RACC provides a centre of learning where students can extend existing skills and acquire new ones. With student success rates at 82%, the key to the College’s recent growth and success has been its ability to adapt to the challenges of constantly changing social and economic trends as well as responding to major changes in Government Policy on adult funding.
RACC is dedicated to providing the resources that enable adults to unlock their talent and fulfil their potential through learning, skills and enterprise. To achieve this objective, the College is committed to six fundamental principles:
• To provide further education to develop pathways needed to progress to higher education
• To provide adult learning to stimulate self fulfilment and personal development
• To provide basic skills and pre-vocational training to aid in gaining employment
• To develop workplace based, vocational training for those seeking to upgrade their qualifications or who require training to help them change their career path or become self employed.
• To provide outreach programmes enabling progression to community life and/or employment
• To develop work and life skills training for adults with learning disabilities
Ethos and ambience
The environment at RACC is conducive to relaxed but self-disciplined study where adult conduct is expected. The College is vigilant in ensuring that the College is a safe and secure environment for learning.
RACC seeks to provide and update facilities to ensure a flexible and environmentally friendly learning environment. The College has recently been remodelled in order to provide suitable teaching areas for the needs of the changing curriculum. The Twickenham site had a major refurbishment in preparation for the new capital development. The plan is to refurbish the existing Edwardian building and to build a new courtyard style annexe to replace the existing poor quality smaller buildings. The new facilities will allow the College to provide opportunities for learners with low skills and in particular for learners with learning difficulties or with disabilities.
RACC actively promotes sustainability and eco-friendly practices and has worked with the Carbon Trust to reduce its carbon footprint. The heating systems have been up-dated at the Parkshot site and the Clifden new build will achieve BREEAM Excellent rating and will incorporate recycling and sustainable energy strategies.
The College was featured as a green transport user by the Association of Colleges with the use of its SMART cars to visit employers’ premises as part of its drive to reduce private car usage. RACC also promotes the use of College bicycles for staff travelling between sites and is currently working on a policy to further reduce travel to work by car.
What we offer
The College offers approximately 1900 courses in 14 (out of 15) of the Sector Subject Areas that define the further education sector. These courses, range in level from basic skills to postgraduate. In addition the College offers a programme of events, exhibitions, performances and leisure activities – less