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IT CENTRE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS P4

APPRENTICESHIPS P10

PRINCE’S TRUST P13

COMMUNITY P6

CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON COLLEGE PROSPECTUS

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HIGHER EDUCATION Page 5 PERFORMING ARTS Page 9

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ENGINEERING Page 9 PATHWAYS Page 14 SPORT Page 16

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CONTENTS HOW TO FIND US ...................................2 WHY STUDY WITH US? ...........................3 IT.........................................................4 HIGHER EDUCATION ..............................5 COLLEGE IN THE COMMUNITY .................6 COURSE LISTINGS ..................................8 ENGINEERING .......................................9 MEDIACOVE ..........................................9

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A Luxury Easter Egg For a chance to win a luxury easter egg tell us how many easter eggs appear in this newspaper (not including this one!) Email your name, mobile number and answer to evanse@wolvcoll.ac.uk for your chance to win. Closing Date: 31st March 2012 Congratulations to Biljana Kurek who won £25 of Asda vouchers by correctly spotting 4 Father Christmas characters in Issue 1 of The Spark.

OPEN DAYS 16th June PAGET ROAD AND WELLINGTON ROAD 23rd June METRO ONE

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DISCLAIMER The information in this guide was accurate at the time of its publication. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, it is often necessary to amend course details.While we take every care to ensure that the information is as accurate as possible, we reserve the right to close or not run classes if enrolment numbers are not educationally or economically viable.

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DATES FOR THE DIARY

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How to find us Learn • Achieve • Succeed

Paget Road Campus Paget Road Wolverhampton WV6 0DU 01902 317500

Newhampton Centre Dunkley Street Wolverhampton WV1 4AN 01902 821900

Wellington Road Campus Wellington Road Bilston WV14 6BT 01902 821033

King Street Wolverhampton WV1 1SX 01902 821444

Metro One Campus Bilston Street Wolverhampton WV1 3AH 01902 821300

The Cedars Horticultural Centre Compton Road Wolverhampton WV3 9DW 01902 312064

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Chubb IT Learning Centre Unit 11 Chubb Building Fryer Street WV1 1HT 01902 427380

Full directions to any of our campuses can be downloaded from www.wolvcoll.ac.uk

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Telford Campus Trevithick House Stafford Park 4 Telford Shropshire TF3 3BA 01952 610101 Worcester Campus 9 Copenhagen Street Worcester WR1 2HB 01905 22600

Drop in to see us: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 2pm

For more info call: 01902 317696

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Why Study at City of Wolverhampton College? Advice & Guidance

Learning Support

Race Equality Statement

Our Advice & Guidance Service offers free and impartial help and advice to anyone wishing to further their education. Many of our potential learners are unaware of the range of opportunities available to them at the college. The guidance process aims to enhance their awareness ensuring that potential learners are in a position to make informed choices based on accurate information. If you are unsure about your career or confused about which course to do, the Advice & Guidance team are available to help you explore your options and support you in making decisions about your future and support you along your learner journey - even before you join the college. They will also be happy to help you with writing your CV and completing application forms, as well as giving you support as you prepare for interviews or apply to higher education.

We welcome people of all abilities, and are committed to enabling those with disabilities and learning difficulties to participate fully in college life. Our Learning Support Service provides support for students with a wide range of learning needs. If you feel you are struggling with your literacy, numeracy or language skills, we can talk through your concerns and find a way to help. If you have a learning difficulty, a sensory impairment or a physical disability, we will work with you to plan the support and reasonable adjustments needed to enable you to attend your course at City of Wolverhampton College. Most entrances are ramped or have gradual approaches and the main doors at the Metro One, Paget Road and Wellington Road campuses are automated. Car parking spaces for disabled drivers are reserved at the front of our campuses.

City of Wolverhampton College affirms that minority ethnic individuals are entitled to the same equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities as the majority population. The college strives to ensure that, whatever the heritage and origins of members of the college community, everyone is equally valued and treats one another with respect. As part of the college’s Equal Opportunities Policy, this statement serves to remind us all that diversity in our society is a strength and we must ensure equality and equity having regard to issues of gender, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and culture. We will work towards the elimination of racism whether overt, covert, or by omission, and we will ensure that individuals and communities have equal access to our learning programmes and facilities. A full copy of the Race Equality Statement can be obtained from the Advice Centres or by calling College Direct on 01902 836000.

Counselling We have free and confidential counselling and welfare services because we know that talking to a counsellor can help you through difficult times. Personal counselling for students in college is offered by qualified counsellors who work within the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Personal Support Tutoring is at the heart of the learner experience delivered by committed learner-centred staff. Our Personal Tutors help to develop effective working relationships to provide encouragement and support and guide students on to specialist internal and external support services as appropriate. The aim of our tutoring framework is to inspire and support you to achieve your goals throughout all stages of your journey in the college. All our full-time learners are allocated a Personal Tutor and have access to regular group and one-to-one tutorials where they receive help to reflect on their skills and experience, and together agree goals and targets to maximise their achievement. Our tutorial system has a vital role to play in enhancing our learners’ academic and personal development, paving the way to success and progression.

Students’ Union The Students’ Union is affiliated to the NUS and we rely on volunteers to offer a service to students. To begin with, most students join the Union to get an NUS card which entitles them to discounts on purchases for a huge variety of shops and services. However the main job of the Union is to provide students with representation, which it does in close liaison with Student Voice. The Students’ Union has an executive team of officers covering all areas of student life, consisting of president, vice president, welfare, mature student, sports, LGBT, women’s, entertainment, health and safety, campus site officers, ethnic, higher education and disability. It has two governors on the governing body: one is the Students’ Union president and the other is voted upon. Officers are eligible to attend NUS conferences such as the national conference, the gender conference and the disability conference. Each year we send two or three of our officers to the NUS national conference and they also attend the local and regional meetings of West Midlands NUS. We are involved in Health and Safety and various other committees and in developing the college’s learning engagement strategy. There are opportunities for students to run for city youth council and in the past we have contributed to discussions at local authority level. We also run campaigns on our students’ behalf about cuts in Further Education and Adult Learning grants, in conjunction with the NUS campaigns at national level. Our day-to-day work is in helping students with everyday issues such as advice or support, travel to college and in assisting students who may be experiencing hardship. The Students’ Union is important in guiding students to further services both inside and outside the college. We also offer volunteering and placement opportunities to students wishing to gain further experience that will enhance your job prospects. Finally, the Students’ Union supports many events throughout the year: Fresher and Health Fairs, and arranging fundraising activities that include Children In Need, Red Nose Day, Sport Relief, County Air Ambulance plus many more. We arrange two trips to Alton Towers each year. The first trip is held in October and the second trip in May before final exams.

LearningResources

CENTRE

Learning Resources Centres The Learning Resources Centres are your one-stop shops where you can research and complete your assignments. In the Learning Resource Centres we provide: • A wide-ranging collection of learning materials and resources designed to match your course and meet your learning needs • Computer facilities for you to use to produce high quality assignments • Binding facilities for student assignments • Professional and vocational journals, magazines and newspapers (many available online) • Free reservations service if the resource you want is being used by another learner • An inter-library loans service to get unusual resources from other centres • Learning Resource inductions and information skills training • Study spaces to work in groups or on your own • Affordable printing and photocopying facilities • We stock around 35,000 items in a range of formats including books, DVDs, CDs and over 3,000 e-books, as well as a wide variety of other online resources available through our website Our team is experienced and trained to answer your queries. Each subject has a Learning Advisor to help you get the best from the resources for your course.

Multifaith Chaplaincy The Multifaith Chaplain promotes the wellbeing of students through Multifaith work in the college. Working with a team of staff, associate chaplains and student chaplaincy supporters we develop links between the college, churches and faith groups in the community. We organise events to celebrate festivals such as Diwali, Eid and Christmas and informal student Alpha and faith courses. Our regular worship and prayer, formal and informal, is open all. The Chaplain is available to contribute on personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural matters through sessions tailored to suit the level of individual groups. Wellbeing activities range from Fairtrade, to trips to local and national faith centres, coffee mornings and many other fun things. The Chaplain is always available during college hours to offer confidential and non-judgmental pastoral support. This covers a wide range of matters, from bereavement counselling to being a supportive presence to all. The Multifaith Chaplain can be contacted on 07527 947936 or internal extension 2056 at all times during college hours.

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IT Centre Celebrates 10 Years Jean Lowndes was one of the first students to enrol at the Chubb IT Learning Centre 10 years ago, to study for her Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications. Jean said: “My son had moved to America and asked me to buy a computer so I could email him. I didn’t know the first thing about computers - the only experience I had was that I had once been a secretary.

“I enrolled at the Chubb to find out more about what I could do on a computer and enjoyed every single minute of it, so much so that I ended up working as an administrator for the Fracture Liaison Service, using my computing skills to set up spreadsheets etc. I now use computers all the time in my daily life!”

Gaming Masterclass for Students

A training centre in Wolverhampton that has helped thousands of people switch on to IT has celebrated its 10th birthday. The Chubb IT Learning Centre, based in the Chubb building in the city centre, has had more than 8,000 people pass through its doors since it opened in 2002. To mark its 10th anniversary staff held a special birthday bash on February 1, where they were joined by the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Bert Turner and Mayoress Mrs Kath Turner and

students both past and present. Chubb IT Learning Centre Manager Rose Edwards said: “Over the last decade we have seen thousands of people study with us and improve their job prospects and IT skills. “This event recognised all those people who had gained their qualification through us – it was great to find out what former students were doing now and how studying at the centre had helped them.” The Chubb IT learning Centre

offers a range of computing courses from those for complete novices to Level 3 qualifications. The centre is open 60 hours a week and learners work at their own pace, using workbooks, with tutors on hand to assist when needed. The workbooks are backed up by workshops and assignments. The centre has proved a real hit with learners, with up to 450 students on the books at any one time, and around 8 achieving their ITQ each week. For more information ring 01902 427380.

Computing and media students from City of Wolverhampton College discovered more about a career in games development when they were visited by top industry professionals. More than 100 students from a range of courses attended the Fayre Gaming event, held at Paget Road Campus on February 23. Among the speakers were representatives from Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design software, digital media developer 3Dnative and JAGEX, the UK’s largest independent developer and publisher of online games. Lecturer Shaun Richards said: “This event gave learners the opportunity to hear from different companies connected with graphics or games development and find out more about the range of careers available in this dynamic industry.” City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of courses in computing and games development, including a new Foundation Degree in Interactive Computing and a HNC/D in Games Development. To find out more ring College Direct on 01902 836000.

Log on to your future Computer training throughout the year

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HNC & HND in Horticulture Floristry Level 4

BUSINESS STUDIES Foundation Degree in Business HNC & HND in Business Management & Leadership Diploma (Level 5)

HOSPITALITY & CATERING HNC & HND in Hospitality Management

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE COMPUTING & IT Foundation Degree in Interactive Computing HNC & HND in Computing and Systems Development HNC & HND in Games Development (Creative Media Production)

Foundation Degree in Community Health & Social Care HNC & HND in Health & Social Care Diploma Level 5 in Leadership for Health & Social Care

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College in the community A wide range of college courses are available in different areas across the City, including: • Oxley/Fordhouses • Whitmore Reans • Low Hill/Scotlands • Bushbury • Pendeford • Bilston • Wednesfield • Heath Town • Graiseley • Parkfields • East Park • Penn/Merryhill This means you can attend courses at a venue close to your own home. These can help you get a new job; improve your literacy, numeracy and IT skills and help you become active in your community Courses from March 2012 include: • Certificate Level 1 Mentoring • Certificate Level 2 Mentoring • Adult Literacy and Numeracy • Introduction to Care Work • Introduction Level 1 Counselling • NCFE Level 1 Mental Health Awareness • NCFE Level 1 Substance and Misuse Abuse • Certificate Food Safety in Catering • Certificate Level 2 Health and Safety • Introduction to Webpage Design • Introduction to Digital Photography • Switch onto IT (Beginners Course) • Customer Service (Retail) • Preparation for Work • Certificate in Volunteering • First Aid for Child and Baby • Emergency First Aid at Work • Introduction to Beauty and Skincare • Introduction to Hairdressing • Assertiveness and Confidence Building • IOSH Working Safely • Risk Assessment

Robert Dobson is studying towards his Numeracy Level One qualification at the Windsor Centre for Children and Families. The 24-year-old said: “I didn’t finish school so I thought doing this qualification would benefit me in both day-to-day life and also help me get a job. “I like Maths and am really enjoying the course. The centre is near to where I live so it suits me and saves me bus fare. It’s really good to be back at college and I know my qualification will lead to other things.”

Lorraine Wilson, aged 48, had been out of education for 15 years when she enrolled on a Mentoring course at Eastfield Community Centre. She said: “I have several children of different ages and wanted to gain the knowledge to help them on their journey and understand the youth of today! I also thought it was time to do something for me. I am also currently volunteering in a hospital and hope this will boost my chances of gaining employment there. “I was nervous before starting the course but was made to feel welcome and met some wonderful people. I feel that learning at a community location there is a more grown up environment whereas at college there would have been more youngsters. “I wasn’t ready to study when I was younger but now there’s no stopping me.”

For further details please contact Lorna Prosser on 01902 821929 or email prosserl@wolvcoll.ac.uk

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Sara Gorman works at Mencap, the learning disability charity, as a Self Advocacy Worker and Learning Disability Awareness Trainer. She is currently studying Mentoring at Eastfield Community Centre. She said: “I’m hoping this course will help me in my job. I’m really enjoying the course and am learning a lot.”

Former bank worker Sujata Jeer is now thinking of a career in counselling after studying Counselling Skills Levels 1 and 2 in the community. Sujata, who is now working towards her Level 3 qualification at college, said: “I saw the course advertised and thought it sounded interesting. The centre was just five minutes away and they provided childcare so it was very convenient. “It also wasn’t as daunting as going to college. There was just a small group of us and it was very relaxed and our tutor was really encouraging. “I would really recommend the course, especially for young moms as you get a break from the kids, get to meet new people and earn a qualification.”

Nicola Morris, aged 39, decided to brush up on her numeracy so she could help her children with their homework. She is currently studying towards her Numeracy Level 1 qualification. She said: “I have children starting senior school and wanted to be able to help them with their homework. It’s also setting a good example to them that it’s never too late to learn new things. “I find it a lot easier studying in the community than at college because I can drop off the children and come straight here and don’t have to fight through traffic. There are also creche facilities for my two-year-old. “The staff are lovely and really friendly and I don’t feel embarrassed asking for help. In fact, I find it more relaxing learning now than I did when I was younger.”

Laura Pemberton, aged 21, enrolled on a Health and Social Care course to learn something new and see what career to pursue. She said: “Doing this qualification has increased my confidence and will give my CV a boost. After this I hope to move onto the next level and then look for a job.”

Mark Hopson, aged 44, has completed a number of courses out in the community including Moving and Handling, Care, Mentoring, Safeguarding and Child Protection, First Aid, Food Safety and Health and Safety. He said: “I used to be a butcher but gave up work to look after my mom. When she moved into a care home I started working as a volunteer looking after patients and enjoyed it so much I decided to retrain as a carer. “I have found all the tutors great and if you have a problem they are always there to help you. I hope these qualifications will help me find work in the future.”

Qualified nursery nurse Sarah Sambrooks is studying Health and Social Care to help her find employment. The 18-year-old said: “I am hoping this course will give me the extra boost to get a job. I prefer studying out in the community as I get to meet lots of different people and it is less intense. The tutor is really patient and lets us have fun as well as learn.”

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Day: M Monday Tu Tuesday W Wednesday Th Thursday F Friday Sa Saturday Su Sunday Flx Flexi-Study Campus: PR Paget Road Campus WR Wellington Road Campus MO Metro One Campus CH The Cedars Horticultural Centre LA Lean Academy CB Chubb Building Fees: The course fees are split to show: Annual Tuition Fee Exam Fee Additional Fee Interview: Y You will need to attend an interview prior to enrolling. % Where no interview is required telephone enrolment is available via College Direct on 01902 836000.

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Here to help If the idea of returning to education is off-putting,we have a whole team of people who are here to help you.The award-winning advice and guidance team can guide you through the courses on offer and make sure that you enrol on the right one. How do I join? You can enrol in person at Paget Road,Wellington Road or Metro One campus within Customer Services. On courses stating ‘interview required’ you will need to meet with the course tutor before enrolling. For courses not stating interview required, it is possible to enrol over the telephone by calling College Direct on 01902 836000. What are the costs? The prices in this guide cover tuition and exam fees. However, if a course requires payment of registration or examination fees to an external organisation, eg Institute of Legal Executives, then this is the responsibility of the learner. If your company is paying for your training, then you need to provide a letter of authorisation at enrolment. Support The college believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn effectively to the best of their ability, to enable them to complete a qualification. Learning support offers a range of support aimed at ensuring disabled learners can achieve their potential at the college. Please contact Learning Support as soon as possible to arrange support.We cannot guarantee we will be able to provide support in every case.

Concessions - Help with Fees Aged between 16 and 18? If you are aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2011 you will not be charged for tuition or exam fees. You may be required to provide proof of age at enrolment. All Skills for Life programmes throughout the college are FREE (this does not apply to overseas learners). Maths and English Basic Skills programmes throughout the college are FREE (this does not apply to ESOL programmes). All Apprenticeships for learners aged 16-18 are FREE. In receipt of Benefit? If you are in receipt of one or more of the benefits listed below there are no tuition fees: • Job Seekers Allowance* • Income Support* • Carer’s Allowance* • Bereavement Allowance* • Employment & Support Allowance* * Documentary evidence must be provided at enrolment. If a benefit requires that you should be actively seeking work it is advised that you should seek guidance before enrolling. You must notify Customer Services staff if your circumstances change at any time during the course. FREE Level 2 and Level 3 Courses If you are not claiming any of the benefits listed you may still be eligible for tuition fee remission under the following circumstances: a. If you are 16 and over and enrolling on your first full level 2 programme. b.If you are aged 19-24 (inclusive) and are enrolling on your first full level 3 programme. 25+ may be eligible, please check with the college for further details. c. If you are employed or a volunteer and enrolling on a level 2 or level 3 programme (aged 19-25). Workplace Learning - please call for details. The level 2 and 3 entitlement are both dependent upon NVQ attainment level and the size of your current employer. Bursary The college also offers a bursary for full-time learners aged 19 and over, who do not qualify for tuition fee remission as detailed above. Please ask for details. Exceptions Concessions are not available for registration or exam fees that are payable to external organisations. Some courses have a special fee for which the full amount is payable and concessions may not apply. Help with Exam Fees Learners who are exempt from tuition costs but are liable for exam fees may be able to apply for financial support.

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Additional Fees Interview Required

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The College We are committed to providing education for everyone, with a variety of flexible courses for all ages and abilities. Our courses are designed to encourage people to improve their education and their future. If you are looking to expand your career options, move on to university or pursue an interest, we are confident that you will be able to find a course that will suit your requirements and aspirations.

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Part-time courses Key:

College & Cost Information Access & Education Studies Education Studies Teaching Assistant Level 3 (Adults) Teaching Assistant Level 2 (Adults) Teaching Assistant Level 2 (Adults)

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Business and Professional Studies Accounting & Finance AAT Access Level 1 Award Human Resources HR Essentials (Employee Relations) Award HR Essentials (Performance/Reward) Award Human Resource Practice Certificate Management First Line Mgmt Award - Resource Planning

Built Environment Inspection & Testing C&G 2391 Inspection and Testing Certificate

Computing & IT IT Users (iTQ) ITQ Entry Level Start IT Award ITQ Level 1 Certificate ITQ Level 2 Certificate ITQ Level 3 Certificate

£0 £0 £0 £0

Y Y Y Y

Creative Arts Photo Imaging and Photoshop Introduction to Digital Photography W 18:00-20:00 25/04/12 5 £90 £90 £0 Introduction to Digital Image Manipulation W 18:00-20:00 13/06/12 5 £90 £90 £0 Mediacove Training Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Social Media for Beginners 10:00-16:00 05/06/12 1 £40 Quick Vids - Introduction to Video Production 10:00-16:00 07/06/12 & 08/06/12 £60 Contact Mediacove on 01902 317646 or book your place on Eventbrite: http://mediacove.eventbrite.com

N PR DPHCE-1A5EC N PR DGMCE-1A5EC

Foundation Studies Employability and Personal Development Pathway to Foundation Learning Dip Grp D M 09:30-15:15 Tu 11:30-15:15 W 09:30-15:15 Th 11:30-15:15 Pathway to Foundation Learning Dip Grp E Tu 09:30-11:00 W 09:30-15:15 Th 11:30-15:15 F 09:30-15:15

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free to 16-18

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free to 16-18

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WR PFNDP-1R1PE

W 18:30-20:30 Sa 10:00-16:30 W 18:30-20:30

02/05/12 10/03/12 13/06/12

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£75 £42 £75

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Th 09:30-12:30 Th 09:30-12:30 Th 09:30-12:30

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£135 £135 £135

£135 £135 £135

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N CH OGACE-1T5PA N CH PPGCE-1T5PA N CH VEGCE-1T5PA

Th 18:00-21:00 Th 18:00-21:00

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£96 £96

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Floristry & Horticulture Floristry Asian Bridal Flowers Short Course Great Gift Ideas with Flowers Workshop Introduction to Floristry Short Course Horticulture Organic Gardening Short Course Plant Propagation Short Course Vegetables and Salads Short Course

Health & Social Care Counselling Introduction to Counselling Level 1 Introduction to Counselling Level 1 First Aid Defribrillator Training Emergency First Aid At Work First Aid 1 Day Refresher First Aid at Work Certificate First Aid at Work Certificate First Aid at Work Refresher First Aid at Work Refresher

10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 10:00-13:00 18:00-21:00 10:00-13:00 18:00-21:00 10:00-13:00

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ENGINEERING - BE A BRIGHT SPARK 17th Edition Wiring Regulations - City & Guilds 2382-10 17th Edition Wiring Regulations - City & Guilds 2382-10 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, Update to AMD1 2382-20 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, Update to AMD1 2382-20 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, Update to AMD1 2382-20 Fundamental Inspection Testing and Initial Verification - Certificate Fundamental Inspection Testing and Initial Verification - Certificate Portable Appliance Testing - 2377-012 Portable Appliance Testing - 2377-012 Welding introductory short course Level 1 Welding introductory short course Level 1 Abrasive Wheels (Safety in the use of ) College certificate Certificate in Installing and Testing Domestic Photovoltaic Systems (2399-11) Certificate in Installing and Testing Domestic Photovoltaic Systems (2399-11) Award in Automotive Refrigerant Handling Level 3 Award in Automotive Refrigerant Handling Level 3 Award in Automotive Refrigerant Handling Level 3 Evening Award in Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 Introduction to Vehicle Valeting Introduction to Vehicle Valeting Introduction to Vehicle Valeting

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Young Engineer Awarded for Excellence A young engineer has been recognised for his outstanding achievements while studying as an Apprentice at City of Wolverhampton College. Former student Nick Rose, aged 20, has been awarded a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence after scooping a gold medal in the UK Skills Construction Metalwork Competition. Nick, who completed his Welding and Fabrication Level 2 and 3 qualifications while on a Metskill Apprenticeship programme, beat six of the top welders in the UK in the skills contest, which involved first fabricating the base for a crane, then welding the jib assembly. He has now been shortlisted for the Lion Awards the culmination of the City & Guilds awards programme - which will be celebrated at a red-carpet ceremony on Thursday 15 March at the Roundhouse in London. Nick, who now works for his father's Glendale Architectural and Metalwork Company in Oldbury, said: “I am surprised and delighted to have won this award.” The CEO and Director General of City & Guilds Chris Jones said: “At City & Guilds, we want to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth. We believe all individuals have talent, and we are committed to helping them fulfil their potential. That’s why it’s so important to celebrate their outstanding achievements through our annual Medals for Excellence programme. Winning a medal requires a lot of hard work and dedication, and all of our winners should be incredibly proud of their success. Nick Rose is presented with his award I wish them all the best for the Lion Awards and for by lecturer Andy Whitehouse. their futures - wherever it may take them.” As a medal winner Nick has been put forward for the People's Choice Award, which is voted for by the public. The public can vote for their winner at www.lionawards2012.com/peopleschoice City & Guilds Medals for Excellence have been awarded for over 100 years and aim to acknowledge exceptional talent amongst both learners and tutors.

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Short work-focussed courses available Call 01902 821922 for more information City of Wolverhampton College Newhampton Centre Dunkley Street Wolverhampton WV1 4AN

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Students go Behind the Scenes at Award Winning Musical Students from City of Wolverhampton College came face to face with the stars of a West End show when they went behind the scenes at the Grand Theatre. The Performing Arts students went backstage during a five night run of Avenue Q, to discover the work that goes into a performance. The group of around 50 learners were taught some of the skills of the puppeteer by resident puppet consultant Nigel Plaskitt, whose previous credits include Spitting Image, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Doctor Who, and had the chance to work with the actual puppets used in the show. Programme Coordinator Michael Dixon said: “The students were really excited to meet the show’s characters and find out how to make them come alive.” The students also watched the puppeteers in action when they attended an evening performance of The Tony Award winning musical, which tells the story of lovably hopeless characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life issues, including love, work, relationships, and the need to pay the bills.

FOUNDATION DEGREE IN COMMERCIAL VIDEO PRODUCTION Modules include: Research • Scriptwriting • Camerawork • Lighting Sound recording • Video editing • DVD authoring Creation of streaming media • Producing • Directing Project management • Creating accessible media Producing & directing commercial video Working with clients & collaborators Past students have gained positions at entry level within the media industry, or work freelance. Many students choose to further study at the University of Wolverhampton.

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MEDIACOVE Media Training at Paget Road Campus Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Social Media for Beginners – 5th June, 10am-4pm, £40 Quick Vids - Introduction to Video Production – 7th & 8th June, 10am-4pm, £60 Contact us on 01902 317646 for further information. Book your place on http://mediacove.eventbrite.com

When National Express needed to recruit bus drivers as part of an ongoing recruitment drive City of Wolverhampton College were their first port of call. The college’s Employability Team had provided recruitment support for the Passenger Transport Company, based in Walsall, in the past, and impressed recruitment officers with the service. Working in partnership with Job Centre Plus, the college hosted an Open Day at its Wellington Road Campus. Jobseekers were able to step onto a National Express bus and sit behind the wheel to gain a feel for the job, and listen to a presentation on careers with the company. A total of 43 people turned up to the event. Following on from that, the college held a one day Highway Code refresher and practice session to support applicants in the written assessment test. Ken Billingham, Recruitment Officer for National Express, said: “The college is a very centralised venue for our clients and the event was well organised with all the facilities we needed. “We had a great turn out for the sessions and it was a very successful day.” Andrea Lavender, Employment Advisor at Job Centre Plus, added: “The recruitment day worked very well and we had a lot of eager people arriving at the venue up to an hour before the event started.”

FREE adult Literacy and Numeracy courses Would you like to benefit from improving your skills in: • Self confidence • Reading skills • Customer care • Following instructions • Taking messages • Writing reports & letters • Helping your children with their homework • Estimating numbers • Handling money • Ordering and stock control • Weighing and measuring • Complying with Health & Safety Regulations Evening and daytime workshops are available at our Wellington Road Campus, Bilston. For more information about our Skills for Life courses, please call Susan Skillern on 01902 821151.

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Apprenticeships

Earn while you learn Develop your skills and gain a recognised qualification with an Apprenticeship 10

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What are Apprenticeships? As employees, Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, Apprentices receive training at college to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well.

Who can do an Apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years, or are seeking to start a new career.

We offer a range of Apprenticeships including: • Accountancy • Hospitality • Beauty Therapy • Housing • Brickwork • IT • Business Admin • Marketing & Comms • Business Improvement • Motor Vehicle • Carpentry & Joinery • Painting & Decorating • Childcare • Plumbing • Creative Industries • Polymer Processing • Customer Service • Retail • Electrical • Science Lab Technician • Engineering • Sport & Leisure • Hairdressing & Barbering • Team Leading & • Health & Social Care Management • Horticulture • Youth Work

How much will I earn? The minimum wage for Apprentices is £2.60 per hour, however a recent survey showed that the average wage per week for an Apprentice is now around £170 and in some job roles around £210 per week.

There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship.You can earn while you learn and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Getting qualified while on the job can mean: • You work better and more effectively. • It can set you up to move into new and better jobs Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Because Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want, they give you choices in your career.When you’ve finished, you can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university. • You get better pay - Research shows that Apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees. • You get to experience new and different challenges. • Your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster. • You learn at your own pace and get support when you need it - Your employer and the college will make sure you have support.Their job is to ensure that your training fits your personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. • You gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.

Will an Apprenticeship give me a good career? Career progression is excellent for Apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than those without. (A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships, University of Sheffield, 2007)

How is learning done through an Apprenticeship? An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’.The college provides the knowledge and develops skills while the employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test.Training can be classroom based or in the workplace, depending on the subject. How will I be assessed? Apprentices are assessed by a college Assessor (who has experience of working in the relevant sector) on a regular basis in the workplace. Apprentices may also study a technical certificate depending on the Apprenticeship programme which will be studied and assessed in college. What are the entry requirements? Entry to the course will be by interview, initial assessment and in some sectors, an industry test. Applying for an Apprenticeship job vacancy is just like any other job application - you will need to submit your CV or complete an application form. Candidates will then be interviewed to establish if they are the right fit for the role.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of an Apprenticeship?

How long does it take? The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skill levels of the Apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take a minimum of 9 months to complete.

Do I need a job? Yes, you need to be employed for a minimum of 16 hours per week before you can start an Apprenticeship. I’ve already got a job – can I still do an Apprenticeship? Yes. If your employer agrees, you can become an Apprentice where you work now. Where can I find a job vacancy? We can support you in finding an Apprenticeship and have job vacancies waiting to be filled. Call our Recruitment Service on 01902 317691 for help and advice with finding vacancies, applications and interview skills. Once you are employed, you can start an Apprenticeship programme. What’s the role of the employer? They provide on-the-job training and pay your wages. Each Apprentice has a Manager at work who will be responsible for helping you throughout your training.

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Read what real Apprentices think...

Charlotte Coyne, enrolled on a Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Floristry at the age of 18 to enhance her skills and help her climb up the career ladder. Now aged 25, the successful florist and manageress explains how the course benefitted her career. “I always had a passion for all things creative and wanted to go on to do an interior design course but felt the theoretical side was a barrier because of my Dyslexia. When I left school at the age of 14 with no qualifications, I knew I wanted to do something practical and hands-on so got myself a job as a florist, and then enrolled on the course. I attended an evening class for 3 hours per week at the Cedars Horticultural Centre. I picked up lots of new skills, from increasing my knowledge about the most appropriate flowers to use for any given occasion, to learning how to arrange wedding bouquets, funeral pieces and gifts to learning how to do hand-tied and frontfacing arrangements. Taking orders was something I couldn’t do before, but the customer service module helped boost my confidence in doing this. Because of my Dyslexia I needed extra help. I got lots of support and encouragement from the tutors and help with building my portfolio. I enjoyed the course so much that it felt more like a hobby than studying. Since taking the course, my confidence has grown and grown, which has really helped me further my career. I’m hoping to progress my education and am looking into taking a teaching qualification that allows me to teach floristry.”

Salon owner Shashi Kanda had been running her business for a year when she decided she herself wanted to work on the salon floor, and enrolled on a Hairdressing Apprenticeship at City of Wolverhampton College. Having completed her programme she is now looking forward to beginning her Advanced Apprenticeship and even has plans to take on her own Apprentices in her salon, Big Head, in Wolverhampton. She said: “Hairdressing is the most competitive, challenging, demanding and rewarding industry to be a part of – there are no limits! “I had always been keen on having my own business but never thought of being a hairdresser myself. It wasn’t until I became more hands on in the salon that I realised I had a natural flair, poise and passion for hairdressing and wanted to engage in it further. For me an Apprenticeship was an ideal way to combine work with training. “You can take a career in the hairdressing industry in so many different directions. To become an in-salon assessor and to work towards teaching would be something I would be keen to advance in. “I’m now looking forward to taking on my own Apprentices. I think in today’s climate these opportunities are a vital stepping stone for young people wanting to learn and work. Many employers look for work experience and if you can get that while you are studying, then you really can’t go wrong.”

Luke Henson, aged 17, chose an Apprenticeship to put him steps ahead of other learners. The Engineering Apprentice combines working at Jenks and Cattell Engineering while studying at City of Wolverhampton College. He explained: “Nowadays companies want people who are Apprentice-trained because they are looking for the experience. “An Apprenticeship really helps you get used to a working environment and the hours you have to work. “I have already recommended Apprenticeships to my friends because I am enjoying it so much – now I don’t even mind getting up in the morning!” For nineteen-year-old Jack McGinty an Apprenticeship in Engineering means a trade for life. Jack, who works at Jenks and Cattell Engineering while studying for his qualifications at City of Wolverhampton College, said: “You are set up for life with an Apprenticeship and are virtually guaranteed a job at the end of it. “In the current economic climate with so many people looking for work companies can afford to be picky when recruiting new staff – by the time I complete my qualification I will already have two years experience in the trade, which will put me ahead of the competition.”

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Beauty Therapist Danielle McGinn was delighted when her Apprenticeship at The Beauty Rooms in Wall Heath, near Kingswinford, resulted in a full time job. The 20-year-old, who completed her Level 3 in Beauty Therapy while working at the salon, was kept on by her employer once her Apprenticeship came to an end. She now works at the salon’s Warstones Road, Penn, branch. She said: “I’m sure I would still be looking for a job if I hadn’t done an Apprenticeship. “I chose an Apprenticeship because I thought I would learn better being in the workplace and actually carrying out the treatments on real clients. You are given more independence and learnt how it really is in industry. “Now, I feel fully equipped with the skills I need to have a successful career as a beauty therapist.”

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If you are aged 16-25 and live in the Black Country there’s a full-time Prince’s Trust Team Programme for you, run by City of Wolverhampton College. The Prince’s Trust team is a full-time 12 week programme made up of: Week 1 - Introductions Meet the other young people who have joined the programme. Week 2 - Residential Outdoor activities, such as rock climbing,abseiling and raft building to enable you to develop your teambuilding skills. Weeks 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Community Project Choose a local community project, plan and fund-raise to see what a difference your hard work can make. Weeks 7 & 8 - Work Placements A work placement in the area of work that interests you. Week 9 - Next Steps CVs, interview techniques, mock interviews and job search. Weeks 10 & 11 - Final Team Challenge Put your team-building skills to use and spend time with people in your community. Week 12 - Presentation Your chance to show everyone who has supported you exactly what you have achieved over the past 12 weeks. At the end of the programme you not only come out with the Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills - the programme also provides you with a host of certificates that are useful in the workplace. They range from Appointed Person’s First Aid to Food Safety and Catering and a Safety Certificate from West Midlands Fire Service. There’s training in putting together your CV, interview techniques and job search skills. The programme has all the equipment supplied and help with travel expenses. It doesn’t affect your entitlement to benefits: if you are on Jobseekers’ Allowance you can continue to sign on, although you must notify the Jobcentre that you are on the programme. Where can I do it? The college is the main delivery partner for the Prince’s Trust Team Programme in the Black Country. Teams are run from Wolverhampton (Bilston and Central Wolverhampton), Walsall (Brownhills and Central Walsall), Dudley (Sedgley,Wordsley, Halesowen), Sandwell (Smethwick, Tipton and Wednesbury), Telford and Shrewsbury. Approximately three Team programmes per year are run from each location.

MORE THAN 70% OF UNEMPLOYED

PARTICIPANTS GO ON TO JOBS, TRAINING OR

EDUCATION WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF

COMPLETING. Prince’s Trust 2012 start dates 02 April – Telford 06 April – Walsall 23 April – Halesowen 30 April – Tipton

30 April – Shrewsbury 07 May – Sedgley 11 June – Staveley 18 June – Brownhills 06 August – Smethwick

INSPIRATIONAL youngsters at the Prince’s Trust have stepped in and helped Halesowen schoolchildren whose playground was condemned. Students on a 12 week Prince’s Trust programme, delivered by City of Wolverhampton College in partnership with West Midlands Police, raised money for the new playground at Halesbury School. The young people, who were given a hand raising money by local police officers, also donated money to homeless charity Serve and Russells Hall Hospital to help domestic violence victims. Chief constable of West Midlands Police Chris Simms presented achievement certificates to the young people at the end of their course. He said: “I am very humbled by the life experiences of the young people here tonight and really impressed by what they have achieved during the programme.” Over the weeks the team of enthusiastic individuals have been away on a team building residential, where they worked on improving their ability to work as part of a team. They have raised money to help fund a community project, for which they produced a community newsletter for young people in Halesowen, advertising the scheme and signposting them to various activities taking place in the area. Team member Adam Glear, aged 21, from Dudley, has spent most of his life in care. Low self esteem and bullying sent him spiralling into drug and alcohol addiction resulting in depression and despair. After hearing about the Prince’s Trust through Connexions, Adam enrolled on the Team Programme and hasn’t looked back. He said: “I can’t change my past, but I can look forward to my future with the help I have received from the Prince’s Trust. I am going to Wolverhampton College to complete a Level 2 floristry course and then, with the help of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme, I intend to set up my own business.” Police community support officer Kat McAnenay, Team Leader for the Prince’s Trust, said; “I have been so proud of the team for completing the course and gaining qualifications that will assist them in their chosen careers. “We are now recruiting for our next 12 week programme which starts on Monday 23 April 2012, so to find out more please contact me on 07768 776 867 or visit the Wolverhampton City College website on www.wolvcoll.ac.uk/princes_trust”

“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for The Prince’s Trust. I couldn’t see any way forward before. Now things have completely changed and I feel I can achieve anything.”

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From courses to a garden centre, we have it all at The Cedars...

Spring in the garden Garden advice from Darren Rudge, award-winning manager of The Cedars Horticultural Centre. After our long dreary winter, March brings with it the hope of new beginnings in the garden, as plants that have lay dormant during the winter months tentatively begin their struggle back to life. Don’t be fooled however because March brings with it its own set of weather problems. During this month we can bask in mild sunshine one day and be faced with a hard frost the next.

oasis of calm

Did you know a slug has more than 3,500 teeth

Spring Jobs in the garden: • Move plants if they are in the wrong places. Making sure you get a good root ball. You will need to water any plants that you have moved during this growing season. • Prune back your roses. • Lift and divide those overgrow herbaceous perennials. Did you know • Sow hardy annuals where they are to flower in your borders. • Begin sowing those frost tender summer bedding plants Bruce Forsyth’s great great in trays and keep them snug and warm in a glasshouse, grandfather was a botanist conservatory or kitchen windowsill, until those frosts and plant hunter and are gone. discovered the shrub • Take a trip to the garden centre and purchase those plug Forsythia plants. Pot them up and keep them snug and warm until the risk of frost has subsided. • Re-seed those bare patches in the lawn and if mild enough give the lawn a once over with the mower. • Plant summer flowering bulbs • Take pond pumps out of storage and begin feeding our Did you know fishy friends. Plants to look for this spring: • Forsythia x intermedia • Fritillaria imperialis • Salix caprea (Kilmarnock willow) • Corylus avellana Contorta (Contorted hazel) • Narcissus Dutch Master • Prunus sargentii (Flowering cherry) • Chaenomeles superba (Japanese quince) • Daphne mezereum

Welcome to our

Robert Fortune a Victorian entrepreneur smuggled himself into China dressed as a Chinese peasant and stole cuttings of Camelia sinensis; these were propagated and distributed to Ceylon and India making him millions; Camelia sinensis is TEA!

The Cedars, an RHS, Lantra and NPTC Approved Centre, right on Wolverhampton’s doorstep, provides the perfect setting for horticulturalists to be inspired and improve their skills. We offer full and part-time courses at all levels, work-based Apprenticeships, as well as short courses and Lantra Technical Awards, including: Garden Design, Garden Construction and Planning, Practical Horticulture, Plant Growth and Propagation, Safe use of Pesticides/Mowers/Hedge Trimmers/Turf Maintenance Equipment, Growing Vegetables, Wildlife and Organic Gardening. Be part of an Award Winning Centre... Multi-medal winners at BBC Gardeners’ World Live for the last 5 years.

For more information call

01902 312064 w w w. w o l v c o l l . a c . u k / h o r t i c u l t u r e

Who is Pathways for? • Are you 16-18? • Did you leave school with no or D-G grade qualifications? • Do you feel held back because your English, Maths, ICT or job seeking skills aren’t great? • Do you want to try out some work experience placements to help you decide on your career path?

What is Pathways? It is a Foundation Learning Programme based at Wellington Road Campus, Bilston. It will help you learn new skills, gain qualifications, meet and work with other people and help you move forward onto further education or employment. We run regular courses starting throughout the year.

What will I get from the course? • Nationally recognised qualifications in Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT • NOCN qualifications including units such as Health & Safety, Interpersonal Skills, Employability, Team Building, Citizenship, Sport etc • Small groups, a personal tutor, regular reviews and advice & guidance • Help with travel costs (subject to eligibility criteria)

How do I find out more? Call Alex or Helen on 01902 821080 or text ‘MORE INFO’ to 07812 179562 and we’ll call you back. We can answer any queries and help you decide if this is the right course for you and then book you in for an interview.

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@ Wellington Road Campus, Bilston

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We’re open to the public! Not only do our students learn in the classroom but they also have the opportunity to work with real customers in a commercial setting. The college has facilities including: state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, a travel agency, sports centre, floristry shop and garden centre, restaurant and bakery, all run by students under the expert supervision of fully qualified staff. All of these facilities are open to the public.

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Plans have now been confirmed for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year with a Flotilla on the Thames taking place on Sunday 3rd June. Hotels are now taking bookings for the weekend to see this spectacular sight! Saturday 2nd June 2012 2 Nights B&B at the 3* Days Hotel Waterloo From only £109.00 Per Person Located opposite the renowned Blackpool Tower the new Tower Festival Headland can hold up to 20,000 spectators and is a fantastic new venue for the area. This spectacular open air concert runs throughout the day and sees both the Wanted & McFly perform in front of thousands of fans. Sunday 24th June 2012 Stay for 1 night at the 3* Inglewood Seafront Hotel, B&B, with general admission tickets into the Tower Festival Headland From only £52.50 Per Person Based on 2 Adults sharing

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Fancy trying something different this year? Look no further than our new Themed 2 Night Mini Cruises departing from Hull with P&O this year. There is a choice of Tribute Act Cruises, Murder Mystery and Fawlty Towers plus get to spend time in Amsterdam or Bruges too! Take That and Westlife Tribute Cruise Saturday 10th November 2012 Stay 2 nights onboard the P&O Cruise Ferry from Hull with a Take That tribute on Saturday night and Westlife on Sunday Night, all room only Basis with day trip into Amsterdam included From only £69.50 Per Person Based on 2 Adults sharing

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Travel

Academy

IN CONJUNCTION WITH MIDCOUNTIES CO-OPERATIVE TRAVEL

These are just a small selection of our special offers - contact us now for all your holiday needs including: specialist advice • diy holidays flight only • worldwide hotels UK holidays • package holidays ski/cruise holidays • spa break city breaks • airport hotels lounge passes • car parking theatre trips • attraction tickets car hire • gift vouchers Telephone the Travel Academy 01902 821323 Email the Travel Academy travelacademy@wolvcoll.ac.uk Metro One Campus, Bilston Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3AH

Up Coming Theme Nights @ The Academy Restaurant

Special Offers in April

Indian Head Massage £11.25 Nailtiques Deluxe Pedicure £11.25

3rd, 4th & 5th April – Caribbean Cruise 24th,25th & 26th April – Around America 1st, 2nd & 3rd May – Italian 15th,16th & 17th May – Spanish 29th, 30th & 31st May – Best of British

Full Body Spray Tan £20.00 & top up within 7 days for £12.50 For more information or to make an appointment please call 01902 821180

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Wellington Road Campus, Bilston, West Midlands WV14 6BT

12th, 13th & 14th June – Mediterranean

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Metro One Campus, Bilston Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3AH. Call 01902 821333 or 821350 to make a booking.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! 30 minute colour drive

During March & April you can try us out for 4 weeks for only £10!

includes cut & finish only £25 To book an appointment call

Plus if you then take out a 3, 6 or 12 month membership we’ll then give you 10% off your membership fee.

Maximum 12 Foils. Offer available from 1-30 April 2012 Skin test required 48hrs prior to any colour service

For more information please call 01902 821180 or email communitysports@wolvcoll.ac.uk

01902 821321

Metro One Campus, Bilston Street,Wolverhampton WV1 3AH

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Sport Putting a spring in your step... It’s March, and Spring is almost upon us. This should mean brighter, warmer weather which will help to encourage you to get out and about and active! As we leave winter behind us you may still be feeling a little sluggish, so, if you aren’t already taking part in regular physical activity, now is the time to start. Here are the recommendations and guidelines for exercise participation as set out by the American College of Sports Medicine that we should all be following:

Guidelines for healthy adults under age 65 Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days a week and 8 to 10 strength-training exercises, 8 to 12

repetitions of each exercise twice a week. Moderate-intensity physical activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat, yet still being able to carry on a conversation. It should be noted that to lose weight or maintain weight loss, 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary. The 30-minute recommendation is for the average healthy adult to maintain health and reduce the risk for chronic disease.

Tips for meeting the guidelines With busy work schedules, family obligations, and packed weekends, it can often be difficult to get the recommended amount of physical activity. Try these tips for incorporating exercise into your life:

• Do it in short bouts. Research shows that moderate-intensity physical activity can be accumulated throughout the day in 10-minute bouts, which can be just as effective as exercising for 30 minutes straight. This can be useful when trying to fit physical activity into a busy schedule. • Mix it up. Combinations of moderateand vigorous-intensity physical activity can be used to meet the guidelines. For example, you can walk briskly for 30 minutes twice per week and jog at a higher intensity on two other days. • Set your schedule. Maybe it's easier for you to walk during your lunch hour, or perhaps hitting the pavement right after dinner is best for you. The key is to set aside specific days and

times for exercise, making it just as much a regular part of your schedule as everything else. • The gym isn’t a necessity. It doesn’t take an expensive gym membership to get the daily recommended amount of physical activity. A pair of trainers and a little motivation are all you need to live a more active, healthier life. • Make it a family affair. Take your partner, your children, or a friend with you during exercise to add some fun to your routine. This is also a good way to encourage your kids to be physically active and get them committed early to a lifetime of health.

Starting an exercise programme Starting an exercise program can sound like a daunting task, but just remember

that your main goal is to boost your health by meeting the basic physical activity recommendations: 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days per week, or vigorousintensity activity at least three days per week, and strength training at least twice per week. Choose activities you enjoy, such as swimming, biking, or playing a team game with friends to get your daily physical activity. If you need a variety of activities to stay motivated, combine a few that appeal to you. Physical activity can be accumulated through a variety of activities, not just running.Walking is a great way to do moderate-intensity physical activity and easy to incorporate into your everyday life. www.acsm.org

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Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th April 2012 #OACHING4IMETABLE Session 1: 10.00am - 12.00pm Lunch: 12.00pm - 1.00pm Session 2: 1.00pm - 3.00pm 6ISIT$ATE Sports student Luke Eccleston, aged 18, is hoping to make a splash when he takes part in the British Colleges Sport National Championships.  Luke, who is studying for his BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport at college, scooped a team Gold medal as part of the West Midlands Men’s Swimming team last year, and is aiming for similar success at this year’s championships, which take place at Bath University between Friday 30th March and Sunday 1st April. Luke chose to study at City of Wolverhampton College because of the excellent feedback he had from past students and because of the multi-million pound investment in the college’s sports facilities which include a state-of-the-art 3G football pitch and spa. He said: “I chose this course because I was interested in working in a sports related profession such as physiotherapy, coaching and also teaching. The course has really benefitted me. I can now organise and coach lessons for sport specific exercise and have learnt how to go about organising sporting events which include external athletes. “The course has also allowed me to take part in national competitions. My tutors have always been very supportive of my training and have helped me organise my study time better around my hectic 30-hour per week training schedule. They are always on hand if I need extra support from them, especially when I am close to coursework deadlines. The college atmosphere is friendly and my fellow students always ask how I am getting on with my training. My favourite part of the course has been taking part in college sporting events and developing new ideas for training programmes.â€? Luke hopes to go on to Loughborough University in the future.

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Friday 13th April 2012 LIMITEDPLACESAVAILABLEFOR STADIUMVISIT !RRIVAL4IMES 9.45am (Registration) 6ENUE Community Sports Centre, Wellington Road, Bilston WV14 6BT 2EQUIREMENTS Packed lunch & still drink, football jersey, shorts, socks &/or t-shirt/ sweat top (dependant on weather conditions), trainers & shin guards (sessions to take place on 3G pitch). Breakfast Club (8.30-10.00am) and Chill Out Club (3.00-4.30pm) also available for an extra ÂŁ1.00 per session.

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CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON COLLEGE • COURSES STARTING IN MARCH • VISIT www.wolvcoll.ac.uk OR CALL COLLEGE DIRECT ON 01902 836000 FOR MORE INFORMATION

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City of Wolverhampton College Prospectus March 2012.

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