We can all agree when I say ‘Social Media is taking over the world’, right?

Last Wednesday, Katherine Sellgren wrote a BBC News article about The Commons Science and Technology Committee deciding to investigate the impact of social media and screens on the younger generation. It’s something we all wonder time to time and is surely a concern to our society.

On one side, some of the younger generations are so focused on what they see and read on social media that they don’t communicate or treat one another in the right way. Many of us nowadays feel that the younger generation occupy themselves with social media so much that everything they come across online is how they need to look or behave. But this is not how any of us should be growing up to think or follow. 

Chairman Norman Lamb mentioned, “We want to determine the scale of the issues – separating out the understandable concerns from the hard evidence, and to identify what practical measures people are already taking to boost the benefits and blunt the potential harms”. He also provides the encouragement to schools, young people, the industry and the government to speak about the topic and share their thoughts, which is something that needs to be done to raise awareness of this topic.

On the other hand, we actually need social media! We may think we don’t, but social media is used to increase the awareness of our businesses. We live in a brand focused society and if social media was not there how would we let people know what’s new or what’s happening? Every business has at least one social media platform so what would we really do without it?

Both sides are valid and the investigation makes a lot of sense but in the end, we are going to always need social media!

Apprenticeships simply mean learning on the job, in other words getting the best of both worlds. There are so many options and types of apprenticeships out there and Stanmore College offers a range for you to get stuck into from September 2018.

Many of you will know that the apprenticeship levy did in fact complicate everything but, in recent news, Anne Milton revealed some interesting facts about what the government will be aiming for in just 2 years. In 2017 there was a fall of 26% in apprenticeship starters than the previous year, but the government are set on hitting their target of 3m apprenticeship starts by 2020. This would mean around 50,000 starters a month.

Can they really achieve that?

As a college that provides apprenticeships, we believe this can be achieved and we will focus on helping those students gain the skills they need through Apprenticeships. Anne Milton stated “We’ve done some proper investigation. These things take time, and it’s only been a year. But the providers are waiting in the wings ready to go”. Just reading that gives us all the positive mind that apprenticeships are again becoming a popular route!

How is Stanmore College involved?

September 2018 is going to be such an exciting month for not only us but every person wanting to get involved in this particular route. We offer Digital Marketing, Accounting and Early Years apprenticeships and will be widening that offer to include Business Administration, Customer Service, Management and I.T. and that is just the beginning. So, why should you choose an apprenticeship over anything else you may ask? There are so many perks to this route from earning whilst you learn, gaining a recognised qualification, receiving holiday pay, support during training and so many more!

But why should you choose us?

If that wasn’t enough to get you engrossed just keep reading…

Stanmore College offer apprenticeships that are aligned with the ‘Employability Skills Framework’ (providing you with skills that employers would want), we’re passionate and committed to giving you the best learning environment and our tutors and assessors have real-life industry experience.

What about Employers?

As for employers, Stanmore is a small college which provides the opportunity for you to get to know and deal with the same professionals thus preventing time wastage and ensuring that the needs of your organisation take priority. You too can get the best of both worlds – keen and knowledgeable employees and efficiency.

For information, Apprenticeship week is from the 5th March! So register here or call us on 0208 420 7700.





Apprenticeships are a great way to get ahead on the career ladder. They enable you to learn by doing rather than learning through theory in a class room. This a much more practical way of learning as you gain first-hand experience in your chosen career sector which you can also use to enhance your CV and boost your employability status.

Stanmore College believes that students should be able to gain first-hand experience in a working environment whilst they study, and have therefore invested in student apprenticeship programmes. It’s also a great opportunity to get paid for your hard work as your learn on the job. 

You can get a degree debt free whilst gaining invaluable skills in the work place. Whilst a degree is the preferred route for some people, it is a highly expensive route and doesn’t give you the same experience that an apprenticeship would. An apprenticeship gives you time to put the skills you’ve already learned to good use and to be able to build on this knowledge. It’s also a good opportunity to take a year out of education and gain some practical life experience whilst you learn, enabling you to keep your options open if you decide to go to university after or to find a permanent job in the workplace. 

For example, the childcare apprenticeships that Stanmore College will soon be offering would allow you to work and earn whilst you study, gaining invaluable experience in childcare settings alongside your studies. It’s a fast track way to gain the experience and skills you need to become a childcare practitioner. It would also be a great experience to write about on your cover letter if you later decide to go to university afterwards. Apprenticeships are also being offered in other subject areas.

If you’re interested in going down the apprenticeship path, why not have a look at the link below to see what’s available in your local area. 

For further information, please visit



A numerical system of 9-1 will replace the current system of A*- G. 9 will be the highest achievable grade (formerly A*) and 1 will be being the lowest. However, grade U will still be used for those who do not achieve the minimum requirements for grade 1.

Grade 5 will be considered a 'good pass'. Performance tables will focus on students achieving grades 9-5. Formerly, grade C was classes as a 'good pass', but the new grade 5 will be equivalent to a low B or a high C. As such, a 'good pass' mark will become harder to achieve than in the old system.

The new system has been designed to reveal differences between candidates at the higher end of the spectrum. The current top two grades, A* and A, will be replaced with three top grades, 9, 8 and 7. Some people are referring to grade 9 as A**. It is estimated that it will only be awarded to approximately the top 3% of GCSE students.

The new GCSEs are being introduced in three stages over three years. English and Maths this year and the rest will follow.

New GCSEs in Maths, English language, and English literature started being taught in September 2015. GCSE English no longer exists; all students must instead take GCSE English language. Most will also take English literature as a separate subject though it is not compulsory. New GCSEs in English Baccalaureate/main curriculum subjects such as sciences, languages, PE, history and geography were introduced in September 2016. New GCSEs in all other subjects such as economics and media studies will be taught from September 2017.

2016/17 year 11 students are sitting new GCSEs in Maths, English language and English literature only. They will still be awarded 'old-style' GCSE grades in all other subjects. However, current year 10 students will take new GCSEs in most subjects. They may still be on an 'old-style' syllabus if they opt for a more unusual subject. Students who are currently in year 9 or below will take new GCSEs in all subjects.

Will they be more difficult?

The course content will be more demanding across all subjects. In English language, for example, students will be required to read a greater range of challenging material.

The majority of subjects will be assessed solely through exams taken at the end of two years of study.

For most courses, all students will sit the same paper instead of opting for a foundation or higher paper according to their ability. The main exception to this is maths, although it is worth noting that a lot of content previously only included in the maths higher paper will now also be tested at foundation level. November resits will only be available in Maths and English language. Alternative qualifications such as IGCSEs (International GCSEs) will no longer be an alternative.

Worried in case you don’t get the grades?

If you, or a friend, don’t get the desired grades, don’t panic. Colleges, including Stanmore College, offer a wide range of vocational study programmes across all levels and Stanmore offers a GCSE resit programme. By applying online and attending an interview you are likely to receive a conditional offer and, should you not meet the entry requirements, an alternative study programme can be discussed when you are invited to enrolment. BTEC students who achieve good grades are just as sought after as A level students with good results. These programmes can lead to employment, apprenticeships or university.

Did you know that:

95% of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC students

This includes many competitive universities from the Russell Group (a group of universities with a shared focus on reputation, academic achievement and research). Telephone: 020 8420 7700 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

YES! More than 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities each year. There are two pathways from which BTECs can help students progress to university degrees:

• BTEC level 3 – equivalent of studying A-levels and provides access to a degree programme in the first year.
• BTEC level 4 HNC and level 5 HND – can provide access to degree programmes in the second or even the final year of a course.

Points to note: 

• BTEC students who achieve good grades are just as sought after as A level students with good results.
• BTEC students have experience of real-life practical tasks and work placements which provides an advantage. These work placements enhance UCAS applications to many higher level courses; practical experience stands for a lot.
• If you know what degree you would like to do to reach your chosen career, why not check out the entry requirements on the university websites for the course(s) you are interested in. At Stanmore College we have careers staff who would be happy to help you if you need it, even if you are not yet a Stanmore College student!
• Entry criteria can vary from university to university so it is a good idea to check if you are unclear.
• If you have studied a BTEC in one subject area you can still apply for a different subject at university e.g. studying a BTEC in Science could lead to a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, nursing, psychology, social work, food science or zoology to name but a few examples.

Did you know:

95% of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC students. This includes many competitive universities from the Russell Group (a group of universities with a shared focus on reputation, academic achievement and research).

Wednesday, 10th May saw a group of students from Greece, accompanied by their teachers, visit Stanmore College where Stanmore’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students worked with them to introduce them to a variety of experiments using equipment at the College that is not available for the students use in Greece.

Stanmore STEM student ambassador, Aneesh Mistry, enjoyed being on hand with teachers and visitors to explain the nature of the practicals being undertaken throughout the process.

One of the teachers from Greece who accompanied the young STEM students told us: ‘the visit was a unique experience for our students who attended and participated in a well prepared science laboratory experiment. Thank you very much! Hospitable and friendly students and teachers indeed.


In the first instance, deciding to study a STEM course is, in itself, spot-on. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with that knowledge, it’s more important than ever for learners to leave College equipped with the qualifications and practical skills to be at the forefront of STEM innovation.

Why take this route?

• At the professional level there will be an increasing demand from science industries over the next 10 years for individuals educated to degree and postgraduate level.

• Research from Engineering UK suggests that 182,000 additional workers are needed i.e. engineering-focussed graduates and apprentice positions every year until 2022.

• Greater London and Harrow have more STEM jobs than England and Wales overall in all the categories apart from STEM supporting occupations.

• Science industries will need to recruit significantly more science apprentices to meet workforce demand over the next 10 years.

• The UK’s digital economy is recognised as one of the strongest globally.

With an array of vocational study programmes available at Stanmore College, from Accounting to Biomedical Science, the STEM HUB engages and empowers learners through bespoke education for success as life-long learners in the STEM sector.

Not sure about whether you have the right grades? The College offers vocational programmes from level 1 to 3. For older learners, there are a number of pre-access and access course options. At Stanmore, there is a 95% pass rate for STEM Hub courses and learner outcomes are very good. To find out more about course options click here or call 0208 420 7700.

Stanmore College has been invited to play in the Under 19’s Albufeira summer cup 2017 in Algarve, Portugal.

In June, 15 players will represent the College for the tournament that will take place over 4 days. The College has previously participated in this tournament and won it back in 2014. The team consists of students from L1, L2 and L3 sport as well as L3 business. The College will play against 1st division Portuguese academies. During the four days, students will have an opportunity to experience a different culture. 

The players have paid £600 for the trip and will be hosting a number of fund-raising events in order to buy a training kit and cover additional costs while they are in Portugal. The fund-raising events include:



Massage clinics


Charity 5k run

We wish the students the best of luck! 

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