The Science Centre is situated at the heart of the University Quarter – a £282 million transformation project to create a state-of-the-art learning quarter in Stoke-on-Trent. The largest collaborative project of its type in the UK, it involves Staffordshire University and key education partners Stoke-on-Trent FE College and The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College in a unique project to drive up aspirations and skills.
It will bring new development and major improvements to an important area of Stoke-on-Trent between the railway station and the city centre. This includes new shared education facilities which in turn will encourage commercial and residential investment.
City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College
There are currently over 750 students aged 16-19 studying science related courses including A Levels, BTEC and GCSE at The City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College. The range of offered include A Level Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science and BTEC Science Pathways in Medical Professions, Engineering and Forensics as well as offering students the opportunity to enhance their existing Level 2 qualifications in GCSE Core and Additional Science. Students studying science related courses such as Sports Science, Health & Social Care and social Sciences will also benefit from the fantastic facilities that the new Science Centre offers.
Ahmad Tawakuli, formally of Haywood Engineering College is currently studying AS biology, AS chemistry and AS mathematics said: “I feel extremely privileged to be using university standard facilities like these and being able to study in a mature university environment. I am hoping to study medicine or pharmacy, and with the support I receive from the college it will certainly help me achieve my goals.”
Ashleigh Banks, formally of Trentham High School and currently studying a Level 3 programme said “I have never had the opportunity to use facilities as good as these before, and for the first time I find science interesting! We have lots of room for practical experiments and studying in a university environment has really inspired me to want to go to university and train to hopefully become a forensic scientist one day.”
Over 70% of our Science Faculty students’ progress into Higher Education, many choose to continue their studies at Staffordshire University but will also gain offers to progress to a wide range of universities including Oxford and Cambridge and STEM related degrees.
Stoke on Trent College
There are over 200 Stoke on Trent College students studying Science in the new Science Centre, in subjects including Pharmacy, Forensic Science and Access to Higher Education. Students study topics in Chemistry, Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Physics. The majority of our learners progress to Staffordshire University on Science-related Degrees. We have worked closely with the University to develop a curriculum offer that provides learners with seamless progression and fully prepares them for undergraduate study.
Not only do our students have the chance to work in a modern environment with cutting-edge facilities and technologies, they also have the opportunity to attend master-classes in a range of Science related topics, to enable them to make informed judgements about topics to study at a higher level.
Last year, over 170 students progressed to University once they completed their Access course.
The collaborative partnership between the College, Staffordshire University, and the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College has transformed the learning experience of our students and in turn generated a renewed enthusiasm for Science.