look up bus routes and timetables.

Buckingham Palace visit for NSETC’s Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College has received recognition for its work running the Duke of Edinburgh Award at an event at Buckingham Palace.

A celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the DofE Award took place at Buckingham Palace on Monday 16th May.

The DofE programme recognises young people for completing a series of self-improvement exercises including volunteering programmes and expeditions.

More than 1,000 young people were presented with their DofE awards at the event, from celebrities including Ben Cohen, Ronan Keating and Anna Friel alongside Prince Phillip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

NSETC Sciences Teacher and DofE coordinator, Ruth Sherrard, attended the celebration to collect a DofE plaque for the Weston-super-Mare school, which is currently based in Locking Road.

Miss Sherrard said: “The South West group were lucky enough to have Prince Philip as our Royal VIP. He was very interested in where the students had been for their expeditions and also asked teachers if organising it all took a lot of time.

“Our celebrity was Naga Munchetty from BBC Breakfast who talked to the group about getting into journalism, her favourite interviewees and what her first question would be to Donald Trump – which turned out to be about his hair.

“The weather was beautiful and we received a plaque for the school for running the DofE programme.”

NSETC - Ruth Sherrard with Naga Muchetty from BBC Breakfast

NSETC students win Young Enterprise area final

A group of students from North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) have been crowned the overall winners at the Young Enterprise West of England area final.

The year 12 students won best Company Programme for their business, Growtopia, and will now go on to compete in the South West Regional Final on 15th June 2016 at RNLI in Dorset.

The awards evening, held on Thursday 5th May at Kingsweston House, was a culmination of a year in business for eight groups of students from schools across the West of England who have taken part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme for the 2015/16 academic year.

A panel of judges marked all eight businesses over the course of the evening by viewing trade stands and presentations delivered by the students.

NSETC students entered the Young Enterprise programme in September 2015 and launched their business, Growtopia, which produces educational books for young children. As part of the programme the students have attended various trade shows to promote and sell their product and used any profit to further grow the business.

Ruth Davies, Head of Year 12 at NSETC and the Centre Lead for Growtopia, said: “I am honoured to have work with such an inspiring bunch of young people, you couldn’t ask for better representatives for your school.

“This group have worked tirelessly from September on this project and they have reaped the reward. Young Enterprise is a great opportunity for students to develop not just enterprise skills but important life skills.”

Rob Carter, Chair of the Young Enterprise West of England Board said: “With standards this year higher than ever, Growtopia deservedly finished victorious with a powerful mixture of innovation, compassion, fun and great teamwork. Really well done.”
Source: NSETC

Boxed science session for students

STUDENTS at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) got to experience life in a lab as part of a session held by the University of the West of England (UWE).

Level 3 Health and Social Care students had a morning talk from UWE’s recruitment and outreach team about careers and university life on Tuesday 3rd May.

In the afternoon they took part in a lab session, called BoxED, where they were taught how to test urine samples for protein and glucose.

BoxED aims to encourage more students to consider specialising in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) when applying for further and higher education courses.

NSETC’s Health and Social Care teacher, Rebecca Snell, said: “Students enjoyed the talk on university life and the session is something completely different for these guys.

“Most of the students are hoping to be nurses, midwives or allied health professionals and don’t have any experience with lab work.

“During the session they got to test urine for various things, which showed them the connection between healthcare and what happens in a lab.”

Health and Social Care student, Hannah Worgan, 16, took part, and said: “It was really useful to hear about university life and the session let us see what it would be like doing other courses within the health sector.”

Enterprise day held at North Somerset primary school

SCHOOLCHILDREN from one North Somerset primary school pitched their ideas for their very own Roman museum in a Dragons Den-style event.

Winscombe Primary School, in Moorham Road, welcomed staff from North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) and Weston Museum as part of an Enterprise Day on Thursday 5th May.

NSETC’s Business Development Coordinator Emma Cox said: “Year 3 have been studying Romans in their curriculum and they were asked to create their own Roman museum as part of an enterprise day.

“They spent the morning discussing ideas and at the end of the day they pitched their Roman museum idea to a panel of dragons.

“We have been lucky to have Katherine Bell from Weston Museum join us, she has brought in all kinds of Roman artefacts and spoken to the children about what it’s like running a museum.”


Retail giants team up with Weston-super-Mare school

STUDENTS from Weston-super-Mare got hands-on visual merchandising experience as part of their business studies course.

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) teamed up with Cabot Circus and House of Fraser in Bristol to deliver the school’s Level 3 Business Studies visual merchandising unit.

Cabot Circus’ manager Jason Strange gave students an overview of what goes into running a large retail complex like Cabot Circus and the school students were also given a talk from House of Fraser’s visual merchandising team.

Staff from House of Fraser then put together a brief to students and they had to design their own window display.

NSETC’s Business Development Manager Emma Cox said: “One team had a holiday checklist theme, with all the clothes you would need in your suitcase. They chose the 1950s trend, as this style of fashion is set to boom in the summer. Our second group surrounded their design around a set of car keys and the bomber jacket.

“The judging panel from House of Fraser felt the first team were more creative, but the second were more business-minded – putting high-value items on display such as sunglasses and watches.”

Harley Kent was one of the students who took part, and said: “It was eye opening to see how much work can go into the creation of an in-store display.”

Another student on the course, Melissa Sturman, added: “It was great to get the opportunity to work outside of the classroom and see how what we’ve learned actually works in real life.”

The students were assessed during their pitches as part of the course. Mrs Cox said: “This is a great example of a company investing time in our students. It was part of their BTEC assessment and now they are all going back to do work experience either at Cabot Circus or at House of Fraser.”

Science in a suitcase at NSETC

STUDENTS were wowed by science as part of an “inspiring” session held at North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) in Weston-super-Mare.

The school’s Year 12 A Level Chemistry students were visited by Bristol ChemLabS – University of Bristol’s outreach team – who put on a ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ session on Friday 1st April.

Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation. During the session students experienced talks and practical sessions on UV/visible and infra-red spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry.

The school’s Assistant Principal, Dan Robinson, said: “Students were able to get hands-on to analyse some chemical compounds and interpret various spectra.

“It is important for students to be able to apply the information they learn about in class to what actually happens in labs at university and in industry.

“While it can sometimes be difficult to conceptualise bonds, molecules, and nuclei, with them being so small on a quantum level, students were able to see the effect these tiny particles have on tangible equipment and how that can be applied to the analysis of chemical compounds.”

The session had direct links with the A Level Chemistry course and 17-year-old student Marie Nji said: “It was very informative, and really interesting to see what they actually do in chemistry labs.”

Elizabeth Nicklen, 16, added: “I enjoyed the inspiring morning and am seriously considering a career within science.”

Bristol ChemLabS Spectroscopy

Source: NSETC

Students get a taste of life at Cambridge University

A GROUP of school students from Weston-super-Mare have experienced life at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

A total of 20 year 12 students from North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) visited Cambridge University on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th March.

NSETC’s Head of Year 12, Ruth Davies, took the students on the residential taster. She said: “They stayed in student accommodation at Trinity Hall and received tours by current Cambridge students.

“They also attended a taster lecture from Dr Andrew Murray from the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, on ‘Life at the Limits: The Physiology of Extremes’.”

Students were also given advice and guidance on writing personal statements and general Oxbridge applications.

Ellie Davey, 17, went on the visit, and said: “This trip helped me to understand potential opportunities for the future.”

Student Kaleb Tuck, 16, described it as “very informative” and Nabeel Uddin, 17, said it was “amazing to experience life as a university student.”

NSETC students visit Cambridge University (1) NSETC students visit Cambridge University (2)

Source: NSETC