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“Providing education for 800 years”

Your n ext s tep PROSPECTUS 2020/21

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WHY CHOOSE LUDLOW? ACHIEVEMENT

98.5% A LEVEL PASS RATE

10th Ranked 10th Nationally (out of 290) for A Level Achievement

100% LEVEL 3 & VOCATIONAL COURSE PASS RATE

PROGRESSION

96.1% OF UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS WERE ACCEPTED LAST YEAR COMPARED WITH THE UK AVERAGE OF 72%.

Overall, 99% of Ludlow students progressed after college, with 62% continuing with their education, 10% employed as apprentices and 27% entering other employment.

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL ONE-TO-ONE Average class sizes at Ludlow are about 12 - ideal for advanced study. It means, simply, that your tutors have more time to support you than at other sixth form colleges, where the average is closer to 20.

Your personal tutor – who will also be one of your teachers – will frequently meet you one to one, and work closely with your subject tutors and support workers to ensure your personal needs are met.

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DIVERSE Ludlow College is more diverse than many realise: students come from a wide range of schools in a 30 mile radius. But the manageable scale of the College – about 400 students compared with up to 2,000 elsewhere – engenders a stronger sense of community.


Open events

THE COLLEGE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR STUDENTS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR PHOTOS TAKEN FOR THIS PUBLICATION.

Thursday 3rd October 2019, 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Tuesday 14th January 2020, 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Saturday 7th March 2020, 10.00am - 12.00 noon

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WELCOME I am delighted to welcome you to Ludlow College, and hope you will find what you are looking for in our prospectus. The College offers an excellent choice of A Levels including all the ‘facilitating’ subjects which are particularly favoured by the UK’s elite, research intensive Russell Group universities. We are proud of our exceptionally long history of providing high quality academic education in Ludlow, and of the many students who have gone on to achieve outstanding results at the country’s best universities.

As Head of Ludlow College, I am very proud that the College is going from strength to strength, with the performance of our students getting better every year. Small and friendly class sizes, great facilities and we are also the only college in the area to offer a timetable suited to the demands of young people living in our rural community. With the timetables split into set study periods to guarantee free half days and, in most cases, a free day every week; affording students the flexibility for other pursuits.

Ludlow College is a very special college, and we are pleased to offer you: • An excellent and rigorous academic education supported by teaching in relatively small groups; • An exceptionally high level of individual support to help you realise your full potential; • Experienced, well-educated academic staff who are fully committed to your success; • Excellent modern learning facilities provided in superb buildings, which date from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our Open Events and welcoming you to our unique and friendly college.

I sincerely hope that you will give serious consideration to pursuing your educational dreams with us at Ludlow College.

CARL MORRIS BSC (HONS) PGCE HEAD OF LUDLOW COLLEGE

IAN PEAKE MA BSC FCMI FCIPD PRINCIPAL & CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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CONTENTS Why choose Ludlow?

2

Courses 

Open Events 

3

Finding Ludlow College 

80

Welcome 

4

Map of Facilities 

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Admissions Calendar & How To Apply 

82

Choosing Your Course  Your Study Space  Enrichment & Extra-Curricular Activities  High Achievers  Student Services 

6-11 12 14-17 18 20-23

Equality & Diversity 

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Safeguarding & Prevent 

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A LEVELS 

27-79

ARTS 

28-37

Fine Art  Graphics  Photography  Media Studies  Film Studies  Drama & Theatre Studies  Music  EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION  Extended Project 

Open Days & Evenings 

MATHEMATICS 

Information for Schools Staff & Careers Advisors 

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Our Work with Schools & Careers Advisors 

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SOCIAL SCIENCES  Psychology  Sociology  Law 

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SPORT 

HUMANITIES40-47 Business Studies  English Language  English Literature  History  Geography  French  Spanish 

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Biology  Chemistry  Physics  Geology  Environmental Science Computer Science

38-39

Physical Education  Football Education Programme 

41 42 43 44 45 46 47

LEVEL 3  EXTENDED DIPLOMA LEVEL 3  Industry Placements Business  Childcare & Education  Health & Social Care  Sport 

48-51

Mathematics  49 Fast Track Mathematics & Further Mathematics 50

LEVEL 2  Business  Health & Social Care  GCSE English & Mathematics 

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3, 84

Application Form 

SCIENCES 

30 31 33 34 35 36 37

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52-61 53 54 56 57 60 61 62-65 63 64 65 66-69 67 69 70-75 71 72 73 74 75 76-79 77 78 79


Choosing your COURSE

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR AMBITIONS AND TO GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCES OF GETTING INTO YOUR PREFERRED UNIVERSITY OR CAREER. THE NEXT FEW PAGES WILL HELP YOU IN MAKING THE RIGHT COURSE CHOICES FOR YOU.

YOUR STUDY PROGRAMME

the first year in nearly all subjects. We always examine each student’s needs individually so there is the opportunity to leave college with the best combination of qualifications for you.

The great majority of students at Ludlow College study A Levels or Level 3 Extended Diplomas. Both study routes enable a smooth progression to either university or employment (although A Levels are necessary for some university courses). We also offer intermediate programmes at Level 2, in Business or Health & Social Care.

LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMAS These courses offer a more career focused alternative to A Levels, whilst also presenting a potential route to university. They offer you a practical approach to learning while developing essential knowledge and skills. Level 3 Extended Diplomas are full time and all of those offered at Ludlow College equate to three A Levels and are studied over two years. Students studying Health & Social Care or Early Years will have one or two days of work experience every week as part of their programme.

A LEVELS A Level students select three subjects to study for two years, although a fourth subject is an option in the first year if you have strong GCSE grades. You may also choose the Extended Project Qualification, or the Football Education Programme. We also still offer the AS exam at the end of

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“I LOVE GOING TO MY LESSONS BECAUSE I ENJOY MY COURSES AND THEY INTEREST ME. I ALSO LIKE THE SMALL, FAMILY ATMOSPHERE.” TAKEN FROM THE LEARNER VOICE SURVEY 2018/19

MATHS & ENGLISH

CAREERS ADVICE & GUIDANCE

All A Level courses and Level 3 Extended Diplomas require you to have achieved a minimum grade 4 (grade C) in English Language. Many A Levels require a minimum grade 4 (grade C) or higher in Maths. You can refer to subject pages for more details on entry requirements.

When it comes to choosing your subjects, take some time to think a little further ahead and consider what you might want to do in the future. If you are thinking of going to university, do you need particular subjects for that university or specific degree course? You can check the UCAS and the universities’ websites to check this. If you aspire to attend a top ‘Russell Group’ university or have a very specialist career in mind, such as dentistry, medicine or teaching, then your choice of A Levels can be as important as the grades you ultimately achieve.

If you did not achieve a grade 4 (grade C) in English or Maths GCSE at school, you will need to study these subjects at college alongside your main programme. Both are essential qualifications for university entry and most career pathways.

If you are unsure of your future career direction, it is advisable to keep your options open, choosing subjects that reflect your interests, skills and talents and that support each other. Making the right decisions can seem daunting but we can offer advice and guidance to help. The best course of action is to

If you passed English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above, that will be the end of formal study unless you choose these subjects at A Level. However, the further development of literacy and numeracy skills will be built into your subject lessons, whether you are studying A Levels or vocational subjects at Level 3.

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“I FEEL VERY WELCOME AND SUPPORTED AT COLLEGE AND I LIKE HOW EACH LESSON IS STRUCTURED WITH TARGETS TO COMPLETE, PERSONAL TO EACH STUDENT.” TAKEN FROM THE LEARNER VOICE SURVEY 2018/19 For further information see ‘Informed Choices’ on the Russell Group websites. Each group or university has its own views, so we would strongly recommend you also visit their own websites for guidance in advance of selecting your subjects. We can offer further advice at one of our Open Events (see page 3).

get in touch with Student Services who will advise you on how you can get careers advice; this might be from the College’s Career Advisor or through meeting tutors at an Open Event. To speak to one of the Student Services Team, contact: Sally Cassels, Student Services Officer T: 01584 838863 E: CasselsS@hlcollege.ac.uk

APPRENTICESHIPS AT COUNTY TRAINING An apprenticeship offers on-the-job training so you can earn while you learn and achieve nationally recognised qualifications. If you are interested in studying an apprenticeship, then contacting County Training might be the right choice for you. They are the largest provider of work-based training in Shropshire, with five bases across the county, including one at Ludlow College.

FACILITATING SUBJECTS Facilitating subjects are those considered by the Russell Group and the Group of Leading Universities to be good preparation for degree level study; they will open doors to the widest range of degree programmes and professions. If you are looking to study at a very competitive university, or you are unsure as to what you might want to study at degree level, then the Russell Group recommend that you include two facilitating subjects in your A Level choices. However, this is a complex area of discussion; our other A Level subjects may be of equal or greater value for you, depending on your own interests, potential grades, university aspirations and abilities.

County Training offers a wide range of subject areas including: • Business & Administration • Childcare • Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools • Computer-Aided Design & Drafting • Engineering Construction • Customer Service • Equine • Hairdressing & Barbering • Nail Services • Health & Social Care • Hospitality & Catering • Brewing • Information Technology • Management & Team Leading • Motor Vehicle • Warehouse & Storage

The facilitating subjects are: • Maths • Further Maths • English Literature • Physics • Biology • Chemistry • Geography • History • Languages (i.e. French or Spanish at Ludlow College).

For more information contact County Training: T: 0345 6789023 E: enquiries@ctapprenticeships.co.uk. W: www.ctapprenticeships.co.uk

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CASE STUDY SOPHIE ROBINSON A Maths, A Chemistry, A Biology Progressing to Liverpool University to study Veterinary Medicine “I was really happy with my A Level results, as I needed to get A grades for my place at university. After achieving Bs last year at a different sixth form college, I knew I had to try something different to achieve the higher grades I would need, so I came to Ludlow instead. I thought Ludlow College was a brilliant place to study. All the staff really cared, and because of the smaller class sizes I had much more oneto-one time, so was able to build stronger relationships with both the tutors and the other students. They always made time for you, going out of their way to offer additional support when needed, such as offering practice papers, or extra sessions during holidays. I really enjoyed my time at the College and it really paid off for me with the results that I achieved. I am now able to study Veterinary Medicine and look forward to a future career as a vet.�

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Your timetable – MAKING THE BEST USE OF YOUR TIME

Ludlow is the only College in the area to offer a timetable suited to the demands of young people living in our rural community, who often face long daily journeys. With a timetable structured into blocks of study, to guarantee free half days and, in most cases, an entire free day every week; so students can study at home, pursue their sporting and other extra-curricular activities, or possibly take up a part-time job. This below is just one such example; A Level students commonly have a “not required” day on any of a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday, depending on their selection of A Levels.

A (8:55-10:10) Physics

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

LUNCH

Physics

C Directed Study

B (10:20-11:35) Sociology

LUNCH

C (11:50-13:05) Directed Study

B Sociology

F Maths

LUNCH

BREAK

A

14:25-15:45

B Sociology

BREAK

Directed Study

BREAK

C

12:45-14:10

BREAK

WEDNESDAY

Physics

BREAK

TUESDAY

A

F Maths

G (13:40-15:45) Production/Sports Team etc

NOT REQUIRED IN COLLEGE - STUDY/PAID WORK/LEISURE TIME

(8:55-9:55) Tutorial

BREAK

MONDAY

10:30-11:55

BREAK

8:55-10:15

POOL F (10:10-11:25)

NOT REQUIRED IN COLLEGE - STUDY/PAID WORK/LEISURE TIME

Maths

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CASE STUDY JONATHAN BURTON-BARR A* Sociology, A Psychology, B Drama Progressed to Birmingham University to study Psychology “The Psychology A Level was great because it gave me a broad overview of the subject, as well as an insight into the latest research, and I found it was great preparation for university. I found the whole study of the human cognitive process really interesting and engaging. The subject really captured my imagination and I decided that I wanted to pursue it further at university. I was really pleased with my A Level results, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d get in to university so, pretty awesome really! I can’t believe that I managed to get an A in Psychology which is what I needed and an A* in Sociology which is actually beyond what was needed. My teachers said that I was capable of more than that and they pushed me to push myself; I owe so much to them. Now having completed university, I have done more than I could have imagined. I took part in a hitchhike to Germany, have completed several internships, studied abroad for one year at the University of British Colombia in Canada, travelled around Vietnam and Thailand teaching English and have given a TEDx talk, which was a great achievement. I want to go on to study a Masters at Birmingham University in cognitive robotics and computational neuroscience, and in the future I also plan to do a PhD related to A.I or create a start-up business in the same field.”

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Your Study SPACE

WE HAVE INVESTED TWO MILLION POUNDS IN UPGRADING OUR SITES IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, INCLUDING STATE-OF-THE-ART SCIENCE LABS, A NEW MEDIA SUITE, NEW TEACHING ROOMS FOR BUSINESS, PSYCHOLOGY AND ENGLISH, A MODERN FITNESS SUITE AND EXCEPTIONAL STUDIOS FOR ART, GRAPHICS AND PHOTOGRAPHY. Come along to one of our Open Events (see page 3) and see our exceptional facilities for yourself. The Harley Centre • Student Services • Extensive Learning Resource Centre • New classrooms • Fully-equipped drama studio The Palmers Hall Campus • Purpose-built professional art studio and gallery space • One of the largest, modern darkroom photography facilities in the county • Dedicated print studio • Multi-media Adobe suites • Dedicated health and social care training centre The Lower Mill Street Campus • Extensive sporting facilities • Fitness suite • Spacious and newly-renovated science labs

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Enrichment &

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ENRICHMENT IS A KEY PART OF YOUR EXPERIENCE, DESIGNED TO BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS. IT ENABLES YOU TO MIX WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE, AS WELL AS DISCOVER AND DEVELOP NEW INTERESTS AND TALENTS. FOOTBALL

NETBALL

Shrewsbury Town Football Club run the men’s first team, which takes part in the Shropshire League. We also have a second team and the opportunity for a women’s social team that can also compete in a Shropshire league as well as friendly fixtures.

The women’s netball team enters the Association of Colleges League, whereby fixtures can take the team around the country in the associated cup competition. The team currently competes in the West Midlands League and also has fixtures against local opposition.

Selected players for the Ludlow College team will be expected to attend two training sessions per week and represent Ludlow College in their fixtures programme every Wednesday afternoon. This programme involves a minimum of six hours per week of practical sessions, which will include football as well as strength and conditioning coaching from professional FA qualified coaches from Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

SUMMER SPORTS Within the spring and summer term the College offers local fixtures within both rounders and tennis. We have a strong link with Ludlow Tennis Club and have the opportunity to utilise their fantastic facilities.

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“WE GET TREATED LIKE ADULTS, WE HAVE MORE FREEDOM AND I FEEL SAFE.” LEARNER VOICE SURVEY 2018/19

OTHER SPORTS

DRAMA

Over the first two terms, students may also represent the College in other sports such as rugby, hockey, badminton, basketball, table tennis, volleyball and cross country, to name but a few. We are also members of the National Schools’ Equestrian Association and there is the chance to represent the wider Herefordshire and Ludlow College team in show jumping, dressage, cross country or eventing.

As part of enrichment, students perform in the College’s annual musical theatre production, which is supported by industry professionals. Each year the Ludlow College cast produce a show of an incredibly high standard which receives countless compliments from both the public and industry professionals. Previous shows have included ‘The Addams Family Musical’, ‘We Will Rock You’,’ ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Kiss me Kate’, all with their own big numbers and dance routines. Students are wanted for both onstage and backstage roles, and productions are a great way to mix with the wider college community.

You can also participate in other sports such as swimming, athletics and golf throughout the year. If you are interested or would like to compete in a sport not mentioned, please ask one of the sports teachers for further information. Sports tours for the 2020-21 year will be decided upon with teams in September, so please discuss this with your managers and captains upon your arrival at college!

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“BEING PART OF THE PRODUCTION WAS REALLY FUN AND THE DRAMA COMMUNITY HERE ARE REALLY NICE. THEY PRIORITISE INVOLVING EVERYONE; THERE ISN’T JUST A FEW STARS. IT WAS ALL ABOUT BUILDING EVERYBODY’S CONFIDENCE, BOTH ON AND OFF THE STAGE.” MAISIE WOODFORD

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“IT IS A WONDERFUL PLACE FOR LEARNING AND ALL THE TEACHERS ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE, FRIENDLY AND ENTHUSIASTIC.” TAKEN FROM THE LEARNER VOICE SURVEY 2018/19

YOUNG ENTERPRISE

STEM: PERPETUAL PARADOX – THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SCIENCE

Today’s students need to be more enterprising and adaptable than ever before. Our Young Enterprise Programme helps equip our students with the skills, confidence, attitudes and entrepreneurial experience necessary to build successful careers, achieve real business success and foster key interpersonal and enterprise skills for their future. If you want to be part of a successful business adventure, this is the enrichment choice for you.

Do you ever wonder about the big issues of the universe, the challenges facing our planet or how science can make a life better for everyone? Then why not join the Science Society’s fortnightly explorations into cutting edge scientific issues? Who knows, it could be the start of a brilliant career! The finale of the year will be a trip to a place of great scientific importance, which you will decide, arrange and raise funds to visit!

HIGH ACHIEVERS

SCIENCE GROUP TRIPS

The High Achievers group is designed to support students with ambitions to enter competitive professions such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Law, and to succeed in applications to top universities. Students will benefit from careers advice, help with university applications, and from activities designed to stretch their thinking and academic horizons (see page 18).

The science department have various annual trips that you can get involved in. These offer a great opportunity for you to visit some scientifically and geographically exciting locations which have previously included Iceland and the volcanoes of Italy.

ART ACADEMY The Art Academy meets on Wednesday afternoons and is particularly suitable for students who will want to pursue study and practice of visual arts beyond A Level study. Students will work with a professional practitioner and will tackle assignments which do not fit easily into conventional lessons, such as life drawing.

STUDENT VOICE We welcome feedback from our students to shape their future learning and also develop the College environment. Students can provide their views via an annual questionnaire and focus groups. If you are keen to represent your fellow students and help to make their time at college more memorable, then this is a great opportunity for you. Students can elect or become a Student Representative, which could lead to you being a Student Governor, who is part of the College Board of Governors. The role of Student Governor is to listen to the views of their peers and then present these views back to the College’s senior managers.

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High

ACHIEVERS LUDLOW COLLEGE IS PROUD OF ITS REPUTATION FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. WHATEVER YOUR ABILITY YOU WILL BE VALUED AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND OFFERED A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO ENABLE YOU TO REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. We want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to excel and develop as individuals. The High Achievers programme is intended for those students who have achieved excellent GCSE results such as grades 7-9 (A* and A grades). This is a wellestablished programme that will give these students the best chance of gaining a place at the most highly ranked universities and on the most competitive courses such as Medicine, Architecture, Veterinary Science or Law. Ludlow is proud of its long association with Balliol College, part of Oxford University. Experienced, expert staff will assist you with building on your outstanding GCSE results to the highest academic results at A Level. They will also assist you with developing your profile, experience, interests and understanding for university applications.

• Support with gaining work experience placements and MEDSIM and VETSIM opportunities, as well as various pre-university summer school and scholarship options Those students who take part in the High Achievers Programme are encouraged to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (equivalent to half an A Level), which offers an excellent opportunity to further develop researching and independent learning skills. See page 39 for further details of this qualification.

ACADEMICALLY MORE ABLE PROGRAMME This is a great opportunity for students in Year 10/11 to experience the College environment and to start developing advanced academic skills such as critical thinking, research techniques, academic writing and scientific methods. This will not only assist students as they progress through to their A Levels but may also enhance their achievement at GCSE. To find out more, please contact your school Careers Advisor or contact the College directly.

The programme includes: • Speakers from Oxbridge or other prestigious universities • Support in preparing your university application and personal statement • Practice interviews • Extra tuition to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting into one of the top universities

Sally Cassels Student Services Officer T: 01584 838863 E: CasselsS@hlcollege.ac.uk

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CASE STUDY DAISY HYATT EVANS A* in Extended Project, A Biology, A Psychology, A Sociology Progressing to Aberystwyth University to study Microbiology “When choosing my subjects I was certain that I wanted to do Psychology, I then chose Sociology as I felt that fitted nicely alongside of it. I struggled choosing my third subject, so I went and had a taster of Biology and ended up loving it, not to mention the tutor was so nice; this actually ended up being my favourite subject out of the three. Being a mature student, I really felt like it was my last shot at getting my A Levels, but I am pleased to say that I will be going to Aberystwyth University to study Microbiology. I have really enjoyed studying at Ludlow College, as there is a great sense of community and I think that is largely down to the size of the College. I love that it is smaller than other larger colleges as you end up getting to know your tutors more and creating a better relationship with them. I would say my favourite part of being at the College is the learning. Overall, I think Ludlow College is a great place to study as the environment is so friendly and the quality of teaching is brilliant.�

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Student

SERVICES STUDENT SERVICES AND LUDLOW COLLEGE RECEPTION ARE THE MAIN POINTS OF CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATIONS.

UCAS APPLICATIONS

Located centrally in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at the Harley Centre, the Student Services area is a hub providing the supportive advice and guidance that will help students to succeed on their course. Ludlow College is committed to inclusive education: we will work hard at getting to know you as an individual and providing all the support and encouragement you need to excel during your time with us.

All UCAS applications are administered through Student Services. Employability workshops also provide guidance on topics such as CV writing, skills assessment and employment applications. There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to attend events such as talks from external speakers, the national UCAS convention, and volunteering and networking events to help you get involved in the local community.

CAREERS GUIDANCE TRAVEL ADVICE

Student Services work closely with Careers Advisors to ensure students have the opportunity to receive careers advice through group work and one-to-one appointments. Throughout the year, activities are organised to support the tutorial programme.

Student Services can offer advice on buses and travel to the College. We understand that transport can be one of the key factors when deciding which college to go to, especially when you live in a rural area. Ludlow College is easily reached by regular bus and rail services from many rural locations.

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“I THINK THE TEACHING QUALITY IS REALLY GOOD AND THE COLLEGE PREPARES US WELL FOR EXAMS.” TAKEN FROM THE LEARNER VOICE SURVEY 2018/19

Initial enquiries on bus travel to the College can usually be made to your Local Education Authority. Application forms and advice are available from Student Services, located in the Harley Centre off Castle Square. If you are eligible for travel assistance, you may still have to pay a contribution.

For further details please contact: Sally Cassels Student Services Officer T: 01584 838863 E: CasselsS@hlcollege.ac.uk

There are no student parking spaces at the College between the hours of 8am and 5pm. If you have your own transport we recommend Ludlow’s ‘Park and Ride’ system as the most cost effective way of parking. In addition to the various public bus services running into Ludlow, the College provides a bus service on the following routes: • Chirbury, Churchstoke, Bishop’s Castle, Clun, Aston-on-Clun, Ludlow • Presteigne, Shobdon, Mortimers Cross, Kingsland, Wigmore, Ludlow

EXAMINATIONS If you are aged 16 to 18 there is no charge made for your examination entries unless they are re-sits or sat against the advice of your tutors. If you fail to sit an examination for which the College has paid, you will be asked to reimburse the College for fees.

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S U PPO RT PERSONAL SUPPORT Student Services is the main point of contact for one-to-one meetings with the College Counsellor. ‘Chance to Talk’ chats can also be arranged with a Learning Mentor.

TUTORIAL SUPPORT Students will be assigned the care of a personal tutor who will monitor and review their progress throughout their programme of study. Students can seek advice and support from their personal tutor including reference requests for university or employment.

LEARNING SUPPORT The College is committed to supporting any student in need of additional support with their studies, to enable them to reach their full potential. The College has a dedicated team in place to support students with diverse needs, including dyslexia, mental health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, visual and hearing impairment, mobility difficulties, general learning difficulties and medical conditions. One-to-one chats with one of our Learning Mentors are available to any student who just needs that little bit of extra help. Students are supported on a wide range of issues such as • Help with an identified specific learning difficulty • Organisational skills and planning • Revision and exam skills

• Literacy skills such as essay structure, proof reading and writing frames • Maths skills • Assistive technology support and advice • Emotional and pastoral support The College’s Learning Support Team work closely in partnership with other organisations that are skilled in providing specific support. If you would like to discuss your support requirements and find out how we can help please contact: Neil Church Deputy Head of Ludlow College T: 01584 872846 ext 265 E: churchn@hlcollege.ac.uk

PARENT/CARER SUPPORT The College holds consultation events during the year to meet with groups of parents and carers. In addition, parents and carers will be kept informed with regards to progress and contacted if there are particular issues of concern.

CHILDCARE If you need help with childcare whilst studying at Ludlow College, please contact Student Services before you start your course. The College may be able to contribute to some of the costs, depending on the nature and hours of your college programme. Mothers aged 16 to 19 are encouraged to ask about the national Care2Learn scheme.

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F I NA NC E FEES FOR STUDENTS AGED 16 TO 18 You do not have to pay tuition fees if you are under 19 at the start of your course and are an EU Citizen, or have been a UK resident for 3 years. Other criteria for fee waiver will be provided on request.

FEES FOR MATURE STUDENTS If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course you will be required to pay a contribution towards your tuition fees, subject to your personal circumstances. Please contact the College for more information. Students aged 19-23 may be able to claim funding for their tuition fees depending upon previous qualifications achieved and personal circumstances. Students aged 24 or above taking their first Level 3 course should enquire about Advanced Learner Loans.

BURSARIES & FUNDS Students facing difficulties in attending college because of financial issues may apply to the College for support as follows: • Students aged between 16 and 19 years may apply for a means tested bursary to assist with essential course expenses. Where possible, we will also assist with transport costs. Students in certain disadvantaged groups may receive a guaranteed entitlement of up to £1,200 a year.


If you are struggling with your finances during your course, please ask for advice at Student Services.

• Adult students over the age of 19 years (and those over 24 years studying at Level 2 or below) may apply for help from the Discretionary Student Support Fund. • Adult students over the age of 24 studying at Level 3, and who have taken out a tuition fee loan to finance their studies, may apply to the Adult Bursary Fund for assistance towards non-course costs such as travel, child care, or accommodation where they are studying away from home. • 19+ Advanced Learner Loans provide support for those aged 19 years and above to access advanced (Level 3) courses. These offer support similar to that which is available in higher education for tuition costs. They are only available to those who do not already have a Level 3 qualification or equivalent.

Other options for Welsh residents include Welsh EMA (for 16-18 year old students) and Welsh Government Learning Grant (for students over 19 years of age on full-time courses). More information is available from: https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/fe/ema.aspx https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/fe/wglg-fe.aspx

LUDLOW COLLEGE SPECIFIC FUNDS • The Foundation of Ludlow College is proud to offer an additional £5,000 fund designed to help students, especially adults, who do not meet the terms and conditions of the schemes mentioned above. The application form and process are the same as for the other bursaries and college schemes. Please ask at Student Services for more information. • The Caitlin Kick Start Trust makes £1,000 available each year to university applicants in honour of former student, Caitlin Hurcombe. Ludlow College students are invited to submit a winning project to a panel each spring. Successful students receive the award to assist with their expenses in the first year of university/further education. Please visit Student Services for further information.

Further information on Advanced Learner Loans is available online from https://www.gov.uk/ advancedlearnerloan/overview Please note: It should be emphasised that funds for financial support are limited, and that applications after the start of the academic year are unlikely to succeed. Since September 2014, certain students aged between 16 and 18 years, and also certain students aged up to 25 years who have a current Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education Health and Care Plan, are entitled to free meals on days they attend college. Eligibility is determined by a financial means assessment.

Please Note: the information shown here is accurate at the time of print in 2019 and is for guidance purposes only. Ludlow College cannot be held responsible for any changes to this information after time of print. For these reasons we recommend that you check criteria for fees and bursaries with the finance department.

Application forms are available from Student Services or Reception at Ludlow College or from the College Finance Office at the Hereford Campus (Folly Lane) together with detailed information on who is eligible. For further details and information on the above schemes please contact the Enquiries Team on 0800 032 1986 or email finance@hlcollege.ac.uk.

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Support

E QUALI TY & D I VE RS I TY

FOR ALL

‘Equality’ means treating all groups of people fairly, providing equality of opportunity and removing barriers to success. It is not about treating everybody the same because different people have different needs. For example, making reasonable adjustments for people with a disability (like providing additional time in exams for students with Dyslexia) removes barriers to equality of opportunity and helps prevent discrimination. Increasing our understanding of the needs of different groups of people promotes good relations between people.

EQUALITY – PROTECTED CHARACTERISTICS Equality laws exist to protect the groups of people who have traditionally faced discrimination. These groups of people share ‘equality protected characteristics’ such as: • Age • Race • Disability (including physical, mental and learning impairments) • Sex • Pregnancy, maternity and breastfeeding • Gender identity • Marriage or civil partnership status • Religion or belief • Sexual orientation

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Everyone has several of these protected characteristics; therefore everyone is protected by equality legislation from discrimination in education, at work and in other situations.

WHAT IS DIVERSITY? ‘Diversity’ refers to individual difference. People are unique and differ from one another in a range of ways. Differences may or may not be visible and may include personal characteristics such as background, culture and personality. We value diversity, which means that we aim to realise the potential of every individual student and staff member.

SUPPORT AVAILABLE AT LUDLOW COLLEGE The College is committed to ensuring that students, staff and visitors are not subject to harassment or discrimination. The College is also able to provide help and support to individual students or groups on all of the nine protected characteristics. If you wish to talk or need help and support, please contact one of the contacts shown in the safeguarding section opposite. www.ludlow-college.ac.uk/student_ services/525fb759a280f/EqualityDiversity

Safeguarding our students, staff and visitors is important to us. Safeguarding means: • Promotion of your health and development • Ensuring your safety and care • Ensuring you are offered the best life chances • Protection from abuse and neglect • Prevention of bullying and harassment The term ‘safeguarding’ embraces both child and vulnerable adult protection and preventative approaches to keep our student, staff and visitor population safe. Safeguarding encompasses students’ health and safety, welfare and well-being. The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have developed policies and procedures that aim to meet this commitment. Our policy covers: • Abuse and neglect • Prevention of discrimination • Anti-bullying and harassment • Addressing attendance issues • Supporting health-care plans for students with specific medical needs • Safety and security

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• Prevention of terrorism & extremism - Ludlow College supports the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy working against terrorism and extremism in all of its forms. If you, as a student at the College, have any concerns about your wellbeing, safety or rights, then you should contact your Tutor, Team Leader or any of the Safeguarding Panel Members whose details are shown here. Ali Wells, Safeguarding Coordinator T: 07790 833 601 E: wellsa@hlcollege.ac.uk Carl Morris, Head of Ludlow and North Shropshire Colleges T: 01584 872 846 Sally Cassels, Student Services Officer Ludlow College T: 01584 838 863 Anna Gumbleton, Student Support Adviser Ludlow College (part-time) T: 01584 872 846 Debra Baldwin, Director of Personnel T: 01432 365 309


CASE STUDY KATIE JONES A Graphics, B Fine Art, B Photography Progressing to Birmingham City University to study Illustration “I loved the art department facilities at the College and the tutors always had plenty of time for me which helped as I am dyslexic. The department staff and the Learning Resource Centre staff looked after me for two years and I felt really supported throughout my time at the College. I was given assistance on how to write essays, help with time management and help finding resources. I felt there was a lot of flexibility on the content of the courses, especially for A Level Photography in the print room and the dark room. I was also able to spend my time flexibly using the College facilities. My plans are to continue on in education at university level, to help support the future career I want as an illustrator.�

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A L e v e ls Ludlow College specialises in teaching A Levels and offers a good choice of subjects including ‘facilitating’ subjects favoured by the most competitive universities. Following this traditional route provides an excellent preparation for university entry. It is also extremely flexible as you can choose from a broad range of subjects and subject combinations to reflect your interests, strengths and aspirations. CONTENTS Arts28-37 Extended Project

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A LEVEL FI NE ART The course is delivered in our newly refurbished traditional art rooms and superb purposebuilt art studio and gallery. Students achieve excellent results and progress to some of the best degree programmes in the country. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English and one creative GCSE such as Art and Design or Art Technology. Mature students may apply with a portfolio of work for consideration.

COURSE INTRODUCTION ‘Fine Art’ covers a very broad range of both historical and modern/ contemporary art practice. This course offers an exciting opportunity to explore and develop your personal creativity. It gives you the freedom to work in a wide variety of media including collage and mixed media as well as more traditional painting and drawing. You’ll also visit galleries and exhibitions to record and research artists’ work.

COURSE CONTENT You will develop your own work and also be inspired by studying artists of your choice. As you develop your skills you will be

encouraged to explore a wide range of experimental work which could include: • Large scale paintings • Drawings • Mixed media pieces • Printmaking sketchbook work • Installation and sculpture Completed portfolios must demonstrate the suitable creative development of ideas and outcomes in a range of processes, whilst referencing appropriate artists through written and visual work. In the second year you will choose your own starting points for coursework and produce ambitious, challenging and thoughtful outcomes. Practical studio work is underpinned by a written and illustrated personal study. The final timed exam will build a series of artistic investigations around a central theme and your success will be celebrated in the end of year show.

OTHER A LEVELS A Level Fine Art is ideal to study alongside Graphic Design or Photography but students who combine it with more academic subjects have found it to be a real asset to their programme as it promotes lateral and inventive thinking.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Students can go onto further study such as an art foundation course and/or the wide range of specialist art courses offered within higher education. There is a diverse range of careers within the art world including architecture, theatre design, art therapy, museum curatorship, model-making and urban planning.


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A LEVEL G RAP HICS  Continually achieving nationally recognised high standards. Adobe Creative Cloud design suite on all art studio computers.

enquiring mind and a willingness to mix traditional and contemporary processes. This is an art-based course and not suited to those interested in technical drawing or product design.

Exhibitions of student work.

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This specialist course is designed to give you a broad, creative approach to the world of graphic design. You will be supported to design your own typography and logos, explore computer editing and create visual branding for a range of outcomes. You will be taught digital image manipulation and research techniques. As well as Adobe Photoshop, some students access and develop skills in software including Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English. One creative GCSE such as Art & Design or Art Technology would be helpful but not essential. Mature students may apply with a portfolio of work for consideration.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Graphic Design is communication by visual means, combining text and image. The course offers the opportunity to use a range of traditional and mixed media techniques alongside computer generated imagery. You will be expected to engage with complex design problems and to arrive at solutions that promote, publicise, inform, persuade and entertain. Outcomes are varied and student led: from rebranding a shop or cafe, to designing an album cover, producing the publicity for a festival or the packaging for your favourite product, the choice is yours. You will require a lively,

Our printing facilities are used by graphics students who wish to take a more traditional approach and allow you to cover techniques such as screen printing, dry-point etching and lino printing, amongst others.

OTHER A LEVELS A Level Graphic Design will equip you with broad, transferable creative skills. The course is ideal to study alongside Fine Art, Media Studies, Film Studies or Photography.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? You can progress directly from A Level to an arts degree such as Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Illustration, Games Design, MultiMedia Design, and Fine Art. Employment as a graphic designer is the clearest route, but this course also offers a way into illustration or, with further study, animation; you could work within the media, an advertising company or design agency.


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CASE STUDY FREYJA THOMPSON A* Graphics, A Photography, B Fine Art Progressing to Hereford College of Arts to study Foundation Diploma in Art & Design “The College has given me the opportunity to learn new skills and be creative in a nice, friendly atmosphere. The teachers are lovely and have supported me throughout my journey, giving me the freedom to be creative in my own way. The facilities are fantastic at the College and I would highly recommend artistic and creative students to do their A Levels here. I loved making use of the crimp making facilities and enjoyed learning new techniques which I will take further in my future education and career. Studying at the College has made me want to continue on in education, as I have loved learning new artistic skills and I want to go down a creative career path.�

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A LEVEL PHOTOGRAPH Y  Continually achieving nationally recognised high standards. First-class facilities include a fully-equipped darkroom and film developing room. Excellent range of computers, all with Adobe Photoshop. Exhibitions of student work. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English. One creative GCSE such as Art & Design or Art Technology would be helpful, but not essential. Mature students may apply with a portfolio of work for consideration.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Photography combines technical instruction and creative freedom. Whether you’re interested in digital photography or traditional darkroom-based work you’ll receive expert support and tuition. This is an ideal subject for students wishing to follow a path into film, media, the arts and photography related areas. Photography is regarded as a cross-curricular subject and is

accepted by universities and colleges as a discipline showing wide-ranging ability.

COURSE CONTENT This exciting, hands-on course offers you the knowledge and skills to become highly inventive in the creation and production of themed imagery with a conceptual underpinning. You are not expected to have any previous knowledge of photography as the course will cover an introduction to the camera and darkroom as well as digital manipulation software. You will acquire both technical and theoretical skills. The course follows both traditional and digital techniques, where much emphasis is based upon the research and study of both historical and contemporary photographers.

OTHER A LEVELS Photography is a versatile subject and can be used to complement all the A Levels we offer depending on each student’s preferences. It is ideal to study alongside Fine Art, Media Studies or Film Studies.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Many of our students have gone on to study Photography, Film and Animation or Visual Arts at university, or combined degrees such as Historical and Cultural Studies or Media and Computer Imagery. Possible careers include commercial/ fine art photography, freelance photography/ photojournalism, advertising, graphic design, multi-media, film and television.


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A LEVEL ME DI A S T UD IES Superb facilities, with a new Adobe media suite. A full and exciting enrichment programme to complement the course including entry into national competitions. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

their production, form and reception. You will be introduced to key concepts and skills surrounding the media, including representation, genre and textual analysis. Students produce media products such as magazines and music videos using the College’s up-to-date and extensive media suite.

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A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) to include English.

Media Studies is especially complementary to Film Studies, and would combine well with any Arts or Social Science A Levels.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Media Studies is a contemporary, dynamic subject which develops both your analytical and production skills, teaching you how to critically analyse the mass media and its place in our society.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

COURSE CONTENT This course links practical work with academic research about the media and an understanding of the related industries. By understanding more about professional practice and how the creative industries are run, you will develop a more in-depth appreciation of the significance of what we see, hear and read. The course uses a combination of analysis, research, theory and creative work to study examples from the mass media, examining

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? This course will provide you with analytical and critical skills useful in any subject and career. You may progress to university and study a degree in Media, Film or Journalism. Alternatively, you can use A Level Media Studies as a general entrance qualification relevant to a wide range of arts, humanities and social science subjects. It can lead to various careers such as journalism, marketing, events management, script writing and media/radio production.


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A LEVEL FI LM STUDIES Superb facilities, with a new media suite. Regular cinema trips. Creative coursework allows you to develop your own short film projects. Film and Media ‘Oscars’ night to celebrate your success. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs with a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Love film? Then A Level Film Studies is the course for you. You will develop your skills of analysis by studying film as an art form, exploring a wide range of films, from art house movies to blockbusters to Bollywood. You will also have the opportunity to put your ideas and skills into practice by making your own short film.

COURSE CONTENT As well as analysing films, including ‘micro analysis’ of short extracts and broader study, you will examine how they are produced, marketed and exhibited to audiences – with particular focus on the role new media technologies have in the industry. The non-exam assessment work will include researched studies and the creation of your own mini-movie. You may choose to work in storyboard or screenplay as well as using video.

OTHER A LEVELS Film Studies combines well with any Arts or Social Science A Levels. Film Studies and Media Studies are two distinct subject areas and can be studied alongside each other – Media Studies is broader in that it looks at a variety of other creative industries such as music and television.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? This course will provide you with analytical, critical and creative skills that will be useful in just about any subject or career. You may progress to university and study a degree in Film or Media, or use Film Studies as a general entrance qualification relevant to a wide range of art and social science subjects. It can lead to various careers connected to the film industry.


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A LEVEL D RAM A & THEAT RE S TUDI ES The chance to be part of a major musical theatre show every year. Strong local connections with the Ludlow Festival and theatre groups. Fully equipped purpose-built drama studio with a full lighting rig. Workshops with professional companies such as Pentabus and regular theatre trips.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including English Language.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This A Level will sharpen all your communication skills – written and spoken – and develop your team working skills and confidence. You will need to be really enthusiastic about acting and theatre; you will be thoroughly reliable and punctual in your attendance, enjoy working creatively in groups, and also enjoy sharing and experimenting with ideas.

COURSE CONTENT The course offers an excellent mix of practical work and complementary theory. You will sit written exams as well as being assessed on scripted and devised performances. The great majority of students choose to specialise in acting, but you may also opt for a technical skill such as lighting or sound for your practical work. You will study practitioners such as Stanislavski and Brecht, and apply their ideas to your own performances. There will be several theatre trips designed to broaden your knowledge of the exciting work being done today in professional theatre. You will explore a variety of plays in depth, closely linking practice and theory.

OTHER A LEVELS This A Level combines well with numerous subjects including Music, Psychology, Sociology, English, and Media Studies. This course can also offer breadth and variety for students taking largely science courses.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? The course can lead you to studying Drama at university, or at drama schools. Many students progress to working in theatre, television, film and video. Drama skills have also proved invaluable in the journalistic, teaching and legal professions.


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A LEVEL MU SI C Trips to concert halls in London and Birmingham. Strong links with the Shropshire Music Service. Small group sizes allow extensive one-to-one support for developing coursework and performance skills. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C). Preferably including a grade 4 (grade C) in GCSE Music or equivalent musical experience.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Whether you’re a budding rock star or classical instrumentalist, A Level Music will develop your skills in performing, composing and analysing the medium you love. You will develop a more informed appreciation of music of all kinds, from Beethoven and Shostakovich to Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker to Lady Gaga and Coldplay. The course content is flexible enough for you to use the underpinning theory you learn to develop your skills in whatever area of music you are most interested in.

COURSE CONTENT This course covers the three main strands of music – composing, listening and performing – to an advanced level. Students will analyse a variety of musical pieces from across all genres and learn to compose using both pastiche and original ideas. A large proportion of the course is performance based, with students submitting their best recordings for assessment.

OTHER A LEVELS Music works really well with other creative subjects such as Media, Fine Art, Graphics and Drama, but could complement any A Level subjects.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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A LEVEL EXTE N DED PRO JECT The Extended Project offers opportunities for students to: Have significant input into the choice and design of an extended piece of work. Develop and apply decision making skills, problemsolving skills, initiative and enterprise. Extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analytical, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills. Use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for higher education and career development.

COURSE INTRODUCTION The Extended Project is equivalent to half an A Level. It is a single piece of work and can be undertaken on a topic of your own choosing, which may or may not be linked to your other A Level subjects. Note that this course is normally started towards the end of your first year.

Topics are broad, ranging this year from the feasibility of a space elevator to whether sheep can differentiate between human faces.

COURSE CONTENT You will be given an induction course on the academic planning and research skills you will need, and then your supervisor will provide one-to-one support as you develop the project. You can choose any topic, subject to an approval process, and you will be required to write a report of 5,000 words. Alternatively you create a product, an artefact, and write a 1,000 word report on the product and its creation: the product could be almost anything. The final part of the assessment involves presenting your ideas to a panel of invited guests.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

The Project will help prepare you for degree level studies and employment, by developing your planning, research, critical thinking, presentation and independent learning skills. It will also help you to use your initiative in solving problems and making decisions.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are excellent preparation for university level study. Students can refer to the Extended Project in their UCAS personal statements and at an interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for. Certain courses at some universities will count grades achieved in the Extended Project towards their entry criteria or lower grade offers for students who have it as an additional subject.


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A LEVEL BU SI NES S S T UD IES Visits to local and national businesses and organisations. Guest speakers discussing opportunities for careers in business. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including Maths and English.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Business Studies will prepare any student for the world of work and enterprise. Essentially the course is about decision-making in a business context: from the best method of financing a new business, to the most appropriate method of motivating staff. During the course you will develop a wide range of transferable and respected skills, including analysis and evaluation.

You will examine the running of a larger, multinational business and how businesses are affected by national and international issues. This course encourages a critical understanding of organisations and the markets they serve. It contains a significant amount of numeracy work and an interest in current affairs is important.

OTHER A LEVELS Business Studies combines well with many A Level subjects, from English, French and Spanish through to any of the sciences, and Maths.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

COURSE CONTENT Business Studies covers a wide range of dynamic and interesting subjects. During the course you will study the main areas of business such as marketing, accounting, human resource management and operations management. You will focus on both the set up and the running of a small business.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Many students go on to university and study degrees in business related fields including Accountancy, Management Science, Economics and Marketing. Business Studies A Level is also regarded as an asset within unrelated areas such as the sciences, leisure/ tourism management and catering. It is possible to enter some professions directly following A Levels; Business Studies is much sought after in banking, marketing and retailing. If you decide to set up your own business, this course will give you a good grounding in the fundamental business acumen you will need to succeed.


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A LEVEL ENGLI S H L ANGUAG E  Lecture days.  Visiting speakers. Developing linguistic skills will enhance your writing and performance in all your academic subjects. Essential grounding for nearly all university courses in English. Exploration of the way we communicate today - with our phones, tablets and computers as well as in speech and writing. Practical approach using research and creative tasks to illuminate theory. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including English.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Are you interested in why certain people speak like they do? Have you ever noticed how speech is influenced by gender or regional location? Do you know what makes a good communicator? Did you know that approximately 25,000 new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary every year? Are you annoyed when your elders complain of teenagers’ “bad” English? Then English

Language will allow you a chance to actively engage with everyday language: to understand how it works, evolves and changes, whilst celebrating its diversity.

COURSE CONTENT In addition to studying written language, A Level English Language looks closely at how English works as speech, and at new types of communication such as text messaging or tweeting. English is in a constant state of change, and your course will include a focus on how it has developed in the past, but also how it is developing now. You will study how children’s language develops and how the use of English varies both nationally and globally. You will create your own texts to suit different purposes and audiences and develop your own language investigations.

OTHER A LEVELS English goes well with any subjects, but combines particularly well with Media Studies, Drama and other humanities and arts subjects. If you’re thinking of taking English at university, you can study it alongside English Literature.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Language skills are relevant to all academic and vocational subjects. You can go on to take a specialist degree in English Language, Language and Communications or Linguistics. You could even go on to study wider choices such as Law, Drama, Education, History or any of the Social Sciences. Career possibilities for English specialists range from teaching, journalism and publishing to speech and language therapy.


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criticism. You will need to develop your own critical ideas and show an awareness of other critics’ interpretations as well as understanding the historical conditions in which texts were written. The non-exam assessment provides scope for students to determine their own focus for study based on their reading preferences. The course will encourage you to read broadly to develop an overview of literary genres and periods.

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A Level English Literature is a hugely challenging, enjoyable and widely respected qualification. This course is for people who want to develop their analytical reading skills, alongside written and spoken communication skills and the ability to think rigorously. These skills are highly valued by universities and, of course, by your future employer. Class debate is lively and the sharing of opinions about our set texts is welcomed and encouraged.

English Literature combines well with all arts and humanities subjects, but also offers breadth and variety for students taking largely science courses.

 Theatre visits.  Lecture days.  Visiting speakers. Workshops focusing on set texts, theatre productions and creative writing. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

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COURSE CONTENT The purpose of this course is to develop your interest and enjoyment of literature, through reading widely, critically and independently. Students explore a range of texts from the major literary genres of poetry, drama and prose, as well as literary

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? English Literature is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8 for more about facilitating subjects) and is highly regarded by top universities. It is a useful subject if you are considering a degree in Law, Publishing, Education, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Drama, History and any of the Social Sciences as well as the many courses which have English as an element.


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A L EV EL HI STO RY Talks on topics such as the Magna Carta and soldiers’ experiences in WW1. Essay writing competition sponsored by the Ludlow Civic Society. Trip to Hereford Cathedral to view the Magna Carta and the Mappa Mundi. Considered a facilitating subject. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) including English.

COURSE INTRODUCTION A Level History allows students to study medieval and modern British, European and World History in depth. Historians are like detectives – using evidence to interpret what happened and understand why. You will have to be able to evaluate evidence, decide how useful it is and come to conclusions based on what you have studied and discovered.

COURSE CONTENT “History is who we are and why we are the way we are,” said David McCullough. You will tackle a wide range of medieval and modern British, European and World History, allowing you to understand how modern society and government has been shaped by the past. Parts of the A Level course offer the opportunity to look at short periods of history in depth, such as the Crusades and the Angevin Empire. Other units take a broader view, for example how warfare changed from the late 18th century into the 20th century.

OTHER A LEVELS History is universally respected and combines particularly well with Business Studies, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Law, Media or Film Studies, Psychology and Sociology.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? A Level History is considered by the Russell Group of universities as one of the ‘facilitating’ A Levels (see page 8) and provides access to a range of options. History students may go on to study History at university or degrees in subjects such as Business, Economics, History and English, English, Journalism, Art History, Politics or Law. History degrees are the most popular non-law degrees for those entering the legal profession. In employment the skills of evaluating materials, making judgements and articulating arguments that History promotes are highly prized. Careers could include areas such as teaching, banking, law, nursing, civil service, social work, or the financial sector.


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A LEVEL G E OGRAPH Y Fieldwork is a major part of the course; we study our local area as well as travelling further afield to visit coastal and urban locations. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C), including English and Maths.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Geography develops an understanding of the processes that have shaped the Earth. It is identified by selective universities as one of the A Level subjects they prefer applicants to have studied.

COURSE CONTENT You will study issues essential to the future of humanity at the global, national and local level: for example, tectonics, coasts, globalisation, superpower conflicts, water supply, poverty, inequality and many others. We study urban change, migration and changing populations along with important physical themes such as coasts, erosion and management of coastlines, water supply and water insecurity, rivers and weather systems.

Between year one and year two you will complete an independent investigation which comprises 20% of the A Level. In year two, the themes join together to create cross-topic case studies and knowledge to prepare you for university study. If you are curious about the world around you, have an interest in global as well as local issues and are keen to explore the growing impact of people on the natural world, this subject is for you.

OTHER A LEVELS Geography can be taken with any other subjects, but it goes particularly well with Maths, Geology, any of the Sciences, or Sociology. It can be regarded as a science by many university courses.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Geography is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8) and is highly regarded by top universities. It prepares you for entry into a variety of degrees: for example in Environmental Management, Social Policy, Conservation Studies, Earth Processes and many science courses. Career opportunities are broad and include planning, conservation, environmental work, teaching, international development, media, leisure and tourism, public services, business and management.


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A LEVEL FRENC H Weekly one-to-one tutorials with native speaker of French. Insight into contemporary France. Cultural visit to France. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English Language and a grade 6 (B+) in GCSE French.

and popular culture. You will also study the festivals and traditions of France, and the impact of music and the arts on young people. Depending on the group’s interests, you will focus on a French film, or work of French literature. In the second year, you will cover topical issues such as immigration, the challenges of multicultural France and the rise of the far right, alongside France during WW2, and French literature.

In developing the knowledge and skills you acquired at GCSE, you will achieve greater fluency, accuracy and confidence in the language as it is spoken as well as written. As well as improving your communication skills, you will gain a valuable insight into another culture.

You will have access to the very best, up-to-date resources, including the option to have the specially designed smartphone and tablet resource pack and app, so that you can learn in a way which best suits you. There are online assessments which you can use to check your progress, and a huge range of authentic materials at your fingertips.

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There are many exciting topics to cover. In the first year you will explore changes in French society, focusing on marriage, relationships and family, as well as issues such as equality in education and work. The impact of tourism on the environment and the economy is also covered. You will examine how politics shapes society by looking at the role of the media, the internet,

French can be studied alongside Spanish, which will give linguists the best possible opportunities in the world of work. Topics covered overlap with Sociology, History, Geography, Literature and Film Studies; but French combines well with all A Level courses.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? French is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8) and is highly regarded by top universities. In higher education it may be combined with Linguistics, Law, IT, Business Studies, European Studies, International Relations, Economics, Engineering or another language. Graduates may take up careers in international law, journalism, translating, interpreting, the diplomatic service, and customs and excise, to name but a few.


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A LEVEL S PANI SH Weekly one-to-one tutorials with native speaker of Spanish. Insight into the contemporary Spanish speaking world. Cultural visit to Spain. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English Language and a grade 6 in GCSE Spanish.

COURSE INTRODUCTION In developing the knowledge and skills you acquired at GCSE, you will achieve greater fluency, accuracy and confidence in the language as it is spoken as well as written. As well as improving your communication skills, you will gain a valuable insight into another culture.

COURSE CONTENT There are many exciting topics to cover. In the first year you will explore changes in Spanish society, focusing on marriage, relationships and family, as well as issues such as equality in education and work. The impact of tourism on the environment and the economy is also covered. You will examine how politics shapes society by looking at the role of the media, the internet,

and popular culture. You will also study the festivals and traditions of the Spanish speaking world, and the impact of music and the arts on young people. Depending on the group’s interests, you will focus on a Spanish film, or work of Spanish literature. In the second year, you will cover the topical issue of immigration and integration, alongside the Spanish Civil War and Spanish literature. You will have access to the very best, up-to-date resources, including the option to have the specially designed smartphone and tablet resource pack and app, so that you can learn in a way which best suits you. There are online assessments which you can use to check your progress, and a huge range of authentic materials at your fingertips.

OTHER A LEVELS Spanish can be studied alongside French, which will give linguists the best possible opportunities in the world of work. Topics covered overlap with Sociology, History, Geography, Literature and Film Studies; but Spanish combines well with all Advanced Level courses.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Spanish is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8) and is highly regarded by top universities. In higher education it may be combined with Linguistics, Law, IT, Business Studies, European Studies, International Relations, Economics, Engineering or another language. Graduates may take up careers in international law, journalism, translating, interpreting, the diplomatic service, and customs and excise, to name but a few.


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A LEVEL MATHEMATICS  Mathematics develops your skills in analysis and challenges you to think rigorously. Mathematics trains you to identify the important aspects of any problem and to work logically to find a solution. Skills are transferable beyond the classroom and thus Mathematics is a highly respected qualification in many fields. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above with a grade 7 (grade A) or above in Mathematics. If you have a grade 6 in Maths, you will be advised on an individual basis.

COURSE CONTENT Mathematics will teach you to argue logically and to present your solutions clearly and precisely. You will learn to apply confidently a wide range of pure maths techniques such as calculus. You will learn how to apply these techniques to model a range of practical situations. Success in pure maths depends on the competent use of algebra, so algebraic skills are developed throughout the course. In the new A Level, the pure maths content is combined with both statistics and mechanics. You will develop skills in data analysis to support this.

OTHER A LEVELS Mathematics combines well with any other subject, particularly the Sciences, Social Sciences, Business and Computer Science.

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In studying A Level Mathematics you will demonstrate your core intelligence, a logical mind and excellent problem solving skills. Mathematics builds on some of the concepts met in GCSE Maths and develops skills in algebra, calculus, trigonometry, and as the course advances, calculus and vectors.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Mathematics is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8) and is highly regarded by top universities. Mathematics is clearly a requirement for anyone considering taking a degree course in Mathematics, Engineering, Computing and for most theoretical science courses. It is a highly valued subject and may lead to a variety of careers including accounting, business, computing, banking and engineering. Good mathematicians are in short supply and keenly sought after.


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A LEVEL FAST TRACK MATHEMATICS & FURTHER MATHEMATICS You will study Further Mathematics in conjunction with A Level Mathematics and, normally, two other A Level subjects. You will be in a separate class tailored to the needs of able mathematicians and taught by experienced and highly qualified teachers. This course demonstrates to universities that you are an able mathematician and to employers that you are an outstanding candidate. 100% pass rate achieved in Maths and Further Maths since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above with a grade 8 (grade A*) or above in GCSE Mathematics.

COURSE INTRODUCTION The Fast Track course attracts students who thoroughly enjoy Mathematics and are keen to extend their understanding and knowledge. Further Mathematics is an additional A Level to the standard A Level Mathematics qualification. Further Maths takes many of the concepts met in A Level Maths to a higher plane. Some prestigious university courses will only accept students

with Further Mathematics qualifications on their Mathematics degree courses.

COURSE CONTENT Mathematics develops your skills in analysis and challenges you to think rigorously. It trains you to identify the important aspects of any problem and to work logically to find a solution. If you enjoy Mathematics, the Fast Track Mathematics course will provide a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts, such as complex numbers, polar co-ordinates, hyperbolic functions and matrices. Topics met in the single A Level Mathematics course (such as calculus and its applications, vectors and proof) are extended in Further Mathematics. During the first year you will quickly complete AS Mathematics and then study a wide variety of topics from both AS Further Mathematics and A Level Mathematics. Topics will include pure maths – algebra calculus, matrices and complex numbers – statistics, mechanics and modelling with algorithms. In the second year you will complete the AS Further Mathematics and A Level Mathematics syllabuses.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Mathematics and Further Mathematics are considered facilitating subjects (see page 8) and are highly regarded by top universities. They are particularly advantageous for anyone considering taking a degree course in Mathematics, Engineering, Computing or a theoretical science. Mathematics is a highly valued subject and may lead to a variety of careers such as accounting, banking and engineering.

You will have a choice as to whether to continue with your studies and take A Level Further Mathematics as well. As classes are very small, the second year Further Mathematics optional modules will be selected to suit the interests and skills of the students in the class.

OTHER A LEVELS Mathematics and Further Mathematics combine well with any other subject, particularly the Sciences, Social Sciences, Business and Computer Science.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.


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CASE STUDY TALIESIN LUND A Maths, B Physics, C Further Maths (studying Computer Science with Mathematics) Progressing to Lancaster University to study Maths & Computer Science “Living fairly local, Ludlow College was an obvious choice to me for somewhere to study my A Levels. I have really enjoyed being a student at the College, and I would definitely recommend it to others. Ludlow College has a great working environment and is ideal for students who want to get their heads down and study. Class sizes are smaller than other colleges, but I really think this is an asset as there are more opportunities for one-to-one interaction with the tutors; which seems really beneficial. I found the tutors helpful and really encouraging towards us as students; if you needed any help, no matter what it was, they were always there. Now I have completed my A Levels at Ludlow College and achieved the grades I need, I will be going on to study Maths & Computer Science at Lancaster University.�

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A LEVEL BI OLOGY Use of new, well-equipped laboratories. One-to-one support from experienced lecturers. IT support including VLE and Smart Boards.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including a grade 6 (grade B) in Maths and in Science.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Biology is a complex and broad science suited to those with an interest in living organisms, how they work and how they interact with their environment. Biology will also appeal to those who enjoy creative thinking and problem solving: a good choice if you are aiming at one of the very competitive leading universities.

COURSE CONTENT This is an exciting and demanding subject that is delivered in an innovative and dynamic way. You will gain an understanding of biological facts and principles - whilst gaining an appreciation of their significance by studying molecules, cells and systems, inheritance, evolution and ecosystems as well as physiology and the environment. Principles are taught in the context of modern day themes and issues,

such as how our understanding of DNA and gene technology can lead to drugs that are tailor made for the individual, and studying lifestyle factors that increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. We also look at the control systems that enable all organisms to exist in their environment, from bacteria through to more complex plants and animals. The course combines detailed theoretical knowledge with practical research including laboratory work, interpreting data to solve scientific problems and writing in a scientific way. Transferable skills such as data analysis, practical design and problem solving will be developed. You will also need to understand chemical processes within organisms, so some knowledge of chemistry is also useful.

OTHER A LEVELS Biology can be taken alongside a range of subjects, but students often choose to combine it with Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Physical Education or Psychology.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Biology is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8) and is highly regarded by top universities. Selective universities and employers look for a science A Level as an indication of analytical skills, so this course is a good choice for both science and non-science related degrees. It can lead towards a wide range of university courses including Biochemistry, Conservation, Dentistry, Ecology, Marine Biology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Sports Science and Veterinary Science. Students also frequently choose degree subjects such as Economics and Business Studies.


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A LEVEL CHEM I STRY All lessons take place in new, well-equipped laboratories. A challenging, academic and rigorous qualification that is highly respected by universities and employers.  Individualised learning leading to consistently high results. 100% Pass Rate in 2019.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including a grade 6 (grade B) in Maths and in Science.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Chemistry is fundamental to our daily lives and overlaps with other sciences such as Biology, Physics, Geology and Environmental Science. A Level Chemistry will build upon your knowledge gained at GCSE but with a greater level of mathematical content. It is a must for those looking to study degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry. It also opens up a wide range of opportunities for careers and higher level study in Forensic Science, Environmental Health, Biomedical and Biological Sciences and Optometry.

COURSE CONTENT This lively and interesting course includes the main theoretical concepts that are pertinent to the subject, as well as a variety of current applications of chemistry and the work that chemists do. This course will enable you to see the relevance of chemistry beyond the laboratory, building on your knowledge of atomic structure, chemical bonding and reactivity. You will learn about complex chemical systems which make up our environment of land, sea and air. There is a large element of practical work to further the development of advanced practical skills.

OTHER A LEVELS Chemistry can be taken with any subjects, but students often choose to combine it with Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Geography or Psychology.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Chemistry is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8) and is highly regarded by top universities. A Level Chemistry is essential for many science degrees but is also frequently selected by Law applicants as it demonstrates an ability to cope with difficult concepts. Selective universities and employers look for a science A Level as an indication of analytical skills, so this course is a good choice for both science and non-science related degrees.


SAM MATHER A Maths, A Chemistry, B Biology Progressing to Leeds University to study Neuroscience “Chemistry was my favourite subject to study at the College, as I really enjoyed the hands-on and practical elements of the course. The College as a whole had a really nice and welcoming atmosphere, the vibe was just so friendly and I enjoyed learning in smaller than average classes, as the tutors really gave you their full attention. I decided to study Neuroscience at university after seeing some talks on the subject, and the idea of it really jumped out at me. I was encouraged by my tutors and they have been so supportive throughout my time at the College. I would definitely recommend the College because of the experienced tutors, the smaller classes and the overall great atmosphere to learn in.�

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A LEVEL PHY SI CS Small group sizes allow for greater student participation and interaction. Tutor with a background in technical consultancy, providing students with insights into ‘real world’ applications of Physics. Resources especially designed to help students to study outside class. Extensive practical and experimental work, with the support of an experienced lab technician. 100% pass rate achieved since 2013.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including a grade 6 (grade B) in Maths and in Science. See note below on A Level Maths.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Physics is especially suited to students who are interested in ‘how things work’ and who wish to understand and predict the behaviour of the material world around us. Physics is also a good choice for students who wish to equip themselves with the skills to analyse situations, report findings, solve problems, and invent new products and processes.

COURSE CONTENT The course covers a very wide range of topics, which are studied from first principles and then applied

to actual scenarios. It is a twoyear course, designed to allow students’ knowledge and skills to be gradually built up over time. In line with this approach, students continue to learn new material throughout the summer term of their first year and are not entered for AS exams. Students are provided with resources to learn the basics of each topic before class, so they can gain maximum benefit from their time in class. This provides more time for students to gain hands-on experience in practical work. The more challenging aspects of topics are studied in class, as a single group, in an informal manner, with students being encouraged to learn from each other. The exam board content is supplemented with advice to students on how to develop the skills to work more effectively at university and in a professional career. Tutor support is available outside class and via email at all times.

OTHER A LEVELS Physics combines well with many other A Levels, especially sciences such as Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, and Computing. Students taking Physics are strongly recommended to take Maths A Level at least in their first year, as Maths skills are a key part of the toolkit required to succeed at Physics.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? An A Level in Physics is highly regarded by all universities and is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8). Students who study Physics acquire transferable skills, for example logical analysis and problemsolving, which are sought after by employers, leaders and sponsors. At Ludlow College, A Level Physics has been chosen by students wishing to go on to careers in all branches of science, engineering and medicine, and those entering the Armed Forces, as well as those now working in such diverse fields as finance, law, architecture and music.


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A LEVEL G E OLOGY Many interesting field trips, both local and further afield. The chance to visit Iceland in your second year. Varied, engaging and exciting teaching techniques, projects and practicals throughout the course. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including preferred grade 5 (or grade B) in Maths and in Science.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This popular science course encompasses everything on the Earth - landscapes, oceans, atmosphere, and all life there ever has been. It investigates how these have evolved through the 4.6 billion year history of this planet.

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evaluative skills through fieldwork and laboratory experiments. Geology can explain how Ludlow was once a warm, shallow sea near the equator teeming with now extinct animals, and answer questions such as: what’s inside the Earth? Why do volcanoes exist? What happened to the dinosaurs? What happens when continents collide? How can I survive an earthquake? It is a practical subject with plenty of opportunity for fieldwork and lab investigations; using rock, fossil and mineral specimens, students piece together the story of the Earth. Good geologists are therefore rock detectives who like solving the Earth’s puzzles!

OTHER A LEVELS Geology interrelates with other sciences and also Geography and Mathematics.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

You will examine the processes which have evolved the Earth’s landscapes; the study of rocks and how they are created, fossils and evolution, plus how man interacts with geology and avoids the dangers presented by the constantly changing planet. It encourages the development of practical, analytical and

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Students can progress to study for a degree in Geology, Earth or Environmental Science, plus any other degrees looking for one or more science A Levels. Geology graduates are currently highly sought after by employers, and are amongst the highest paid, with excellent opportunities for travel. Careers for Geology graduates are both broad and wide ranging and can include: • Environmental management • Mining/engineering to the oil, coal and natural gas industries • Academic research in subjects such as palaeontology or volcanology.


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THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT GOES ON A VARIETY OF TRIPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. SOME OF THESE ARE SUBJECT SPECIFIC AND SOME ARE OPEN TO THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT. PREVIOUS TRIPS HAVE INCLUDED ICELAND, ITALY AND THE WELSH COAST.

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A LEVEL ENVI RONMENTAL S C I EN C E Many interesting field trips, both local and further afield. The chance to visit Iceland in your second year. Varied, interesting and exciting teaching techniques, projects and practical sessions throughout the course. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including preferred grade 5 (or grade B) in Maths and in Science.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Environmental Science is the scientific study of how humans are interacting with our planet, examining impacts on the biological, physical and chemical cycles of Earth. It covers a broad scope of topics, all extremely relevant to anyone living on our planet and wishing to keep it habitable for the future.

COURSE CONTENT You will study wildlife conservation and ecology, examining the need and methods of protecting natural habitats. The atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere are studied in terms of harmful human influences to

vital Earth processes; possible solutions and their efficacy are investigated. For practical investigations we take local trips to carry out ecological fieldwork, plus a visit to a safari park, the Elan Valley, and many more destinations. As the course continues we delve further into current important issues such as pollution and energy use in a global context, food production, fishing, forestry and sustainability. The course culminates in a weekend visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology.

OTHER A LEVELS Environmental Science is a highly regarded A Level which counts as a science when applying for universities; it combines well with most other subjects. It would particularly suit students studying Biology, Geography, Geology or Chemistry; it is also ideal for those wanting to study science, but not specialise in just one.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Environmental Science provides an ideal base for degrees such as Forestry, Countryside Management, Geography, Geology, other sciences, and teaching. Students may also progress directly into employment or vocational courses; ever evolving legislation and deepening concerns about environmental change mean that there are more careers in environmental management and research. Look at www.environmentaljob.co.uk for ideas.


CO M PUT ER S CIENC E Huge opportunity for learning transferable skills for your career and academia. Excellent computer facilities. Expert teaching to help you excel in the industry. 100% pass rate since 2017.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above (grade C and above) including maths. GCSE Computer Science is not a pre-requisite.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Computing is a discipline that is an essential part of our world today. This is a challenging and enlightening Level 3 course in a practical subject that applies academic principles. Learn to code; learn to code better; find out how computers, networks, the internet and mobile networks function, interact and shape the world.

COURSE CONTENT The course offers opportunities for students to think creatively, to analyse problems, to be logical and critical, while developing related personal, mathematical and linguistic skills.

and dynamic web application; design a phone app or design and code your own game. Take charge of your own project throughout its life cycle from conception to realisation. You will be supported whilst developing one or more of Python, Java, C#, SQL, JS and web technologies. Topics covered by the course include: • Computer systems architecture • Use of software and software development • Computer installations and networks • Databases and web technologies • Computational thinking • Problem solving and computing solutions • Algorithms and programming

OTHER COURSES Computer Science is commonly recommended to students with a maths/science background, or who have a logical, precise and creative mind. However, it also complements most other A Levels.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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A Level Computer Science will support your entry onto any degree programme, but computing students may specialise in animation, AI, gaming, mobile technologies, robotics and web design, as well as computer science. An understanding of computing has become a necessary practical skill so there are a wide variety of career opportunities in almost any industry sector. Students could progress to apprenticeship programmes or full-time employment in any area of ICT and become networking engineers, web designers, software developers or systems analysts: there are a vast range of opportunities for students of Computer Science. Those wanting to do groundbreaking work in their careers or in academic research will likely need to incorporate computers in areas such as data collection, creating a web presence, analysing data and finding patterns with the help of AI, connecting people, interacting with users via mobile apps and various other ways. The list is ever growing. This means that computing skills and knowledge increasingly sit alongside excellence in English and maths as core subjects that will help to determine success in the 21st century and beyond.

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A LEVEL PSY C HOL O G Y Psychology provides many transferable skills – conflict resolution, enhanced understanding of others and self, and improved communication skills. A high proportion of students go on to study a related degree at university. 100% pass rate achieved since 2017.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) with a preferred grade 5 (grade B) in English, Mathematics and Science.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Psychology is the science of the mind. It looks at how individuals think, what they do and the way they are affected by their biological make-up and the wider social group. It requires a broad range of skills including good written communication skills, a retentive memory and analysis of research methods, studies and theories.

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human brain and explore a range of psychological explanations of behaviour. Key topics include: Cognitive Psychology (memory), Developmental Psychology (attachment), Research Methods, Biological Psychology (stress), Social Psychology (how we are influenced by others) and Individual Differences (mental health). As you discover how others think, you’ll also be gaining an insight into your own psyche and behavioural traits, which is a valuable asset in both your personal and working life.

OTHER A LEVELS Psychology works well with any of the Sciences, Maths, other Social Sciences or the Arts. If you are thinking about becoming a psychologist you may consider doing some relevant volunteer work alongside your academic studies; this will enhance both university and job applications.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

You will study how people interact, change and develop, how we think, how the nervous system works, how we differ from animals and how we decide what is normal. You will gain an insight into the workings of the

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? A Level Psychology will open the door for further study at degree level where you can gain access to courses such as Social Science, Criminology, Health Studies, Neuroscience or further study in Psychology. The opportunities in the job market are wide ranging. Graduates in Psychology are able to take further training and pursue careers in: • Clinical Psychology • Counselling Psychology • Educational Psychology • Forensic Psychology • Health Psychology • Occupational Psychology • Sport Psychology • Teaching and Research The course is of value for anyone considering a career involving people.

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A LEVEL S O C I OL O G Y  Students consistently achieve very good grades. Sociology is delivered in a lively and interactive way, with much focus being on class discussion and working in pairs and small groups. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C), to include grade 4 (grade C) in English Language.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Sociology is the scientific study of human behaviour and life chances; for instance why people behave as they do, and why some individuals have different life outcomes compared with others. It will help you to understand the world around you, how societies work, the causes of social problems and their potential solutions.

Sociology may make you question your own ideas and the ideas of others. It will give you the skills to better understand the way we live and interact with each other. There are frequent opportunities to take part in class discussions about contemporary issues and engage in debates. Essay skills will be crucial, and frequent assessment will give you ample opportunity to develop them.

OTHER A LEVELS Sociology complements many other humanities subjects such as Psychology, History, English, Law, and also Biology. It provides a good balance if your other subjects are mainly science based and is also ideal for students who want to study science, but not specialise in just one.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Sociology is an excellent foundation for humanities and some non-humanities based degrees. These include Sociology, Criminology, Media, Geography and History. It could aid pathways to degrees such as Law, Business Management, Journalism, and medical and nursing professions. Sociology is highly relevant for any degrees that involve interaction with individuals – including medical degrees. Career opportunities are broad and include work in the civil service, media, law and other institutions of criminal justice, public relations, market research, social work, foreign aid and development and teaching, as well as academic research.

Sociology embraces the whole of society so is, by its nature, a very broad subject. You will study ideas about human behaviour, family life, crime, religion, education and social change. You will look at some of the theoretical perspectives behind Sociology, such as Marxism and Feminism, which offer varying explanations of human behaviour.

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A LEVEL L AW A teacher with extensive practical experience in the field. Court trip and guest speakers about qualifying and working in law.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English.

COURSE INTRODUCTION Law can be defined as the rules that society is required to follow; as such it may change as society changes. The study of law will enhance your understanding of social science subjects and provide a solid platform from which you can develop your evaluative and analytical skills.

Areas such as crime and civil law are then pursued in more depth in the second year. Topics include murder, manslaughter, and specific types of negligence including psychiatric harm and medical negligence. You will also have the opportunity to study the law of contract or human rights.

OTHER A LEVELS Law combines well with Business Studies, History, English, Modern Languages and Psychology. It is also ideal for students who want to study science, but not specialise in one.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Undergraduate study in both Law and related disciplines, such as Business, Criminology, Sociology and History are obvious academic routes of progression. Vocational progression into Law via ILEX or paralegal routes is also assisted. Please note: A Level Law is not a facilitating subject for Russell Group Universities (see page 8) or a requirement for progression to Law courses at university level. However, if you choose to progress to employment, options are broad and, besides leading to a career in the legal profession, include the civil service, trainee paralegal and trainee social worker. A number of students have entered business fields such as accountancy, marketing, personnel, etc.

COURSE CONTENT This course explores legal principles and aims to give students an understanding of legal methods and reasoning. You will examine the sources of English law, the criminal courts and the role that qualified professionals play in the criminal justice system. In addition, you will study non-fatal offences against the person and the law of negligence and occupier’s liability.

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A LEVEL PHY SI C AL EDUC AT I ON Consistently achieving higher grades than the national average. High quality fitness suite and sports hall on site enhance practical learning. Achieved a 100% pass rate in 2019.

and play. You will develop ways to optimise your own practical performance. You will develop a range of transferable skills: leadership, communication and organisational skills from practical work, your ability to research and analyse topic areas in theory areas.

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A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C), to include English, Maths and Science. (It is not necessary to have studied PE at GCSE; many students succeed without having done so).

Students wishing to enter Sports Science at university should combine Physical Education with at least one science. Those wishing to be teachers often choose Geography, Sociology or English. For a sporting or leisure industry career, Psychology or Business Studies work well. PE combines well with almost every other subject. You may also be interested in the Football Education Programme: see page 69.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This diverse course allows you to develop your own sporting ability, whilst bridging the divide between the arts and sciences. If you have a passion for sport, you will enjoy exploring the history of sport, how your body responds to exercise and why you do not always perform at your best for an important game/competition.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? A Level Physical Education leads onto many sportsrelated degree courses and is also valuable for medicalrelated courses such as Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. Its wide variety of skill sets will stand you in good stead for most university courses. The sport industry is huge and offers a wide variety of career opportunities in areas such as sport science, sports studies, sports coaching and development, sports therapy, sports psychology, teaching, biomechanics, leisure management, sports technology, and so much more.


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CASE STUDY SOPHIE PEAKE A* French, A Biology, B Chemistry Progressing to Bristol University to study Biochemistry Sophie has represented Team GB in fencing, in both Cadet and Junior National Championships. Her use of the Ludlow College gym facilities allowed her to train alongside studying for her A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and French. “Sport was a huge part of my enrichment at college and helped me to balance my studying with activities I enjoyed. I started fencing at a local club in my area and I was also part of the basketball team at college. The gym facilities at college made a great impact on where I decided to study, as I was able to train flexibly around lessons. I found that taking part in sports alongside studying helped to reduce stress, especially during exam time. Training with the basketball team was fun and the College had a really welcoming atmosphere and a great community. I made a lot of friends here and would definitely recommend the College to others. Due to the small class sizes, I found that tutors really focused on the students and noticed each person in the classroom. I will be continuing on in education and achieved a sports scholarship at Bristol University.�

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Applicants must be enthusiastic about sport and fitness, with a particular interest in developing and mastering techniques and skills in football to enhance performance. You will need to be prepared to fully engage in all physical practical sessions, including fixtures where you will represent Ludlow College. Successful entry is based on a selection process, as places are limited.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This course gives the exciting opportunity to develop an understanding of football coaching in partnership with Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Students will also gain a Level 1 Award in Coaching Football. Students work with Shrewsbury Town Community Sports Trust and receive professional football coaching. It is primarily an education programme focused on young players that have played at a competitive standard in the past, culminating in the opportunity to play at the home of Shrewsbury Town FC, Montgomery Waters Meadow.

COURSE CONTENT The Football Education Programme aims to be flexible. There are two parts to the programme; some students take part in both, others may only take part in one. They are as follows:

Part One Part one is the Football Leadership Programme and it can be one of your subject choices when you enrol at Ludlow College. This programme can be built around all of the courses including A Levels, BTEC and GCSE courses. It comprises the following elements which will be completed throughout the academic year: • FA Level 1 Certificate in Football Coaching • FA Emergency Aid & Safeguarding Award • Bespoke work experience/ mentoring programme for each individual • Sport Activator courses (e.g. badminton, athletics etc.) Part Two Part two is the Football Performance Element. Students will be expected to attend two training sessions per week and represent Ludlow College in the fixtures programme every Wednesday afternoon. This programme involves a minimum of six hours per week of practical sessions which will include football, strength and conditioning coaching from professional FA-qualified coaches from Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Both elements have maximum numbers and therefore a selection process will take place during enrolment in August/ September.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £20 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Depending on students’ ability and progression, some may also have the opportunity to train and play with the Shrewsbury Town FC Scholarship programme.


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Extended Diplomas are nationally recognised advanced Level 3 qualifications which are industry/career focused and often taught and delivered in a more practical way. They are flexible qualifications studied over two years and equate to three A Levels. These courses provide an alternative method in which to gain the essential skills, knowledge and qualifications for future study or employment.


PLACEMENTS TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR INDUSTRY PLACEMENT

The College is encouraging Level 3 students to take part in a minimum of 45-days of industry placement. The idea is for you to build and develop your skills in a genuine working environment, taking the theoretical knowledge of your course and putting this into practice. Your placements will take place outside of your normal college days, which may be one or two days a week, or in blocks.

• Utilise your connections – Speak to your friends and family, tutors, careers advisors or neighbours, they may know of somewhere suitable for you to enquire about a placement. • Search your local area – Have a look around your local area for businesses that you may not know about, newspapers are also a good way to find local employers. • Try a different angle – You could try looking for part-time vacancies in your chosen industry, you could get a work experience trial which leads on to employment. • Leave your details – Some employers may not be in a position to take you on for a placement, but leave your contact details with them, as their situation may change. • Make notes – Ensure that you know what you would like to ask before phoning, note who it is you have been speaking with, and any other relevant information during the call. • Aim for the top – When contacting companies, try to speak to the Manager, or the Human Resources (HR) department if it’s a larger company. • Keep Trying – Don’t be discouraged if you get turned down, don’t worry, just keep on looking. • Be prepared – When contacting employers, ensure you have your CV at the ready, including your skills and experience, these can serve as prompts during a conversation. • Always make a good impression – Ensure that you are polite and respectful when talking with employers, they are much more likely to remember you. • Look online – Businesses may have a section on their website where you can apply for work experience or voluntary work.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS FOR YOU? • Employers are always keen to take on workers with some experience under their belt, which can be difficult straight after finishing your qualification. With an industry placement you can add this to your CV and stand out from other candidates. • An industry placement will offer you the chance to learn more transferable and industrial skills from the industry’s experts. • If you make a good impression on the employer, they may be interested in taking you on as a paid employee, either on a part-time basis, or as an apprentice. • Experience life in a real working environment. • This placement could be the first stepping stone to your future career.

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EX T ENDED DIPLO MAS

Industry


EX T ENDED DIPLO MAS

LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA BU SI NES S Equivalent to three A Levels and 168 UCAS points. Great practical application of business theory. 100% pass rate in 2019.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including Maths and English; or a Merit in the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business and a grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for young people who want to progress to university or are looking for a career as a business decision maker. It is a practical course which will help you to add value to business activities in any organisation.

COURSE CONTENT It is designed for students interested in a career in business either straight from college or via further study at university. You will develop practical skills and theoretical understanding of the world of business, whilst having a chance to explore career opportunities within this vast world. You will study finance, marketing, recruitment, event management, retail environments, customer care, international business and human resources, among other topics. Many students have experience in a workplace and this can really help by applying real life context to theories and examples. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of business and corporate social responsibility in the business world as well as your group work, IT and presentation skills.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ35 material fee cost for this course.

TRIPS AND VISITS FEES There is a ÂŁ140 trips and visits fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? This course is all about preparing you for entry to university or employment. You may progress to study for a degree in any business related qualification such as Accounts, Business, Marketing or Human Resource Management. On average, to enter university you will need to achieve a Merit or Distinction grade profile on completion of this course. Alternatively, you could enter the world of business. Future careers include accounting, banking, insurance, human resources, marketing and sales. In addition, we will help prepare you for starting your own business or perhaps an e-business.


CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION - EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR Excellent links with sector employers within the surrounding area; many students find further employment opportunities through these links.  Specialist placement opportunities available – such as the children’s ward at Hereford County Hospital and the Health Education Department of Shrewsbury Hospital. This qualification is equivalent to up to three A Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C), including English and Maths. Applications from mature students are also welcomed.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This course is ideal for people that want to work in the early years’ industry or progress to university-level courses with a Level 3 qualification. Over the two year period students will cover 14 core and specialist units to enhance their knowledge of the world of working with children aged 0-8 years in a variety of settings.

You will be provided with the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge within a range of work related contexts through weekly work experience placements. Students will be supported to develop their transferable interpersonal skills, including working with others, problem solving and independent research and study. These will help with progression into the work place or higher education establishments.

COURSE CONTENT Students will spend two days a week undertaking vocational practice and three days in college studying a range of childcare, health, educational and developmental units. This course aims to allow you to develop both the practical skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful Early Years Educator. Topics studied range from child development to working with children with additional needs. Further information on the topics covered can be found on the College website www.ludlow-college.ac.uk.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £100 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? The course is an ideal route for students who would like to enter professions such as children’s nursing, midwifery, teaching, nursery practitioner, family support worker, play therapist or child minding. Successfully completing this course will allow you to work unsupervised with children. You could also progress to a higher level course at university such as Foundation Degrees, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) or BEd Degrees, either specifically linked to careers such as primary teacher training, children’s nursing, midwifery or another degree course with a view to a career in the care or education profession. Please note: each of these career options are competitive and will have specific requirements which may be additional to this qualification. For example, if you want to be a teacher you must have GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C) in English, Maths and Science. For some universities this might be increased to a grade 5 (or grade B).

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EX T ENDED DIPLO MAS

TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA LEVEL 3 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE Excellent links with sector employers within the surrounding area; many students find further employment opportunities through these links.  Specialist placement opportunities available, such as the children’s ward at Hereford Hospital and the Health Education Department of Shrewsbury Hospital. This qualification is equivalent to up to three A Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (grade C) including English and Maths.

COURSE CONTENT This course is designed to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities that you need for work in the health care and social sector. It will give you the chance to explore the career opportunities in health and social care related professions. You will also undertake relevant work placements one day a week. Further information on the topics covered can be found on the College website www.ludlow-college.ac.uk.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ100 material fee cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? For those looking to continue their studies, there are a wide range of progression routes including Foundation Degrees, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) or BEd Degrees in subjects such as Midwifery, Nursing, Teaching, Psychology, Social Work, Criminology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech Therapy. Alternatively, you could go straight into employment in health and social care related professions, such as childcare, social care work, or health care assistants. Please note: Each of these career options are competitive and will have specific requirements which may be additional to this qualification. For example, if you want to be a teacher you must have GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) in English, Maths and Science. For some universities this might be increased to a grade 5 (or grade B). Social Work degrees require an additional 200 hours of non-college related work experience.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This is a wide ranging course that will provide you with both the knowledge and skills that you will need to begin a career in this sector - either by progression to university or straight into the work place. This could include areas such as nursing, special educational needs, social work, criminology, residential care work or counselling.

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EX T ENDED DIPLO MAS

LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA S PO RT High quality fitness suite and sports hall, on site close to the teaching rooms, enhance practical learning. This qualification is equivalent to up to 3 A Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above (preferably including Maths and English). Level 3 courses can be complemented by an additional A Level, AS Levels or the Football Education Programme (see page 69).

COURSE INTRODUCTION This course offers a combination of practical and theoretical aspects of sport. Students can choose from three different study routes, equivalent to one, two or three A Levels, and the course can be combined with A Level subjects. It is recommended that students studying the full Extended Diploma in Sport also enrol on the Football Education Programme to supplement their studies.

COURSE CONTENT The course contains core modules such as: • Anatomy and Physiology • Fitness Training and Programming • Fitness Testing in Sport • Physiology of Fitness Other modules include: • Sport Psychology • Practical Sports Performance • Sports Injuries Modules are typically split into a number of assignments covering a range of assessment methods such as presentations, interviews, podcasts, videos, written articles and reports. This pathway is 100% coursework based with no external examinations; this means you are given a ‘live’ grade through the course based on the assignment submissions, giving you a clear understanding of your progress.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £150 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? A large number of students go on to university to study a Sports Science, Physical Education, Sports Coaching or Sports Development related degree. The structure and content of the course will provide you with a wide variety of skills and experiences that will stand you in good stead for most university courses. The course could also lead to employment within the ever expanding sports industry in a number of capacities, such as leisure centre management, sports therapy or fitness instruction.


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LEV EL 2 BU SI NES S Frequent trips to a range of business environments both locally and nationally.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 2 (grade E) or above, including grade 3 (grade D) in English and Maths.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This is a full-time, practical, work-related course that will teach you about business, customer relations and financial control. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The course will introduce you to various areas of employment and provide you with a good basis to progress to a more advanced work-related qualification such as Level 3 Business.

COURSE CONTENT You will cover a range of topics throughout your course. A selection of the business unit titles is shown below: • Business Finance • Promoting a Brand • Sales & Personal Selling • Principles of Customer Service • Recruitment, Selection & Employment • Principles of Marketing • Business online • Building Successful Business Teams The emphasis of the course is on ‘learning by doing’, which involves assessment by completing various projects, including case studies, videos, role play and written assignments. Local business related visits and work experience will also be included.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £35 material fee cost for this course.

TRIPS AND VISITS FEES There is a £100 trips and visits fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? You can progress to BTEC Level 3 Business, apprenticeships, or employment in the business world.


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LEV EL 2 F IRST DIPLOMA H E ALTH & S OCIAL C A RE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

COURSE CONTENT

GCSE grade 2 (grade E) or above, to include grade 3 (grade D) in English and Maths. Applications from mature students are also welcome.

The course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work with children, young people and adults. It will give you practical experience as well as covering many different aspects of childcare. A wide range of related subjects are studied such as human lifespan development, effectively communicating with a wide range of people, healthy living, understanding disability and basic first aid. For further details, visit the College’s website at www.ludlow-college.ac.uk.

COURSE INTRODUCTION This one year course is for students who have made a choice to focus their learning and career development in health, social care and early years. It includes, where appropriate, the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of specific areas of interest in the sector, directly related to popular areas for employment or further study. Students will develop skills and knowledge by completing projects, assignments and exams that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. The course will introduce you to your chosen career and provides a good basis to progress onto a more advanced Level 3 qualification. Students will have opportunities to study Maths and English alongside this qualification.

MATERIAL FEES There is a £80 material fee cost for this course.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? This course is an ideal route for students who want to progress onto Level 3 courses such as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care or the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning & Development - Early Years Educator.


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G C SE (LEVEL 2) ENGLI S H & MATHEMATI C S ENGLISH GCSE LEVEL 2 (1 YEAR)

MATHEMATICS GCSE LEVEL 2 (1 YEAR)

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There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

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COURSE CONTENT

This is a one year GCSE course aimed at students wishing to develop their English skills and improve their grades. It is also ideal for adults wishing to refresh their literacy skills and international students who want to develop all aspects of their English. A GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English Language is essential for university courses and some professions. This will demonstrate competency at Level 2 in reading and writing.

This is a one year GCSE course designed for students wishing to develop their maths skills and improve their grades. A GCSE grade C (grade 4) in Maths is essential for progressing on to many college and university courses. This course will help you to improve on the areas you find the most difficult; building your confidence as well as your understanding and skills.

ASSESSMENT Formative and summative assessment throughout the course will cover creative, transactional and analytical writing and reading of literary and non-literary texts. The final examination comprises two written papers in May/June.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ35 material fee cost for this course.

PROGRESSION On successfully completing the course, students can progress to further studies, training or employment. Adults may choose Access courses to familiarise themselves with the demands and requirements of higher level study.

ASSESSMENT Examinations will take place in May and June.

MATERIAL FEES There is a ÂŁ35 material fee cost for this course.

PROGRESSION On successfully completing the course, students can progress to further studies, training or employment. Adults may choose Access courses to familiarise themselves with the demands and requirements of higher level study.

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For students who do need to re-sit either (or both) GCSE English or Maths, we can accommodate English and Maths within your programme of study. You will require a grade 4 (grade C) at GCSE English Language to progress to any AS/A Level course or Level 3 vocational course. Some AS courses are open to students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 (grade C) in Maths; the Maths GCSE will take the place of one of your AS options. Please get in touch with us to discuss this in more detail.


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LUDLOW COLLEGE BY CAR Ludlow College has no parking for students on campus. The cheapest parking locally is at Linney Riverside Park (SY8 1EE); this will involve a short but bracing walk up the hill, but parking is currently only £1 a day. There are three principal public car parks in the Ludlow town centre. They are situated at Upper Galdeford, Lower Galdeford (locally called ‘Smithfield Car Park’) and the nearest, Castle Street (locally called ‘Castle Street Car Park’), SY8 1AS.

on the right hand side. Cross over at the traffic lights at the top of Corve Street; continue along King Street and High Street into the market square. The Castle Square Campus is on the right-hand side in front of the castle. For times and fares, contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (24hrs) or visit the Transport for Wales website www.tfwrail.wales/

BY BUS There are bus services into Ludlow from all directions. Visit Shropshire Council’s website or www.travelshropshire.co.uk for

BY CAR WITH PARK AND RIDE This service is situated at the Eco Business Park reached from the A49 at the Sheet Road roundabout (SY8 1ES.) Buses run from 7:15am until 5:45pm, Monday to Saturday.

BY TRAIN The train station is a 5 minute walk from the town centre. To walk to the College turn left out of the station and walk up the hill. Then turn right at the traffic lights, passing the One Stop shop

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more information. There is also the No.701 town bus service. This is a Ludlow town bus only and does not include the Eco Business Park. The 701 passes the ‘town stop’, which is by the Tesco supermarket near to the station, every 30 minutes during the day.

BY BICYCLE The College has a number of cycle ranks where bikes can be chained up during the day, at the owner’s own risk.


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Admissions Calendar & HOW TO APPLY

TOWARD THE END OF YEAR 10, PUPILS FROM OUR PARTNER SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO VISIT THE COLLEGE AND TAKE PART IN TASTER SESSIONS.

Thursday 3rd October 2019, 5.00pm - 8.00pm Tuesday 14th January 2020, 5.00pm - 8.00pm

From September, prospectuses and application forms are available - either from the partner schools or from the College. Open Events are held in October, January and March (see below for details). These provide a good opportunity for you to come and look around the College, meet the staff and discuss your options.

INTERVIEWS Interviews at Partner Schools are usually held between January and April. All other applicants will be interviewed at the College from January to July. You will be offered a conditional place on the course based on expected results and your school report.

INTRO DAY

APPLYING Once you have decided to join Ludlow College, you can apply online or fill out a paper application form. You can return the application form via your school or post it directly to the College. You will be invited for an interview to discuss your course choices.

All potential new students, once confirmed of an offer, will be invited to the College in July for the ‘intro’ day. It is important that potential students attend this day to experience the College and their chosen subjects, although it is not a requirement of entry. Full details will be issued in the starting pack.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FORMS

RESULTS

Applications for 2020 are welcome from October onwards. We will continue to consider applications through the spring, but bear in mind that some courses may fill up.

A Level Results are published Thursday 13th August 2020.

Saturday 7th March 2020, 10.00am - 12.00 noon

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GCSE results are published on Thursday 20th August 2020.

ENROLMENT Enrolment begins in late August 2020 and you will be informed what time to come for enrolment by letter during the summer holidays.


IN FO RMATIO N F O R S C HOOLS STAFF & C AREERS A DVI S ORS WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OUR STRONG, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR FELLOW PROFESSIONALS IN SCHOOLS AND IN CAREERS SERVICES AROUND THE AREA. WE RECOGNISE THE DIVERSE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOUNG PEOPLE. For some, Ludlow College may be the right answer, for others a different route may be better. Our overriding concern is to make sure that young people take a well-informed decision about their post-GCSE progression. We have set out below some of the ways in which we can work with schools and careers advisors to ensure their pupils arrive at an informed decision.

OU R WO RK WITH S C HOOLS & C AREERS ADVISORS Before young people join us full-time: • We are always happy to visit school assemblies or your careers events. • We offer Open Events at the College. • We can provide subject-specific talks. • We can arrange one-to-one contact with staff and current students. • Our programme managers and tutors are very happy to speak with school teachers/ careers advisors regarding the progression routes we offer. • We will speak to you about any young people whom you believe may require extra support during the transition period.

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LUDLOW COLLEGE

Open events Thursday 3rd October 2019, 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Tuesday 14th January 2020, 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Saturday 7th March 2020, 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Ludlow College Castle Square, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1GD Enquiries: 0800 032 1986 www.ludlow-college.ac.uk

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