Somerset College – a regional FE and HE provider
We support Somerset College with its communications to students, staff, prospective applicants, parents and the media. The Writing Hut has worked closely with the College’s marketing team and Director of Marketing since 2013, drawing especially on Tim’s expertise and experience in the education sector.
We’ve worked on prospectuses, business plans, websites, information booklets, Quality Assurance documents and press releases, as well as providing training in copywriting, press-release writing and media engagement.
The client says
“I have been delighted with the service received from The Writing Hut. Tim works quickly and accurately to deliver the work required, from general copy to more substantial documents. He always gets the tone of voice right depending on the target audience.
Tim has also delivered writing workshops for the marketing team. These were very well received, resulting in enhanced writing skills and a greater level of confidence to work collaboratively on content and copy generation.”
Anthea Kerslake, Director of Marketing, Planning and Development – Somerset College
From the Somerset College FE Prospectus
Too much work and no play makes for a dull time, right? So here at Somerset College, we want you to experience life in all its rich variety.
That means laying on a variety of extra-curricular activities, and providing all the support you need throughout your education. After all, you only have one shot at being young, so it’s worth making the most of it.
Clubs and societies
Want to brush up on your basketball or correct your Karate chops? Why not perfect the piano, or get saucy with some salsa? You could become a diva in the drama studio, or maybe an expert in exercise.
Whatever you’re into, Somerset College is into it too. And that means there are plenty of clubs and societies where you can get together with like-minded people who want to pursue the activity that makes you tick.
There’s everything from a college knitting circle to a judo club, with things like singing, running, football and outdoor pursuits all thrown in for good measure. We even have a driving theory club, run by a qualified instructor, to help you get ready for that all-important driving test.
For those who want to grow a little, we offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, and the National Citizen Service programme. There’s ample opportunity to represent the college on the sports field, too, if that’s your thing.
As well as joining groups, there are a load of events designed to help you enjoy life to the full. So whether you play your part in World Aids Day or Mental Health Awareness Day, or get involved in the Staying Safe or Being Healthy theme weeks, there’s no shortage of ways to enhance your CV, and make a contribution to the wellbeing of others.
Some of the best times you’ll have at college are when you’re… away from college. Strange but true, and sometimes you won’t recognise the significance of a trip until it’s long in the past.
Somerset College students certainly get about. They’ve been to motor shows, fashion events, paintballing sessions and music concerts. There’s even the occasional trip to the Houses of Parliament.
For those who want a breath of fresh air, there’s abseiling and team building with the Army youth team, while culture vultures have the chance to visit galleries and shows to their heart’s content. In the last year alone, our art students have been to New York, Amsterdam, Paris and London.
When it comes to getting away from it all, therefore, Somerset College makes things straightforward for students. The only thing you need to remember is coming back to college at the end of your adventures, to tell everyone about the fun you’ve had.
Student Common Room
When the time comes to catch up with your peers over a cup of something warm, the Student Common Room is the ideal place to meet. It offers a good selection of drinks, snacks and activities.
You can sip at a smoothie while shooting some pool, or chill out on the comfy leather sofas while putting the world to rights with your friends. There is even a Wii Console to help you while away the free periods by visiting the virtual world.
Even better, the Common Room is located right by the Students’ Union Office, meaning you can simply knock on the door to air any concerns. And, if you want to find out about enrichment opportunities, the Student Liaison Officer is on hand throughout the day to fill you in.
Somerset College Students’ Union (SCSU)
The Union is about more than just managing your social life. It’s also about helping everyone make the most of their time at Somerset College, and building a sense of community here.
If you have an idea for an activity or event that will enhance our common life, the Students’ Union will help make it happen. If you want to suggest ways of improving the campus facilities, or set up a fundraising activity, the Union is your first point of contact.
Everyone has a part to play in our life together at Somerset College. The Students’ Union is there to ensure we all step up to the plate, and help create an environment where everyone feels at home.
That’s not to say it’s all about worthy ambitions, however. The Union organises parties throughout the year, as well as the legendary Christmas Ball and the Graduation celebration. So whether it’s work or play, the Union is the centre of student life.
Student Executive Committee
Every organisation needs a group of people who are prepared to take responsibility for its wellbeing. The Student Executive Committee is Somerset College’s way of ensuring this happens, and brings the learner’s voice to bear on all of our activities.
With a variety of representatives, including a Finance Officer and Welfare Office, the ‘Exec’ is there to help us help you. Thanks to its work, we can be sure this college is a happy, productive and caring environment for everyone who spends time here.
If you feel as if your opinions don’t count, then allow us to correct you. At Somerset College, we’re committed to listening attentively to what our students say. That way, we can make decisions about the learning environment that are informed by the views of the most important people of all: the end users.
Get involved as a Programme Representative, then, and you can make a difference to the whole culture of the college. And even if that’s not for you, be assured that your voice matters, and we’re eager to hear it.
We’re proud of the fact that our students love coming to Somerset College, and want to give them every opportunity to spread the word. So we provide you with the chance to become a Student Ambassador and help out at college events.
Ambassadors welcome guests, lend a hand at events like awards ceremonies and information evenings, and sometimes get involved in the selection of new staff.
In exchange for their efforts, Student Ambassadors receive free training, a great addition to their CV, and an opportunity to make new friends. As if that’s not enough, they also get paid.
There’s no need to feel isolated when you study at Somerset College. We match every student to a personal tutor, who takes responsibility for their learning and development during their time with us.
Personal tutors meet students either individually or in small groups to review progress, signpost further learning opportunities and identify areas for more work. They’re a valuable part of college life, and many students form lasting connections with the people who steer them through their studies.
Doing well isn’t just about being successful in your studies. It’s not even about having an active social life, or excelling in your chosen hobbies. To really thrive, you need to live a healthy life, and at Somerset College we do all we can to help make that happen.
All of the food we sell on campus has been sourced locally, and prepared with health and wellbeing in mind. Every catering outlet offers plenty of choice for the healthy eater, and we educate students about the merits of eating well. It’s not about preaching, or being ‘sensible’. It’s about ensuring you’re in the best possible health to enjoy your success.
For new students, the key to enjoying all the opportunities on offer at college is attendance at the annual Freshers’ Fair. This is held at the start of the first term, and provides a great opportunity to meet new people and sign up for the activities that fire your enthusiasm.
Everything goes on at a typical Somerset College Freshers’ Fair, from circus skills workshops to street dancers. Come along to get a taste of the richness of college life… you certainly won’t be disappointed!
Every year, we hold an awards ceremony to congratulate our students on all their achievements. It’s a great opportunity to pull on your glad rags and invite friends and family along to see what you get up to in college.
There are awards in a variety of categories, including Best Apprentice, Best Student, Outstanding Attendance and Contribution to College Life. It’s rather like the Oscars – with a bit less Botox!
Equality and Diversity
Whatever your background, and whatever you need from us to support your studies, Somerset College will help you make the most of your time here. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of equality and diversity, and do all we can to support a broad mix of students.
Contact us to find out more about the ways we can help. And of this be certain: everyone has a place here, and everyone is welcome.