Reaseheath is one of the leading specialist land-based colleges in the UK. It offers a variety of unique undergraduate qualifications in practical areas such as animal sciences, adventure sports, agriculture and food manufacturing.
Founded almost a century ago, Reaseheath is located in a stunning rural setting in Nantwich, Cheshire amongst 330 hectares of farm, parklands and woodland. It has a unique array of facilities including a specialist equine centre that was opened by the Queen, a zoo with more than 1,000 animals, plus a working farm and a new National Centre for Food Futures and the Environment.
Reaseheath is the perfect place of study for anyone who wants a hands-on learning experience for a career in some of the most practical and rewarding land-based industries out there.
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Courses and Fees
Reaseheath College offers a variety of courses in higher education, further education and courses for those aged between 14 and 16. A selection of undergraduate degrees, City and Guild qualifications and foundation degrees are on offer in 11 land-based subjects, with degrees validated by the University of Chester and Harper Adams University.
Typical entry requirements range from 140 UCAS points for a Foundation Degree up to 240 points for a full honours degree.
From practical courses in areas such as motoring and floristry, to vocational courses in equine and sports performance, there are a wide selection of unique areas to study in. More information on the courses on offer can be found on the college's website.
Each subject area has its own specialist facilities, and some of the highlights include a zoo, a farm, a working motoring centre, an equestrian centre, and a food centre with commercial processing equipment. The areas of study are as follows:
- Adventure Sports
- Animal Sciences
- Events Management
- Countryside and Conservation
- Agricultural Engineering
- Equine Sciences
- Food Manufacturing and Food Science
- Horticulture and Environmental Design
- Access to Higher Education (land-based)
Reaseheath College welcomes international students to apply for its courses. There are already a large number of international students at the college, and the student support team is on hand to help with visa applications, budgeting, accommodation and more.
Full-time fees range from £7,650 to £9,000. For a full breakdown of fees, visit the university's website.
Reaseheath College has a huge selection of specialist facilities that includes an Equestrian Centre, Food Centre and adventure sports facilities. Over £50 million has been invested over the past few years, and a further £30 million is planned to be invested during the next five years.
The college's Equestrian Centre was opened by the Queen and includes a riding arena, two outdoor ménages and a round pen.
Adventure sports facilities include a high and low ropes course, a climbing wall and a multi gym. What's more, the college also has its very own zoo, where more than 1,000 animals are kept.
Reaseheath College is situated in a rural location, just one mile from the historic town of Nantwich, Cheshire. Nantwich is served by its own rail station, and the city of Crewe is only a few miles away, which has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK.
The town of Nantwich has all the conveniences you could need while on campus, while nearby Crewe is a great place for nightlife, with plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the city.
Library and study facilities
The library has a wide selection of books, journals and electronic resources on offer. It's open until 7pm most days of the week, and has a number of open access computers, printers and photocopiers on offer. Silent and group study areas are available in the library so whether you prefer to work as part of a group or study alone, you have the space to do so here.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the college, and a selection of open access computers are also dotted about campus. Computers are available to use 24/7 at the Higher Education and Professional Development Centre. This specialist study centre has classrooms, study spaces and lecture halls available to use from 7.30am until 11.00pm every day, so you can study and work at a time to suit you.
The college offers a careers service called Reaseheath 4 You that is open every weekday. The service lets you talk to a specialist about brushing up your CV, practicing for an interview, or finding a graduate job. All students are welcomed.
As Reaseheath College is based in a rural setting, there are plenty of amenities on site, meaning you can find everything you need on campus. There's a shop, which has all the necessities you'll need, plus a restaurant where you can sit down for a meal or grab a bite on the go. There's also a cafe that sells hot beverages and snacks.
The Student Association organises everything from karaoke nights to fundraisers, with a full calendar of events taking place throughout the year. The association represents all the interests of the students, and chairs are elected each year. Sporting groups and clubs are also organised via the Student Association.
Reaseheath College is a very sporty institution and has several teams that compete in the North West British College Sports league. Football, rugby, netball and hockey are all popular here. In addition to this, there are plenty of sporting facilities on campus including a gym and adventure sports equipment.
Medical and welfare services
Welfare services are available 24/7 to both residential and non-residential students. The college is also an approved assessment centre for Disabled Student Allowance, meaning it provides the highest level of care for disabled students and it can help assess whether you're eligible for support in the form of an allowance.
Financial aid is available to qualifying students, including bursaries for travel, accommodation and food. Additional support is available for carers and those coming from a low-income backgrounds.
Full time students aged 16 or over can apply for accommodation at Reaseheath College. There is space for over 700 students in several halls on campus, and each room is catered, with meals served in the Reaseheath restaurant.
Halls of Residence
There is on-site residential accommodation for 785 students, which is supported by a safeguarding team.
All Halls of Residence are situated on campus. There are nine different halls on offer, all with similar facilities. You can take a look around the accommodation on an open day, or arrange a visit during your interview.
There are a number of rooms for disabled students, however there are no rooms for students who need specialist medical or nursing care.
Room prices start at £116.50 per week for a single study room, £108 per week for a shared study room, and £125 for a half en-suite room. Some rooms are self-catered.
Rooms have full en-suite facilities, washbasins in rooms, or a shared toilet and shower facilities for those in a half en-suite room. Rooms are equipped with a single bed or bunk bed, desk and chair, bedside cabinet, wardrobe, and desk lamp. There's also a small kitchenette area in each hall.
Reseheath College holds open days throughout the year and they give you the opportunity to meet academic staff, current students and see the campus for yourself. An open day is the perfect opportunity to discover more about the college and its location.
On an open day you can take a guided tour of the campus, view the facilities and accommodation, visit your chosen subject area and attend talks on courses that interest you, plus get advice on tuition fees, living costs and study support available.
There will also be staff and current students around on the day so you can talk about what studying at Reaseheath is really like from the people who know.
The College year is divided into three semesters. As of yet the 2015/16 year dates have yet to be released, but the 2014/15 dates were as follows:
- Semester 1: 15 September 2014 – 18 December 2014
- Semester 2: 5th January – 2 April 2015
- Semester 3: 20th April – 26th June 2015