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Welcome 2 xxxx Welcome

I am delighted that you are considering Dudley College for your undergraduate studies. Whether you are joining us as a new student, or currently studying with us with view to progressing onto higher level study, there are lots of reasons why Dudley College is the best choice for you. Our long standing tradition of providing a friendly and supportive place to learn starts when you first contact us and continues throughout your studies, as we are committed to putting you, the learner, at the heart of all we do. The creation of the Dudley Learning Quarter has changed the face of Dudley by creating a dedicated campus for student’s right at the heart of the town. Packed full of exciting technology and social spaces, Dudley Learning Quarter provides higher education students with the very best facilities to inspire their learning, improve their skills and guarantee fun. The flexibility of our courses taught by industry-specialist tutors, coupled with successful progression and the lower cost of studying closer to home, makes Dudley College an ideal place to attain a university-level qualification without going to university. We look forward to welcoming you to the college as an Undergraduate so you can take the next step in your learning journey to success. Lowell Williams Principal, Dudley College

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Why progress to an

Studying beyond sixth form is good for you. It deepens your knowledge, enhances your skills and increases your earning potential over your whole lifetime. A recent government review suggested the benefits reach even further: higher education may help us become healthier, more engaged within our communities, and more likely to spend time on enriching activities (Department for Business Innovation and Skills). Advancing to an undergraduate course doesn’t have to mean leading the uni life, though. It doesn’t mean spending thousands on accommodation or finding your feet (and friends) in a new city. NUS research shows that 27% of today’s students choose to live at home with their parents. For many it’s about boosting their career prospects and taking on less debt. It’s about being ready to hit the job market, qualified and experienced, when they graduate. If you view undergraduate study as an opportunity for first-rate learning that leads to a better career, then Dudley College could be perfect for you. We’re here to help you achieve a valuable university-level qualification and to give you the springboard to the life you want.

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Why study here?

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Undergraduate qualifications

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Graduating and beyond

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Student life

10 Inspirational Facilities 14 Learning and student support 16 Fees and financial support 18 Open days 19 How to apply 20 Your guide to undergraduate courses 21 Undergraduate courses

Courses 22 Business 24 Computing and systems development 26 Electrical and electronic engineering 28 Mechanical engineering 30 Fashion and textiles 31 Music production 32 Public services 33 Sport and exercise Science 34 Travel and tourism management 35 Teacher training 36 What else do we offer? 37 Key information 38 Notes 39 How to find us

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CONTENTS

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undergraduate course?


Welcome to Dudley College

Why Study here? 4 Why study here?

You can attain a university-level or professional qualification without going to university. Here’s why Dudley College might be the best choice for you.

Cost-effectiveness You’ll have the comforts of home without the financial worry experienced by many students who move to a different city – plus you can still apply for a low-interest student loan.

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Finance Studying for an HNC or HND at Dudley College could save you around £8500, compared to equivalent levels of study at certain universities.You can also continue with any part-time work you already have.

Recognition The qualifications you can achieve at Dudley College are equivalent to those offered by universities. While degrees tend to be knowledge-focused, HNCs and HNDs directly prepare you for the world of work.

Convenience Our part-time programmes and flexible modules allow you to plan your studies around your existing lifestyle. This is especially valuable if you have children or an existing job.

Familiarity Instead of finding your way in a new place, you can keep close to family, maintain existing ties and even expand your circle of friends thanks to our supportive network.

Knowledge As well as being academics, our tutors at Dudley College have expert knowledge and working experience of their industries. They are happy to share their insight and contacts with you.

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We keep our classes and learning groups small, meaning tutors can focus on you as an individual and give you one-to-one attention where needed.

Facilities With quiet study spaces, new technology, social areas, sporting facilities and a dedicated undergraduate area, our new Learning Quarter is an inspiring place to focus on your future.

Location Dudley is a well-connected, central, friendly town. It is also close to the bright lights of Birmingham, the UK’s second city, with all its culture, bustle, shops and nightlife.

Options HNCs and HNDs prepare you well for the career of your choice. If you’d like to study further, you can top up your studies to degree level on a relevant university programme.

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Undergraduate Qualifications

Focus


Graduating and beyond 6 GRADUATING AND BEYOND

At Dudley College you’ll be studying at university level, doing challenging work that deserves to be recognised. That’s why we hold full ceremonies at graduation time – giving you and your cohort the chance to shine. Topping up to degree level

Career planning and employment

Completing your HND allows you to progress straight to the third year of a university course and top up your qualification to an honours degree. If you’re keen to study further we will support you all the way.Your tutors at Dudley College or our Student Services team can guide you in finding the right course and give support with UCAS applications (particularly valuable if you came straight to us from school and therefore haven’t encountered UCAS before), writing personal statements and supplying references.

All of our undergraduate programmes are vocational and therefore geared towards making you skilled, knowledgeable and highly employable. While you’re busy learning, we can help with careers advice, work experience and industryspecific insight.

s are often “Our higher level course full-time jobs, undertaken by people in career and are essential to their shment of their progression. The accompli added pressure course regularly has the a home life whilst of working and juggling which is not an completing their studies, ally admire our easy thing to manage. I re mitment”. graduates for their com Lowell Williams, Principal.

Drop into Student Services, just off main reception at The Broadway, and start exploring your future career options. Browse the careers library, filled with university prospectuses and information on work and further training, or get help with writing your CV and honing your interview techniques. Simply call in or phone the Student Services on 01384 363 363. If you’re looking for paid work to do alongside your studies, take a look at the jobs display in the Employment Hub, where there’s also a live link to Jobcentre vacancies.

If an undergraduate qualif ication can open doors… …career planning helps you f igure out which doors to open.

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as it is quite a spectacle to see. Many people don’t realise that the level of the qualifications we offer are equivalent to university courses, and as such, warrant a full graduation ceremony to celebrate and recognise our student’s achievements. The event was extra-special for five sport students as they are the first cohort of graduands from the newly introduced sport and exercise HNC. As raising the level of the population’s engagement in sport and exercise becomes an increasing priority for the government and employment opportunities become more plentiful, the need for highly skilled people in the industry is paramount. Mitch Blackham, 20, from Cosely has completed the HNC and is now studying for his HND, after which he’s hoping to go to Newman College of Higher Education in Birmingham to complete his degree and qualify as a physio.

The event began at Dudley Evolve on Tower Street, where graduates collected their gowns and mortar boards, before they filed across Coronation Gardens to The Great Hall on the college’s Broadway campus where the official ceremony took place. Lowell Williams, Principal at the college explained “We introduced the procession across Coronation Gardens so local people could enjoy this colourful and customary event,

Mitch said “Studying for my HNC at the college has been great, it’s helped me progress to where I need to be to become a physio. I had great support and encouragement, and knew I was starting to understand sports injuries when I recently visited the doctors about my own sports injury and could understand the terminology he used and the treatment he prescribed.” Liam Jones, 22, from Gornal has also progressed onto the HND after completing his sports and exercise HNC. He’s currently coaching at the college to get the practical experience he requires to complete his HND. Liam said “At the start of the course the work was a bit of a struggle as it was a bigger jump up than I expected, but I’ve had lots of help and support and graduating is a great way to celebrate all my hard work.”

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GRADUATING AND BEYOND

More than 350 people assembled at Dudley College for the annual Higher Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the college’s graduates. The annual graduation event saw students from a range of business, accounting, management, engineering, construction, fashion and public services courses, enjoy a traditional universitystyle event in recognition of their hard work and achievements.

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Annual Graduate Ceremony honours college students and first sports graduands


Student life 8 Student life

Who says you need a university campus to enjoy a rewarding and sociable student life? These years are for you: for building your self-esteem, making new friends and acquiring skills that will stand you in great stead for an exciting career and fulfilling life. Enrichment At Dudley College, learning and fun continue outside of timetabled teaching hours. Like many universities, we don’t schedule lectures or seminars on Wednesday afternoons. Instead this time is for enrichment activities, for personal development and sport.

Sport for the next generation If you already pursue a sport there is no reason why you can’t continue alongside your studies … in fact we positively encourage it. To show our commitment and enhance your college experience, we’ve developed Team Dudley Sport. Through this programme, you can: • H  ave specialised coaching or training for six to eight hours per week • R  epresent the college regionally and nationally in British Colleges Sport (BCS) tournaments • Attend trials for regional and national squads • G  et involved in volunteering locally – perhaps in local schools or sports clubs • Attain coaching and leadership qualifications. Our football development programme has been praised for leading the way in college sport provision. We have been awarded prestigious Focus College status by the FA and BCS, allowing us to share our ideas and best practice on a national level. BCS games are held on Wednesday afternoons, with competitors travelling to other campuses around the West Midlands. Regional finals are held at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire and successful teams go on to the nationals at the University of Bath.

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If you compete for the college yo u will become a mem ber of Team Dud ley.The college runs a nu mber of successf ul sports teams that play within British C olleges Sport (BCS) regional and national com petitions. All sports repres ented by the co llege have the opportunity to progress to re gional finals held at Lilleshal l Sports Centre in Shropshire and, if successful , through to the National finals at Bath U niversity. BCS ru n regional and national repr esentative squa ds in many sports at the elite end of competit ion.The college has expe rienced success at this level through its foot ball programme. Sports that the college is curren tly represented in ar e: • Athletics • Hockey • Badminton • Netball • Basketball • Rugby Union • Cricket • Table Tennis • Cross Country • Trampoline • Football • Volleyball. • Golf Most sports are played on a Wednesday afte rnoon and includ e travel to other co lleges in the West Midlands an d around the rest of the co untry. To find out mor e about sport at Dudley College visit: www.team dudley.co.uk

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Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze and silver awards As a Dudley College student you get the chance to go for the exciting and highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, acquiring outdoor skills including map reading and survival techniques, as well as life skills such as teamwork, self-esteem and resilience.

Dudley College Students’ Union

In acknowledgement of his impressive volunteering work, our student Ross Ensor was selected to carry the Olympic torch prior to the 2012 London Games. Whether you want to go on trips, attend events, join special interest clubs and societies or stand for election, the choice is yours as to how involved and busy you become. • Tweet @DudleySU • Find Dudley College Students’ Union on Facebook • Call 01384 363 412 • Say hello at Room 84, The Broadway • Email studentunion@dudleycol.ac.uk. To find out more visit www.teamdudley.co.uk

Activities & E

vents

Throughout the year the Union runs a variety of trips/events w hich include Fres hers Fayre, Alton Towers, D rayton Manor,Yo un g People’s Question Time, London Parliam en t, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, nightclub partie s and intercurriculum spor ting activities.T here will also be a number of smaller trips/eve nts running directly related to specific studen t clubs and student requests . All Union activ ities are open to all members. If there is somet hing you are particularly inte rested in doing le t us know, we’re always look ing for inspiratio n!

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STUDENT LIFE

Before October half-term your class will be required to elect a class represe ntative. After watching a short presentati on explaining this role, all students in your clas s will be offered the opportunity to stand for this position. Those not standing take a vote for who they think would be the best represe ntative of their views about college life. Class rep resentatives are trained for this role and will have a full understanding of how the ‘learne r voice’ can help make positive changes to the ir course, the college, their local community and wider society. Based on levels of engage ment with the college and Students’ Union, clas s reps are able to receive certification, prizes, invi tation to class rep only events and a reference for their efforts.

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When you enrol with us you automatically become a member of Dudley College Students’ Union. This democratic organisation is independent from the college and led by elected students who are passionate about representing students’ voices. Membership is free and designed to help you get the best from your time here – both academically and socially.

Class reps


Inspirational FACILITIES 10 Inspirational Facilities

Our new Dudley Learning Quarter hasn’t just changed the college – it’s changed the face of Dudley. We’ve created a dedicated campus right at the heart of town. Equipped with exciting technology and designed with both socialising and learning in mind, we’ve given our students and the local community the very best place to inspire their studies, improve their skills and have fun. The Learning Quarter brings together: The Broadway This is where our Business and Administration, Information Technology, Retail, Engineering and Hospitality and Catering students currently learn their trades. (Our Engineering and Manufacturing department will be moving to Dudley Advance in September 2014.) The Broadway is our main campus and longest-established site: students have been engaged in hands-on thinking here since 1862.

Dudley Evolve Comprising a performance-standard theatre and a simulated aircraft and baggage area … our simply stunning new vocational training centre is equipped for inspirational learning. Evolve Sport – a new sports hall and air-conditioned fitness suite with brand new equipment Evolve Hair & Beauty – a working salon and beauty therapy suite for student training (and real-life clients) Evolve Theatre – with all the stage, lighting, sound and performance equipment of a commercial theatre Design and visual arts facilities – a brilliant place to get creative, with the latest design software Public services training – resources and expertise for students hoping to join the uniformed services Travel and tourism resources – including a real aeroplane and check-in area for memorable, exciting learning.

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Our £8m Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology will open in the autumn of 2014, bringing first-class engineering training facilities to the region. Comprised of 2800m² specialist teaching space spread over four floors, Dudley Advance is tailor-made for the future’s brightest engineers, who are studying disciplines that include mechatronics, electrical engineering and engineering science, and traditional machine tool-based engineering and CNC (computer numerical control). We’re partnering with employers to upskill the region’s manufacturing and engineering workforce too, buying in the latest machinery, software, knowledge and tools for the benefit of everyone.

Dudley Sixth and Dudley Enhance Dudley Sixth is our new purpose-built sixth-form centre, while Dudley Enhance (opening in the autumn of 2014) is a strikingly modern resources building for A-level students, complete with training kitchen and Mathematics Innovation Centre.

Mons Hill Construction Centre and Wolverhampton Street Motor Vehicle Centre Mons Hill has specialist workshops and training units for students who are preparing for careers in construction. We teach valuable professions such as bricklaying, plastering, plumbing, heating and ventilation, and carpentry. Our Wolverhampton Street site is for mechanics in training.

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Inspirational facilities

Dudley Advance

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The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology


College library We want to make sure you have the best resources to support your studies and so Dudley College’s library at The Broadway holds more than 30,000 volumes, spanning all curriculum areas. There are also computers for conducting research and completing assignments. Our friendly library staff are always on hand during opening hours to help you find the books, journals, newspaper items or reference items you need.

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You’ll be able to look up library items both at college and online from home – and you can borrow up to eight books and two DVDs or CDs at a time.

Inspirational facilities

You’ll also be able to access a wide range of electronic resources through the Athens online portal, including: • British Standards • Our large e-book collection • Encyclopaedia Britannica • New Scientist. For guidance, please ask a member of the library team or call 01384 363 353.

College Library

mes The Library holds over 40,000 volu ure ens to spanning all curriculum areas t por sup you have the best resources to ays alw your studies. Friendly staff are with on hand to assist and guide you uire. req finding the resources that you the in All the library items are listed ble both online catalogue which is accessi home. from in college and via the internet up row As a student, you are able to bor s CD or to eight books and two DVDs spapers with access to many journals, new used be and reference items which can ilable ava are within the library. Computers s. ent gnm for research and completing assi the see se For further information, plea e a wide iPoint section to the right. We hav le ilab ava range of electronic resources h as: suc tal through the Athens online por • British Standards • Wide selection of e-Books • Encyclopaedia Britannica • New Scientist • Film and Sound online. will guide Just ask a member of staff who give us or d nee you you to the resources . a call on 01384 363 353

Electronic learning We have three online systems to help you with your learning: Blackboard and Blackboard Mobile Blackboard is our virtual learning environment, which you’ll be able to access from anywhere with an internet connection. In it you’ll find many general resources, plus materials specific to your course (in the form of presentations, class notes, tests, videos, discussion boards and more). Blackboard Mobile is an app which allows you to access Blackboard from your smartphone or tablet. ProPortal As a Dudley College student you’ll have an individual learning plan (ILP) which tracks your progress through your course. You can access it from anywhere through a system called ProPortal and also view your: • Targets and reviews • Assessment grades • Information about meetings • Timetable • Attendance data. Outlook You will have your own Dudley College email account with 25GB of space, allowing you to receive attachments of up to 25MB.

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Essential Byte support sessions

iPoint student learning centres

Dudley College runs ‘Essential Byte’ support sessions on topics such as e-safety, Harvard referencing, online resources and in-depth library resources. These sessions can be delivered to small groups or full classes, and you can book them with our library or iPoint staff.

With 225 computers over five sites (and more planned for the near future), our iPoint centres are ideally equipped for your independent study. Whether you need to access the internet and other online resources, or use the scanners and printers, staff are always nearby to help. Please ask if you need:

Undergraduate study room Dudley College’s undergraduate room is accessible only to students on our HNC and HND courses – that’s you. This comfortable space is equipped with computers for you to use any time the college is open. Ideal for relaxing and meeting your friends, it also has a quiet area for concentrated study.

• Support with Blackboard, ProPortal or passwords • Help to find online resources relating to your course • WiFi assistance • Approval for loan of equipment • Interactive whiteboard training.

Refuelling

It’s easier to learn when you’re sufficiently fed and watered. As well as vending machi nes throughout all sites, Dudley College has several places to buy hot and cold foo d and drinks: • The Refectories at Th e Bro

adway and Mons Hill

• Coffee shops at The Bro adw

ay and Evolve • T  wo shops selling snacks and gifts at The Broadway and Evolve.

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Learning and student support 14 Learning and student support

You’ll be encouraged to work independently at Dudley College, developing your own ideas, but at no time are you without our support. We want you to focus on achieving your very best. So alongside our quiet, friendly, purpose-built learning spaces, we offer several helpful services…

Study support Our experienced staff are available to help you with: • Study skills • Revision techniques • Exam strategies • English and Maths as subjects • English language skills • Coursework and assignments. We can offer this support on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. It will be timetabled just like your other classes. Your support tutor will provide resources based on the needs of your course, and you will work towards mutually agreed targets. For more details please contact the Learning Hub on 01384 363 279.

Individual learning plan and tutorials You will be a part of Dudley College’s virtual learning environment (called Blackboard – see page 12), in which your tutors will post useful resources and assignments to enhance your learning experience. This is also where you can track your individual learning plan (ILP) – see page 12.

Personal development planning

Dudley College celebrates diversity and actively promotes equality of opportunity

Whether you’re studying with us part time or full time, tutorials will form an integral part of your course. To ensure you get the best out of your studies, you and your tutor will agree on targets for your future development, regularly monitor them, and record your achievements.

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15 We want you to be happy and productive during your time at Dudley College. We also realise it’s entirely human to experience financial, personal or health difficulties that prevent you from concentrating fully on your studies. Please tell us if you’re feeling stressed – there are several ways in which we can help: • Your course tutor may be a good first point of contact • O  ur qualified counsellors offer confidential support on personal issues (01384 363 293 / 363 393) • O  ur team of mentors are here to help with motivation and organisation if you fall behind with your work (01384 363 929 / 363 206) • O  ur finance and welfare advisers can talk to you about finances, housing, benefits and childcare (01384 363 555).

Special needs support Dudley College is pleased to offer: • E asy access and dedicated parking spaces for people with disabilities • Wheelchair-friendly toilet facilities, with RADAR keys • Loop systems and alerters for hearing-impaired students • Health and welfare support • Advice, guidance and counselling • Special dietary provision • Care assistance • D  yslexia support (including software such as Read&Write 10 GOLD) • M  aterials in alternative formats, including Braille, large text or audio • Special arrangements for support during exams.

For more information log on to www.dudleycol.ac.uk or call the course hotline on 01384 363 363

Learning and student support

Counselling, mentoring and welfare services


Fees and f inancial Support 16

Our finance and welfare officers are here to talk through your unique circumstances and signpost you towards available help.

Fees and financial Support

Undergraduate loans and grants

Learner Support Fund

Our experienced staff are available to help you with:

The Learner Support Fund provides means-tested grants to help students (aged 19 and over) with costs they may occur as a result of taking a higher education course – for example, travel, books, equipment, stationery, residential fees, and so on. If you’re aged 20 or over, there may also be help to meet the costs of childcare.

There is lots of financial support available for undergraduate students. In brief, you may be able to get: • A tuition fee loan which covers your tuition fees in full • A maintenance loan to cover living costs such as rent • A  maintenance grant if your household income is less than £42,620 (2014 figure - correct at xxx)

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

Loans need to be repaid but grants do not.You will start paying back your loans when you are earning £21,000 per year, at 9% of the income you earn above that figure. (So if, for example, you were earning £22,000, you would pay back your loan at £7 per month.) Any debt that remains 30 years from the April after you graduate will be written off.

• QCF Certificates and Diplomas

You can find out more at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance or call us here at Dudley College on 01384 363 3377 for information.

These are student loans for the further education sector. They are available for learners aged 24 and over, studying at Level 3 and Level 4 including: • Access to Higher Education • A-levels. You can apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of your qualification, which will be paid directly to Dudley College. You will be eligible if you…

Free BUS PASS

We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel cost s for 16-181 year olds on full-time progra mmes, based on individual circumstances2. To qualify for a free bus pass3, you must live m ore than one m ile from the campus at which you will be stud ying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn fu nd ing. 1 Under 19 as at 31 August 2014. 2 Students with le arning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to ac cess public transport may st ill be able to rece ive help – talk to our Stud ent Finance team . 3 Evidence of fam ily income will ne ed to be provided.

• Are aged 24 or over at the start of your course • Are resident in the UK (criteria apply) • H  ave not previously had a loan to do the same qualification type and level. These loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks. So if you meet the criteria, you will be able to apply regardless of your employment status.

Other costs If you have other costs not mentioned here which would make it difficult for you to start or attend a course, please do still ask for help. Our specialist team at The Broadway will help in any way they can. Please call 01384 363 377 or email studentfinanceteam@dudleycol.ac.uk for more information.

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Application timeline

Key dates

Register for UCAS 2015

From early June 2014

Attend Dudley College Open Days

June and November 2014

Develop and draft your UCAS personal statement

June to November 2014

Attend Dudley College Higher Education Fair

Early September 2014

Applications can be sent to UCAS

Mid-September 2014

Meet the Dudley College internal UCAS deadline. Applications sent to your tutor by this date should leave the college before the Christmas break

Last Friday in November

Make sure you meet the UCAS deadline. Equal consideration is given to all applications sent by this date

6pm on 14 January 2015

Apply for student finance

January 2015

Extra starts for eligible applicants (this is when you have used all five UCAS choices but are holding no offers – you have the opportunity to make a further choice or choices)

24 February 2015

Applications received at UCAS by this date will be sent to the applicant’s chosen universities. Applicants received after this date will be entered into Clearing

30 June 2015

Clearing opens

3 July 2015

A-level results day – Clearing Information Service starts

13 August 2015

Adjustment week (five consecutive 24 hour periods including weekends). This is where, if you’ve met or exceeded conditions for your firm choice, you may be able to change the course you accept Final date to submit 2015 applications

15 - 31 August

30 September

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Action

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Are you ready to start your undergraduate journey with Dudley College? We’ve put together a handy timeline to show you what you need to do and when. It applies to undergraduate courses starting in September 2015.


18 OPEN DAYS

Open days Dudley College is the brightest new place to take an undergraduate course – come and see it for yourself. We hold regular open days when we warmly welcome you to: • T  alk about our HNC and HND courses with the tutors who actually teach them – and students who actually study them! • Bring skills to life by trying your hand at our ‘Have a Go’ activities • Consider full-time and part-time study options • T  ake a tour of our impressive new Learning Quarter and dedicated undergraduate space • Learn about your finance options • Get support with your UCAS application • Discuss your future with our well-qualified careers advisers. If you can’t make our open days, don’t worry. We’ll welcome you any time – simply arrange an individual or group tour by calling 01384 363 363.

For more information log on to www.dudleycol.ac.uk or call the course hotline on 01384 363 363


How to apply If you are applying for a full-time HND course you will need to use the online application system at www.ucas.com The advantages of submitting your UCAS application online are that: • Lots of support is available, tailored to different people’s circumstances (scroll down to the bottom of the homepage at www.ucas.com) • Online applications are processed within 24 hours and then sent to the college • Mistakes can be immediately corrected, or prevented completely.

Help with your application If you are currently studying at Dudley College, Student Services or your tutor will be able to help you with the online application process. We can provide guidance with choosing courses and support with personal statements and references. You can contact UCAS directly by phoning 0871 468 0468 or emailing enquiries@ucas.ac.uk When you apply, you will need the UCAS code for your chosen course. Please see the course outlines in this prospectus, or the course information at www.ucas.com You will also need Dudley College’s institution name and code, which is D58.

HNCs

part-time applicants The majority of part-time undergraduate courses at Dudley College can be joined during the enrolment periods which are advertised in the local press, or at other times by arrangement with the course tutor. If you’d like more information on any of our courses, need help applying or require this guide in an alternative format then please contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

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How to apply

Full-time applicants

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HNDS


Your guide to undergraduate

Qualif ications 20 YOUR GUIDE TO UNDERGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS

We have an impressive array of undergraduate courses for you to choose from: you’ll find overviews of each subject on the following pages. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to Higher National qualifications…

What are HNCS and HNDS Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) are undergraduate qualifications. They are vocational. So while a bachelor’s degree tends to focus on research and the acquisition of knowledge, HNCs and HNDs are designed to equip you with specific skills valued in a particular career.

How do they differ from each other? An HNC can take two years to complete, part time. It is generally equivalent to the first year of a university course. An HND is one step up – generally equivalent to the second year of a university course. It can take two years to complete, full time.

What happens after I complete my HNC or HND? Because you will have gained a vocational qualification, you may feel ready to progress straight into the world of work. If you’re already in employment you will have new, relevant skills and knowledge, enhancing your prospects over the rest of your career. Or you may be keen study further, topping up your qualification to a full honours degree at the university of your choice.

How are HNCS and HNDS assessed? Rather than doing exams, you will be assessed chiefly through your performance in projects, assignments and practical tasks throughout your course.

I have a job - does Dudley College have options for me? Yes.You can study part time, with sessions scheduled in the evenings. Please see the overview of your chosen subject (pages 22 - 35) for details of college contact time.

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UNDERGRADUATE COURSES 21 UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Business Computing and systems development Electrical and electronic engineering Mechanical engineering Fashion and textiles

Music production Public services Sport and exercise science Travel and tourism management Teacher training

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Business

HND two years full time About business at Dudley College

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An HND in Business from Dudley College is for people who want to go places in the business world.

Courses - Business

You’ll develop the skills you need for a wide range of careers, including skills of communication, working with others, planning and organising, problem solving, numeracy and the use of IT in business settings. It will also help you develop transferable skills that include: • Self-management and development • The management of group dynamics and teamwork • Communicating and presenting to different audiences • Managing tasks and solving problems • Numeracy and literacy skills • Applied design and creativity. The mandatory eight modules are those covered by the HNC: • Business Environment • Human Resource Management • Managing Communication, Knowledge and Information • Work-Based Experience • Business Psychology • Managing Activities • Managing Financial Resources and Decisions. • Marketing Principles. For the HND, you will take a further eight modules: • Organisations and Behaviour • Further Aspects of Contract and Tort • Business Decision-Making • Business Ethics • Internet and e-Business • Research Project • Business Strategy • Employee Relations. As well as being giving reading lists at the start of each module, you will learn how to identify, access and use relevant resources to help with your learning. Classes range from formal lectures to discussions, group work, tutorials and practical workshops – in which you will put into practice the theory you have learned. In the past we’ve looked at globalisation, examined controversial adverts, considered consumers’ wine-buying habits, collected data on car park congestion and debated the ethics of low-cost overseas factories.

Throughout your time at Dudley College you will be encouraged to undertake independent reading and research, supplementing and consolidating what you learn in class. Assessments are designed to test your new knowledge – and the ways in which you apply it – through essays and reports, presentations, tutorial exercises and group work. We want to see evidence of you reasoning critically, identifying and solving problems, analysing and interpreting information, and applying theoretical concepts to real life. Developing these cognitive skills will be key to you passing your modules with Merit or Distinction. Why Dudley College? Our Business tutors are here to inspire. As well as high-level qualifications and strong theoretical knowledge, most have senior management experience to help put your learning into context. You’ll have access to our first-class facilities. As an undergraduate student you can use our exclusive undergraduate room – ideal for meeting friends and for quiet study. We buy copies of business newspapers and journals for you to browse there.You can use an essential BTEC Business study guide throughout the year, an 800-page book giving you unit content, learning outcomes, theory and up-to-date case studies. All Dudley College students have access to the Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. There, Business students will be signposted to valuable journals, wikis and forums, plus useful TV programmes we have recorded and uploaded.You will have an Athens login, allowing you to read passwordprotected online books, journals and newspaper articles. There are plenty of enrichment opportunities on this course. In the past we have taken our students to the law courts, allowing them to see how employment laws are implemented, and how the law impacts on society, businesses and the government. Recent visiting speakers have included the finance director of a large organisation and a specialist in business and marketing psychology. What are the entry requirements? You need to hold one of the following Level 3 qualifications: • A  -level (minimum grade E) in Business or another relevant subject • B  TEC National Diploma in Business or equivalent in an appropriate subject. For mature students who may lack the requisite qualifications but have relevant work experience, we may offer you a place following a successful interview.

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What’s next? This HND in Business is vocational so after completing it you will be well equipped to begin looking for relevant employment in the business world. Or you might wish to study further, topping your qualification up to an undergraduate degree. If you’re interested in the latter please talk to us about our link with Solihull College. Where can I learn more? To find out more contact our admissions tutor Sharron Holding: student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk

Business

HND conversion one year full time About Business HND Conversion at Dudley College Topping up your HNC to an HND at Dudley College is a great way to build on your existing knowledge and improve your prospects for the future. Successful completion of your HND will put you in great stead for a bright future in business or for further study at degree level. Following successful completion of an HNC, you will need to complete a further eight modules – see the HND overview for more details.

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Prior to enrolment on this course, you will need to take an Initial Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy. This is so we can start you on the right level of course for you to succeed, and it helps us give you any extra support you may need.

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Overseas students with relevant work experience will need IELTS 5.5 minimum and one A-level or equivalent.


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HNC one-and-a-half years part time

Courses - Computing and systems development

About Computing and Systems Development at Dudley College We’re living in a digital revolution – and experts in computing and systems are in demand in almost every industry. Studying for a Higher National Certificate in Computing and Systems Development gives you the chance to further your knowledge and understanding within the field of computing – and get a vocationally specific undergraduate qualification at the end of it. You will take eight very different modules, acquiring transferable ‘soft’ skills as well as techniques to enhance your opportunities in your chosen computing career or to help you progress to degree-level study. The course utilises a single pseudo-real business case over all the modules, so you can get the skills you need to manage big projects. Past students have told us how valuable they found this choice of course structure; they have tended to progress easily to employment or a degree course as a result. Because you are likely to be already employed or seeking employment in a computer-related role, we will give you the chance to improve your academic research skills in the Emerging Technologies module. Classes are scheduled during the evening and you will have six hours per week of contact time with the college – including lectures, demonstrations, practical sessions and workshops. Why Dudley College? Our teaching team comprises six staff members with years of experience in various relevant fields, allowing us to give you a well-rounded education based on real-world knowledge. Three staff have Master’s degrees in related fields. One of our tutors is also a standards verifier with Edexcel, giving them excellent knowledge of the assessment process, and another is a qualified assessor.Yet another member of our team is a qualified CISCO instructor. Classes are small (with seven to ten students) so there is often time for you to have one-to-one support during each session. Our department is brilliantly equipped, with computers in classrooms and IT equipment for your practical workshops, and all the industry-recognised software you need for the course. We have a CISCO Academy networking room and two further rooms dedicated to the use of system hardware, software and networking. We renew our PCs every three years and review our technology annually to ensure it meets the specification required for your learning and assessments.

All our undergraduate students benefit from a dedicated room in which to study outside of lesson time. Our webbased virtual learning environment (called Blackboard) enables you to access your study materials online; submit assignment work; get feedback on your graded work; and collaborate with your peers. You will get real-life consultancy experience through projects requested by small and medium local enterprises. One Computing student recently completed a project for Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve, for example. What are the entry requirements? For you to take this course at Dudley College we generally ask for: • A full Level 3 qualification in IT or an equivalent subject • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent). However, we strongly believe in inclusivity and we’re aware that, due to personal or professional reasons, a part-time HNC may be your only current study option. Therefore we will always consider employment experience and professional skills in lieu of some academic requirements. You may be asked to complete an initial assessment, and you will also have an interview with an admissions tutor prior to being offered a place. What’s next? Many students who complete their HNC decided to convert it to HND level at Dudley College. Successful completion of the HND will allow you to progress a full degree at university. We find that students already in employment often get promoted in recognition of their undergraduate qualification. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HNC in Computing and Systems Development from Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

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This is a course for people looking to build a career in computing: systems, analysis, data, programming, web, applications, games ... the list continually grows. In this era of rapid advances in digital technology, a vocational qualification in computing could mean you progress to almost any industry. Studying for a Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development gives you the chance to get valuable knowledge and understanding within the field of computing – and a vocationally specific undergraduate qualification at the end of it. You will learn techniques and acquire transferable skills to help you become successful in your chosen computing career, or to progress to degree-level study. The course utilises a single pseudo-real business case over all 16 modules, giving you the experience you need to manage big projects. One of the modules comprises work-based experience, which you will take in the summer at the end of your first year. Classes are scheduled during the day and you will have around 16 hours per week of contact time with the college – including lectures, practical sessions and workshops. Why Dudley College? Our six staff members have years of experience in various relevant fields, bringing you a well-rounded education based on their real-world knowledge. Three staff have Master’s degrees in related fields. One of our tutors is also a standards verifier with Edexcel and another is a qualified assessor, giving them excellent insight into the assessment process.Yet another member of our team is a qualified CISCO instructor. Because classes are small (with seven to ten students) there is usually time for you to have one-toone support during each session.

local enterprises, making recommendations to help them improve their business. One Computing student recently completed a project for Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve, for example. Marc Round started his academic journey at Dudley College, with a Level 2 Systems Support qualification. He completed our HND in Computing in July 2012 with 16 distinctions, then went on to achieve a degree at the University of Wolverhampton with first-class honours. For his Bachelors thesis he extended his HND project, which dealt with network security and securing servers. What are the entry requirements? To take this course at Dudley College you will need: • A full Level 3 qualification in IT or an equivalent subject • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent). You will also have an interview with an admissions tutor prior to being offered a place. What’s next? Successful completion of the HND will allow you to convert it into a full degree at university - many of our past students have chosen this route. Because an HND is considered an undergraduate qualification, you may feel ready to seek full-time employment in a computing career. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HND in Computing and Systems Development from Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

Our department is brilliantly equipped, with computers in classrooms and IT equipment for your practical workshops, and all the industry-recognised software you need for the course. We have a CISCO Academy networking room and two further rooms dedicated to the use of system hardware, software and networking. We renew our PCs every three years and review our technology annually to ensure it meets the specification required for your learning and assessments. All our undergraduate students benefit from a dedicated room in which to study outside of lesson time. Our webbased virtual learning environment (called Blackboard) enables you to access your study materials online; submit assignment work; get feedback on your graded work; and collaborate with your peers. You can work on projects requested by small and medium For more information log on to www.dudleycol.ac.uk or call the course hotline on 01384 363 363

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About Computing and Systems Development at Dudley College

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HND two years full time


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HNC two years part time

Courses - Electrical and electronic engineering

About Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Dudley College If you’re thinking of studying for an Electrical and Electronic Engineering HNC at Dudley College, the chances are you’re already employed by – or seeking employment in – a company where your skills in this valuable discipline will have real benefit. This Higher National Certificate course is designed to cover all the major functions of electrical and electronic engineering. It includes three mandatory units: • Analytical Methods • Engineering Science • Engineering Project Plus five optional units, of which the most commonly chosen are: • Utilisation of Electrical Energy • Electrical Power • Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles • Logic • ECAD (electronic computer-aided design). As well as classroom-based sessions, we’ll conduct a number of practical activities (such as testing and scientific experiments) which will be incorporated into your assessments.You will have 7.5 hours’ college contact time per week. The Engineering Project module allows you to carry out a project of your choice and evaluate the results. Typically selected in conjunction with your employers and implemented in your workplace, the project gives you a valuable way to experience the applications of electrical and electronic engineering in a real-life situation. One of our past students adapted an old-fashioned moving needle meter to make a multimeter, for example, while another designed and built a portable bat detector.

Our tutors’ knowledge and engineering experience is outstanding: our department includes former production, design and manufacturing engineers and a former RAF avionics technician. Course leader Dr Samuel Coward has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow, studying human and animal biomechanics. What are the entry requirements? You will need to have one of the following: • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (MMP or better)* • BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (MM or better)* • A-level in Maths plus AS-level in Physics (C or above) • City & Guilds 236 part C Access to HE in Engineering. • Including the ‘Electrical Principles’ or ‘Mechanical Principles’ and ‘Further Maths for Technicians’ modules. You may also take up the course if you have … • BTEC Nationals in Engineering (Pass) • BTEC Nationals in Science (Pass) • Access to HE Science • City & Guilds 2330 Level 3 … and you complete a Maths and Science bridging module. What’s next? Successful completion of an HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for relevant industry employment or progression to a degree course. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

Why Dudley College? Our Engineering department is investing in a purpose-built £8m centre, offering 2800m² of teaching space over four floors. Dudley Advance (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology) will open in the autumn of 2014, incorporating design studios, engineering suites, a working manufacturing and production centre, an innovation office, an engineering science laboratory and multiple seminar rooms. It will be used as training space by top employers in the region, so you know you’re working with the latest industrystandard machines and tools. So, quite simply, Dudley College has the newest and best facilities!

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Since the pioneering days of Gilbert and Volta; Ohm, Faraday and Maxwell, electronic and electrical engineers have gained a sophisticated understanding of electrical power and its applications in fields such as computing and communications. Today your skills will be highly prized in industries that include IT, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and energy. This Higher National Diploma course is designed to cover all the major functions of electrical and electronic engineering. It includes four mandatory units: • Analytical Methods • Engineering Science • Engineering Project • Electrical and Electronic Principles Plus 12 optional units, of which the most commonly chosen are: • Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering

detected the high-frequency noise emitted by bats and reducing it to the frequency range heard by the human ear. Why Dudley College? Our Engineering department is investing in a purpose-built £8m centre, offering 2800m² of teaching space over four floors. Dudley Advance (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology) will open in the autumn of 2014, incorporating design studios, engineering suites, a working manufacturing and production centre, an innovation office, an engineering science laboratory and multiple seminar rooms. It will be used as training space by top employers in the region, so you know you’re working with the latest industrystandard machines and tools. So, quite simply, Dudley College has the newest and best facilities. We also have excellent tutors with strong engineering backgrounds. Our department is led by Dr Samuel Coward, who has completed a PhD focusing on artificial hip joints and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow studying human and animal biomechanics.

• Materials Engineering

What are the entry requirements?

• Advanced CAD

You will need to have one of the following:

• Engineering Maths

•  BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (MMP or better)*

• Computer Programming Techniques

• BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (MM or better)*

• Further Analytical Methods for Engineers • Management of Projects

• A-level in Maths plus AS-level in Physics (C or above)

• Combinational and Sequential Logic

• City & Guilds 236 part C Access to HE in Engineering.

• Operational Amplifiers

• Including the ‘Electrical Principles’ and ‘Further Maths for Technicians’ modules.

• Electronic Principles • Electrical Power • Utilisation of Electrical Energy

You may also take up the course if you have …

• Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits

•  BTEC Nationals in Engineering (Pass)

• Electrical, Electronic and Digital Principles

• BTEC Nationals in Science (Pass)

• ECAD (electronic computer-aided design).

• Access to HE Science

• Further Electrical Power.

• City & Guilds 2330 Level 3

As well as classroom-based sessions, we’ll conduct a number of practical activities (including testing and scientific experiments) which will be incorporated into your assessments.You will have 13.5 hours’ college contact time per week.

… and you complete a Maths and Science bridging module.

The Engineering Project module allows you to carry out a project of your choice and evaluate the results. Typically selected in conjunction with your employers and implemented in your workplace, the project gives you a valuable way to experience the applications of electrical and electronic engineering in a real-life situation. One past student built a portable bat detector by creating a circuit that

What’s next? Successful completion of an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for relevant industry employment or progression to a degree course. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

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Courses - Electrical and electronic engineering

About Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Dudley College

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HNC two years Full time


Mechanical Engineering HNC two years part time 28

About Mechanical Engineering at Dudley College

Courses - Mechanical Engineering

At Dudley College you’re not far away from the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution – where eighteenth-century smelting, clanging and bashing changed the world. Mechanical Engineering emerged as a discipline then too, although its origins go back thousands of years. As a mechanical engineer your skills and knowledge will be valued in a wide range of sectors.

engineering science laboratory and multiple seminar rooms. It will be used as training space by top employers in the region, so you know you’re working with the latest industrystandard machines and tools. What are the entry requirements? You will need to have one of the following: • B  TEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (MMP or better)*

This Higher National Certificate course is designed to cover all the major functions of mechanical engineering. It includes three mandatory units:

• B  TEC National Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (MM or better)*

• Analytical Methods

• City & Guilds 236 part C Access to HE in Engineering.

• Engineering Science • Engineering Project. You must also complete five optional units.The most commonly chosen are:

• A-level in Maths plus AS-level in Physics (C or above)

*Including the ‘Mechanical Principles’ and ‘Further Maths for Technicians’ modules.

• Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering

You may also take up the course if you have…

• Materials Engineering

• BTEC Nationals in Engineering (Pass)

• CAD (computer-aided design)

• BTEC Nationals in Science (Pass)

• Design

• Access to HE Science

• Mechanical Principles

• City & Guilds 2330 Level 3

• Business Management.

…and you complete a Maths and bridging module.

As well as classroom-based and science sessions, we’ll conduct a number of practical activities (such as tensile testing, Charpy impact testing and Rockwell hardness testing) which will be incorporated into your assessments.You’ll work with CAD software plus materials testing equipment. You will have 7.5 hours’ college contact time per week.

What’s next?

The Engineering Project module allows you to carry out a project of your choice and evaluate the results. Typically selected in conjunction with your employers and implemented in your workplace, the project gives you a valuable way to experience the applications of mechanical engineering in a real-life situation. One former student modified a pressure vessel to ensure compliance with US standards (therefore allowing a company to expand its sales), while another designed and tested new filtration systems for the oil industry to reduce the pressure drop across the filter (and therefore saving energy and money).

Where can I learn more?

Successful completion of an HNC in Mechanical Engineering will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for relevant industry employment or progression to an HND or degree course.

For more information on gaining your HNC in Mechanical Engineering from Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

Why Dudley College? We have brilliant tutors with stellar engineering backgrounds and, quite simply, the newest and best facilities. Our Engineering department is currently investing in a purposebuilt £8m centre, offering 2800m² of teaching space over four floors. Dudley Advance (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology) will open in the autumn of 2014, incorporating design studios, engineering suites, a working manufacturing and production centre, an innovation office, an

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HND two years full time

This Higher National Diploma course is designed to cover all the major functions of mechanical engineering. It includes four mandatory units: • Analytical Methods • Engineering Science • Engineering Project • Mechanical Principles.

Why Dudley College? Our inspiring tutors have impressive engineering backgrounds and they’re supported by the newest and best facilities. Dudley College’s Engineering department is currently investing in a purpose-built £8m centre, creating 2800m² of teaching space over four floors. The new Dudley Advance (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology) will open in the autumn of 2014, incorporating design studios, engineering suites, a working manufacturing and production centre, an innovation office, an engineering science laboratory and multiple seminar rooms. It will be used as training space by top employers in the region, so you know you’re working with the latest industrystandard machines and tools.

You must also complete 12 optional units.The most commonly chosen are:

What are the entry requirements?

• Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering

You will need to have one of the following:

• Materials Engineering

• B  TEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (MMP or better)*

• Engineering Thermodynamics • Advanced Computer-Aided Design Techniques • Engineering Design • CADCAM

• B  TEC National Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (MM or better)* • A-level in Maths plus AS-level in Physics (C or above)

• Engineering Maths • Business Management

• City & Guilds 236 part C Access to HE in Engineering.

• Computer Programming Techniques

*Including the ‘Mechanical Principles’ and ‘Further Maths for Technicians’ modules.

• Further Analytical Methods for Engineers • Management of Projects

You may also take up the course if you have …

• Strengths of Materials

• BTEC Nationals in Engineering (Pass)

• Design for Manufacture • Application of Machine Tools

• BTEC Nationals in Science (Pass)

• Manufacturing Process.

• Access to HE Science

As well as classroom-based and science sessions, we’ll carry out practical activities such as tensile testing, Charpy impact testing and Rockwell hardness testing. These will be incorporated into your assessments. Alongside materials testing equipment you’ll work with CAD software.You will have 13.5 hours’ college contact time per week.

• City & Guilds 2330 Level 3

The Engineering Project module allows you to carry out a project of your choice and evaluate the results. Typically selected in conjunction with your employers and implemented in your workplace, the project gives you a valuable way to experience the applications of mechanical engineering in a real-life situation. One of our students changed the process control for the production of precision bearings (to eliminate the need for costly lapping processes), for example, while another implemented a tool tracking system to allow a company to improve tractability, reduce

… and you complete a Maths and bridging module. What’s next? Successful completion of an HND in Mechanical Engineering will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need for relevant industry employment or progression to a degree course. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HND in Mechanical Engineering from Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

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Courses - Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. As a mechanical engineer you could be working on the tiniest component or the largest production plant.Your expertise is sought after in a wide range of sectors, including the manufacturing, power, construction and medical industries …

loss and damage, and anticipate ordering requirements to reduce downtime.

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HND two years full time (three years part time) About Fashion and Textiles at Dudley College

Courses - Fashion and Textiles

Studying for this HND at Dudley College gives you the chance to design, create and innovate, while exploring historical, cultural and social aspects of the fascinating worlds of fashion and textiles. This HND course promotes design exploration and development through live briefs and studio-based assignments. Along the way you’ll need to be highly creative, take risks, assess outcomes, respond to industry requirements and complete work to deadlines. We will cover: • Creative exploration and research development • Design development • Colour exploration • E xperimental and technical textile and fabric manipulation sampling • Pattern drafting • Draping on the stand • Garment and accessory production • Constructed and printed textile techniques and processes • Visual communication of concepts, profiling and designs • Fashion communication and market • Fashion styling • Customer and brand profiling • Trend forecasting

For Fashion, we have a wide range of Bernina domestic sewing machines, overlockers, industrial sewing machines, mannequin stands and a cover stitch machine. We also have a well-stocked store of calico fabric for toiles, basic natural and synthetic fabrics for sampling, interfacings, dot and cross paper for pattern cutting and basic equipment such as ironing boards and irons, pins, metre rules and pattern masters. We’re supported by a specialist technician, and you’ll be able to work off-timetable in our studio to ensure your creations are executed to perfection. You will be part of the college’s Arts department and therefore included, if you wish, in any department trips overseas. We aim to arrange at least two London visits every year: one for exhibitions and fabric sourcing and the other for Graduate Fashion Week, where you can witness first hand the standard required for university progression or employment within the industry. We also take part in live industry briefs, with big-name companies such as Triumph International, Debenhams and Beckford Silk. We’ve had a 100% success rate over the past few years, both with the HND itself and our students’ progression into degree courses. What are the entry requirements? You need to have a Level 3 qualification in an associated subject area or, if you are a mature learner, evidence of relevant experience and knowledge.

• Fashion illustration • Fashion photography

What’s next?

• Computer-aided design (CAD).

Once you have completed the course, you can apply to complete a top-up year in a related subject at university in order to achieve a full BA (honours) degree. Numerous institutions offer this opportunity and all Dudley College HND Fashion and Textiles students who have applied in previous years have successfully obtained a place.

Your predominantly practical, studio-based work will be supported by some lectures and seminars, plus visits to creative and professional events (such as exhibitions and live industry briefings). Each academic year culminates in a large-scale catwalk show – presenting a range of collections designed and created by students throughout that year. In the final year you will realise a comprehensive final fashion and textiles collection which will be showcased at this event.

Of course you may feel ready to seek employment in associated industry jobs – such as in buying, design, retail, styling, merchandising, manufacturing or illustration.

Why Dudley College?

Where can I learn more?

As well as supplying all basic art media and materials, our Fashion and Textiles department is brilliantly equipped with specialist equipment. In Textiles, for example, we have a digital disperse printer, an A2 heat press, a screenprint exposure unit, a jetwash area, heat guns, an extraction booth, a drying cabinet, several batik pots, braiding looms, a knitting machine and a range of dyes for natural and synthetic fabrics.

For more information on gaining your HND in Fashion and Textiles from Dudley College Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

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Music Production HND two years full time In this world there are musicians … and then there are musicians who can engineer, mix, re-mix, perfect and produce. They have the technical expertise (and natural ear for music) to bring out the best in a track.

• A  Mac suite (running all of the above software) and another restricted-access Mac suite solely for HND Music Production students.

An HND in Music Production from Dudley College gives you practical and theoretical training in the key areas of music production – in particular studio recording and computerbased production and composition. The course takes a practical approach, with workshops, seminars, discussion forums and student-led practical sessions making up the bulk of our timetable.You will have 12.5 hours’ contact time per week, plus bookable out-ofhours studio time.

it provides the “I’ve chosen the HND as ing experience that practical, hands-on learn It will allow me to I find most beneficial … e industry or go progress directly into th at university.” on to do a top-up degree Matt Bircher, 18.

Our recording studios and Evolve Theatre (see page XX) also operate as commercial facilities. So not only do you know you’re working with serious equipment, you also get real-life work opportunities.

“The facilities are excellent an d the opportunity to assist with mai ntaining and running th e studios really appealed to me … I’m lo oking to go stra ight into employment an d this course al lows me to gain the pra ctical experien ce I’ll need.” Liz Haywood, 2 1,Wolverhampto n.

Recent speakers at Dudley College have been Pete Waterman OBE and Sound On Sound magazine’s technical editor Hugh Robjohns and editor-in-chief Paul White.

The units you’ll cover will help you acquire a wide skills base, useful in several areas of the industry. These include:

If you are keen to convert your HND to a full degree, the prospects are bright: we have established a top-up progression route with the Music Technology department at Staffordshire University.

• Applied Music Production Techniques

What are the entry requirements?

• Computer Music Composition and Production

You’ll need a minimum of 160 UCAS points. If you’re over 21 you should be able to demonstrate relevant experience in music production. If you’re under 21 you should have passed one full unit award (such as A-level or a BTEC Extended Diploma) in Music Technology or a related subject. You also need Grade C or above in GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths.

• Audio Post Production • Live Sound • Audio Mastering • Audio Electronics. We encourage you to design your own projects – challenging the skills you already have while you develop new ones. Why Dudley College? We deliberately keep groups small – smaller than those at most universities – which gives you a more personal learning experience and easy access to academic and pastoral support. It also means you get more hands-on time with our professional resources, which include: • T  hree industry-standard recording studios, running critically acclaimed software that include Pro Tools, Ozone 5, Melodyne, Logic Pro and Reason

What’s next? Once you complete your HND you can top it up to degree level at university. The Music Technology department at Staffordshire University guarantees an interview to every one of our Music students who passes their HND. Or you may feel ready to start looking for work in the music industry. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HND in Music Production at Dudley College Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

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Courses - Music production

• T  hree air-conditioned live rooms, each with adaptable acoustic treatment

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About Music Production at Dudley College


Public services HND two years full time About Public Services at Dudley College

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Are you thinking about joining the public services, in a uniformed or non-uniformed role? This course takes an in-depth look at the skills needed for management in the public services sector, whether that’s in the armed forces, emergency services, the UK Border Agency, or the Home Office. If you already have your future mapped out, you can focus on topics that suit your chosen profession. One of our past students chose to research aspects of the RAF, for example, while others have studied police-related topics or prisons and prisoner rights. If you prefer to remain open minded, that’s fine too: this course is designed to give you a wideranging education, enhance your teamwork and leadership skills and boost your confidence. Mandatory modules are: • Small Scale Research within the Public Services • Organisations and Behaviour • Fair Treatment • Managing Public Sector Finance • Government Decision Making • Research Project • Personal and Professional Development. You will also take modules, that include: • Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour • The Global Environment • Aspects of Criminal Law

judicial process. Past students have attended enrichment sessions on subjects that included the global environment and substance misuse. On a recent residential visit to an adventure centre, our students evaluated the activities and centre provisions for Level 1-3 Public Services students. Workshops took place in the open air. Afterwards, our students submitted a report to senior managers at the centre, outlining the costs and benefits of the visit. Our tutors have extremely strong credentials. With formal qualifications that include a first-class degree in Police Studies, Neil Gould is a retired police officer who reached the rank of Chief Superintendent, commanding the Wolverhampton division of West Midlands Police. He has extensive experience in all aspects of policing, in both uniform and investigative roles. Following the events in New York on September 11 2001, Neil visited New York and the FBI Academy at Quantico,Virginia to study police responses and assist in the development of the UK strategy to deal with similar events. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Leadership Programme. Phil Stevenson is also a retired police officer, having served for 28 years as Constable, Sergeant and Inspector. His experience includes training and developing new recruits to the police service, and he was a Local Policing Unit Commander with responsibility for reducing crime and disorder within a locality. What are the entry requirements? You need to have one of the following Level 3 qualifications:

• Substance Misuse.

• A-level (grade E minimum) in a relevant subject area

Your classes will be a mixture of formal lectures, discussions, debates, interactive group work (including role play) and tutorials, and you’ll carry out lots of your own research. Your projects may include conducting questionnaires and forming focus groups, allowing you and other students to learn from one another. Every week you will be encouraged to develop skills that are highly relevant to public services careers, such as communication, problem-solving, resilience, and conflict management.

• B  TEC National Diploma in Public Services or equivalent in an appropriate subject area.

Why Dudley College? You can bounce off the ideas and enthusiasm of others in our modern learning environment: our classrooms are purposebuilt, spacious and equipped with excellent IT facilities. If you need to conduct group research, you can access computers at The Broadway and Dudley Evolve. For individual study you can use our dedicated undergraduate room, our brilliantly stocked library, and online journals and other resources via your Athens login (see page 12). We arrange educational events relevant to the topics we are studying, such as visits to both a magistrates’ and Crown court where you will gain essential knowledge about the

What’s next? Upon successful completion of your HND, you’ll be ready to look for employment in the public services sector – or to complete Year 3 of a university programme and attain a degree.You will certainly have the insight and skills you need to make an informed judgement about your future career path. Many of our students join our Public Services HND with a mind to pursuing a career in the police. That’s great news: thanks to Phil Stevenson we are an approved centre for delivery of the Police Knowledge Certificate and many of our HND students study for this alongside their HND. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HND in Public Services at Dudley College Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

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Sport and Exercise Science What sort of nutrition does a professional sportsperson need? Are there measures we can take to prevent injury while exercising? While studying for your HND in Sport and Exercise Science at Dudley College, you will look at a wide range of scientific subjects based around athletic and exercise performance. It’s an ideal course if you’re considering a career in sports therapy or coaching, advanced fitness, training, teaching or lecturing. Classes will comprise formal lectures, discussions, group work, tutorials and practical workshops, including sessions focused on advanced coaching techniques, anatomy, sports science, and psychological intervention for athletes.

During your course you will make educational visits based on subjects being studied, including study trips to nearby universities. Our tutors are experts in their subjects but not only that: they will support you throughout your HND programme and with UCAS if you decide to top up your HND to degree level. What are the entry requirements? You need to hold one of the following Level 3 qualifications: • A  -level (grade E minimum) in Sport or another relevant subject area • B  TEC National Diploma in Sport or equivalent in an appropriate subject area.

Compulsory modules are: • Anatomy and Physiology • Exercise Psychology • Research Methods • Biomechanics for Sport • Research Project. Why Dudley College? Our facilities are, quite simply, outstanding. At Dudley we’re ready and waiting for serious sports students, with our state-of-the-art fitness centre and sports hall, plus massage/ injury-treatment room. Our award-winning Sports department – indeed the entire college – is committed to raising the chances of our sporting students. Please see page 9 for details of Team Dudley, a programme which allows you to access specialised training, attain coaching certificates, and try out for squad places. Our HND Sport and Exercise students tend to be active athletes and several have gone on to impressive relevant careers: national coach, football players, sports therapist …

and support “I’ve had lots of help great way to and graduating is a work.” celebrate all my hard Liam Jones, Gornal.

“I had great su pport and encouragemen t, and knew I w as starting to und erstand sports injuries when I recently visited the doctors ab out my own sp orts injury and cou ld understand the terminology he used and the treatment he p rescribed.” Mitch Blackham , Coseley.

What’s next? The HND in Sport and Exercise Science is a vocational course and therefore prepares you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need in employment within coaching, education or sports science-related careers. If you’re keen to study further, you can progress straight into the third year of a related degree course at university. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HND in Sport and Exercise at Dudley College Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

For more information log on to www.dudleycol.ac.uk or call the course hotline on 01384 363 363

Courses - Sport and exercise science

About Sport and Exercise Science at Dudley College

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HND two years full time


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HND two years full time

Courses - Travel and tourism management

About Sport and Exercise Science at Dudley College

What are the entry requirements?

Your two years of vocational study for this HND will give you an excellent grounding for a management role in the tourist industry. Perhaps you’d like to work for an airline, a chain of hotels, or a tourist board? This course could take you anywhere – literally.

• GCSE in English (at least grade C) or equivalent

Modules include: • The Travel and Tourism Sector • Finance and Funding in the Travel and Tourism Sector • Marketing in Travel and Tourism • Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism • Tourist Destinations • Incoming and Domestic Tourism • Public Relations and Promotions in Travel and Tourism • Employability Skills. Classes will comprise formal lectures, discussions, group work, tutorials and practical workshops. One day you might be practising customer service through role play; another session could see you problem-solving, taking part in simulated interviews or listening to interesting guest speakers. Every session is design to further your understanding of this fascinating sector and prepare you for a successful career within it. Why Dudley College? For our Tourism students, we have some of the most inspirational facilities in the UK – including a real aircraft for training and a mocked-up check-in area! During your course you will make educational visits, including a trip to London to examine the capital’s appeal for tourists. There is the possibility of an overseas residential trip in your second year, focusing on the trend for dark / disaster tourism. To gain valuable experience and boost your CV, you’ll have the chance to take part in events within the college (including making promotional talks to our Level 3 students who might be considering HND study) and at Birmingham Airport. We also have positive links with tourist industry organisations near and far, including Dudley Canal Trust (near) and the volunteering arm of the Atlantic Whale Foundation (far!).

You should have: • GCSE in Mathematics (at least grade C) or equivalent and ONE of the following qualifications: • One A-level plus at least two other GCSE passes • B  TEC National Certificate or Diploma in Travel & Tourism (or the equivalent in an appropriate subject area) • A  pass on an Access course with eight Level 3 credits in an appropriate subject area. If you lack the qualifications but have relevant work experience we may be able to offer you a place, subject to your performance in an interview at Dudley College. Overseas students should have IELTS 5.5 minimum together with Maths (grade C or higher) or equivalent, and a Level 3 qualification. What’s next? An HND in Travel and Tourism Management from Dudley College will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to find employment in a management role in the tourist / travel industry.You might want to go into teaching, become a travel agency manager, a destination reviewer, a travel consultant, a tour manager, a guide, a holiday representative or a tourism officer – there are many possibilities.You may also choose to top up your qualification to degree level by entering a degree programme at Year 3. Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your HND in Travel and Tourism Management at Dudley College Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

To help make your future even brighter, our tutors are experts in their subjects and will support you throughout your HND programme and with UCAS if you decide to top up your HND to degree level.

For more information log on to www.dudleycol.ac.uk or call the course hotline on 01384 363 363


Teacher Training This course was previously known as DTLLS. It’s for students (graduates and non-graduates) who are currently teaching within the lifelong learning sector (that is, teaching students who are aged 16+). It delivers current and innovative teaching methods to develop your skills: widening your subject knowledge, for example, as well as giving you classroom strategies and helping you to understand assessment, recording and reporting. At the end of this course you will have a nationally recognised qualification that leads to fully qualified teaching and learning status (QTLS). This course is delivered at Dudley College in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, which means you get all the benefits of being a university student (including a graduation day at the end) with the high levels of support and care offered by our college. During the course you can have access to both sets of facilities and a University of Wolverhampton Link Tutor. The course is part time, running over two academic years, and you’ll need to attend for three hours per week. In Year 1 sessions take place on a Tuesday morning (8:45am to 12 noon) and Tuesday evening (6 to 9pm) – you can decide which suits you best. Sessions are classroom-based and delivered by inspiring, experienced teachers.You will also be observed in your place of work. Why Dudley College? You’ll be learning from our very best. All of the teachers who deliver this course are part of our ‘Outstanding Practitioner’ team. This means we’ve handpicked them for their creativity, flair, and long record of consistently outstanding teaching. They use the most up-to-date teaching methods, ICT and research methodology. We also bring in guest speakers who provide excellent, up-to-date expertise on everything from social media to safeguarding.

What are the entry requirements? You need to be a teacher who is currently employed within the lifelong learning sector (such as by a college, a training provider or a local authority).You will have to provide evidence of at least 150 hours of teaching experience over the duration of your course. You also need to have: • Level 3 subject specialism • Level 2 in English / Literacy / Communication • N  QF Level 2 in Mathematics / Numeracy (or be working towards this). We can also grant APA (accreditation of prior achievement) to applicants who hold a 20-credit PTLLS or a Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. What’s next? If you don’t yet have a degree, you may wish to progress to a part-time degree programme. Or, if you are already a graduate, you could go on to study for a Master’s in Education. After completing this qualification at Dudley College, you can apply for Qualified Teaching and Learning Status (QTLS). Where can I learn more? For more information on gaining your teacher training qualifications at Dudley College Dudley College please contact the Student Services team at student.services@dudleycol.ac.uk or phone 01384 363 363.

You will participate in cross-college peer lesson observations. This means you’ll be able to watch outstanding teaching and learning across a wide variety of subjects. Our past students have found that exposure of this kind helps them greatly in developing their own skills. Our student success rate says it all: 100%. Taking this course is a brilliant way to advance your career, gaining a universitylevel qualification with all the personal support of a college.

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Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) / Professional Certificate in Education (PCE)


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What else do we offer?

Dudley College offers many full-time courses for 16 to 18 year olds. Our courses include First Diplomas, National Qualifications, BTECs and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). The level at which you study depends on your GCSE results and the career path you’re hoping to follow. We are confident you will find a course here to suit your interests and skills – take a look at www.dudleycol.ac.uk/courses/fulltime. Advanced and Higher Level Apprenticeships We offer a wide range of Apprenticeships, covering many different industries. Advanced Apprenticeships are Level 3 qualifications, equivalent to two A-levels. Higher Level Apprenticeships are Level 4 to 5 – equivalent to a Foundation Degree. To find out more visit www.dudleycol.ac.uk/apprenticeships. Employer training Are you an employer? When you’re looking to recruit or train new staff, boost the skills of existing employees or develop your senior team, we can help.Visit www.dudleycol.ac.uk/employers or call 01384 363 808 to learn about our valuable employer training programmes. The small print To ensure fairness, inclusivity and the upholding of academic standards, the selection of students onto our undergraduate courses is a really important process.You can read our Undergraduate Admissions Policy at http://www.dudleycol. ac.uk/AboutUs/PoliciesProcedures/HEAdmissions. Code of Conduct When you enrol at Dudley College you will be required to sign our ‘Code of Conduct’. This sets out the expectations we have for all our students – the same expectations any large, professional organisation would have of its employees. All our students are expected to show professionalism in: • Personal presentation and approach to colleagues and tutors • Punctuality and reliability • Conduct inside and outside of teaching spaces • Relationships with other students • Their commitment to continuous improvement.

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HOW TO FIND US 39 HOW TO FIND US

The Broadway – The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AS Dudley Evolve – Tower Street, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1AF Dudley Aspire – The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AR Dudley Sixth – Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL Priory Villa – Priory Road, Dudley Enhance – Priory Road, Dudley Dudley Advance – Priory Road, Dudley Motor Vehicle Centre – Wolverhampton Street, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 3AH Mons Hill – 111 Wrens Hill Road, Wrens Nest Estate, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 3SB For more information log on to www.dudleycol.ac.uk or call the course hotline on 01384 363 363


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