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Richmond Adult Community College

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Course provider overview

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"We’re dedicated to providing resources to enable adults to unlock their talents and fulfil their potential through learning, skills and enterprise."

Overview

RACC (Richmond Adult Community College) is dedicated to helping adults improve their existing personal or professional skills or develop new ones through a comprehensive range of full and part-time courses.

Our highly qualified tutors are not only experts in their subjects, but also understand the problems and stresses students can face. We are committed to ensuring that access to learning is made available for all students regardless of their age, economic, or educational background.

What's on offer

  • Over 2,000 courses

  • Something for everyone

    • We offer course times to fit in with you -  day, evenings and weekends

    • Full-time or Part-time

    • Short courses and workshops

    • Taster Courses

  • Top quality facilties

  • Friendly and knowledgeable Tutors

  • Excellent transport links

  • Superb location in Richmond Upon Thames

  • Enterprise schemes -

    • Parkshot Gallery Shop - selling Art Students work

    • Therapy Rooms - Book a treatment with our trainees

    • LLDD - Working Model Scheme 

Our Learners 

  • Business proffesionals

  • 16-19s

  • LLDD - Learners with disabilities

  • Those wishing to improve job prospects

  • Change their career

  • Qualification courses

  • Leisure courses, to relax or learn a hobby

  • Meeting new people

  • Join a Club

Qualifications

  • HNCs

  • The Access to Higher Educaton Diplomas

  • GCSE

  • BTEC

  • City & Guilds

  • Teaching and Training Qualifications

  • ITEC

  • Vocational Awards - Certificates and Diplomas

  • Professional Accreditation

  • ESOL and EFL 

 

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Subject Strengths

RACC has a background of working with people who have disabilities, learning difficulties and who need support to gain new skills for life, learning, work and leisure. We can provide you with:

  • One-to-one learning assistant to support you in class and in enjoying college life
  • One-to-one teaching for communication and numeracy skills
  • Special equipment to help you join in
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  • A signer

Activities take place in small groups of about six to nine people. There is a comprehensive range of courses and activities on offer including: Skills for Learning, Skills for Work, Skills for Living and Skills for Leisure.

RACC offers courses in a diverse range of subjects including Art and Design; Media Technologies; Business & Enterprise Studies, Languages, Computer, Hardware & Professional IT, Health and Social Care; Skills for Life and Work; Management & Finance, Hair and Beauty; Therapies, Dance, Music, Drama and more.

 

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Student life

Things to do in and around Richmond

Richmond is a great place to studay and visit with Richmond upon Thames being renowned as London's most attractive borough. The area is steeped in history once being home to a great Royal Palace and still a popular retreat for the rich and the famous. Richmond is situated 15 miles southwest of central London with excellent train links from London Waterloo with the fast train bringing you here in 15 minutes.

The River Thames runs through the heart of the borough for 21 miles linking Hampton Court Palace, Richmond town centre and Kew Gardens with central London. With beautiful Royal parks and historic houses, theatres, museums and galleries rich with exhibits, and town centres bursting with shops and restaurants,

  • Nationally-renowned theatre
  • Seven-screen cinema
  • International swimming pool
  • Richmond Royal Park
  • Nature reserves
  • Horse riding
  • River trips
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
  • Easy reach of places of interest e.g. Hampton Court, Windsor Castle
  • 20 mins from central London
  • Excellent train, underground and bus services
  • Exhibitions, open-air plays and concerts
  • Pubs, clubs, cafes, wide variety of restaurants, friendly atmosphere
  • One of the safest areas in London

 

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Facilities

Over the last few years RACC has undergone a capital development project with the aim to focus our resources onto one site and create a single adult learning campus at Parkshot which will serve as a centre of excellence and beacon for adult learning.

RACC opened its new state of the art facilities and Performing Arts buildings in January 2015.  The new building comprises of -

Richmond Art School 

Three new floors of Richmond Art School which has been purpose built for the arts to inspire our students in a light spacious environment,  including –

  • Ceramics and Glassmaking Studio
  • Textiles
  • Workshop space for -
    • Woodwork
    • Furniture Restoration
    • Picture Framing
    • Book Arts
  • Print Making room with our 1832 Columbian Press
  • Jewellery workshop
  • Large well lit painting and drawing studios
  • Photography studio and Dark room
  • Graphic design studio

Performing Arts building

The new Queen Charlotte Hall with a large, Theatre includes-

  • Retractable tiered seating for 150
  • Control Room
  • Rehearsal space
  • Lighting Rig
  • Sound System
  • Sprung flooring
  • Music room
  • Recording Studio
  • Dance studio with sprung flooring and Ballet bars

The new building also comprises of 

  • A central, modern Link building, which acts as a new student hub
  • A refurbished reception and entrance hall

Other Facilities

The Parkshot site also consists of its established business school facilities which were updated in 2014 adding more classroom space for our expanding offer.  In addition to all of the new buildings the college comprises of the original Victorian buildings which are used for a variety of classes and house the Therapy Rooms.

We also run a number of courses off site at other venues like the Barnes Old Sorting Office.

The college also offers - 

  • RACC provides free access to IT facilities with support from our staff in our learning centre. There are also built-in tutorials on many courses and additional help in numeracy and literacy to further support students.
  • RACC operates an Information, Advice and Guidance service to advise on career opportunities and course information.
  • There is a creche facility providing sessional care
  • A friendly Cafe 
  • Parkshot Gallery and shop
  • Therapy Rooms

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Location

RACC, Parkshot,
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2RE

General Enquiries: 020 8891 5907

How to Find Us:

Transport:

Buses: H22, H37, 65, R68, R70, 190, 290, 371, 419, 490 
Mobility Buses: 938, 963, 964, 967 
Tube/Train: Richmond

Parkshot Reception Opening Hours

Term Time

Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 19:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:30
Sunday Some Sunday Opening (see courses)

Out of Term

Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 17:15
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Weekends Closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to enrol

How to enrol

Choose the method that is right for you

  • Online
  • In person
  • Phone
  • By post

To search our wide range of courses click here.

For more detailed information on enrolling online click here.

In person:

Richmond Adult Community College
Parkshot
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 2RE

Opening Hours

Term Time

Monday to Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 12.30pm

Out of Term (half term and holidays)

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Weekends Closed

By post

Download, print and sign an enrolment form. If payment is by cheque or postal order, please make it payable to RACC or complete relevant details to pay by Switch, Visa or Mastercard. Do not send cash. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can send your receipt and student handbook (if applicable).

Enrolments are processed in order of arrival.

We will contact you if your course is already full when your enrolment is received. Don’t delay - avoid disappointment and book early.

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Open days

Open Days

Interested in studying at RACC?

Come along and see our fantastic facilities before enrolling.

Open Days will give you a chance to:

  • Meet the team
  • Discuss your individual requirements
  • Find out about financial support
  • Investigate your career choices
  • Discuss additional support needs
  • Look around the College and try some of our state of the art facilities.

Interested? See more details here about upcoming Open Days.

Open Day Dates 2016 - 2017

  • Tuesday 6th September, 11am - 3pm
  • Wednesday 7th September, 4 - 8pm
  • Saturday 10th September, 10am - 2pm
  • Thursday 15th September, 4 - 8pm

 


 

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Student Story

Carl Treddenick has been a student at Richmond Adult Community College for four years. His story has been an inspiration to many: 

Following major life events Carl became addicted to drugs and alcohol. This led him to living as a rough sleeper on the streets of Richmond. During this period of his life he was seriously assaulted, which led to a nervous breakdown. Some complementary therapy sessions at the Vineyard Project motivated Carl to come to RACC in September 2006 and enroll on the ITEC Holistic Massage course, with a view to becoming a qualified  Complementary Therapist. Despite some problems, Carl stayed motivated and committed to the courses and passed the ITEC Anatomy & Physiology Diploma in July 2007, the ITEC Holistic Massage Diploma in June 2008 and the ITEC On-Site Massage Diploma in July 2009. He acquired a Credit (Merit) Grade in all these Level 3 Qualification Diplomas.

Carl has been employed as a Complementary Therapist, working with disadvantaged and homeless people. His achievements have also given him the confidence to pursue a long held ambition to become a midwife. Following the completion of the Access to Health and Human Sciences course at RACC he was successful in gaining a place on a BSc Midwifery course at Thames Valley University.

Carl was nominated by his tutor, Margaret Paul (above) for the Adult Learners’ Week award from the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE), winning the Birkbeck College Access to HE award. Geoff Varrall, Chair of the Board of Governors who attended the award ceremony with Carl comments, ‘Carl provides an inspirational example of the transformative effect adult education can have on any or all of us.’

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Contact Details

How to contact us:

  • Our Website
  • Richmond, Parkshot and Richmond Business School, Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE
  • Tel: 020 8891 5907
  • Other useful contacts:
    • Skills for Business (employers): Tel 020 8439 8937
    • General course information: Tel 020 8843 7921
    • Information, Advice & Guidance: Tel 020 8439 8956
    • Creche: Tel 07956 865891