Student numbers rise by nearly 15% at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
3:01pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
SOUTH Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) has seen its student population rise by nearly 15 per cent over the last year.
The college, which was formed following the merger of Stroud and Filton colleges in 2012, has seen full-time student numbers increase from 3500 to nearly 4000, exceeding its target by nearly five per cent.
This is despite a drop in the proportion of 16 to 18 years old applying for courses.
This surge is partly due to new provision in performing arts and for GCSEs at the Stroud Campus, according to staff.
Kevin Hamblin, principal and chief executive at the college, said: “It is obvious that young people want to access high quality vocational provision in a college environment.
"I am absolutely thrilled that we are engaging so many young people and making a positive impact on their lives. The growth in students, together with increased success rates, reflects our focus on ensuring all students choosing to study at SGS will be provided with the best advice and guidance possible to identify the right courses for them.”
The student population is expected to grow even further as the SGS continues recruiting for an array of part-time courses and employment preparation programmes.
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