English, Maths and IT
Students will continue to develop their English, Maths and IT skills as part of their programme of study. If appropriate, students will be offered the opportunity to study GCSE English and Maths as part of their main course.
Employability and Personal Development
City & Guilds (Entry 3 / Level 1 / Level 2 Certificate)
This course enables students to continue to work on skills which are essential in terms of progression to further learning or employment.
Art and Design
Gateway Level 1 or WJEC GCSE (Level 2)
This is a course that will introduce you to a wide range of Art and Design making processes. We will refer to the work of numerous artists to inform and inspire your own creations. A course in Art and Design is a valuable asset for whichever direction you choose in the future. Come and see where your vision could take you!
Btec Level 1 Award in Caring for Children and BTEC First Level 2 Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Level 1: Students will develop some of the knowledge and practical skills that they will need in order to care for their own children or for children in a voluntary capacity, such as babysitting.
Level 2: Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, these vocational qualifications provide level 2 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in the sector.
Students who follow our Construction course will work towards two qualifications over one academic year. They are:
Level 1 City and Guilds certificate/extended certificate in Construction Skills.
This programme of study provides learners with an initial experience in plumbing, electrical work, painting and decorating and also carpentry. Assessment is through written and practical tasks.
Level 1 City and Guilds Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.
This qualification provides access to the CSCS safety card test at operative level and is assessed externally through an online test.
VTCT Level 1/Level 2 Award/Certificate in Hospitality
This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of Hospitality. The programme of study will build an understanding of the Hospitality industry. It covers a range of units, including:
Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
Working in the Hospitality Industry
Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality
Planning, preparing, Cooking and finishing food.
CAMBRIDGE TECHNICALS IN DIGITAL MEDIA
Level 1 and 2
Our dynamic media course examines the evolving relationships between media and culture within contemporary society. Pupils will learn to analyse the huge amount of media messages which they come across day to day.
Each vocational unit offers an opportunity for learners to improve their employability skills, and explore their own creative and artistic talents in a hands-on and supportive environment. The OCR technical qualifications in Media are high quality awards and nationally recognised. The unit choices include but are not limited to: graphic design, print, radio, television, advertisement, film, and animation.
All lessons take place in the Mac Media Suite where some of the software includes: iMovie, Comic Life, Garage Band, Photoshop as well as Google Apps for education.
Hair and Beauty
Level 1, City and Guilds Certificate/Diploma (Introduction to Hair & Beauty Sector)
This course will help learners understand aspects of the Hair & Beauty sector and the skills required to work in this sector. You will engage in a range of practical opportunities connected to the sector including skin and hand care, plaiting and twisting hair and shampooing and conditioning hair.
Level 2, City and Guilds Certificate/Diploma in Creative Hair & Beauty Studies
The certificate course includes a focus on the creative aspect of this sector with units such as, body art design, creating an image based on a theme within the Hair & Beauty sector but also includes units such as head massage, styling and basic colouring hair. The Diploma course builds on the skills and knowledge learnt in the certificate course and further develops skills in basic cutting, colouring using a range of methods and products, along with different waxing techniques.
Health and Social Care
Btec Entry Level/ Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care and Btec Level 1/2 Award in Health and Social Care
Level 1: Learners will understand the skills and knowledge needed to work in the sector and to develop practical skills in preparation for employment or progression to relevant higher level courses.
Level 2: Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, the qualifications provide learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in the sector or to progress onto relevant Level 3 courses.
L1 or L2 BTEC FIRST IN PERFORMING ARTS
BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. The range of vocational assessments – both practical and written – means students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to further education courses or potential employers.
Level 1, Edexcel BTEC Certificate/Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure
This course is for students who have an interest in and passion for the sport and fitness industry.
Students will have the opportunity to study different topic areas such as; Taking Part in Sport; Assisting at a Sport and Active Leisure Event; Taking Part in Exercise and Fitness; Planning your Own Fitness Programme.
Level 2, Edexcel BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate/Diploma in Sport Studies
This programme is designed for those wishing to take the first step in preparing for a career in the sports industry. You study two core units – Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Practical Sport. Then to complete the course, you are required to study 2 units from the following list; The Mind and Sports Performance, The Sports Performer in Action, Training for Personal Fitness, Leading Sports Activities. Fitness for Sport and exercise is assessed as an examination under controlled conditions and assessed by the examination board. All other assessments are carried out through coursework internally.
Preparation for work
Following the successes of our work experience programme (several of our students having gained either part or full time work as a result), we have embarked upon a personalised programme of study which mixes studies in college with a significant level of work experience to help fully prepare young people for the world of work.
This “Traineeship” style course is ideal for young people who feel that employment, rather than further academic study is their preferred next step. Upon successful completion of this course, students will gain a BTEC Work Skills qualification.
This course is only open to students who have already been with us for at least one year.