I attended the old Telford college when it was at Crew toll, I was there for 3 years and loved every min of it. The staff are very supportive to the students needs and very helpful.
I recommend this college to anyone who's willing to gain new skills and qualifications. Telford college has a wide range to choose from.
If you have a bit of spare time in edinburgh and are interested in the art of millinery the telford college offers a great city and guilds 18 week millinery course (no experience required). The telford college is a new building and has a great studio space for courses such as millinery. This course takes you through the making of a felt hat, straw hat and fabric hat....(I've just completed my felt hat!).
If you are not looking to dedicate so much time to the art of millinery keep your eyes and ears peeled for courses run by a charity called Hat Walk. These two day courses are run through the telford college and leaves you with a fabulously fun hat or two!
i attended this college last year and its a great atmosphere although the hub can get noisy due to rain.Afew of the facilities didnt seem to work as it had just opened the new campus..they offer a range of courses and is full of different nationalities.Attending it was a great experience.
I am a member of (teaching) staff at the college -- I have only been there for about a year but it is a fabulous place to teach. Great facilities for staff and students alike... the huge Hub for hot food, loads of seating, the odd comfy-chair-corner hidden away in corridors (sorry -- "learning streets") for a quick seat if you need one, great library (sorry -- "learning resource centre") with loads of computers and resources as well as a huge selection of books (useful for staff as well as students!). Loads of printing/photocopying facilities which are always hard to come by in other colleges/schools I've worked in, GREAT little art materials shop too. A particular shout to the registration/customer services team who ALWAYS have the answers to my questions when no one else does. Love you guys. Call me biased, but Telford is brilliant.
Telford College, Stevenson College and Jewel and Esk have now amalumated to form Edinburgh College. I suggest you make yourselves aware of how things work with education, standards, marking and qualifications with regard to the SQA, before you start your education. The facts revealed - I gave one star to Telford College because zero is not given as an option. I give this course no rating what so ever. Unless you're up for a relaxed box ticking couple of years. I spent two years complaining about the teaching standards along with other students. Day in, day out, sitting or standing around doing nothing. You could have phoned me for five minutes to keep me up to date. I warned the head of the department that my complaints about the tutors/College assessors was going to seriously effect their marking of my HND. I was right. Two years top of the class, then within 48 hours down to the very bottom of the class for the HND. I returned my HND qualification to the (Scottish Qualifications Authority) SQA and when they sent it back to me I tore it up and returned it a second time. Complaints about this course every single year, but they are dealt with internally and never see the light of day. Self regulating and answerable to no outside authority what so ever. But now it seems all Colleges, including the new Edinburgh College have the authority to sit beyond the reach of public regulatory body's, the law and even beyond the education department of Government and adjust 'pass' rates and break regulations completely unchecked. The Scottish Public Service Ombudsman has just responded to my having had my HND Graded Unit proposal introduction taken from me by my tutor, reworded, rephrased and rewritten, who then gave me half marks for what he himself had written, describing his own work as 'ambiguous, broad, insular and vague' and then removed all 40 photographs from my project, and reselected 20 photographs of his own choice, changing the presentation in the process. All on the day before the submission. Email after email, no response from the tutor. All evidenced on written record and audio recorded meeting. Here's the crazy thing your tutor, is the College Assessor, marking his own students. Submissions and pass rates can be assured by the College, directly. The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) have told me that it was MY fault for letting my tutor/College assessor change my project and for doing what I was told ! Quote 'You should not have submitted a piece of work which you felt had been subject to undue influence and / or lacked integrity'. Perhaps when I realised that all HND photoshop is sourced from ONE book by Scott Kelby, I should have stopped listening due to lack of integrity. Or when half the lectures were spent watching Youtube, or when a whole day was spent listening to the classes favourite music tracks on Youtube, I think the SPSO are right, I shouldn't have submitted any work throughout the entire course, due to lack of integrity. So, it's official, students (aged 16 to 99) should NOT listen to their tutors. If what your tutors tell you doesn't sound right then, on the advice of the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman, it is your responsibility to ignore them. Your tutors are the College Assessors who will (in my case, the very next day) be marking the work they have just changed. But the message is If you think you know better than your College Assessors, and what they say sound as though it lacks integrity (which in most cases refers to most of you, most of the time) then walk away. Suffer the consequences if you listen to them. and suffer the consequences if you don't. Always the students fault, never the assessors. Here was the list of reasons sent to me in response to my complaint going to the Scottish Minister for Education with regard to the complaint about cheating and result fixing at Telford (not permitted to use their email directly, because it's not for publicity?) No investigation has been carried out, because Ministers have, quote: 'no legal power', 'no educational expertise', 'no ability to contradict or interfere', 'no authority' and 'no right to intervene'? All that said in one letter. No investigation. In other words 'Do Not Disturb'. In short, no one monitors or questions the authority of a College: not the SQA, not the SPSO and not the government, all going out of their way to protect this 'emporer has clothes' status quo. So, Scottish Education Ministers have no authority over Colleges ? Have they not got the authority to find someone who has ? The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) refuse to communicate, insisting that the only way for a student/member of the public to communicate with them with regards to a complaint is through their College. Handy. Needless to say, Telford College declined my request for an appeal: their response to my letter and my recording of the meeting I had with them admitting to the cheating 'Not justified, not justified, not
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