Library at Kingsway campus
To help with your studies at Dunstable College, all students have access to our well-stocked library. It is not just a place to be quiet! The library holds a wide variety of resources required for your particular course. Apart from books, students can use the daily newspapers and specialist journals and magazines to help you keep up-to-date with the everchanging world.
LIBRARY OPEN TIMES
The library works together with the Learning Resource Centre at the University of Luton.
Enrichment - It is not all work!
Coming to College is not only about gaining a qualification. College provides an opportunity to meet and make new friends as well as taking up new interests and hobbies. Every full-time student at the College is given time to participate in an enrichment programme. For those under the age of 19 this is a mandatory part of the course. Enrichment comprises of an extensive programme of activities which take place on Wednesday afternoons together with College events and trips. Opportunities exist to enrol on sporting activities, computer classes, beauty groups, student newspapers, photography and drama.
Full-time students have access to certain facilities at the Dunstable Leisure Centre free of charge at specified times and at members' prices at other times.
All students have access to the Common Room where you can spend time between classes playing pool and table tennis, watching TV, listening to music or hanging out with friends.
Hungry, thirsty, peckish ... the refectory caters for all tastes, providing meals or a quick bite to eat. The menu is diverse, with healthy and vegetarian options, alongside old favourites and Halal recipes. There are vending machines which dispense snacks and hot and cold drinks. If you have an early morning start, the ever-popular English Breakfast is available. Whether you want to eat in, bring a packed lunch or just relax with friends with a cup of coffee, there are plenty of seating areas. It is open from 8.30am until the afternoon. Alternatively you can pop into town to one of the many restaurants, cafés, fast-food outlets or sandwich bars nearby.
Coffee Shop at Kingsway
Whether you prefer a café latte or perhaps a herbal tea, our coffee shop is the ideal place for a quick drink and a chat between classes.
We encourage students to join the Students’ Council so they can get the best out of College life. If you are interested, you could be a Course Representative on the Students’ Council. This not only looks at leisure and charity activities but also gives an opportunity for students to make suggestions for further improvements to facilities and services. The Students’ Council organises trips to venues such as Alton Towers and paintballing. It has also assisted in fundraising for the appointed charity. Students can use their Student Union card to obtain discounts from various high street shops and take advantage of the special offers available.
Skills for Life
Whatever your needs are, Skills for Life is here for you. Any student can have additional support while they are on their course if they feel it will help them to succeed. There is a great team of tutors to give additional support to students who need to further develop their reading, writing, spelling or study skills, or who may want extra help with basic maths. They can also offer specialist help to those students for whom English is not a first language. For students who are, or think they may be dyslexic, specialist assessment, counselling and support is available. You may be a student who has not been in education for a while and you need some hints and tips with exam techniques or essay writing. If a student needs help because of any disability or medical condition, the team is there to give whatever support is necessary and make all practical arrangements to ensure a successful learning experience.
On many full-time courses you can benefit from our excellent relationships with local employers and enjoy practical work experience to support your College work. On some courses work experience is compulsory in order to gain your qualification but don't worry, Work Experience Officers are on hand to help find a work placement for you and give you advice regarding writing CVs and tips on interviewing techniques. Work experience is a great way to find which area of employment is of interest to you.