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College plans pounds 14m centre of excellence.



Byline: Stuart Dye

A NEW centre of excellence in Wirral will launch Government projects to take students from vocational GCSEs to degree level education, it was announced last night.

The borough's metropolitan college has submitted detailed plans for the pounds 14m waterfront development at the Morpeth Dock The Morpeth Dock is a dock at Birkenhead, Wirral Peninsula, England. Built between 1844 and 1847, it also consisted of a smaller branch dock to the east. It is named after Lord Morpeth, the 7th Earl of Carlisle, who was the First Commissioner of Woods and Forests.  site in Birkenhead.

The campus will house facilities for technology, engineering, construction, arts and media and is due to open in around two years.

In one of the few schemes of its type in the country, college chiefs have earmarked the site as one of the first to offer the Government's new vocational GCSE GCSE
1. (in Britain) General Certificate of Secondary Education; an examination in specified subjects which replaced the GCE O level and CSE

2. Informal a pass in a GCSE examination

Noun 1.
 qualifications.

The college already offers 60 degree courses from universities including Liverpool John Moores John Moores can refer to:
  • John Moores - owner of the San Diego Padres
  • John Moores - British merchant.
  • Liverpool John Moores University - a university in Liverpool, England.
, Sheffield, Staffordshire, Manchester and Nottingham Trent.

Ray Dowd Dowd is a derivation of an ancient surname which was once common in Ireland but is now quite rare. The name Dowd is an Anglicisation of the original Ui Dubhda, through its more common form O'Dowd. , Wirral Met principal, said: "This is one of the most exciting new developments in further education in Wirral for many years.

"Students will be able to arrive at 14, in partnership with their school, and go right through to degree-level higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
, thanks to our links with universities.

"One third of 16-year-olds who continue with education drop out before 18. What Wirral will have is a new centre of excellence that can help redress that balance and provide the technical skills for the future." College officials are now waiting for planning permission planning permission
Noun

formal permission granted by a local authority for the construction, alteration, or change of use of a building

planning permission nlicencia de obras 
 and to secure funding from the Learning and Skills Council. If successful, building work is due to start as early as May this year.

The 8,500sq metre building has been designed with the nautical history of the area in mind.

It is hoped the development can bring to Birkenhead the kind of vibrancy that waterfront sites in Liverpool enjoy.

As well as bus, train and ferry access, the site will have a tram service which is expected to link up to the town network currently being developed by Wirral Council.

The Borough Road Borough Road is in Southwark, London SE1. It runs east-west between St George's Circus and Borough High Street. Southwark Bridge Road crosses Borough Road north-south about halfway along. The railway to Blackfriars station also passes overhead at the junction.  building, built some 50 years ago principally to train Cammell Laird For the football team see Cammell Laird FC.

Cammell Laird, one of the most famous names in British shipbuilding during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, came about following the merger of Laird, Son & Co. of Birkenhead and Johnson Cammell & Co.
 apprentices, is expected to be sold off with the money being ploughed back into the new campus.

The development will include a complete refurbishment re·fur·bish  
tr.v. re·fur·bished, re·fur·bish·ing, re·fur·bish·es
To make clean, bright, or fresh again; renovate.



re·fur
 of the existing centre at Conway Park with the two buildings functioning as a joint campus.

The Carlett Park campus will also be redesigned to concentrate on more academic courses.

Mr Dowd said: "It will service the needs of the local employment sector and provide the basis to equip students with the real skills to enter local business and industry."

The development is one of three phases in a four-year recovery plan put into emergency operation after a damning report which labelled Wirral Metropolitan as the second worst college in the country just two and a half years ago.

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