RACC exists to meet the learning and development needs of adults and young people and to help them progress in life, achieve career, business and personal development goals.
RACC has an adult ethos and environment where learner’s circumstances, experiences and skills are welcomed and the needs of adult learners and returners to education are understood and provided for in a safe environment.
By donating to RACC, you could be helping support our student bursaries which give disadvantaged students a chance at education. Each year RACC creates a bursary of £150,000 to offer financial assistance to learners who are on low incomes, are unemployed or in receipt of benefits.
We have two student bursary funds, one suitable for learners age 19+ and one for those that are age 24+ and on Level 3 or above courses. Bursaries are granted to provide assistance with travel to college, materials required for a course and childcare in our crèche.
Alternatively, you may choose to support the funding of a particular piece of equipment to enhance our students learning experiences.
RACC is investing in learning by developing its Richmond campus to provide modern facilities for all the community to access.
RACC implements quality improvement strategies including Learner Voice via course feedback and learner forums to ensure consistent success rates above national benchmarks.
RACC is a General Further Education College and as so, has charitable status. Although it receives grant funding from the government via the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency, this grant funding has been cut by 60% since 2004. Colleges now only receive grant funding for learners who lack skills and qualifications up to level 2 (5 GCSEs) and who are unemployed or facing disadvantage and in receipt of benefits. This means that RACC has to charge fees for its courses.
RACC has kept the cost of learning down so if courses appear to cost more, it is because they are no longer funded by the government. RACC’s fee policy aims to ensure that fees do not present a barrier to learning.
Our income from fees also helps to finance informal learning that does not lead to a qualification but addresses the specific needs of a learning group. For example, RACC works with local charities such as SPEAR to support people who are recovering from homelessness to develop skills and abilities to progress in life. RACC has also supported the Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group (EMAG) with the delivery of an Employability & Careers Progression course for young learners.
RACC has an annual calendar of events where entry fees are charged or donations collected towards student bursaries. Departments within RACC run their own small events to collect money to fund new equipment and teaching resources. Events include sales of student work such as pottery, glass, food etc., topical seminars, music and drama performances and exhibitions.