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Hartlepool College of Further Education | www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk

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Welcome to Hartlepool College Michael Bretherick PRINCIPAL

I am delighted that you are considering coming to Hartlepool College of Further Education. We pride ourselves not only in offering courses and qualifications of the highest quality, but also in the warmth of our welcome and the support we give to all our students, whatever their course of study. Our facilities are second to none, and we are this year embarking on a £52 million building programme to provide our students with the best environment in the region. Our staff are qualified experts in their field, and dedicated to getting the best out of each and every student, apprentice and trainee.

Enjoy reading this directory and exploring all the opportunities available to you. Use the links to get more information, and if you need even more, just give us a call. We look forward to seeing you.

You will find that your whole experience at Hartlepool College is much more than simply gaining a qualification.

We work with hundreds of local employers, with universities and with partner colleges abroad. Our facilities are truly outstanding, and get better and better each year. You will find that your whole experience at Hartlepool College is much more than simply gaining a qualification: you’ll meet new friends, enjoy new challenges, have completely new experiences, and have a lot of fun.

Construction of the new building is now underway and is on target for completion in the academic year 2011/2012. You can watch a virtual fly-around of the new building on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/HartlepoolCollege

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Hartlepool College sits in the very heart of the local community, close to most major amenities

Marina / Historic Quay / Restaurants / Retail Park (8-15 mins) McDonalds Drive Thru

Public Car Parking KFC Vue Cinema

Pizza Hut Railway Station

Asda & Morrisons (5 mins) Hartlepool Civic Centre (5 mins) Bus stops for all services on Church Square

Art Gallery

Public Car Parking Site of new Hartlepool College of Further Education building, completed 2011

Hartlepool College of Further Education Main Campus; Stockton Street

A689 to A19 North & South Public Car Parking Public Car Parking Public Car Parking

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

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Contents Course Areas 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 92 96 98

Accounting Beauty Therapy Business & Administration Business & Finance Care The Construction & Building Services Sector Construction & the Built Environment Construction; Brickwork Diploma Construction; Carpentry & Joinery Diploma Construction; Painting & Decorating Diploma Construction; Plumbing Diploma Design and Interactive Media Early Years The Engineering Sector Engineering; General Studies Engineering; Aerospace Engineering; Automotive Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Manufacturing and Process Engineering; Fabrication and Welding Foundation Studies Hairdressing Health Studies Hospitality & Catering Information & Communication Technology Public Services Sixth Form Centre (A Levels and GCSEs) Sports Coaching Academy Football and Basketball Academies Travel & Tourism

College Information and Advice 2 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 59 60 62 64 66 68 69 70 71 72 73 100

Principal’s Message Here for everybody Location & Travel Information Life at Hartlepool College The Student Association Respect Student Services Information, Support and Advice Study Support Financial Information Learner Resource Centre Digital Resources Keeping It Real; facilties and work experience Apprenticeships Entry to Employment [e2e] Progression Routes The FE Experience The New Diplomas Accreditations and Specialised Centres Application Information

A special thank you to all of the Hartlepool College students and staff who appear in the photography used throughout this directory

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Accounting If you have a gift for numbers, accountancy may be the career for you. With finance such a vital part of government, business and industry, accounting technicians are always in demand and work for all types of organisations including commercial companies, local and central government and, of course, specialist accountancy firms. Accounting technicians keep accurate financial accounts for all types of business. Those working for accountancy firms may prepare and analyse financial information. Duties may include processing and paying invoices; recording receipts and payments; preparing and checking ledger balances; monthly and annual returns; monitoring company expenses, and using computerised accounting systems Essential personal qualities include: • be comfortable working with numbers • have good communication skills • be able to analyse data and solve problems • work accurately and pay attention to detail • be able to work to strict deadlines • be honest, discreet and trustworthy

Qualified, experienced accounting technicians are always in demand. You have the opportunity to take on supervisory or management roles, specialise in such things as tax returns, and continue studying and qualify as an Accountant.

Requirements The College offers Apprenticeships at all levels. To qualify you need: Apprenticeship: 4 GCSEs @ C or above, including English and Mathematics (for placement as a trainee Accounting Technician) Course Content Apprentices work towards an NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 in Accounting. Students attend College on a day release basis and undertake workbased training for 4 days per week. Assessment Examinations and skill tests set by the Association of Accounting Technicians. Students must also produce a portfolio of evidence.

You can find out more about careers in Accountancy at the Association of Accounting Technicians website: www.aat.org.uk

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Beauty Therapy There are over 7,500 beauty salons and over 5,400 hairdressing salons offering beauty treatments. Opportunities include working in hotels, health spas and on cruise liners. Beauty Therapists carry out a range of treatments including facials; shaping eyebrows and colouring eyelashes; manicures, pedicures and nail treatments; removing unwanted body and facial hair; individual eyelash extensions; microabrasive skin peel; massage and aromatherapy Essential personal qualities include: • enjoying working with people of all ages • a high standard of personal appearance and hygiene • an interest in basic anatomy and the human body • being able to stand for long periods

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced), and an Entry programme for people with no prior experience. To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: completed Intermediate Level Apprenticeship: 2 GCSEs @ C or above

Course Content Dependent on the level, the range of skills could include health & safety, facials, manicure, pedicure, waxing, eye treatments and make up application. Entry requirements vary for each level. We have courses suitable for all. Students will develop ICT, Application of Number and Communication skills alongside the course or have the opportunity to resit GCSEs English or Maths if preferred. Assessment All beauty therapy levels will be assessed through practical assessments, oral questioning, end of unit examinations and case study based assignments.

A qualified beauty therapist offers a range of options. Opportunities include working in a beauty salon, health spas, complementary therapies, working abroad or on a cruise liner. The average working week is around 40 hours, and often involves flexible working such as evenings and weekends.

You can find out more about Beauty online at the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority [HABIA] website: www.habia.org

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Business and Administration All businesses require administrative support of some description. Jobs in administration can include receptionist, clerical assistant, cashier, secretary, personal assistant, wages clerk; the list of these vital roles is extensive. The work of an administrator will vary with the type of company or organisation they work for. Routine duties may include filing and retrieving information and documentation; gathering and communicating information by telephone, by letter or in person; recording or updating information by computer and manually; photocopying and faxing information; dealing with incoming and outgoing post; text processing, and receiving visitors. Essential personal qualities include: • a good level of English is essential and Maths preferable, and some employers may ask for ‘C’ grades at GCSEs • good computer and keyboard skills • clear handwriting • accuracy and attention to detail • good communication skills and the ability to work in a team • good organisational skills • the ability to follow instructions and to work on your own initiative

Qualified/experienced administrative staff are often promoted to supervisor or team leader positions, and can develop specialist roles such as wages clerk, legal secretary or personnel assistant etc. Requirements The College offers courses at Level 2 (Intermediate), and Apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3. To qualify for courses you need to have: Intermediate: 4 GCSEs @ D or above, including English Apprenticeship L2: 4 GCSEs @ C or above, including English Apprenticeship L3: 4 GCSEs @ C or above, including English plus Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration or a Level 3 qualification in an appropriate subject area

Course Content Level 2 involves developing basic office skills such as producing documents, using office machinery, reception work, telephone techniques, filing and text processing. Level 3 develops those skills further and introduces higher level skills, such as organising meetings, arranging events, maintaining stock systems, managing information systems, designing documents and procedures and supervising other staff. Assessment All students attend a work placement in an office environment, where they collect evidence for their NVQ portfolio. Text processing is assessed by external examination. All students also complete a Business and Administration Technical Certificate, which is externally assessed.

You can find out more about careers in Administration at the Council for Administration website: www.cfa.uk.com

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Business and Finance This course will prepare you for a career in the public, private or voluntary sectors, including work in the following types of organisation: county or district councils, local retail outlets, manufacturing, accountancy and personnel firms, financial services providers, web based businesses, and marketing firms. With the skills and knowledge gained on this course you will be ready to start a career in a variety of occupations including management, accountancy, personnel, marketing, and sales.

You may have the opportunity to take on supervisory or management roles, choose to specialise in areas such as personnel or accountancy, or progress to Higher Education.

Essential personal qualities include: • the ability to work on your own initiative • the ability to work in a team • have good communication skills • be able to analyse data and solve problems • be comfortable working with numbers • be able to apply technology • be able to express creative ideas

Course Content The course is designed to equip you with the modern business skills required by employers and also prepares you for further study in Higher Education. You will study 12 units which cover such areas as Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Business Enterprise, Business Law and Professional Development & Training You will have the opportunity to take the AAT Accounting qualification; the world’s leading qualification for accounting techniques. Assessment All business and finance students will be assessed through assignments, simulations and examinations.

Requirements The College offers a course at Level 3 (Advanced) only. To qualify for the course you need four GCSEs @ C or above, including Mathematics and/or English Language.

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Care Care Workers can work in a number of settings including care and nursing homes for the elderly, residential homes and day centres for those with learning difficulties or disabilities, children’s residential care homes, hospitals, and supporting those living independently in the community. As a Care Worker you would: • get to know the clients and be aware of their social and special needs • support clients with personal care such as dressing, bathing, toileting and feeding • participate in social and recreational activities • home care workers may also assist with domestic chores and shopping Essential personal qualities include: • be sensitive to the needs of clients from different social and cultural backgrounds • be patient, understanding and have good communication skills • be reliable, conscientious and able to work in a team • be aware of health, safety and hygiene standards

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced), and an Apprenticeship programme (Levels 2 and 3). To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 4 GCSEs @ D-G Intermediate: 2-3 GCSEs @ C or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: 4-5 GCSEs @ C or completed Intermediate Level Apprenticeship Level 2: 2-3 GCSEs @ C or above, or completed Foundation Level

Apprenticeship Level 3: completed Level 2 qualification or work in a supervisory position

Above: around 200 College students and staff participated in a major disaster simulation for Emergency Services training in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in May 2009. Care students played a leading role, planning scenarios and acting as casualties in full make-up

You can find out more about a career in Care at: www.skillsforcare.org.uk

Course Content Dependent on the level studied the range of skills developed could include communication skills, social issues, care value base, health and safety, care of individuals and groups, working with other professionals, equality and diversity, health and well-being, health issues relating to age and lifestyle etc. Work experience is an important element at Levels 2 and 3. Assessment Oral questioning, written assignments, case studies, projects, presentations, examination, experiments and practical assessments.

You can watch a film about a disaster emergency exercise Care students participated in on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/HartlepoolCollege

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Opportunities in Construction and Building Services We don’t really need to say how important the building and construction industry is to the economy; we simply couldn’t live without it. Even though the economy may expand and contract from time to time, these trades and professions will always be needed, fact! Buildings and structures are surprisingly complex, needing to fulfil a wide variety of roles which includes shelter, security, safety, comfort, practicality, functionality and style. Getting all of these components to work and co-exist requires a huge amount of skill and knowledge from those who design, plan and construct structures of all types. Hartlepool College’s Construction and Building Services courses are an ideal preparation for a wide range of careers which literally shape the world around us.

Find out more online: ARCHITECTURE

www.architecture.com SURVEYING

www.ciob.org.uk CIVIL ENGINEERING

www.ice.org.uk

BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERING

www.cibse.org

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Construction and the Built Environment Career opportunities in the Built Environment can be found in both the public and private sector. Many jobs combine office based activities with on-site visits to projects and building sites. With British construction techniques and procedures being admired and respected around the globe there are incredible opportunities to work abroad. There are numerous career paths to take, including Architect, Architectural Technician, Quantity Surveyor, Quantity Surveying Technician, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician, Building Services Engineer and Building Services Technician Each job will have its own requirements but in general terms you will need to: • have an interest in buildings and structures, and their uses • have an analytical and methodical approach • be able to use specialist ICT packages • have good communication skills • be able to work in a team • have a good knowledge of construction methods and materials

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 2 (Intermediate), 3 (Advanced) and National Award (Level 3). To qualify you need: Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ C-D Advanced: 4-5 GCSEs grade C or above Course Content The aims and objectives of the course are to provide an understanding of the construction industry and are intended for those aiming to work as technicians or engineers within the construction industry in design, architecture, quantity surveying, civil engineering and building services engineering. Assessment Each unit is assessed through either assignments, presentations, tests or projects.

Above: traditional skills are a major part of the course, and are combined with access to the very latest technology and techniques.

Just up the coast, Gateshead and Newcastle have some of the world’s most iconic structures including the Sage, the Baltic and the Millennium Bridge. This area highlights the construction heritage of our region with some superb examples of techniques and styles past and present, and how they can be integrated together flawlessly to create a single attractive and functional built environment

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Construction | Brickwork Diploma Bricklayers work for a wide range of organisations including building contractors and local authorities, but many are self employed and work on a sub contract basis for companies as ‘labour only’ with the building contractor providing the materials. Work may be ‘new build’ or renovations and repair. Bricklayers can be involved in a variety of jobs that require a variety of skills, such as building and repairing walls, chimney stacks, and erecting new buildings. They need to be able to mix mortar by hand or machine using a mechanical mixer, and work from the corners inwards building up the courses [rows] of bricks. They will shape and trim bricks using hammers, chisels and power tools and check courses are straight using spirit levels, water or plumb lines. Essential personal qualities include: • good practical skills • the ability to read plans and diagrams • the ability to work methodically and accurately • an awareness of health and safety – especially when working at heights • being able to work in a team • being physically fit and active

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation) and 2 (Intermediate). To qualify you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ D-F Intermediate: successful completion of Foundation Level Apprenticeship: 4 GCSEs @ C-D or above, or completed Intermediate Level

Course Content The course introduces students to the safe working practices in the construction industry. We offer Diplomas at Levels 1, 2 and 3. All courses offer a hands-on approach to the brickwork trade, covering safe use of resources, effective use of safe working platforms, working relations as well as fundamental construction techniques of brickwork in a modern and expanding construction industry. The CSCS certificate forms a mandatory part of the qualification. Assessment Students on the course undertake assessment on a continuous basis in both theoretical and practical work throughout the period of the course. Key skills will also be studied at the appropriate level.

Hartlepool College’s Construction and Engineering Training facility at Sovereign Park has a large open-plan brick workshop

You can find out more about careers in brickwork at the Brickwork Development Association website: www.brick.org.uk

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Construction | Carpentry and Joinery Diploma Skilled carpenters and joiners are in demand throughout the construction industry. Possible places of work include construction firms, local authorities, specialist joinery companies and shop and kitchen fitters. In some instances it is also possible to find employment in specialist workshops producing furniture, window frames etc., rather than working on site. The course introduces students to the safe working practices used within the construction industry. Tasks will vary depending on where you work, but can include: • Formwork: building temporary wooden shuttering to support work on large buildings • Machining: cutting and shaping doors, skirting boards, window frames etc. in a workshop • Bench joinery: making and assembling doors, windows, staircases etc in a workshop • First fixing: working on site fitting the wooden structures of a building such as floors, roof trusses etc. • Second fixing: working on site installing door frames, skirting boards, doors etc.

Essential personal qualities include: • good practical skills • a methodical approach to work • the ability to pay attention to detail and to follow plans and diagrams • good numerical skills for measuring • ability to work in a team • have an awareness of health and safety requirements Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation) and 2 (Intermediate). To qualify you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ D-F Intermediate: successful completion of Foundation Level Apprenticeship: 4 GCSEs @ C-D or above, or completed Intermediate Level

Course Content The Diploma Level 1 award offers both practical and theory based study. The course has a hands on approach with an introduction to safe use of resources, effective use of safe working platforms and working relationships within the industry. The Diploma Level 2 award offers progression for students that covers the fundamental aspects of carpentry and joinery in a modern and expanding construction industry. The course covers preparation and application techniques across the trade area with supplementary units that cover health and safety and working practices. Assessment Students on the course undertake assessment on a continuous basis in both theoretical and practical work throughout the period of the course. Key skills will also be studied at the appropriate level.

Hartlepool College’s Construction and Engineering Training facility at Sovereign Park has dedicated carpentry and joinery facilities that allows students to gain practical experience in precision woodcraft and large-scale construction techniques

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Construction | Painting and Decorating Diploma Painting and decorating is the sort of thing that looks easy, but many people who try to do it themselves quickly find out it isn’t and turn to the professionals! Painters and decorators work for a variety of organisations including building contractors and local authorities, but most work for specialist painting and decorating contractors. Some specialise in industrial painting, and self employment is an option. The course introduces students to the safe working practices used within the construction industry. These include: Domestic and light commercial: • removing old wall paper and/or paint • filling holes and cracks before applying new materials • measuring surface areas and calculating amount of materials needed • preparing surfaces with primer and undercoat • mixing paint to correct shades either by hand or using a mixing machine • applying paint and hanging wall paper and other decorative materials Industrial: • using abrasive blasting methods to remove old coatings and rust • applying new surfaces using industrial spray painting equipment

Essential personal qualities include: • good practical and creative skills • the ability to work accurately and have an eye for detail • being able to work alone and as part of a team • being comfortable working at heights • awareness of health and safety requirements Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation) and 2 (Intermediate). To qualify you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ D-F Intermediate: successful completion of Foundation Level Apprenticeship: 4 GCSEs @ C-D or above, or completed Intermediate Level

Course Content The Diploma Level 1 award offers both practical and theory based study. The course has a hands on approach with an introduction to safe use of resources, effective use of safe working platforms and working relationships within the industry. The Diploma Level 2 award offers progression for students, covering the fundamental aspects of painting and decorating in a modern and expanding construction industry. The course covers preparation and application techniques across the trade area with supplementary units that cover health and safety and working practices. Assessment Students on the course undertake assessment on a continuous basis in both theoretical and practical work throughout the period of the course. Key skills will also be studied at the appropriate level.

Hartlepool College’s Construction and Engineering Training facility at Sovereign Park has dedicated painting and decorating facilities that allows for practical work in a variety of situations

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Construction | Plumbing Diploma Plumbing is an ancient trade; the very name comes from plumbum, the Latin word for lead, the material traditionally used when plumbing first appeared over 2,000 years ago. Plumbing is vital, much more than many people think. For example, improvements in plumbing materials and techniques have had a huge impact on improving modern health and life expectancy over recent generations, when earlier public hygiene was undermined by poorer quality water, temperature control and waste management. Plumbers work for plumbing and central heating companies, building contractors or for public bodies such as councils and housing associations. There is also the opportunity for self employment. Some plumbers specialise in heating and ventilation or refrigeration and air conditioning work. Work can include fitting and repairing hot and cold water systems including tanks, valves and pipes; fitting and servicing central heating systems including, gas, oil and solid fuel systems; fitting and repairing bathrooms, toilets and kitchen sinks; installing and servicing air conditioning; fit weatherproofing materials, including flashings.

Essential personal qualities include: • the ability to follow technical drawings and instructions • good practical problem solving skills • careful and methodical approach to work • good colour vision • the ability to work alone or in a team • good communication skills • to be able to work in cramped conditions • having an awareness of health and safety requirements and legislation

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation) and 2 (Intermediate). To qualify you need: Foundation: minimum of GCSEs Mathematics and English @ Grade C Intermediate: successful completion of Foundation Level Apprenticeship: 4 GCSEs @ C-D or above, or completed Intermediate Level Course Content The aims and objectives of the course are to provide an understanding of safety at work, basic principles and processes applied to plumbing, hot and cold water systems including above ground drainage systems and customer relations and environmental awareness. Assessment All assessments are internal and consist of multiple choice tests on each of the modules. There are also practical assessments on the skills gained throughout the course. Key Skills will also be studied at the appropriate level.

You can find out more about careers in plumbing at: www.ciphe.org.uk

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Design and Interactive Media We hardly ever stop to think that nearly everything we use on a daily basis, from transport and buildings to gadgets, media and everyday items, has been designed. The disciplines of design are incredibly varied and offer a wide range of careers. Some areas require technical knowledge and expertise in order for a product to work successfully; in other areas the designer is more interested in what the product looks like. Hartlepool College’s Innovative Design Centre is a specialised facility aimed at honing creativity and talent to meet and even define the challenges of the future. There are a large number of career areas open to designers including: • Graphic Design • Product Design • Interior Design • Industrial Designer • 3D Design • CAD Technician • Animation • Games Design • Advertising • Photography • Web Design • Architecture

Each job has its own requirements but all have the following characteristics: • the ability to express creative ideas through drawings, 3D models and computer aided designs • the ability to plan and organise a project through several stages • a creative approach to problem solving • good communication skills • the ability to work in a team • the ability to work to deadlines

The annual design show, where students display their work for the public, is a highlight of the College year

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 2 (Intermediate BTEC First Diploma) and 3 (Advanced BTEC Diploma). You need: Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or above Advanced: 4-5GCSEs @ C or above Course Content The design courses offer the opportunity for learners to start building the technical skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the creative industries. You will work in a design studio atmosphere on real-life design briefs, with real clients. This will enable progression to further study, training or employment; the courses are made up of core units, professional specialist units and optional specialist units. Assessment Assignments provide the opportunity for coverage of all grading criteria, giving students every opportunity to generate evidence to satisfy assessment tasks. Realistic scenarios, case studies, performance observation as well as time-constrained assessments focus learners to work within integrated assignments. Practical elements are designed to strengthen student understanding and development.

You can find out more about careers in design online at: www.designcouncil.org.uk www.designmuseum.org

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Early Years Nursery Nurses work with children from birth to approximately seven years. They can work in a variety of settings including local authority nurseries, primary schools, private day nurseries, and as nannies in private households. Childminders may look after several children in their own home. The tasks you would be required to do would vary depending on the age group and setting – they could include: • planning and supervising activities such as reading, arts & crafts, and creative play • observing children and ensuring that they are safe at all times • contributing to reports for parents and liaising with them With very young children or in private households duties may include: • bathing, dressing and feeding young children [possibly preparing food and carrying out routine domestic tasks]

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced), and an Apprenticeship programme (Levels 2 and 3). To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 4 GCSEs @ D-G Intermediate: 2-3 GCSEs @ C or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: 4-5 GCSEs @ C or completed Intermediate Level Apprenticeship Level 2: 2-3 GCSEs @ C or above, or completed Foundation Level Apprenticeship Level 3: completed Level 2 qualification or work in a supervisory position

Essential personal qualities include: • warm, caring and patient nature • be aware of health and safety issues • good communication skills with children and adults • have a sense of responsibility • be able to work in a team

Course Content Dependent on the level studied the range of skills could include child development, play, learning and supporting learning in school. Practical elements could include bathing babies, feeding, and play and behaviour management. Work experience is an important element in early years programmes at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Assessment Oral questioning, written assignments, case studies, projects, presentations, examination, experiments and practical assessments will take place in work placement.

Caring for children is one of the most responsible careers a person can follow, and Hartlepool College ensures that students get the skills they need in a safe and realistic environment

You can find out more about a career in Early Years at: www.cache.org.uk

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Engineers make the world. We make Engineers. In the two centuries since the Industrial Revolution, engineering has completely transformed our entire planet and way of life. Engineers have developed new forms of manufacturing, transport, materials, chemicals, construction; it is no exaggeration to say that almost everything we use in our daily lives is the result of engineering innovation and expertise. Hartlepool College offers a range of high quality, forward thinking engineering programmes, and an enviable track record for work experience, higher education progression and employment.

You can see a film about our Engineering courses and facilities on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/HartlepoolCollege

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Engineering | General Studies The Engineering Industry is one of the most diverse in the world. Engineers are involved in designing, developing, managing and manufacturing products ranging from the latest computers and games consoles, to the latest media equipment, the latest cars, bikes and aircraft to the production and processing plants that make our food, clothes and medicines. The General Engineering programme allows entry and progression at various levels depending on your previous attainment (qualifications). The curriculum is designed so that progression is achievable at all stages right through to employment (possibly via an apprenticeship) or Higher Education.

We require prospective engineers who: • have a genuine interest in becoming an engineer • have the ability to work well in both the workshop and classroom • are able to solve practical problems • work individually and in a team • able to communicate effectively

For general engineering programmes you can expect a good mix of practical work with the important classroom study that is fundamental to an engineer. Each part is rewarded with distinct nationally recognised qualifications.

At the advanced level we also require ability in mathematics and science.

Advanced students can even combine an A level with the programme.

Requirements The College offers courses at the following levels: Foundation Intermediate Apprenticeship Advanced Diploma Assessment The method of assessment varies from level to level. Foundation students can expect short assignments while keeping a current record of practical activities. Intermediate students and apprentices can expect varying assessment methods including assignment, tests and formal observation of practical work. Advanced learners should expect assignment, presentation, practical activity and tests. The assessments are designed in detail to meet the ability of learners while offering a real challenge.

Hartlepool College is working hard to encourage more women into engineering careers, reflected in rising numbers of female students enroling in all of our engineering disciplines

You can find out more about careers in engineering, including opportunities for women, online at: www.semta.org.uk www.wisecampaign.org.uk

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Engineering | Aircraft (Aerospace) Aviation is one of the world’s major growth sectors, and is also one of the most responsible areas an engineer can work in; even the slighest mistake can lead to catastrophe. Our programme offers an innovative introduction to the field of aircraft maintenance and technology. The qualification is nationally recognised. It incorporates a BTEC National Award and Diploma and is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels. you are interested in aircraft, .Iftechnology, engineering or science this course will appeal to you. You will study aircraft principles and maintenance, supporting aerospace science and maths, avionics and participate in a practical aerospace project.

In addition to the academic element of the course you will also enjoy training in essential skills of team working, developing personal attributes, in association with highly qualified staff from the Royal Air Force and Babcock Defence Services.

Working in a modern well equipped learning environment, you will participate in practical laboratory, workshop and classroom activities. As well as live aircraft experience at RAF Leeming, students also have the chance to visit places such as Rolls-Royce and Airbus Industrie in Toulouse, France, where the world’s largest and most advanced airliner, the Airbus A380, is built.

Requirements The College offers a Level 3 Advanced course. To qualify you must have: Advanced: 5 GCSEs @ C or above, preferably including English, Science and Mathematics. Course Content The course provides mechanical, electrical and avionic experience of aircraft systems, and concludes in a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification for aircraft engineering employment in either the civilian or military sector. Alternatively the learner can progress to higher education programmes or vocational qualifications in aeronautical or other engineering disciplines. Assessment Assessment is mainly assignment based with some time constrained multiple choice question papers; however practical assessments will take place in the vocational aspects of the course in many cases on real aircraft. There are exams in certain Key Skills qualifications.

Above: the College has a complete ex-RAF Jet Provost for student engineers to practice their skills on; Far left: students also work on a Boeing 747 engine, donated to the College by Roll-Royce; Left: frequent visits are made to RAF Leeming, where students work with RAF 100 Squadron flight crews and civilian engineers from Babcock Defence Services on the operation and maintenance of BAE Hawk fighters You can watch a film about our aircaft engineering course and facilities on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/HartlepoolCollege

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Engineering | Automotive We rely on vehicles for business, for the distribution of goods, for transport and for making our daily lives a lot easier and more pleasurable. Motor vehicles have never been more advanced, intelligent and ecologically sound, and keeping them on the road is a specialised job that requires a high degree of skill and knowledge. Motor Vehicle Technicians service and repair cars, vans, motorbikes and larger vehicles such as lorries and coaches. The work can include specialising in light vehicles or heavy goods vehicles. Motor Vehicle Technicians find and identify faults in vehicles, repair and replace faulty parts, and carry out servicing and MOTs. Motor Vehicle Body Repairers remove and replace structural panels, carry out repairs on vehicle panels and components, remove and refit interior and exterior components and trim to enable repair. They also fix or replace damaged parts to light vehicles and heavy goods vehicles and coaches.

Each trade has its own specific requirements but in general terms you need: • an interest in motor vehicles • an aptitude for practical work • good communication skills • good problem solving skills • ability to follow written instructions and diagrams • awareness of health and safety requirements

Both may involve dealing with customers and taking payments for work carried out.

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and Apprenticeships (Levels 2 and 3). You need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Apprenticeship: 4 or more GCSEs @ C or above, or completed Intermediate Level Course Content These courses introduce safe working practices, the underlying technology and practical application of modern automotive maintenance/ bodywork techniques. Students can progress from introductory levels to advanced levels requiring more detailed knowledge and application. Programmes run in the Centre for Offshore & High Value Engineering - facilities recognised by Ofsted inspection as ‘outstanding’. Assessment Assessment is undertaken on a continuous basis of both practical work and underpinning technical knowledge. Some units may be externally assessed using online multiple choice assessments. Apprentice programmes also contain an element of work based assessment.

The College has a dedicated motor vehicle facility within our Centre for Offshore and High Value Engineering, located on Exeter Street

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Engineering | Electrical & Electronic; Electrical Installation Electrical Engineering is a term that is used collectively to describe many occupations. It would typically cover everything from an electrician, to the engineer who maintains industrial plant and equipment to the person who designs and develops the most advanced of electronic circuits. Power stations, factories, supermarkets, public buildings, schools and colleges all need electrical engineers of some description. The course combines practical workshop activity with the theory that is required of an electrical engineer, electronic engineer or electrician. Your studies would typically include aspects of: • Electrical Installation workshops • Working practice and health and safety • Mathematics and science • Electrical Principles • Electrical Design including the use of Computer Aided Design • Electrical technology including motors and drives • Programmable Logic Control

Levels Apprenticeship Advanced Assessment The method of assessment varies from level to level. Intermediate students and apprentices can expect assessment methods including assignment, tests and formal observation of practical work. Advanced learners should expect assignment, presentation, practical activity and tests. The assessments are designed in detail to meet the ability of learners while offering a real challenge.

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Engineering | Mechanical and Manufacturing; Process Engineering Mechanical engineers are the people who design and develop products such as oil rigs, cars and buildings. It is a diverse job that can take you anywhere in the world with huge rewards. Manufacturing engineers are the people who design and maintain production lines in factories helping make a wide range of products we use on a daily basis. Process engineers are the people who oversee the production of energy, oils, fuels, polymers, pharmaceuticals and chemical products. This is one of the most important engineering sectors in the North East economy. The college has a range of industry standard technology and equipment able to provide our learners with the very best education in engineering and these areas are no exception with a range of brand leading resources. The course combines practical workshop activity with the theory that is required of a mechanical, manufacturing or process engineer.

Your studies would typically include aspects of: • Mechanical machine workshops • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) including Computer Numerical Control (CNC) • Engineering drawing incorporating Computer Aided Design (CAD) • Working practice and health and safety • Mathematics and science • Mechanical Principles and technology • Fluid power circuits including hydraulics and pneumatics • Robotics and automated control systems • Engineering materials • Process technology and control

Levels Intermediate Apprenticeship Advanced Assessment The method of assessment varies from level to level. Intermediate students and apprentices can expect varying assessment methods including assignment, tests and formal observation of practical work. Advanced learners should expect assignment, presentation, practical activity and tests. The assessments are designed in detail to meet the ability of learners while offering a real challenge.

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Engineering | Fabrication and Welding Fabricators and Welders are involved in manufacturing, maintaining and repair work in a wide range of vital industries, including engineering construction, offshore oil and gas engineering and shipbuilding. Hartlepool College’s specialised facilities and impressive industry partnerships offer students superb opportunities to get the skills they need for a career in this important and successful area. Qualified fabricators and welders are in huge demand and it is possible to work in the UK or overseas. Work can include selection, layout and positioning of materials to be cut or joined; working from drawings and templates; using a variety of welding techniques to fabricate sections or make repairs; inspection and test cuts and joins using a variety of testing equipment; operation of semi-automatic and spot welding equipment where appropriate.

Essential personal qualities include: • good hand-to-eye coordination • the ability to concentrate and work very accurately • excellent technical knowledge of material properties under different conditions • ability to follow technical plans and specifications • good numeracy skills to work out tolerances and measurements • awareness of health and safety issues • the ability to work in a variety of locations; some jobs may involve working in confined spaces while others may be exposed to the elements

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate), 3 (Advanced) and Apprenticeships (Levels 2 and 3). To qualify you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: completed Intermediate Apprenticeship: 4 GCSEs @ C-D or above, or completed Intermediate Level Course Content These courses introduce safe working practices, the underlying technology and practical application of modern fabrication and welding techniques. They progress from an introduction (Level 1) to detailed knowledge and application (Level 3). Programmes run in the Centre for Offshore & High Value Engineering, facilities recognised by Ofsted inspection as ‘outstanding’. Assessment Assessment is undertaken on a continuous basis of both practical work and underpinning technical knowledge. Some units may be externally assessed using online multiple choice time constrained assessments. Advanced apprenticeship programmes also contain an element of work based assessment.

Hartlepool College students were involved in the fabrication of the Buzzard rig at Heerema, the largest object ever constructed in the town’s long industrial history

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Here for everybody Hartlepool College of Further Education makes every effort to ensure that the experience of our students is the best it can possibly be. Our courses and facilities are designed to give everyone the skills and qualifications they want and need to fulfil their employment or progression ambitions. But the experience the College offers goes way beyond our programmes. Our general facilities, support and administration, social opportunities and many partnerships are all geared towards making every person’s time at the College as productive, uncomplicated and enjoyable as possible.

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Location, location, location! Hartlepool College of Further Education is located at the physical heart of the town, close to all major transport links and central facilities and with easy public access to our external annexes. But, more importantly, the College has worked hard to position itself at the centre of our community too, as a local College that just happens to deliver world class skills.

Getting here The College is located at the very centre of town, on the A689 directly from the A19 north and south. We are a short distance from numerous bus stops that service routes both within the town and to locations in the Tees Valley, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas. In addition, Hartlepool’s train station is less than five minutes walk away, with regular services to destinations on the coastal rail line between Newcastle and Middlesbrough, and several daily Grand Central services on the East Coast Main Line.

At the heart of Hartlepool The College’s central position means that learners have easy access to the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, a large indoor Mall with over a hundred shops and places to eat. We are also within easy walking distance of Tesco, Morrisons and Asda supermarkets, all featuring petrol stations.

Above: a new integrated rail and bus transport hub is being built a short distance from the College on Church Square, which will make access easier than ever

The College is close to Hartlepool’s art gallery and information centre, the main public library, the Hartlepool Borough Council Civic Centre and numerous partners and support agencies.

More information on bus and rail travel within Hartlepool and the north-east region can be found at: www.travelinenortheast.info www.nationalrail.co.uk

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Life at Hartlepool College We chose the word “life” carefully, because that’s what we hope the College offers our students; not just a place to learn, but a place which can enrich their lives in many other ways, with clubs, activities, events and visits to take advantage of. It’s commonplace for our students not only to get the qualifications and skills they need, but to tell us they have made some great and lasting friendships too.

Making life fun

Making a difference

Making friends

College isn’t all about work – it’s also about enjoying life and making the most of your time at here and Wednesday afternoons provide the focal point for a wide range of sports and other activities. Not only do we have traditional football, rugby and netball teams, we also organise a range of non competitive sporting activities such as yoga, trampolining, self defence, basketball and many others! If you’re not a sporty person then how about drama, music (including recording), cookery, photography, book clubs… the list goes on.

The College also organises and gets involved in many charitable activities throughout the year, raising money for causes such as Children in Need, Save the Children and Hartlepool and District Hospice through fun events. Recent activities have included Collegewide fun runs and raft races at Hartlepool Marina, as well as all kinds of money-making activities from individual course areas.

With thousands of students attending each year, one of the best things about coming to Hartlepool College is all the new people you will meet. Many students make some of the best friends they will ever have at the College. For example Kirsty Boardman and Lucy Dawson, both from Shotton, became firm friends after meeting while sharing the journey to and from the College, even though both had attended the same school for years.

Left: participants in our charity fun run 2009 Right: students compete in the Children in Need Raft Race at Hartlepool Marina Far Right: the College has two large cafés serving food, drinks and snacks

You can see some short films about the College’s fun charity events on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/HartlepoolCollege

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The Students’ Association At Hartlepool College of Further Education life isn’t all about studying; the College is a thriving social centre too. As a student of Hartlepool College you will automatically become a member of the Students’ Association.

Voice of the Learner

The Students’ Association organises all sorts of activities; trips to concerts, parties and discos, visits to exhibitions and places of interest. You can get as involved as you like; and benefit from the funding the College makes available to support such activities.

Two members of the Students’ Association Council are also Governors of the College and as such attend management meetings. Students who participate in the Student Council will be given training in how best to represent their fellow students.

Hartlepool College knows that fulfilling the needs and ambitions of every student is the reason it exists. It puts a lot of effort into making sure that every one of us has a real say in the way it works and what it offers.

Lyle Adam Dent

Within the Students’ Association is the Student Council. Elected annually the Council comprises a President and Vice President as well as Council members representing students from all areas of the College. The Council meets twice a term to discuss student matters and provide representation to the Principalship.

The College is constantly striving to improve its services and facilities, and one of the most prominent ways it does this is through our annual Voice of the Learner event. This allows students to make suggests on anything and everything they would like to see improved, or feed back on on the things they think are just right. The Principal also hosts a “Question Time” style debate, during which students can address concerns to the management team directly.

STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

Students’ Association members enjoy a large number of perks and discounts, such as 10% off ticket prices at the Vue Cinema. www.myvue.com

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Respect for everybody The College prides itself on treating every student like an individual, whilst helping them to achieve their individual goals. We embrace diversity and we also believe that every person who passes through our doors demands our unconditional help and respect. The College wants everyone who studies, works or visits here to feel secure, valued and free from discrimination of any kind. “Respect for Everyone” is our campaign to create a College community which is safe and welcoming and gives everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are all partners in this process, as our values opposite highlight. You may also wish to contribute to one of our student consultation groups. We are always happy to welcome new members into the Disability Forum and Faith Development Group. It’s a further chance to help us improve what we do.

Responsibility and Accountability; being responsible and answerable for our actions, our use of language and our treatment of others. Equality; every person in College has a voice. We value each other’s opinions and perspectives. Social responsibility; we encourage people to take care of this College and this community and work together to improve it. Pro-Active; we actively support the RESPECT agenda. Education, training and information; the College champions education. All members of its community engage in on-going education, training and professional development. Caring for Others; we actively support local, national and international charities through fundraising and social activities that demonstrate care for the wider community Transparency; we are honest and open about what we do and the way we do it.

Every year the College holds a Cultural Diversity week, which celebrates the various faiths and nationalities to be found amongst our student population through displays, talks and visits to local places of worship

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Here to help every step of the way “Here to help”. Three little words that are amongst the most important you will ever come across, because we all need help and guidance from time to time and when we do we want that advice to be correct and useful. Hartlepool College prides itself on the assistance and support we offer our students and prospective students, and has invested a large amount of effort and resources into making sure that when we get asked a question we don’t just answer it, but that we answer it correctly.

Student Services At Hartlepool College we take care to ensure that all students aged 16-19 are supported under ‘Every Child Matters’ and provide a range of support systems to help students be happy, healthy, achieve success and fulfil their potential. Much of these activities operate through our Student Services. The Student Services area, located in the College foyer, is the contact point for many of the services students will need.

Advice and Guidance on tap Student Services employs professionally qualified careers specialists who are available to give advice and information to students or members of the public. You also have access to Odyssey and Pathfinder, computerised guidance packages available for those requiring additional help or those who simply want to obtain up-to-date job information. The College offers it students support in every way possible; financial and travel matters , progression and employment guidance, personal issues and many others, all dealt with in a friendly, professional and confidential manner.

You can call into Student Services at the following times: TERM TIME

9.00am and 7.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am until 4.00pm Friday HOLIDAYS

9.00am until 4.00pm Monday to Friday TELEPHONE

01429 295000 Students may drop in for information or advice at any time, but if you want to spend time talking in depth to an adviser than you may make an appointment to see an adviser on a one-to-one basis.

Student Services at Hartlepool College of Further Education is one of the few in the town to have been awarded the ‘Matrix’ quality standard for information advice and guidance. Free confidential appointments are available for anyone wanting help choosing a course, or looking for career progression opportunities. www.matrixstandard.com

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Information, Support and Advice Course Information Information about courses at this College and at others across the country is available in Student Services (see page 57). If you have queries about changing your course, moving on to higher things or taking additional subjects, all the information you need is available.

Higher Education Student Services holds copies of all the current prospectuses of every university in the country. We also offer a wide range of events intended to prepare prospective students for university life. A team of professionally trained and experienced staff is available by appointment to make sure you receive all the advice you need on making a successful application. With competition for higher education places becoming keener each year, it is vitally important that you make sure that your application is as thorough and attractive as possible. From choosing courses to preparing for interview; help is at hand.

Unified Tutorial System [UTS] At Hartlepool College of Further Education you will have your own personal tutor and a named student adviser who will support throughout your time at College. The main way in which we support students is through the Unified Tutorial System. This student centred approach encourages you to actively participate in discussing your progress with your personal tutor on a regular basis. Each term you will meet with your tutor to discuss and review your progress to date, identify the next stage in your learning and set clear targets and objectives for the future. Also within UTS you will participate in a personal development programme that explores a wide range of activities and topics to enable you to make your own decisions and prepare you for your future.

Counselling Services The College offers a free and confidential Student Counselling Service. Counselling provides creative opportunities for students to work towards living and studying in more satisfying and resourceful ways. Counsellors are trained to listen to someone without judging them and to help them make decisions or find their own way forward. The College Counsellor is a Senior Registered Counsellor of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P.) and a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor. Counselling is offered in accordance with B.A.C.P.’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Appointments can be made in Student Services. The appointments diary is confidential and appointments can be made at Student Services or via the College’s ‘Blackboard System’ once students are enrolled.

The College has forged excellent links with many universities, such as Northumbria (far left), Sunderland (middle) and Teesside (left)

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Study Support We want you to succeed on your course, and will give you the support you need to help you get there. Study Support can take many forms, from individual help for particular areas of your study to the purchasing of specialist equipment or adapting of existing equipment. One of these methods is the students themselves realising that they need extra help, perhaps with a single subject such as mathematics, or with a range of subjects in a particular course. If you feel you would benefit from extra help, call into Student Services and ask to discuss your requirements with the Additional Learning Support Adviser or ask your course tutor who will usually be able to arrange for the extra help to be provided.

Every year we help students with the following: reading skills; spelling tips; sentence structure; punctuation and grammar; planning assignments; basic mathematics skills; study techniques; dyslexia support; information technology; English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

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Your course tutor will advise and guide you throughout your studies. If you have received extra time in examinations in school we can offer the same support in College. Appointments with the College’s Additional Learning Support Adviser can be arranged before starting a course or afterwards. The College uses a number of methods of assessing whether students require particular help with some aspect of their programmes.

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Financial Information Fees Hartlepool College of Further Education makes no charge for tuition, registration or examinations to students aged 16-19. Different fees apply if you are older, and vary according to individual circumstances. Details are available from Student Services.

Specialist Equipment and Protective Clothing Specialist equipment and protective clothing are provided for students working in engineering and construction. In other areas such as catering, hairdressing and beauty therapy students are required to purchase their own specialist equipment and details will be provided at interview. Students may be eligible for financial support from the Learner Support Fund to assist with this – contact Student Services for further information. Some programme areas also require students to wear a uniform for practical activities; details will be provided at interview. Financial support towards the purchase of uniforms is not available.

Education Maintenance Allowance Full-time students aged under 19 are eligible to apply for financial support via the national Education Maintenance Allowance scheme. Students whose family income is below £30,810 per annum may qualify for weekly payments of between £10 and £30 per week. Details are available from Student Services 01429 295000 or by telephoning 0800 1218989. Students attending on e2e programmes are also eligible for EMA and will be guaranteed to receive the full weekly allowance of £30 regardless of parental income. Details on all aspects of EMA can be obtained from Student Services 01429 295000 or by contacting the national EMA helpline on 0800 1218989.

The Army Bursary An Army Bursary is worth £2000. You receive £1000 while you are at college, and a further £1000 at the end of the course when you join the Army (assuming you complete Phase 1 of your training). The commitment you make in return is to spend a minimum of four years in the Army. Anyone aged between 16 and 32 and who is going into Further Education in September 2010 can apply to be part of the Army FE Bursary Scheme.

Adult Learning Grant Students aged over 19 who attend College on a full time basis may be eligible to apply for financial support from the Adult Learning Grant Scheme. Applications are considered on an individual basis. For more information and an application form contact Student Services.

Other costs Financial support may also be available for a variety of other areas including childcare. Full details of all financial support can be found in the ‘Financial Assistance Guidelines 2009-10’ or from Student Services.

You can find out more about the EMA by logging onto: www.direct.gov.uk/ema

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The Learner Resource Centre While every College course has it own dedicated facilities and resources, all are supported by the Learner Resource Centre, a large multi-purpose area where students can conduct additional work and research. The LRC is a modern, state-ofthe-art facility centrally situated on the College’s ground floor. It is a large and lively centre, often buzzing with activity, but also has quiet and silent zones for those who want some time and space to concentrate or browse without distraction.

A tutorial room is also available for group work, although this facility must be booked in advance.

The LRC is well-stocked with familiar resources such as books, journals and quick reference texts, all of which are freely accessible, full organised and well-indexed and signed, making it easier for you to find exactly what you want. Many texts can be borrowed, and an online catalogue is accessible from home. Electronic and media resources such as DVDs are also available to extend your research. There are over fifty Windows-based, internet-connected PCs available, all with full suites of software for word processing, spreadhseets, presentations and other applications. Scanning, printing and binding are also available.

The LRC supports you as a learner at the College. Its primary aims are simple; to assist you in achieving your goals, and to reach any approriate levels of basic and key skills you may need. The LRC is multi-zoned, and offers a comfortable place to learn with the superb resources at your disposal. Our professional and friendly staff have the skills to support you whatever your needs, from books, internet searches and video media to help with assignments or ICT.

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Specialised PC resources are available on most subject areas, while information databases such as Infotrac and the Encyclopedia Britannica, amongst many others, are readily available. All parts of the LRC are connected by a central hub, where staff can help with bookings, enquiries, searches and technical problems

In fact, digital resources are a vital part of the learning and social experience at HCFE; find out more on the next page.

Every student gets an LRC account and card which allows them access to all of its resources

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Digital Resources at HCFE ICT has opened up some amazing opportunities for learning, communicating and socialising, and Hartlepool College offers a wide range of web-based resources and digital communication avenues. The Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment Blackboard is a sophisticated online learning environment, which can be accessed through any computer with an internet connection, and all students are given access to their own unique, secure user account. All course notes are available through Blackboard, as well as other relevent documents, plus media, video and interactive materials. Blackboard enhances student to student and student to tutor communication through discussion boards and peer-topeer virtual chat, all of which are enabled at all times for when you need to find something out away from the College. Blackboard is also the College’s main portal for web resources, with direct access to thousands of search tools, wikis and suggested websites specific to your course.

Blackboard can also be used to search for and reserve books from the LRC’s extensive selection, and access subscription-based online resources such as Britannica and Infortrac, as well as thousands of journals and libraries of copyrightfree videos and images for your assignments. Blackboard is heavily integrated into College life, and other information you can access through it includes examination details, Student Services and the Student Counselling Service. Students are encouraged to log in frequently, and Blackboard is now fully integrated with Facebook so users can communicate via the popular social networking site.

HCFE Online The College has a dedicated website, complete with links to our other online resources.

Online resources: MAIN WEBSITE

www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk ONLINE STUDENT RESOURCES (ACCOUNT NEEDED)

http://blackboard.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk MOVIES

www.youtube.com/HartlepoolCollege PHOTO GALLERIES

www.flickr.com/HartlepoolFE NEWS & NETWORKING

Facebook; search for “Hartlepool College” INFORMATION TWEETS

www.twitter.com/hartlepoolfe

You can also email us on: enquiries@hartlepoolfe.ac.uk or text “FEInfo” to: 88020

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Keeping it real; facilities and work experience Hartlepool College is dedicated to giving its students the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to fufil their individual ambitions, and part of this is making sure that the things they learn in College are relevant to the real world.

Industry Standard The facilities available to every course we run have been carefully selected to give students skills that they can apply to the world of work or carry with them to higher education. From cars to aircraft to cooking and hairdressing, whatever you want to do you have a far greater chance of being the best you can be in your chosen vocation through hands-on experience. Many of our tutors have years of experience in the subjects that they teach, and ensure that we keep not only up to date with practices and resources in use in business and industry, but sometimes actually ahead of them. From the most advanced digital technology to the highest quality raw materials and tools, we never cut corners in our efforts to make sure that the things our students learn are of real benefit to their CV and career aspirations.

Making sure you’re going places Hartlepool College has cultivated many important partnerships that benefit our students, arranging for work experience, educational visits and even apprenticeship opportunities with some of the biggest business names out there. Above: Construction students and staff on site in China, where they learned about large scale projects such as the Beijing Olympic stadium

Above: students often get amazing opportunities for work experience; recently, two of our Catering students worked as Chefs in the prestigious OXO Tower on London’s South Bank

If you enrol on a course that offers international visits, you will need a passport. To find out how to get one if you don’t already, visit: www.ips.gov.uk

Rolls-Royce, Babcock Defence Services, the Armed Forces, Wella Hair Products, Heerema, Huntsman, the NHS, the Police and Fire Services and Airbus Industrie are just some of the many partners who work with the College in a variety of roles, with new partnerships being forged on a regular basis. Students on some courses also have the chance to travel, with recent destinations including China, Spain, France and the Gambia.

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Apprenticeships While members of the general public might just as easily think of Sir Alan Sugar when they hear the word “apprentice”, company bosses will think of something entirely different; but just as important to business.

What are Apprenticeships? Skill shortages mean recruiting a skilled workforce is harder than ever. Thousands of businesses in our region have recognised the value of growing their own talent; they have recruited Apprentices on a programme of structured learning and work experience; in many different vocational areas. For an individual, an Apprenticeship isn’t just a job; it’s the first step towards a long-term career. Many businesses across Britain have benefited so far from training an apprentice. Apprenticeships focus on the whole working spectrum, not just individual skills. Apprentices learn through a combination of ’on and off the job’ education and training. On the job you will work alongside other employees and the rest you learn from us.

Very recently the Government has insisted that the Apprenticeship Programme be changed slightly, allowing 14-16 year olds and people over the age of 25 to become apprentices. They also insisted that more training places be made available and to have more new employers taking part in the Apprenticeship process.

Employer Opportunities Apprenticeships can make organisations more effective, competent, productive and competitive by addressing skills gaps directly. They are designed to help employees get the skills needed for businesses to succeed. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic range of training in almost every business sector. Not only school leavers are eligible but those who may have been previously employed. We can assign individuals who are already experienced in their chosen vocational sector to support

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their future requirement needs. All Apprenticeships include the following elements: NVQs at Level 2 or 3 Technical Certificates Key Skills Practical Training This is known as the ‘apprenticeship framework’, and all elements must be completed. At Hartlepool College of Further Education the pattern of college/ placement attendance will vary but all Apprentices will have the opportunity to complete a substantial work placement leading to NVQ Level 2. Progression to NVQ Level 3 will be subject to employment with a local company.


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Entry to Employment [e2e] If you are aged 16-18 years, live in Tees Valley and are not participating in any form of post-16 learning, you may be able to access and start the College’s very own e2e (Entry to Employment) programme. If it is an appropriate option, it will enable you to progress to an Apprenticeship, further learning or a job. You will be expected to undertake learning in three interdependent core areas: basic and key skills, vocational development, and personal and social development.

Attendance should normally be 30 hours a week, for a minimum of 22 weeks. Learners may start by attending for 16 hours a week, but must build this up to 30 hours as soon as possible.

Although e2e is not time-bound, it is based on the needs of each individual. You may need relatively short periods of time to prepare for entry to an Apprenticeship, employment, or further vocational learning opportunities. If you have more complex personal and social needs you may require much longer periods before you are ready to enter and sustain suitable training and employment.

Learners taking part in e2e programmes can apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Since 30th June 2008 all eligible learners on e2e programmes are able to access the maximum EMA payment regardless of their household income. Young people under the Extended Guarantee can also participate in e2e. e2e Vocational Areas available are: Painting and Decorating Brickwork Carpentry and Joinery Motor Vehicle Hairdressing Beauty Therapy Catering Retail Pre-Uniformed Services Sports Studies Health & Social Care

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Progression Routes All of the courses at Hartlepool College are tailored to two things; where you are coming from, and where you want to go. Below is a brief guide to the levels of our courses to help you decide which is best for you. Student Services will be happy to help, and to discuss where each level could lead in terms of employment opportunities or progression to other courses. Entry Level Courses

Intermediate Courses

Advanced Courses

> are the first step for you if you have no formal qualifications or need a lot of support with literacy and numeracy. These courses are very practical and help you to develop basic skills in your chosen area of work; you are given lots of support to develop your personal skills and your maths and English.

> are designed to provide training at a level that is required by industry or commerce. Level 2 qualifications involve practical work in the College or on placement and the assessment process includes building a portfolio of evidence; you will also study Key Skills. Students on Level 2 qualifications will have gained some A*-C grades in GCSEs at school or will have progressed from a Level 1 or Foundation Level qualification.

> are designed to provide an in-depth study of a subject in a career area or single subject and they build on previous knowledge and experience. Vocationally based Level 3 qualifications can include work placement or be mainly work based leading to an NVQ. Academically based Level 3 qualifications include ‘A2’/’AS’ and BTEC National programmes; assessment can include coursework, assignments and external exams; you will also study Key Skills. Students on Level 3 qualifications will have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades or will have progressed from a Level 2 qualification.

Foundation Courses > are designed to give you an introduction to your chosen career by developing routine skills that you will need to learn in order to progress. These qualifications involve practical work in the College and you will usually build a portfolio of evidence which shows what you have learnt; you will also study Key Skills. Students on Foundation or Level 1 courses will usually have taken GCSEs at school or will have progressed from an Entry Level qualification.

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The FE Experience If you’re a Year 11 student thinking about what direction to take after school, you’ll be making important decisions about your future. We want you to have the opportunity to ask questions; to talk to lecturing staff and current students at Hartlepool College of Further Education. We want you to see the facilities on offer, and perhaps most importantly, to get a feel of the College, and know what being a student here is really like.

Throughout the year we hold a series of open evenings and events. The first of these is the 22nd October 2009; the second is 11th February 2010. Check-out the posters displayed around your school. See local press for information or visit www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk. Alternatively call Student Services at Hartlepool College of Further Education on (01429) 295000.

You will also get the chance to gather information at your school’s roadshow; we present a programme at most local schools in Hartlepool, Billingham, Stockton and Peterlee between October and January. A lively event, the roadshow includes a multi-media presentation; you will meet staff, find out about the exciting directions our past students have taken, and have the chance to ask all you need to know. The FE Experience is your chance to visit the College and check out our facilities, talk to staff and students and get advice on your options

Part of the FE Experience is a DVD of life at the College; you can get a sneak peek at it on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/HartlepoolCollege

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The New Diplomas In September 2010 Hartlepool College is delighted to offer eight of the new Diploma qualifications as part of our existing portfolio. Wherever you see the logo below in the top right hand corner of a page, it indicates a subject where these exciting new qualifications offer school leavers a wider range of opportunities:

At the heart of the Diploma are core subjects or Principal Learning. They teach you the main things you need to know about your chosen business or industry sector.

Engineering Hair and Beauty Studies Creative and Media Hospitality Information Technology Society, Health and Development Construction and the Built Environment Sport and Active Leisure

As well as work-relevant learning, you will also study the core subjects English, maths and ICT (Functional Skills) as part of your Diploma in a creative and enjoyable way. Achieving a good level of these skills is essential for you to succeed in any business or learning environment.

The New Diplomas offer a mix of classroom learning, creative thinking and hands-on experience and will help you develop the skills and experience that employers and universities really value.

A Diploma will also help you to develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team working, communication, problem solving, analytical and research skills and self-management – all vital in both work and life and things that employers and universities really value.

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All Diploma students will get the chance to spend at least 10 days working with an employer, experiencing what work is like from the inside. In addition, you can also make your course broader by picking from a range of optional subjects (the ‘additional and specialist learning’ element of your Diploma). A Diploma can be studied at three different levels. This includes Foundation, Higher and Advanced. What’s important is that the Diploma does not restrict future options. Diploma students will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to go on to employment, college or university. The qualification will be valued by employers and universities, because they helped design them to ensure young people have all the skills they need.


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Accreditations and Specialised Centres There are many logos scattered about this directory, each of these accolades having been hard-earned. They all represent something of real value to the students who benefit from the standards we have to achieve and maintain to earn the right to use them.

Training Quality Standard

Centre for Vocational Excellence in Health

Hartlepool College of Further Education has been awarded the Training Quality Standard with Excellence in Construction, Building Services Engineering and Engineering. This standard has been designed to recognise and celebrate the best organisations delivering training and development solutions to employers. The College is continually working with employers to reflect their priorities and expectations in training and development needs. Hartlepool College of Further Education is the first College in Teesside to achieve this prestigious award.

The Centre of Vocational Excellence in Health is recognised under the Government’s centres of excellence programme, and has benefited from additional investment to provide facilities far above those typical of other CoVEs. The North East CoVE in Health is a regional partnership between the North East Strategic Health Authority, Newcastle College and Hartlepool College of Further Education. The CoVE is developed with the aim of creating close links with employers, higher education institutions and sector skills councils. The CoVE at Hartlepool College has benefited from the close support of partners including the NHS, Teesside University and a range of small and medium sized employers.

Other Accreditations The College is constantly working on improving the quality of its services, facilities and portfolio, and is delighted when we are recognised for our efforts; in 2009 we gained status as a Wella Professionals Centre for Hairdressing and accreditation by The National Skills Academy Nuclear, joining many other recognitions for excellence in standards of facilities and provision.

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Foundation Studies We know that for some people, returning to education or deciding what path they want to take are extremely hard decisions to make, especially if it has been a while since they were in full-time education or didn’t enjoy the experience. The Foundation Studies courses give you a taste of lots of different job areas in a friendly, pressure free manner, which can help you make up your mind about where you might want to work in the future and the best way to get there. As part of the course you may do work experience or work placements in different areas. In the past our students have helped to run a café, manned reception, worked in the library, in shops, nurseries and hairdressing salons. To do well on this course you need skills that come naturally to most people, such as: • being willing and keen to learn • being friendly and polite • being prepared to try new things • being prepared to work hard

What you will do after the course will depend on what you are interested in and what job areas you have tried. Students have gone on to work as Café Assistants, Shop Assistants, Hairdressing Assistants, Childcare Assistants, and to higher level courses that have helped them successfully fulfil a wide variety of ambitions.

Requirements The College offers courses at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Foundation) and Level 1 (Foundation). To qualify you need: Foundation: to have completed full-time education Course Content These courses include Introduction to Citizenship, Managing Money, Investigating Personal Lifestyles, Information Technology, Health & Safety, Investigating Community Facilities, Work Experience, Customer Service, Improving Own Performance and Working Together. Assessment Assessment will be ongoing through written, oral and practical work, which will be marked by your tutor. A work place diary may also need to be completed.

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Hairdressing There are over 180,000 hairdressers working in the industry in the UK, and demand is rising. Opportunities include working in salons, hotels, health spas, on cruise liners and even as mobile hairdressers! Hairdressing is a busy vocation which includes a variety of hands-on practical skills. Hairdressers cover a range of activities including: meeting and greeting clients, reception duties, shampooing and blow drying, cutting, colouring, perming, pinups and competition work. Essential personal qualities include: • being good at working with your hands • being artistic and creative • enjoying working with people of all ages • tact and diplomacy • awareness of health and safety issues • a clean and smart appearance • being able to stand for long periods

As a qualified hairdresser you have many opportunities, such as working in a salon, as a self-employed freelance hairdresser, working abroad or on a cruise liner. Salons can be found in a range of locations, from hospitals care homes and prisons to department stores, airlines and holiday resorts. The average working week is around forty hours, and involves flexible working such as evening and weekends. Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced), an Entry programme for people with no prior experience, and an Apprenticeship programme (Level 2). To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: completed Intermediate Level Apprenticeship: 3GCSEs @ C or above

You can find out more about Hairdressing online at the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority [HABIA] website: www.habia.org

Course Content All hairdressing students will cover various units depending on the level studied. The range of skills may include health & safety, advise & consult, reception, shampoo & condition, effective communication skills, creative styling, cutting, colouring and perming. You will also have the opportunity to participate in competition work in the UK. Students will develop ICT, Application of Number and Communication skills and will have the opportunity to resit GCSEs English or Maths. Assessment All hairdressing students will be assessed through practical assessments, oral questioning, end of unit examinations and case study based assignments.

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Health Studies Opportunities in the health field vary tremendously and depend upon qualifications and personal preferences. These include nursing, hospital work, dental surgeries, optometry practices and health promotion amongst many others - the choice is huge. There are many jobs within the health and care field including: • Nursing and Midwifery • Allied Health Professions; Radiography; Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy; Chiropody; Dietetics; Optometry • Health Promotion Essential personal qualities include: Each job has its own requirements but in general you need to: • have excellent communication skills • be able to work in a team [but also use your initiative if needed] • be calm and reassuring • be able to relate to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities • have an interest in scientific subjects such as biology • be able to work under pressure

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced), and an Apprenticeship programme (Levels 2 and 3). To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 4 GCSEs @ D-G Intermediate: 2-3 GCSEs @ C or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: 4-5 GCSEs @ C or completed Intermediate Level Apprenticeship Level 2: 2-3 GCSEs @ C or above, or completed Foundation Level Apprenticeship Level 3: completed Level 2 qualification or work in a supervisory position

It is important to note that all occupations in health require applicants to have GCSE passes in English, Mathematics and Science

Course Content Dependent on the level studied the range of skills could include health screening, causes and prevention of diseases, effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing, anatomy and physiology, health issues relating to age and lifestyle etc. Work experience is an important element at Levels 2 and 3.

Assessment Oral questioning, written assignments, case studies, projects, presentations, examination, experiments and practical assessments.

You can find out more about a career in Health at: www.careers.nhs.uk

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Hospitality Studies The hospitality industry is huge, ranging from Michelin star restaurants and top hotels through to fast food restaurants, school meals and staff restaurants. Hartlepool College has made an enormous commitment to this area, including Gray’s Bistro, a fully-operational facility open to the public where students can work preparing, cooking and serving food and drinks for a wide range of customers, as well as working on special events. Duties will depend upon the specific area in which you work but may include: Chef/Cook: planning, preparing, cooking and serving food. In large kitchens you may specialise in certain foods, in smaller kitchens you will cook everything. Kitchen Assistant: working alongside more qualified staff carrying out basic preparation of food, ensuring that chefs have everything they need. Front-of-house Staff: greet customers, take orders, serve food and drinks, prepare tables and keep them tidy. May also issue bills and take payments.

Essential personal qualities include: • have a keen interest in food • be able to work in a team and under pressure • have high standards of personal hygiene • have stamina as you will be standing on your feet for long periods • have good communication skills Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced), and an Entry programme for people with no prior experience. To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: completed Intermediate Level

Course Content Depending upon the level you enter on hospitality & catering programmes you will study both food preparation and cooking and food and beverage service units. From basic preparation and service skills to advanced patisserie and larder techniques and supervisory management elements. Assessment At each level you will be formally assessed through practical skills and recorded by portfolio completion as well as externally tested for each unit. Further assessment will be by oral questioning and assignment work to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and understanding.

Professional top chefs such as Hartlepool celebrity Krimo Bouabda (Krimo’s, Portofino, Casa Del Mar) often work with students, sharing their skills and experience.

You can find out more about Hospitality and Catering online at the People 1st website: www.people1st.co.uk

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Information and Communication Technology Computers have come a long way in a very short time; even only a few years ago they struggled with graphics, had limited storage space, were difficult to network and connections to the internet were often slow. Now they can handle realistic graphics with ease, hold huge volumes of data, and not only connect to each other quickly and easily, but also other devices such as mobile phones, satnavs and games consoles. Every organisation uses ICT to manage information. Opportunities in ICT range from those jobs where computers are used as a ‘tool in the office’, programming and database management through to maintenance and repair. There are wide ranges of careers available which suit individuals of all abilities, including Data Entry Clerk, Web Designer, Computer Service and Repair Engineer, IT Support Worker, Network Manager, Software Developer and Systems Analyst and Games Development

Essential personal qualities include: Each job will have its own requirements but in general terms you need to: • have good computer skills • be able to work accurately and with attention to detail • be aware of health and safety issues in relation to the use of computers More technical jobs require: • the ability to explain technical computer information to non ICT specialists • a thorough understanding of operating systems, software and hardware • good problem solving skills • thinking creatively and translating this into technical requirements

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate), 3 (Advanced) and Apprenticeship (Levels 3). To qualify you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs inc. Maths and English @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: 4-5 GCSEs inc. Maths or English or to have completed Intermediate Level Apprenticeship: 4 GCSEs @ C or above Course Content The course will give learners the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher National in Computing. Assessment The majority of assessment will be assignment based; however examination and practical assessments will also be used in certain areas of study.

You can find out more about careers in computing and ICT at: www.bcs.org

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Public Services Public Services prepares students for careers in the uniformed services, including the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Police, Fire Service and Prison Service. Military Services personnel can be deployed right across the world, while those serving in the Civilian Services will generally work in the UK. Duties will depend upon the sector that you join but may include: Military Services: most military personnel play an important role in NATO and UN operations across the world. Many overseas operations are involved in peacekeeping and humanitarian duties. Police: protect life and property, preserve law and order, prevent and investigate crime, detect and prosecute offenders. Fire Service: protect and save people and property from fire; provide emergency support at road accidents and promote fire safety in the home and places of work. Prison Service: supervise and rehabilitate offenders located in prisons, remand centres and young offenders’ institutions

Essential personal qualities include: Each job has its own requirements but in general terms you will need to have: • the ability to work with people from all walks of life • good team working skills • the ability to work in a structured environment where rules and discipline apply • the ability to stay calm, assess situations and work under pressure Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Entry), 2 (Intermediate), 3 (Advanced), and 4 (Higher). To qualify for courses you need: Entry: 3-4 GCSEs @ F-G Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: 4-5 GCSEs @ C or to have completed Intermediate Level Higher: completed Advanced Level or equivalent (upon completion this allows progression to a full degree)

Course Content The courses are aimed to combine theory and practical skills bringing together elements that are used within the public service environment. Assessment Throughout the course you will be assessed through written and practical assignments which are marked by college staff and verified by the awarding body.

Find out more about the services online: ARMY

www.army.mod.uk ROYAL AIR FORCE

www.rafcareers.com ROYAL NAVY

www.royal-navy.mod.uk POLICE

www.policecouldyou.co.uk FIRE SERVICE

www.fireservice.co.uk HM PRISON SERVICE

www.hmprisonservice.co.uk

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Sixth Form Centre [6FC] Our specialist Sixth Form Centre offers post-sixteen studies tailored to meet the needs of individual students as they leave school, no matter what the range of qualifications they leave with. We believe strongly in giving all young people a chance to move forward and are committed to helping them build on their initial success at sixteen. We also believe that this can be achieved in many different ways, and the wide range of choices and routes at 6FC reflects this. The Advanced Subsidiary Examination (AS), worth 50% of an A Level, is taken at the end of first year of study. The standard is between GCSEs and A Level and has been devised to be taken by 17 year olds. The AS qualification is an exam in its own right giving students a certificate and the first half of an A Level. In most cases this comprises 2 modules or units of work.

The second half (A2) completes A Level subject certification and again, in most cases, is 2 modules. These exams are at the traditional A Level standard. Students in their first year of study are likely to take 3, 4 or 5 AS subjects dependent upon their GCSEs performance and in their second year of study one less A2 exam.

Mixed Programmes Students can create a variety of mixed academic and vocational programmes according to their interests and career aims. For example, a Design Course (see page 29) can be combined with AS Media or AS Photography, or Forensic Science can be combined with AS Psychology.

A Level & GCSE Entry Requirements If you have: 5 GCSEs or more at Grade C

At least 4 GCSEs at Grade C At least 3 GCSEs at Grade C At least 1 or 2 GCSEs at Grade C

You can do: 3 or 4 AS exams or equivalent to lead to 3 or 4 A2 exams plus Key Skills. 2 AS exams or equivalent to lead to 2 A2 exams plus Key Skills. 1 AS exam maximum plus 3 GCSEs subjects with progression to A2 exams. Foundation Sixth Programme to provide 4 or 5 GCSEs resits and establish foundation for future study. This may include in some circumstances AS or equivalent study.

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A Levels at 6FC A Levels are a popular and valuable qualification, and Hartlepool College’s Sixth Form Centre has a superb track record in delivering both quality courses and helping students get the result they want.

Results that speak for themselves The overall A Level pass rate for the Sixth Form Centre is an impressive 97.4%. In 2009 80% of second year students met or exceeded their individual minimum grade targets at A Level. 75% of the students recorded positive value added scores (i.e. their achievement at A level was higher than their GCSE performance indicated.)

Our A Levels available are: English Literature English Language Geography Media Studies Theatre Studies Business Studies Sociology Mathematics Psychology Chemistry History Information Technology Photography General Studies (AS only) Film Studies Law Sport & Physical Education Forensic Science (National Award or Certificate) Health & Social Care (National Award) Applied Biology (National Award) Medical Health (National Award) Art and Design (National Award or Diploma)

6FC SUCCESS STORIES

Mark Austwicke Joined HCFE in 2008 from St Hilds 13 A*/C grades at GCSE including 11 A* and As. Mark chose a ‘mix and match’ option combining a national diploma in Art and Design with A level Media. He achieved straight distinctions in his first year and scored an amazing maximum 200/200 in his AS Media. Mark has been awarded a Teesside Passport Pride Award and plans to study 3D Design at university.

Kayleigh Brown

Left Brierton school without a firm GCSE base and joined the Foundation Sixth course at HCFE. Kayleigh flourished in a college environment and within a year had gained 5 more A*/C grades and was able to progress to a full A level programme. Two years later Kayleigh had achieved four full A levels, grade As in Sociology and General Studies and grade Bs at English Literature and History. This success won Kayleigh a place at the highly competitive University College, London in 2009, to read Urban Planning.

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GCSEs at 6FC The Foundation Sixth Programme is a flexible resit course for 16-18 year olds. In 2009 75% of Foundation Sixth students substantially improved their GCSE profiles, allowing them to progress to other courses or employment. 6FC SUCCESS STORIES

What does the course cover? If you have one or two GCSEs at Grade C you may begin a partial AS programme alongside new or resit GCSE subjects. If you have lower GCSE grades including some D grades you will follow a full GCSE resit programme. In this case you will choose 5 GCSEs, with three compulsory subjects Mathematics, English and Science if they haven’t been achieved at Grade ‘C’. Other subjects may then be selected from those on offer including IT and Humanities. Additional Learning Support is available to help all students improve their GCSE performance.

How do I attend? You will have four hours for each GCSE subject each week and in addition there will be activities and projects to support classwork. This course is full-time for one year. Attendance is over five days per week.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed by written final examination, project and case studies, and coursework as you would with a GCSE programme taken at school.

What else do I need to know? You will also be expected to plan and record all the work you do and take advantage of the scheduled directed time activities. Valuable work experience is available to help complement academic study, as are extracurricular activities such as residentials and social and arts events.

What can I do after this course? Successful students can progress to AS and full ‘A’ levels or an advanced vocational qualification.

Sophie Potter Enrolled at the college from St Hilds in 2008 with 10 A*/C grades at GCSE. In her first year Sophie studied a National Award in Applied Science (Forensics) and AS level in Psychology and Law gaining a distinction and two grade Bs. Following this success Sophie decided to add A level English Literature to her second year programme to strengthen her ambition to progress to a primary education degree in higher education.

Laura Banks Was a pupil at High Tunstall and joined HCFE with 8 A*/C grades at GCSE. Laura excelled on her A level course and became the first student to achieve five full A levels, gaining A grades in English Language, English Literature and History and B grades in Law and General Studies. Laura’s success meant she achieved an A level performance 17 grades higher than her GCSE profit indicated, an excellent example of value added. In 2009 Laura progressed to Newcastle University to study English and hopes to become a writer in the future.

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Sports Opportunities Sport is big; big entertainment, big business, big passion, big opportunities. It’s a career that offers amazing rewards for those who reach its pinnacle, but is also a vital source of fun, health and fitness for millions. Behind every person who plays sport, no matter what the level, are sport professionals who work in coaching, fitness training, medical care, therapy, event planning, nutrition, facilities staff and a host of other vital roles. Hartlepool College is committed to education and health through sport, and our sports programmes and new Sports Coaching Academy provides great opportunities for those who want to work in this exciting and expanding area.

You can find out more about careers in sport at: www.sportengland.co.uk www.bst.org.uk www.skillsactive.com

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Sports Coaching Academy The opportunities for employment in this area are growing fast, and jobs vary according to the sector you work in – local authority sports centres, private gyms and fitness centres, teaching in schools or colleges are just a few examples of the many opportunities open to you. The work will vary according to the sector you work in. For example, Sports Development Officers aim to improve access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. Sports Coaches teach sports skills and techniques to individuals and teams of all abilities. They help people take part in their chosen sport safely and to their full potential. Sport Centre Assistants help and supervise clients using equipment and facilities safely. Essential personal qualities include: Each job has its own requirements but in general terms you will need: • to have good communication skills • enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities • be enthusiastic about the benefits of sport and healthy living • be able to inspire and encourage others • have an awareness of health and safety issues related to sport activities

Aims of the Academy 1. Make each student more employable by equipping them with relevant skills, qualifications and awards. 2. To support each student in achieving a BTEC or NVQ qualification. 3. To support each student in gaining up to three additional qualifications from Sports Leaders UK. 4. To support each student in attending National Governing Body awards programmes. 5. To ensure each student completes First Aid and Child Protection certificates. 6. To provide voluntary work in a variety of settings.

Requirements The College offers courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced). To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: 4-5 GCSEs @ C or to have completed Intermediate level Course Content These courses have been designed to provide a broad educational basis for employment in the area you have chosen. The courses aim to give a sound knowledge base and practical skills which will assist you in employment for further study. Assessment Throughout the course you will be assessed through written and practical assignments which are marked by college staff and verified by the awarding body.

Hartlepool College Sport students have many chances to work with with real teams and tournaments. In 2009 they acted as referees for a football competition held between Hartlepool schools

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No sporting person can be their best and reach the top without the help of a team. Not just the type of team that plays alongside them, because many sports are competed by individuals; I mean the team that is working in the background, on the coaching and training, the fitness and planning. I can’t stress enough the importance of the support and guidance such a team offers when it comes to aspiring and achieving. I believe Hartlepool Sporting Association is exactly this kind of team.

Rory Underwood MBE

ENGLAND RUGBY LEGEND

Rory Underwood played for the England Rugby Union Team between 1984 and 1996, achieving 85 caps and a record 49 tries. He spent many years as a Royal Air Force pilot and is now a successful Management Consultant.

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Hartlepool College Sports Academies | The Hartlepool Sporting Association Hartlepool College is totally dedicated to sport, and this isn’t just restricted to our sport programmes. We have specialised sports academies in Football and Basketball that are open to all students, and we are also a founding member of the Hartlepool Sporting Association, an exciting partnership of local clubs and teams dedicated to “Health and Education through Sport”.

How do I join up?

What it means

Enrol on to any full time programme that leads to a nationally-recognised qualification, for example A Levels or vocational qualifications at Levels 1, 2 or 3, and you can apply to join our Football or Basketball Academies.

• 8 to 11 hours of quality top class coaching from highly qualified coaching staff • the chance to obtain sport specific coaching and officiating and leadership awards • experience of working with elite teams, providing opportunities for progression • the opportunity to access a sports scholarship in the USA • competition against people of your own age, locally, regionally, and nationally • the opportunity to progress to other top class sports programmes • free travel to any off site coaching session or competitive fixture • a sport specific individual learning programme • the chance to progress to County or National levels

If you are accepted into an Academy you will remain an Academy student as long as you are at the College, provided you fulfil all the requirements of your main academic study and abide by its rules.

The Hartlepool Sporting Association The Hartlepool Sporting Association is an ambitious new partnership of organisations and clubs dedicated to promoting sport and health, bringing together the talent of today, and finding and supporting the talent of tomorrow. The founding partners are Hartlepool College of Further Education, Hartlepool Rovers (Rugby) Football Club, Hartlepool Heat Basketball Club, Hartlepool Cricket Club, Oaksway Netball Club, Hartlepool Table Tennis Club and St. Francis 2000 Football Club.

You can find out more about the Hartlepool Sporting Association and the clubs involved at: www.hartlepoolsport.com

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Travel and Tourism Travel and tourism is a fast growing industry in both the UK and across the world. Opportunities include working in travel agencies, tourist information centres, as a resort representative and airline cabin crew. Your duties will vary greatly according to your job role. For example a Travel Agent might find suitable holidays and sell them to customers, make bookings using a computerised booking system, take payments and issue tickets. Tourist Information Advisers will make customers aware of local cultural, sporting and recreational activities,and book accommodation on behalf of customers.

Essential personal qualities include: Each job has its own requirements but in general terms you will need to: • have good communication skills • be able to cope well under pressure • be confident in handling money

Requirements The College offers an Entry programme for people with no prior experience, and courses at Levels 1 (Foundation), 2 (Intermediate) and 3 (Advanced), To qualify for courses you need: Foundation: 3-4 GCSEs @ E-F and a reference. Intermediate: 3-4 GCSEs @ D including English or to have completed Foundation Level Advanced: 4 GCSEs @ C, including English to at least a grade D, or to have completed Intermediate Level Course Content Dependent on the level students will study a range of units which could include customer service, holiday representatives, travel geography and retail and business travel. There will be opportunities to investigate different sectors of the travel industry through educational visits, guest speakers and work placements.

Resort Reps will be expected to greet holiday makers at their destination, sell tickets for excursions, accompany guests while acting as a guide, and deal with problems and complaints. Air Cabin Crew will greet travellers and ensure that they are safely seated, demonstrate emergency procedures and sell and serve food and drinks.

Assessment A range of assessment methods such as written assignments, oral questioning, role plays and positive participation will be used to assess your ability. Hartlepool, with its Historic Quay, HMS Trincomalee 1817 and many other tourist attractions, is an ideal place to learn about the subject.

You can find out more about careers in Travel and Tourism at the Institute of Travel & Tourism website: www.itt.co.uk

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Applying to HCFE Applying for one or more of our courses couldn’t be easier; simply fill in the form to the right and return it, via FREEPOST, to us at: Student Services, Hartlepool College of Further Education FREEPOST, Stockton Street TS24 7BR or via our website at www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk What happens then?

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Once we have received your application form we will send you an acknowledgement letter to confirm that we have received it.

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You will be invited to attend for an informal interview; for most people the interview will take place in school. This is a general interview and will give you an opportunity to find out more about the College.

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Following this interview you will receive a letter confirming that you have met the general entry requirements for the College. You will also be invited to attend an information session in College; you must attend this if you wish to continue with your application.

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Following your attendance at the information session you will receive a letter that contains details of the grades you will need to achieve in order to do the course and other requirements such as good attendance and reference. The letter will also contain an acceptance form which you must complete and return.

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You will be invited to attend for a final interview following the publication of your GCSEs results in August – following this interview we will confirm the course that you will join. For very popular courses we cannot confirm at interview which course you will be joining; a letter will be sent once all applicants have been seen.

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Once your place has been confirmed you will receive details of your start date and induction.


PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM IN FULL USING BLOCK CAPITALS ONLY. Please use black ink. Return to: Student Services, Hartlepool College of Further Education, FREEPOST, Stockton Street, HARTLEPOOL TS24 7BR

Acknowledged/Entered: COLLEGE USE ONLY:

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Your Full Name: Address:

About Yourself

Postcode:

Telephone (Home):

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What do you want to study at HCFE?

Date of Birth:

Your Qualifications

What qualifications have you taken at school / already gained? Please continue on a separate sheet if needed, include your name, and attach it to this one with a paperclip (no staples please)

Subject:

Level:

Grade:

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Please tick appropriate box: Apprenticeship

Full-Time

Your application will be acknowledged, and you will receive details of your interview appointment. If you would prefer to come to the College to discuss your options before you make a definite choice, ring Student Services on 01429 295000. We will be happy to show you around, discuss your options and offer any guidance necessary. Form continues overleaf. Please complete all sections. You can apply any time during the year by using this application form or on-line on the College website – www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk


The Data Protection Act 1998 Hartlepool College of Further Education collects information about staff and students for various administrative, academic and health and safety reasons. By signing this form you will give your consent to the College to process the personal information contained in it. A copy of the College’s data protection policy can be obtained from Student Services.

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Last School or College attended:

Your Learning Career

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Dates of Attendance (years)

From:

Do you have a Progress File? Yes / No

To:

(please circle answer that applies)

Name of your Tutor or Head of Year:

More About You

Other Information. Please give details of your interests and hobbies, your career aims, sporting interests, work experience and other information in support of your application.

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Monitoring

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Section Hartlepool College of Further Education is an equal opportunities College. The aim of our policy is to ensure that all applicants are treated equally irrespective of gender, marital status, race, national origin or disability. To assist with monitoring this policy and for that reason only, please complete the following questions: Ethnic Monitoring The College is required to keep certain records for statistical purposes. One of these records is the ethnic background details of students taking courses at this College. Please mark an X in the code which you feel most accurately describes your ethnic origin: White; British

Black; Other

Asian; Other

White; Irish

Chinese

Mixed; White + Asian

White; Other

Bangladeshi

Mixed; White + African

Black; African

Indian

Mixed; White + Carribbean

Black; Caribbean

Pakistani

Mixed White + Other Black

Any Other (please state): Disability Monitoring Do you consider yourself a person with a disability? Yes / No Were you registered disabled before 2 December 1996? Yes / No Please state any special conditions you feel we should be aware of (i.e. dyslexia, diabetes, asthma, colour blindness etc.) Please continue on a separate sheet if needed, include your name, and attach it to this one with a paperclip (no staples please).

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In case of Emergency

Name of person we can contact in an emergency: Relationship to you (parent, guardian, partner etc.): Contact Number:


Online or in person, no matter what you need; Hartlepool College is here to help

The Small Print Hartlepool College in Partnership At Hartlepool College of Further Education we complement excellent teaching and learning with sound knowledge about industry. Our business partnerships ensure that curriculum delivery stays at the cutting edge and that you are provided with the knowledge and skills in demand in the labour market. Many businesses donate time and resources to our curriculum through advice, sponsorship, work placements and job opportunities for students. Our partners include Babcock Defence Services, British Energy, Cleveland Constabulary, Cleveland Fire Brigade, CITB, Dell, Hartlepool Borough Council, Heerema, HM Forces, Catterick Garrison and RAF Leeming, JTL, North Tees and Hartlepool PCT, Sports Leaders UK and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Our courses are continually updated to ensure that they remain of the highest quality. For this reason details may change from time to time. Check with Student Services or on www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk for further information. This directory was designed and produced by Hartlepool College of Further Education Marketing & Media Services. Most of the photographs used in this directory are of bona fide College students and staff. All such images are copyright protected and may not be used, reproduced or stored without written permission. In a minority of circumstances stock images have been used that are representative of activities. Photography by Marketing & Media Services @ Hartlepool College of Further Education Additional photography: Dirk Van Der Werff, Aquilegia Photographic

European Social Fund Many of the courses described in this directory have been supported by additional funds from the European Social Fund. The College uses this funding to enhance courses by providing additional resources, such as materials, equipment and staff or by providing additional services such as counselling, outreach support and a comprehensive fee remission programme. All information is correct at time of going to print. E&OE

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