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Foundation Learning Offering you a second chance at education, a route and support into employment, further and higher education, for all levels and ages.


Welcome to

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lthough I’m running a big department at one of the largest Colleges in London, it may surprise you to learn that I didn’t get on very well at school. Things took off for me when I went into Further Education. I had successful Apprenticeships in Engineering and Electricals and spent ten years working in industry before doing an Access course that eventually took me through to university. Teaching is my real passion though, and at Barnet and Southgate College I am helping make a massive difference to thousands of people’s lives. One thing that unites our Foundation Learning students is that they have all had doors shut on them, whether this has been by teachers at school or by employers who are unwilling or unable to give them a chance to progress at work because of a lack of basic qualifications. What a frustration to be barred from doing something you want or need to do. We have the answer for you and believe everyone has it within themselves to pick up skills, qualifications and confidence. We create an environment where you won’t feel overshadowed or pressured by others. For most, studying our Adult Foundation Skills, Move Up or Bridging courses is a means to an end and the results are superb – around 70% go on to a Level 2 or 3 course at the College and others secure Apprenticeships and jobs straight from these courses. Our part-time courses for adults wanting to obtain Maths, English and IT skills to help them find employment are very popular. As many as one in six people in the UK struggle with literacy, that is to say their reading and writing is not very good. This affects people’s chances, the stats tell us that men and women with poor literacy are the least likely to be in full-time employment at the age of thirty. Whilst your skills gap may be smaller than this; the fact that we know how to take those with the biggest hurdles over the finishing line, is good news for all our learners. We take the time to group students with different tutors depending on what learning is required and we make sure people have online access to their projects when they are away from the College.

Our Bridging and Move Up courses on the other hand, are there to cater for all the 1618 year olds who, like me, will find that the College environment is more conducive to gaining skills for life than the traditional school route. More students are coming to us now that young people must remain in formal education at 16 if they don’t have a job. One thing that I feel really sets us apart is that we teach in a way that relates to the real world. In fact, the same teachers that will teach you also designed our bespoke “Steps to Work” courses for Jobcentre Plus. This means that we understand the barriers to work, and know how to teach crucial job-hunting and employment skills. We’re always speaking to our students to find out what practical skills they’d like us to teach and what would make things better. We teach you these skills before rather than after you start looking for work. So whether you’re a classroom assistant who needs a Level 2 qualification to go on to further study or perhaps you didn’t make the grade in your GCSEs but are desperate to get an Apprenticeship – we’ll be there all the way to help you get to where you want to be. Don’t just take my word for it. In the words of a few of our recent leavers: “Now I feel very confident”; “The course has helped me structure my job finding skills” and “My daughter feels that the course has had a huge impact on her life and education”. My favourite comment of all was from someone who surprised themselves that Barnet and Southgate College “even managed to make Maths fun!” Whether you’re looking to get a great start in life or the opportunity to make progress in the world of work, our Foundation Learning courses will propel you on your way.

Peter Franklin Head of Foundation Learning


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: A Levels / Art, Design & Visual Culture / Automotive Technologies / Business, Accounting & Computing / Culinary Arts & Hospitality / Hair and Beauty Therapy / Health, Education & Social Care / Learning Difficulties & Independent Living / Property & Construction / Pathways to Employment (ESOL) / Sports Science & Management

Welcome to Foundation Learning

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Take two - a great opportunity to resit

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School didn’t offer me the extra support I needed

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I didn’t let fear hold me back!

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Starting over in the UK

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I retrained to give something back

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Scanning for the right career

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Helping you back into work

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A spotlight on our experts

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Giving you a helping hand

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Schools Liaison Team

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The Fun Stuff

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Get Digital!

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Parent Power

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Getting the right advice for your child

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Our Study Centres

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Qualifications Unpicked

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Your journey to enrolment

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How to find us

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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


Take two – a great opportunity to resit Grace Tims, aged 18, completed the Bridging Course at the College and is now studying A Levels in Sociology, English Literature and Language and Film Studies.

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Bridging Course is a great opportunity to retake qualifications to improve your grades, to get into higher education or achieve a better job than you would have before. I’d finished school with 4 GCSEs and needed 6, plus I wasn’t very happy with my English and Maths GCSE grades so I was looking for somewhere to retake them. Barnet and Southgate College was the only college offering me the opportunity to do that at that time. The students on the course were all very friendly and nice, and the teachers were really supportive and caring. They supported me throughout the course with my personal needs, keeping up with homework and classwork and they just made sure I knew how to do the best I could do. Work experience was part of the course and it was really valuable. I worked at Cancer Research UK and it was really interesting and a good learning experience. I was working in the shop and learned how to deal with customers, plus I learned all the things you need to know to work well in the shop, from organising stock to helping them prepare and run a fundraising event. As well as it being very useful if I ever want to work in retail, I also learned communication and organisational skills, which I’ll be able to use later on, and I got to meet new people and learned how to deal with customers well. It wasn’t just all about coursework, either; we were given help on what to do next. The Careers Advisors spoke to us all about possible courses we could progress on to, about Apprenticeships and what you should put in your CVs. There was lots of useful advice.

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I’m also going to be doing work experience in the summer holidays as part of my A Levels, which is really good. It’ll be for two weeks and it will be linked to my course and my future career plans. I’d like to do something in the film industry – directing or editing, which are the part of my course I really enjoy – or become a teacher, I’m not sure yet, so hopefully the College will be able to help me find a work placement that’s linked to those.”

Related Courses The Bridging Course – Level 1 to Level 2 @barnetsouthgate Southgate Campus. 15 hours per week. An interesting package covering the essential subjects; Maths, English, ICT, Science, Business, Art & Design with GCSE English and Maths (subject to assessment). This course will enable learners to move onto higher level courses or gain employment/Apprenticeships. #GCSE #english #maths #bsc

GCSE English Language – Level 2 @barnetsouthgate Grahame Park, Southgate and Wood Street campuses. Full-time and part-time options available. Develop skills in reading writing and speaking & listening through essay writing, studying novels and non-fiction texts as well as taking part in group discussions and presentations. #GCSE #english #bsc


The students on the course were all very friendly and nice, and the teachers were really supportive and caring. Grace Tims From The Bridging Course to A Levels 7


The College is absolutely brilliant, the teachers and students are all very friendly and it’s not at all like secondary school. Vittorio Verta From Move Up to Performing Arts Level 3

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School didn’t offer me the extra support I needed Vittorio Verta (19), completed the Move Up course at the College and is now studying Performing Arts Level 3.

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’ve always enjoyed drama, so I wanted to study Performing Arts. Both my sisters had studied dance at Barnet and Southgate College, so I was aware of the Arts courses and wanted to study here. That was my introduction, the College was in the family.

Currently, I work full-time at the artsdepot in North London. I’ve been working here for 8 or 9 months now. I discovered the artsdepot through my sisters studying at the College and then developed a closer relationship through my course.

At school I didn’t really get the help I needed to bump up my grades; I have dyslexia and some of the teachers didn’t use teaching styles that enabled me to learn. Some teachers were great, but I particularly struggled with maths and my maths teacher explained things to me in ways I didn’t understand. In English I struggled with spelling, which also impacted upon my grades. My sisters encouraged me to attend Barnet and Southgate College as they knew the teachers would help me because they’d seen how they support other learners with needs like mine, so I took a Move Up course, which taught Functional Skills English, Functional Skills Maths, Functional Skills ICT and Media. It was just what I needed to move on to Performing Arts.

The course has great teachers who teach you all sorts of different techniques and skills. I’m still acting, but because I’ve trained to be a technician I provide technical support for the shows and then I’m on stage, I’m doing it all. I do a lot of work with other departments, I even helped the Sports Department stage their Take Me Out charity event. I love being a technician and through the College I’ve developed lots of working links.

The College is absolutely brilliant, the teachers and students are all very friendly and it’s not at all like secondary school, which is what I thought it would be like and where you can’t always be bothered to learn. The College is an environment where you’re happy to learn and there are incredibly supportive teachers who helped me learn in the way I want to. The teachers were phenomenally supportive of me. When I came to Southgate Campus to do Performing Arts we had our drama teacher deliver Functional Skills English and she was an amazing teacher, she really broke it down and helped us learn in a way that I’ve never experienced before. In terms of work experience, I wanted to expand my career and that’s exactly what I’ve done. As soon as I got into drama my goal then became being a technician. One day one of the teachers needed some help with the equipment and I helped and they suggested technician as a future career for me - and now it’s my passion!

In Year 2 of my course, the group were filmed for a marketing clip, which was then posted on YouTube and various other sites, as well as being promoted by word of mouth. Lots of students have been able to use this to get work: most of my friends on the course are involved in performing arts jobs now, acting, modelling and behind the scenes, like myself, and that started with that film.

Related Courses Move Up – Entry Level @barnetsouthgate 15 hours a week over 1 year. All campuses. This Full Time course is for students who have found learning quite difficult but really want to get Moving Up and making progress. This Entry Level course will help you progress onto Level 1 courses. On this course you will study Maths, English and ICT as well as Personal Development and Employability. You will also get an opportunity to take a vocational award and have structured work experience. #maths #bsc

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The College was very helpful. I was able to use the library at times that were convenient for me, for instance in the evenings. Beverley Nevers From Improve your Maths and English to Access to Nursing

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I didn’t let fear hold me back! Beverley Nevers (48) completed Improve your Maths and English and Access to Nursing at the College. She now plans to study Mental Health Nursing at Middlesex University.

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came to Barnet and Southgate College in 2010 to study Improve your Maths in order to improve my numeracy skills. I was at home helping my children with their maths homework; the kids are studying new topics, things I couldn’t remember from when I was at school myself; things I couldn’t understand, like long division because I’d been taught to use short division when I was younger; and things I’ve never been taught, like chunking, and I found it a struggle to help them with their schoolwork, so I decided to come into college to improve my abilities. I found the course really good as it offers encouragement to get back into learning and Fros Jacovou, (Course Manager for Adult Functional Skills and AFS maths teacher) taught me lots of different methods for approaching problems. I was able to understand what my children were doing at school. It’s interesting to know what the children are doing because just hearing it from them and their teachers I couldn’t really get involved. Now we work together; completing this course has brought us closer. I passed Improve your Maths levels 1 and 2 and went on to complete Access to Nursing last year as I’ve decided to go into nursing as a career. The numeracy gave me the confidence to sit the maths test – you have to sit maths and English tests at Level 2 before starting on access courses – and I sat and passed my numeracy and literacy tests, and now I’m going on to do a degree. I’m hoping to study a BSc in Mental Health Nursing at Middlesex University and then go into mental health nursing as I’ve always been interested in that side of healthcare. My teacher gave me confidence to build up on my areas of weakness in maths and was very encouraging. The classes were really easygoing, lots of students came in at that time and we all got on with our work and the College was very helpful. I was able to use the library at times that were convenient for me, for instance in the evenings.

My classes were on Saturdays and studying at the weekends was better for me because my younger children were settled at home with my older children, so it was easier for me to get into college and get my work done.

Related Courses Adult Foundation Entry to Level 2 @barnetsouthgate Full time 16 week course. Grahame Park Campus. September and February Start Dates. An adult course that will help you quickly develop Maths, English and ICT skills, you will also get help making progression to employment or further study. #education #improve #develop #bsc

Improve your Maths – All Levels @barnetsouthgate Part time options available. All campuses. You will learn a range of Maths topics cover everyday activities. Functional Skills Qualifications. #education #improve #develop #maths #bsc

Improve your English – All Levels @barnetsouthgate Part time options available. All campuses. You will learn a range of English topics cover everyday activities; writing, reading, Speaking and Listening. Functional Skills Qualifications. #education #improve #develop #english #bsc

Improve your ICT Skills – All Levels @barnetsouthgate Part time options available. All campuses. You will learn a range of ICT skills cover everyday activities; word processing, spreadsheets, internet and emails. Functional Skills Qualifications. #education #improve #develop #ICT #bsc

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Starting over in the UK After the Bridging Course, Gracia Susuzande (21), is now studying Foundation Art, Level 3. She plans to study Fashion at the London College of Fashion or Central St Martins.

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’ve been at Barnet and Southgate College for five years. I started on the Bridging Course after arriving in the UK in 2008. I’d been studying in Africa at a high level, but didn’t have my certificates so I applied to study GCSE so I had Level 2 qualifications for higher education and was referred to the Bridging Course.

I’ve already had an offer from the London College of Fashion and they’re just waiting for me to finish this course and move on to theirs, but I’ve also applied for Central St Martins, which I really hope to get into because that’s where my heart beats, where my passion lies, but if I don’t get in there it’s OK as I have a second choice at another very good college.

While studying on the Bridging Course my tutor suggested I move on to Art and Design because I’m really good at drawing. I was completing tasks and projects and he commented on my talent and suggested I try for art. Although drawing was something I’d always been passionate about, until that teacher told me they thought I had some talent, I hadn’t considered taking my art studies any further.

My experience at Barnet and Southgate College has been extraordinary. It’s been an amazing experience, full of memories and fun. I’ve found it really exciting because, at first, I didn’t know how it was going to turn out, but as soon as I took the course I really enjoyed it because I was doing something I like and as my studies progressed it became more and more serious. Art tutors were asking me to present my ideas to show what I was thinking and that element was really enjoyable.

My drama teacher was also encouraging me to study drama at a higher level, so I was hesitant about which to choose. However, I thought about it and I know you can’t just think about what’s going on now, I also had to think about what I was going to do later and art offered me more future career options. At that point I was considering becoming an architect, but I was also very interested in fashion. Once I’d completed the Bridging Course and achieved my level 2 English and maths I progressed onto level 1 Art and Design. While I was completing the first year, I was clearly one of the best in the group, and I’d done a lot of previous study in Africa, so I negotiated moving from Year 1 straight into Year 3 and am now taking a Foundation Course before moving on to university to study fashion design.

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Through the course I’ve made great friends and connections, but one of the best things is the places that you go. I live in London, but I didn’t discover what London had to offer in terms of artwork and so many other things until my tutors took us out and showed us.


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I retrained to give something back Diandra McLean (24), has completed the Bridging and Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) courses at the College and now works as a mentor for Barnet and Southgate College’s 14-16 Centre.

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riginally, I’d wanted to take a foundation degree in ICT, but my qualifications were from Jamaica and so didn’t meet the course entry requirements, so I was directed to do a Bridging Course in September 2012. While on the Bridging Course, I’d help out the teachers with the students. I’ve been down a rocky path personally and I could grasp some of the other kids in my group were having issues. There were lots of kids who were troubled and, although I was in the group with them, I was a little older and I’d help them out. People told me I was good at it, then it came to me; instead of computing, I wanted to do something helping young people. Now I’m a mentor for Barnet and Southgate Young College. I recently joined the mentoring team after successfully completing the Bridging Course. Barnet and Southgate College’s 14-16 Centre offers learners the opportunity to learn, develop themselves and grow socially and their most important task is to begin to take charge of their life by making their own choices. All this takes place in an adult environment. As a mentor I am highly service-oriented – we are regarded as offering valuable support to our learners. Being a mentor is quite stimulating and I need little encouragement; as I’ve had the benefit of being mentored myself, I understand the benefits and the experience has rubbed off on me in a way that means I want to give something back myself.

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I was once taught ‘patience wins the day’ by a tutor who I looked up to and who was a big role model in my development. Patience is absolutely critical. You have to be able to let the other person talk in order to demonstrate an understanding and win their trust. Only then can you be appropriately responsive to their personality type – everyone’s different. As a mentor you have to be able to judge; you have a remit to use your initiative and adapt the guidelines according to the needs of the individual. Then you have to check that your initial assessment is correct, so that you can move onto setting realistic objectives for your future mentoring sessions and put in some structure. The 14-16 Centre offers work experience to some students and encourages our learners to try out things they’re interested in to see if they enjoy it and what career path to follow. We offer them vocational studies, which suit their needs: hair and beauty, motor vehicles, catering and sports. Learners can progress onto vocational and academic courses once they complete their courses with us.


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Scanning for the right career Maryam Harati, aged 36, studied Improve your English and Maths, Level 2 at the College. She also studied Access to Radiography and is planning to go to university to become a Radiographer.

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efore moving to the UK, I had already studied psychology at university in my own country and I wanted to continue my university education here. After I had moved to the UK I decided to choose one subject as a career for my future and that subject was radiography. You need level 2 in English and maths in order to progress into Higher Education, so I came to Barnet and Southgate College to study those subjects. I spoke to an advisor at the Wood Street Campus and she suggested I take an Improve your English and Maths class. I studied and improved my English and maths and went on to achieve Level 2 in both of them. I finished these courses, and chose an Access to Radiography course as my route into Higher Education. I had wanted to work in a hospital environment since I was a child. The course is challenging, I need to work hard and research a lot and I use many helpful websites to study and research my subjects. The teachers help me when I need support, I tell them I need help on a particular subject and they guide me. I get a lot of support from the teachers, but my English skills have proved very important for this and being able to work alone.

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The lessons have been enormously helpful – they have helped me to understand the subject I’m now studying, English especially, although maths has helped me to understand physics, chemistry and biology too. I enjoyed studying at the College and my teachers were all very friendly, helpful and supportive of students. The teachers helped me to improve my confidence and enabled me to improve how I communicate with other people, as well as helping me to learn about the psychological behaviours of patients and to improve my subject knowledge. It’s prepared me for how I will work in university. I definitely want to go to university once I’ve finished the course. I’ve already applied to four universities, but I would prefer to go to Hertfordshire University because it’s local and it’s also close to Barnet Hospital and I want to be able to get a job working there. I hope to work as a radiographer once I’ve qualified. Before I moved to the UK, I worked as a radiographer’s assistant, I was working in a clinic environment and I dealt with patients. I know a little bit about how they work and that’s why I’m interested in taking that knowledge and developing it further in university.


The lessons have been enormously helpful – they have helped me to understand the subject I’m now studying, English especially. Maryam Harati From Improve your English and Maths to Access to Radiography

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The student and staff case studies in this brochure were written by Zoe Macgechan

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Helping you back into work Zoe Macgechan is a personal tutor on the Bridging Course at the College and Course Manager of JCP Steps into Employment . She also delivers employability, GCSE English Language and Improve your English and Maths.

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’ve always been interested in words and enjoyed the way writers can play with language and craft something beautiful, so originally I wanted to be a music journalist as it would combine my passion for English with music. However, once I was writing about mediocre bands I found it all to be very frivolous and deeply unsatisfying. Personally, I needed my job to be more substantial. Initially, I went overseas to teach and found that I was surprisingly good at it. I really relished creating fun ways for students to learn. Challenging myself to make education genuinely enjoyable was a real buzz and I found I was able to connect will all my learners in such a way that they were really engaged in the process. When I returned to the UK I began teaching in a prison and found it stimulating, rewarding and occasionally very challenging. I left the prison because I wanted to return to London, and secured a job at Barnet and Southgate College. I began teaching Functional Skills English to learners taking vocational qualifications, but then became a personal tutor on Skills for Working Life and am now a personal tutor for the Bridging Course, as well as delivering GCSE English and course managing the College’s JCP employability provision.

Becoming a personal tutor added an incredible dimension to the job. I still enjoy that same challenge of taking a subject that learners may not enjoy and making it relevant and interesting, but I’m also able to develop a far closer and satisfying relationship with my tutees. My teams have been extremely supportive and complimentary of my tutoring skills too, which is almost as rewarding as seeing the students succeed at the end of the year! I’ve worked with learners with a range of learning difficulties and extremely capable learners who have other barriers to their learning. I’m a natural problem-solver and so having a student present their issues to me and being able to find a solution to them has been one of the key elements I’ve enjoyed in the role. Of course, the greatest part of the job is seeing just how pleased learners are at the end of the year when they see just how much they’ve achieved in their nine months at the College. There really is no other feeling like it. I’m very proud of all my tutees and their achievements and those learners are unique to Barnet and Southgate College.

Working with local job centres, I now teach over 50s job-seekers and the relationship with these learners provides new rewards. The vast range of skills and experiences brought into the room by one group is fascinating and the key challenge for me there is ensuring that a group who generally have more experience than I do respect the education I can provide them with. They all do, and I regularly hear learners announcing with great pleasure that they’ve learned a lot in my lessons, plus they respect the fact that I’ve spent time in industry and welcome any fresh insights I can provide.

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Spotlight on our experts:

Inspiring success in others Androulla Wakefield is the Course Manager for Move Up and is a teaching and learning coach, helping to ensure there is excellent teaching at the College.

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came into teaching quite late, I worked in publishing, then became a mum and wanted a career that would fit in with my children. I started with a CELTA course in 1997. With my CELTA qualification, I worked in private language schools for 10 years before starting at Barnet and Southgate College as a volunteer in 2006, then began my first College job as an outreach ESOL teacher in January 2007. I was delivering English lessons in the community to young mums who couldn’t access college without childcare. I’d be in a noisy room with the mums on one side and a child-minder would look after the babies on the other. By 2011 I began to deliver English lessons within Foundation Learning and provide Additional Learning Support (ALS) to learners in the College. I also completed a literacy specialism at the College. Now I teach entry level and the students generally progress from my courses onto other College courses. I see a lot of old ESOL faces around that I’ve helped and they’ve now moved on to courses like hairdressing, childcare and accountancy, all starting from Entry Level 1. Most progress onto Entry Level 2 and then Entry Level 3, some have developed enough confidence to tackle numeracy. Seeing the results helps them feel more capable. With Adult Functional Skills I’m helping beginners. The learners range from 20 years old to over 60 and they come to us for many reasons: they’ve missed out on an education; have unidentified learning difficulties or are second language speakers getting by verbally, but with no written English. They rely on friends or have other coping mechanisms, then they come to me and I teach them to read and write.

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We have volunteers supporting the class and some learners have one-to-one ALS support before the lesson, then come to class. We’re really seeing results: one student is studying construction along with English, and he receives support to help him with his coursework. It’s making a huge difference. I also work on the Move Up course, which focuses on younger students (generally 16-24) who’ve come from the Learners with Learning Difficulties Department or local schools. Skills Builder offers them English, ICT, maths, personal and social development and employability and two weeks’ work experience, which is arranged by the College Students get to go on a range of placements. One student went to the Mill Hill Music Complex. He was so excited: he has such a passion for music and his dream is to become a music technician. Every day he’d email me ‘this is like a dream come true’. He got so much out of the experience. These learners will hopefully either progress onto mainstream courses or go into the workplace. They’re currently looking at job websites and practising interview techniques in their employability lessons. One student completed Skills Builder last year and is now working in the College canteen. He’s also got himself a part-time job, as well as studying catering.


We’re really seeing results: one student is studying construction along with English, and he receives support to help him with his coursework. It’s making a huge difference. Androulla Wakefield Course Manager

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Need to know more?

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.

James Page

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

• Help completing applications

• Your assemblies

• Open days

• Options days

• Careers day

James Edgerley

Nicholas Nanikhan

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

Sue Baker

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 Scott

Dionne Williamson

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

Careers Adviser

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Joining a club or society is a great way to meet new people, have fun and be part of College life.

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Each week Get a chance to win £500 Each month Get a chance to win £100 Each year Get a chance to win an iPad

Blue Beanz Art Gallery, for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities and Arts 89, for mental health students.

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Vouchers and Kobo e-reader to be won.

A great place to chill and relax, with a new library set up.

GAMES CLUB

Improve your communication and advocacy skills with our debating club.

BONJOUR PRIVET

Conversation groups Have fun and meet people from all over the world while practising your spoken English.

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Basketballl Club erobics Insanity Aerobics nis Table Tennis

Starbucks A great place to meet for a coffee and a chat between classes.

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at The Salon, The Spa and The Restaurant.

WOMEN’S CLUB

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Zumba Southgate Campus Gym Badminton Club Table Tennis Club Volleyball Tuesdays Jogging Club Football Club Netball Club Boxing Classes

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Home and abroad

Get nominated for an award at our annual black tie do!

Why not become a Student Governor or a Student Rep?

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We work with a large network of local employers and advertise voluntary and paid work experience opportunities to our students. We also offer support to students on work placement and guide them on how to make the most out of work opportunities.

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FILM CLUB MEET THE EXPERTS

Meet Industry experts from a host of fields, and get support entering industry competitions

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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.

Moodle online learning environment File coursework and create a portfolio for potential employers and universities

Access 24/7, whenever, wherever Download course materials and assignments

Submit assignments online

Communicate with other students

Contact your course tutors

Learn independently

E-learning College WiFi

eBooks and the latest online journals

Come to College and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Ask about useful apps for your subjects

PCs Interactive whiteboards

Digital literacy support tutorials, online and onsite

Track your targets and individual learning plans with Promonitor

Be a DigiDesk Advisor and gain work experience

Digital Helpdesk (DigiDesk), support and access to IT and digital learning tools

Apple iMacs

Online induction

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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Our Study Centres Barnet and Southgate College features many state-of-the-art facilities, including Mac studios and comfortable, modern relaxation areas.

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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

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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.


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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.

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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

BY SMS

ONLINE: POST ON FACEBOOK ONLINE: ASK ON TWITTER PHONE: TEXT ‘1COL’ TO 88020

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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.

BY SMS

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.

BY EMAIL

BY EMAIL

BY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

BY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

BY POST

BY POST


STEP 4 OFFER

WE WILL INVITE YOU TO ATTEND A STUDENT ORIENTATION OR TASTER EVENT AND TO COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE INDUCTION ACTIVITY

BY SMS

BY EMAIL

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

BY SMS

z You must bring proof of ID, SWCNKĆ ECVKQPU reference if appropriate,and anything else that you have been asked to provide.

BY EMAIL

z If you are an adult learner looking for fee discounts you must bring in up-to-date RTQQHQHDGPGĆ VU

BY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

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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How to find us M25

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Crews Hill

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Turkey Street

Hadley Wood

Gordon Hill

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Enfield Town Enfield Chase New Barnet

Oakleigh Park M1

Mill Hill East

Burnt Oak

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Arnos Grove

Hendon Central

Wood Street Barnet EN5 4AZ Tel: 020 8200 8300 Tube: High Barnet (Northern Line, Zone 5) Bus: 34, 84, 107, 184, 234, 263, 307, 326, 384, 389

Edmonton Green Campus 2nd Floor 23 St. George’s Chambers South Mall Edmonton Green London N9 0TS Tel: 020 8345 7209 Train: Edmonton Green (Greater Anglia) Bus: 102, 144, 149, 191, 192, 259, 279, 349, 491, W6, W8

Winchmore Hill

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Silver Street

Bounds Green

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Wood Green Alexandra Palace

East Finchley

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Palmers Green Bowes Park

West Finchley

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Wood Street Campus

Bush Hill Park

Edmonton Green

Finchley Central

Hendon

Southbury

Grange Park

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Woodside Park

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Colindale

Oakwood

Southgate

Totteridge & Whetstone

Mill Hill Broadway

Enfield

Cockfosters

High Barnet

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White Hart Lane

Turnpike Lane

Bruce Grove

Hornsey

Grahame Park Campus Grahame Park Way London NW9 5RA Tel: 020 8200 8300 Car: On-site parking available. Tube & Train: Colindale (Northern Line, Zone 4) and Mill Hill Broadway (Thameslink) are just a 20 minute walk or a bus ride away. Bus: 113, 186, 204, 221, 302, 303, 382

Hospitality House 11-59 High Road East Finchley London N2 8AB Reception@hospitalityhouse.co.uk Tel: 020 3074 1200 Car: Parking available for £5 per day. Tube: East Finchley (Northern Line, Zone 3) Hospitality House is located directly opposite the station. Bus: H3, 102, 143, 234, 263, 603

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Southgate Campus High Street Southgate London N14 6BS Tel: 020 8200 8300 Tube: Southgate (Piccadilly line, Zone 4). The Southgate Campus is approximately 200m/2 minutes walk from the station. Bus: W6, W9,121,125, 298, 299, 382

SCBP Unit 1 Baird Road Enfield EN1 1SJ Tel: 0208 443 3821 info@scbp.co.uk Car: On-site parking available Train: Southbury Station (Greater Anglia), SCBP is a 5 minute walk from the station Bus: 121, 191, 307, 313


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