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Darlington College Full Time Course and Apprenticeship Guide 2010/2011

Come and be part of an

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Welcome… ...to Darlington College and the start of what promises to be an incredibly exciting journey for you. We provide a huge variety of courses to suit the ambitions of every single student, whether you’re hoping to go on to university or enter the world of work. Our experienced members of staff and state-of-the-art facilities are here to ensure you achieve your goals in one of the finest learning environments.

Of course, it’s not all about studying – you’ll feel a real part of college life, enjoying a wide range of activities and making new friends along the way. We’re committed to helping you get the most out of your time at the college and look forward to welcoming you here soon.

It’s official – we’re ‘Outstanding’ In our recent Ofsted inspection, the college was awarded ‘outstanding’ (grade 1) status in all areas. This means we are one of the top performing further education colleges in the country. We are delighted to offer you an outstanding college on your doorstep. As a potential student, you could soon be learning in an environment where the teaching and learning is outstanding and success rates are proven to be high, helping you achieve your own ‘outstanding success’.

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Contents Our Vision Excellence in Learning and Skills

Our Mission To provide high quality education and training which is inclusive and meets the needs and demands of learners and the economy.

Our Values • We value the delivery of outstanding service • We value people committed to learner success • We value an environment which promotes equality, diversity and safety

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General information

Course information

Apprenticeships

03 Welcome

20 Construction

54 Apprenticeships

05 School’s out forever

23 Engineering

56 Construction

05 Darlington College is the place for you

26 Motor Vehicle

57 Engineering

29 Pathways

58 Motor Vehicle

06 Check us out

30 Business Administration

08 Supporting you

32 Computing

59 Computing and Business Administration

10 Money matters

34 Hairdressing

60 Hairdressing

12 Choosing your level

36 Beauty Therapy

61 Hospitality and Catering

14 14-19 Diplomas

38 Sports

62 Childcare

16 Get involved

40 Public Services

63 Health and Social Care

18 Study High, Study Local

42 Hospitality and Catering

64 How to apply

45 Childcare

66 Darlington College Policy

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School’s out forever... ...so what now? It’s one of the most important questions you’ll ever ask yourself and finding the answer can be pretty daunting stuff. Working out what you’ll do when you leave school is a big decision to make, with what probably seems like a mind-boggling number of options available. We want to give you all the information you need to make that decision, that’s where this guide comes in. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the many courses and facilities we offer, as well as an insight into how you can get the most out of college life.

Darlington College is the place for you... By coming to the college, you’re leaving school life behind – and joining a place where you’ll be treated as an adult. You’re responsible for managing your own time and you can benefit from the expertise of our staff and the quality of our facilities are guaranteed to help you go a long way in life. You will have the support of the best professional tutors in the business, a team of Student Advisers and other staff who’ll be right behind you. So, if you’re eyeing up your dream job or wanting to go on to university, then this is the place to help achieve your ambitions.

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If you’re leaving school and want to know more about us, what better way is there than to call in and take a look for yourself ? The college hosts a series of events for pupils in years 10 and 11, demonstrating many of the skills our students learn during their time here and giving you the chance to talk things over with our tutors.

Open Events If you are leaving school in 2010 and want to know more about our full time courses and apprenticeships, come and take a look for yourself. Come along to one of our open events, speak to students and tutors and see what life at college could be like for you.

Thursday 26 November 2009 5.30pm – 7.30pm Saturday 23 January 2010 10am – 12pm Tuesday 16 March 2010* 5.30pm – 7.00pm *This event is for year 10 and year 11 pupils

Connecting to College – Year 11 Do you want to experience college life for yourself? Then come along to our “Connecting to College” event in July 2010. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow students and tutors as well as taking part in tasters of your chosen course.

Have a Go – Year 10 Year 10 pupils will be invited to college for the opportunity to do a taster session to help with next step choices. Contact your school for further details.

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Our dedicated members of staff are here to help you whenever you feel you need it. There are many ways that the college gives you invaluable support.

Induction This takes place in your first week and ensures that you’re clued-up about the exciting times ahead. You will get full details about your course and the facilities the college offers, including all aspects of student support.

Careers Guidance Advisers We all need a little expert advice from time to time – our Careers Guidance Advisers are here to help you. They have all the information you need about moving up to higher education; they have the dates of those all-important university open days; they run workshops to help you complete your application forms and personal statements. If you want to roll your sleeves up and get stuck straight into the world of work our Careers Guidance Advisers have a huge range of careers information and a careers library. They’ll help you out with those vital job-searching tasks like tackling application forms and producing an eye-catching CV. Drop-in sessions and appointments are available most days of the week, call (01325) 503040 for an appointment. Alternatively, email guidanceservices@darlington.ac.uk

Student Support Advisers

Contacting your parents or guardians

Easily visible in their red polo shirts, you’ll always see members of our specialist team of Student Support Advisers around the campus.

If you’re under 19 at the start of your course, parents or guardians are kept informed of your progress and attendance. They will get a report from us three times a year and have the chance to meet your tutors at our parents’ evenings.

They’re committed to helping you stay on track with your work and giving you any extra support you may need. If you’re having difficulties at home or college and could do with someone to chat to, these are the people who can listen and guide you in the right way.

Counselling We recognise that personal, private issues – those you may find difficult to talk about can have a bearing on your time with us. As a result, the college’s student counselling service provides one-to-one confidential sessions with a professional counsellor.

Keeping you safe Your safety is always at the very top of our agenda. The college has a child protection policy that is rigorously enforced and all matters relating to it are of the utmost importance to us.

Additional Learning Support Our Additional Learning Support Team offers a range of specialist help for dyslexic students and students with disabilities or learning difficulties. To find out more, please contact the team on (01325) 503190 or email als@darlington.ac.uk

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...especially when you’re a little strapped for it. You may need some financial support to help you study at the college – and there are plenty of options available.

Course fees

Learner Support Fund

All full time courses are free to anyone aged under 19 on 31st August of the calendar year in which the course begins. If you are over 19, there may be financial help available to you – contact our Customer Services Team on (01325) 503030 for more details.

The cost of studying can soon mount up. From equipment and travel to books, there’s often something to put your hand in your pocket for. But help may be at hand through the Learner Support Fund – contact our Student Finance Team on (01325) 503037 to find out more.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Care to Learn

This is a weekly payment worth between £10 and £30 that’s paid directly to you. It’s available to anyone aged under 19, starting college in September 2010 on a course of 12 hours or more per week. Throughout the year, there are bonuses paid out if you remain on your course and your attendance is good. For more details, or to apply, visit www.direct.gov.uk/ema or call 0800 121 8989.

Adult Learning Grants (ALG) This is a means tested grant available to you if you are 19 or over and are enrolling on your first full level 2 or level 3 programme. To find out more contact 0800 121 8989.

This is a national scheme offering help with childcare costs to anyone aged under 20 when they start their course. It will cover up to £160 per child, per week. To apply, telephone 0800 121 8989 or contact the Student Finance Team.

Travel The college is not responsible for your travel arrangements. To apply for a bus pass, contact your local authority for an application form. If you’re not able to claim travel, we will look into whether the college can help out. For more details, contact our Student Finance Team on (01325) 503037.

Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work This is a national childcare scheme for learners who are 20 or over when you enrol. You must not be working but must have a partner who is working 16 or more hours per week and who is earning under £20,000 per year. To find out more about this scheme ring 0800 121 8989.

Army Bursary Scheme If you are aged between 16 and 32 and thinking of applying for a level 2 or level 3 course at the college you could be eligible for a £2000 financial reward. The Army is supporting a wide range of vocational qualifications at the college. While you are studying at the college you will receive £1000 from the Army which will help you towards the cost of your studies. Once your course is complete and you have passed a selection at the Army Development and Selection Centre you will be required to commit to four years with the Army. In this time you will benefit from new adventures and further opportunities for your education and receive your second instalment of £1000. For more information contact your local Army Careers office.

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Choosing your level Employers and educational institutions like universities, measure your qualifications in terms of levels. This will compare the range of routes available to you and what level of qualification you will achieve. 12


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Entry Level Qualifications:

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Entry Requirements:

NVQ Level 1

No formal requirements but you must be committed to learning in a college environment

Advanced Level

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Qualifications: BTEC Introductory Certificates/Diplomas CACHE Foundation Awards City and Guilds Progression Awards

Vocational Access Certificates BTEC/CACHE Entry Level Courses

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Foundation

Entry Requirements:

Qualifications: BTEC First Certificates/Diplomas CACHE Certificates NVQ Level 2 Level 2 Apprenticeship Level 2 Programme-led Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements:

No formal qualifications or Entry Level qualification

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Intermediate

4 GCSEs at grade D-E or Level 1 qualification

Higher Education

Qualifications:

Qualifications:

BTEC National Awards/ Certificates/Diplomas CACHE Diplomas NVQ Level 3

Higher National Certificate (HNC) Foundation Degrees Degrees (BA, B Ed) Postgraduate Diplomas

Level 3 Apprenticeship

NVQ Level 4+

Entry Requirements:

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C or Level 2 qualification

Mature students with appropriate work experience or BTEC National or relevant Advanced Level 3 qualification Eg. 2 A Levels

All courses have different entry requirements. These are shown within course descriptions.

The levels explained Entry Level: These courses are for beginners and are designed to assist you in gaining basic knowledge and skills.

Level 1: These courses are designed to allow you to gain basic knowledge of jobs, business and industry and are the first steps to gaining a vocational qualification.

Level 2: These courses include a diverse range of work activities and allow you to take more responsibility for your own studies.

Level 3: These courses prepare you for employment and higher education. The range of activities you complete will be more difficult, varied and demanding than lower levels.

Level 4+: These courses include a variety of complex, technical, specialised and professional activities.

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Introducing a qualification available to 14 -19 year olds.

Key Features All diplomas will provide you with: • A combination of the essential knowledge and skills that employers and universities look for. • Opportunities to experience different styles of learning in different environments such as schools, college and the workplace, with an emphasis on practical activities. • Opportunities to experience work in one of the UK’s main employment sectors. • Flexibility and choice with options to pursue your interests, whether this is further study or a job. • A high-quality qualification that will be valued by industry and higher education.

The Diploma is an exciting qualification you can study alongside GCSEs and other qualifications. It is focused on subjects and skills that are relevant to both the world of work and further study so you can keep your options open. Employers have been involved with how the courses have been developed, so you can be confident that by taking a diploma you will be developing skills that will be useful to you in the future.

Diplomas available from 2010 in Darlington

What does a diploma course involve?

Engineering

• Learning that is specific to the particular diploma you choose to study.

IT Creative and Media Hospitality Hair and Beauty Construction Sports and Active Leisure There are 3 levels of diploma available: Level 1 equivalent to 5 GCSE grades D to G Level 2 equivalent to 7 GCSE grades A* to C Level 3 equivalent to 3 A levels + 1 AS level

• You will study functional skills in English, maths and ICT as well as personal learning and thinking skills. You will also complete a project and a minimum of 10 days work experience in an area related to your diploma course. • Additional/specialist learning which offers you the opportunity to study a particular topic in more detail or broaden your studies through complementary learning such as GCSEs.

Your school will be able to provide more information on Diplomas

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We want students to feel part of college life and have their say on important issues. There are several ways you can get involved. Learner Voice Groups These are regular sessions where the college’s Principal and other senior managers get to hear your views on college life. Various issues are addressed at these meetings and all student feedback is taken into account, as the college aims to make your time here even more enjoyable and rewarding.

Student representatives Students elected to these positions have vital roles to play. Tasked with giving students’ views directly to staff, they are involved in making decisions designed to maintain and improve the quality of our courses. Representatives are also part of influential groups, such as the Student Council (see below), and appear on behalf of the college at events such as open events and parents’ evenings.

Student Association and Student Council The Student Council works hard to improve the college experience for you, from arranging social events to sporting occasions and visits.

The Student Association is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). The NUS Extra Card is an exclusive student discount card, available for £10 and carries a wide range of discounts, both online at www.nusonline.co.uk and on the High Street.

Enrichment Coming to college isn’t just about attending your lessons and then going home – there’s a whole world of activities we offer that can help broaden your experience and boost your studies at the same time.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme A voluntary programme for people aged 14 to 25, this high-profile scheme is popular throughout the country in providing an array of challenges to help your personal development. By taking part, you can gain an award that will not only show how much you’ve developed, it can enhance your employment potential too.

V Involved Project Giving up your time to benefit other people is one of the most challenging and rewarding of experiences. The V Involved Project is aimed at people aged 16 to 24 who are passionate and creative enough to make a real difference in their community. If you think that’s you, log onto to www.vinspired.com and register via our local ‘vinvolved’ team.

Sporting Opportunities Here at the college we have a comprehensive sport and enrichment timetable that caters for everyone. Traditional sports such as football, rugby, basketball and netball run alongside various exercise sessions that include; boxercise, pilates, swimming and fitness training. We also offer more adventurous activities which include; snowboarding, skiing, archery, gorge walking and kayaking.

For further details visit www.dofe.org

Made up of student representatives, it meets monthly to provide an exciting programme of activities, as well as consider important issues affecting you.

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Progressing to Higher Education

Depending on which course or route you take you may decide that you want to use your qualification at college to progress onto higher education.

Progressing to Higher Education

Passport Scheme

Here at the college we have a dedicated University Centre offering a range of Foundation Degrees and other higher education courses in partnership with Teesside University.

This Teesside University initiative encourages college students to go on to higher education, giving you a fascinating insight into what’s involved. As well as sampling university life, Passport students receive certificates and can enter special awards schemes – all of which looks hugely impressive to the university admissions tutors you’ll really want to impress.

You may want to get a taste of university life and many of our courses will enable you to study at any university around the country. You may wish to go onto a full time Foundation Degree with us once you have successfully completed a level 3 qualification. For further information, contact the Customer Services Team on 01325 503030 to get a copy of our higher education prospectus. Alternatively download a copy at www.darlington.ac.uk

Headstart Programme Open to second year level 3 students, this programme helps you prepare for higher education or employment. The programme helps you to engage in a variety of academic approaches which will sharpen your thinking, studying and communication skills. The programme runs for 28 weeks and is a higher education level qualification which is worth 20 university credits. You will study this alongside your main qualification. This qualification, when added to your CV, will give you the edge when it comes to applying for employment or a university place.

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Construction Career opportunities • Architect • Surveyor • Site Manager The construction industry is one of the largest employers in the UK and worldwide. It is a dynamic industry that is involved in everything from house building to sports stadia, shopping centres to hospitals, roads to power stations, tunnels to dams, the list is endless, as are the opportunities.

Why study Construction at Darlington College? • We will give you the opportunity to develop your skills and talents in one of the largest construction training facilities in the North East. • Here at the college we have established strong links with national and local contractors, C.Skills and other companies and organisations operating within the sector. • We will provide you with the skills to enter the construction industry and develop your own career path.

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Health and safety in the construction industry is of great importance and here at the college we place great emphasis on this aspect of your education. If you undertake any course within the construction department you will be required to use personal protective equipment (PPE).


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Level 1 – Foundation Level

Level 2 – Intermediate Level

C.Skills Carpentry and Joinery C.Skills Plastering C.Skills Bricklaying

C.Skills Carpentry and Joinery C.Skills Plastering C.Skills Bricklaying City and Guilds Plumbing

Duration – 1 year Entry requirements - No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Duration – 1 year

About the course –

Entry requirements – You will need a C.Skills Level 1 qualification in the relevant subject. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Carpentry and Joinery

About the course –

You must be prepared to work hard and be adaptable as you will engage with and learn new skills including; using hand, portable and fixed joinery tools, maintenance and repair of hand tools, dealing with timber materials of all kinds, technical drawing, the use of simple scaffolding and the importance of health and safety. This course is practical based and much of your time will be spent in the college “site” area with tutor led sessions, theory, group work and tutorials, both individual and group.

Carpentry and Joinery

Plastering You will be introduced to the skills required to follow a career in this trade. You will learn to use and maintain the specialised tools and equipment of a plasterer, the safe mixing and use of plaster materials, the preparation of a variety of backgrounds, the application of plaster and skim coats, the use of moulds and the importance of health and safety. You will learn in practical based sessions in the college “site” area, as well as theory and individual and group tutorials. Bricklaying You will learn a variety of new skills including; the use and maintenance of tools associated with the trade, handling of various types of brick and block materials, mixing and using mortar, the safe use of working platforms and the importance of health and safety. You will spend a great deal of your time in the college “site” area in practical based sessions, but the course also requires you to study theory and attend individual and group tutorials.

This course will allow you to develop practical skills in the college “site” area. Topics covered include; the manufacture of basic joinery items, the installation of doors and associated ironmongery, the setting out and fixing of skirting boards and architraves, the construction and installation of stud partitions/roof/floor timbers, along with an emphasis on the importance of health and safety. This will be reinforced with theory sessions and individual and group tutorials. Plastering Much of your time will be spent in practical sessions in the college “site” area. You will be allowed to use your practical skills in; adopting and understanding safe working practices, the preparation and application of plaster materials to a variety of surfaces, the installation of dry-lining materials, how to mix and lay sand and cement screeds. These practical skills are further developed with theory and individual and group tutorials. Bricklaying A practical based course using the college “site” area with theory and individual and group tutorials to underpin the hands on experience. You will learn to develop your skills in areas as diverse as; the calculation of material quantities, the safe transport of materials to/from the work area, the preparation and mixing of materials, construction of cavity walls and returns and the importance of health and safety.

Progression – You will be able to progress on to a level 2 course in the relevant qualification.

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Level 2 – Intermediate Level (Continued)

Level 3 – Advanced Level (Continued)

Plumbing

National Diploma in Civil Engineering

A practical based course where the underpinning theory sessions play a very important role in the course. Practical assignments are carried out in the college “site” area where you will learn key principles and system knowledge, incorporating the science of water, hot and cold water/drainage and heating systems, working with copper and steel pipes, including bending, jointing and soldering methods, the safe use of, and working with lead in roofing environments, the planning and installation of kitchen/sanitary equipment, working with plastic pipes and fittings. This is supported by theory sessions and individual and group tutorials.

This course introduces you to the Civil Engineering area of the construction industry, offering an insight to the options that you could consider in the future. Topics include; health, safety and welfare in construction and the built environment, construction technology and design in construction and civil engineering, built environment, planning, organisation and control of resources, surveying and much more.

Progression – You can progress on to the National Diploma in Construction or an apprenticeship in a relevant area.

Progression – These courses will provide you with the foundation on which to build your career either by progressing to the workplace or higher education. You can progress to a range of courses such as CIOB Certificate/Diploma in Site Management or a NVQ Level 3 or 4 in Site Supervision/Management.

Level 3 – Advanced Level

Level 4+ – Higher Education

National Diploma in Construction National Diploma in Civil Engineering

The college offers CIOB Certificate/Diploma in Site Management and HNC in Building Studies.

Duration – 2 years Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including maths, or a level 2 qualification in a relevant subject at merit or above. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – National Diploma in Construction If you are looking for a rewarding management career in the construction industry this course may be for you. Does project management, quantity surveying, architecture, site engineering appeal to you? If it does this is the course to consider. You will need to be well motivated and hard working as the diploma covers such areas as; construction and the environment, sustainability, measurement and tendering practices, land surveying, the building regulations, construction technology, CAD, ICT, and applied maths.

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Apprenticeship Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in various construction areas at level 2 or level 3. For more details on these see page 56.

Success Story… Bradley Langstone is now employed with Balfour Beatty as a Trainee Site Manager. Bradley obtained the job through a work placement that was part of the National Diploma in Construction. Bradley is now studying for a BSC (Hons) Construction Management degree at Northumbria University after achieving a MMM grade for his qualification whilst at the college.


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Engineering Career opportunities • Electrician • Technician • Professional Engineer Engineering needs creative people, organisers and those who can work with others. With an engineering qualification you could pursue a career in a wide range of industries. These include; local authorities, the Armed Forces, manufacturers in all industries, research and development companies, IT companies and public utilities. With relevant skills and experience, you could specialise in project management, research and development or consultancy work.

Why study Engineering at Darlington College? • You will benefit from state-of-the-art specialist engineering facilities. • The college has dedicated electronics and telecommunication suites. • Teaching by industry professionals – you’ll benefit from their extensive knowledge.

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Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Level 3 – Advanced Level

Performing Engineering Operations (PEO)

BTEC National Diploma in Engineering

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 2 years

Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E including maths, or a level 1 vocational qualification in a relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including higher level maths, a BTEC First Diploma at merit or above in a relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – This is a practical work-related course in which you will study a variety of units. You will learn through practical sessions, tutor led demonstrations, lectures and mini projects. This course will give you a good foundation for a future career in engineering.

About the course – This course will help you achieve a solid foundation for a career in this area. You will learn through theory sessions, practical sessions and tutorials. Topics include; electrical and electronic principles, mechanical principles, engineering drawing and CAD, communications for technicians, business systems and projects.

Progression – You can progress on to a level 3 course in engineering or a level 3 apprenticeship in engineering. If you would like to study the Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering, you will need to have achieved the higher GCSE maths paper.

Progression – You can go into employment as an Engineering Technician which includes working in the Armed Forces. Alternatively, you can go on to an apprenticeship in engineering. Or you can progress to higher education and study for a Foundation Degree in a relevant engineering subject.

City and Guilds 2330 Electrical Installation

City and Guilds 2330 Electrotechnical Technology

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 1 year

Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs of which 3 must be grade C or above in English, maths (higher paper), science and another technically related subject. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements – You will need City and Guilds 2330 Electrical Installation Level 2. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – You will learn through practical sessions, developing the skills required to solve problems. Topics include; electrical installation science, technology and practice. Progression – You can progress on to the City and Guilds 2330 Electrotechnical Technology Level 3. Alternatively a level 3 apprenticeship in engineering.

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About the course – This practical course will give you the advanced knowledge and skills to turn your subject interest into a career reality. You will learn through different patterns of study at a pace to suit your experiences and abilities. You will need to attend class based sessions and also independent study. Topics include; electrical installation science, technology and practice. Progression – You can become self employed or go into employment in the electrical industry with this qualification. Alternatively you may want to study for a Foundation Degree in a relevant subject.


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Level 4+ – Higher Education

Apprenticeship

You can progress on to HNC’s in numerous engineering fields, as well as Foundation Degrees in Engineering (mechanical or electronic) which are awards of Teesside University.

Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice engineer you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in engineering at levels 2 and 3. For more details on these see page 57.

Success Story… Alex Grant a former National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering student landed a dream position with a multi-national company Magneco/Metrel UK as an Applications Engineer. Alex secured the position after spending one week with the refractory manufacturing company at a base in Milan, Italy, and another at a site in Port Talbot, Wales. This gave Alex some experience and it reinforced that this was exactly what he wanted to do.

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Motor Vehicle Career opportunities • Technician • Body Repairer • Paint Sprayer Motor vehicle technicians service and repair cars, vans, motorbikes and larger vehicles such as lorries and coaches. They are trained to work on all areas of vehicle mechanics and electrics, from the engine and exhaust systems to the air-conditioning and security features. You could specialise in light vehicles (cars and vans), motorbikes, or heavy vehicles such as trucks, buses and construction machinery.

Why study Motor Vehicle at Darlington College? • You will benefit from state-of-the-art motor vehicle resources. • You will gain invaluable practical experience in our automated vehicle spray booth and vehicle workshops. • There is an opportunity to specialise in your preferred area of interest.

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Level 1 – Foundation Level

Level 2 – Intermediate Level

City and Guilds Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

City and Guilds Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 1 year

Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements - You will need the City and Guilds in Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 1. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – This course will give you the practical knowledge of general engineering skills and an understanding of various systems found on a modern motor vehicle. You will learn in our fully equipped motor vehicle workshops. Topics include; introduction to vehicle technology and workshop methods and processes, carrying out basic routine maintenance, contributing to good housekeeping, removing and refitting engine units and components.

About the course – If you are interested in working with vehicles and want to learn through practical experience, this may be just the course for you. Topics include; health and safety, maintain positive working relations, carry out routine vehicle maintenance, remove and refit engine units and components, remove and refit chassis units and vehicle valeting.

Progression – City and Guilds Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2, or a level 2 apprenticeship.

Progression – A level 3 qualification or a level 3 apprenticeship in motor vehicle.

City and Guilds Vehicle Body and Paint Operations

City and Guilds Vehicle Body and Paint Operations

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 1 year

Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements - You will need the City and Guilds in Vehicle Body and Paint Operations Level 1. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – This course will prepare you with the practical skills and knowledge within the vehicle refinishing and body repair industry. You will develop your practical skills in our body shops using industry standard equipment. Throughout the course you will also have classroom sessions to help your underpinning knowledge of the industry. Topics include; general body repair, body preparation methods, vehicle construction, vehicle valeting, health and safety in the body shop and portfolio building.

About the course - This course will give you further practical skills and knowledge within the vehicle refinishing and body repair industry. You will develop your practical skills in our body shops using industry standard equipment. Throughout the course you will also have classroom sessions to help your underpinning knowledge of the industry. Topics include; body preparation methods, preparation and application of foundation materials and topcoats, repair minor vehicle paint defects, health and safety in the vehicle bodyshop, portfolio building.

Progression – City and Guilds Vehicle Body and Paint Operations Level 2, or a level 2 apprenticeship.

Progression – A level 3 qualification in a relevant subject, or a level 3 apprenticeship in motor vehicle.

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Success Story… Automotive students have shown real driving ambition by making an impressive debut in a tough North East endurance race – using a vehicle they built from scratch. A dozen students from the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course tackled the gruelling round-the-clock challenge, taking turns both behind the wheel and providing technical support. The whole project had been an incredible experience for the Motor Vehicle students involved and they did an outstanding job. It was the first time the students had taken part in this race and all the students had the chance to drive the kart.

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Level 4+ – Higher Education You can progress on to a Foundation Degree in Engineering Design (mechanical or electronic) which are awards of Teesside University.

Apprenticeship Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice in Motor Vehicle you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle at levels 2 and 3. For more details on these see page 58.


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Pathways Career opportunities Pathways is an entry level course for those who are not quite ready to access a full level 1 vocational course in the college or uncertain as to which vocational route you want to take. Throughout the course you will be taught in small group sizes, have high levels of support and follow an individual learning plan which takes into account your individual goals, learning styles and any additional support needs.

Why study Pathways at Darlington College? • Teaching at a pace that suits you

E – Entry Level Duration: 1-2 years Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are needed, places will be offered following a successful informal interview with one of the course leaders, here at the college. About the course – This course offers full time education in preparing you for one of the following progression pathways: (i) full time vocational education within college (ii) employment; full or part time, supported, voluntary or paid (iii) more independent living, taking a more active role in community living and life. As part of the course you will have the opportunity to improve your numeracy, literacy and IT skills alongside studying modules in employability skills, personal and social education and a wide variety of vocational options including: hairdressing, beauty therapy, catering, childcare, metal craft, horticulture, photography and art. These modules are undertaken in the real busy working environments within the college. You may spend one year on this course and then progress on to one of the level 1 courses. However, you may be offered a second year, where a work placement will be undertaken. We work closely with many partner organisations and agencies in order to provide a smooth transition into college and as importantly, a planned and supported transition on to the next destination. Progression – This course prepares you for a level 1 course.

• Large range of courses to choose from • High levels of support • Close links with local employers and support agencies

Success Story… Pathway students took to the great outdoors in an exciting challenge to help boost selfesteem and teamwork skills and have scooped a top accolade. They formed a group known as “The Outcasts” to secure more than £2,000 of funding from The Dosh – a project that sees the borough council distribute grants to worthy youth initiatives.

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Business Administration Career opportunities • Administration Assistant • Office Manager • Accountant Business related qualifications apply to just about every industry. A business administration qualification will give you a core foundation to progress in the working world. The employment opportunities are far-reaching and exciting.

Why study Business Administration at Darlington College? • The college has excellent in-house facilities, giving you the practical handson experience needed to progress in your chosen career. • Teaching by industry trained tutors – you will benefit from their extensive knowledge.

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Level 2 – Intermediate Level City and Guilds Diploma in Business Administration Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E including English, or a level 1 vocational qualification in a relevant subject. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – The course aims to prepare you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for working in an administrative role within a wide range of organisations and industries. The course offers learners a versatile, flexible and innovative approach to learning by developing a wide range of business, administrative and IT skills and competencies, ready for the working world. Progression – Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress on to a level 3 course in Computing. Alternatively an apprenticeship in Business Administration.

Success Story… Sian Sunley studied a Level 2 course in Business Administration at the college and then progressed on to the Level 3 National Diploma in ICT. Sian was voted as Class Representative for her course and lead the Charities Team, which included organising events for Breast Cancer Awareness and Children in Need. By taking part in these activities, Sian was able to develop her leadership and self-motivation skills – as well as studying for her qualification, which will see Sian progressing to university.

Apprenticeship Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in Business Administration. For more details see page 59.

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Computing Career opportunities • Web Developer • Games Designer • IT Support Technician Almost every area of work requires computing specialists. The courses here at the college prepare you for a broad range of careers in the IT world including; programming, networking, systems analysis, digital applications and web technologies.

Why study Computing at Darlington College? • You will learn in well equipped computer suites with all the latest technology. • The projects you will study are focused on real work situations. • You will get to know how to use software applications and other topics relating to computing and the technical language used.

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Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Level 3 – Advanced Level

BTEC First Diploma for IT Practitioners

BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners

Duration – 1 year

Duration - 2 years

Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E including maths, or a level 1 vocational qualification in a relevant subject. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, a BTEC First Diploma for IT Practitioners at merit or an equivalent level 2 qualification. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – You will study a variety of topics which will include using ICT to present information and an introduction to computer systems. There will be further options available covering; networking essentials, web development and business applications. The course is based on completing projects and assignments that are focused on realistic workplace situations and activities.

About the course – You will be using up-to-date modern equipment and software and will learn how businesses use IT through studying various strands of computing.

Progression – You may wish to develop your ICT skills further by studying for a BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners. This course has been designed to feed into the networking and software strands of the National Diploma programme. A BTEC First Diploma will enable you to progress to an apprenticeship in ICT and/or employment within an IT or administrative environment.

ICT – e-commerce, computerised business systems, website management and development, computer graphics and animation. Software – using, designing and constructing software based computer systems including; implementing database management systems, customising applications software packages, programming and games development. Technical support and networking – operating, maintaining, monitoring and servicing computers including network administration and support, technical and user support. Progression – You may be ready to go straight into employment in the IT industry or you may wish to continue studying a higher education qualification.

Level 4+ – Higher Education Foundation Degree in Computing (Networking) which is an award of Teesside University.

Success Story… Chris Smales came to the college on a First Diploma in IT Practitioners for a year. After successfully completing this course Chris then progressed on to the National Diploma in IT Practitioners and studied a further 2 years at the college. Chris then decided to study a higher education course at the college, a Foundation Degree in Computing (networking) which the college runs in partnership with Teesside University.

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Hairdressing Career opportunities • Salon Manager • Barber • TV Stylist If you have an eye for detail and creative flair then hairdressing is for you. There are many career opportunities in this industry and our courses can help you achieve your goals. Other career options in hairdressing include; working on cruise liners or in hotel spas.

Why study Hairdressing at Darlington College? • You will get the opportunity to work in our fully equipped working hair salon. • Hairdressing tutors have worked extensively as professional hairdressers in the industry and can give you all the knowledge and support you will need. • You will learn different hair styling techniques throughout the course which you will perform on clients.

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Level 3 – Advanced Level

Hairdressing NVQ Level 1

Hairdressing NVQ Level 3

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 1 year

Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements – You will need Hairdressing NVQ Level 2. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – This course is designed to enable you to develop a range of skills that are required to assist in the salon. You will be assessed working in the salon following techniques including; shampooing and conditioning, assisting with perming, colouring and salon reception duties. You will contribute to the development of effective working relationships, preparing for hairdressing services and maintaining the salon, support health and safety in the salon and key skills.

About the course – This course is for the highly committed hairdressers seeking to develop skills or wanting to prepare for a supervisory position. You will develop your techniques by demonstrations and practical workshops. Topics include; style and dressing hair to achieve a variety of creative looks, provide a colour correction service, hair colouring using a variety of methods, create different looks by using a variety of cutting techniques, promote additional products or services to clients, develop and enhance your creative skills and provide a consultation service.

Progression – Hairdressing NVQ Level 2, or a level 2 apprenticeship in hairdressing.

Progression – You may wish to go straight into employment which may involve; working on cruise liners, teaching or even in a management role in a salon or continue onto higher education.

Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Level 4+ – Higher Education

Hairdressing NVQ Level 2 (New Entry)

You may want to move on to a salon management qualification which will compliment the level 3 qualification.

Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs of which 3 to be grade C or above. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This course covers all elements of basic hairdressing. You will learn both theory and practical aspects of hairdressing. You will advise and consult with clients, give clients a positive impression, shampooing and conditioning hair, cutting hair, change hair colour using basic techniques, set and dress hair, promote additional services or products and develop your effectiveness at work. You will also be expected to produce written assignments, evidence for theory work and complete mandatory tests. Progression – Hairdressing NVQ Level 3.

Apprenticeship Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice hairdresser you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in Hairdressing. For more details see page 60.

Success Story… Erin Robinson came to the college on the Skills+ Hair and Beauty course, and after successfully completing this programme she progressed to the full time study of the Level 2 Hairdressing course. After completion of this course Erin continued on and gained her Level 3 in Hairdressing, whilst working in a local hairdressing salon. She is now a fully qualified hair stylist and working full time in her chosen profession.

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Beauty Therapy Career opportunities • Beauty Therapist • Masseuse • Beauty Consultants Beauty therapy offers a range of career options. Opportunities include; working in beauty salons, health spas, complimentary therapy, working abroad and on cruise liners. You could even set up your own business!

Why study Beauty Therapy at Darlington College? • You will learn in a professional commercial salon with all the latest treatments available. • Beauty Therapy tutors have worked extensively as professional Beauty Therapists in the industry and can give you all the knowledge and support you will need. • Additional beauty therapy short courses will also be offered throughout the level 2 and level 3 course, giving you an opportunity to expand your knowledge further.

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Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Level 3 – Advanced Level

Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2

Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 3

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 1 year

Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements – You will need a Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – This course will provide thorough training leading to excellent career opportunities. You will learn new techniques such as; manicure, pedicure and make-up techniques, remove hair using waxing techniques, enhance the appearance of eyebrows and lashes, improve and maintain facial skin condition. You will develop and maintain your effectiveness at work, promote additional services to clients and ensure your own actions reduce health and safety risks. You will be given the opportunity to take an enrichment qualification in Nail Art.

About the course – This course will allow you to develop your creativity through training leading to excellent career opportunities. You will learn techniques which include; epilate the hair follicle using various techniques, provide head and body massage treatments, improve body condition, skin and face condition using electro-therapy, treat clients using pre-blended aromatherapy oils for massage, reduce the risks to health and safety and promote additional products to clients. You may also get the opportunity to take additional courses in beauty therapy.

Progression – Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 3.

Progression – You could choose to go straight into employment as a Beauty Therapist in a salon or you may wish to continue studying on a higher education course.

Level 4+ – Higher Education You could progress on to a higher education qualification in complementary therapies or, if you would like to be self employed, a degree in Business Management.

Success Story… Beauty Therapy student Louise Foley competed against students from across the country to take second place in the nail art category, at the Beauty and Holistic WorldSkills UK regional finals. Louise is now preparing to take part in the level 3 competition, as well as preparing the level 2 students to take part to help them succeed in the same competition.

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Sports Career opportunities • Sports Coach • Fitness Instructor • Sports Therapist If you have a passion for sport and exercise then a career in sport may be for you. We have a wide range of courses on offer which can lead to many opportunities in the sporting industry, including; sports coaching, teaching, fitness instructors and sports therapists.

Why study Sports at Darlington College? • You will get the opportunity to gain additional qualifications alongside the main qualification. • You will get the chance to work with experienced tutors who have worked in the sports industry themselves. • We have a state-of-the-art purpose built Sports Centre.

Success Story… Sarah Barton completed her National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at the college. Sarah is now studying for a degree in Sports Therapy at Teesside University.

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Level 3 – Advanced Level

Introductory Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure

National Diploma in Sport (development, coaching and fitness) National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science National Certificate in Outdoor Adventure

Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This course is ideal if you want to develop your skills and knowledge to work in the sport and active leisure sector. You will study through practical and theory sessions, as well as fitness sessions. Topics include; starting to work in sport and leisure, working in sport and leisure, the healthy body, personal effectiveness, social responsibility at work, organising a sport event, issues in sport and taking part in sport. Progression – You can progress to a level 2 qualification in sport with a specialism of your choice.

Level 2 – Intermediate Level BTEC First Diploma in Sport Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E including English, or a level 1 vocational qualification in a relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – The course has a good balance of theory and practical application. This course will prepare you for the sports industry by giving you skills in; leadership, practical sport and sporting injuries as well as learning about health and safety. You will also be given the opportunity to gain additional qualifications which include first aid and coaching awards. Progression – National Diploma in Sport with a specialism of your choice or a National Certificate in Outdoor Adventure.

Duration – 2 years Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English, or a BTEC First Diploma at merit or above in relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – National Diploma in Sport (development, coaching and fitness) This course will provide you with a sports studies background in preparation for a career in the sport and recreation industry. You will learn about; sports in society, health and safety in sport, body in action, sports coaching, exercise health and lifestyle, training and fitness and much more. National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science This course will prepare you with a sport science skills-base which will help you if you want to go into sports coaching or PE teaching. This course will cover sports therapy, sports injuries, exercise physiology, anatomy for sport and exercise, practical sport performance, sports psychology and biomechanics. In addition to the main course you will also study for an additional qualification in FA Treatments of Injuries and sports first aid. National Certificate in Outdoor Adventure This course provides a good mix of practical and theory based work and is ideal for those wishing to go into outdoor adventure, uniform or public services. You will get to go out in the countryside and study sport in society, the reflective practitioner, health and safety in sport, land based and water based outdoor skills, expedition skills, alternative pursuits and much more. In addition to the main qualification you will get the opportunity to study for British Canoe Union, and Sports Leaders UK Instructor awards. Progression – There are a variety of opportunities to progress on to higher education, such as degrees and Foundation Degrees. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue employment in a range of areas including; health and fitness clubs, sports centres, sports therapists, nutrionists, HM Armed Forces and much more.

Level 4+ – Higher Education You could progress on to a higher education course in Sports Development, Exercise or Therapy.

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Public Services Career opportunities • Police Force • Fire Service • Prison Service Our courses are ideal if you want to work in a uniformed service. These qualifications will enhance your chance of selection to the uniformed services, but does not guarantee entry. Career opportunities in the Armed Services include; Army, Navy, RAF and Royal Marines.

Why study Public Services at Darlington College? • You will be taught by tutors who have worked in public services giving you the knowledge to succeed. • The college has excellent links with the Armed Forces, Fire Service and the Police. • Residential visits are offered as part of these courses.

Success Story… Lynsey Edwards came to the college in 2006 with the aim of joining the Police Force. Lynsey successfully completed the course and joined Cleveland Police Force as a Special Constable with a view to becoming a Police Constable.

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NCFE Certificate in Uniformed Public Services

BTEC National Certificate in Public Services BTEC National Diploma in Public Services

Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This course is ideal for those wishing to join the uniformed services. The skills and knowledge you will learn will prepare you for a broad range of activities in the services. You will study through practical and theory sessions as well as fitness sessions. Topics include; investigate employment opportunities in the uniformed services, well-being and physical fitness, develop team working skills, self-discipline and development, carry out essential map reading and navigation skills, health, safety and emergency care. You will study two specialist units, participate in competitive sports and participate in adventurous outdoor activities. Progression – First Diploma in Public Services or a relevant level 2 subject.

Level 2 – Intermediate Level BTEC First Diploma in Public Services Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E including English, or a level 1 vocational qualification in a relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This course will prepare you for a career in a variety of uniformed services such as the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service and UK Border Agency.Throughout this course you will increase your knowledge of the services through various projects. These will include; public service skills, public service fitness, public service sport and recreation and much more. You may also take additional subjects which will include fitness and nutrition courses, community sports leadership award and coaching awards.

Duration – 2 years Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English, or a BTEC First Diploma at merit or above in relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – BTEC National Certificate in Public Services This course will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a future career in the public services. You will study topics including; understanding the public sector, law and the legal system, leadership, outdoor pursuits, expedition and much more. You will attend practical and theory based sessions as well as some outdoor residential courses. BTEC National Diploma in Public Services This course is suitable if you would like to enter employment in an operational role in an office-based role supporting the uniformed public services. This course will give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential to understand the uniformed public services sector. You will study six mandatory units which include; Government policies and the public services, team leadership in the uniformed public services, citizenship, contemporary society and the public service, team development in public services, understanding discipline within the uniformed public services and diversity and public services. You will also study twelve specialist units to complete the course. Progression – Successful completion of this course will enable you to study at degree level on courses that are relevant to careers in the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service, Nursing, Law, Management and Civil Service.

Level 4+ – Higher Education You could progress on to a higher education course in the relevant public services area.

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Hospitality and Catering Career opportunities • Chef • Restaurant Manager • Kitchen Porter If you are aiming to be the next Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver, then we can help you achieve your dream. There are exciting career opportunities available in hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars at varying levels and disciplines.

Why study Hospitality and Catering at Darlington College? • You will work in our state-of-the-art kitchens, fully operational restaurant and food court. • You will study in a college which has an excellent national reputation for the quality and success of its courses. • You will be able to enhance your main qualification with additional health and safety and food safety courses.

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Level 1 – Foundation Level

Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Hospitality (Food, Preparation and Cooking) NVQ Level 1

Diploma in Professional Cookery VRQ Level 2

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 1 year

Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E or a level 1 qualification in relevant subject. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

About the course – This course will give you opportunities to prepare and serve food to our customers. In our production kitchens you will prepare fish, meat, poultry, salads and sandwiches. The course may include units of a food service qualification to support your main learning aim. Although you will need to study theory, the course is very hands-on with emphasis on practical achievements and competence in the kitchen and restaurant work.

If you have good GCSE grades then entry onto this course may be considered. This will be discussed at interview.

Progression – After successful completion of Level 1, you may progress onto a Level 2 course in Professional Cookery or Food Processing and Cooking.

Introductory Diploma to Professional Cookery VRQ Level 1 Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This course will give you an understanding of the Catering and Hospitality industry. You will gain the essential practical skills required to become a successful chef. Topics include; food safety and healthier eating will compliment skills development from practical units covering areas such as roasting, grilling and baking, braising and stewing, boiling, poaching and steaming and cold food preparation. In addition to fully develop your potential for a successful career. You will also undertake a food service qualification as part of the course.

About the course – This course will broaden your understanding of the catering and hospitality industry. It enables you to gain a high level of practical skills. Topics include; kitchen operations, costs and menu planning, preparing meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, applying various workplace skills and health and safety. Progression – After successful completion of this course, you may progress on to a NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery or a level 3 apprenticeship in Professional Cookery.

Food Processing and Cooking NVQ Level 2 Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – You will need a Hospitality NVQ Level 1. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This course will require you to prepare, cook and serve a range of food specialising in pastry and bakery covering, hot and cold desserts, cakes and other bakery products. You will be required to package food for delivery and provide a dessert service to our customers. Progression – This course may allow progression on to a level 3 course specialising in patisserie and confectionery or kitchen and larder.

Progression – After successful completion of this course, you may progress on to the Level 2 Diploma or an apprenticeship in Professional Cookery Level 2.

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Level 3 – Advanced Level Professional Cookery NVQ Level 3 Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – You will need a level 2 qualification in a relevant subject. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This is a practical course which will give you the choice of Kitchen and Larder or Patisserie and Confectionery. You will gain work experience from working in our kitchens. You will prepare and cook a variety of complex meat and fish dishes, vegetables, soups, sauces, or specialist pastries and desserts. Progression – Upon successful completion of the level 3 course, you may progress on to a Foundation Degree in Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts.

Success Story… Matty Stephenson a former Skills+ catering student, who then progressed on to a NVQ Level 3 in Catering, has become one of the college’s top catering students. As a result, Matty has been snapped up by the Royal Navy and will learn to cook on board a ship for a four year tour of duty. Matty said: “At college you are treated much more like an adult, it’s a quieter environment and the tutors are great”.

Level 4+ – Higher Education You can progress on to a Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts and Management or Foundation Degree in Hospitality Management which are awards of Teesside University.

Apprenticeship Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering at level 2 or level 3. For more details on apprenticeships see pages 61.

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Childcare Career opportunities • Childcare Assistants • Teaching Assistants • Childcare Development Officers If you have a caring and practical nature when being with children and young people, a childcare course could be for you. Working as an early years or childcare professional involves working with children and young people.

Why study Childcare at Darlington College? • You will be taught by vocationally trained and experienced tutors. • You will develop knowledge and skills which allow you to progress on to higher level childcare courses. • You will get the opportunity to receive hands-on, practical experience through work experience placements.

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Level 1 – Foundation Level

Level 3 – Advanced Level

CACHE Foundation Award in Caring for Children

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 2 years

Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. You will need two references from people who are not related to you and a CRB Police check.

Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, or a level 2 vocational qualification in Childcare or Health and Social Care at merit or above. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. You will need two references from people who are not related to you and a CRB Police check.

About the course – You will learn about working with children and cover all aspects of the development and education of children from birth. The course includes; learning, play, human growth and development. Progression – With distinction grade at level 1 you can progress on to a Level 2 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education or BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care following an interview and references. Alternatively, you may want to consider a level 2 apprenticeship in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

About the course – You will develop skills in a range of childcare modules including; working with children, 0-16 years development, caring for children, play and learning, supporting children. The course consists of workshops, seminars, individual learning as well as a work placement. This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels, with a maximum of 360 UCAS points. Progression – You may choose to go straight into employment or continue studying on a higher education course.

Level 2 – Intermediate Level CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E or the CACHE Foundation Award in Caring for Children at distinction grade. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. You will need two references from people who are not related to you and a CRB Police check. About the course – You will study all aspects of the development and education of children from birth up to 16 years old to develop your knowledge and experience of working with children. The course includes both academic and practical study and the opportunity to carry out a work placement. Topics include; development of the child, working with young children, social and emotional development, working with babies 0-1 years and more. 50% of your time will be spent on a childcare work placement. Progression – You will need to achieve a merit or distinction in the level 2 qualification and then you may progress on to a level 3 in Childcare or Health and Social Care, following an interview and references.

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National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development Duration – 2 years Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, or a level 2 at merit or above in relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. You will need two references from people who are not related to you and a CRB Police check. About the course – You will gain an in-depth insight into working with young children 0-16 years and practical experience of childcare settings. The course includes; promoting children’s development, positive relationships, children’s play, learning activities, safeguarding children and promoting children’s rights. This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels with additional UCAS tariff points awarded for reflecting and developing practice. Progression – You may choose to go straight into employment or continue studying on a higher education course.


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You could progress on to a Foundation Degree in Early Years (Sector Endorsed) which is an award of Teesside University.

Caitlin Simpson studied the National Diploma in Early Years. After gaining all the relevant grades, Caitlin decided that she wanted to further her studies and applied to universities. Caitlin is now successfully studying Primary Education at the University of Cumbria.

Apprenticeship Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice in childcare you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in Childcare at level 2. For more details on apprenticeships see pages 62.

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Health and Social care Career opportunities • Social Worker • Home Care Assistant • Nursing A career in care can be varied, ranging from social work and nursing to community based careers. With a Health and Social Care qualification, career opportunities are possible in many care environments, including; hospitals, day centres and residential homes.

Why study Health and Social Care at Darlington College? • Career-focused courses with a practical approach to learning – gain the skills you need to prepare you for the future. • You will benefit from the excellent links the college has with employers in the care industry, through work placements. • Your tutors are vocationally trained and industry experienced.

Success Story… Susan Houston left school without many qualifications. Despite this, she progressed through the levels of health and social care with support, guidance and tailored tutoring. Last year Susan commenced a nursing course at Teesside University.

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Level 1 – Foundation Level

Level 3 – Advanced Level

Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care

National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Duration – 1 year

Duration – 2 years

Entry requirements – No formal qualifications are required. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. You will need two references from people who are not related to you and a CRB Police check.

Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, or a Level 2, First Diploma at merit or above in a relevant subject area. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. You will need two references from people who are not related to you and a CRB Police check.

About the course – This course allows you to learn practical caring skills, creative play for children, investigating health and social care, preparing to care for babies, taking part in health promotion activities and much more. Progression – With a merit or distinction grade at Level 1 you can progress on to a Level 2 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education, a First Diploma in Health and Social Care, or a level 2 apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.

About the course – This course offers a wide range of health and social care topics with a mixture of health and safety, public health, nutrition, supporting and protecting vulnerable adults. Classes are a mixture of tutor led sessions, workshops, group work and guest speakers. Progression – You can progress to higher education or work in the field of registered care homes, hospitals and Primary Care Trusts and in the field of housing and community work.

Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Level 4+ – Higher Education

First Diploma in Health and Social Care

You could progress on to a higher education course in Health, Nursing or Social Care, depending on your career choice.

Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E or the Introductory Diploma in Health and Social Care at merit grade or above. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. You will need two references from people who are not related to you and a CRB Police check. About the course – This course will give you an overview of the Health and Social Care industry including; human lifespan development, health and social care services, impact of diet on health and much more.

Apprenticeship Keen to earn while you learn? As an apprentice in Health and Social Care you will spend most of your time in the workplace and one day a week in college to gain your qualification. You can study an apprenticeship in Health and Social Care. For more details on apprenticeships see page 63.

Progression – Progression on to a level 3 course in Childcare or Health and Social Care.

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Art and Design Career opportunities • Fashion Designer • Interior Designer • Photographer Art and Design may lead you to many career areas depending on your specialism. Our courses will develop your skills in a range of specialist areas including; fine art, graphic/multimedia, photography and fashion textiles.

Why study Art and Design at Darlington College? • You will be working in our large fully equipped industry standard studios. • Opportunities to publicly showcase your work at the end of year exhibition. • You get the opportunity to progress into your specialist area.

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Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Level 3 – Advanced Level

BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design

BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (with specialism)

Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E, or a level 1 in a relevant vocational qualification. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. Applicants will be required to bring a portfolio of art and design work. About the course – This is a level 2 course and is ideal if you wish to develop your skills across a number of subjects in art and design. These include; graphics, photography, 3D design, fashion, textiles, multimedia and digital photography. Your studies will be broad based and will allow you to progress on to other art and design qualifications. Progression – BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (with specialism).

Duration – 2 years Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, or a Level 2 First Diploma in Art and Design at merit or above in relevant subject. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. Applicants will be required to bring a portfolio of art and design work. About the course – This course will help you to develop a broad range of skills within art and design. Topics include; photography, fashion, graphics and fine art. Depending on your interest you will get the opportunity to specialise in fashion textiles, graphic design, or fine art. Progression – You can progress to higher education in a range of disciplines depending on your specialism.

Level 4+ – Higher Education You have a broad range of options for higher education and may wish to progress on to a degree in Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design or Digital Media.

Success Story… National Diploma in Art and Design student Nicola Bulmer came to the college to study the 2 year course. Nicola maintained a high level of course work throughout the course and her attention to detail paid off. Nicola successfully gained a place at Huddersfield University studying Textile Crafts.

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Journalism and Media Career opportunities • Freelance Journalist • Production Assistant • Filmmaker Have you ever fancied a career in television? Do you want to learn how to make documentaries, read the news, be a video journalist or direct television drama? Media courses give you a great insight in to how the media operates and how it influences our lives.

Why study Journalism and Media at Darlington College? • You will study in the hi-tech digital TV recording studio, digital radio studios and extensive editing workstations. • Your tutors are former industry trained professionals. • There are opportunities to work on live projects with outside companies.

Success Story… Former TV and Interactive Media student Terry Marriott secured a job with one the world’s most renowned digital special effects specialists. He is now leaving his mark on the big screen by working on a host of movie blockbusters including Harry Potter and James Bond.

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Level 2 – Intermediate Level

Level 3 – Advanced Level

BTEC First Diploma in Media

BTEC National Diploma in Media Production – Interactive Media

Duration – 1 year Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs at grade D-E, or a level 1 in a relevant vocational qualification. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – This course offers an introduction to the media industry. This course covers a variety of topics, including; understanding the media, video production, audio production, photography, web design, radio production and animation. Progression – BTEC National Diploma in Media Production – either Interactive Media or Television and Film.

BTEC National Diploma in Media Production – Television and Film National Diploma in Games Design Duration – 2 years Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, or a Level 2 First Diploma in Media at merit or above for all the courses. Television and film also require you to have a GCSE in English. All applicants will have an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report. About the course – Interactive Media The aim of this course is to provide you with a solid foundation in new media software and technology. The course is structured to encourage the development of the skills required by the new media industry. You will study animation, digital graphics, stop motion animation production, video production for interactive media, 3D modelling, 3D animation, 3D environments, photography and photographic practice. Television and Film This course is based on realistic work-place situations and you will learn through a mix of demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and employer led briefs. You will be working on realistic “live” work place projects, you will learn through various briefs with topics including; understanding the media, research techniques, media skills, production management, video technology and single camera drama. National Diploma in Games Development Throughout this course you will learn various topics which include; computer game engines, 3D animation, computer game design, sound for computer games, computer game story development, human-computer interfaces, 3D environments. This course is subject to validation. Further information will be available on the college website once this has been approved. Progression – You may decide to progress to employment at a junior level in the industry or higher education.

Level 4+ – Higher Education You may wish to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Journalism, which is an award of Teesside University. Alternatively degrees in media studies, e-media or television and film production.

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We offer a range of apprenticeships giving you the opportunity to enjoy the independence of work, whilst achieving industry-recognised qualifications. The college has excellent links with major employers in a host of different industries, all of whom want to help you with your training. And as if learning from the best, boosting your teamwork and communication skills, and gaining a nationally recognised qualification wasn’t enough, you’ll be paid for your work too!

How does an apprenticeship work? As part of the apprenticeship framework you will be expected to spend 4 days in the workplace and 1 day here at the college, where you will work towards an NVQ qualification, Technical Certificate and Key Skills in communications and application of number.

How do I find an apprenticeship placement? At the college, we offer a free apprenticeship matching service for all school leavers to help you find an apprenticeship placement (The college cannot guarantee it will find you a job).

What grades do I need?

How long does an apprenticeship take?

All of our apprenticeship placements are subject to minimum GCSE requirements which will determine whether you start on a level 2 or level 3 apprenticeship. For a level 2 apprenticeship you will need 4 GCSEs at grade D-E including maths and English. For entry onto a level 3 apprenticeship you will need 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including maths and English.

Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of training you are undertaking. There is no set time to complete an apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer's requirements.

apprenticeship you will not get paid a wage, but you may be entitled to an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), please see page 11.

Programme-led Apprenticeships Programme-led apprenticeships are for 16-18 year olds who want to start an apprenticeship but are waiting to find an employer. This kind of apprenticeship allows you to start working towards a vocational (work-based) qualification at the college alongside a technical certificate in your chosen area, plus key skills. Upon completion of the course (which will be full time from September until June) we will assist you in finding a work placement where you can continue your learning programme, work towards your NVQ and gain a full apprenticeship.

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Construction

About the apprenticeships: Brickwork* Level 2 and 3 As a bricklaying apprentice your duties may include discussions with clients, estimating costs and the physical labour of bricklaying such as erecting masonry structures and the repair and maintenance of them. On the advanced apprenticeship (level 3) you will be taught how to manage a project effectively on site.

Plastering

Construction is one of the UK’s largest industries; therefore our apprenticeships in bricklaying, plastering, site carpentry and bench joinery and plumbing are a popular choice. Our range of construction apprenticeships allows you to specialise in a particular trade, giving you excellent career prospects.

Level 2 and 3 As a plastering apprentice you will learn how to prepare background surfaces for plasterwork as well as producing internal solid plastering finishes and external solid render finishes. If you complete an advanced apprenticeship (level 3) you will progress on to units of dry lining and fibrous plastering.

Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery* Level 2 and 3 As a joinery apprentice you will get experience of working on site, fitting timber roofs, floors and doors whilst gaining the useful skills of measuring, calculating and cutting materials. In the workshop you will learn how to cut and shape timber using hand and power tools. The advanced apprenticeship (level 3) covers some supervision aspects in relation to the craft.

Plumbing

Success Story Apprentice plumber Adam Bainbridge has a promising career in the pipeline after being named the HIP! Apprentice Plumber of the Year 2009. Adam says that he has received tremendous support from his employer and with the experience that he is getting, would like to run his own business one day.

Level 2 and 3 As a plumbing apprentice you will learn about the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems and components. You will also cover basic plumbing skills that include safety, cold water and hot water systems, sanitation and central heating before moving on to broaden your skill base to include working with gas.

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About the apprenticeships: Fabrication and Welding Level 2 and 3 As a fabrication and welding apprentice you will study the mandatory units of working safely and effectively in an engineering environment and specialise in certain areas chosen by you and your employer. Modules vary from how to interpret engineering drawings to manual metal arc welding.

Industrial Applications Level 2 An advanced apprenticeship in industrial applications will see you become a trained operator within the manufacturing sector. It is possible that you could focus on the engineering or manufacturing area of production depending on your employer. This could see you learning practical skills such as welding and fabrication or how to report and record inspection test results and methods of production.

Electrotechnical Technology Level 3

The engineering industry needs creative people who are good organisers and technically minded. As it is a very broad discipline we have a range of apprenticeships for you to choose from. Depending on your employer, you could be working in a specialised field, with job roles that could vary from operators to craft engineers and technicians.

This apprenticeship covers the installation, inspection, testing, repair and commissioning of electrical installations. The installation could be in a home (domestic) or an industrial premises, such as a factory. Depending on your employer it may include installations in new buildings, additions to existing installations or maintenance of installations.

Manufacturing Engineering Level 3 As a manufacturing engineering apprentice you will study towards a BTEC National Certificate providing specialist work related study. You will cover topics such as working safely and effectively in a manufacturing environment as well as how to interpret engineering data and producing engineering drawings.

Operations and Maintenance Engineering

Success Story Jason Brown volunteered for a number of locomotive restoration groups before landing his dream job with the help of the college apprenticeship matching service, at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon. As a Level 3 Operations and Maintenance Engineering apprentice he is getting the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques as he restores locomotives for display in the museum.

Level 3 As an operations and maintenance engineering apprentice you will study a BTEC National Certificate providing specialist work related study. You will cover topics such as mechanical/electronic maintenance, business systems and maintenance procedures and techniques.

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Motor Vehicle

About the apprenticeships: Vehicle Body and Paint Operations Level 2 and 3 A vehicle body and paint operations apprenticeship involves repairing damaged vehicles. As an apprentice you will have the choice to focus on either body repair or body refinishing, depending on whether you’re interested in fixing the outside body of a car or focusing on its appearance and adding the final surface touch. As part of the advanced apprenticeship (level 3), you will carry out complete vehicle re-finishing and repair structural body panels.

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair* Level 2 and 3 As a vehicle maintenance and repair apprentice you will be responsible for carrying out routine maintenance and basic repair, as well as identifying and reporting faults. As part of the advanced apprenticeship (level 3) you will learn about more complex faults and how to identify and repair them using sophisticated diagnostics treatment.

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Working in the motor vehicle industry not only requires specialist training for the use of machinery and new technology, but also an understanding of health and safety issues in the workplace. Our choice of motor vehicle apprenticeships allows you to specialise in your chosen area of interest.

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Success Story Natalie Whitehead works as part of the 160 strong team at DSG Catterick as a level 3 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair apprentice. Her day to day job involves supporting the Armed Forces by providing in-house maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the air, land and maritime systems. For Natalie this is ideal as she gets a head-start on her career in a trade she has always wanted to work in, whilst learning and getting paid.


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Computing and Business Administration

About the apprenticeships: Computing Level 2 As an apprentice in computing, you’ll learn how to operate computers and databases, as well as how to use and maintain IT systems and networks. IT is a very important area, and whatever role you take you’ll be part of a fastmoving, ever-changing sector. Modules will include; customer care, technical advice and guidance for users, technical fault diagnosis and technical fault remedy selection, security of IT systems, software development and design, software installation and upgrade, remote support for products and services, data analysis, ICT system operation, hardware and equipment maintenance, software development, Cisco networking.

Business Administration* An apprenticeship in Computing can help you develop the skills you need for your job – whether you are teaching someone in finance to process account details more efficiently, helping stock controllers keep track of merchandise, or helping a secretary set up an online company diary. Business and Administration covers the many different occupations that keep businesses running effectively and productively to keep staff and customers happy.

Success Story Katie Haldane started college as a full time Level 2 Business Administration student before moving onto an advanced apprenticeship. Katie made an immediate good impression with her employers by setting-up an internal recording system for the company. After gaining more experience in her current role, Katie has said that she would like to become a Personal Assistant and her apprenticeship is putting her on the right track to do just that.

Level 2 and 3 As a business administration apprentice you will play an important support role in an organisation. Depending on your employer your role could include organising people and resources, using various computer packages to record data and generally playing an important role in the day-to-day running of an office.

Accountancy Level 2 and 3 An accountancy apprenticeship could find you working in an accounts department or helping an organisation manage their money properly, depending on where you are employed. Most apprentices will qualify as Accounts Assistants, Credit Control Clerks, Account Clerks or Finance Assistants. All of these roles help Accountants keep financial records and prepare accounts.

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Hairdressing

About the apprenticeships: Hairdressing* Level 2 As a hairdressing apprentice you will work as a Salon Junior, assisting senior staff while training as a Junior Stylist. Duties are likely to include booking appointments, shampooing, conditioning, drying and styling hair and mixing and applying hair colouring.

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Hairdressing is a skilled trade that requires at minimum a basic level of training to hold responsibilities within a salon. An apprenticeship can help you get your talent recognised in this competitive industry by providing you with experience and professional training.

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Success Story Leander Sommers enjoys the atmosphere and everyday experience of working in a salon. As an apprentice she gets to learn through practical experience combined with the theory behind hairdressing. This experience is putting her on the right track to reach her dream career of being a professional hair stylist.


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Hospitality and Catering

About the apprenticeships: Professional Cookery* Level 2 and 3 An apprenticeship in Professional Cookery is ideal if you want to train to become a chef. You will learn how to cook and prepare a wide range of fish, meat and vegetable dishes. You will also become aware of the importance of hygiene and maintaining food safety. Successful completion of the advanced apprenticeship (level 3) could lead to management or supervisory roles.

Hospitality Supervision Level 3 An advanced apprenticeship in hospitality supervision gives you the skills to supervise and manage hospitality operations.

Food Manufacture – Level 2 As a food manufacturing apprentice you could specialise in the main operations involved in manufacturing and processing a wide range of food products. This may include some exciting production areas, such as dairy processing, bakery production, butchery, or confectionery.

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Hospitality and catering is a large and diverse industry. An apprenticeship could be the start of a career that sees you working in a Michelin star restaurant, a top tourist destination or on a cruise ship. Due to the size of the sector, an apprenticeship in this industry will give you the skills and experience for an exciting career.

Success Story Through the college apprenticeship matching service, Charlotte Eubank was offered employment where she could fulfil her level 3 Professional Cookery apprenticeship. Her manager said her work, attitude and commitment has been outstanding and as a result of being an apprentice, she has decided to progress to a Foundation Degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management.

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Childcare

About the apprenticeships: Children’s Care, Learning and Development* Level 2 As a children’s care, learning and development apprentice, the exact nature of your job will depend on your employer. It is likely that you will be working under supervision as a Nursery or Playgroup Assistant, working with children under five.

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Anyone working with children needs an awareness of care, development and education, as well as an understanding of health and safety issues. An apprenticeship puts childcare theory into practice.

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Success Story In her final year at school, Fiona Soulsby took part in work experience at a Childcare Centre. As a result of her hard work and caring nature she was offered an Children’s Care, Learning and Development apprenticeship placement, which gave her a good start towards achieving her ambition of becoming to be a Nursery Nurse.


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Health and Social Care

Health and social care requires the skills and knowledge that are necessary for caring for people, promoting wellbeing and protecting the interests of the vulnerable. An apprenticeship meets these needs through practical experience and professional training.

About the apprenticeships: Health and Social Care Level 2 As a health and social care apprentice you could work in a hospital, doctors’ surgery or private clinic. During your apprenticeship you will undertake practical activities in a health and social care setting, whilst learning about health and safety and how to communicate and work with patients, visitors and staff effectively.

Success Story A level 2 Health and Social Care apprenticeship with the Salvation Army has enabled David Metcalf to study and work towards a recognised qualification while gaining practical experience in the workplace.

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1 Complete a college application form You can apply to Darlington College at any time throughout the year by filling out an application form. When you have completed it simply post it back to Admissions, Darlington College, FREEPOST DL368, Darlington, DL3 7ZB. Alternatively you can visit www.darlington.ac.uk to complete the application form online and send it electronically.

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Once we have received an application form from you, you will be invited in for an interview with a tutor. This will give you the opportunity to talk about the course/ apprenticeship in more detail and ask any questions you many need answering. Your parents can come along too.

After you have been through the interview process you will receive an offer of a place. You may find that the letter suggests an alternative course rather than the one you applied for, to ensure that you are on the correct course level. In many cases applicants may receive an offer letter that is conditional on you achieving the entry requirements. Complete the acceptance form and return it to the college as soon as possible. (Offers for apprenticeships are subject to securing employment. The college will assist you in finding employment through the CV matching service).

Apprenticeship applicants will be invited back into college for a meeting with a member of the work based learning team to discuss employability and CV matching and to undertake any relevant assessments.

4 Enrol onto the course/ apprenticeship You will enrol onto your chosen course/ apprenticeship at our College Starts Here event. This is a 2 day enrolment event which will be held in the week commencing 23 August 2010 (dates to be confirmed and these will be on the college website). You will be sent details of how and when to enrol during the first week of August, or alternative times if you can’t make these. You must attend one of these events to officially enrol and this will secure your place on the course. Remember to bring your exam results.

Students attending Darlington schools Do you want to find out about other course opportunities in the Darlington area? You can by visiting www.futures4meindarlington.com and explore the new web-based directory of college courses and apprenticeships for you. You can apply directly through the common application process system. To apply through this system you will

need to have a unique access code to log onto the site, this is essential. You will be provided with a log-in by your teacher at school. If you do not receive a code, then speak to your careers teacher or Connexions Personal Advisor and one will be given to you. The application website is secure and you can store and fill in your form and keep it for future reference. You can also send the form online.

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Darlington College Policy Darlington College welcomes The Disability Discrimination Act (as amended by The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 – SENDA). In accordance with the Act, the college will take reasonable steps to avoid discriminating against disabled people. This publication is a general guide to college, our courses and facilities, and every effort is made to ensure complete accuracy. The college reserves the right to make changes to curricular content where appropriate. The information given in this publication does not impose on the college any obligation to

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provide, or continue to provide any courses, modules or amenities described. The college reserves the right to cease to run a programme if insufficient students enrol. However, as far as possible, the college will accommodate individual requirements.


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Talk to us Darlington College Central Park, Haughton Road, Darlington, DL1 1DR Customer Services: (01325) 503030 Fax: (01325) 503000 Uniphone: (01325) 503222 (for those with hearing difficulties) Opening times Mon to Thu 8.30am – 7pm* Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm *Term time only

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