Hopwood Hall College is celebrating the success of its first ever Virtual Open Event.
The event – one of the first of its kind in the country – gave future students an exciting look at college life from the comfort of their own homes.
The next generation of learners flocked to a specially designed website where they could find out information on courses and apply for a place.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to delve into the wide variety of pathways available and speak to tutors who were answering questions through a live chat system during the event.
It also marked the first opportunity to take a virtual campus tour, including a brand new 360 experience in which people could digitally wander around the two campuses in Rochdale and Middleton.
This immersive experience gave future students the chance to explore classrooms, workshops, social areas and even catch a glimpse of the meerkats and alpacas homed at the on-site wildlife enclosure.
The pioneering event is Hopwood’s latest exciting venture since it began its ‘virtual leap forward’.
Since the country went into lockdown, the College has been embracing bold new ways of meeting the needs of its students and the wider community.
Just last month the College launched an array of free online courses to further establish its reputation as a hub for online learning.
The Virtual Open Event clearly captured the imagination of many, as evidenced by the amount of people who came from across the borough and beyond to be in attendance.
Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College, said:
“It was great to see so many people looking ahead to a brighter future by taking part in our Virtual Open Event.
“Those who attended are full of ambition and now have a better understanding of what they can achieve at Hopwood Hall College.
“Our community is clearly still full of goal-driven individuals and we are very excited about meeting them in person when they start their journey with us.”
Ben Slater, a Year 10 pupil from Crompton House School, said:
“I hadn’t really given much thought to joining Hopwood Hall College, but it’s certainly an option following the Virtual Open Event!
“I found it to be very welcoming and really liked the huge variety of courses and apprenticeships on offer. I could definitely see myself there in future!”