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Nescot consortium opens women's college in Saudi Arabia

Sep 16, 2013

Nescot consortium opens women's college in Saudi Arabia

Nescot is part of a cutting-edge consortium developing Further Education skills and training for women in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. The Nescot consortium consists of three large high-quality Further Education colleges based in the UK, and takes its name from Nescot, which is the founding partner and project lead.

Nescot is working in partnership with Highbury College in Portsmouth and Burton and South Derbyshire College. Each partner has a reputation for excellence, and the delivery of outstanding vocational and technical education in England, combined with significant experience of working internationally. The consortium was chosen from more than 500 organisations worldwide who expressed an interest in running this first tranche of 10 vocational colleges.

The Nescot Consortium Jeddah Female College of Excellence is a brand-new college, fully-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. With a modern design and the latest industry-standard equipment and technology, the college provides students with an inspirational learning environment. Our use of Smart classrooms, blended learning resources and cross-curricula innovative learning techniques mean women studying at the college will have access to a world-class learning experience.

The courses delivered at the college are based on an innovative and dynamic curriculum, giving students the opportunity to gain real skills for the workplace. Courses are developed in collaboration with industry to ensure all students gain the skills and experience demanded by employers throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The college offers courses in a range of vocational specialisms, including Business and Administration; Beauty; Fashion and Information Technology. Students are enrolled onto a three-year programme, leading to an Associate Degree NCEPA Award (National Centre for Evaluation and Professional Accreditation). The courses have been mapped over to UK-based vocational qualifications, meaning students will achieve dual qualifications from Saudi Arabia and the UK.

All the teaching is delivered in English, and therefore the first year will include an intensive period of English language development, along with an introduction to relevant vocational specialisms. Students will then be capable of progressing on to their vocational specialism in years two and three, with an additional focus on developing their creative and enterprise skills further. Skills development, including study skills, Maths and ICT also feature in years one, two and three.

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