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ESOL Pathway L1: IT and Business Student Handbook – Southgate Name

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2012-13 ESOL Pathway L1: IT and Business 1




Welcome and College Dates


Course Information


What will I study?


Activities and Speakers


Exams and Assessment


What do I need to bring?


Lateness and Attendance


About Southgate , First Aid and Fire Exits


Barnet & Southgate Campuses

14 - 15

E-Learning and ILPs

16 - 18



Student Code of Conduct


What we expect from you


We wish you success at Barnet and Southgate College and hope you enjoy your course!

ESOL Pathway to Employment 2

Welcome to Barnet & Southgate College!

The ESOL team welcomes you to Southgate. We want to make sure you get the most from your course of studies. You will meet students from all over the world and there is a wealth of cultures to share: this makes the ESOL Full-time course a very special course indeed.

ESOL Pathway to Employment - Term Dates 2012-2013 Autumn Term

10th September – 21st December 2012 (Half term 29th October – 2nd November)

Spring Term

7th January – 28th March 2013 (Half term 18th February –22nd February 2013)

Summer Term

15th April – 5th July 2013 (27th May – 31st May 2013)

ESOL Pathway to Employment 3

Name Student Number Class


Tutor My teachers are: General English


Reading & Writing


Listening & Speaking











_______________________ _______________________

If you cannot come to class you must tell your tutor or phone the college.

My tutor’s number is What will I study?


General English You will learn grammar and new vocabulary. Your lessons are designed to give you thorough practice in the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Speaking & Listening You will practise and improve your listening and speaking skills in useful everyday situations and for a variety of purposes, e.g. debating, negotiating, conversation, giving presentations and improving your pronunciation are an important part of this session. Reading and Writing You will practise the skills of reading, and writing in a variety of contexts. You will practise planning and writing formal and informal letters, emails, notes, messages and articles. There will be a wide range of reading materials and you will work on handwriting and spelling, as necessary. Individual Tutorial You will see your tutor one-to-one once a term to discuss your progress and performance. You will discuss your progress on the course and together you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). You will also be given work to do, which will help you study on your own. If you have a problem, please make an appointment to talk to your tutor who can refer you to the college specialist advice, counselling and guidance services. Group Tutorial/ Personal and Social Development Each class has a personal tutor who is there to give you the support, advice and encouragement you need to make the most of your course. You meet as a group every week and any administrative matters will be dealt with at this time. You will find out about important dates, student meetings, activities at the college, work experience and examination arrangements. The group tutorial sessions will cover a range of activities, such as study skills, careers education, equal opportunities and health and social issues. You will also study topics like health, money management, looking for work, etc, which will be part of your Personal and Social Development units.


Tutorials and Individual Learning Plans Your teacher will meet with each student individually – one to one - every term. Your teacher will make an appointment for a tutorial with you to talk about your learning. You and the teacher will make a list of things you should do after classes to help you learn. This is called an Individual Learning Plan, or ILP. You will be able to see your ‘e-ILP’ on a computer – your teacher will give you more information about this. If you need help, advice or have a problem with your studies, please ask for help. Your tutor may be able to help or tell you where you can get help in the college.

Life in UK/Topics You will experience language through the study of current issues in Britain and the world today. You will read about, debate, discuss and write about important topics and issues in the news and in our lives. You will have the opportunity to explore these issues and say what you think. This is useful for: •

your Edexcel ESOL Skills for Life Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing examinations

improving you communication skills in college and at work

living and working in Britain

citizenship in the UK


IT and Business: Units BTEC Level 1 Certificate for IT Users Unit 101 – Improving productivity using IT Unit 112 – IT software fundamentals Unit 121 – Imaging software Unit 127 – Spreadsheet software Unit 129 – Word Processing software Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration Unit 10 – Investigating rights and responsibilities at work Unit 12 – Preparing for work placement Unit 13 – Learning from work placement Unit 14 – Working in business and administration Unit 16 – Making and receiving calls Unit 24 – Job opportunities in business administration BTEC L1 Award in Personal and Social Development Unit 10: Managing Own Money Unit 20: The Role of the Individual in a Democratic Society Unit 25: Skills for Employment Unit 35: Planning an Enterprise Activity Course books You may wish to buy a course book for the vocational part of your course and bring it to every lesson. This is optional. Your teachers will give you more information about this. Assignment submission (handing in work on time) All your assignments must be handed in by the deadlines your teachers give you. If you do not do this, you may be subject to the College disciplinary procedure.


Numeracy The course will cover the following areas: •

mathematics and the language of maths:

number, measures, shapes and handling data.

division, multiplication, fractions and percentages.

solving problems using mathematics and the language of maths.

analysis of numerical information e.g. tables, charts, graphs and diagrams.

This course will help you in your future studies and work. You will work towards a Numeracy qualification at Entry level, Level 1 or 2.

Plagiarism (copying someone else’s work) Plagiarism means using another person's ideas or a part of their work and pretend that it is your own.


STUDENT ACTIVITIES & SPEAKERS TRIPS Students will have the opportunity to go on many trips during the year, such as:  The British Museum  The Victoria &Albert Museum  The Natural History Museum  Kew Gardens  Houses of Parliament  Little Venice boat trips  And many more!

SPEAKERS Occasionally, speakers will be invited to help you with life in the UK, such as:  Local members of parliament  CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau)  Local Council employees  Voluntary Organisations  Police (safety talk)  Refugee Services EVENTS There will also be many events during the year, where you can have a lot of fun, as well as learn English!  Black History month  Charity / Fundraising activities  End of term parties  Careers Fair to help you think about next year.  College Sports Day  Students can also organise their own events  9


You can study English and numeracy at these levels: Entry 1

Entry 2

Entry 3

Level 1

Level 2

Your tutor will also give you a test during your first week at college to check your language learning needs. If your tutor decides that you need a higher or lower level or a different course, you may have to change your class. You will work towards the Edexcel ESOL Skills for Life Qualification on your course. There are three exams: •



Listening & Speaking

You will take an Edexcel Numeracy exam.

You will study Personal and Social Development modules and work towards Edexcel certificates in 3 units chosen by your tutor

If you have any special need in class or for exams, please let your teacher know at the beginning of the course.

You will discuss your progress with your tutor who will advise which level exam you will take.


What do I need to bring?

You need:         

3 ring binder files dividers Plastic ring binder document wallets A4 paper pens, pencils and a rubber notebook English dictionary Calculator USB


You must organise your work. File your work in a ring binder and use the dividers to organise it. Your folder of work will be used to check your progress.

You must concentrate in your lesson. Please switch your mobile phone off before you go into your classroom and put it in your bag or pocket.


What do I do if I am late?

It is important to come to class regularly and on time, but if you are late, go into the class quietly. Tell the teacher why you are late. Any lateness will be recorded by the tutor.

What do I do if I cannot come to college?

 You must tell your tutor if you cannot come to college.  You will need to bring proof of hospital appointments, interviews etc. Please do not make your appointments for times when you have classes.  If you don’t attend at least 90% of your classes, you will lose your place.  If you are absent for more than 2 weeks without giving us a good reason your teacher will give your place to someone else.

 If you cannot come to class and you did not tell your teacher before, phone your tutor and leave a clear message.

My tutor’s number is:…………………………............

Moving home?


If you change your address or telephone number, you must tell your teacher.

About Southgate


The Learning & Resource Centre (LRC) has excellent ESOL learning materials and a large number of computers for the use of students.


The new-look Gym and Sports Hall will be open at the end of September 2012 – there will also be lots of sporting activities during the year, so check the college website for information.


If you’re hungry, you can go to the Canteen for a hot meal or quick snack – you can also get a quick drink at the vending machines around the building.


Students can get help, advice and guidance for their future study plans from the Progression Centre


Look at the notice board for student activities organised for Southgate students. Your teacher will also give you details during the year.


First Aid Ask your teacher what to do and who can help in an emergency at college.


Fire Exits If you see a fire tell your tutor or Reception. Make sure you know where all fire exits are in the building. These are signposted around the building. If you hear the fire alarm, go with your class to the nearest fire exit.

Wait together with the other students from your class and make sure your teacher can find you.

Barnet & Southgate College Campuses

Barnet and Southgate College has five campuses across the London Boroughs of Barnet and Enfield.


A: Wood Street Campus Wood Street, Barnet EN5 4AZ Tel 020 8200 8300 Tube: High Barnet (Northern Line, Zone 5) Bus: 34, 84, 107, 184, 234, 263, 307, 326, 384, 389

B: Grahame Park Campus Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5RA Tel 020 8200 8300 Car: On-site parking available. Tube & train: Colindale (Northern Line, Zone 4) and Mill Hill Broadway (Thameslink) are just a 20-minute walk or a bus ride away. Bus: 113, 186, 204, 221, 302, 303, 382 C: Southgate Campus High Street, Southgate, 15

London N14 6BS Tel: 020 8982 5050 Tube: Southgate (Piccadilly line, Zone 4). The Southgate Campus is approximately 200m/2 minutes walk from the station. Bus: W6, W9, 121,125, 298, 299, 382 D: Edmonton Green Campus 2nd Floor, 23 St. George's Chambers, South Mall, Edmonton Green, London N9 0TS Tel: 020 8345 7209 Train: Edmonton Green (Greater Anglia) Liverpool Street to Cheshunt Bus: 102, 144, 149, 191, 192, 259, 279, 349, 491, W6, W8

E: Barnet and Southgate College at the artsdepot (for Performing Arts courses) 5 Nether Street North Finchley London N12 0GA Bus: 82, 125, 134, 221, 460, 263

Find out more about all the college sites at

Your college ID card will allow you to use facilities at any campus

Using the computer to improve your English There are computers in the Learning Centre and many classrooms. We have special software for learning English and a list of many websites that will also help you to learn. To use a computer you must have a User ID (your student number) and a password. Speak to your teacher or Learning Centre staff to get a password. You will also be given 250 credits. When you have finished your credits you must pay for printing.


Keep your password safe and make sure you can remember it. You will need to change your password every term. Your teacher may ask your class to use computers in a lesson and you will need to know your password. You can also use the Barnet & Southgate College website to practise your English at home. Go to: You will need to enter your User ID (this is your student number) and password. There are many websites to help you with your English including:

Barnet & Southgate College E-Learning The College IT Network gives you new opportunities to learn online, anytime, anyplace. You must use the college network for learning and study only.

• Be responsible and professional.


• Respect the privacy of everyone else using the college system

• Do not post material that might upset others online. Remember to stay safe

How to see your e-ILP

On Moodle you will find your Individual Learning Plan.

Click on the ‘My ILP’ link and you will be taken to your ILP page. 18

From here, you can: •

Enter your courses, qualifications and goals on ‘My Information’

Set targets for yourself on ‘My Targets’

Discuss progress with your lecturer on Progress Reviews

Keep a record of your progress on Celebrations and Concerns

Summarise your achievements in Progression

Using the e-ILP gives you a new way to show your progress through your time in Barnet & Southgate College.

At the start of the year your teacher will show you how to use Moodle, Mahara and your e-ILP.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults


If you are worried about the safety or welfare of another student, or you do not feel safe yourself, there are staff in the college to help you.

Ask you tutor if you need to speak to any of these people and we will arrange an appointment for you.

Student Code of Conduct These rules will make sure the College is a safe and enjoyable place to work and learn in. You should: -

be kind and polite to all people and respect others and their possessions


look after the College buildings and the equipment you use


wear your ID card and never give it to anyone else 20


show your face to security staff if you are asked to


never do things which upset other people; do not be unkind to people about the way they look, their sex, their age, their beliefs


not smoke in the College buildings


not bring drugs and alcohol into the College


keep the College clean and tidy


only eat and drink at break time


never cheat when you are doing tests or exams


be careful and safe at College so you do not hurt yourself or others


come to every class and arrive on time


never use mobile phones where it might disturb other people


use computers only to help you learn; do not use the Internet in a way which breaks the College IT rules.

If you break any of these rules you will be disciplined, you might have to leave the College.

Signed by Student

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What we expect from you:

 Come to class every lesson  Come to class on time


Date ..................

 Go to all your classes  Bring a file with you  Bring paper, pen and pencil  Take an active part in the class  Switch off your mobile phone  Do your homework  Respect other students and your teacher  Tell your tutor if you cannot come to class  Speak to your tutor if you are unhappy about any of your classes

How we will help you:  We will help you improve your English  We will make your lessons useful and interesting  We will speak to you one-to-one about your English

We want you to feel happy learning English at Southgate We want you to tell us if you are not happy!


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