Be who you want to be at Barnet and Southgate College
Why are we different?
We link the majority of our 1,500 courses to a specific career or academic route; we want to help each student achieve their goals, whether that’s getting the right job or going onto higher education. We keep a close eye on the jobs market across all industry sectors from catering to construction to business management, creative arts, IT, automotive technologies, sport, hairdressing, beauty, health and social care. Armed with this industry information, we shape our curriculum so that all courses are in line with what employers currently need.
The College is renowned for its broad range of courses and the high quality of its teaching. With full and part time courses in: A Levels, foundation degrees, professional qualifications, vocational studies, work skills training and education for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Due to our excellent contacts our wide range of academic and vocational training is directly linked to local employers and regional industry demand.
We’re one of the largest colleges in North London with over 14,000 students and we’re a prolific member of CollabGroup : an organisation that represents 27 of the largest, most successful and influential further education colleges in England. We deliver more than 20 subject areas across three main campuses at: Wood Street (High Barnet), Southgate and Colindale . Being part of a large and vibrant College community benefits students as they prepare for the workplace or university.
The diverse environment offers an excellent opportunity to meet a broader horizon of people and a larger College also brings with it bigger and better facilities, with state-of-the-art campuses, including our brand new brand new five storey building close to Colindale tube station. The Colindale Skills Centre replaced the former Grahame Park campus and includes a construction technology centre, the Wella Centre of Excellence training hair salon and the beauty skills centre; both of which are open to the public.
In fact, we’re recognised for some of the best facilities in the UK including: the hi-tech £50 million campus at Wood Street, automotive, construction and electrical workshops, a mechatronics centre and industry standard science laboratories. As well as three specialist training centres: SCBP automotive, a state of the art Learning Disability Centre (LDC) - at the Southgate Campus and our Catering and Hospitality Centre of excellence; Hospitality House in East Finchley.
The A Level department based at the Wood St Campus is the second largest provider in the Barnet and Enfield area. Many of our A level students go onto Russell Group universities across the UK and the resounding message from them is that they achieve great results due to the excellent teaching and the fact that they’re given the opportunity to work independently and they feel empowered to work hard to achieve their goals; college acts as the perfect stepping stone to university or the workplace.
Employability and enterprise is at the core of what the College is all about and as part of this we seek out relevant partnerships and work with organisations such as the Peter Jones Academy . We’re also proud to be the only college in Greater London in partnership with REED NCFE hosting the Employment Zone directly on campus at Wood St. The service offers students direct access to local jobs and tailored training for these positions; REED NCFE works with students to help them become three times more likely to be interviewed, recruited, and promoted.
The College also offers a broad range of student support services such as mentors, counsellors, work experience co-ordinators and careers advisors working closely with Careers Coach, matching courses to careers. These services are accredited by Matrix an external standard that recognises quality in advice and support services. We also offer specialised courses designed to get people back into work.
Everything that the College does revolves around the needs of employers and the employment prospects of students. College courses and the businesses they serve are so closely matched that we see them as two sides of the same coin. Work placements and industry experience are integral to most courses across all departments and it’s this vital experience that gives our students the competitive edge when looking for a job, or securing a place at their chosen University, or having the inspiration to re-train at College for a new career.
Whoever you choose to be, we can help you match the right course to the right career.