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SCHOOL LEAVERS GUIDE 2012


Welcome Our new school leaver guide Welcome to our new school leaver guide. We’ve packed it with all the information and advice you’ll need to help you find the right route for you through college and onto further study, training or employment. We’re sure you’ll find everything you need in this guide but should you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call, drop us an email or pop in to see us at any campus, where our student services team will be more than happy to help. 0191 511 6000

Contents Your Options & Levels

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Why Choose Us?

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Apprenticeships

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A-Levels

info@citysun.ac.uk

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Vocational

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High Achievers'

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College Life

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Help and Support

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your Options & levels With so many options available for you to choose from it can all seem a bit confusing, but don’t worry we’ve outlined your options and levels and what they all mean here, so that you can choose a route that suits you. Apprenticeships If you’re a ‘practical’ type of person who enjoys working with your hands then an Apprenticeship might be right for you.

We have the widest choice of A-levels available in the North East. Full details of which can be found on page nine.

You can learn a practical skill working in an industry that you’re interested in and earn a wage at the same time. Apprenticeships last for two years. We offer a range of Apprenticeships which can be found on page seven.

Vocational

A-levels A-Levels are an academic qualification and are a great option for those wishing to progress to university or enter the world of work. The subjects are mostly those you will have studied at school, like maths, English, history etc. But we offer more specialist courses in new subjects too. An A-Level is a two year qualification, made up of an AS level in year one and an A2 level in year two.

Do you know which career path you’d like to follow? Would you like to develop skills in a particular area such as care, catering, plastering, hairdressing, sport, ICT, business or travel and tourism? If so, vocational courses could be the right choice for you. We offer a range of vocational courses at a number of levels that can lead you towards higher education or work in your chosen industry. To find out more head to our vocational courses on page 31.

High Achievers’ programme

Level 2

Have you got your sights on a prestigious university, or to work in a career such as medicine or dentistry? If you have, and your GCSE results are going to be between A* and B then you could take part in our High Achievers’ programme.

Level 2 is ‘intermediate’ level. To get onto a level 2 course you would need to have some GCSEs at grades D-G or a level 1 qualification. These courses combine theory and practical work so you can acquire valuable work experience in a subject that really interests you. Most people complete a level 2 course to progress onto a level 3.

We’ll help you aim towards not only achieving top A-level results, but to gaining the wider skills and experiences that top universities are looking for. If that sounds like your path check out our High Achievers’ programme on page 55.

Entry/Level 1 Entry/Level 1 is beginner or foundation level. If you didn’t pass your GCSEs, didn’t get the grades you had hoped for, or are brand new to the subject, then our Level 1 courses are for you. They develop communication and study skills, providing an introduction to your chosen subject. Most people use these as a route to a level 2 course. Level 1 courses combine theory and practical work.

Level 3 Level 3 is ‘advanced’ level. Generally if you get four or more GCSEs at A*-C or have a level 2 qualification, then you can enrol on a level 3 course, although some courses have particular entry requirements, so do check. These courses allow you to progress to higher education either with the college, university or progress into employment. They include extended diplomas and A-Levels.

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Why choose us? We don’t think that being good at one thing is enough for our students, that’s why we’re committed to making sure that everything from teaching and learning, to support, guidance and enrichment are excellent at the college, enabling you to achieve your very best and go on to even better things. This continues even when you leave us as you become part of our Alumni community. What’s more we have some impressive statistics to back up our commitment; • We offer the widest choice of A-level subjects in the North East • More of our students go on to university, 883 last year • Our students have gone on to study at Russell Group Universities • Students satisfaction is higher here than at any other college in the North East* • 99% of our students pass their A-Levels • 99% of our students pass vocational courses • Our course skills are designed to meet those needed by employers • We design our courses with progression in mind, so you know what you can do next…

Courses

*the highest student satisfaction rates for three years running

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apprenticeships Is it for me? If you want to start work and earn a living straightaway then yes. They let you combine study with work and earn a regular wage.

How does it work? Most of the learning takes place ‘on the job’ with direction and support from your employer. You’ll also attend college on day release in order to work towards your qualification. Depending on what’s right for your circumstances you can start on either an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship. Each route gives you the chance to progress to the next level or even head in to higher education.

How much money will I earn? Apprentices with Sunderland College receive at least £95 per week.

Do I need any qualifications? To become an Apprentice you must be aged 16 or over when the programme starts. Although there are no set entry requirements for Apprenticeships, you’ve got to be motivated and want to work towards your qualifications.

If you’re heading directly onto an Advanced Apprenticeship, it’s normally required that you have achieved, or are expected to achieve, five GCSEs at grade C or above.

What Apprenticeships are on offer? We offer Apprenticeships in the following areas: • Accounting • Beauty • Barbering • Business Administration • Catering • Construction – Bricklaying • Construction – Painting and Decorating • Construction – Joinery • Construction – Plastering • Customer Services • Electrical Installation • Hairdressing • Motor Vehicle – Repair and Maintenance • Motor Vehicle – Bodywork Refinishing • Team Leading

How do I apply? Contact the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 511 6484 or email apprenticeships@citysun.ac.uk

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Scott quickly completed level 2 of the Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship and progressed to level 3 while working at G Baxter Autobodies in East Boldon ‘My apprenticeship has helped me learn so much through getting hands on experience as well as a qualification. The Apprenticeship team at the college were very helpful and encouraged me to succeed throughout my qualification.’

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A levels Which subjects should I choose?

How will I be assessed?

High Achievers’ Programme

When choosing the subjects you want to study at A-level there are a few things to think about:

AS and A2 level courses will have either or two or three units each which will look at different topics within that subject area. A full A-level will therefore have either four or six units after combining your AS and A2 results.

The High Achievers’ Programme is designed to help students that are aiming to earn a place at a Russell Group university or apply for the most competitive university courses such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

All A-level units will include a formal written exam at the end of the unit, which will usually be in the summer term. Some subjects have an exam in January if the course requires it, others have coursework which you will work on throughout the year submitting your final work around Easter.

The Russell Group consists of 20 universities such as Newcastle, Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge that set very high entry requirements and require applicants to have a range of other experiences and skills to be successful in gaining a place on their highly competitive courses.

In addition to these formal assessments, you will produce a range of different pieces of work in class and at home. Lecturers will regularly mark your work and use it to show you how well you are progressing and where you could improve further to make sure you reach and exceed your targets.

We have a great record of success in helping students gain entry to these institutions and have used that experience to design a programme of support.

• Are they relevant to the career or university course you are aiming for? • Will they build on your strengths? • Do you enjoy the subject? • What are the entry requirements? That’s why for every subject listed in this guide we have included some important information to help you decide whether or not it’s for you.

What are the minimum entry requirements? To get on the A-level programme you’ve got to meet the GCSE entry requirements.

To gain access to one of these universities, you often need three A-levels at grade B or above and a range of additional experiences which our High Achievers’ Programme is designed to help you develop and make sure you get the most out of your time at college. For entry onto our High Achievers’ Programme you will need six GCSEs at grade B+, as well as English and Maths at C+* For further information on the High Achievers’ Programme see page 55.

You’ll need at least five GCSEs at grade C+ and one of those has to be in English or Maths. Most A-Levels have additional entry criteria. These are given on the individual course pages.

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A-level subjects Biology

Business Studies

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This course mixes traditional biology topics with the latest theory including:

This course is ideal if you have an interest in finding out how businesses are set up and how they function. The course will cover:

• The effect of pathogens and lifestyle choices on the digestive and cardiovascular systems and respiratory function • Bio-molecules such as DNA and proteins • Cloning, genetic fingerprinting and DNA extraction • Muscle action and transmission of nerve impulses

What are the additional entry requirements? Two GCSE Sciences (not Applied) and Maths all at grade B+

Next steps/career options This course is ideal as a starting point for a career within biosciences in areas such as physiology, pharmacology, immunology, ecology and environmental sciences. You will have proven your skills both within this scientific discipline and will have also gained many transferable skills which are sort after by employers and universities alike.

• An introduction to business • Business functions • Marketing • Finance, operations and human resources • Strategic management • People in organisations • Business communication • Employee relations

What are the additional entry requirements? Grade B+ in either GCSE Maths, English Language or Literature

Next steps/career options You could continue your study at college or university, take up work based learning through an Apprenticeship scheme, or start work in an area such as human resources, marketing or finance. Previous students have gone on to university to study business management, international business, marketing, accounting and law.

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Chemistry

Classical Civilisation

Computing

Dance

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This course is ideal if you are interested and intrigued by science and are keen to develop an understanding of the world of atoms, molecules and chemical reactions. The course will look at:

The course covers key topics of classical civilisation including:

A-level Computing develops a general knowledge of computing and an understanding of computer systems. The course includes the following:

If you have enthusiasm and determination and love to dance, then this is the course for you. You can specialise in either performance or production support and gain an understanding of the performing arts industry and its employment opportunities. The course covers:

• Organic chemistry • Physical chemistry • Inorganic chemistry • Practical chemistry

What are the additional entry requirements? Two GCSE Sciences (not Applied) at Maths all at grade B+

Next steps/career options This is an ideal starting point for further study at university leading to many career options including food technology, nursing, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedical courses, zoology and even law.

• The study of ancient Rome • A critical study of the Second Punic War • The life and times of Cicero

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

Next steps/career options Studying classical civilisation opens a route to higher education, as well as career options in teaching, journalism, archaeology and museums

• Problem solving and programming • Data representation • Computer components • Operating systems, databases and networking

What are the additional entry requirements?

• Exploring skills for performance • Planning for an event • Performing to a commission

GCSE Maths at grade B+

What are the additional entry requirements?

Next steps/career options

GCSE Dance at grade C+ or relevant experience

A-level Computing will provide a route into higher education. It can also provide a pathway to employment in trainee managerial or professional posts. You could progress onto a number of Foundation Degrees, including Network Securities or complete an HND in Computing. You could also apply to a university or go straight into employment.

Next steps/career options You could progress to higher education at university, or to professional dance training. Some A-level Dance students go on to become professional dancers and dance instructors.

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Drama and Theatre Studies

Economics

English Language and Literature

English Language

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

If you have a real interest and passion for drama, then this is the course for you. The course covers the following topics: • Practical performance skills • Textual analysis • Group and team work • Devising • Reviewing live theatre

What are the additional entry requirements?

You will cover a range of topics over the two years that will enable you to develop an interest and enthusiasm for economics and its contribution to the wider economic and social environment. You will gradually develop an enquiring, critical and thoughtful ‘economist’s mind’. You will develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life by analysing and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.

GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

What are the additional entry requirements?

Next steps/career options

GCSE at grade B+ in Maths, and a grade C+ in English Language or Literature

You could go on to further study at university or drama school. The course could also help you gain employment in the performing arts industry as many organisations favour applicants with a drama background because of their ability to communicate effectively and confidently and work as part of a team.

Next steps/career options For most students this subject will form part of your A-level programme so the intention will be to progress to university. There are opportunities to apply for work in areas such as banking.

In the first year you’ll explore how a wide range of texts and genres from the past to the present day portray food and you’ll also study two novels: George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Ninetyfour’ and Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’, exploring the theme of ‘Equality’ in society, producing a coursework portfolio with the opportunity to write both comparatively and creatively. In the second year you’ll study a variety of plays, including Shakespeare, focusing closely on at least one dramatic piece. There will again be the chance to write creatively, transforming texts from one genre to another as you produce a coursework portfolio.

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B+

Next steps/career options After the course you could go onto university to study subjects such as English, law, journalism, media and teaching. You could also use your new skills to help find employment.

You’ll learn how to express yourself in speech and writing with increasing competence and sophistication and will develop your ability to critically evaluate a variety of language forms. The course will also let you explore the use of language according to the type of text as well as the impact of context on how language is used to realise a text’s functions and convey meaning.

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B+

Next steps/career options English is often an essential subject so with an AS or full A-level in English Language you will have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. The skills you’ll learn on this course are in demand from employers, universities and colleges and are also valuable in their own right.

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English Literature

Film Studies

Fine Art

French

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

If you have an interest in analysing books, then this is the course for you. It will include:

This course provides an insight into how films are produced as well as challenging and analysing some of the most highly-regarded films of all time. You will spend time watching and deconstructing films, learn the basics of cinematography and the influences of film-making around the world, from Hollywood to Britain.

If you have an interest and flair for art and enjoy drawing and painting and working with different materials then this course is ideal. The course will develop your visual recording skills and knowledge and understanding of art and design work through drawing and painting and experimenting with a range of materials, processes and techniques. You’ll also visit galleries and exhibitions to record and research artists’ work.

We focus around two key areas to develop your language skills:

• Genre • Meanings in texts • Interpretations of texts

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B+

Next steps/career options This course opens up a route way to further study at university in subjects such as English, journalism, media and teaching.

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

What are the additional entry requirements?

Next steps/career options

GCSE Art and Design subject at grade C+ or assessment of portfolio

Students can progress onto an undergraduate programme. Previous students have gone on to study a range of courses at top universities including film studies, journalism, communication studies and film and television studies amongst others.

• Leisure and lifestyles • The individual and society You’ll also develop an awareness of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries and communities where French is spoken.

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE French grade A

Next steps/career options

Next steps/career options

You could go on to study art and design full-time through a Foundation Diploma course or apply directly to a degree in fine art or a similar art and design course.

This course will provide you with a basis for the further study of languages at degree level or equivalent. Many university courses allow you to combine the study of a main subject (e.g. Law) with a foreign language. Language skills open up many interesting career opportunities. Traditionally, language specialists have worked as translators, interpreters and teachers, but there are many other fields in which their skills are highly valued. These include business (e.g. export sales, bilingual PA), journalism, travel and transport (e.g. tour guide, air cabin crew, freight forwarder).

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Geography

German

Government and Politics

Graphics

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This is a course for people who enjoy both human and physical environments. The course covers:

We focus around two key areas to develop your language skills:

• Population change • Energy issues • Rivers and oasts • World cities • Development and globalisation • Plate tectonics

• Leisure and lifestyles • The individual and society

If you want to challenge the system, challenge politicians and debate meaningful issues, you’ll find this course very interesting. You will learn about political participation in the UK and the USA both in and beyond elections including:

A-level Graphics covers a wide range of graphics materials, techniques and processes and is ideal for you if you enjoy working in the studio and producing digital work, the course includes:

What are the additional entry requirements?

What are the additional entry requirements?

GCSE Maths and English Language or Literature with one at grade B+ and the other at grade C+

Next steps/career options You will have developed a range of employability skills and a world view along with an awareness of different cultures. You can use these skills to gain advantage in your job search, or you can go on to study geography further at university.

You’ll also develop an awareness of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries and communities where German is spoken.

GCSE German at grade A

Next steps/career options This course will provide you with a basis for the further study of languages at degree level or equivalent. Many university courses allow you to combine the study of a main subject (e.g. Law) with a foreign language. Language skills open up many interesting career opportunities. Traditionally, language specialists have worked as translators, interpreters and teachers, but there are many other fields in which their skills are highly valued. These include business (e.g. export sales, bilingual PA), journalism, travel and transport (e.g. tour guide, air cabin crew, freight forwarder).

• Political parties and what they stand for • Electoral systems and how they influence results • Pressure groups and their methods • Human rights and how they are upheld or violated, by law makers, judiciaries and government

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

Next steps/career options A-level Government and Politics is highly-rated and will help you gain access to university to study social sciences, including politics and sociology, law, medicine, history, English and many others.

• Printmaking • Illustration • Hand crafted techniques. • Computer based design in Photoshop and Illustrator

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE Art and Design subject at grade C+ or assessment of portfolio

Next steps/career options Once you have completed the course you could go on to study art and design full-time through a Foundation Diploma or apply directly to a degree in fine art or a similar art and design course.

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Health and Social Care

History

IT Applied

Law

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

A-level Health and Social Care examines the factors that contribute to good and bad health, disease, the provision of health and care services, the role of the practitioner and good care practice.

You will gain a unique insight into human nation and civilisation by studying original documents and artefacts. This course analyses key events in history including:

This course covers interesting key topics about the English legal system including:

What are the additional entry requirements?

• Conflict and change in 19th and 20th century Britain • The changing personal status of women • Changing educational opportunities for women and girls • Russia in Revolution 1881-1924 • Stalin’s Russia 1924-1953 • The Challenge of Fascism • The USA: From Reconstruction to Civil Rights c1877-1981

You will learn how to use appropriate ICT techniques to carry out investigations, capture and handle data, solve problems and plan and manage projects. You will then go on to look at key aspects of the ICT practitioner role, including system design and installation, software development, technical support, website design and management, networks and communications.

GCSE English Language at grade C+

Next steps/career options This course is a good choice if you want to go on to higher education in health and social care. If you are considering a career in physiotherapy, nursing, occupational therapy or social work this will provide a good foundation for you.

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

Next steps/career options Studying history at A-level opens a route to higher education. You might be considering a career in teaching, social work, journalism, the police or research.

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

Next steps/career options This practical course will allow you to choose the right path for you. You can go on to higher education or move into a junior technician role and train on the job.

• Powers of the police force • Trying a defendant in court and the punishments available • The legal profession and the roles of barristers, solicitors and judges • Criminal Law and how it has developed throughout history

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B+

Next steps/career options Successfully completing the course will help you gain access to university to study any subject at higher education including law. It also opens a number of career routes in the police force, solicitor’s offices, the Crown Prosecution Service and local courts.

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Mathematics – Further

Mathematics

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This detailed and specialised course covers a range of topics including:

You will develop and broaden your maths skills in a range of topics which include:

• Matrix algebra • Complex numbers • Differential equations • Functions • Group theory

• Using algebra to solve complex equations • Calculations with irrational numbers • Geometry and trigonometry • Calculus • Statistical techniques and probability

What are the additional entry requirements?

What are the additional entry requirements?

GCSE Maths at grade A

GCSE Maths at grade B+ (higher tier paper)

Next steps/career options

Next steps/career options

A-level Further Maths is an excellent qualification for continuing study of maths at university and can lead to a rewarding career in finance, engineering, teaching, economics and a range of other industries.

Employers and universities both value maths as it shows that you have a logical mind and are able to use your skills to solve problems. It also provides a route to many careers including accountancy, aerospace, business, computing, engineering, finance, insurance and science.

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Connor is studying A-level in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Psychology. He is also the youngest member of the Great Britain Under 19s Rifle Team and currently completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He takes part in football and athletics at College. ‘I’m planning to go on to Lancaster University to study Mathematics. I’d like to go on to a Masters Degree in the future as it’s a subject I really enjoy.’ ‘I’ve enjoyed getting involved with extra activities which has boosted my C.V.’

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Media Studies

Music

Photography

Physical Education

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This course will give you a good understanding of the various media platforms by looking at the television, film, music and print industries. You will produce:

You will develop your own music skills, with an opportunity to specialise in music performance. You will gain an understanding of all aspects of music, from performing and composing to the history of music. You will gain a wide understanding of performing arts and an insight into the nature of the music industry employment opportunities.

You will record and research a variety of different types of photography techniques and photographic artists’ work as well as the following photography skills:

You will study a combination of practical and theoretical topics such as:

• A foundation media portfolio • Key media concepts • Advanced media portfolio • Critical media perspectives

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

Next steps/career options Successful students have gone on to study a range of courses at top universities including Film studies at Kings College London, Journalism at City University, London, Communication Studies at University of Leeds, Film and Television Studies at University of York, Scriptwriting, Broadcast Journalism, Magazine Journalism and Media Production at University of Sunderland. Such studies can prepare students for a career in film and television production, teaching, lecturing, research, journalism, marketing and advertising.

What are the additional entry requirements?

• Studio lighting • Location photography • Darkroom skills • Digital imaging using Photoshop

GCSE Music at grade B+

What are the additional entry requirements?

Next steps/career options

GCSE Art and Design subject at grade C+ or assessment of portfolio

This course will prepare you for a range of higher education programmes in music, as it is a very practical course it will give a good understanding of the range of careers available and help you choose the right path for you.

• Developing you own ability as a performer and coach in your choice of sport including, an indepth analysis of your sporting and coaching abilities as well as a look at how your chosen sport is run on a local and national scale • The physiological effects of exercise, healthy lifestyle, fitness and training

Next steps/career options

In your second year you’ll build upon your abilities as a performer or coach in your chosen sport. You’ll also get the chance to see how your sport is run on an international scale. In addition you will learn about short-term and long-term preparation and management of elite performers.

You could go on to study photography full time through a Foundation Diploma course or apply directly to do a degree in photography.

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE PE or a Science at grade C+

Next steps/career options After successfully completing the course, you could go on to higher education in a related subject such as a Sport and Exercise Science degree which could open the door to jobs in teaching, coaching, fitness or sport science support.

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Physics

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

You’ll cover a range of physics topics including:

If you are fascinated by people and why they act the way they do, then you will enjoy studying psychology. The course covers lots of topics including:

This course is for those who are interested and open minded about religion. It covers key religious topics including:

Sociology is for you if you have an interest in why society works the way it does. A-level Sociology covers many topics including:

• Social psychology • Cognitive psychology • Psychodynamic approach • Biological approach • Child psychology • Criminal psychology

• Religion and ethics • The variety of religious groups and beliefs in modern Britain • Reasons for the emergence of cults and new religions • Religion as a source of identity • Religious fundamentalism

• The role of youth culture/subcultures in society • Youth and deviance • Formation of culture • Process of socialisation • Exploring the use of quantitative data-collection methods and analysis in the context of research • The role and function of education in society

Two GCSE Sciences (not Applied) and Maths all at grade B+

What are the additional entry requirements?

What are the additional entry requirements?

What are the additional entry requirements?

Next steps/career options

GCSE Maths and English Language or Literature, with one at grade B+ and the other C+

GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C+

Grade B+ in either GCSE English Language or Literature

Next steps/career options

Studying religion provides the option to move on to further study at university as well as various careers such as teaching.

• Particles • Quantum phenomena • Electricity • Mechanics • Magnetic fields • Nuclear and astrophysics

What are the additional entry requirements?

Physics is a useful degree subject that can lead to a wide choice of careers afterwards. Particular fields such as medical physics, geophysics and energy studies can lead directly to employment. A-level Physics is an important pre-requisite for the study of engineering, architecture and many other professions.

This course could take you on to higher education and see you study a wide variety of courses including psychology, medicine, ophthalmics, biomedical sciences, engineering, law, education/ teaching, criminology, sport science and media and film.

Next steps/career options

Next steps/career options Sociology provides a route to university where you can continue your studies. This could then lead to a career in industries such as teaching, social work, human resource management, journalism, youth work, the police or becoming a Prison Officer.

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Science

Spanish

Textiles

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Applied Science is a more vocational/practical option than the traditional science subjects. You will study how science is used in, and impacts on society, in areas like health, forensics and analysis. You will be given the opportunity to build a portfolio of case studies and to choose some of your study topics.

You will focus around two key areas to develop your language skills:

You will develop your skills and knowledge of textile techniques and materials including printed, constructed and embroidered textiles. You’ll also be experimenting with a range of traditional and unconventional materials, processes and techniques as well as visiting galleries and exhibitions and recording and researching fashion and textile designers’ work.

What are the additional entry requirements?

• Leisure and lifestyles • The individual and society You’ll also develop an awareness of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

GCSE Maths and one science subject at grade C+

What are the additional entry requirements?

Next steps/career options

GCSE Spanish at grade A

The course will prepare you to enter a variety of science/science-related degree level courses or further vocational study. You can also use your new skills to gain entry-level employment.

Next steps/career options This course will provide you with a basis for the further study of languages at degree level or equivalent. Many university courses allow you to combine the study of a main subject (e.g. Law) with a foreign language. Language skills open up many interesting career opportunities. Traditionally, language specialists have worked as translators, interpreters and teachers, but there are many other fields in which their skills are highly valued. These include business (e.g. export sales, bilingual PA), journalism, travel and transport (e.g. tour guide, air cabin crew, freight forwarder).

What are the additional entry requirements? GCSE Art and Design subject at grade C+ or assessment of portfolio

Next steps/career options You could go on to study textiles, fashion or surface pattern design full-time through a Foundation Diploma course, or apply directly to a degree course in a wide range of textile and fashion areas.

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vocational Art and Design Where will it take me?

Next steps

In art and design, you could work as an Art Teacher, become a Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer, Web Designer, or even work in a museum or get exhibition work…. the list goes on.

If you pass one of the diploma courses you’re guaranteed a place on one of our Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design, which will allow you to progress onto university by compiling a portfolio of work to show at university interviews

You can expect to earn between £11,000 to £65,000 a year as a Graphic Designer. Art Editors of magazines may start at around £22,000 for a Trainee Art Editor, and rise as high as £70,000 for a top Art Director.

Why choose us?

Courses available Level 2 Art and Design BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+, one being in an Art related subject

Our design studios have creativity at their heart. With dedicated teaching staff from professional backgrounds who are there to guide your artistic skills to achieve your full potential.

Level 3

Our huge range of art and design courses make full use of the available photography studios, painting and sculpture studios and darkrooms. We also have state-of-the-art computer graphics and multi-media facilities.

Fashion and Textiles BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+, one being in an Art related subject

Art and Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+, one being in an Art related subject

Graphics BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+, one being in an Art related subject Interactive Media BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Three GCSEs at grade C+ and a grade C+ in either an Art or Performing Arts subject

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Jade chose to study a BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development after helping out her own family and realising she’d like to do this for her career. ‘I chose a subject I like, so I work harder to get better results. I’d like to go on to complete a Foundation Degree in Primary Education at the University of Sunderland.’ ‘I’m going to work at Camp America in Maine for the summer, which I’m really excited about, I’ll be looking after children and meeting people from all over the world. .’

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Business

Catering

Where will it take me?

Next steps

Where will it take me?

Next steps/career options

Studying a business course opens up a huge range of career options; Business Manager, Business Analyst, Entrepreneur or Administrator are just a few of the possibilities that become available. It’ll help you apply for jobs in just about every industry or service sector.

You could progress onto a number of Foundation Degrees, including Leadership and Management and Leisure Management, or complete an HND in Business Management. You could also apply to do a business degree at university.

The catering industry is big business in the UK and a catering course is a great way to get started. Our courses provide a clear progression route; starting as a Commis Chefs, learning the ropes of the kitchen, all the way up to Sous and Head Chefs, who run the kitchen.

Most our students move on to find work as Commis Chefs in local restaurants and hotels or progress on to our higher education catering courses.

Why choose us?

Hospitality and Catering Certificate Entry Level No formal entry requirements

Why choose us? We’re the market leaders in Sunderland when it comes to business. With exceptional computing facilities and dedicated staff who have worked in the world of business, you’ll gain skills you can apply in the world of work rather than just lots of theory. Our courses give you hands on experience and the opportunity to visit leading companies from this area to provide you with invaluable insight into the world of work. All of the assessment is through coursework, so exams are kept to a minimum.

Courses available Level 2 Business BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at Grade D+

Level 3 Business BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at Grade C+

We have excellent food and hospitality facilities that include fully equipped kitchens, a working restaurant and an informal bistro serving snacks and deli food. As a student, you’ll be required to prepare and serve food. Our restaurant also caters for outside bookings, giving you real experience serving members of the public.

Courses available Entry Level/Level 1

Hospitality and Catering Certificate Level 1 Complete your GCSE exams or entry level qualification Introduction to Professional Cookery Level 1 Complete your GCSE exams or entry level qualification

Level 2 Professional Cookery Diploma Level 2 Introduction to Professional Cookery Level 1

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Childcare Where will it take you? There are a huge range of careers available in this area. Childminder, Nursery Nurse, Play Worker, Crèche Assistant and Teaching Assistant are just some of the positions available if you follow a route into childcare. You could also use this course for entry into primary school teaching.

Computing Next steps You could go straight into an occupation such as nursery work. However, if you would like to develop your qualifications further and perhaps enter the world of teaching, you could enrol on a teacher training programme at university

Courses available

Why choose us?

Level 2

Our childcare courses offer a combination of theory based and practical learning. So you’ll be learning how children develop and spending two days per week on a work placement in a range of childcare settings.

Children’s Care Learning and Development BTEC Diploma Level 2 Four GCSEs at grade D+ including English and Maths. You will also need a reference, a CRB check and interview

All of our lecturers have valuable experience in the sector and we work closely with employers to ensure that our courses are relevant to the workplace.

Level 3

As this is a vocational course there are no exams, though you will be required to complete a number of assignments and projects instead.

Children’s Care Learning and Development BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Five GCSEs at grade C+ including English. You will also need a reference, a CRB check and interview

Where will it take you?

Courses available

As technology is more and more widespread, a course in computing will mean you could apply for jobs in just about every industry or service sector. There are loads of potential careers it could lead to including Network Manager, Computer Analyst, IT Trainer, IT Technician and Web Designer/ Developer to name a few.

Level 1

Why choose us?

ICT BTEC Diploma Level 1 Completion of GCSEs

Level 2 Creative Media and Gaming Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+

We’re the market leaders in Sunderland when it comes to computing. With our exceptional computing facilities and dedicated staff, you will gain skills you could apply in the workplace rather than just lots of theory.

IT BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+

You’ll get hands on experience with the technology used by the IT industry and the opportunity to visit leading companies in the North East to give you invaluable insight into the world of work.

IT (Systems Support) BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ including Maths

We offer courses at different levels so that students of all abilities can join and most of the assessments are through coursework – so exams are kept to a minimum.

Next steps You could progress onto a number of Foundation Degrees, including Network Securities or complete an HND in Computing. You could also apply to a university or go straight in to employment.

IT (Systems Support) BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+ including Maths

Level 3 IT BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ Use of Industrial Software, Gaming Development, and Mobile Technology Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+

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Engineering Where will it take you?

Courses available

There are hundreds of different jobs available in the engineering industry, some on the ‘shop floor’, others that are more office based. Jobs in this area include Mechanical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Electrical Engineer and Manufacturing Engineer.

Level 2

Why choose us?

Engineering BTEC Extended Diploma Four GCSEs at grade C+ including both Maths and a Science subject

Our courses provide a combination of engineering theory and practical hands-on experience, ensuring that you will be fully equipped to enter higher education. We are also constantly updating our engineering facilities to industry standard, featuring the latest version of autocad and electronic circuit design.

Next steps You could go straight in to the engineering industry or if you’d prefer to gain more theoretical knowledge before joining the workplace you could apply to university for degrees in Electrical or Manufacturing Engineering.

Engineering BTEC Level 2 Diploma Two GCSEs at grade D+ including Maths

Level 3

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Zoe chose the BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. She is a member of the Great Britain Archery team. ‘I’m planning to go to University to study Applied Sport Sciences on a full-time course. Ultimately, I’d like to go into teaching at a secondary school or at college level. During my time at college I’ve not only improved my knowledge, but had fun with friends and gained some independence.’

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Construction Trade Occupations Where will it take you?

Next steps

Level 2

Level 3

There are a range of roles in the construction industry and our courses will help set you up for the main four; Joiner, Plasterer, Painter and Decorator and Bricklayer.

This all depends on what area of construction you want to go into. You could apply for an entry level job as soon as you have finished your course, or if you want to increase your skills you could take an Apprenticeship in a particular trade.

Brickwork Level 2 Brickwork Level 1

Brickwork Level 3 Brickwork Level 2

Carpentry and Joinery Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Level 1

Carpentry and Joinery Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery Level 2

Courses available Level 1

Painting and Decorating Level 2 Painting and Decorating Level 1

Painting and Decorating Level 3 Painting and Decorating Level 2

Basic Construction Crafts No formal entry requirements

Plastering Level 2 Plastering Level 1

Plastering Level 3 Plastering Level 2

Brickwork Level 1 No formal entry requirements

General Construction Operatives Diploma Level 2 Completion of a Level 1 Construction Programme

Wall and Floor Tiling Level 3 Wall and Floor Tiling Level 2

Construction is one of the UK’s biggest industries so vacancies are widespread.

Why choose us? In our dedicated construction facilities you’ll find a range of well equipped workshops that mirror building site equipment, giving you real work experience. All of our teachers have recent experience in the industry, making sure you get relevant training you can actually use on the job. If you don’t want to specialise in a trade just yet, we offer a basic construction crafts course so you can try out each one.

Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 No formal entry requirements Painting and Decorating Level 1 No formal entry requirements Plastering Level 1 No formal entry requirements Civil Engineering Roadworks Level 1 No formal entry requirements

Maintenance Operations (Construction) Diploma Level 2 Completion of a Level 1 Construction Programme

Highway Maintenance Level 3 Highway Maintenance Level 2

Wall and Floor Tiling Level 2 Completion of a Level 1 Construction Programme Highway Maintenance Level 2 Civil Engineering Roadworks Level 1

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Construction Management and Design

Electrical Installation

Where will it take you?

Next steps

Where will it take you?

Courses available

There are many different types of jobs available after completing a Construction Management and Design course. Many students go on to a professional occupation such as Architectural Technician, Quantity Surveyor, Civil Engineer or Site Manager, or on to university.

It depends on what area of construction you want to go into but if you’re looking to enter a profession you’ll need to continue on to university and earn a degree in a relevant subject.

These courses help get you started in a career as an Electrician, doing practical work with electrics on a range of projects.

Level 1

Why choose us? At our Hylton campus you’ll find a range of well equipped facilities that mirror building site equipment, giving you real work experience. All our teachers have up to date experience in the industry, making sure you get relevant training you can actually use on the job.

Courses available Level 2 Construction BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+ including Maths

Level 3 Construction BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ including Maths

As an Electrician you could expect to earn around £30,000 a year.

Why chose us? We have industry standard, realistic workshops that are virtually identical to the situations you would find in the workplace. Our staff have worked in the industry and will equip you with the latest skills and abilities in electrical installation.

Performing Electrical Operations Two GCSEs at grade D+

Level 2 Electrical Installation Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+ including Maths

Level 3 Electrical Installation Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+

Next steps You could move straight in to an entry level job as an electrician, or if you’d like to enhance your skills you could learn on the job with an Apprenticeship.

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Green Energy Where will it take you?

Next steps

Green technology is fast becoming the future of the construction industry and with green energy training your skills will be in high demand. Jobs involving green energy include solar panel installation, rainwater harvesting, ground source heat systems and more.

As there is a growing demand for people with national qualifications in renewable energy, there are a growing number of opportunities in this field. Or, if you would like to increase your skills, you could go on to complete an Apprenticeship in Green Technology.

Why choose us?

Courses available

All our green energy courses are taught in our award winning Renewable Energy Training Academy which has also been selected to be the leading provider of training for the North East Consortium for Environmental Technologies. As a leader in green technology training we also have links throughout the UK with leading green energy companies, ensuring you will work with the latest technology giving you a head start in the industry.

Level 2 Green Energy Level 2 Four GCSEs at grade D+, including English and Maths

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Hannah is completing the BTEC National Diploma in Music and is winner of the College’s annual Dragon’s Den competition. She won £1000 to enable her to set up her own mobile beauty business. ‘I’m planning on going to university and would like to start my own business. The Dragon’s Den competition has given me a great confidence boost as well as £1000 prize, so I can’t wait to get started!’

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Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Health and Social Care

Where will it take you?

Where will it take you?

Courses available

The health and social care sector has a huge range of job roles. You can become a Nurse, Social Care Worker, Occupational Therapist, Support Worker, Learning Disabilities Nurse or a Healthcare Assistant.

Level 1

There are also growing employment opportunities involved in work with the elderly and with people with both physical and learning disabilities.

Health and Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 2 Four GCSEs at grade D+, including English, Maths, a reference and CRB check

Why choose us?

Level 3

We offer a wide range of courses at all different levels to suit all applicants’ abilities and aptitudes. All our lecturers have extensive experience in the health or social care field and we also offer fantastic opportunities for work experience that will look great on your CV.

Health and Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Five GCSEs at grade C+, including English, a reference and CRB check

In addition to hairdressing and beauty therapy, you could choose alternative career paths including; Make-Up Artist or Spa Therapist following additional training. There are also a whole range of specialist occupations related to this area such as Reflexologists and Body Masseurs along with the growing employment opportunities in barbering.

Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 1 Complete your GCSE exams

Why choose us?

Level 2

Our fully equipped salons feature the latest industry facilities, including spray tanning booths and massage rooms as well as the latest hair treatments. As part of the course you’ll also get to put your training into practice on paying clients, giving you real salon experience.

Next steps You can look for employment in the hair and beauty industry, either home or abroad. This is a growing hair and beauty sector and employment opportunities are excellent. You can continue at college to study other hair and beauty related qualifications such as NVQ 3 Hairdressing, HOPI Candles, LA Stone Therapy or the Nail Technicians Advanced Certificate.

Courses available Entry/Level 1

Hairdressing Entry Level No formal entry requirements Hairdressing VRQ Level 1 Complete your GCSE exams

Barbering NVQ Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+ Beauty Therapy NVQ/VRQ Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+ including English, plus dexterity test Hairdressing NVQ/VRQ Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+ including English, plus dexterity test

Level 3 Barbering NVQ Level 3 Barbering Level 2 Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy Level 2

Health and Social Care BTEC Level 1 Three GCSEs at grade E+

Level 2

Next steps You could go straight in to the health and social care industry or decide to continue onto higher education. Our courses set you up to study Foundation Degrees in health and social care or continue onto university. If you are interested in a career such as radiology or nursing you will need to complete a university degree.

Hairdressing NVQ Level 3 Hairdressing Level 2

Beauty Therapy Entry Level No formal entry requirements

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Hospitality

Motor Vehicle

Where will it take you?

Where will it take you?

Courses available

Level 2

There are various different career options in the catering and hospitality sector, including: Catering and Restaurant Manager, Hotel Receptionist, Housekeeper, Concierge and Reception Manager.

There are two routes in the motor vehicle industries.

Entry/Level 1

Light Vehicle Maintenance and Diploma Level 2 Level 1 Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Why choose us? With our outstanding food and hospitality facilities, including fully equipped kitchens and working restaurant, our courses put you in front of the customer, which is the best place to learn.

Next steps You can either look for employment or go onto further study by completing our HNC in Hospitality Management.

Courses available Level 2 Hospitality BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+

Level 3

The mechanical side would see you working under the bonnet of the car, and the body side would see you working on repair and modification work like panel beating and spraying.

Why choose us? Our industry standard realistic workshops are virtually identical to the situations you would find in the workplace. The workshops enable you to work on the mechanics of real motor vehicles as well as in the body shop and paint area. You’ll work on the latest models and motor vehicle technology, developing your skills along with the industry.

General Vehicle Maintenance Entry Level No formal entry requirements Vehicle Systems and Body and Paint Maintenance Entry Level No formal entry requirements Vehicle Maintenance Diploma Level 1 Complete your GCSE exams Accident Repair Paint Principles Diploma Level 1 Complete your GCSE exams

Repair

Accident Repair Paint Principles Diploma Level 2 Level 1 Motor Vehicle Body Repair

Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Diploma Level 3 Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance Accident Repair Paint Principles Diploma Level 3 Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Next steps Most students go on to Apprenticeships in the industry backed by the full support of our Apprenticeship team.

Hospitality BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+, including GCSE English at grade C

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Music and Performing Arts

Public and Uniformed Services

Where will it take you?

Courses available

Where will it take you?

Next steps

There are a huge range of jobs available in the performing arts industry; Music Teacher, Musician, Promotions Manager, Sound Engineer, Dancer, Actor, Choreographer and Theatre Director are just some of the roles you could enter by doing a music or performing arts course.

Level 1

There’s a huge choice of careers in public and uniformed services including the Fire Service, Police, Prison Service, Ambulance Service, Army, Navy, Royal Marines and the RAF.

Although our courses prepare you for a wide range of public service careers, most of our Level 2 students look for work in the armed services. The majority of Level 3 students follow opportunities in the uniformed services such as the Police and Fire Brigade.

Why choose us?

Performing Arts BTEC Level 1 Two GCSEs at Grade F+

Level 2 Performing Arts BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+

We offer a new approach to study with a strong emphasis on performance and rehearsal, which means you are given the chance to produce high quality musical recordings, develop stage management, technical theatre skills and the experience of performing live in a number of shows.

Level 3

You could also get the chance to take part in Shiney Row Rocks, our annual end of year concert which last year was held at The Sage Gateshead.

Music Practice BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ and a successful audition

Dance BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ and a successful audition Drama BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ and a successful audition

Why choose us? As the only place in Sunderland offering public and uniformed services we deliver courses at all levels to suit applicants of all abilities.

Courses available Level 2

The courses are very practical but we also spend time preparing you for particular tests to apply for jobs in the uniformed services.

Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+

If you want to join the Army, then we also provide a bursary scheme to help fund your time at college (see our Student Services Team for details).

Public Services BTEC Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+

Level 3 Extended

Diploma

Next steps Most students head in to higher education at university, drama school or at a school of performing arts before going in to the performing arts industry.

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Science (Applied Medical)

Sport and Exercise

Where will it take you?

Next steps

Where will it take you?

Next steps

There are a wide range of jobs available in the medical science field from Laboratory Technician to Pharmacist. It is also a good starting point for anyone who wants to go into nursing as a profession.

You can go on to study a range of courses at university in the medical science field, such as forensic science or biology. The degrees available to you will depend on your BTEC results as some degrees have higher entry requirements than others.

Sport and exercise courses open up a huge range of career options. There are jobs available as a Teacher, Sports Development Officer, Personal Training Instructor and many other sports related careers.

You can go onto Foundation Degrees in Sports Coaching or Exercise Health and Fitness; alternatively you can find work in your chosen industry or go onto university for further study.

Courses available

We’re one of the first colleges in the country to provide both a male and female Football Development Centre. So you can get professional training alongside your academic studies. Our Football Development Centre runs in partnership with Sunderland Association Football Club, using the superb facilities at the Academy of Light on a weekly basis.

Why choose us? We’re the only institution in Sunderland that offers Applied Medical Science to school leavers and our students achieved a 100% pass rate last year. Our course also offers clear progression routes onto higher education at the University of Sunderland and other universities.

Level 3 Applied Medical Science BTEC Extended Diploma Four GCSEs at grade C+ including dual award in Science and Maths OR two Science subjects and Maths

Why choose us?

In 2011 we opened our Cricket Development Centre to provide a similar service for potential cricket stars. We’re also home to the Goals Soccer Centre, offering 10 professional quality outdoor synthetic pitches for five-a-side, hockey, le crosse, hand ball and more.

Courses available Level 2 Sport Studies BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+

Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ including Maths or Science Sports Development and Coaching BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ Sports Performance and Excellence BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+

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Travel and Tourism Where will it take you?

Next steps

As the travel and tourism industry continues to grow each year there are numerous opportunities within the industry including Cabin Crew, Travel Rep, Travel Agent and more.

Many of our students go straight in to the travel industry. You could also continue your studies at a degree level in higher education

Why choose us? We have our own travel agency, Citysun Travel, which is a partner travel agency of Hays Travel, so you’ll get plenty of hands on experience. St Peter’s Campus is also home to a realistic fuselage to help you learn all you need to know about working on an aircraft. You’ll also get the opportunity to study additional qualifications which guarantee an interview with certain holiday companies, helping you become either a Resort Rep or Cabin Crew.

Courses available Level 2 Travel and Tourism BTEC Diploma Level 2 Two GCSEs at grade D+ including English

Level 3 Travel and Tourism BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 Four GCSEs at grade C+ including English

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Abby is taking A-levels in English Language, Media Studies and PE. As well as studying, Abby takes a lead role in organising events at the College including Children in Need fundraising and Fairtrade fortnight ‘Once I’ve finished college, I’m hoping to continue my studies in English Language at Lancaster University, then hopefully to teach English as a foreign language overseas.’

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high achievers' What’s it all about? The High Achievers’ Programme is designed to help students that are aiming to get the highest grades in their A-level subjects and earn a place at a Russell Group university. The group consists of 20 establishments that set very high entry requirements and includes Newcastle, Leeds, Warwick and of course, Oxford and Cambridge. To gain access to one of these universities, you often need three A-levels at grade B or higher, so we run the High Achievers’ Programme to help you get the most out of your A-level studies.

Who is it for? It’s for student who get an average grade B or higher at GCSE.

What does it involve? The programme provides some of the following additional services to our high achieving students:

• Extra ‘Masterclass’ teaching both in sixth form and at universities around the country • Special one-to-one and group tutorials • Residential trips to universities, including visits to Oxford and Cambridge • Extra partnership work with local universities including Durham and Newcastle • Events with examination and university staff • Joint events allowing you to meet students from other schools, sixth forms and colleges • Visits to exhibitions and events around the country • Special preparation for those wishing to go to the Russell Group universities • A thorough programme for those hoping to study medicine and dentistry.

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Does it work? Yes. Last year we helped over 883 students go on to university, with many of these getting into the Russell Group institutions such as University College London, Oxford and Cambridge. This number is rising year on year.

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College life doesn’t start and end in the classroom. At Sunderland College we make sure that you have access to a wide range of opportunities to get the most out of your time at college. Learning new skills, meeting new friends and experiencing new things is all part of college life, that’s why our enrichment programme is full of opportunities should you wish to take advantage of them.

Events & Residential Trips

Student Council & Groups

Sport

If you have a particular interest, you may want to take part in college events and residential trips. Each year we organise a host of additional activities to enable students to gain valuable experience and exposure to the work environment. These have included;

If you’re as passionate about student voice as we are you may want to get involved in a number of student groups we hold in the college.

If you are in to your sports we’ve got good news for you! We’ve developed college teams in a range of sports:

• Skiing • European Language Expedition • London Fashion Week • London Art Galleries • Manchester Beauty Exhibition • Interbuild Trade Exhibition, Birmingham • National Union of Students Conference

These are just a sample of the regular groups we hold; • Student Council • Human Rights Group • Dance Group • Drama Group • Musicians’ Group • Film Club

• Men’s Football • Woman’s Football • Rugby • Netball • Basketball We also offer a range of other sporting activities to students throughout the year such as; taekwondo, aerobics, use of fitness suites, swimming, shooting and badminton. So there is something for everyone.

For more information speak to our Student Services Team.

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Campuses Our courses are offered at five different campuses across Sunderland. All of our centres are easy to access by public transport with a number of buses serving each campus.

Bede Sixth Form / Headways Sixth Form

3, 4, 18, 19, 23, 35, X35, 71 Bede Sixth Form Campus is situated close to Sunderland city centre and offers both A-levels and vocational courses. On the same site you will find Headways Sixth Form Campus and our newly established Goals five-a-side Soccer Centre.

St Peter’s Sixth Form

St Peter’s Metro, 3, 4, 13, 16, 26, 56, 73, E1, E2, E6

Usworth Sixth Form

St Peter’s Sixth Form Campus is located on the riverside as part of the University of Sunderland’s St Peter’s Campus, it’s at the heart of student life and conveniently located near St Peter’s Metro Station. This sixth form is also home to our purpose built aircraft fuselage and our college travel agency, Citysun Travel, where you can big up a holiday bargain.

M1, M2, M3, 56 Usworth Sixth Form Campus is a £10 million campus based in Washington. The centre is conveniently located for links to Sunderland and Gateshead and boasts a wide array of the latest technology to help support your studies, a street scene café and student hub.

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Shiney Row Campus

M1, X1, 35, 38 Shiney Row Campus is located close to Houghtonle-Spring and is a specialist campus for visual and performing arts courses. Facilities include a large performing hall, dance and recording studios. The centre is also equipped with hair and beauty salons, and engineering workshops.

Hylton Campus

3, 4, 11, 13, 26, 56 Hylton Campus is located on North Hylton Road and is focussed on providing training for jobs in practical occupations. It provides up to date industrial standards facilities including a restaurant and deli, with a fully equipped training kitchen. It is also home to our construction craft workshops and hair and beauty salons, as well as excellent facilities in motor vehicle and electrical engineering.

help and support

The campus is also home to our award winning Renewable Energy Training Academy.

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Advice and Guidance

Welfare Support

Money

Learner Support

If you aren’t sure about which course you’d like to do, don’t worry we can offer help and advice on all of your options.

Help and support is available for students who may face particular difficulties or barriers to continue on their course. There is a full-time counsellor offering emotional support to students as well as specialist staff dealing with a range of welfare support issues from difficulties at home to help with childcare.

There are a lot of initiatives available at college to help you study with us.

Many students need additional resources to help them succeed at college.

Here are just some of the things you will receive;

You are entitled to an initial assessment during your induction to find out whether extra support, such as English or Maths, might help. Students are also encouraged to talk to their tutor/lecturer at any point, should they feel they are having difficulties with their work or need study support.

Our Guidance Team know all there is to know about the educational and training opportunities here at the college. They can give you: • Help with the transition from school to college • Information on all college courses • Information on financial support available • Advice on support available for anyone disabled or who has a learning difficulty To arrange an appointment call 0191 511 6000 and ask our team for an appointment with a Guidance Officer.

The college has extensive support for students around health and wellbeing. There are college nurses who can support students on a range of health related issues as well as external agencies who work with the college for extra support. Further information about health issues is available at www.yourhealthsunderland.com Further information on the College’s procedures and safeguarding please call 0191 5116000.

• Free tuition • Free examination costs • Free use of equipment Students will also become members of the Students Union which will enable you to receive discounts in shops and cinemas. Plus you may be entitled to claim our new 16-18 bursary which may help towards travel and meal costs. Our Welfare Team will be happy to discuss your requirements. For more information call them on 0191 511 6589.

There is a wide range of specialist support that can be provided which includes: • Specialist tutorial support • Additional tutor support • Educational Psychologist assessments/meetings • Personal care • Portable loop systems • Teaching materials in alternative formats e.g. Braille; Large Print; Audio Tape • Help from communicators, readers, support workers • Special arrangements for examinations • Help with access and mobility If you would like to know more about additional learning support please contact Joe Leggett on 0191 511 6255 or email joe.leggett@citysun.ac.uk

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see for yourself

Apply now

To find out what it’s like to be a student at Sunderland College you can come and look around, meet the staff and get advice about courses and support we offer. We are holding the following open events in 2011:

You can apply in the following ways:

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Post Complete the application form attached to this guide and return to us.

A-level Open Evenings (6-8pm) Tuesday 4th October Usworth Campus Thursday 6th October St Peter’s Campus Wednesday 12th October Bede/Headways Campus

Online Visit citysun.ac.uk/apply

Vocational Open Evenings (6-8pm)

Phone

Monday 17th October Hylton Campus

Call our admissions team on 0191 511 6000

Wednesday 2nd November Bede/Headways Campus Thursday 3rd November St Peter’s Campus Tuesday 8th November Usworth Campus Wednesday 9th November Shiney Row Campus

If you miss these open events, don’t worry we have many more throughout the year. Check our website for details www.citysun.ac.uk/events

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All information correct at the time of print.

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