At Riverside College we have created Centres of Excellence in:
- Catering & Hospitality
- Hairdressing & Beauty
- Engineering & Construction
- Performing Arts
- Science & Maths
- Centre of Sporting Excellence
- Creative Arts
These Centres of Excellence have been built around significant investment in employing some of the best specialist teaching staff in the country, investing in state of the art facilities and by generating significant opportunities for students.
The Centres of Excellence work with high profile partners to offer students opportunities to develop both their academic and personal expertise in their chosen subject(s) to a level that will support applications to the country’s most prestigious universities.
Extensive professional support in each area, such as 4.5 hours of individual sports coaching for athletes and one to one music tuition, also ensures that students are able to develop their talents to a level where they can compete with their peers at a national level.
Centre of Excellence in Catering and Hospitality
At the Centre of Excellence in Catering and Hospitality students benefit from training with Michelin star chefs, extensive opportunities for work experience and our brand new state of the art kitchens and restaurant. Students will develop high level skills which will enable them to pursue careers in the rapidly growing catering and hospitality industry. Our newly refurbished state of the art production kitchens and restaurant provide students with the opportunity to run their own restaurant and showcase their skills to the public.
Centre of Excellence for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
At the Centre of Excellence for Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy we have recently refurbished contemporary facilities, including four hairdressing salons, four beauty treatment rooms and a state of the art media make up studio. This provides students with the opportunity to run their own salons and showcase their skills to the public.
Centre of Excellence in Engineering
Our Engineering and Motor Vehicle department offers an excellent blend of industry standard provision, preparation for employment and academic support. Our new 3.6 million Engineering Centre boasts the very best in technology and equipment and has employer endorsed courses including Weldability, a national recognition of the standard of the welding facilities and teaching.
Centre of Excellence in Construction
We offer training in a wide range of trades including plumbing, joinery and carpentry, brickwork, painting and decorating and construction management. In Halton and the surrounding areas there are big plans for large construction projects which will create a wide range of jobs within the industry.
Centre of Excellence for Creative Arts
Students will benefit from the expertise of our highly experienced staff who are practising artists with exceptional industry links and who achieve 100% pass rates year after year. The School of Art and Media gives students unique opportunities to showcase their work through our industry links along with extensive visits to exhibitions, events and galleries.
Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts
The Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts has been developed through the recruitment of some of the best teaching staff in the country, investment in state of the art facilities and the expansion of our extracurricular activities that support applications to some of the country’s most prestigious institutions.
Centre of Sporting Excellence
The Centre of Sporting Excellence has been voted as No 1 for Sport in the North West and in the top 8 in the UK. This outstanding achievement was awarded for the College’s extensive opportunities for students which include individual sports coaching for all sport disciplines, links with high profile clubs and national governing bodies and a commitment to developing young athletes that excel both academically and professionally.