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COURSE HANDBOOK Section 1 WELCOME We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Boston College Construction Programme and hope you enjoy your course of study with us. The programme prides itself on offering a supportive and friendly working environment. Staff members are encouraged to fulfil the College Charter requirements by encouraging learners to fully participate in all College activities so that you may fully benefit from your course of study. This handbook should inform you of the course content and facilities available to you, but individual learners may have special requirements or need additional support so please feel free to consult staff members to allow this help to be made available. STAFF Mike Pryjdun

Programme Area Manager

Your Lecturer is: …………………………………..

Ext. 3233

Ext. 3466

YOUR PERSONAL TUTOR: All full-time and some part-time learners have a Personal Tutor. Your tutor will welcome you to the College, help you to settle in and be there to give you help and information. Your tutor is usually your first point of contact with the College and your main source of help. You will meet your tutor every week, as part of a group session or for a one-to-one discussion and review of your progress. It is important that you attend your tutorials as they will support you and make sure you get the most out of College. You will meet your tutor at Induction. The Induction programme introduces you to staff, other learners, your course and the College. A more detailed description of the tutor’s role can be found in your handbook.


Section 2

QUALIFICATION AIM LEVEL 2 NVQ DIPLOMA IN PLUMBING AND HEATING We offer a full range of nationally recognised qualifications for all vocational courses in each vocational area, staff members are accredited assessors with national awarding bodies and are fully qualified to give advice and assessment on specialised subject areas.

COURSE FRAMEWORK Entry Qualifications – 3 GCSE Grade C Maths, English and Science Direct entry for two years duration. Must have employment within the industry (Plumbing). Topic Areas Year 1 (if not previously covered) Health and Safety, Bending/Jointing copper, Tools and Equipment, Measurement and Marking out, Common Plumbing Processes, Key Plumbing Principles, Hot and Cold Water supply/systems, Sanitation. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning - Heating Topic Areas Year 2 Mild steel and plastic tubes, Soundness Testing, Central Heating, Sheet Weathering, Environmental Awareness, Effective Working Relationships, Electrical Supply and Earth Continuity, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation. Teaching and Learning Processes – the course of study consists of practical demonstrations, practical work sheets and underpinning knowledge which is classroom based. Multiple choice on-line assessments by unit, plus an end on-line assessment covering all required units. Course Hours

Year 1 - Thursday 9.00am – 5.45pm 8 hr day for one academic year Year 2 - Tuesday 9.00am – 5.45pm 8 hr day for one academic year

The average group size will be between 15-18 Facilities – Workshops – Welding & Roof work areas, resource rooms, assessment areas, all College facilities, personal tutor. Gas Training and Assessment areas. Progression – Successful learners could enrol on the NVQ Diploma in Plumbing Level 3. NOTE – to obtain the Plumbing NVQ Level 2 and 3 along with the Technical Certificate the learner must be employed within the Plumbing/Mechanical Services to enable evidence to be gained in the workplace. Job Opportunities – as indicated above successful learners would be required to be in employment within the Plumbing/Mechanical Services Industry prior to enrolment on the Plumbing NVQ levels 2 and 3.


ASSESSMENT Continuous assessment on demand, practical tasks, assignments and question sheets, multiple choice questions, on-line assessments. Assessment is carried out within the programme and progress monitored to allow individual progression at a pace suitable for individual learners. ATTENDANCE We want you to be successful on your course and to achieve your qualifications. It is therefore important that you attend all classes as good attendance is the key to being successful. The Attendance Monitor will work with you and your Tutors to promote good attendance. What will they do?  offer support if you are having problems which affect your attendance  refer you to Learner Services who can help with a range of personal problems and barriers to learning and attendance  refer you to your Tutor who will discuss your attendance and take action where appropriate What can you do?  Avoid unnecessary absences, for example, by making appointments outside College hours  Inform the Attendance Monitor if you are going to be absent for any reason  Telephone (01205) 365701, option 2, or e-mail, or text “BCABSENT” to 88020. Texts are charged at standard network rate. This information is also on the back of your ID badge  Please remember to give your name, ID number and reason for absence The Attendance Monitor is: Gail Bevan

PLAGIARISM The use of other people’s work and the submission of it as though it was your own is known as plagiarism (plagiarism means theft of other people’s ideas). Any work forming part of an assignment, project, test or other assessment must be your own and must not contain any plagiarised material. Evidence of plagiarism will result in failure of the assessment. Any new assessment arrangement will be given with a strict completion date. You will also be subject to the College’s disciplinary proceedings. If you wish to quote material from a textbook or other source then this should be referenced in your assignment. Your subject lecturer or Personal Tutor will show you how to do this. PROGRESS REPORTING Written reports or reviews will be issued as required or otherwise at the end of each academic year, progress will be monitored by action plans and tutorials (as required).


Section 3

COLLEGE CALENDAR 2013/2014 2013 September 2nd September 3rd September 26th October 3rd October 8th October 10th October 16th October 21st – 25th October 29th October 30th & 31st November 5th November 7th November 14th November 15th December 19th 2014 January 6th January 23rd February 6th February 11th February 17th - 21st March 3rd - 7th March 4th & 5th April 4th April 22nd May 5th May 26th June 10th June 12th June 26th

Autumn term starts. Learner Services Induction week Spalding Enrolment Higher Education Fair at BCUC HE Parents’ Briefing ‘Going to University’ BCUC Spalding College in Action Boston College in Action Volunteer Fair at BCUC Half term HE Open Event Parents’ evenings School Taster day Boston College in Action Spalding College in Action Closing date for UCAS applications (internal) End of Autumn term Spring term starts HE Open Event Boston College in Action Spalding College in Action Half term for learners Careers week Parents’ evenings End of Spring term Summer term starts Bank Holiday Bank Holiday Spalding Open Event (Information) Boston Open Evening (Information) Summer term ends

Note Any learner taking holidays outside of holiday periods will be considered absent from the course. Learners receiving support from the College Bursary Fund need to be aware that they will not be paid for holiday periods taken outside the academic breaks.


Section 4 ADDITIONAL COSTS Learners are expected to provide all stationery materials and contribute to any subsidised vocational visits arranged. Course equipment: 2 x Lever Arch Files, lined paper, pens, 2H pencil, HB pencil, scale rule, calculator, compass, drawing instruments, (45o - 60/30o set squares), protractor, rubber. Steel toe cap footwear (workshop), overalls or smock coat (remember construction activities can be dirty), steel measuring tape, 22mm/15mm copper pipe cutter. You will be required whilst attending practical sessions to adhere to the workshop Health and Safety requirements. These will be made clear to you and indeed you will need to sign a statement to the effect that you have been informed and understand the specific requirements. In general terms the College will provide any necessary safety equipment, not indicated above, from your part, however, you will need to wear an overall and stout footwear whilst working in the Plumbing/Mechanical Services workshops. (Eye protection is required in some activities).

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE If you have financial difficulties you can apply for help from the College Bursary Fund, 19+ Learner Support Fund or 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund. This may help to meet the costs of: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Travel Books and equipment (16-18, 19+ only) Food (16-18, 19+ only) Specialist clothing required for your course (16-18, 19+ only) Childcare costs whilst at College (19+ and 24+ only) Exams/tuition costs (19+ only)

Some learners aged 16-18 are guaranteed help from the Bursary Fund – this includes:  learners living in care  recent care leavers  learners receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right  learners receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment in their own right. For further details please check with Learner Services staff Childcare If you are under 20, you may qualify for Care to Learn payments for childcare costs. Please go to Learner Services for more information, or contact Care to Learn on 0845 600 7979 or visit the website at


Section 5

SUPPORT SERVICES The College Mission Statement The College Mission Statement describes the type of College we provide for all our learners and staff. ‘to be a brilliant college that transforms people’s lives and makes an outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of Lincolnshire’. All learners at the College attend voluntarily so there is not a set of ‘College Rules’. We do however have a range of policies which describe the standards we expect and what we offer in return. To access all the learner related policies and procedures please look on Moodle, or ask your Personal Tutor for details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Should you require any additional information about the College or your course please first contact your course tutor, if he/she is not available then please contact the Faculty Administrator and leave a message for the attention of the Head of Curriculum for Construction, Technology and Building Services: Mr Richard Chambers and you will be contacted without delay.


Section 6 POLICIES

At the College we have a range of policies detailing what the College will offer you and how we ensure high standards are maintained. To access the policies click on the links below. If this is not possible please ask your Tutor to provide you with a copy. Admissions Assessment and Examinations Assessment Malpractice Bullying and Harassment Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Car Parking for Residential Learners Compliments & Complaints Procedure Computer Services Unit: Code of Conduct and Practice and Equality Impact Assessment Coursework / Self Study Drugs and Alcohol Financial Support for Learners Functional Skills Hall of Residence Disciplinary / Sanctions Higher Education Admissions Induction Code of Practice Information, Guidance and Support International Student Late Enrolment Learner Attendance Learner Disciplinary Policy and Procedure for Further Education Learners Mobile Electronic Equipment Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Safeguarding Learners Skills for Life and Learning Support Tutorial – Full Time Learners – Appendix 1 Weapons and Search Work Experience Equality and Diversity – see our page on Moodle Examination Policy Students Copy Important Exams Information for Candidates Access arrangements – General Access arrangements – International Students Examination Clashes Conduct of Exams Internal Appeals Procedure – Students Copy Appeals Procedure – Externally Marked Exams 8

SAFETY CODES OF PRACTICE All workshops and laboratories have a clearly laid out safety policy which must be adhered to at all times, you will be given a copy of the safety policy and you will be expected to sign a statement indicating that you understand the policy.

SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT Boston College places a high priority on the safety and wellbeing of our learners. We are committed to creating and maintaining a friendly, welcoming and safe working environment for all young people and vulnerable adults, whether learning is taking place on or off College premises. We have a duty to safeguard all learners, and we will respond immediately if there is a concern that a learner might be the victim of bullying, harassment, abuse or neglect. All staff are trained in safeguarding and there is a designated specialist Safeguarding Team to help with any concerns you might have about your own or someone else’s safety. If you need to contact the Safeguarding Team please go to:   

Main reception Learner Services The ‘Stay Safe’ button on Moodle E-mail

If you need to contact someone out of College hours about safeguarding contact: 

Children’s Social Care on 01522 782333 In an emergency situation dial 999 and call the police

An important part of safeguarding is making sure only authorised people are on our College premises. Please help us with this by carrying your ID badge at all times and showing it if asked by a member of College staff. At Boston College we respect everyone within the College community. We also emphasise respect for personal property and for the facilities of the College. We therefore, expect learners to work with us to create an environment where everyone feels safe and valued and can work to achieve their full potential.


Boston College Skirbeck Road Boston Lincs PE21 6JF Telephone: 01205 365701 Fax: 01205 313252

Boston College: a learning organisation raising aspirations and meeting skills needs


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