All clues point to college's forensic award

9th May 2008 at 01:00
Turning students on to science through a course in forensics has won a Somerset college the top accolade at the annual Beacon Awards for further education

Turning students on to science through a course in forensics has won a Somerset college the top accolade at the annual Beacon Awards for further education.

Bridgwater College was revealed as the winner on Wednesday when it was presented with the Association of Colleges' (AoC) charitable trust president's award as the college showing the most innovative approach to education.

The winner was selected from a pool of entrants by paralympic world champion athlete Giles Long, who said he had been impressed by the way the college had drawn students into science - a subject area which has suffered declining popularity in recent years.

Mr Long, the president, said: "The college really stood out as a winner due to its approach to making science attractive to young people by broadening its appeal. The course in forensic science encourages the development of analytical thinking and innovative thought in a tangible and realistic way."

The college developed a Btec certificate course in forensic science that can be taken alongside AS and A2 qualifications, as an alternative to GNVQ science.

The American television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is widely regarded as having sparked an interest in forensic science among teenagers.

The awards were announced by Dame Patricia Morgan-Webb, a member of the charitable trust, at a ceremony in Birmingham. Other Beacon Award winners, which had been announced at the AoC conference in November, include Bolton Community College for widening participation, Knowsley Community College for 14-19 collaboration and Lewisham College for engagement with employers.

Dame Patricia said: "The AoC has a long-standing commitment to the promotion of exceptional work carried out by British further education colleges. This year's winners have been hugely successful, creating fantastic opportunities for tens of thousands of learners across the country. By highlighting their achievements, I am confident other colleges will be inspired to replicate their good practice and innovative approach to learning."


AQA Award for College School Partnerships

North Lindsey College

Association of Colleges Award for Widening Participation

Bolton Community College.

Highly commended: Kingston Maurward College

Becta Award for e-enabling Organisational Development

Aberdeen College. Highly commended: Xaverian College

British Council Award for International Student Support

Bridgwater College. Highly commended: Edinburgh's Telford College

CLA Award for Creativity in Writing, Art or Design

Plymouth College of Art and Design.

Highly commended: Alton College

CoLRiC Award for the Effective Integration of LibrariesLearning Resources Centres in Curriculum Delivery

Northern College

Centre for Excellence in Leadership Award for Innovation in Curriculum Leadership Development

South Nottingham College

Churches' Award for Sustainable College Partnerships that Recognise Diversity and Develop People and Communities

Grimsby Institute of Famp;HE

City amp; Guilds Award for Staff Development in Further Education

Gateshead College

Edexcel Award for Lifelong Learning

Chichester College

Edge Award for Practical Teaching and Practical Learning

South Devon College

Eversheds Award for the Effective Use of Capital Development

South Devon College

FENC Award for the Creative Use, Adaptation and Delivery of Learning Resources

South Devon College

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Healthcare Award for Health and Community Care

Grantham College

Learning and Skills Council Award for 14-19 Collaboration

Knowslely Community College

Learning and Skills Council Award for College Engagement with Employers

Lewisham College

Learning and Skills Council Award for Equality and Diversity

West Thames College

Mercers' Company Award for Science or Mathematics

Bridgwater College

Network for Black Professionals and Centre for Excellence in Leadership Award for Promoting Race Equality

Grimsby Institute of Famp;HE

OCR Award for Partnerships in Basic Skills

Cornwall College

RNIB and Mencap Award for Students with Learning Difficulties andor Disabilities

Cambridge Regional College

UfiLearndirect Award for Delivering Learning through Learndirect Centres in Colleges

Isle of Wight College

Welsh Assembly Government Award for College Engagement with Employers

Coleg Menai.

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