This is one area in which I know many of us struggle. It can sometimes seem impossible to keep on top of college work and a job, all whilst maintaining a social life and spending time with family. It’s important to achieve a balance across all these factors in life and you shouldn’t feel the need to sacrifice one for the other.

Organisational Skills

The key to effective time management is good organisational skills. It’s about finding a planning and organisational system that works for you whether that’s sticking to a strict time table or creating ‘to do lists’ at the start of each day. It’s important to always have a plan of action so you know what you need to achieve by the end of the day. Some people might find a planner or a diary helpful so that they can plan ahead of time in order to stay on top of deadline whilst factoring in other commitments.

Setting Goals

Set yourself goals, if you know you have an end goal in sight it feels so much easier to put the time aside to work towards it. Keep you end goal in sight whilst you work to help you stay on track and avoid time wasting and distraction. Netflix will still be there after you’ve handed in your assignment. And you’ll feel much better being able to fully relax in your free time without a stressful workload hanging over your head.


It’s also important to prioritise your tasks to stay on top of your work. Make a list in order of the most important things you need to do. If by the end of the day you don’t have time for everything, then at least you can rest assured that the most important tasks have been completed, and the rest you can make time for tomorrow.

Taking time out

Always remember to make time for breaks. It’s important to take regular breaks and refuel so that you don’t exhaust yourself and run out of energy. Regular breaks will help you to work more effectively and so waste less time meaning that you can achieve more in a day. A lot of people work through their lunch thinking they will get more work done but this can actually be rather counterproductive. It’s a good idea to break your work up into manageable chunks.

Reward yourself

Reward yourself after all your hard work so that you have something to look forward to and motivate you. For example if you get up early and spend the day working it might be a good idea to go out in the afternoon and spend some time with your friends. You can relax and enjoy your time knowing that you got a lot done in the morning and so fully enjoy your time relaxing and destressing.

If preparing and taking the college through an Ofsted inspection wasn't enough in one term, the college also had their QAA review in March!

The QAA is the independent agency responsible for monitoring and advising on standards and quality on Higher Education (HE) for the UK. It is essentially the equivalent body as Ofsted, but working with Higher Education. A team of three QAA reviewers visited the College on the 14th-15th March, having previously completed a desk-based review of a Provider Submission, Student Submission and 100 pieces of supporting evidence.

Review teams provide judgements linked to the:

a) Reliability of academic standards and their reasonable comparability with standards set and achieved in other providers in the UK,

b) Quality of the student academic experience, including student outcomes where the provider has a track record of delivery of higher education.

Against each of these statements, QAA can provide one of three outcome judgements including confidence, limited confidence or no confidence.

The QAA review team formed the following rounded judgements about the higher education provision at Stanmore College.

  • There can be confidence that academic standards are reliable, meet UK requirements, and are reasonably comparable
  • There can be confidence that the quality of the student academic experience meets baseline regulatory requirements

It's excellent news as the QAA team gave the highest judgement possible to the college. It also means the college will be able to continue to teach higher education courses to our learners.

Chances are that, if you intend to do either the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care or the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, you want to open as many doors as possible once you get the qualification? Whether it’s employment or university that you intend to progress to after your study programme, who wouldn’t want to ensure that the points awarded under these qualifications as part of the new UCAS Tariff (Tariff 2017) are the highest you can get for that particular qualification? It’s a no-brainer!

We have noticed that a number of colleges run level 3 provision in these areas BUT they have lower UCAS points than the study programmes that Stanmore College offers. In addition, a large number of colleges offer the Diploma while Stanmore College offers the Award, Certificate and Diploma Course. So, putting it frankly, if you want to do the best you can on your level 3 study programme and achieve enough points to have the choice of progressing to university, Stanmore College is the place for you!

Set out below is a points/grade calculator which will show you exactly what you can get from the Level 3 Diploma study programmes at Stanmore College:


Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

*For courses starting from September 2017. NB: The points awarded to these qualifications under the new UCAS Tariff (Tariff 2017) are equivalent to the points awarded under the previous UCAS Tariff. For example, 112 points at A* is equivalent to 280 points at A* under the previous Tariff.


Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

*For courses starting from September 2017.

NB: The points awarded to these qualifications under the new UCAS Tariff (Tariff 2017) are equivalent to the points awarded under the previous UCAS Tariff. For example, 168 points at A* for the Diploma is equivalent to 420 points at A* under the previous Tariff.

Conclusion: The above Level 3 Study Programmes run at Stanmore College have higher UCAS points for university entry. If you are doing a Level 3 study programme in this area anyway, why not choose one that will give you more.

Around half of people in England don’t know what our kidney’s do, where they are in our bodies, why we need them, how to keep them healthy and what happens when they go wrong.

March, 9th marked World Kidney Day, a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. Stanmore joined with World Kidney Day to help spread awareness of kidney health and raise money. Abdul Khares, Lecturer for STEM, ran a series of events and activities that raised a total of £335; the proceeds of which went to the West London Kidney Patients Association (WLKPA). To kickstart the day, tutors showed students a PowerPoint presentation, giving them an opportunity to learn about the function of kidneys as well as an in-depth understanding of how to keep them healthy. At midday, students held an information event in the Oak Foyer, which gave staff and students a chance to enquire further about kidney issues, and provided them with various leaflets and booklets ranging from organ donation to being kidney aware, diet and obesity. In the afternoon, a hugely successful charity cake sale filled up the STEM staff room, helping to raise money for West London Patients Association (WLKPA). Abdul Khares, Lecturer for STEM, Commented,''Kidney disease is prevalent amongst the ethnic monority groups in the West London area, and it is important to raise awareness of the disease to students, so that they are aware of it, and can help themselves and others. Thanks to all staff and students for their help and support on the day!''


More about World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day aims to reduce the occurrence of kidney disease and other health problems associated with kidney function. Some of the objectives of World Kidney Day are to create awareness about kidney problems, which are related to common health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. World Kidney Day is also observed to encourage and motivate people to understand the importance of early detection of kidney problems to reduce future complications, deaths and disability.

To celebrate International Women’s Day; a day when Women are recognized for their achievements, Rena Rani, Head of School, delivered a presentation to students to raise awareness and engage them on issues that women face, from gender inequality to sexual violence.

Whilst the talk helped to raiseawareness of the national day, students were shown a video on how Vodafone aims to address gender inequality with their female employees. For instance, Vodafone aims to have 30% of their female employees in senior leadership roles and offers an excellent maternity package, one that aims to provide the best support possible for women in times of need. Students had the opportunity to debate on areas they felt needed improvement and reflected on changes they can make to help create a society that’s more equal for women. The talk concluded with students reflecting on their experiences, followed by lunch, kindly brought in by teachers. At a time when there are record levels of women in work, and with everlasting success stories, students are encouraged to work hard, dream big and follow their aspirations.

Last week, Willow 28 was transformed from an ordinary classroom into an active crime scene. With evidence strewn all over, it was the task of the year 1 BTEC Level 3 Forensic Science students to analyse the evidence and solve the case.

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The evidence was separated by various classifications e.g. physical, chemical or biological; for example, the white powder was filed under chemical evidence and blood spatter would be filed under biological.

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The students were also given profiles of suspects and witnesses, including their fingerprints, shoe size and blood type. It was then their task to analyse the evidence, justify their findings and prove what had happened along with a summary of their findings. 

The task was led by Biology and Forensic Science lecturer, Chini Shukla, who helped students categorise and analyse the evidence.

Worried about your GCSEs creeping up? 

GCSEs are creeping up and, with that, the worry about what if you haven’t done enough revision or can’t remember the right answers when you’re sitting in the exam. 

You're not alone, every year countless GCSE students worry about their exams and, while a small amount of stress can motivate you to revise, you need to look after yourself and deal with stress to ensure it doesn’t negatively affect your performance. 

Too much stress causes headaches, lack of sleep, loss of appetite and an increased heart rate. Sleep helps you to remember what you’ve revised so making sure you get 8 hours sleep each night is more important now than ever. Eating healthy food and avoiding stimulants like coffee or coca cola will help replenish your body and mind and taking some exercise will help you concentrate after it. 

However, it’s not all ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’ - did you know dark chocolate releases endorphins and fights off the stress hormone cortisol? 

Listening to music can help you start each day’s revision – classical music is said to improve brain power or, if you prefer, practicing meditation by giving your mind some space and closing your eyes for a short while before you start can help you focus better when you are studying. 

Your revision plan is most likely already underway. Just to mention, there are lots of mobile apps you can download for free to help you structure it if it’s not going well; just search for free mobile revision aps or, if you prefer, use a hard copy revision timetable, simply ticking off what you’ve done each day feels good! 

If the amount of revision you have to do is too much, try prioritising and write quick summaries at the end of each topic to see if you can remember the key points on no more than one page of A4 paper. These quick summaries could be a big help and trigger recollection the night before the exam.

It's important to understand how to deal with stress so that the pressure doesn’t become too much and feeling tired and weak isn’t good for brain function or staying positive.

Try to ensure you are doing all or some of the above to keep worries at bay – if you can’t help worrying about what you’ll do if you don’t get the results you want, spend one of your much needed breaks considering alternatives. There’s more than one route to most careers. In fact, you could also apply to college even if you have already applied elsewhere and keep your options open. Did you know data released by the DfE indicated that Stanmore College is the best performing Level 3 vocational college in North/West London? You could apply to Stanmore College online via or check out our study programmes at

If some of your friends are feeling the stress, why not forward this to them so they can have a look at the range of study programmes available.

We wish you well with your studies and for the future and, should you require any careers advice, do not hesitate to get in touch.   


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