Another key difference is the time you will have when you are not in class. This may look like "free time", but it comes with a caution! There is an expectation that in this time, you will manage a balance between meeting friends and socilaising and studying in one of our designated Learning Zones. As a general rule, you should spend the same amount of time per subject outside class as you do in class.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC), is an all-in-one centre combining the functions of a Library (book-lending, audio-visual materials, newspapers etc) a Learning Resource Centre (lots of different types of electronic paper-based material, and study support materials designed to support you in any difficulties you may have with any aspect of your learning). The LRC is staffed for each function. there are Librarians a LRC Manager who can help you organise work and source information, and Study Support assistants, who re specialised in helping students with all aspects of work and study.
Opening times: Monday -Thursday 8.15am - 4.45pm; Friday 8.15am - 4.15pm
What is available: Our Learning Resource Centre holds many different resources and services, including;
• Over 9,000 book resources for students to use and borrow
• 29 computers and 5 laptops for students to use throughout the College day
• Magazines and newspapers updated daily
• Journals and periodicals that update students on developments and information within their subject area specialisms
• LRC staff constantly on hand to support students with finding resources and researching.
• Study Support staff to provide assistance to students needing help with their studies and managing their time.
How to borrow resources: Students need to bring their student ID card to the desk. They can borrow up to four books and four audio-visual items, including DVDs and CDs.
Books are sign posted around the LRC. See our catalogue to check availability, reserve items and view your account.
Using computers or laptops: Students are able to use computers at any time. The computer room in the LRC is also available to students when there are no lessons booked. All laptops are wireless and students can access both the internet and the printer from these machines.
Study Support: Study Support staff are also available to students looking for help with their studies. Please see the front desk for details.
The Open-Access Learning Zone, is an area you can drop in any time and computers are available to you. You are expected to work quietly, but can do so with others if this is appropriate.