Before someone accuses me of being a disgruntled student, check Google for more reviews of this college. Almost all the reviews you find rate this college poorly.
St.Patrick's (international) college can best be described as "awful". The problem with this college is that it's primary focus is on making money. This results in them taking on too many students, milking them for every last penny they have and generally forgetting about them thereafter. They have excellent partner universities, and offer their courses at a discounted price, but St.Patrick's college fails to deliver when it comes to teaching aspect.
As part of its recruitment plan, the college recruits students from other colleges that have gone bankrupt. They ask for a small fee from the students (in my case it was £500) to complete the course that they started at their previous college. I was in this situation and took them up on their offer when the college I studied at went bankrupt.
The madness started with the induction. Totally disorganised and about 100+ students crammed into a room suitable for 40 at most. The lectures basically consisted of being spoon-fed some drivel from a textbook, then proceeded by a shoddy PowerPoint presentation, and finally a meaningless task. There were no debates in class, no real group work, and the module guide was treated like the Bible - no room to think outside of the guidelines.
The lecturers were quite good (they were friendly, approachable and punctual), but they lacked any industry experience; all their knowledge was obtained through academia. None of the lecturers I had worked in the industry related to the modules they were teaching, so this meant they couldn't really engage us. The college was too busy trying to make money to even care.
There were two lecturers (I don't want to disgrace them so I won't name them) that were truly shocking - they had no clue whatsoever about the module they were teaching. Utterly disgraceful.
The college is trying to turn things around and improve its image, but I feel it's still too much of a gamble. This place has a money culture, and that is usually bad news for students.
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