Specialist pathways are focussed on future careers or higher education opportunities. A pathway is made up of courses that allow any student the opportunity to achieve their goals and ambitions.
Hi, my name is Sujata.
I studied Travel and Tourism, level 3 from 2017-2019. I gained a vast amount of knowledge in the classroom as well as through placement opportunities, which were sourced for me by the College. I enjoyed meeting new people and the staff were friendly and supportive, always there to guide you along the way.
Sarah Moyse visited the college to give a career talk to our level 2 and 3 Travel and Tourism students about working as cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic, one of the UK's leading scheduled airlines.
Sarah had fascinating stories to tell the students about working on-board as cabin crew and gave an overview of the great benefits of working for Virgin Atlantic. A very engaging talk.
Travel and Tourism is a pathway full of opportunity and diversity. Study with us and you could find yourself planning and organising events, learning sea survival skills or even completing work experience with local tourism companies.
A big thanks to Megger UK for welcoming two more students from Dover Technical College for a weeks work experience.
Zack and Joe are enjoying this week finding out more about the company and their electrical test equipment.
Well done to the Eurotunnel apprentices for passing their first exam. It's great to see that they have settled in so well, both at college and in the workplace.
Access to Engineering student said 'I was excited to be in the workshop when I first started my course. The teachers have always supported me and I am now studying my Access course to progress on to study Architecture at university next year'.
Well done to Ed Topping for taking part in the Sparks Magazine apprentice of the year competition 2019.
Students had a great first day in their new subject area, getting involved in activities in the workshop and meeting their new class mates!
The Port of Dover attended our employer breakfast where they got to speak with our electrical students in their workshops about their studies.
We love our employer engagement and the opportunities it gives our students.
A big thanks to Barrets Accident Repair Centre, Canterbury for another successful year of Industry Work Placements for Automotive students including those taking part in the EKC Group T-Level Pilot Scheme.
A massive congratulations and well done to our Level 1 Progression Motor Vehicle students, who have already completed their Gateway award. These students have worked incredibly hard.
They were treated to a game of pool, giving their tutor a run for his money!
The Royal Marine Commandos popped in last week to show our Level 2 Motor Vehicle students what being a Marine really means, putting them through their paces with some personal training exercises.
Hairdressing students attended Salon International at the EXCEL in London. Our students learnt some great techniques, and after seeing so much inspiration and talent under one roof, they are raring to get back into the salon!
It’s colour time! The full time level 2's have done so well they are already practicing their colourIng techniques.
The students now offer a salon session every Monday afternoon which is great experience for them, getting them work ready for the future.
During Community Week the Early Years Level 2 students organised and held children's book sales in the community in aid of Home-Start Dover and Deal Branch.
The students raised over £70 and have taken the opportunity to look at how to promote literacy to young children.
My time at college has been really enjoyable and the campus has a lot to offer. College really opened my eyes to the job I want to do. In the future I hope to become the manager of the nursery they are building at the college! If you believe in yourself you can achieve what you want.
Our annual Christmas Bazaar was a huge success. All of our hairdressing students competed and showed off their fantastic creations. Friends and family enjoyed great stalls and mulled wine, and for the children we had face painting, a bookstall and a special visit from Santa. Thank you to our lovely judges and fabulous compare Rio from Revlon Professional.
My name is Daniel, I am now an engineering student at Kingston University. I completed Level 3 Motor Sport last year. When I first started I couldn’t speak English very well but the staff supported and encouraged me. I completed L2 Motor Vehicle before doing my L3. Getting to university was a challenging achievement but very rewarding. I recommend studying at the College because they help you to achieve your goals.
I arrive at College at 8:40 so I can pick up some breakfast. It’s free and I’m meeting my friends in the Refectory. Our first lesson starts at 9 and I have to be on time because ‘being late is unprofessional’ as my lecturer keeps saying. It’s been two months now since I’ve started my Hairdressing course and I’ve sort of surprised myself how quickly I’ve got used to the way we do things at College, which is so different to school!
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Access students attended our annual HE Event. The occasion was a huge hit with our students, all of which were looking to head off to university at the end of the year. Ambassadors from universities such as London Southbank, Christ Church, Kent and Greenwich were all present for students to speak with and find out more about the courses they offer.
Some of our Access to HE students are volunteering and working with the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. For some students, this means living away from their families, for which we are immensely proud and grateful.
As I turn into the College car park, I check the clock: I have five minutes to get to my Biology class. Phew, thank goodness the classes here take into account the school run! I hurry up the stairs and get to the Biology room just as my lecturer arrives.
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It’s 6:10 in the morning, the alarm goes off. Waking up in a rush, I soon regain consciousness and realise that is another lengthy tedious day to be bound in the house.
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In November, students from Access to Health and Pre Access visited Canterbury Christchurch University’s Simulation Suite, that the Midwifery and Nursing students use as part of their degree training. They also experienced taking pulses and checking heartbeats with the sim humans. Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and are looking forward to progressing onto their chosen university and careers.
It’s Monday and I’ve got an exciting day ahead of me. My first lesson is English, where my lecturer asks me to write a story about a faraway place
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Today I am in college developing my understanding of Early Years practice, but tomorrow I will be in my work-placement in a Nursery developing my work skills.
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Students were asked about their experience of college, the things they enjoy about their course and if they would recommend Dover Technical College as a place of study. Click here to find out what they had to say.
Access to Higher Education, me … and you!
It is quite possible that twenty-two years ago, in 1998, I was in a similar situation to yours, right now, in 2020.
I had left school at sixteen with pretty good qualifications – not maths though! I was working part-time for the Social Services Child and Adolescent Protection team, as well as in primary schools with vulnerable children.
I loved my job, but to further my career I needed to gain more qualifications and go to university.
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Never too late
Nearly two years ago, after 20 odd years of leaving education, I started the Pre-Access course. It was an impulse decision and I was uncertain what I wanted to do for a career in the future.
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If you are a single mum or thinking you are too old to go to college, or you want a change in career but are just too scared to return to education, I encourage you to put all those thoughts aside and take a new step towards your future and apply at Dover Technical College.
I joined the Healthcare Professionals Access course as I had been to a uni open day and was interested in studying occupational therapy. The Access course is excellent, and the lecturers are extremely supportive and invested in making you succeed, which is probably why they have such a high success rate.
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In which year to you leave Dover Technical College?
Which subjects did you study?
I studied Hairdressing level 1, 2 and 3.
My name is Harry and I study Travel and Tourism level 3. I started at Dover Technical College in 2019, completing the first year of my level 3 before returning this September to finish the full qualification.
My name is Sam and I studied Engineering at Dover Technical College. In 2018 I studied level 2, moving onto level 3 in Septemeber 2019.
The thing I enjoyed most about the course, was the practicals we did in the workshop.
Following the completion of my level 3, the college supported me in applying for university, where I am now studying Mechanical Engineering (Foundation), where I plan to progress onto the full degree and even a Masters.
Overall, I enjoyed my time at Dover Technical College and would recommend the College to others, scoring it a 4.5 out of 5!
When did you start at Dover Technical College?
What subject do you study at Dover Technical College?
What has your progression journey been?
I started level 2 when I joined and I'm doing level 3 now.
Hi, my name is Nat and I studied the T Level Computing pilot last year.
T Leve pilot: What did you think of the T Level and would you recommend this style of learning to other students?
The T Level was a unique opportunity which allowed me to undertake relevant work experience in my field, letting me understand aspects of my course when applied in a practical setting - benefitting my coursework and exam heavily thanks to the first-hand knowledge I gained.
I started my travel pathway right here at Dover Technical College where I completed my Level 3 BTEC in Travel and Tourism back in 1994. My studies here provided me with some great links within the travel industry and at weekends each winter, I worked as a Ski Train Rep for Crystal Holidays.
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Hi, my name is Sujata.
I studied Travel and Tourism, Level 3 from 2017-2019. I gained a vast amount of knowledge in the classroom as well as through placement opportunities, which were sourced for me by the College.
Hello, my name is Sky.
I studied at Dover Technical College from 2017-2019. Whilst at Dover I studied Level 3 Travel and Tourism, where I found the teachers very helpful and the course itself was very engaging.
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Our Level 3 Art and Design Student Miya won the College’s Remembrance Day competition titled ‘What does remembrance mean to you?’ The winning artwork featured Sir Tom Moore in the style of a postcard.
Students were asked about their experience of college, the things they enjoy about their course and if they would recommend Dover Technical College as a place of study.
The Level 2 and 3 Art and Design students created Thank You posters for the NHS workers as their community week project.
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Our Art and Design students recently produced a range of 'Thank you NHS' posters, which they have donated to the Ashford Marke Ready Centre. A big thank you to Wendy from South East Coast Ambulance for taking the time to visit the students today and collect these lovely pieces.
Welcome to our end of year exhibition; we would like to showcase to the public the work we have created for our final pieces from our latest project. Because of COVID – 19 we are unable to do it physically, so we are doing it virtually!
Students from Dover Technical College’s Art and Design department have wowed visitors with an exhibition at Dover Castle.
The Chough Bird Artwork Trail featured 11 pieces of art created by learners currently in their second year of Level 3 education.