Student Experience

Life at St Helens College is so much more than just studying… you’ll discover new places, share amazing experiences with your friends and develop skills and interests that you thought you never had. You will even have the opportunity to take part in activities and fundraising events to boost your CV or UCAS application!

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Trips and

You will have lots of opportunities to go on exciting trips in the UK and overseas. Whether it is having outdoor adventures with the National Citizen Service (NCS) or visiting popular cities, you’ll make amazing memories!

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Charity Fundraising

Each year, staff and students across all campuses take part in fundraising activities to raise money for local and national charities including; Red Nose Day, Christmas Jumper Day, Brave the Shave, Children In Need, Macmillan Cancer Support and Superhero Day.


Students are nominated as a course representative and have the opportunity to take part in conferences throughout the year and work with College management to communicate ideas and contribute to important decisions.


Each year, the College’s Board of Governor’s appoints a student as a Student Governor. This role involves representing the student body, attending monthly meetings with College management including the Principal and also supporting the College’s marketing and events team with exciting projects!

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Guest Speakers and
Industry Insight

There are plenty of opportunities to hear from guest speakers and industry professionals related to your course area. You will gain first-hand experience, insight and advice and will also have the chance to take part in masterclasses and activities to leave you feeling inspired.

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Work Experience and

Experience is key to securing your dream career. That is why we work closely with both local and regional organisations to provide you with industry placements and volunteering opportunities to develop your skills and experience.

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Many of our students have had the opportunity to showcase their skills at regional competitions such as WorldSkills UK, HIP Learner of the Year, and the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT), with some making it through to the National Finals!

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Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award

Increase your chances of employment with The Duke of Edinburgh’s globally recognised award. Learn how to become a teamplayer and a leader and gain the desirable skills that employers are looking for! Develop life long skills, increase your confidence and build resilience, ready to take on newchallenges.