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Business, Accounting & Computing
usinesses are operating in a world that is undergoing change at an incredible pace, whether it’s the latest IT developments or the changing international landscape in which they operate. That’s why our top priority is to offer courses that help train students in areas of emerging importance and opportunity and where we believe their skills will be in demand. There has been much talk of green shoots for the economy and our sense is that the economy is picking up, but that doesn’t weaken our resolve to challenge all our students so that they are prepared to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment. The whole British cultural landscape is changing with people from all walks of life thinking in business terms and treating everyday transactions as business deals. We also expect our students and their families to be equally demanding of us and we are proud to be able to demonstrate that studying with us provides real results. Nearly three quarters of students joining our Level 3 business courses progress directly onto university. For these students, the breadth of our provision enables them to get a general business grounding whilst identifying specialisms that match their interests or skills – whether in HR, marketing or finance, for example. In contrast our computing students tend to be far more focussed and choose to study our BTEC National Extended Diploma in Computing at the age of 16 – rather than choosing a range of subjects on an A Level course. We also have a thriving community of independent adult learners and employersponsored students where we provide very focussed, industry-oriented teaching and a range of qualifications accredited by professional awarding bodies including AAT (Accounting), CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) CISCO (web design) and Microsoft Academy.
Business brains don’t tend to fall into one category. Some people wish to develop their entrepreneurial skills in order to establish or grow their own businesses. We have gained an excellent reputation in this field with our intensive one year course that covers all aspects of running a Small Business Enterprise from employment and contract law, health and safety, marketing and the information to ensure that the best legal format is chosen for a particular business idea to as well as the accounting skills to ensure they develop a successful business plan. In contrast to our budding entrepreneurs, other students prefer to study and take up specialist roles within large corporations. We cater for this diversity in the sorts of regular external speakers that come in to inspire our students and the range of internships we organise to motivate our Foundation Degree students in Computing and Business and our newly introduced HND in Travel and Tourism Management. So what careers do our students progress to and aspire to? Well the honest answer is that studying business and computing opens up a range of opportunities. Take IT, Computing and Mobile Technology, it’s a vast industry employing 1.5 million people in the UK and over half a million new entrants will be required to fill these roles over the next five years. The marketing workforce represents approximately 2.4 per cent of UK employment and is particularly focussed on London where people in this field earn a higher average salary than elsewhere – a generous £47,000. HR professionals are also handsomely rewarded. It’s a smaller workforce but average salaries in this field are £44,000. Everyone knows that London is one of the world’s global financial centres and the Greater London Authority think that the 350,000 strong finance and insurance workforce in London will remain steady until 2036 . London also has the largest number of people working in business administration – nearly half a million people in the capital consider themselves to working in this field.
A recent area of study we are developing is our Travel provision. This is also one of the best income earners for the UK economy and generates thousands of jobs. As well as investing in our students, we encourage our staff to continue their professional development. They’ve all worked in industry but they also take time to keep abreast of latest innovations. That’s why we’re one of the only providers in the country to deliver a course in designing Android apps. Quite often the Government validated courses are a year or two behind the latest trends, but we don’t stop at delivering the basics and look to evolve our teaching to include new courses and modules. In 2014 we’ll be introducing new courses in e-marketing, cloud computing, gaming and animation and cyber security. There’s a lot of variety and I’m sure that each student will find his or her own business niche whilst studying with us.
Ann Cleary Head of Business, Accounting and Computing
Contents This publication is one of a series of guides that offers you advice on our courses and possible career paths. Other titles in the series include: AÂ Levels / Art, Design & Visual Culture / Automotive Technologies / Culinary Arts & Hospitality / Hair and Beauty Therapy / Health, Education & Social Care / Learning Difficulties & Independent Living / Property & Construction / Foundation Learning / Pathways to Employment (ESOL) / Sports Science & Management
Employers Spotlight: Saatchi & Saatchi
Apprentices Spotlight: I wanted on the job experience
Counting on being a success
Alumni Spotlight: Graduating with first class Honours
Keeping pace with professional development
The life of a travel representative
Become part of the data revolution
Alumni Spotlight: College brought out the best in me
The most supportive college I have attended
Access to real jobs with REED NCFE
Programming your career progression
Experts Spotlight: ICT
Giving you a helping hand
Schools Liaison Team
The Fun Stuff
Getting the right advice for your child
Our Study Centres
Your journey to enrolment
How to find us
Disclaimer: The details in this publication were correct at the time of going to press and we aim to provide accurate and relevant information to inform your choices. However, changes to provision since the printing of this prospectus may occur so please check details via the Barnet and Southgate College website: www.barnetsouthgate.ac.uk
Spotlight on our Employers
Saatchi & Saatchi, promoting success Adrian Edwards Lecturer at Barnet and Southgate College specialising in Marketing.
am a lecturer in the business department and specialise in marketing. Most of our courses are embedded with employability skills, so a lot of the things that we do in class are taken from the real world. This means that any case studies we use are up-todate events that are happening in the business world today.
Employability We have contacts with a lot of employers from the local area who come in and want to share their experiences. They tell students about the skills they need to work in those organisations. Some of our Foundation Degree students go on to work for employers for a three-month period and often get jobs out of it. So the skills are very much work based - what they learn in college is enabling them to obtain jobs in the real world.
Links with Saatchi & Saatchi Saatchi & Saatchi came in and did a talk on a theme called ‘Lovemarks’, which is all about brands that have become truly loved and truly respected. Harley Davidson or football clubs are products that have become ‘Lovemarks’. Even if a football club lets their supporters down and they lose the game, people still love the brand. So Richard Hytner, the Deputy Chairman from Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide and the the guy who helped put ‘Lovemarks’ together, came in. He did a whole talk on the subject, which was fantastic. In all my 20 years of teaching, it was one of the best, and most memorable, speeches I have heard and the students were fascinated by it all. He talked about how advertising is put together, the whole emotional attachment to brands, how humour works, how humour sells. It was fantastic.
Twenty years of teaching I was here between 1982 and 1984 as a student, it is now 2014 - and I haven’t aged at all in all those years! I was a student studying exactly the same course that I teach - BTEC National in Business, and it was called a BTEC back then too. Then I went out to work in sales and marketing for about eight or nine years and went on to do some further qualifications. Now I am back teaching students some of the things I’ve learnt but a lot more up to date, and with greater use of mobile phones and technology.
College facilities We have state-of-the-art computers, Apple Macs, scanners you name it. From a teaching perspective we have the smart boards and all the latest computer software. The students have the latest digital equipment to use. It is completely different to when I was here, it is incredible some of things you get to use.
Advice to potential students If you come here, you will never regret it. You have the best staff, the most loyal staff and probably the most committed staff. The staff are experienced and we are all up to date with our skills and are very passionate about what we teach. We also get the best speakers to come in. A lot of our students go on to become really successful in their jobs. I see some of our students driving around in cars better than mine, so I can’t be doing a bad job.
Related courses Business – Level 2/3 @barnetsouthgate 16-20 hours a week over 1-2 years. Wood Street Campus. A course covering a range of business related subjects; from organisations, to finance and marketing. #business #bsc
Some of our Foundation Degree students go on to complete an internship for employers for a three month period and often get jobs out of it. Adrian Edwards Lecturer 7
University wasnâ€™t really for me. I had done my A Levels but I just wanted a break from studying. I knew that if I went to university I would find it quite hard because I had been in education for so long. Alice Fitzhugh Apprenticeship Level 2 in Customer Service
Spotlight on our Apprentices
I wanted ‘on the job’ experience Alice Fitzhugh is a Learner Services Apprentice at Barnet and Southgate College who is currently studying Apprenticeship Level 2 in Customer Service.
s a Learner Services Apprentice I am here to help the students with any work that they don’t understand. If it is just a problem with spelling or punctuation then I’ll help them there and then. If it’s something like: ‘how to plan an essay’ or ‘how to change their coursework so that the tutor will approve’, then I’ll make an appointment with them and have a one-to-one session. This enables me to give the student my whole attention rather than having to worry about distractions. I also help a lot of students with their personal statements for UCAS and I am their first point of call for admin issues, for example, if people forget their passwords, or they need photocopying or books for their course. I see 10 and 20 students, but I also help about 30 or 40 students with printing credits and passwords, so I deal with quite a lot of students each week. I am currently studying Apprenticeship Level 2 in Customer Service. The tutor is really good and I am gaining great experience with customers. Once I have finished the course I am hoping to progress to Level 3 The College provides a lot of support. For example, one of the modules was on diversity. My boss allowed me to work across different sites for two days a week. This enabled me to build up my portfolio.
Barnet and Southgate College has been quite generous as to how much it pays Apprentices. I think it is good, because when I was looking at Apprenticeships elsewhere, there were a lot of other places whose pay was very low. As far as the future is concerned, I am still not 100 per cent sure what I want to do. I am hoping to stay in this line of work because I enjoy helping and working with students and I love the daily face-to-face interaction. Maybe in the future I will help out in secondary or primary schools. I don’t want to be stuck in an office all day doing admin. University wasn’t really for me. I had done my A Levels but I just wanted a break from studying. I knew that if I went to university I would find it quite hard because I had been in education for so long. By doing the Apprenticeship I have a year and a half’s worth of experience and I am learning at the same time, so I think it was a better option for me. I would definitely recommend the Apprenticeship. It is hard to gain experience and even harder to get paid experience. Some people would prefer to go to university to get a degree, but if that is not for you then Apprenticeships are the other way to go, instead of just trying to find a job. By doing the Apprenticeship not only are you in a job, but also you are learning, being paid and gaining a lot of experience at the same time.
Counting on being a success Dominika Tober previously studied ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and AAT Accounting Level 3. She is currently studying AAT Accounting Level 4.
am doing AAT Level 4, which will enable me to become an accounting technician. But I started as an ESOL student at Barnet and Southgate College four years ago, so this is my final year and I hope I will pass it. Level 4 is extremely difficult, especially for someone whose first language is not English, but there are plenty of tutors we can ask for help and support if we need to.
Academic challenges when English is not your first language I am Polish and could not speak any English at first, but for two years I had a great English tutor. I progressed really well and even received an award. She helped me a lot. So from Entry Level, I went through Level 1 and it was enough for me to start studying accounting. It is difficult because I still have to translate a lot of words that are typical for accounting. However, even some English people do not understand the accounting jargon. But I am so happy; I feel that by doing this course I am becoming a better person. Barnet and Southgate College has given me a lot.
Life after AAT Accountancy Level 4 I am already working as an Accounts Assistant, so I think I would like to be an Accountant because I will be an accounting technician. Ultimately, I would like to be an accountant working for a chartered accounts. But for now, I am happy slowly making progress to reach my end goal.
Help to become an accounts assistant My College qualifications that I was able to put on my CV – English language, IT, Skills for the office and, of course, AAT Accounting Level 3 – have all really helped me. If I didn’t have those on my CV I wouldn’t have got the job in the office as an accounts assistant. College also helped us with our employability skills, but I already had my CV so I was able to help my fellow students with that.
A student, accounts assistant and a mother It is very difficult, I still enjoy it but it is hard to find time to study. It is hard work but I hope it is going to pay off in the future.
The College experience I would sum up Barnet and Southgate College by saying: it is an exciting place to be, it provides a good education and is extremely friendly. I was able to make new friends, which helped me to settle in London. I love the Southgate Campus, it is like my second home. The tutors make the atmosphere feel like we are in the right place. They ask us about our needs and they help us, I really like it.
Related courses Accounting apprenticeship – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate 12 hours a week over 1 year. Wood Street Campus. A practical foundation course for people who are new to finance. #accounting #AAT #bsc
AAT Accounting – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate Full time, Part time and Fast Track & Intensive options available. Wood Street, Southgate and Grahame Park campuses. An accounting qualification for those new to finance covering financial documents and transactions. #accounting #AAT #bsc
AAT Bookkeeping – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate 4-5 hours a week for 17 weeks. Wood Street Campus. An accounting qualification for those new to finance covering recording of business transactions and posting of ledgers. #accounting #AAT #bsc
AAT Computerised Accounting – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate 2-3 hours a week for 8 weeks. Wood Street Campus. A qualification using Sage line 50 Financial controller for the practical use of computerised accounts. #accounting #AAT #bsc
AAT Accounting – Level 3 @barnetsouthgate Full time part time and intensive options available. Wood Street, Southgate and Grahame Park Campus. A qualification that builds on the skills from the Level 2 including preparing final accounts, cash management and completing VAT returns. #accounting #AAT #bsc
AAT Accounting – Level 4 @barnetsouthgate Varied part-time options available. Wood Street, Southgate and Grahame Park campuses. A qualification that builds on the skills from the Level 3 including management and financial accounting and taxation. #accounting #AAT #bsc
ACCA International – Level 4/5 @barnetsouthgate 7-8 hours a week over 1 year. Grahame Park Campus. A professional qualification for those with a relevant degree wishing to become a chartered accountant. #accounting #ACCA #bsc
Spotlight on our Alumni
Graduating with first class Honours Christopher Francis studied the Foundation Degree in Business at Barnet and Southgate College and went on to get a first-class degree at Middlesex University.
Support provided by the College
The course I did at Barnet and Southgate College was a Foundation Degree in Business Management, which I found helpful but stressful at the time. But due to the fundamentals and skills that they taught me here I was able to persist.
The support from the College was very individual and one to one, it was personal. The staff knew me by my name, they knew me by my face and they knew me by my efforts. They knew me before I even said anything and that definitely felt good.
At the time, when I first came here, I did not understand that university work consisted of assignment after assignment after assignment, but the College got me used to the routine and that prepared me for university and higher education in general.
What the College can offer potential students
Then I went on to Middlesex University, who work in partnership with Barnet and Southgate College, and thankfully, with the help of this course, I was able to complete a full BA in Business Management. I have finished the degree now. It was difficult but, then again, because of what I went through here I found it a little easier. So I learnt a lot from my time at Barnet and Southgate College.
Future plans I want to get into a career in consultancy and save up enough to do a Master’s, and possibly do an MBA. Hopefully this will result in me progressing into middle management.
Being prepared for the world of work In my second year at Barnet and Southgate they got us to do an internship at a firm of our choice. We had to choose six firms and send out six covering letters. That experience of being an intern is the reason why I am so confident in the workplace. If I had not had that experience of being an intern and being under a supervisor, I wouldn’t have understood what was required of me now. They did that on two occasions, near the end of my first year here, and for a good part of my second year. The College has prepared me well.
I would sum up the College as a personalised institution, which does not just look at your extrinsic qualities but also your intrinsic qualities. They help to mould you into the professional being that you are aspiring to be. They helped me and I am pretty sure they helped everybody else that in the same year as me at the time. I do recommend this College to whoever wants to be a business manager.
Related courses Small Business Enterprise – Level 3/4 @barnetsouthgate 4 Hours a week over 1 year. Wood Street Campus. A qualification for those planning to or currently running small businesses. #business #sme #enterprise #bsc
Business Foundation Degree – Level 4 @barnetsouthgate 6 hours a week part time over 3 years and 15 hours a week full time over 2 years. Wood Street Campus. A course designed for students with relevant qualifications or experience to develop the skills and knowledge needed in business whilst in employment or internship. #business #bsc
The support from the College was very individual and one to one, it was personal. Christopher Francis Foundation Degree in Business
Keeping pace with professional development John Abbott, the course leader for CIPD in Human Resource Practice and CIPD in Learning and Development Practice.
his is my second career. Originally I studied film and media at drama school - nothing to do with human resources I know. I then worked in retail for a while before doing a BA Honours in Management with Human Resource Management at Middlesex University. I went on to work as an account manager for a management consultancy called ‘The Centre for Market Analysis’ but returned to Middlesex to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. After a spell working in HR in the telecoms industry, I became a course leader for the CIPD programmes at Barnet and Southgate College, where I have been for the last 10 years. Last year I topped up most Post Graduate Diploma to a Master’s level at Hertfordshire University. Now I am looking to undertake a PHD in performance management within education. As a Course Leader I am responsible for managing the students, managing the course, making sure other lecturers on the course are up to date with course materials. I keep abreast of any industry trends and fashions and deal with the CIPD inspectors. I also lecture in the CIPD in Human Resource Practice and am looking to develop the CIPD in Learning & Development Practice. But the main focus is trying to get the students through the course. Many of the students on the CIPD course are already working within the industry. I find this rewarding and also academically challenging because you find out about what is going on in the workplace. I can then go away and read up about what is happening and provide them with the theory, relating it back to the students. It keeps you aware of industry fashions and changes. The good thing about the CIPD programme is that is it an internationally recognised qualification not only in the West – America, Germany, France and Canada - but also in the Far East - Thailand, Japan, Malaysia and also India.
The course is not just for people who are already in the industry. We have people who have no HR experience and want to break into the industry. A lot of them have been out of work bringing up families. Quite often it is return-to-work mums. We also have people who have just come out of university and want to develop a career in HR. Sometimes they use a job in retail to help fund their HR course. If someone comes into the classroom with no HR experience, as opposed to someone who has experience, there can be a knowledge gap. It is down to me to narrow the gap as soon as possible. As a qualified lecturer you are trained to overcome that gap. It is called ‘differentiation’ and you make sure your lessons, or training sessions, meet the requirements of every learning need. We have found students use the CIPD courses for academic and professional progression. After they complete the CIPD course they can jump straight to a Master’s level. But they often use it for career progression as well. If you do one, you will get the other. If you get a management position, for example, the company will suggest you should go off and do a Master’s. If you do a Master’s there is good possibility you will get a management position. If students want to develop a career in HR they really have to get these CIPD qualifications, not only to put on their CV but also to show that they can work to a level that is required. That is how to keep pace with professional development. At the moment the workplace is extremely competitive, so it is a must for them. It does work, I have plenty of case studies where people have got a job, or changed jobs, because of this course.
Related courses CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice – Level 3/5 @barnetsouthgate 6 hours a week over 19- 34 weeks. Wood Street Campus. A professional qualification for anyone that wishes to develop their career in human resource management. #cipd #hr #bsc
CIPD Foundation Certificate in Learning & Development Practice – Level 3 @barnetsouthgate 6 hours a week over 19- 34 weeks. Wood Street Campus. A professional qualification for anyone that is looking to acquire a wide range of relevant, practical skills in the training cycle and the fundamentals of learning and development to further their career. #cipd #hr #bsc
Institute of Legal Executives Certificate - Level 3-5 @barnetsouthgate Wood Street Campus. New courses starting September 2014. Courses are taught in sections and cover all aspects of law and legal practise to equip you to work as a Legal Executive in a solicitors office. #cipd #hr #bsc
I have plenty of case studies where people have got a job, or changed jobs, because of this course. John Abbott Course Leader
The life of a travel representative Patrycja Kowalik studied ESOL for 16-18s (English for Speakers of other Languages), BTEC Diploma in Travel and Tourism Level 2 and 3 and Beginners French. She is now studying HND in Travel & Tourism Management.
moved to London from Poland when I was 17 and I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do. I decided to do an ESOL course at Barnet and Southgate College, as it had amazing reviews and was highly recommended by people I had spoken to before making the decision.
The ESOL course My teachers were extremely friendly and professional, and supported me throughout the year and during my exams. I have also met many amazing, interesting people from various backgrounds, and still keep in touch with them to this day. Doing the ESOL course was certainly a great experience. Even though I had been learning English for years, it has given me the confidence to get even better and do the Travel and Tourism course. I am currently doing a HND in Travel and Tourism Management.
Being a Resort Representative in Krakow
My passions are the environment and history, so my aim is to find a job in heritage or ecotourism. I believe with the support from my lecturers at Barnet and Southgate College, I have a chance to achieve my goals.
Benefits of Barnet and Southgate College There are countless great things about the College, but I think it is the staff that make the difference. They are all extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly, and make it a great place to study. Also, the variety of students that can be found at Barnet and Southgate College is brilliant - there is no such thing as discrimination at our college.
Advice to potential students I would say go for it! It is the place to be and you will always feel welcome here.
Related courses Travel & Tourism - Level 1/2/3
Being a Resort Representative on a trip to Krakow, as part of the HND in Travel and Tourism Management, was definitely a fun and valuable experience. The responsibilities included: planning a day trip around the city and sightseeing. I was also in charge of evening activities and generally made sure that everything ran smoothly.
@barnetsouthgate 16 hours a week over 1-2 years. Wood Street Campus. A course for those interested in the travel industry covering tourist destinations, customer service, business travel and marketing. #travel #tourism #business #bsc
The experience showed me the practical, reallife issues that holiday reps have to deal with. It also bonded our HND group even more than before, as we supported each other in every day tasks. The whole experience was brilliant, though quite stressful at times. Even though I don’t want to be a Resort Representative once I finish my studies, I would happily do it again on a College trip.
10-15 hours a week over 2 years. Wood Street Campus. A course for students over the age of 18 with an interest in travel and tourism, covering management, marketing development and legislation in the Tourism sector. #tourism #travel #business #bsc
We also did the British Airways Customer Service training, which was a great experience. The training taught us the practical side of tourism. I have learnt a lot about the rules and regulations through fun activities prepared by British Airways. It was extremely interesting and I think it will prove invaluable.
Travel & Tourism Management HND – Level 4/5 @barnetsouthgate
There are countless great things about the College, but I think it is the staff that make the difference. Patrycja Kowalik HND in Travel & Tourism Management
Become part of the data revolution Magdi Tawafig is a Computing lecturer at Barnet and Southgate College.
graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering in 1978 and worked as a telecoms engineer for 10 years. I then went on to do an MSc in Telecoms and a Diploma in IT Information Systems. I have 16 years’ teaching experience in Further Education and Higher Education institutes. I teach a wide range of courses including: Java programming, web development, Android Apps and Forensics computing. I also lecture on databases and networking.
Employment opportunities In September 2014 we will be launching our Cyber Security course which will teach students how to secure networks from unauthorised activity. This course is part of professional certification by CIW. At the end of the course students can sit an examination (not included in the course) and if they pass they will achieve CIW Web Security Associate. This qualification will give them the security skills to pursue or advance their careers in many aspects of online and network security.
Apps for Androids programme This programme is designed to help students get started in Android app development and is believed to be the first course of its type in the country. It covers different Android development concepts such as: Broadcast Receivers, Content Providers, Graphics & Animation, Database for Android App and Integration with APIs. After completing our Android app course, students would be able to build applications for Android.
Support for students We provide plenty of support for students and lecturers alike. There are good library facilities, and our Virtual Learning Environment where all the course materials are available.
Related courses Social Media for Business – Level 3 @barnetsouthgate 16 hours a week over 2 years. Wood Street Campus. A programme to develop understanding of social media within business, principles of Keyword optimisation,
social networking, content management and digital media in marketing campaigns. #Business #Social #technology #bsc
IT & Computing – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate 16 hours a week over 1-2 years. Wood Street and Southgate Campus. A course specialising in computer systems, databases and website development. #technology #IT #computing #bsc
IT & Computing – Level 3 @barnetsouthgate 16 hours a week over 1-2 years. Wood Street and Southgate Campus. Specialist course for those wishing to study Programming & Coding, computer & Information systems, Networking and website production & management. #technology #IT #computing #bsc
Computing Creativity – Level 1 @barnetsouthgate 16 hours a week over 1 year. Grahame Park and Wood Street campuses. A basic IT course introducing IT fundamentals and Website Software. #technology #IT #computing #bsc
Computing Innovation & Design – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate 16 hours a week over 1 year. Grahame Park, Wood Street and Southgate campuses. A course designed to develop understanding of technology, applications and programming. #technology #IT #computing #bsc
Digital Age Innovation (Game Design & Web Development) – Level 3 @barnetsouthgate 16 hours a week over 1-2 years. Grahame Park, Wood Street and Southgate campuses. A specialist course to enhance understanding of computer networks, animation and systems, covering digital graphics and software design. #technology #IT #computing #bsc
CIW Web Design – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate 15 hours a week over 8 weeks. Wood Street Campus. Train to become an accredited web
designer. #technology #design #bsc
CIW Web Design – Level 3 @barnetsouthgate 2-3 hours a week over 17 weeks. Wood Street Campus. A professional qualification covering the skills required to work with web technology. #technology #webdesign #bsc
3D Animation – All Levels @barnetsouthgate 3 hours a week over 7 weeks. Wood Street Campus. Training in 3D Studio Max software to develop skills in 3D Design, modelling, lighting, materials & mapping and animation. #technology #design #bsc
Developing Apps for Android JAVA – All Levels @barnetsouthgate 2-3 hours a week over 17 weeks. Wood Street Campus. A course designed to develop understanding in Android development concepts such as broadcast receivers, content providers, database and integration & APIs. #technology #design #animation #bsc
Oracle Java – All Levels @barnetsouthgate 2-3 hours a week over 17 weeks. Wood Street Campus. A qualification for those wishing to learn or want to add java programming to their CV. #technology #java #programming #development #bsc
Microsoft Word Specialist – All Levels @barnetsouthgate 2-3 hours a week over 17 weeks. Wood Street Campus. A professional qualification to specialise in Microsoft Word. #microsoft #software #bsc
Cyber Security @barnetsouthgate Wood Street Campus. This programme is certificated by CIW. A specialist course on how to secure networks from unauthorised activity, covering: corporate network security policies, authentication procedures, encryption standards and implementation, ports and protocols that hackers manipulate, pro-active detection and response and managing hacker penetration. #security #cyber #bsc
What I would say to students who are thinking about enrolling in one of these courses is that this is great opportunity to develop new skills in areas that are very much in demand right now. Magdi Tawafig Lecturer
Spotlight on our Alumni
The College brought out the best in me Majid Curtis studied GNVQ in IT and A Level in Applied ICT at the College. He progressed to the University of Hertfordshire and achieved a first-class degree. He went on to do an internship with GE Healthcare, where he is currently employed.
didn’t really like school. I wanted to be a bricklayer like all my friends. But I chose ICT for A Levels at Barnet and Southgate College. I knew it was the future and thought about the money that could be made in that industry.
Barnet and Southgate College The support at the College was really good. I thought that Bhavna Shah (Course leader of the Computing course) was one of the best tutors I’ve ever had. She really made an impression on me. I’ve worked hard to get where I am now but I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the College. I believe a student’s success is not just based on their ability; it’s also the teacher. The people I had around me while I was studying really brought out the best in me. Barnet and Southgate was definitely an important stepping-stone for me to go on to university.
University of Hertfordshire I went to Hertfordshire University to study for a computer science degree. After a week of lectures I realised it wasn’t for me, so I looked at other courses in the same university. I saw business information systems, which is basically business management and IT, and I transferred over to that immediately. That is where it all began. I gained a 2.2 in my first year and a 2.1 in my second.
Internships For my third year I had to do a 12-month internship as part of my sandwich degree. I applied to Microsoft, Apple and Xerox, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. Eventually I got an interview with GE Healthcare and I was offered a placement. The internship really helped me to mature and realise my potential. You are not just a tea boy, you are actually doing something and there is pressure and deadlines involved. It’s not like an assignment deadline but a million-dollar company relying on you to make business decisions, which can be worth thousands of pounds. It was a real wake-up call but really enjoyable at the same time. My manager said to me on the last week ‘go back to uni and get a 2.1 and I will have you back on the graduate programme’. So I went back for the final year and I graduated with a first. 20
Graduate Programme I successfully applied for GE Healthcare’s graduate scheme. It was a two-year programme leading to a permanent sales specialist role within healthcare. I was specialising in anesthesia and patient monitoring. I was selling to the NHS and private hospitals, working with consultant anaesthetists, biomedical engineers as well as procurement and finance. Within 11 months of being on the graduate scheme I was asked to apply for a permanent role. The benefits are really good, I have a company car, phone and a laptop.
Work Experience I believe that work experience is one of the key ingredients to being successful. It gives you that confidence when you leave university. Anybody can have grades but not everybody has the experience.
Advice to students It’s really important for students to take every opportunity. Doing things like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and army cadets, both of which I did at school, helps you stand out from the crowd at the interview stage. Students might not think it now but, once they have finished college or university, they are facing a great deal of competition.
Related courses Access to Computing – Level 3 @barnetsouthgate 12-20 hours a week over 1 year. Wood Street Campus. A preparatory course for Higher Education covering IT applications such as web design, database, Programming, hardware and software. #technology #ict #computing #bsc
Computing Foundation Degree – Level 4/5 @barnetsouthgate 6 hours a week part time over 3 years and 15 hours a week full time over 2 years. Wood Street Campus. A course with full time and part time options designed to introduce computer programming, networking and systems with progression to degree level. #technology #ict #computing #bsc
I thought that Bhavna Shah was one of the best tutors Iâ€™ve ever had. She really made an impression on me. Majid Curtis GNVQ in IT and A Level in Applied ICT
The most supportive college I have attended Shokryah Mohamaddi previously studied our GCSE English, EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and BTEC Diploma in IT qualifications. She is currently doing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for IT Users.
am finding the course enjoyable, and I am happy, although some of the units are very challenging. I am the only girl in my class, so when I first started I was a bit nervous about how I was going to get on with the boys. But I was helped because most of the teachers are females. It has meant that I am not shy any more and I don’t feel nervous. In fact, being the only girl in my class has made me feel confident talking in front of boys.
Preparation for the working world The College is preparing me for work by providing me with opportunities. For example, right now I am working as one of the DigiDesk advisors. This is the best opportunity I have ever had. It is related to my course and it is a good experience helping people with their IT or E-learning, and sometimes their college work. It has been really helpful for me and for the students as well.
Work placement on the DigiDesk DigiDesk is basically an IT support service. It is all about helping students, and staff, in the College with basic IT, for example Microsoft Office and PowerPoint, if they don’t know how to use them. I have been working as a DigiDesk advisor for six or seven months and really enjoy it.
Volunteering When I lived in Wolverhampton, I used to volunteer for an organisation which helped people who could not speak English very well with visas, housing, everything really. I really like helping and volunteering.
College support The teachers here are supportive and the students are respectful and friendly with you. The teachers give you all the opportunities they can; they don’t just leave you alone and say ‘get on with it’. If you don’t know something, they will help you. They put their time in with workshops, so they can help you, for example, make your deadlines.
Potential students What I would say to anyone thinking about coming to Barnet and Southgate College is that it is one of the most modern of all the adult colleges. It is all aimed at giving you every opportunity to get to where you want to be. This is the most supportive college I have attended, more so than the college that I went to in Wolverhampton.
Related courses CISCO CCNA Networking Fundamentals – Level 3/4 @barnetsouthgate 6 hours a week over 9 weeks. Southgate Campus. A practical qualification to learn the technologies needed to design and implement networks, routing protocols & concepts and LAN switching & wireless. #technology #CISCO #computing #bsc
CISCO Computer Maintenance Essentials – Level 3/4
Computer Maintenance – Level 3/4 @barnetsouthgate 3 hours a week over 15 weeks. Southgate Campus. A practical qualification to learn how to upgrade and maintain computers, covering hardware, operating systems and maintenance & Repair whilst preparing you for the A+ exam. #technology #computing #bsc
AUTOCAD – Beginners @barnetsouthgate 3 hours a week over 4 weeks. Southgate Campus. A practical introductory qualification for people wishing to work using computer aided design. #technology #CAD #design #bsc
AUTOCAD – Advanced @barnetsouthgate 3 hours a week over 4 weeks. Southgate Campus. A professional qualification for those familiar with CAD to enhance skills in 2D & 3D applications. #technology #CAD #design #bsc
@barnetsouthgate 3 hours a week over 20 weeks. Southgate Campus. A practical qualification to learn how to upgrade and maintain computers, covering hardware, operating systems and maintenance & Repair. #technology #CISCO #computing #bsc
CISCO CCNA3 Switching – Level 3/4 @barnetsouthgate 9 hours a week over 6 weeks. Southgate Campus. A practical qualification to learn network fundamentals, routing protocols and concepts, LAN Switching and wireless. #technology #CISCO #computing #bsc
CISCO CCNA4 WAN technologies – Level 3/4 @barnetsouthgate 6 hours a week over 8 weeks. Southgate Campus. A practical qualification to learn network fundamentals, routing protocols and concepts, LAN Switching and wireless. #technology #CISCO #computing #bsc
The only college in London offering access to real jobs with REED NCFE Tharshia Ravindrakumaran is studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business and was voted in as Student Governor by her peers.
am doing the BTEC diploma in Business that lasts two years and is based at Wood Street Campus. It is fantastic. You are working on a lot of assignments every week, so you need to make sure you keep on track. But it is a good way of managing your time outside of college. You’ve got enough time to plan when to do your coursework. It is the equivalent of doing A Levels, the only difference is that it is based on coursework rather than exams.
Choosing BTEC instead of A Levels I chose the BTEC rather than A Levels for two reasons. Firstly, you get to focus on the subject that you really enjoy doing. I have a passion for business and it really gives me a boost to learn more about that subject. Secondly, it fits in with my life. You get coursework and you do it when you get it. I don’t need extra time to do revision, because I can work my way through the coursework. I can plan when and how I do it alongside anything else I have going on outside of college.
REED NCFE and the Employment Zone REED is fantastic for finding jobs for students. At first, they helped me find work with SportsDirect. I had also previously worked for ‘Explore Learning’ and I came across the company again on an employment day at the College. It gave me the opportunity to reconnect with them and I found out that they had opened up a branch near to where I live. The reason I left in the first place was because it was too far to travel, so it gave me the chance to meet them again and get back on track.
Preparation for the world of work Being at the College is definitely preparing me for the world of work. It does not really matter if you are doing a job that is not directly linked to the subject that you a studying for. For example, ‘Explore Learning’ is based on teaching Maths and English, but I am studying Business.
Then again, I want to teach in my future career so it gives me the chance to learn more about working with kids as well as keeping my English and Maths skills up to date. Getting a job through REED and using the Employment Zone really helps with different employability skills. It also helps to develop confidence through working with team members.
Opportunities outside the classroom We have the new student hub that has opened up at the Wood Street Campus and they have a similar hub in the Southgate Campus as well. It allows students the opportunity to socialise, get to know their peers and work together.
Employment and Enterprise Zone Find us @ Barnet and Southgate College G Block, Wood Street Campus High Barnet EN5 4AZ
For further information call: 020 8275 7674
We also have a number of careers services, and advisors, that can help students with writing personal statements, filling in UCAS forms and, of course, providing career information. There are plenty of facilities - we have resources like the library, IT support, and counsellors. Everyone is here to support you.
Links with employers Although work experience is not part of my course, the College encourages you to find placements during half term or the summer holidays. They really do support you in trying to find jobs, especially through the career services. REED has great links with employers. They are there for recruiting and to help us to get jobs. They are constantly sending emails with the latest vacancies that we might be interested in.
Plans for the future In five years’ time I can see myself completing a business degree and a teaching degree and hopefully working in a secondary school teaching business studies.
We are facing a real shortage of people with the necessary skills in this country. Some schools have already started teaching coding but from September it will be compulsory as part of the national curriculum. Maria Bell Curriculum Manager 26
Programming your career progression Maria Bell is a Computing Curriculum Manager at Barnet and Southgate College.
urrently there is a lot of talk about coding and for good reason. We live in a world that is fired by coding. If you work in retail, the NHS, or if you are swiping your oyster card to go on the Underground, behind it is software, and software is coding. If you want to create an application you have to know how to code. Coding is the new buzzword for programming, it just sounds more hip. There is a huge drive in the UK for teaching computing and programming in schools. This is because we are facing a real shortage of people with the necessary skills in this country. Some schools have already started teaching coding but from September it will be compulsory as part of the national curriculum. As a further education college we have traditionally filled that knowledge gap by teaching computing in some depth. We cover areas like programming, web design and systems analysis. The students need to be given that opportunity. It is imperative that they gain some knowledge and understanding of coding. It is starting in schools and hopefully there will be a lot more students that want to pursue that career path. Generally, coding would be a module on a computing and IT course. For example, students on a BTEC Level 3 would probably do three or four modules out of 18 that are programming. Students would also learn about networking, databases and e-commerce. We have evening classes in coding where professionals, who are already programmers, come to learn a different language or update their skills.
I attended a talk at Bournemouth University on this subject and heard about a major US company that deflects around 14 billion attempts to hack into their system every second. That is incomprehensible. The hackers put bugs into the system to try and break the code and get in. The biggest thing they want to steal is intellectual property and peopleâ€™s ideas. Another growth area is Big Data. Industries and businesses already make use of data. They draw information from various sources but it wonâ€™t all match. However, if they have someone who can use software that enables them to pull it all together and manipulate it, then that is a very powerful tool. It means businesses can focus on their target audience and turn them into customers. Mobile technology is also massive at the moment. People want to use the internet on their mobile phone, but itâ€™s not fun looking at a normal web page on your mobile. So there is a demand for web pages specifically designed for mobiles. This is different to creating an app. Anyone can come up with the idea but you need someone with the skills to bring it to life on your mobile phone. The College aims to equip the students with these skills so they can take advantage of these growth areas. If a student has a genuine interest in computing and enjoys it, then doing one of our courses will open up so many different opportunities. It can be creative, lucrative and enjoyable. The world is your oyster, so go for it.
In the future there will be increasing employment opportunities in cyber security. Security of data has become a real concern, which is why we are introducing a Cyber Security course in September.
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Not just teachers, but industry experts Floyd Anderson is a lecturer in ICT at the College and previously ran a highly successful CIW Web Design programme at Middlesex University.
teach web technologies on the Foundation Degree in Computing and I also teach BTEC Level 3, Programming and Games Development. I take evening courses as well, where we offer Web Development and PHP.
Next step for students on these courses It just depends on their level. The BTEC students go on to universities and sometimes this is their first introduction to Web Development or Programming, so they then go on to do undergraduate degrees. Our Foundation Degree students go on to either first or second year of the Foundation or a full-fledged degree, sometimes at Middlesex, sometimes at Hertfordshire. It just depends on the student. On our evening courses, some people are actually working in the field. They then use the skills that they gain to help their career development.
Work experience On the Foundation Degree we have placements with some of the local companies or we try to place them in relevant work experience situations. The students will work for two months as part of their programme.
What the students get out of your courses The first thing is fun, because I tend to be funny most of the time, so we have fun. But then behind that is the serious issue of what is programming and how can we use this to further our careers. Most students get fun and then they get an understanding of the basic concepts.
Support for students If they are having issues with concepts they tend to get one-to-one sessions. We also have tutorials that we set up. We have courses that are linked to other courses, so they may get the concept from somebody else or some other area, and then we try to link it to what they are doing currently. The other thing we try to do, behind the scenes, is to ensure that teachers talk to each other. So if a student is having a problem in class we tend to talk about it and develop strategies across modules, so we can help them succeed.
What the programme can offer students I can only talk from my personal experience. I was not a mathematician at school and started my degree later, so programming is definitely a thing one should learn, especially if you are young. Most people out there play games, especially young people, so it would definitely an area of career development, as well as interest. You are combining the two things. It is not just a matter of wasting time playing games but this could actually be a career path as well. There are so many different job avenues in the games industry. In fact, the UK is nearly No1 for games development in the world, so it is a good marriage.
Finding that student â€˜sparkleâ€™ I just look at myself and what I see sometimes in the students is that little sparkle that I had when I finally got it. It took a lot of years but it is the ability to create something. It is also a creative process that you go through. I see that sparkle in students sometimes, when they get it, and that is what does it for me.
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Contact our School Liaison Team Our experienced School Liaison Officers can visit your school to give support and guidance on the many options available to students when they leave school. We offer bespoke “have a go” taster sessions that can take place at school or we can coordinate large group visits to our 3 main campuses, where students will get to experience a real college environment and “have a go” at a range of exciting career options, from hairdressing to engineering. Alternatively we can simply attend your careers and options days or visit school assemblies with a targeted presentations to suit your needs.
Events Planner & School Liaison Team Coordinator James is your first port of call to coordinate any School Liaison events and have a go sessions. If you’re not sure of your requirements or think you have a tricky request please contact him and he will be happy to help out. He can also assist with requests for College brochures, marketing and promotional materials.
Meet our School Liaison team • Have a go sessions
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• Your assemblies
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• Options days
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James coordinates the College’s many sports industry partnerships and can bring to life the career options available within the sports industry as well an insight into our work with employers.
Nicholas is our sports enrichment expert and is responsible for coordinating all our sports activities at College from our basketball, football and netball clubs to insanity aerobics, you can follow all the action and updates from Nicholas @bsc_sport
Sports Development & Commercial Officer
James.Edgerley@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk 020 8200 8300
College Sports Maker
Nicholas.Nanikhan@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk 020 8200 8300
James.Page@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk 020 8200 8300
Curriculum Manager for A Levels GCSEs and Science Sue specialises in our academic curriculum and can help coordinate school curriculum visits to clarify the many study routes available beyond school. Sue.Baker@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk 020 8200 8300
Elizabeth specialises in our Hairdressing curriculum and can help coordinate school curriculum visits to clarify the many study routes available beyond school.
As the Colleges careers specialist Dionne can help answer all of the difficult and challenging questions students may have, what are my career options, what happens next and what do I do if I don’t get my results?
Curriculum Manager for Creative Industries
Elizabeth.Scott@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk 020 8200 8300
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Blue Beanz Art Gallery, for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and Arts 89, for mental health students.
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A great place to chill and relax, with a new library set up.
Improve your communication and advocacy skills with our debating club.
Conversation groups Have fun and meet people from all over the world while practising your spoken English.
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Get Digital! Before you start your course, we will be asking you to complete an online induction specific to your course. Go online and take a look: http://tinyurl.com/qgfzepg We look forward to welcoming you to the world of online and blended learning. Angela Rideau, E-learning Coordinator.
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Parent Power From September 2013 the education leaving age rose to 17 and from 2015 it will rise again, to 18. However, post 16 education doesn’t just mean staying at school fulltime: your child can stay at school, go to college, or take up an apprenticeship or a part-time training course. They can earn money and learn new skills at the same time if they want to.
ur A Level department is the second largest provider in the Barnet and Enfield areas, which provides those who wish to progress onto Higher Education a clear route. However, for many students academic routes are not the most appropriate option; with an increasing number of vocational and professional education programmes on offer there are now other exciting pathways which lead students to greater success and fulfilment in their working life.
A recent Edge Foundation survey discovered that many young people are being actively discouraged from opting for vocational and professional education - with just a quarter of parents (27%) judging it to be worthwhile*. This is despite evidence that people who choose a practical, hands-on approach to learning are as fulfilled as people who took an academic route.** Additionally, research from the 2012 First Steps to Wealth Report, illustrates that the lifetime earnings of a graduate are comparable with the lifetime earnings of many former apprentices - for example construction apprentices earn a total of £1,504,000 over their life time compared with £1,612,000 for a graduate,*** dispelling the fear that university degrees lead to much higher life time incomes. The survey identified that many students (22%) are being advised by parents and schools that they are ‘too clever’ for vocational and professional education. Only half (51%) of parents encouraged their child’s choice to pursue vocational qualifications, compared to three quarters (74%) who were happy to support their child through an academic route.
This highlights a growing problem: you as parents are not getting access to the most up to date career information to allow you to make informed choices about your children’s future. We understand that parents remain the biggest influence on their children’s education (44%), so we need to equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to give sound, informed advice about the options available for you child.
Barnet and Southgate College recognise parents as a valuable source of information to help us provide you with the detail to make an informed choice about your child’s future education and progress. We want to know what is it you want from us in terms of advice and guidance and how we can help you to better advice your children? With this in mind we have developed various communications channels for you to engage with us.
There continues to be a stigma attached to vocational and professional education which is unfounded. This country has a huge challenge ahead in ensuring that our children are equipped with the right skills to ensure a successful workforce of the future, and parents are part of that journey. It is essential that parents understand the future job market and therefore enable and encourage their children to train appropriately so they do not become another number in the endless list of university graduates that cannot secure employment.
A parents’ webpage: http://www.barnetsouthgate.ac.uk/ information-for-parents
Recent independent research commissioned by the Association of Colleges (AoC) found that many parents admit they struggle to give their child the right advise when it comes to the world of work. The Barnet and Southgate College REED NCFE Employment Zone has been developed with this research in mind. At the REED NCFE Employment Zone students are professionally guided to help them find the right job after their course, and they are taught how to think and behave in a work environment. This is done via work placements, interview training, CV writing skills and specialist careers advice as well as sessions run by employers within their subject area. In a recent survey of 1,264 employers conducted by REED, 97% put the workplace ‘mind-set’ element ahead of skills, as something they look for when recruiting. In a further study of 30,000 CVs, REED found that demonstrating a workplace mind-set on a CV “tripled your chances of getting and keeping” the best job.
a parents’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ BarnetSouthgateParents and look out for our Parents’ Survey, coming soon! To encourage you to engage with us we often offer prize draws for survey entrants, these include track days, short culinary arts courses, spa treatments and many more – so it’s worthwhile! Let us know what you want, and what you think.
The Edge Foundation Survey *Research conducted by OnePoll in January 2014, surveyed 2,230 people aged 18-35 in full time employment in the UK. **Respondents were asked to score on a scale of 1-10 (where 10 = happiest) ***Research sourced from the First Steps to Wealth Report, published in 2012
Getting the right advice for your child “It is essential that parents understand the future job market and therefore enable and encourage their children to train appropriately.”
here are five careers advisors at Barnet and Southgate College, two are based at Wood Street, two at Southgate and one at Grahame Park. Members of our team also work at Edmonton Green, Child’s Hill Library and Burnt Oak Community Centre.
The essence of careers guidance is helping people to make decisions about learning and work, and to manage their career progress. Advisers do this through offering one-to-one help and delivering group workshops. Our aim is to give students a full picture of their options, talk through the pros and cons and help each student to identify the best course for them. Some common questions students ask are: What are my options for next year, What should I study at university, Can you check my personal statement, Would you have a look at my CV, What jobs can I get after this course and even: I want to earn lots of money but I don’t want to work very hard – what should I do?! However, a fundamental part of the careers adviser’s code is impartiality. We are not a sales team working on behalf of the College and it’s not our job to sign up your child to College courses. Our role is to explore the full range of appropriate options with them, looking at the advantages and disadvantages and through this to help young people make decisions which are right for them – and that actually might not be to study on a course at Barnet and Southgate College. We welcome parents to come in and talk to us with their child. In fact, this can be really helpful as parents know their children well and often have useful insight regarding what their children enjoy and are good at. “I think we offer a number of things at College that schools just do not offer. I think we offer a wider range of opportunities in our mix of academic and vocational courses and consequently the chance to study something
new which is not available in school; a fresh start - a chance to define yourself as you wish, rather than conforming to other people’s established expectations of you; a chance to interact with a broader mix of people and to expand your horizons. As part of our job we attend a number of external events such as Higher Education Fairs with students, and we also participate in school events. We are also starting to work at Employer Fairs this year so that students can meet employers and find out about jobs, apprenticeships, volunteering and training opportunities. It’s important for us to connect with students at schools and within college. At the beginning of the academic year, the Learner Services team carry out induction talks with each group of new students. This gives us the opportunity to tell students about our services and how to find us. Class tutors can also sign up for further group talks which gives us the opportunity to reach more students. We cover things like Introduction to Higher Education, Alternatives to HE, Applying to University, Writing a Personal Statement, what to do next after your current course, Preparing for Interviews and Career opportunities in specific fields and Progression. Sometimes students sign up for a course which really doesn’t suit them which can easily lead to de-motivation and under performance. We can help support them to identify better options and channel their energies into something they are more enthusiastic about. We are here to help them take the next step, whether that’s Higher Education, another further education course, an apprenticeship or employment. We also help to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to put their career plans into action so that they can get into the courses for the job they want.”
I love my job. I meet a variety of people at different stages in their lives and with such a wide range of needs and ambitions. There’s always something new to learn and I receive continuous on-going training and this has all sorts of benefits. For example, I recently went to an event at a local university which was focused on nursing and midwifery. Learning about what makes a high calibre applicant for these degrees has really helped me when advising clients and giving mock interviews. I think employers these days are looking for a work ‘mind-set’ and by that I mean a willingness to turn up on time, focus on the task and apply themselves, a readiness to muck in and do both the humble and the more complex tasks, a willingness to learn and to sometimes put up with the odd mundane task. Everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve been working at the College for nearly two years and there have been so many good things about this job but two in particular that stand out to me is when a student walks out of your office with a smile on their face because they have a plan and they’re excited about it and secondly when they rush up to you in the corridor to tell you that they’ve been offered a place on the course they wanted or have got the job that they went for, it’s very rewarding indeed.
Susan Jackson, Careers Advisor
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Qualifications Unpicked A guide to qualifications and levels.
What is a BTEC? BTEC courses... • Give you specialist, practical skills, knowledge and understanding of a specific job area • Include lots of theory and written work, but some practical, hands on tasks too How long does a BTEC last? • Level 1 = 1 year • Level 2 = 1 year • Level 3* = 2 years * In the first year you will study 90 credits in some instances and if successful will progress onto the 2nd year completing an Extended Diploma.
How is a BTEC assessed? • Most BTECs are assessed through coursework, although, on some subjects there are now some external assessment requirements Can I study anything else with a BTEC? • Possibly GCSEs in English/Maths or Functional Skills • Possibly A Level/s with a BTEC Level 3 What can I do after a BTEC? • Further study (including Higher Education), training or employment Who might BTECs be suitable for? • Those who have an idea about their future career and the subject area they need to study • Those who are better at coursework than exams • Those who wish to keep Higher Education as an option (after Level 3)
What are Vocational Courses? Vocational courses... • Give you skills and knowledge in a particular subject for a specific job/employment job/ employment sector • Are more practical than A Levels or BTECs • Help you gain a recognised qualification for the industry you wish to work in
VOCATIONAL ATIONA A LEVELS
What are examples of vocational qualifications? • Diploma, NVQ, IMI, City & Guilds, AAT, CACHE Diploma How long does a course last? • 1 year for each level How is a vocational qualification assessed? • Vocational courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework and practical and written assessments and external assessments Can I study anything else with a vocational course? • Possibly Functional Skills or GCSEs English/Maths What can I do after a vocational course? • Further study, training or employment Who might a vocational course be suitable for? • Those who know exactly what job they wish to go into and want to develop some relevant skills for this • Those who are fairly practical • Those who are not particularly interested in Higher Education as an option
What is a Technical Baccalaureate? Technical Baccalaureates... • Are Level 3 vocational programmes which include 3 important elements: • A high-quality level 3 vocational qualification - recognised and endorsed by industry • A level 3 `maths’ qualification • The extended project qualification, which develops and test students’ skills in extended writing, communication, research, and self-discipline and self-motivation This new vocational pathway provides young people aspiring to a vocational career a firstclass alternative to the more traditional A Level route, ensuring they leave college with both high level technical and employability skills needed for successful progression into the workplace.
What are Apprenticeships? Apprenticeships... • Provide on-the-job training where you undertake work with an employer and are released for a proportion of the time to undertake your studies. Apprentices are paid at least minimum wage What qualification would I get? • A NVQ Level 2, 3 , 4 or 5 How long does an apprenticeship last? • Depends on you, your employer and the job area (3 months - 3 years) How is an apprenticeship assessed? • A mixture of practical and written assessments which are used to slowly build up a portfolio of work Will I study anything else with an apprenticeship? • Functional Skills e.g. English, Maths, IT What can I do after and apprenticeship? • Employment or higher level apprenticeship Who might an apprenticeship be suitable for? • Those who want to work, earn and study at the same time • Those who know exactly what job they wish to go into • Those who want to develop work-related skills and experience through an employer whilst gaining a qualification • Those who are fairly practical
What are Traineeships? Traineeships... • Are a pre-apprenticeship option for those who are not quite ready for an apprenticeship. Traineeships provide work preparation training, English and maths support (if required) and a work experience placement with an employer.
FOUNDATION DEGREES TRAINEESHIP
What are A Levels? A Levels... • Involve study of general academic subjects at Level 3 How long does an A Level course last? • 2 years: usually study 3 or 4 AS Levels in the 1st year and 3 A2 Levels in 2nd Year. How are A Levels assessed? • A Levels are assessed mainly by exams, but can include course work for some subjects. Can I study anything else whilst I’m studying A Levels? • Possibly GCSE English/Maths or Functional Skills • Possibly a BTEC at Level 3 (Subsidiary Diploma) What can I do after A Levels? • The majority of students progress onto Higher Education either here at the College, or at university, however further training or employment is also an option Who might A Levels be suitable for? • Those who want to keep career options open • Those interested in careers where Higher Education qualifications are required, for which A levels are essential • Those interested in progressing to Higher Education • Those who are better at exams than course work
What are Access Courses? Access qualifications are... • Qualifications which prepare students for study at university • Qualifications for those who left school without qualifications such as A Levels, or those looking to gain promotion or change careers and require a Higher Education qualification to do so • For applicants who are 19 years or above
What are Higher National Diplomas?
What are Teacher Training qualifications?
HNDs are... • For those students wanting a practical route to the workplace • Work related Higher Education qualifications • These are highly-valued by employers
Teacher Training qualifications are... • For students who want to teach in primary, secondary, further or Higher Education.
What are Foundation Degrees?
To study at Level 1 you will need to have gained: • Good level of literacy and numeracy • Some GCSEs grades A* E for some courses or an Entry Level qualification
Foundation Degrees are... • An alternative to university with practical and industry related elements. They are equivalent to the first 2 years of a degree; and you would complete your final year at university • Designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge that businesses are looking for • An alternative route into Higher Education
What are Higher Education Certificates? Our Higher Education Certificates are... • Certificates designed to give you the skills and knowledge required by employers • Our HE Certificates are run in conjunction with Middlesex University and will enable you to progress into Higher Education with this institution.
What are Professional Programmes? Professional Programmes are... • For those who know the profession they want to work within and need a certain qualification to do so, or are trying to progress within their job • For those who would like to change careers and need a qualification to help them do so
Entry Requirements for courses
To study at Level 2 you will need to have gained: • A minimum of 2 GCSEs grades at A*- D, or a Level 1 qualification These may need to include particular subjects and/or Level 1 literacy/numeracy To study at Level 3 you will need to have gained: • 5-6 GCSEs grades at A*- C, or a Level 2 qualification These may need to include particular subjects such as English and Maths, and/or possibly B grades in some subjects For study at Level 4 or 5: There are no clearly defined entry requirements as many different factors are taken into account, including work experience, life experience and previous study. This will all be discussed with you at your interview. If you are unsure about what Level you should be studying, our staff will help you at your interview or speak to one of our Customer Service Advisors who will be able to help you in setting up an appointment with our Careers Advisors.
Your journey to enrolment If your course requires an interview, this is what you should expect. However some part time courses do not require an interview so you can go straight to enrolment.
STEP 1 ENQUIRY ONLINE BY PHONE IN PERSON
WE WILL INVITE YOU TO ATTEND AN OPEN EVENT
ONLINE: ENQUIRY FORM
ONLINE: POST ON FACEBOOK ONLINE: ASK ON TWITTER PHONE: TEXT ‘1COL’ TO 88020
ONLINE BY PHONE IN PERSON
WE WILL INVITE YOU TO A COURSE INTERVIEW
z Apply or enrol online via the apply button on our website.
PHONE: 020 8266 4000 IN PERSON: AT AN EVENT
STEP 2 APPLICATION
z Download application form and post to any campus. z Download application form and drop in to nearest campus.
STEP 3 INTERVIEW IN PERSON z Bring proof of SWCNKƁECVKQPUCPF portfolio of work if relevant.
z Let us know if you can’t attend and we will set you a new date. z Make us aware of any support requirements you may have.
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STEP 4 OFFER
WE WILL INVITE YOU TO ATTEND A STUDENT ORIENTATION OR TASTER EVENT AND TO COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE INDUCTION ACTIVITY
CONDITIONAL UNCONDITIONAL REFERRAL
WE WILL REMIND YOU TO COME IN AND ENROL
Conditional means that you have to meet some conditions before you enrol. These could be a reference, exam results or a combination and will be explained at your interview.
z Referral means you will be refered to another department and have a new interview set up.
IN PERSON z Go in person to the campus where your course takes place.
z To secure your place you must bring in proof of results, reference or anything else you are asked for. z Unconditional means you can go straight to enrolment.
STEP 5 ENROLMENT
z You must bring proof of ID, SWCNKĆ ECVKQPU reference if appropriate,and anything else that you have been asked to provide.
z If you are an adult learner looking for fee discounts you must bring in up-to-date RTQQHQHDGPGĆ VU
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z If you are a paying learner enrolling on a course that doesn't need an interview you can enrol online or in person.
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Published on Jun 12, 2014
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