Students are among the most satisfied

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WIGAN and Leigh College’s graphic design students are amongst the most satisfied in the country.

A huge 91 per cent of the foundation degree students were satisfied overall with their course, placing it amongst the most highly rated across colleges and universities alike.

This comes after the college found itself above the national average in the recent National Student Survey, coming in at an impressive 90 per cent in the eyes of its students.

This year, the course saw 14 students progresses to the University of Salford to complete their degree with a number of other students moving into the world of work.

The course’s success is highlighted by a number or former students going on to make an impression in the industry.

For example, the college’s FE prospectus was part designed by Rob Blair who works for local company Parker Sandford, while the Prospectus was designed by Nectar Creative who employs three former Wigan and Leigh College students.

Preparing students for the world of work is what makes the college’s course so popular amongst students, and the course leader, former design house owner David Beattie, believes this is the key factor students should consider when choosing a course.

He said: “The programme’s ultimate goal is to get students industry trained with key employability skills.

“We consistently give students live briefs from clients around Wigan to give them experience of how the industry operates.

“I try not to spoon feed students, but instead encourage them to express their own ideas within their work to give the confidence necessary to succeed.

“I’m delighted that students think so highly of the course and it is always great to see them go on to have a sound career in the industry.”