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futures grow It might be a huge decision what you do but at least with Abingdon and Witney College you know you will receive the best possible start to your future, whichever path you choose. With such a wide range of options, from A-levels to Apprenticeships, there is something that is right for everyone. Our aim is to support you, help you achieve your goals and get you to where you want to be in the future. What’s more with a great college community, fantastic campuses, a huge range of new facilities, plus even more being built, there’s never been a better time to start making your future happen!

key dates Don’t miss out!

Abingdon Open Days 7th November 12 15.00 – 19.00

Witney Open Days 21st November 12 15.00 –

Common Leys Farm Open Days 12th December 12 15.30 – 18.30

6th February 13 15.00 – 19.00

27th February 13 15.00 – 19.00

8th June 13 10.00 – 15.30

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welcome! Here at the college we understand that everyone has their own goals and ambitions. Large or small, to the individual they are important. That’s why we make sure we provide a place where students can thrive and grow by taking steps toward personal goals for their education and career. We are ambitious for our students, working with them to achieve excellence. But that excellence is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. As in everyday life we recognise that each of us offers something unique and abilities are not uniform. That’s why we offer a broad range of courses and programmes that embrace those differences and celebrate the success of students at all levels across the college. Every student is empowered to achieve and to be proud of the journey they take after leaving school. Take a look at this prospectus and discover how the learning environment at Abingdon and Witney College will enable you to grow and succeed. From A Levels and BTEC Extended Diplomas to Supported Learning and Apprenticeships we are with you every step of the way; giving you the skills and knowledge you need for higher education and going out to work. Your success is our future! Teresa Kelly – Principal

Make this guide work for you You don’t have to go far to get skilled, start your adventure today

You have the world at your feet with everything to look forward to, but it is a tough time because there is such a range of career pathways ahead. We hope this guide will give you the know how to make the big decisions that matter and get your adventure started!

Your journey to success Step one

Step two

Step three

Find your Level Go to page 13 to find out what your level is

Your course Choose a course at your level

Application Head to page 70 for more information on how to apply

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Key Dates – don’t miss out! Helping you succeed Money matters Student life Your campus Professional futures It’s all about choice Choosing your level A Levels Apprenticeships Accounting

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Animal Care Art and Design Beauty and Complementary Therapy Business and Enterprise Construction Skills Countryside – Agriculture Countryside – Conservation Countryside – Forestry Engineering Equine Studies Hairdressing Health and Care Horticulture Information Technology

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Life and Work Skills Media Motor Vehicle Music Technology Performance and Production Public Services Science Sport Travel and Tourism GCSE Springboard Gateway Centre 14-16 Horizons Aim Higher How to Apply

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Helping you

succeed The support you need for the future you want! Nothing should hold you back from achieving your goals. Whether you are aiming for an A in Animal Care or fancy learning how to build a dry-stone wall, we make sure you have the encouragement and support you need on each step of your journey to success.

Your Student Services team!

You will find lots of resources at college to assist you during your time here, helping you have the best experience at college possible. As well as having your own performance manager or tutor to support you through your studies, you can drop by to Student Services at anytime.

A friendly and very knowledgeable team, Student Services are there to help you with any questions, problems (large or small) and give great advice on areas such as: • Learning support • Careers and higher education guidance – what now, where next and how to get there • Student counselling service • Financial help – advice on grants and bursaries, travel or even childcare costs • The ‘Change Your Mind Programme’ – personal one-to-one coaching

Student Services – the go to guys for enrolments, bus pass applications, fees, finance and ID cards

Money matters Don’t let your finances hold you back! There is a range of financial support available to help with the day-to-day costs associated with studying at college, such as books, equipment and travel. Depending on your circumstances you could be eligible for a guaranteed/discretionary bursary, travel bursary or the Care to Learn Scheme for young parents.

Course Fees:

Under 19 at the start of your course? You do not pay tuition or examination fees for full-time courses and most part-time courses.

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Over 19? You may be charged course fees depending on your previous level of education but don’t worry – as an adult learner there is financial support available to help you in your studies depending on your circumstances; speak to one of the student support team to find out more. Don’t panic – we are here to help. For information on what financial support is available simply contact one of our Student Services team on 01235 555585, or just drop in and visit us at the Student Services area of Abingdon or Witney campuses.

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A college for

everyone At Abingdon and Witney College, whatever your background or circumstances, you will always have the support you need to be happy, feel safe, enjoy and achieve during your time at College. Study and Learning Support As a lead provider for ‘Action for Inclusion’ for Oxfordshire, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive college that welcomes applications from people with learning difficulties or disabilities. There are lots of resources available to help support you through your studies such as; oneto-one specialist study support for students with specific difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, short term english, maths or language support and disability support. English not a first language? Don’t let that stop

you! We have specialist language support for students whose home language is not English. Autism and Asperger’s syndrome support Our specialist team, part of the Oxfordshire Service for Autism, are trained to help insure students succeed both academically and socially in whatever course they choose. Our wide range of specialist facilities and highly trained staff allow students of all ages with a range of profound, complex and multiple disabilities to study at the college very successfully. • Trained and supportive staff • Mentoring programme

• Study and class assistance • Social skills development support • The Green Room – stop in, chill out or do work on the computers In partnership with MacIntyre’s MAP College the Abingdon campus also provides an excellent specialist provision for students on the autistic spectrum, with top class facilities including a sensory room and highly trained staff. If you have a learning, mental health or physical disability and would like to enrol on a course offered by the college, please contact our Learner Support Advisor on 01235 216440

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Student Get more than just an education… There is so much more to college than just studying for a qualification. Student life at college is exciting and varied, giving you the opportunity to meet new people, try different experiences and get involved in new things like clubs and societies, all whilst making the best possible start on your career path. Beautify yourself. With our fully functioning hair and beauty salons open to the public and students at both Abingdon and Witney campuses, there is never an excuse not to look top notch at college!

life

All the salons are brand new, boasting top of the range equipment, a lovely friendly atmosphere and the most competitive prices in town! Get active Want to get involved and get fit? Why not join the college rugby team, try out one of the four badminton/five-a-side courts in the huge Abingdon campus sports hall, head to the squash club or even the multi-gym where membership is only £5 a year!

“What a difference from school to college! It’s a friendly and exciting place to be, loads to get involved with and the tutors are so different to teachers, I feel much more grown up here!”

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Media madness We don’t just have your normal boring social clubs and dull activities. Here at Abingdon and Witney College we have groups such as our very own radio station, The Beat Radio, which broadcasts from an expansive media suite, film production unit and sound studio. Want in? Get in touch with Student Services today!


Your campus No one likes grey and boring days! Discover learning areas that are fun, vibrant and enjoyable. a huge range of land based learning for subjects from Animal Care to Horticulture, not forgetting the wonderful fully functioning equine stud yard.

The college is a social, practical and career focused place to be, where there is always something going on and never a dull moment! Great facilities and learning areas across the Witney and Abingdon campuses include: • Friendly open-access student support areas • Spacious refectories serving great hot and cold food and snacks complete with games tables! • Specialist vocational workshops • E-learning zones • Libraries • The Studio – hair and beauty salons • State of the art engineering workshops • Fully fitted nine ramp motor vehicle repair centre • Faith rooms • Broadcast-quality TV and radio studios and a state of the art film production unit • Performing arts centre with purpose built performance theatre • Specialist fully equipped media, photography and art and design suites • Sports centre and multi-gym

Avenue One Lay the right foundations for your career at our state of the art dedicated construction centre, Avenue One. Opened in 2010 there is no better place to hone your skills in brickwork, carpentry, painting and decorating and lots more. Building for your future Giving you the most up-to-date and advanced facilities possible in which to spend your time at college.

Common Leys Farm With top class specialist facilities, expert staff and an amazing learning atmosphere, Common Leys is our own little piece of land based heaven. Purpose built areas and facilities house

After the completion of the £7.4 million Witney Campus redevelopment, our list of new state of the art facilities has continued to grow, with brand new beauty and hairdressing salons across both campuses and new media, radio, TV and digital production suites at Witney. We won’t stop there; due to be completed in summer 2013 is the new top of the range engineering block at Abingdon.

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Employability skills, personal development and enterprise activities within the Professional Futures Programme make sure you stand out from the crowd after your qualification, whether you want to move into employment, higher education or start your own business.

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Professional

Futures

A new approach to learning You’ve been at school for what feels like forever and now you’ve reached a point where things need to change. You need something new, stimulating, challenging and rewarding to get stuck into. Well look no further... The Professional Futures Programme at the College enables you to break free of the classroom and get real hands on experience and skills that tick lots of boxes, establishing you as a top contender for jobs and higher education. The Professional Futures Programme is specifically designed to link closely to, and complement, your chosen course of study. You’ll get lots of opportunities for CV and skills building and have a great time doing it! Some of the great bits of Professional Futures to help you get ahead in life are; • • • •

Nationally recognised qualifications Guaranteed work placements Enterprise and work-based projects Employer and industry networking.

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Professional Futures in Action! Entrepreneur? Festival Organiser? Inventor? Project Manager? It’s all a ‘day in the life’ for a Professional Futures student! How many students can say they have planned and run a full scale music festival? As a Professional Futures student you could be adding this and lots more to your CV when you qualify because that is what it’s all about; getting real world experience that will make you stand out to employers and universities! Recently, our Live Events teamed up with Business and Art and Design students to plan and produce a music festival. Open to the public, with a budget to stick to and an income target to reach, the project reflected a real life business situation, and demanded top notch organisational and enterprise skills from all involved.

“PLANNING THE RADAR FESTIvAL WAS vERY HELPFUL AND A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH LOTS OF OTHER STUDENT FROM DIFFERENT COURSES.” SOPHIA SHAHzAD (STUDENT) The Professional Futures Programme: your ticket on your journey to success

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Future

Pathways Find the pathway to your future, start your journey here! Future Pathways is a gradual approach to learning that enables you to bank achievements each term and reach personal goals at your own pace. Each term you can sample different units which help you discover different work environments and industries – a kind of taster that will let you make an informed decision about the choices you make to help you decide about your future work or further education. In one (or two) years you will gain credits towards achieving an Award, Certificate, Advanced Certificate or Diploma in Vocational Studies. Running alongside your course there are additional areas of study such as Maths and English functional skills, team work and enterprise. Your studies will help you get into employment or go on to the next qualification in an area that interests you. Remember, Future Pathways is a personalised learning programme that is suited to your individual needs.

Here are the kind of industries that you could ‘mix and match’ within your Future Pathways: Level 1 programme • Animal Care • Conservation and Horticulture • Public Services • Sport • Health and Social Care • Childcare • Art • Design and Media • Hair and Beauty • Construction • Hospitality and Catering • Business and Enterprise • Information Technology • Retail As you go through this prospectus you will see which faculty areas run Level 1 programmes There is so much to aim for. Why not start your journey at Abingdon and Witney College?

Don’t know what area you want to study? Then find out! Know what you want to study? Then get better skilled. There is a way to get on to the right track and start discovering where your future lies. FIND OUT MORE

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STUDENTS’ KEY SKILLS ARE 18% ABOvE NATIONAL AvERAGE

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It’s all about

choice

We know there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to your education and the huge range of options available for you to choose from reflects this. From A Levels and vocational courses to apprenticeships, there will be something that suits you, giving you the best possible chance to make your education and of course your future, your own!

At a glance options… A Levels

Enjoyed your GCSEs and want to take your studying to the next level? A Levels could be the route for you. Our A Level programmes are classroom based, utilising the great sixth form facilities such as specialist subject areas and tutorial rooms, and designed to provide you with a springboard on the ladder of success to university, college foundation degrees or into the world of work.

vocational courses

Vocational courses are work-related qualifications with an emphasis on developing practical skills and knowledge in your chosen industry. You undertake work related projects and assessments rather than exams, and get opportunities for fantastic work experience throughout. You will get the ultimate employment preparation as well as an ideal qualification for entrance to university.

Apprenticeships

Our apprentices do real jobs, for real employers, so you earn while you learn. Apprenticeships are the ultimate employment preparation. With a great combination of college based and workplace training you learn the ropes in the classroom, and put it all into practice in the workplace. You get a great support structure through your college tutor, assessor and your employer, achieve recognised qualifications and get the best possible start to a career you will love.

Life and Work Skills Learning Programme

Our Life and Work Skills courses such as the Steps Programme are a gentle introduction to programmes of study, providing a range of options for learners to improve their life and employability skills. If appropriate, students can also progress onto other courses.

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Want to study part time at college whilst still at school? Working in partnership with schools in West and South Oxfordshire you can get the chance to study a great vocational course alongside taking your GCSEs at school. Call today to find out more.

Get back on track

Gateway – Aged 16-18 and not currently in education, employment or training? Get your great future on track with a Gateway programme – your link to a world of opportunities. GCSE Spring Board – Giving you a second chance to get the GCSE grades you deserve.

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choosing your

level

Sometimes making choices is a bit daunting when you’re faced with so many options, so where do you start? Well we are here to help. Get to grips with what qualification would suit you best with the table below.

Level

Entry requirements

Types of qualifications at this level

This qualification is equivalent to

What’s the next step?

Pre-Entry/ Entry level

You do not need any formal qualifications just a willingness to learn and progress

Entry Level Awards, Certificates and Diplomas

Life and Work skills

Possible further studies, work experience or supported employment

Level 1

Few or no formal qualifications and an interest and enthusiasm for your chosen subject

L1 Awards, Certificates and Diplomas

GCSE (D-G)

Possibly move onto a L2 qualification, employment or an Apprenticeship

Level 2

4 GCSEs at D and above and/or an equivalent L1 qualification

L2 Certificate L2 Extended Certificates L2 Diplomas Intermediate Apprenticeships

1 GCSE (A*-C) 4 GCSEs (A*-C) 4 GCSEs (A*-C)

Possible progression onto a L3 qualification, employment or Apprenticeship

Level 3

5 GCSEs grade C or above and/or equivalent L2 qualification

AS/A Levels L3 Certificates L3 Subsidiary Diplomas L3 Diplomas L3 Extended Diplomas Access to HE Advanced Apprenticeships

1 AS Level 1 A Level 2 A Levels 3 A Levels

Possibly progress into higher education with a foundation degree or degree, either at College or University. Alternatively move into employment or a Higher Apprenticeship

Level 4 and above

Subject to course requirements, generally A Levels, Level 3 qualification, or equivalent

Foundation Degree, HNC, HND Professional, Qualifications Higher Apprenticeships

Intermediate/ Higher Education

Continue onto a Degree, skilled employment or higher professional qualifications

Your journey to success Step 1 Find your Level Step 2 Your course – choose a course with your level symbol against it

Step 3 Application Step 4 Interview Step 5 Enrol

Entry requirements and your application Entry requirements are only general indicators. Find specific requirements for each course online or by talking to Student Services. You will be invited to interview as part of your course application. For information on the full application process go to page 66.

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A level The grades you need for the future you want With a huge range of subjects available for you to study, Abingdon and Witney College Sixth Form can be your passport to higher education, university and the world of work. With brilliant results, great learning facilities, a friendly atmosphere and a wide range of options from which to choose, why go anywhere else?

Your future, your choice

When we’re talking futures, we know that one size never fits all. You’re unique, an individual, and you want an A Level programme to match your goals and ambitions. Our experienced tutors will help you to choose your own tailor made A-Level programme of subjects to ensure it suits your interests, strengths and career aspirations, giving you the best sixth form experience possible.

A Levels – your springboard to great opportunities, from university to a better job.

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ThE sIxTh FORM ExPERIENcE sixth Form, just better

The college Sixth Form is a unique learning environment in which to study your A Levels. You will be in a supportive but adult atmosphere, with top class facilities and experienced tutors there to help you every step of the way. You will gain all the benefits of a traditional sixth form but as a vocational college, you also profit from our specialist subject areas and practical teaching zones such as science laboratories and state of the art media and Apple Mac suites. You have a great common room, purpose built university style lecture theatre and numerous sixth form tutorial and seminar rooms, making your sixth form an exciting and diverse place to learn.

sUbjEcTs AT As/A2 LEvEL

support along the way

Accounting Art biology business chemistry Economics English Language English Literature Film studies French Geography German Government & Politics history IcT Mathematics Maths – Further Maths Media studies Music Photography Physical Education Physics Product Design Psychology Religious studies sociology spanish

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

One of the great things about studying A Levels at college is the community life. You can get involved in sports, languages, a variety of leisure clubs, as well take part in fantastic trips to places such as New York and Paris in addition to course specific trips and visits.

You will be part of a specialist sixth form tutorial programme, including your own performance manager who will support you in your progress, target setting and goal achievement. We give a high priority to careers guidance and your future plans. Whilst you are studying, your tutor will be there to help you with advice on careers and higher education, university applications and improving your employment opportunities so you are informed and prepared for when you finish.

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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apprenticeships You’re hired! Get experience, get qualified and get paid Do you want to start a great career, earn money whilst learning and pick up recognised qualifications at the same time? Apprentices do real jobs for real employers, meaning you can continue your education and gain essential workplace experience, whilst earning a wage too!

Gain real workplace experience, develop professional skills and get the training you need to progress in

The ultimate employment preparation

Apprentices really do get the best of both worlds. On the job you earn a wage from day one and gain valuable practical experience in your chosen profession. At the same time, you continue your training and education, gaining recognised industry qualifications such as NVQs (QCF) and technical certificates such as BTECs or diplomas through the college.

Making it work for you

You will have your own programme of learning designed to suit you and your employer. Learning is often work-based, however you may come to college on day release, block release or receive one-to-one tuition. You will get great support from your College assessor who will meet you in the workplace, as well as with your employer to ensure they are providing you with the best possible learning environment. Your apprenticeship will start at a level that suits you, either Intermediate (Level 2), or Advanced (Level 3). Entry requirements vary depending on the industry and qualifications involved so it’s worth getting in touch with an advisor to find out more. With a programme taking on average 1-2 years to complete however, the most important thing is that you have a passion and determination to succeed in your chosen industry and new career.

Where will an apprenticeship take you?

Apprenticeships are a great first step on the career ladder but the benefits to you don’t stop there. You will have real work experience, qualifications and employer references that will set you above the rest when applying for jobs in the future. At the end of your apprenticeship you could continue working and progressing up the career ladder, move up to a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4/5), or even go on into higher education at APPLY NOW college or university.

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APPRENTIcEs EARN, ON AvERAGE, £100,000 MORE OvER ThEIR LIFETIME ThAN OThER EMPLOYEEs

cAsE sTUDY

APPRENTIcEshIPs AvAILAbLE IN Accountancy brick Working business and Administration customer service Design – Graphic Design or Photography Engineering Greenkeeping horticulture IT, software, Web and Telecoms IT Users Marketing Motor vehicle sports Turf

ANNA WRIGhT – bUsINEss AND ADMINIsTRATION APPRENTIcE I love my job. It’s great to be earning a wage, still get to go to college and all whilst still getting to where I want to be career wise. Being an apprentice is such a different way of learning, my day is always varied. I do anything from general office administration and diary management, to writing reports and answering enquiries. Working has really helped my confidence and given me a chance to put my college work into practical use. I really enjoy the day at college each week and have even been able to go back and study my Maths and English GCSEs, in addition to my NVQ work, to help boost my future CV!

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accounting and bookkeeping Are you a numbers person? Have you decided that a career in accounting is for you? The fast track Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) courses at Abingdon and Witney College are intense programmes of study that will enable you to move forward quickly.

success will demonstrate your potential to future employers and show your level of commitment and practical real-world accounting skills.

Get on course for a great career

AAT qualifications will help you move forward in your chosen career. These internationally recognised qualifications are based on the real needs of employers and help you to master skills that employers are looking for. Our focused and intense approach means that you can achieve two levels within a year and really give your career prospects a boost. The exam based courses are very structured and all assessments are undertaken on computers. You will learn essential business and finance skills that you’ll need in the work-place. Success will demonstrate your potential to future employers and show your level of commitment and practical real-world accounting skills.

Open doors to a professional future

AAT qualifications mean that you can consider progressing on to employment in accountancy, university and being self employed. Once you have completed Level 4 you can apply for AAT full membership and gain MAAT status. You will have practical skills that you can put to work from day one and your AAT qualifications will also give you some exemptions from the Foundation Level professional accounting exams of CIMA, CIPFA and ACCA.

APPRENTIcEshIP AvAILAbLE

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ExamplE carEErs accounts clerk

Finance officer

Payroll administrator

Accountant

Courses available

Level

Duration

AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (September to December)

2

15 weeks

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (January to July)

3

22 weeks

AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (part time)

4

1 year

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Higher Education Courses Foundation degree in Business, Management and Communication Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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animal

care

Take a walk on the wild side Are you an animal lover interested in animal health, science and welfare? Gain a qualification that can set you on the path to a wonderfully rewarding career in the animal care sector.

Qualifications for your future

There is arguably no more rewarding career than working with and caring for animals. However to start a career in the industry it is important you have the essential qualifications and practical experience required to care for animals correctly. Our Animal Care courses run from the Animal Care Centre at Common Leys Farm, will provide you with just that.

You will spend your time working in our specialist units, with areas such as a fully equipped grooming parlour providing you with fantastic hands on practical experience.

Get your hands dirty

From practical animal care husbandry, introductions into animal science, behaviour and health, to looking after the large range of animals we have on site, from small animals and exotics, to large animals such as sheep, cattle, alpacas and goats, your preparation for the world of working with animals is our top priority. You will spend your time working in our specialist indoor and outdoor purpose built units, with areas such as a fully equipped grooming parlour providing you with fantastic hands on practical experience designed to help you kick start a great career in Animal Care after your course. Level 1 is the initial step towards developing the knowledge and skills required to work in the animal industry, covering the basic aspects of animal care with a mixture of practical and theoretical classes. Level 2 lets you explore areas such as animal health and welfare, accommodation, feeding and many more whilst getting practical with great work based experience, essential for work in the animal industry or to take forward into Level 3 training. Level 3 Dream of higher education, or a great management career in the animal sector? Level 3 will provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to help you succeed. You will explore scientific aspects of animal care as well as routine husbandry, care and business management and undertake great work placements that will test and develop your management skills. Why stop there? Take your next step into a great future with a Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the College in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.

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ExAmplE cArEErs Kennels/catteries assistant

Zoology assistant

Dog trainer – uniformed forces

Inspector

Animal trainer

Animal nursing assistant

Animal care assistant

Dog groomer

cAsE sTUDY

FREDDIE PRITchARD – LEvEL 3 ANIMAL cARE I started on a Level 2 programme in Animal Care at the College. Although nervous at first the course gave me the confidence and skills needed to progress onto the Level 3 programme, which was my goal that I wanted to achieve when I started at the College. Throughout Level 3 I improved my experience and expanded my knowledge to the extent that I was prompted to consider going into higher education. I had never thought about university before but I am thrilled to be able continue studying animal care, as well as be working towards a University foundation degree! Where next? Well there is a top up year to do a BA Hons degree but we will just have to wait and see..!

courses available

Level

Duration

Entry Level Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care

E

1 year

Introductory Diploma in Animal Care

1

1 year

Diploma in Animal Care

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Animal Management

3

2 years

Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management

3

1 year

common Leys

higher Education courses Foundation degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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art

and design Develop your creative talents Do you picture yourself exhibiting at a top class gallery, creating fabulous interior designs or even designing the next big fashion trend? Discover how your creativity can turn into a fulfilling career with a fantastic course at Abingdon and Witney College.

A world of creativity

Art and design affects everyone and it is an area about which everyone has an opinion. Today’s environment is alive with creativity, from advertising and product design, to fashion and interior design and there is an abundance of routes for creative people to make their mark.

building a fantastic future

APPRENTIcEshIP AvAILAbLE

Whether you hope to start work after college or go on to university, the College has an art and design course to suit you and help you explore the full range of approaches to art and design. Weekly lectures challenge and inform you about contemporary and historical issues and help you to put your own practical work within a broad cultural context. Throughout your study you will receive specialist advice and tutor support on portfolio presentation and preparation for university and job interviews.

Practical and diverse learning opportunities

You will learn about professional art and design through visits to museums, galleries, design studios and work experience. Each course includes trips and residential visits to places like Zagreb, Beijing, New York and Marrakesh, where you will improve your skills and learn about global art and design practice. Experimental and industry related project briefs will introduce you to the Apple Macs, print making studio, 3D studio, photography, fashion and textiles. Finally you will show off your talent at the annual end of year exhibitions and festivals. Visitors are consistently impressed!

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ExAmplE cArEErs Artist

Interior designer

computer games designer

Illustrator

Animator

Fashion designer

Product designer

Architect

sculptor

curator

cAsE sTUDY

sOPhIE bROWN – LEvEL 3 ART AND DEsIGN The Extended Diploma has been a great opportunity to gain lots of creative experiences as well as a qualification that allows me to go into university. My final project piece has been great as I was able to choose my own subject. I am studying an area called ‘Surface Design’ which is working with plant cells within fabrics. I am hoping to go on to study this at university so being able to concentrate on this during my college course will really help me in meeting the demands of a BA degree.

courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Art and Design units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Art and Design

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Art and Design Pathways in: Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles, Photography

3

2 years

3/4

1 year

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Abingdon

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

Witney

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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beauty

and complementary therapy Looking good, feeling great! Helping people feel good is a great reason to go to work. Careers in beauty and complementary health offer the opportunity to do just that! A qualification will enable you to build up the practical skills and expertise necessary to put customers at their ease and feel they are in safe hands, as well as help you build a strong reputation and ensure you can become a first class therapist.

Top notch experience

Abingdon and Witney College has brand new, high street quality salon facilities in which you will train and work, and experienced lecturers with extensive industry experience. They will support you as you learn and develop your knowledge across a wide range of services. You will take part in a range of activities including competitions, shows and voluntary work. We are active participants (and prize winners) at the World Skills competitions in beauty, nail art and complementary therapies which you will be encouraged to enter. A big part of your journey will involve work experience. Spending one day a week in a private salon you will develop great commercial and real workplace skills. Lots of our students go into permanent employment at their placement salons after qualifying.

beauty therapy

Here at the College we can help you achieve your goals. Whether you want to run your own business, be a therapist in a salon or travel the world on a cruise ship, the sky is the limit. Starting at Level 1 or 2 you will learn the fundamental skills you will need to progress to the higher levels. As you progress through to achieve Level 3 you will be able to demonstrate professional abilities and you will be ready to start work in a salon. You will learn: • Manicures and pedicures • Massage • Facials • Make up • Salon management • Anatomy/physiology

complementary health

Being a complementary health therapist requires knowledge of a wide range of skills that help clients to release tension, manage pain and gain flexibility, as well as improving their general feeling of wellbeing. Whether treating clients in the College’s well equipped and up-to-date salons, or outside of College working in different environments, like a hospice, you will gain a realistic idea of what it is like to work as a complementary therapist. Our courses meet the National Occupational Standards which mean that once you have passed the course you can enter into practice and start making a real difference to people. The techniques you will learn include: • Aromatherapy • Massage • Reflexology

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Beauty therapist

Make-up artist

Fashion photographer

Teacher

salon manager

complementary heath therapist

cAsE sTUDY

GEORGIA GREEN – NvQ LEvEL 3 bEAUTY ThERAPY Working in the college salon and the regular weekly work experience gave me practical skills and experience that is so important for working as a therapist. I jumped at the chance to study extra subjects like nail art, Fake Bake, hot stones, nail tech and specialist make up and it’s really paid off as the wide range of skills I gained has allowed me to open my own beauty and holistic treatment salon!

courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Beauty Therapy

1

1 year

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

2

1 year

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

3

1 year

Abingdon

Witney

Mature students only – must be over 18 years of age Diploma in Beauty Therapy 18+

3

1 year

NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy 18+

3

1 year

Diploma in Complementary Therapy 18+

3

1 year

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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business

and enterprise

Are you a captain of industry? Fancy yourself the next Alan Sugar? Let your business career take off with a qualification that will support you as you take your first steps into business or advance on to a university degree.

Projects solving issues for real businesses give fantastic realistic work experience.

The right place for you

If you thrive in a changing world where there are always new challenges and goals to achieve, then the world of business and commerce could be for you. With an enormous range of career possibilities and opportunities to suit all sorts of people, a course will let you explore this environment and help you decide where your future lies!

Discover your potential

The college offers business students a unique experience with substantial opportunities to discover how the business environment works and the roles within it. Have you got an ambition to start and grow your own business? We can help you understand how to do that too! While you study for our business qualifications you will take part in a number of field trips, including a residential allowing you to see behind the scenes of different types of organisations. Projects solving issues for real businesses give you as much realistic work experience as possible. Alternatively if you chose hospitality and events management you will complete a number of assignments using role play, presentations, videos and written work.

create a bright future

It’s all about your future and getting the right skills which will stand you out from the crowd with employers or universities. In addition to your course, as a business student, you will take part in the ‘Futures Programme’, helping you build an impressive CV for future employers or a stand out personal statement for your university application.

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ExAmplE cArEErs Office manager

Marketing manager

Retail manager

Entrepreneur

Event co-ordinator

human resources officer

Fundraiser

sales person

conferencing assistant

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cAsE sTUDY MAIsIE FARRELL – bUsINEss ENTERPRIsE GRADUATE I started the course not really knowing what type of job or business I would like to work in afterwards. It was during an assignment that asked us to research our dream career that I realised what area I wanted to specialise in. My chosen dream job, as a buyer in the fashion industry, is now becoming a reality as I moved on from college to study Fashion Buying and Merchandising at university.

In my first few lectures that I realised how essential the things that I learned at college actually were. All the terminology that I never thought sank in suddenly all came back to me and I understood what the lecturer was saying! Studying business is great because you can go onto work in an industry you’re interested in. I would love to own my own fashion label one day but that’s a long term ambition. At the moment I am happy that I am at university and working towards a job that was once only a ‘dream career’, you can’t ask for more than that!

courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Business units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Hospitality and Event Management

2

1 year

Certificate in Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (January start)

2

13 weeks

Extended Diploma in Business Enterprise

3

2 years

Abingdon

Witney

higher Education courses Foundation degree in Business, Management and Communication Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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construction skills build the right foundations for a great career Hands on, practically challenging, fast moving and diverse. Whilst no job within construction is ever the same you can be sure that it will be exciting with brilliant career and training options. With our dedicated, state of the art construction training centre in which to hone your professional skills, building a future in the construction industry is not as hard as you think.

Learn your trade in a real life environment with equipment and surroundings equivalent to those in the workplace.

A world of opportunity

Bringing in more than £7 billion in the UK and growing, construction is big business. It’s challenging, and very fast moving, but also a fantastic place to be building a future career! The sector is famed for its endless options to learn new trades and skills, making it an exciting and interesting working environment. As a construction worker opportunities to redirect into new areas of expertise are plentiful, as well as the prospect of progressing up the career ladder and even starting your own business.

Getting the job done

Skills in construction trades are not something you can learn from a book. At Avenue One, it’s about ‘hands on’ learning. Fully equipped with all the latest equipment and materials and staffed by our expert industry professionals, there is no better place to start your career. Your time training at the centre will be packed with intensive practical experience and maximum working time with the materials and tools of your chosen trade. It’s real life, on the job training, designed to make you capable and confident in meeting professional standards of work when you finish training.

Anyone’s game

And remember... it is definitely not just jobs for boys – nearly 200,000 women work in the construction industry in the UK, all of them making the most of the great opportunities, training and potential business opportunities that come from a career in construction!

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ExamplE carEErs Builder

Joiner

Site manager

Decorator

Carpenter

Labourer

Bricklayer

CASE STuDy

ANTHONy PRESTON – DIPLOmA IN BASIC CONSTRuCTION SkILLS Since leaving school I have struggled to juggle my time between raising a family, holding various jobs and trying hard to continue with my education. I finally chose to come to College and I have had the most amazing time; it has opened up so many opportunities for me. I have done so much that I didn't believe I could do, and that's down to the staff at Avenue One. I really didn't want to leave but with the help and support from my tutor I have been offered an amazing apprenticeship with a local demolition firm. Now I am just looking forward to a great new career!

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Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Construction units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Basic Construction Skills

1

1 year

1/2

1 year

1

1 year

1/2

1 year

Diploma in Brickwork Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery Diploma in Painting and Decorating

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Avenue One

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

Abingdon

(level 1 courses only)

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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countryside

agriculture

Get your hands dirty Do you want a career working out in the countryside, looking after animals and producing food for the nation? Gain practical experience of farming while studying for a recognised qualification and kick start a rewarding and exciting career in agriculture and farming.

Planting the seed to a great future

Farming offers a very varied and challenging career with a huge range of career paths to move into. If you enjoy working outside with animals and machinery then a life in agriculture could be for you and our Level 2 Diploma is a great place to start. Designed to give you a great introduction to working in farming the course brings together practical agricultural and farming techniques and skills, as well as giving you the essential knowledge you will need to work in the agriculture industry.

hands on learning

For a great future in agriculture you will need real-work hands on experience. Based at our Common Leys Farm you will be getting stuck in and involved in the day-to-day running of our small herd of Dexter cattle and other livestock. You will be learning to operate and maintain machinery essential to life on the farm, manage agricultural habitats, discover arable production, and many other essential land based skills.

Get more from your learning

Our great links within the agriculture industry will give you access to local farms during your course where you will explore different animal husbandry methods, arable techniques and various agriculture and environmental businesses. Along the way you can also further your specialist skills and increase your future employability through achieving other relevant agricultural qualifications.

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ExAmplE cArEErs Arable foreperson

stockperson

Farm machinery operations

Farm work

courses available City and Guilds Diploma in Agriculture

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

Advisory/consultancy work

stock management

Unit manager

Tractor driving

Level

Duration

2

1 year

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

common Leys

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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countryside and conservation Get an outside office Would you like to become part of an industry managing and conserving our natural environment? Make the countryside your workspace by studying a course in countryside management and lay the foundations for a wonderful career in the wildlife, countryside and environmental sectors.

Your great rural future

The increase in concern for conservation and environmental management has generated a new demand for skilled countryside professionals and a course can put you on the path to a career in this rewarding sector. Being such a varied sector, once qualified you will have a hugely diverse choice of jobs to choose from, giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area that you have a real passion for.

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The countryside is for everyone to enjoy and our range of courses reflects this with options from Entry Level life skills, right through to Level 3 Extended Diplomas. Practical work plays an important part of your learning at the college regardless of what level you study at. Our wonderful location at Common Leys Farm has excellent specialist facilities and partners providing an ideal training ground for hands on learning, a great gateway to a fulfilling career.

Laying the foundations (Level E & 1)

At entry level you will get to work on learning the basics of plants, gardening and the countryside, developing useful life and work skills on the way. A Level 1 course will introduce you to the practical aspects and skills required in the industry such as using and maintaining machinery, maintaining sites and horticulture skills such as plant propagation.

countryside and Environment (Level 2)

From discovering about habitats and conservation, to tree felling and hedge laying, Level 2 will give you great practical hands on experience and knowledge of the industry to take forward into Level 3 or employment.

Environmental science and countryside Management (Level 3)

Combine practical training with project skills and academic theory in subjects such as ecology, conservation, estate management and sustainability for the ultimate employment preparation. Work placements, conservation site visits, exhibitions and study tours to the Welsh countryside are just some of the great activities designed to test and grow your knowledge at Level 3.

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ExAMPLE cAREERs Outdoor recreation manager

Environmental education

Environmental consultant

Ecologist

Estate manager

countryside officer

Wildlife warden

Gamekeeper

cAsE sTUDY

chARLIE bRINkWORTh – cOUNTRYsIDE MANAGEMENT I have always worked outside since before I left school when I used to help out as a beater for my local pheasant shoot. The Countryside Management course has given me great experience and skills, helping me start to turn my hobbies into a career, something I could never have done with A Levels. The course has been so hands on and a great preparation for work. In fact I felt ready after my first year to start growing my own business doing fencing, drystone walling, tree felling and clearance, ready for when I finish college. I am aiming for a distinction when I finish my level 3 course next year and am hoping as I learn more throughout the remainder of the course, it will help me grow and expand my business for when the course is over.

courses available

Level

Duration

Entry Level Diploma in Land-based Studies – Plants & Countryside

E/1

2 years

Introductory Diploma in Countryside and Horticulture Skills

1

1 year

Diploma in Countryside and the Environment

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Environmental Science and Countryside Management

3

2 years

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

common Leys

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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forestry and arboriculture Plant the roots of a great future Do you enjoy working outside and have an interest in trees, woodlands and timber? Get skilled up with a course in forestry and arboriculture and kick start a fantastic career.

branch out into a world of opportunites

Our specialist countryside and land based training center provides a unique learning environment; you’ll be able to gain essential hands-on experience in a countryside environment.

Our forests and trees are important not just for commercial use. Across the world we rely on woodland areas for recreation, sport, conservation and even protection of the environment. As a skilled Arborist or Forestry professional you could be starting a great future is a wide range of areas. You could go into contracting, wood processing, arboriculture/tree surgery work, find yourself managing forests for commercial or recreational uses, working with local authorities on parkland management and safety or even managing conservation sites as well as many more‌

starting out (Level 2)

At Level 2 you will learn the fundamentals of looking after woodlands and estates. Developing lots of practical skills in areas such as machinery operation, fencing, estates and forestry skills, you will be well prepared to start a career or move onto Level 3 studies.

climbing the ladder (Level 3)

At Level 3 you will be training to become a specialist forestry and arboriculture professional. You will develop vital knowledge of plant, tree and soil science, habitat management, tree surveying/ identification, pests and diseases and many other essential areas of the industry. Don’t be fooled though, this course is hands on, preparing you for a varied outside role through practical and work experience activities. Whilst studying you will use a range of machinery and chainsaws on a daily basis and also have opportunities to access external assessments to gain chainsaw and other related tree care certificates, vital for your future career. Work experience is integral to the course and your future employment opportunities and you will undertake external placements during your studies.

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ExAMPLE cAREERs Woodland conservation

Wood processor

Estate worker

Tree officer

Local Authority forest officer

Tree surgeon or arborist

courses available

Groundwork or climbing contractor

Level

Duration

Diploma in Forestry

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture

3

2 years

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

common Leys

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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engineering Making the world work Do you enjoy discovering how things work, exploring new technologies and finding the solution to a challenging problem? With a course in engineering you can kick start an exciting career shaping the world we live in, designing and pioneering the latest technology, or even solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Interested in working for the Armed Forces? how does producing aircraft systems (As) or even developing new weapon technology sound?

A world of choices

Our world’s reliance upon technology means that there is no limit to the opportunities of a career in engineering. One great thing about the industry is that you can follow your interests – if you enjoy media, you could find yourself designing the latest mobile technologies; if the environment is important to you, get involved with developing green sustainable technologies; interested in working for the Armed Forces? How does producing aircraft systems (AS) or even developing new weapon technology sound? And there is still the widespread world of manufacturing to explore!

Get stuck into a great future

From our specialist mechanical and electrical engineering workshops you will develop your engineering knowledge, practical/ technological skills and imagination in readiness for your future career. You will cover a broad base of electrical and mechanical areas as well as discover the fascinating systems and processes that define the practice and techniques of engineering. On a day-to-day basis you could be trialling new skills in the materials and electronics labs, covering manufacturing process, exploring CAD (computer aided design software) or even discovering the intricacies of electronic circuit constructions.

Indulge yourself

As an engineer you will have a passion for maths and the sciences, new technologies and practical problem solving and our impressive workshop areas are fully equipped with the latest technology in which to indulge these interests.

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Process engineer

building services engineer

Automotive engineer

chemical engineer

cAD designer

Animatronics technologist

communications engineer

Naval architect

cAsE sTUDY

sAMUEALLE WALTERs – bTEc ExTENDED DIPLOMA IN ENGINEERING I feel confident about taking my skills into a job after the course as the equipment we use within the Engineering Department follows the current standards used in industry. The course is really interesting, the facilities are good and the tutors are enthusiastic, I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in engineering!

courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Engineering

2

1 year

Diploma in Engineering

3

1 year

Extended Diploma in Engineering

3

2 years

Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering

3

2 years

Abingdon

higher Education courses Foundation degree (FdSc) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Foundation degree (FdSc) in Mechanical Engineering Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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equine

studies

Making a passion a great career Do you love horses and riding and want to make it more than just a hobby? A career in the equine industry could give you the chance to make your passion for horses into a great future.

Get a career leg up

Standards are very high and students have strong records of achievement.

A job in the equine industry requires dedication, a passion for horse welfare and of course plenty of hard work, but the rewards of such a job are great. The equine world is very diverse and holding the required skills and recognised qualifications can set you on a path towards a huge variety of careers including work as a groom, stud assistant, within Armed Forces or even the police force!

Real work, great experience

Just like the equine industry itself, there is never a dull day on our equine courses. Based at our fantastic Common Leys Farm Stud you will be immersed in the day to day life of a working thoroughbred stud and equine centre. Dependent on your course, a normal day could involve yard duties, developing handling and routine care skills, riding practice in one of the outdoor arenas, running competitions and studying anatomy and physiology in our purpose built science labs!

Your route to success

Level 1 is the very first step towards developing the knowledge and skills required to work in the industry, covering the basic aspects of horse care with a mixture of practical and theoretical classes. Level 2 is designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to work in the horse industry or to take forward into Level 3. Covering all aspects of horse care through practical skills training and theoretical classes you also undertake routine work experience on the college yard, giving you a taste of what it is like to work full time with horses. The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is a one year course, which provides you with the essential equine theory and practical knowledge to equip you for employment or further study. Level 3 Extended Diploma is a two year course that combines great theory in essential areas such as equine biology, anatomy, behaviour and welfare, event management and retail, with practical skills and relevant work placements. If you want a great route into higher education and degree courses then this is the qualification for you.

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ExAMPLE CAREERS Groom

Stud hand

Researcher

instructor/coach

Stable manager

Equine veterinary nurse and sales

Event organiser

CASE StuDY

StEPH HEWitt – LEvEL 3 DiPLOMA iN HORSE CARE Steph Hewitt completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management in July 2012 with a triple distinction. Steph has used the practical skills she developed through her Level 3 course to bring on and train her own horse that she now competes. As part of the students work experience module Steph completed a work placement at Kirtlington Stud, this has cemented Steph’s ambition of working on a stud. Steph is now studying towards the BSc in Equine Science that we run through Oxford Brookes University.

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Work-based Horse Care

1

1 year

Diploma in Horse Care

2

1 year

Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management

3

1 year

Extended Diploma in Equine Science and Business Management

3

2 years

2 Level two:

3 Level three:

Common Leys

Higher Education Courses Foundation degree in Equine Science & Management BSc in Equine Science BSc in Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

4 or more Ds

4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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hairdressing Can you cut it in the real world? Are you motivated by fashion and want a future at the cutting edge? If you have an eye for detail, a creative flair, are sociable and enjoy meeting people, the exciting world of hairdressing may be the career choice for you!

You will be learning and practising in our brand new salons at either Abingdon or Witney. A path to success

Hairdressing is an energetic creative industry and there are a wide variety of careers that you can follow once qualified. At Abingdon and Witney College we offer a structured route to achieving the exacting standards required by salons and customers. We have a wide range of industry recognised qualifications taught by tutors with extensive industry experience. Courses take you through from a solid grounding in the essential skills at Level 1 right through to the highest qualification available within the industry doing advanced work at Level 3.

Get more from your learning

You will be learning and practising in our brand new salons at either Abingdon or Witney. You will be working on clients within weeks, and this will enable you to build up your confidence and experience and all while you develop your own clientele. Along the way you will get involved in competitions and shows as well as learning how to promote your services; all of which will help you begin your career in a salon or start you own hairdressing business. APPLY

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Stylist

Colour technician

theatrical stylist

Hair technician

Salon manager or supervisor

CASE StuDY

HARLEY – LEvEL 3 HAiRDRESSiNG Studying hairdressing at the college is great as we spend so much time working in the salon on site which has really helped my confidence and practical skills. The work experience at other salons we do during the course means you can get used to daily salon life and I have picked up lots of skills just by being able to watch other experienced staff.

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Hairdressing

1

1 year

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

2

1 year

NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing Level 3

3

1 year

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Abingdon

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

Witney

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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health and care

A helping hand makes all the difference Committed to helping others? Caring and compassionate with a talent for working with the elderly, children, disabled or people with learning disabilities? Gain a qualification that can give you the foundations for a great career in the care sector.

We value hands on experience and you will spend a lot of time on work placements and gaining practical experience throughout your studies.

A caring career

The care sector is a growing industry and as a result the opportunity for employment is increasing. Careers in this sector can be very rewarding, making a big difference to the lives of many people. It takes patience, understanding and consideration for others to succeed; in return you will know that you are making a huge positive impact.

Growing a rewarding future in a great place

The Health and Care Department at the college is a vibrant and exciting place to learn. We value hands on experience, you will spend a lot of time on work placements and gaining practical experience throughout your studies. Lecturers at the college will guide and encourage you. With their professional industry experience, they can give you first hand, expert insight and help you learn the skills you will need once you start your working life.

Childcare

A childcare course can help start a great career in teaching, nursery work, as a nanny or even a play specialist. With a Level 2 course you will gain the skills to move into employment at assistant level. Level 3 provides a thorough grounding in childcare and education skills, as well as large amounts of work based experience. Once finished, you could go on into higher education or employment in nurseries, schools, hospitals or even as a nanny.

Health and social care

If you would like get your career working in care homes, hospitals, nursing homes or even in youth work on track then a course in health and social care could be for you. Through Level 2 you will attend a range of work placements, gaining key practical experience whilst developing your theoretical knowledge. Level 3 provides a broad educational basis for you to take on into higher education or employment within the sector.

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ExAMPLE CAREERS Primary school teacher

Health visitor

Youth and community worker

Childcare worker

Mental health nurse

Learning disabilities carer

Care assistant for the elderly

Nursery nurse

CASE StuDY RANi – LEvEL 3 HEALtH AND SOCiAL CARE I choose this course because I always wanted to work in the health sector but didn’t know what career. The has course helped me to decide the area I want to focus on and now I can’t wait to move onto the next level, training towards being a midwife.

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Health and Care Units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Childcare and Education

2

1 year

Diploma in Health and Social Care

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

3

2 years

National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

3

2 years

Access to Higher Education Health Care

3

1 year

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Witney

Higher Education Courses Foundation degree in Early Years Foundation degree in Support for Learning Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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horticulture Green skills, great futures Would you like a creative, outdoor career with great opportunities? If you enjoy working with plants and the environment, have a flair for design and an interest in preserving and maintaining our natural landscape, a career in horticulture is the future for you!

A world of green futures

Studying horticulture opens a huge range of opportunities within one of the most important and diverse industries in the world. Far from simply a life of gardening, as a horticulturalist you could be landscaping beautiful park designs, studying plant ecology in the Amazon, designing displays for events or famous landmarks, developing and researching new food crops, right through to simply maintaining colour and beauty in our public and private spaces.

the roots of a great career

Getting practical and involved is the key to becoming a great horticulturist. You will develop your creative and technical skills at our purpose built horticultural facilities at Common Leys Farm. Each day will present new, exciting challenges working within the specialist nursery areas and poly tunnels as well as the great plant identification and care areas. There will also be plenty of opportunities to hone your professional skills with the wide range of horticultural tools and machinery on site.

Making the next step

The mix of theory and practical sessions will make sure you have the hands on skills and plant/related sciences knowledge essential for a wide range of professional careers on completion of your course. There is also the option to study at a higher level, or even go on into university!

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ExAMPLE CAREERS Surveyor

Contract manager

Decorator

Garden designer

Conservation/environmental sector

Glasshouse/nursery assistant

Green keeper/sports groundsperson

Botanic gardener

CASE StuDY DAN FREEMAN – LEvEL 2 & 3 HORtiCuLtuRE Dan joined the City and Guilds Level 2 Horticulture course four years ago. His love for horticulture was apparent from the start and his skills, knowledge and experience developed rapidly. He made the decision to progress to Level 3 following on from his success on Level 2 and although initially unsure which sector of the horticultural industry he wished to focus on he knew he wanted to be a gardener. Towards the end of his Level 3 studies Dan was encouraged to apply for the prestigious, Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture. Dan has now completed his studies at Wisley and is now employed at the RHS garden as a gardener.

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Level

Duration

Introductory Diploma in Countryside and Horticulture Skills

1

1 year

Diploma in Horticulture

2

1 year

Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture

3

1 year

Extended Diploma in Horticulture

3

2 years

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Common Leys

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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information

technology

Are you computer savvy? Do you enjoy working with computers and have a mind for exploring the latest technology? IT is a career with a huge amount of opportunities, so whether you are analytical or creative, IT could be the future for you!

IT skills are always in demand. The world needs creators of technology not just users!

The backbone of our world

In today’s technology dependant environment, IT professionals provide skills essential for our world’s technologies to run effectively. From vital business systems, computer games, to software on home computers and special effects in blockbuster films, to managing major security systems, IT skills are always in demand. The world needs creators and managers of technology not just users!

The sky’s the limit

Relevant qualifications will be essential if you wish to develop a career in the sector. Abingdon and Witney College can offer you a range of courses to suit your own capabilities and expectations; from a Level 1 Certificate through to a foundation degree in Computing.

Industry recognised qualifications

During your course you’ll complete a number of assessed projects and cover a wide range of fundamental skills essential for a future career in IT. Depending on the course you choose, you could be exploring the role and usage of hardware and software, discovering the world of programming, or even designing and maintaining websites. Ultimately you will be developing a fantastic portfolio of skills to offer a future employer.

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ExAMPLE CAREERS Games developer

it consultant

Programmer

telecommunications specialist

Web designer

Systems developer

Network engineer

Systems analyst

CASE StuDY

JENNiFER CHAuNDRY – LEvEL 3 iNFORMAtiON tECNOLOGY I never realised there we so many parts to studying IT prior to college. The course has sparked my interest in Information Technology Management, something I previously know very little about however the part I enjoy the most is Programming. I am hoping to go onto university next year to study Computer Science and Programming, I couldn’t have done this without the chance to redo my Maths and English GCSEs whilst at College.

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Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Information Technology units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Information Technology

2

1 year

Diploma in Creative Technologies

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Information Technology

3

2 years

Subsidiary Diploma in Games Development

3

1 year

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Witney

Higher Education Courses Foundation degree in Computing Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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life and work skills

FiND Out MORE

the StEPS Programme Learn new things and meet new friends

The STEPS courses at the college can help you to become more independent, perhaps get ready to start work and maybe take more courses at College later on. The courses include exciting and interesting activities such as cookery, sports and craft. You will also have help with English and Maths and do lots of stuff with other students on your course. It’s a great way to make new friends and you might also have the chance to go away on a residential too!

All the way through you work at your own speed so that you can do your best. Every student has their course personalised to suit their needs.

As you progress the courses give you the skills to live more independently, go out to work, and help you to decide what you would like to do for your job. The things you might try include horticulture, craft and maybe work experience. All the way through you work at your own speed so that you can do your best. Every student has their course personalised to suit their needs. A few STEPS courses take one year, or you might stay at the college for two or three years so to continue your progress on your STEPS course.

Supporting you in your future

College is different from school. It is a more grown up environment and you will have more freedom about the things you do. But you’re not on your own, there will be teachers and other staff to help and guide you through so that you don’t have to worry about what is happening or feel confused. We will support you so that you feel part of the college and can enjoy being a student.

Come along and meet us

If you think that college is a good choice why not come in to see us? We will explain the courses and the different activities, and will make sure that the course helps you to achieve your goals and get you ready for the time when you leave college and take your next steps. There’s more about coming to college and STEPS on the website at www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk

Parents: Our “Steps Programme” is flexible to individual needs and is designed to provide an individualised supported learning environment. To find out more about the elements of the programme please visit our website: Abingdon-witney.ac.uk

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CASE StuDY

CRAiG BRuCE – StEP 4 Having gained qualifications such as the OCR Entry 2 Certificate and Entry 2 in Functional Skills:, Craig has made amazing progress during his 2 years at College, improving his social skills and gaining the confidence to progress onto Step 5. “College was a big change from school and I was unsure at first if I would like it. However I have really enjoyed the choice to improve my communication skills in subjects like English and Current Affairs. I have tried really hard at meeting targets and staff have helped greatly with this. I am very pleased I am able to stay at College and now move onto the Step 5 programme.”

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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media Lights, camera, action! Ever pictured yourself in front of the camera, presenting on the radio or even creating fantastic advertising? Why not equip yourself with the skills and experience to succeed in the fantastic world of media with a course in creative media production.

A wide world of media

If you thrive in a creative and technical environment, the world of media can offer amazing opportunities and a huge range of career paths. Not just limited to the exciting realm of film and TV production, career opportunities extend into radio, advertising and print industries such as magazines and newspapers.

Your path to success

Jobs in the media are highly sought after and you will need ambition, enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard, as well as the correct skills and knowledge to succeed in this competitive sector. A course in creative media production will develop your skills through a range of projects, activities and assignments based on real work situations and demands, all designed to help you prepare for your future career.

Get technical for your future

Depending on the level of course you complete, you may spend your day working within the brand new broadcast-quality TV and radio studios, state of the art film production unit or even the specialist media, photography and art and design suites. You will explore your technical abilities and gain essential media skills, giving you the opportunity to go onto further study at Level 3 or into employment within the creative industries or onto higher education courses.

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ExAMPLE CAREERS Broadcasting

Film editing

Researcher

Animation

Multimedia production

Film production

Radio producer

Script writing

CASE StuDY

ELiJA tAYLOR – LEvEL 3 MEDiA PRODuCtiON If there’s one thing that has been great about being at College it’s the facilities! I have been a part of Beat Radio, presenting my own show twice a week whilst at College which we broadcast from a fully functioning radio suite. It has been great experience and has given me confidence working with up to date modern equipment. I enjoy presenting and it’s a very difficult profession to get into. The production and presenting time we spend on a daily basis during our course really helps start to build the experiences to take out into work, hopefully you will hear me on the radio one day soon!

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Media units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Creative Media Production

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production

3

2 years

3/4

1 year

Foundation Diploma in Film and Media Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Abingdon

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

Witney

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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motor

vehicle

Jump start a great career Do you enjoy being hands on, working with engines, discovering how things work? Discover a range of motor vehicle courses that will give you the chance to get hands on and learn the skills to start a great career in the motor industry.

Get the start you need for an exciting practical job in the motor industry.

A world of opportunities

Qualified motor technicians are in constant demand and the skills you will gain after studying can open a huge range of opportunities. Whether you want to be a mechanic, vehicle refinisher, emergency response engineer, become an Armed Forces engineer, or even enter the fast paced world of motor sport, you can be sure of an exciting and varied future!

Hands on learning

Getting qualified is all about practical experience and there is no better place than our purpose-built motor vehicle workshops, equipped with a changing range of vehicles to practice on and the latest vehicle repair and maintenance technology. You will learn skills in routine vehicle maintenance including diagnosing problems and discover the ins and outs of vehicle systems, as well as covering a wide range of functional skills, automotive knowledge and essential motor workplace health and safety.

Choose your options

Taking your step up the ladder towards a motor vehicle career has never been easier. The various courses give you an opportunity to develop your technical expertise and build the skills you need to prepare for the workplace. You can study at the college full time, or why not consider an apprenticeship which lets you work and train at the same time.

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Accident investigator

Armed forces vehicle engineer

insurance vehicle repairer

technical sales support

Motor technician

Motorsport technician

in-car entertainment technician

vehicle customiser

CASE StuDY MAx COttON – LEvEL 2 MOtOR vEHiCLE The tutors at the college are very supportive and the equipment and facilities are the same as those used in the industry. College is very different to school, it’s a great environment to learn and I enjoy the fact that every day is practical and interesting. Having left school with no qualifications I am now looking forward to starting my own mobile mechanics business after I qualify.

Courses available

Level

Duration

Entry Level Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance

E

1 year

Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance

1

1 year

Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Operations

2

1 year

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Abingdon

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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music

technology

Be part of a music revolution Creative, musical and technology savvy? A career in the sound and music technology industries could be the place for you!

A course in Music technology can help you gain the skills and experience essential for carving a great future in employment within the industry.

Make music your life

Sound design and music technology are rapidly expanding fields of creative activity in all areas of media, performing arts, software development and engineering. Sound and music technology is an exciting, diverse and fast paced place to start a career, however it is a competitive industry demanding up to date training, skills and qualifications. A course in Music Technology can help you gain the skills and experience essential for carving a great future in employment within the industry, or for progression onto university degree level study.

Real shows to practice your skills

Our courses are very practical, with a large amount of hands on activity. They offer you plenty of variety. You’ll take part in lectures, seminars, workshops and projects that cover all aspects of sound design for electronic media and performing arts. The College puts on a number of shows throughout the year which will help you to practice and allow you to showcase your skills.

Sounding out a great future

A significant opportunity will be the creation of your own portfolio of original work and to make links with students in other media areas including film, video, multimedia, photography and journalism. You will also be encouraged to make industrial and professional contacts in the sound, media and performance industries in preparation for your fantastic future career.

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Backstage production

A&R administrator

Music producer

Music journalist

Artist

Booking agent

tour manager

CASE StuDY JACOB SEAN COLES – LEvEL 3 DiPLOMA iN MuSiC tECHNOLOGY Being on the course here has given me lots of knowledge that can apply in the work place, the facilities are great, the tutorship is excellent, and I cant think of a negative experience I've had here. Everyone gets on really well, students and tutors alike. Whether you’re a budding artist, studio engineer or just interested in music background in general, I highly recommend this course!

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Music Technology

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Music Technology

3

2 years

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Witney

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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performance and production

Step into the spotlight The world of theatre, whether as a lead in the West End, designing fabulous sets on Broadway, or managing stage tours overseas, never fails to be a fantastic place to build a career. Whether you want to be on stage, or back stage, here at the College we have a range of outstanding high quality courses to support your ambitions and help kick start your career in this competitive industry.

Performance

Born to be in the spotlight? Stretch your talents, build on your skills and showcase your abilities from the very start of your course in shows, concerts, productions and festivals within college and out on tour. With a purpose built theatre in which to hone your techniques in areas such as drama, dance, music and stagecraft, you will have every opportunity to explore and expand your talents in preparation for a great career.

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The foundations for a fantastic future

With exacting standards, and a consistently strong track record, the college is proud to have supported many high achieving graduates who have gone into the profession as singers, dancers, actors and backstage specialists. Many of our students have gone onto higher education at renowned stage schools such as RADA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Guildford School of Acting, and Rose Bruford. Once you have completed your course you could join them!

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ExAmPLE CAREERS Theatre technician

Singer

Actor

Costume designer

Set designer

Theatre manager

Production assistant

Dancer

CASE STuDY RYAN SAuNDERS – PERfORmiNG ARTS GRADuATE The time I had at Abingdon and Witney College on the performing arts course was inspiring, gripping and life changing. The course was not only a chance to perform and express myself but it was an introduction into how the business works. I wanted to continue my studies and had great support to apply for drama schools and consequently got into one of the best schools in the country with a full DADA (Dance and Drama award) scholarship fund. Having finished my training I am now a jobbing actor and have been working for two years. Everything that I was taught at Abingdon has stayed with me and gave me the best foundations I could have wished for.

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Performance and Production units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Performing Arts (Production)

2

1 year

Diploma in Live Events

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Performance

3

2 years

Extended Diploma in Backstage Production

3

1 year

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Abingdon

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

Witney

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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public services A world of opportunity Fancy travelling the world with the Armed Forces, maintaining security on home turf with the police force or even rescuing stranded ships with air sea rescue? If you’re looking for a career with real variety, facing new challenges every day whilst making a real impact on your community, then public services is definitely the place for you!

more than just a job

A career in any public services role will be physically and mentally challenging but at the same time wonderfully rewarding. Whether in the Armed Forces, police, fire or prison service, or even the ambulance service, if you work in public services you can be sure you are making a big impact on ensuring our communities and public are safe both at home and around the world.

Getting a great future started

The public services department at Abingdon and Witney College is an exciting, active and vibrant place to kick start your career. No two days will be the same as you develop a greater understanding of the sector, team and leadership skills, the effects of crime on society and knowledge of a range of other global and contemporary issues.

Get outward bound

You will take part in a huge range of physical and practical activities, from visits to the uniformed public services, major incident response set ups, outward bound activities, expeditions in the UK and abroad, as well as a wide range of fitness training.

Surviving in a force seven gale, navigating across the Brecon Beacons; it’s all a day in the life of a public services student! APPLY NOW

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ExAmPLE CAREERS Royal Navy

Army

RAf

Ambulance service

Sea or rescue

Police

fire service

Prison service

Coastguard

Customs and excise

CASE STuDY

BECCi LAWLOR – PuBLiC SERviCES LEvEL 3 What a great two years! I have had first-hand experience of the various sectors within public services, making me sure it’s definitely where I want to be working in the future. One of the best parts of the course was the amount of trips to places like the Houses of Parliament, and practical activities such as army expeditions, working with charities and lots of field trips. My work experience at Oxford Crown and Magistrates Court started my interest in Criminology and thanks to the great experience I have gained at college, I am heading to University to study a Degree in Criminology! I never considered going to university before but now I cannot wait! I am happy the course has given me the experience and skills I will need to meet and face the challenges at university.

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Public Services units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Sport and Public Services

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed)

3

2 years

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Abingdon

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

Witney

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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science Open the door to the world Are you a budding scientist brimming with ideas? Do you have a desire to investigate the unknown and develop new technologies? Do you have an enquiring mind? A science qualification can give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to kick start a great future within the exciting and varied world of science.

A world of possibilities

fancy being in the driving seat of one of the world’s most important and fast changing industries? A Science course could get you there!

Science and scientists are involved in every aspect of life. A science qualification can open the door to this world and the opportunity to work in areas that are important to you. Want to combat disease and illness in the world – what about a career in medical research? Have a passion for sport? Make your mark in athlete physiology research! Concerned about the environment? Why not get involved in protecting ecosystems or even developing new technologies to combat climate change. With new fields of science and technology constantly emerging, opportunities are created every day for professional and dedicated scientists.

Discover your path

Whether you want to progress into higher education or to employment, there are a number of course options to get your future in science started. At Level 2 you can study the essential principles of science learning through practical activities and coursework. At Level 3 you will be discovering the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and physics alongside applied science units in areas such as forensic science, industrial science, biochemistry, environmental science, psychology and others which will further your learning and experience.

facilities to make learning great You will spend your time studying in the fantastic laboratories across the college, utilising the unrivaled facilities for training in areas such as genetics, microbiology and physiology. You could also find yourself involved in biological and environmental field studies at our Common Leys Farm.

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ExAmPLE CAREERS Biomedical research

forensic science

Laboratory technician

Chemistry

food technology

Psychology

molecular genetics

Clinical research

Courses available

microbiology

Level

Duration

Science and Sustainability in Action (January start)

2

22 weeks

Diploma in Applied Science

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Applied Science

3

2 years

Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)

3

2 years

Access to Higher Education Humanities and Science

3

1 year

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Witney

Higher Education Courses Foundation Diploma in Life Sciences Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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sport Get moving Do you have a passion for sport and working with people? Do you enjoy being physically active and helping others to achieve their goals? Gain a qualification in Sport and get started on your way to a career in the varied and exciting world of sport, active leisure or health and fitness.

You don’t have to be an Olympian to make a great career in the world of sport.

Keeping the world healthy

With demand for qualified leisure and sport professionals increasing, sport is a great place to be starting your future career. As a fitness professional you could find yourself specialising in anything from coaching, consulting GP referral patients back to health, managing sports promotion, to management of a huge range of activity or leisure centres. For a successful career you will need dedication and determination to succeed, a passion for health and fitness and most importantly, enjoy working with a huge range of people.

Great start to a great career

There is never a dull day in the sport department at the College. Whether you are improving your coaching and fitness testing skills, learning the essentials of sport performance, discovering nutrition and psychology, or even planning live sporting events, no two days are the same. As well as making full use of the college’s fitness suite and large sports hall, you will be involved in weekly personal training sessions for a wide range of GP referred patients and managing the college fitness studio. The course also includes a nine day overseas trip to France, designed to test your personal fitness, team working and leadership skills and give you the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge learnt throughout the course.

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ExAmPLE CAREERS Gym/fitness instructor

PE teacher

Outdoor pursuits co-ordinator

Consultancy – GP referrals

Leisure centre/gym manager

Lifestyle consultancy and nutrition advisor

Sports therapist

CASE STuDY

JuLiuS muROmBEDzi, LEvEL 3 DiPLOmA iN SPORT I did AS Levels at school but it just wasn’t for me and my results were not good enough to let me continue to A-Levels. I Told my teacher that I wanted to do ‘sports’ and this is when she introduced me to the BTEC in Sport at college and I have never looked back since! The course is interesting and fun and I really enjoy the difference between the ways we learn here at College, to at school. We do practical’s and written work, but it’s mostly hands on practicals which makes the course even better and its an easier way to learn. The teachers are friendly and like to really push us so that we can realise our full potential. When I finish I am now going to go to university to study Sports Science, something I never through possible a few years ago! I am very happy to have achieved this as I want to be a personal trainer in the future and will need this level of education to achieve this.

Courses available

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Sport units

1

1/2 years

Level 2 Diploma in Sport and Public Services

2

1 year

Extended Diploma in Sport (Sports Development and Fitness)

3

2 years

Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

Abingdon

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

Witney

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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travel and tourism The world in the palm of your hand Do you have a passion for travel, great people skills and a flair for adventure? Kick start your adventure with a course in Travel and Tourism and make the world your oyster!

A world of opportunities

Tourism is a vibrant, fast moving and diverse place to start a career. Grasping the structure of the industry, the roles within it and what type of area would suit you best is pretty mind blowing! The Extended Diploma course is designed to be as practical as possible to give you a wide range of experiences and the low down on all its different features and the range of jobs available. The Extended Diploma will equip you with the skills needed to be successful in your career progression; whether it will be to university or entering into employment.

Experiences and discoveries

There are no exams to sit! You will complete a number of varied assessments that include written assignments and practical activities based on realistic working environments within the industry. There will be a unit that involves organising a residential visit either in the UK or overseas – the choice is yours! There is also an opportunity to take part in an overseas residential, which in the past has included Turkey, Italy and Cyprus. You will visit well known travel businesses to understand more about how they operate and discover more about the job opportunities available to you once your studies have been completed.

Get ahead!

While you complete your course you will also join the Professional Futures Programme which offers you a unique chance to build your skills and CV, ready to impress future employers or give your personal statement for university a boost. We’ll also guarantee you at least two weeks work experience in a relevant role so that you gain hands on knowledge of the sector.

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ExAmpLE CArEErs Cabin crew

marketing manager

Travel agency manager

Hotel manager

Holiday representative

Courses available

special events

Conference manager

Level

Duration

Diploma in Vocational Studies – Travel and Tourism units

1

1/2 years

Diploma in Hospitality and Event Management

2

1 year

Diploma in Travel and Tourism

3

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Higher Education Courses Foundation degree in Business, Management and Communication Guide to entry requirements

E Entry level: Mostly Fs or lower

1 Level one: Mostly Es & Ds

2 Level two: 4 or more Ds

3 Level three: 4/5 or more Cs Higher

4 Level four: A levels or Level 3 equivalent

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Back on

Track

Don’t look back! Sometimes we all need a second chance because things don’t always go quite right first time around. Whatever your reasons may be for having a second attempt don’t let them become a barrier to moving forward. Things and people change and new opportunities turn up that can help you achieve really positive results. Start looking forward

Did you know that Abingdon and Witney College could be the best thing for you and your plans for the future? The College is a new environment with great tutors who treat you in a grown up way and help you reach your potential. We can help you achieve the essential qualifications you’ll need to go out to work or go on to higher level qualifications. Read the next couple of pages to find out how to stop looking back and start looking forward.

GCSE

Things and people change and new opportunities turn up that can help you achieve really positive results.

Springboard

Get a second chance to take your core GCSEs If you missed the opportunity to take your core GCSEs then Springboard can give you the chance to work and achieve the grades you deserve.

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Step towards your goals

If you didn’t get the grades you wanted at school due to illness or absences, then the Springboard programme could be your chance to kick-start your future learning. Whether you want to move onto a Level 3 vocational course or A-Levels, the GCSE Springboard course can get you on track, allowing you to progress to a higher level of study in only one year.

The best place to start

College is a very different environment to school with great campuses, smaller classes and fantastic facilities. Your learning will take many forms such as presentations, experiments, investigations, team and individual study and will make the most of the College’s great facilities. Assessments are predominantly by written exams although some GCSEs do also have controlled assessments in class and/or coursework. You will have the best possible support and encouragement to get you back into learning and help you achieve your goals, throughout your studies.

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interested? Telephone Abingdon Campus on 01235 555585, or Witney Campus on 01993 703464 or email enquiry@abingdon-witney.ac.uk to get your second chance!


Gateway Centre The chance for a fresh start if you’ve finished school and haven’t been able to get a job, go to college yet, or had other responsibilities that have stopped you moving forward, we can help you get back on track. The Gateway Centres at College are places where we listen to what you’ve got to say, find out what you want out of life and then help you work out a route to get there. Whether your aim is to go out to work or take a qualification at college or university, you will get the support and help you need to guide you on your road to success. We can promise that college will be totally different from school and we will help you make that change! Designed for you You’re an individual, so we treat you like one. Our Gateway Centres give you complete flexibility. You can start and finish at any time, which means that when you are ready for the next step you can go for it! Challenge yourself and achieve your goals While you are at the College you have the chance to do a wide variety of things that will help build your confidence and skills. You’ll have the opportunity of work placements, volunteering and team building. We’ll offer you coaching, mentoring sessions and support to help you get a job, an apprenticeship or progress on to higher level courses at College. We can also help you to improve your English and maths skills which are so important when you are looking for a job. The only limits are the ones you set yourself.

“Gateway has Given me the chance to Get back into education and the experience i needed to Go onto a hairdressinG course. after so lonG not in school Gateway has Given me confidence in myself to achieve. it is all about takinG thinGs at your own pace with the help of the Great supportive staff”.

Step into your future Don’t hang around, take a step towards your future; contact one of our Gateway Centres at Abingdon or Witney today and find out what you can achieve.

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Aged 16-18 and not currently in education, employment or training? Get on track to a great future with Gateway... Abingdon 01235 555 585 • Witney 01993 703 464 • enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

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14-16 Horizons Want to study part time at college whilst still at school? Get the best of both worlds with a vocational course at college whilst getting your GCSEs at school!

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Fancy taking a vocational qualification in Animal/Horse Care, Beauty, Construction, Hairdressing, Land Based Studies or even Motor Vehicle Maintenance? Now you don’t have to wait until you have finished school to get a head start in one of these great industries.

Courses available Horse Care Beauty Therapy Hairdressing Construction Skills Horticulture Land-based – Horticulture Land-based – Small Animal Care Motor Vehicle Maintenance

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Working in partnership with schools in West and South Oxfordshire we can give you the chance to study a great vocational course alongside taking your GCSEs at school. Spending one full or part day, once a week in college, you will get great experience in your chosen subject as well as a fantastic learning environment making the most of the colleges brilliant facilities. An opportunity too good to miss!

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Don’t delay Aim higher! Now you’ve started, keep going…

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After you have completed your A-Levels or Level 3 study don’t stop there. There are lots of flexible options for taking the next step in your education. You could choose from: • A Foundation Degree at the College, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University • Want to earn and learn? A Level 4, Higher Apprenticeship programme can give you the best of both worlds; qualifications and employment • University Degree • Study for Professional Qualifications – Association of Chartered Accountants, Chartered Institutes i.e. marketing, purchasing and supply. Here at Abingdon and Witney College we are proud of our success of encouraging our students to enter higher education. Every year 250 students apply for places at universities from Aberystwyth, Exeter, Bristol, Aston and Oxford to RADA in London, in a huge range of subjects and there’s no stopping you doing the same.

Did you know you can get higher education qualifications without going to university?

Here at Abingdon and Witney College you can take the next step in your education with a Foundation Degree at the College, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University. A great route through to the final year of an Honours Degree at Oxford Brookes, a Foundation Degree can give you the skills and right qualifications for your dream career, whilst achieving a degree level qualification at the same time. Foundation Degrees are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree and can be studied full or part time, with the flexibility offered allowing you to earn and learn.

Staying closer to home to study a degree means saving money, being able to work while you are studying and the opportunity to complete the 3rd year of your Degree at Oxford Brookes university. For more information about taking your next steps towards higher education or the Foundation Degrees available at the College, visit Student Services or call 01235 555585.

Students with a degree earn an average of £12,000 a year more than non-graduates (ONS 2012) Abingdon 01235 555 585 • Witney 01993 703 464 • enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

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Don’t delay start your adventure now choose your course

apply

interview

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induction

How to apply made your course choice? Yes

Fill out the application form online or complete the form at the back of this guide and post it back or drop it into any campus.

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Not sure which course you should join? Why not try one of the following options to help you discover your future…

Get in touch!

Call or drop by and make the most of our great student advisors here to help you with any questions and give advice on choosing the most suitable course for you.

Head along to one of our College open days

Abingdon – 7/11/12 and 13/2/13 Witney – 21/11/12 and 27/2/13

What happens next? 1. interview

Once you’ve applied, you’ll be invited for an interview. This is nothing to panic about- it is a chance to make sure that the course is the right place for you. You can also look around college, find out anything you need to know about your course, meet tutors and tell us about yourself and your aims.

It’s important to us that you feel happy with your decision. If you’re not, or want to consider a different course, don’t fret, just give us a call and we can help you make your big decision. Web address for online applications www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk.

2. On Course

If you are successful after your interview, we will offer you a place on the course or advice on how best to achieve your goals. You may get an unconditional or conditional place offer.

Please return your completed form to Abingdon or Witney Campus at the following address fREEPOST (Of/653) Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Ox14 1BR

Conditional place? Don’t panic if you don’t get the grades you need – we are here to advise you on your options!

Abingdon and Witney College, Holloway Road, Witney, Ox28 6NE

3. Just say yes

Abingdon Tel: 01235 555585 Fax: 01235 553168 Witney/Common Leys Tel: 01993 703464 Fax: 01993 703006

Once you have an offer you can choose whether you want to accept the place on the course. Make sure you reply quickly as courses fill up fast and your place is not guaranteed until you do!

4. Ready, set, go!

During August you will be sent a pack through the post with dates and times for your enrolment and welcome day. Make sure you attend your enrolment; you don’t want to miss out on your place! All sorted? Now just settle back and get ready to start your new college adventure!

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