Cambridge Regional College (CRC) offers courses in a wide range of subjects from hair and beauty to media studies, as well as apprenticeship programmes.
It is one of the largest providers of full-time further education for 16 to 19 year-olds in the east of England with more than 4,000 full-time and 6,000 part-time students.
Over 80 per cent of full-time students are aged 16 to 18 years old; the remainder are mature students, studying on a range of Access to Higher Education and vocational programmes.
The programme and the learners
The learners are apprentices on diplomas in furniture making, carpentry and joinery. They come to college one day a week, spending the morning in the workshop and the afternoon in the classroom where they study their theory units online.
Background to the programme
Mike Worth, lecturer in construction at CRC has been interested for some time in finding out how technology can enhance both teaching and learning. What began in 2009 with some online resources has now developed into a fully online teaching course, though Mike is quick to point out that it is essential to have expert help within the classroom – this is not an opportunity to sit learners in front of a computer and work completely on their own.
The development of this programme has enabled the college to offer more flexible learning – learners can enrol at any time of the year. It has also meant that the college has been able to offer a wider range of courses because the apprentices from a number of wood trades have been able to learn together.
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