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Ofsted Inspection October 2017

Wirral Met College’s Inspection Grades:

Effectiveness of leadership and management           Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment            Good

Personal development, behaviour and welfare          Good

Outcomes for learners                                                Good

What Ofsted said:

Students develop excellent skills to prepare them for the workplace”

“Students make very good progress”

“Teachers have high expectations of students”

“Students’ behaviour in college is excellent”

“Education and training for students with high needs is outstanding”

What our students said:

Lee Hardman – “The tutors at Wirral Met College are simply phenomenal; they have an ability to empower students through their passion to teach.”

Amanda Tipping – “I have my dream job and wouldn’t have done it without the support of my tutors and learning support tutor.”

Shelley Douglas - “I have learned so much already which is helping improve my confidence, increasing business and knowledge and I will be recommending my clients and associates to go on Wirral Met courses.”

Quote from the Principal

“I am delighted that our recent Ofsted Inspection recognised Wirral Met College’s success in providing good quality education and training for both young people and adults. It was particularly pleasing that our education and training for students with significant, specialist learning needs was judged to be outstanding! 

As a vocational college, every year, we provide thousands of students with opportunities to develop careers in many industries. Our extensive range of courses are designed to equip them with skills to gain and enhance their employment prospects. For many students it may be their first step into work, for others we help them to retrain into a new career or progress within their current organisation. Our key university partnerships allow students to study Degrees at Wirral Met College, en route to the many professional careers that Higher Education leads to. 

In ensuring that we provide good quality education and skills for local people, we will continue to have a key role in the regeneration and economic development of the community that we serve. We will now build upon this success as we continue our journey, striving to provide outstanding education and training whilst retaining our passion and commitment to supporting people at every level from basic skills to graduate education. We are keen to ensure students know that, whatever their starting point, if they are prepared to work hard, we would love to support their personal journey in gaining the education they need to access a full and rewarding career.”

Sue Higginson
Principal and CEO

About Wirral Met College

Who we are

Wirral Met College is a large College of Further and Higher Education, supporting over 5,000 students every year, studying a range of courses from entry level to higher education, with a particular emphasis on the development of vocational skills. The college provides a wide range of post-16 education and training including 16–19 study programmes in vocational areas, adult learning programmes, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Our Campuses


We have four campuses, three of which are in Birkenhead and one in Bebington. Conway Park Campus has excellent learning facilities including the Birches Restaurant where students studying on Hospitality and Catering courses and learn through practical and theoretical sessions. The Hair and Beauty Salons are commercially run and open to the public, enabling students to practise their skills in a real working salon. 

At our Twelve Quays Campus, you will find many areas of study including our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre which opened last year complete with the latest digital technology, engineering workshops and laboratories. The Twelve Quays Campus is also home to our Logistics and Warehousing Centre, Higher Education (HE) Centre and Art, Media and Music studios.

Our Wirral Waters Campus is based in the Wirral Waters Enterprise Zone and is dedicated to providing education and training for the Construction sector. Students can study Brickwork, Carpentry & Joinery, Electrical Installation, Painting, Design & Decoration, Plastering, and Plumbing & Gas Installation at this campus.

Sport, Outdoor Education and Public Services courses are held at the College’s Oval Campus in Bebington (next to the Oval Leisure Centre), where students take part in a wide range of outdoor activities, and students have access to the Oval Leisure Centre facilities.

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