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WHY LEARN LOCAL, WHY LEARN LUDLOW? 1. SMALL CLASS SIZES 2. FRIENDLY COMMUNITY 3. SPACIOUS FACILITIES ON THREE CAMPUSES 4. DEDICATED AND SUPPORTIVE STAFF 5. STUDENT FRIENDLY TIMETABLE 6. BEAUTIFUL RURAL SURROUNDINGS 7. NO NEED FOR LONG TRAVEL TIMES TO STUDY YOUR A LEVELS 8. STUDY IN A HISTORICALLY RICH TOWN, WITH A SHORT WALK TO THE RIVER 9. LUDLOW TOWN FOOTSTEPS AWAY FROM THE COLLEGE 10. SHORT WALK FROM TRAIN & BUS SERVICES

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D AV I D W I L L I A M S

P R I N C I PA L & C H I E F E X E C U T I V E CARL MORRIS BSC (HONS) PGCE

H E A D O F L U D LO W C O L L E G E

“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. 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, dating from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

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

“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. We offer 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. The timetable is 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. I look forward to meeting you at one of our Open Events and welcoming you to our unique and friendly college.”

WELCOME

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Why choose Ludlow?

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Welcome

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Open Events

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Choosing Your Course

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Your Study Space

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Enrichment & Extra-Curricular Activities

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High Achievers

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Student Services

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Equality & Diversity

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Safeguarding & Prevent

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Courses

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Finding Ludlow College

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Map of Facilities

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Admissions Calendar & How to Apply

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Application Form

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Information for Schools Staff & Careers Advisers 83

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Our Work with Schools & Careers Advisors

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Open Days & Evenings

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Mathematics

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Industry Placements

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Fast Track Mathematics & Further Mathematics

Business

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Health & Social Care

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Sport

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Fine Art

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Graphics

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Photography

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Media Studies

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Film Studies

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Drama & Theatre Studies

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SCIENCE A LEVELS

Music

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Biology

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Chemistry

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Physics

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Geology

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Environmental Science

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Computer Science

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HUMANITIES A LEVELS

SOCIAL SCIENCES A LEVELS

Business Studies

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Psychology

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English Language

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Sociology

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English Literature

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Diploma in Criminology

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History

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Geography

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French

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Spanish

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Football Education Programme 68

The college would like to thank all of our students who have had their photos taken for this publication.

LEVEL 2 BTEC Business

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Health & Social Care

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GCSE English & Mathematics 79

OPEN EVENTS 2021/22 Thursday 1st October 2020, 5:00pm – 7:30pm Tuesday 12th January 2021 5:00pm – 7:30pm Saturday 6th March 2021 10:00am – 12:00 noon

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Check out recordings from our Virtual Open Event on our YouTube channel!

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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.


“I’m enjoying all of the courses that I’m doing at the college, I feel supported by all the teachers that I have lessons with and the staff that help me. I know where I can go for any help with any of my problems, and with my anxiety and depression I have teachers who I know who want me here.” Taken from the Learner Voice Survey 2019/20

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.

Your Study Programme 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.

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. You will sit the AS exam at the end of 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.

whether you are studying A Levels or vocational subjects at Level 3.

Careers, Advice & Guidance

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 Level 3 Extended Diplomas are full time are thinking of going to university, do and all of those offered at Ludlow College you need particular subjects for that equate to three A Levels and are studied university or specific degree course? over two years. Students studying Health & You can check the UCAS and the Social Care or Early Years will have one or university’s websites to check this. If you two days of work experience every week as aspire to attend a top ‘Russell Group’ part of their programme. university or have a very specialist career in mind, such as dentistry, medicine or Maths & English teaching, then your choice of A Levels can be as important as the grades you All A Level courses and Level 3 Extended ultimately achieve. Diplomas require you to have achieved a minimum grade 4 (grade C) in English If you are unsure of your future career Language. Many A Levels require a direction, it is advisable to keep your minimum grade 4 (grade C) or higher in options open, choosing subjects that Maths. You can refer to subject pages for reflect your interests, skills and talents and more details on entry requirements. that support each other. Making the right decisions can seem daunting but we can If you did not achieve a grade 4 (grade C) offer advice and guidance to help. in English or Maths GCSE at school, you will need to study these subjects at college The best course of action is to get in alongside your main programme. Both are touch with Student Services who will direct essential qualifications for university entry you on how you can get careers advice; and most career pathways. this might be from the College’s Career Advisor or through meeting tutors at If you passed English and Maths at grade an Open Event. To speak to one of the 4 (grade C) or above, that will be the end Student Services Team, contact: of formal study unless you choose these subjects at A Level. However, the further Sally Cassels, Student Services Officer development of literacy and numeracy T: 01584 838863 skills will be built into your subject lessons, E: CasselsS@hlcollege.ac.uk 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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The teachers are constantly striving to help others and always encourage me to work as hard as possible; I feel respected by others and enjoy my time here. Taken from the Learner Voice Survey 2019/20

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.

you, depending on your own interests, potential grades, university aspirations and abilities.

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.

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

However, this is a complex area of discussion; our other A Level subjects may be of equal or greater value for

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 82).

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 workbased training in Shropshire, with six bases across the county, including one at Ludlow College. 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

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CASE STUDY DAVE DAVIES A in Computer Science, A in AS Graphic Design and B in Music “Whilst at Ludlow College, I studied A Level Music, A Level Computer Science and AS Graphic Design. I chose to do Computer Science as this is something I’ve loved since I knew what it was and programming is definitely my favourite aspect of it – you have to make loads of mistakes when doing lines of code to make them perfect, but once you have it right, you know you will always get it correct after. I also did it at GCSE and will be studying it at University too! I then chose AS Graphics because it was most like Computer Science out of the other A Levels, and Music because I find it really fun and had it as my relief subject, I also did this at GCSE.

As mentioned above, I will now be going on to study Computer Science at Aberystwyth University. I actually did an entrance exam back in March, which I did really well in and due to that they gave me an unconditional offer to study there. I am really excited to go to university, and when I visited at an open event the department felt great and the teachers were really friendly. I discovered there is an amazing view of the sea when leaving the one campus too! I chose to study at Ludlow College mainly because I grew up here and it was local to me. I seem to be all things

Ludlow, I was here for primary school, secondary school and college, just not university but I probably would go here if there was one! Also, the fact that the College has small class sizes is amazing, it meant the teachers could really get to know me. I think my favourite subject to study was Computer Science as there was so much freedom in what we could create. We would get a whole term to create anything of our choice, which I loved! I have recommended the College to friends many times, the teachers are incredible and understanding, not to mention they really get their ideas across well too.” 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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YOUR TIMETABLE 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. The timetable is 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.

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CASE STUDY DAISY CADET A* in Environmental Science, B in English Language and B in Biology “I chose to study at Ludlow College because it was local to me and the idea of getting the train to other colleges did not appeal. I also knew that Ludlow had small class sizes, which I felt would be really beneficial to me. While there, I studied A Level Environmental Science, A Level English Language and A Level Biology. I chose Environmental Science because I really care about the environment and want to pursue a career in it. Similar with Biology really, I enjoy learning about living things, and then with English Language I thought it was a good all-rounder subject for university. I think

my favourite subject was Environmental Science, as I found it fairly easy but massively interesting. I also really enjoyed Biology, but I found that the hardest subject to do. I would definitely recommend studying at Ludlow, as the teachers are really good and helpful. I will now be going onto study Natural History at The University of South Wales; this course encompasses both Biology and Environmental Science, so I am really excited about that. It covers a range of modules, like Zoology for example, and also there’s a module on media which will be really interesting.” 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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We have invested two million pounds in upgrading our sites, including stateof-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.

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

Come along to one of our Open Events (see page 82) and see our exceptional facilities for yourself.

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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 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. 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. 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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It’s decent, teachers are all pretty cool beans, and it’s got a friendly, but professional atmosphere. Taken from the Learner Voice Survey 2019/20

Netball

Drama

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.

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. Summer Sports Previous shows have included ‘The Addams Family Musical’, ‘We Will Rock Within the spring and summer term the You’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Kiss me College offers local fixtures within both Kate’, all with their own big numbers and rounders and tennis. We have a strong dance routines. Students are wanted for link with Ludlow Tennis Club and have the both onstage and backstage roles, and opportunity to utilise their fantastic facilities. productions are a great way to mix with the wider college community.

Other Sports

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 & Ludlow College team in show jumping, dressage, cross country or eventing. 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! 16

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Young Enterprise 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.

High Achievers 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).

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.

STEM: Perpetual Paradox – The Wonderful World Of Science 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!

Science Group Trips 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.

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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 well-established 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. The programme includes: • • •

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Extra tuition to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting into one of the top universities 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. Sally Cassels Student Services Officer T: 01584 838863 E: CasselsS@hlcollege.ac.uk


CASE STUDY AIMEE PARRY A* in Chemistry, A* in Maths & A* in Biology “I decided to study my A Levels at the College because it’s local to me and I think Ludlow is a really lovely town to study in. I chose A Levels rather than a vocational course as I am really interested in the science subjects, which I also want to pursue further at higher education level. The best bit about A Levels is you can pick the subjects you really enjoy, rather than having to do several you might not want to - like you

do at school. I find the tutors here really inspiring, as they are passionate about the subjects they teach and this bounces off us as students. I am planning on progressing to study a 5-year Veterinary Medicine degree at Liverpool. I have completed several placements working with animals to gain some experience before moving onto the next part of my academic career, including

working at a dairy farm, a dog rescue centre and a veterinary surgery. Having grown up with animals and with my interest in science, I decided it was the right career choice for me. I would highly recommend the A Level courses I am studying if you intend to go down the medical career path. The College has a great community and I have really loved my time here.” 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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Student Services and Ludlow College reception are the main points of contact for enquiries about applications.

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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.

easily reached by regular bus and rail services from many rural locations.

Careers Guidance

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:

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.

UCAS Applications

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.

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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.

Travel Advice 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

Chirbury, Churchstoke, Bishop’s Castle, Clun, Aston-on-Clun, Ludlow Presteigne, Shobdon, Mortimers Cross, Kingsland, Wigmore, Ludlow

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

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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SUPPORT

Personal Support We all need someone to talk to at times! Students can request a confidential appointment with one of the college’s Student Support Advisers in several ways, whether by dropping in to the CHAT+ room in the Harley Centre, or by emailing the SSA team direct, or by asking Student Services or their personal tutor to make contact for them. ‘Chance to Talk’ chats can also be arranged with an academic Learning Mentor. If in doubt, ask at Student Services in the LRC.

Tutorial Support

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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 Students will be assigned the care of a personal tutor who will Deputy Head of Ludlow College monitor and review their progress throughout their programme of T: 01584 872846 ext 265 study. Students can seek advice and support from their personal E: churchn@hlcollege.ac.uk 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 • • 22

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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.


FINANCE 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.

to £30 a week, subject to full attendance at college. For more details, visit: https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/fe/ema.aspx •

Fees for Mature Students If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course you may be required to pay a contribution towards your course costs, 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. •

19+ Advanced Learner Loans provide support for those aged 19 years and above to access advanced (Level 3 – 4 ) courses. These offer support similar to that which is available in higher education for tuition costs. Further information on Advanced Learner Loans is available online from https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

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, discretionary bursary to assist with essential course expenses. Where possible, we will also assist with transport costs. Students in certain disadvantaged groups may receive an entitlement of up to £1,200 a year. Adult students over the age of 19 years may be eligible for help from the 19+ Discretionary Student Support Fund. Adult students over the age of 24 who have taken out a tuition fee loan to finance their studies, may apply to the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund for assistance with non-course costs such as travel, child car or, in certain specific circumstances, accommodation if they are studying away from home. Welsh Education Maintenance Allowance – Welsh residents aged under 19 may be eligible to receive up

Welsh Government Learner Grant – Welsh residents aged 19 and above may be eligible to receive up to £30 a week, subject to full attendance at college. For more details, visit: https://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/ fe/information-for-parents/welsh-government-learninggrant-further-education.aspx

Please note: It should be emphasised that funds for financial support are limited, and that applications after the start of the academic year may not succeed. Application forms for financial assistance are available online via the website, or from Student Services at Ludlow College 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 bursariesludlow@hlcollege.ac.uk. If you are struggling with your finances during your course, please ask for advice at Student Services.

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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. Caitlin’s Kickstart 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 each spring. Successful students receive the award to assist with their expenses in their first year of university/further education. Please ask Student Services for further information.

Please Note: the information shown here is accurate at the time of print in 2020 and is for guidance purposes only. Ludlow College cannot be held responsible for any changes to this information after time of print.

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Support for All EQUALIT Y & DIVERSIT Y ‘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.

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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

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

What is Diversity?

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.

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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.


SAFEGUARDING & PREVENT Safeguarding our students, staff and visitors is important to us.

policies and procedures that aim to meet this commitment.

Safeguarding means:

Our policy covers:

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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

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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 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 Debra Baldwin, Director of Personnel T: 01432 365 309

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CASE STUDY MARIE COGGAN A* in P.E., A* in EPQ (Physiotherapy), A in Biology and A* in Psychology “After school I entered the world of work but decided to come back as a mature student to study A Levels as I wanted to train as a Physiotherapist. I chose all of my subjects because of how they would work together towards my intended degree course, and completed my extended project qualification (EPQ) on Physiotherapy too. Ludlow was local to me, but when I came to the open evening I quickly realised how the small sizes of the classes would 26

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be beneficial to me. You’re able to really get face to face communication with your tutors, which is invaluable. For me, what really struck me in my time here is how passionate the teachers are, they put so much effort in, above and beyond what you’d expect, and they’re always available to help. I would definitely recommend the college, it’s been great for me! Looking forward, I will now be going on to the University of Worcester to study Physiotherapy.”


A LEVELS 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.

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FINE ART • • •

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.

COURSE INTRODUCTION The course is delivered in our traditional art rooms and superb, purpose-built 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.

‘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

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.

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.

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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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GRAPHICS

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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, to producing the publicity for a festival or the packaging for your favourite product, the choice is yours. You will require a lively, 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.

COURSE CONTENT 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. 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.

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.

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.

Continually achieving nationally recognised high standards. Adobe Creative Cloud design suite on all art studio computers. Exhibitions of student work. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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, Multi-Media 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 ANGHARAD DAVIES A* in Graphic Design, A in Photography and A* in Fine Art “For my A Levels I chose to study Graphic Design, Photography and Fine Art – I am a very artsy person, I even took Art at GCSE and will be taking Fine Art at University. I chose Ludlow to study these subjects because I really liked the art department; the facilities were amazing and everyone, from teachers to students, were so friendly. One of my favourite things about studying here was the studio spaces, as they were so spacious and you were free to use them whenever – even when there was another class in there. I 32

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definitely spent the majority of my time in there, and even set myself up a corner where I always worked. The small class sizes were also really good as you got to spend a lot of time with the teachers, who were really supportive. I will be now going on to study Fine Art at Norwich Arts University; I chose to go there because it is similar to Ludlow in the sense it’s quite small. Also, the people seemed really friendly on open days and the city is really nice. I would definitely recommend these courses and Ludlow College to others.”


PHOTOGRAPHY

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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.

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not essential. Mature students may apply with a portfolio of work for consideration.

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.

Continually achieving nationally recognised high standards. First-class facilities include a fully-equipped darkroom and film developing room.

COURSE COSTS

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

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change.

One creative GCSE such as Art & Design or Art Technology would be helpful, but

There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD?

Excellent range of computers, all with Adobe Photoshop. Exhibitions of student work. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

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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MEDIA STUDIES

COURSE INTRODUCTION Superb facilities, with an Adobe media suite. A full and exciting enrichment programme to complement the course, including entry into national competitions. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

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.

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 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.

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

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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FILM STUDIES

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

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choose to work in storyboard or screenplay as well as using video.

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

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.

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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.

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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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D R A M A & T H E AT R E S T U D I E S

COURSE INTRODUCTION The chance to be part of a major musical theatre show every year. Strong local connections with the Ludlow Fringe 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.

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.

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

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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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MUSIC

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.

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.

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.

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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.

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Students often go on to read Music at degree level.

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The Extended Project is equivalent to half an A Level. It is based on either an extended essay or report of 5000 words, or an artefact supported by a shorter report. It will be undertaken on a topic of your own choosing, which may be linked to your A Level subjects, but will lead you to explore an area outside of them. Note that this course is normally started towards the end of your first year.

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.

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

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 may create a product, an artefact, and write a 1,000 word report on its creation: the product could be almost anything. The final part of the assessment involves presenting your ideas to a panel of invited guests.

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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, problem solving skills, initiative and enterprise. Extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills. Use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for higher education and career development.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are excellent preperation 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 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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BUSINESS STUDIES

COURSE INTRODUCTION Business Studies will prepare any student for the world of work and enterprise. Essentially the course is about decisionmaking 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.

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. 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; an interest in current affairs is important.

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

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Visits to local and national businesses and organisations. Guest speakers discussing opportunities for careers in business. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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ENGLISH LANGUAGE

COURSE INTRODUCTION Lecture days. Visiting speakers. Developing linguistic skills will enhance your writing and performance in your academic subjects. Essential grounding for nearly all university courses in English; therefore an ideal complement to English Literature A level.

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.

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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.

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

OTHER A LEVELS English Language 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 should study it alongside English Literature.

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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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COURSE INTRODUCTION 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.

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 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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Theatre visits. Lecture days.

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

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

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? English Literature is considered a facilitating subject (see page 8) 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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HISTORY

COURSE INTRODUCTION Talks on topics such as the Magna Carta and soldiers’ experiences in WW1. Essay writing competition sponsored by the Ludlow Civic Society.

A Level History allows students to study medieval and modern British, European and World History in depth. Historians are like detectives – using evidence to ENTRY REQUIREMENTS interpret what happened and understand why. You will have to be able to evaluate A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade evidence, decide how useful it is and come C) including English. to conclusions based on what you have studied and discovered. OTHER A LEVELS

COURSE CONTENT Trip to Hereford Cathedral to view the Magna Carta and the Mappa Mundi. Considered a facilitating subject. 100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

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.

“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,

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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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GEOGRAPHY

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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 OTHER A LEVELS cross-topic case studies and knowledge to prepare you for university study. Geography can be taken with any other subjects, but it goes particularly well with If you are curious about the world around Maths, Geology, any of the Sciences, or you, have an interest in global as well as Sociology. It can be regarded as a science local issues and are keen to explore the by many university courses. growing impact of people on the natural world, this subject is for you. COURSE COSTS Please note that the costs given below ENTRY REQUIREMENTS are subject to change. A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C), including English and Maths.

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.

There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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FRENCH 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.

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

You will have access to the very best, upto-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.

In developing the knowledge and skills you acquired at GCSE, you will achieve greater ENTRY REQUIREMENTS fluency, accuracy and confidence in the language as it is spoken as well as written. A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade As well as improving your communication C) or above including English Language skills, you will gain a valuable insight into and a grade 6 (B+) in GCSE French. another culture.

COURSE CONTENT 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, 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

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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.

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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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, upto-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.

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

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.

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.

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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COURSE INTRODUCTION In studying A Level Mathematics, you will demonstrate your core intelligence, a logical mind and excellent problemsolving 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.

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

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is combined with both statistics and mechanics. You will develop skills in data analysis to support this.

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.

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

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change.

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.

There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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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.

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 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.

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.

A LEVEL FAST TRACK MATHEMATICS & FURTHER MATHEMATICS 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.

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.

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

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Mathematics and Further Mathematics are considered facilitating subjects (see page 8) and are highly regarded in 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.

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CASE STUDY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS-JONES A* in Maths, A in Further Maths and A in Graphic Design At Ludlow College I studied A Level Maths, A Level Further Maths and A Level Graphic Design. I chose Graphic Design as this is something I really wanted to do in school but didn’t get a chance to as the course didn’t run. I love all things Maths, so that led me to study both Maths and Further Maths. Now that I have completed my two

years at Ludlow College, I will be going onto study Maths at Cardiff University. When choosing what college I wanted to go to, I decided that I was going to come to Ludlow College because it was the closest to me, not to mention the small class sizes are a really good asset; for

example, in my Further Maths class there was two of us in the first year and just me in the second year. This was amazing, as I got one-on-one tuition with the tutor. The atmosphere and the people at college were always really friendly too, I would definitely recommend coming here to others. 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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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.

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.

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.

Use of well-equipped laboratories. One-to-one support from experienced lecturers. IT support including VLE and Smart Boards.

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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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CHEMISTRY 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.

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.

OTHER A LEVELS COURSE INTRODUCTION All lessons take place in new, wellequipped 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.

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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

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

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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.


CASE STUDY DAN THOMAS A* in Maths, A in Physics and A in Computer Science I chose to study Maths, Physics and Computer Science at A-Level. Having always been strong in Maths and Sciences in school and having an interest in engineering, I felt these would be the subjects I’d enjoy the most, aligned with my interests and would enable me to go on to study engineering at a high level.

Engineering at Loughborough University (firm UCAS choice) or Harper Adams University (insurance UCAS choice), or going to work/study on an Engineering degree apprenticeship with Dyson.

For the degree apprenticeship I needed to get ABB in my A Levels and to go to Loughborough I needed A*AA to start I chose Ludlow mainly because of the feel on the MEng course or AAB to start on I got from the open evening that students the BEng course (with the possibility would have lessons that are more one-toto progress onto the MEng depending one than other colleges and sixth forms. on performance throughout first few I’ve been a part of very small classes at years.) I decided to go for the degree Ludlow and I feel this was beneficial to me, apprenticeship, as this appeals to me as teachers could afford to spend more time as I would be getting good practical specifically on helping me with any issues. experience, 3 days a week working on Dyson products, meanwhile still studying I had two choices for this September, for a BEng in Engineering through either going to study Automotive Warwick University (who I originally

applied to through UCAS as one of my 5 choices), and while earning a good wage and having my tuition fees paid for me by Dyson. From my experience, I highly recommend Ludlow College to students. My teachers always worked hard to produce quality teaching materials and were always available or contactable when I needed them - I don’t think I could’ve asked for more from them. As for the courses, the content will always be essentially the same whatever college you go to, my advice to students is to just pick subjects you enjoy and are prepared to work for; you won’t have someone supervising you like in high school all the time - there’s lots of independent study which you have to plan and do in your free time. 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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PHYSICS 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.

COURSE INTRODUCTION 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.

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 two-year 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

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.

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.

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.

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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 problem-solving, 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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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.

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!

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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 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

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

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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.

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

100% pass rate achieved since 2015.

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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 broad and wide ranging and can include: Environmental management, mining/ engineering to the oil, coal and natural gas industries and 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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COURSE INTRODUCTION 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.

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.

context, food production, fishing, forestry and sustainability. The course culminates in a weekend visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology.

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.

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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.

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.

As the course continues, we delve further into current important issues, such as pollution and energy use in a global

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

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.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE 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.

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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

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A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and The course offers opportunities for above (grade C and above) including students to think creatively, to analyse maths. GCSE Computer Science is not a problems, to be logical and critical, while pre-requisite. developing related personal, mathematical and linguistic skills. OTHER COURSES A significant and popular component of the course is the opportunity to dedicate a term to a software project. Write a rich 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:

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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 achieved since 2017.

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.

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? 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 is a vast range of opportunities for students of Computer Science. Those wanting to do ground-breaking 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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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.

COURSE CONTENT 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 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.

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

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.

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Psychology provides many transferable skills – conflict resolution, enhanced understanding of others and self, and improved communication skills.

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change.

A high proportion of students go on to study a related degree at university.

There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

100% pass rate achieved since 2017.

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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COURSE INTRODUCTION 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.

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.

discussions about contemporary issues and engage in debates. Essay skills will be crucial, and frequent assessment will give you ample opportunity to develop them.

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

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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. 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

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 area.

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WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? Sociology is an excellent foundation for humanities and some non-humanitiesbased 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.

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COURSE INTRODUCTION In Criminology, you will immerse yourself in the fascinating world of crime, the causes of crime, and crime prevention. You will study the criminal justice system – all the way from the crime scene to the final court verdict. You will develop your understanding of how to interpret crime, through the key concepts and theories of criminology, applying these to a range of case studies.

COURSE CONTENT The course has four Units, studied over two years. In Changing Awareness of Crime, you will learn how to distinguish myth from reality in public and media representations of crime; you will then plan a campaign for change. This understanding is then be applied to the principles of the subject in Criminological Theories, and you will debate different viewpoints. Crime Scene to

Courtroom will provide you with the skills to evaluate criminal cases and verdicts. Finally, in Crime and Punishment, you will assess how we control crime in our society.

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

OTHER SUBJECTS Criminology is an ideal complement to Sociology and Psychology, and matches well with any humanities subject. It will normally be taken alongside two A levels.

Trips to courtrooms and prisons. Tutor has extensive practical experience in the field. Equivalent to one A level.

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Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? The course leads naturally to a range of Criminology-based degrees, and will be invaluable for anyone wishing to study Sociology, Psychology, Forensic Science or related fields at university. Potential careers include those in the police force, social work, mental health support, the prison service and community services.

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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.

COURSE CONTENT You will study anatomy, and physiological, sociological and psychological theories, and apply them to sporting activity. You will look at what contributes to an active and healthy lifestyle, and develop an insight into movement, behaviour and performance in relation to sport and play. You will develop ways to optimise your own practical performance. You will develop a range of transferable skills: leadership, communication and

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organisational skills from practical work; your ability to research and analyse topic areas in theory areas.

OTHER A LEVELS 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 68.

Consistently achieving higher grades than the national average. High quality fitness suite and sports hall on site enhances practical learning. Achieved a 100% pass rate in 2019. We also offer a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – see page 75.

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ20 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD? A Level Physical Education leads onto many sports-related degree courses and is also valuable for medical-related 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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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.)

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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.

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.

COURSE CONTENT

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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:

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.

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:

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £20 additional course cost for this course.

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 programmes.

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EXTENDED DIPLOMAS LEVEL 3

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.

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INDUSTRY PL ACEMENTS 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.

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Employers are always keen to take on workers with some experience, 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 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. You will experience life in a real working environment. This placement could be the first stepping stone to your future career. www.ludlow-college.ac.uk

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.


CASE STUDY ANDREW PRICE Triple Distinction Star in BTEC Level 3 Sport “When I came out of school I knew I wanted to study sport but I didn’t want to study other A Levels alongside it, so the BTEC was perfect for me as it meant I could solely focus on sport. The style of teaching also really suited me with there being a lot more practical parts to the class, as well as time in the classroom. I’m really pleased with my result, and now I’m heading to the University of South Wales to study a Foundation Degree in Football Coaching and Development. I’ve really enjoyed my time

at Ludlow – I picked the College because I knew it had smaller class sizes which means you get more time for direct interaction with the tutors, and it was also local to me as well. For me I enjoyed the wide variety of the BTEC – you learn across a wide variety of units, and get to take part in a lot of different sports, it’s not just fitness or football. If you like the idea of being a bit more hands-on and not as theoretical, I’d highly recommend the BTEC course, and the College too.” 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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BUSINESS LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA

COURSE INTRODUCTION Equivalent to three A Levels and 168 UCAS points; one or two A Level equivalent versions also available. Great practical application of business theory. 100% pass rate in 2019.

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. Students can choose from the three different study routes, equivalent to one, two, or three A Levels, and the course can be combined with A Levels in the first two cases.

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.

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 COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ195 additional course cost for this course.

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.

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C H I L D C A R E & E D U C AT I O N - E A R LY Y E A R S E D U C AT O R LEVEL 3 TECHNICAL DIPLOMA COURSE INTRODUCTION This course is ideal for people who 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 fourteen 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.

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £100 additional course cost for this course.

WHERE WILL MY COURSE LEAD?

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.

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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H E A LT H & S O C I A L C A R E LEVEL 3 TECHNICAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA

COURSE INTRODUCTION 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 three A Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points.

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.

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

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a ÂŁ80 additional course 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.

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SPORT LEVEL 3 EXTENDED DIPLOMA

COURSE INTRODUCTION This course offers a combination of practical and theoretical aspects of sport. The full course is equivalent to three A Levels. A one year course which is equivalent to one A Level is also available. 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 • Sports Coaching • 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

High quality fitness suite and sports hall, on site close to the teaching rooms, enhances practical learning. This qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points.

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 COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. There is a £300 additional course cost for this course.

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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BUSINESS LEVEL 2 BTEC

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Business online Building Successful Business Teams

This is a full-time, practical, work-related course that will teach you about business, customer relations and financial control.

The emphasis of the course is on ‘learning by doing’, which involves assessment by completing various projects, (case studies, You will learn by completing projects videos, role play and written assignments.) and assignments that are based on realistic Local business-related visits and work workplace situations, activities experience will also be included. and demands.

Frequent trips to a range of business environments both locally and nationally.

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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

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. AGED 16 – 18 YEARS There are no tuition or examination fees AGED 19 OR OVER (at the start of the course) Tuition Fee £945 Registration/Exam Fee £140 EXTRA FEES Additional Course Costs £135

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

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H E A LT H & S O C I A L C A R E LEVEL 2 FIRST DIPLOMA

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.

COURSE CONTENT 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.

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

COURSE COSTS

Please note that the costs given below are subject to change. AGED 16 – 18 YEARS There are no tuition or examination fees. AGED 19 OR OVER (at the start of the course) Tuition Fee £945 Registration/Exam Fee £140 EXTRA FEES FOR ALL STUDENTS Additional Course Costs £80

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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E N G L I S H & M AT H E M AT I C S GCSE (LEVEL 2)

ENGLISH GCSE LEVEL 2 (One year)

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.

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

ADDITIONAL COURSE COST There is a ÂŁ35 additional course cost for 19+ students.

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.

MATHEMATICS GCSE LEVEL 2 ADDITIONAL COURSE COST (One year)

COURSE CONTENT 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 Examinations will take place in May and June.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

There is a ÂŁ35 additional course cost for 19+ students.

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. 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. 01584 872846 enquiries@hlcollege.ac.uk

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By Bus

This service is situated at the Eco Business Park reached from the A49, Sheet Road roundabout (SY8 1ES.) Buses run from 7:15am until 5.45 pm (inward) or 5.30 pm (outward), Monday to Saturday.

There are bus services into Ludlow from all directions. Visit Shropshire Council’s website or https://www.shropshire-guide.co.uk/ travel-in-shropshire/ for more information. In town, there are also the No.701 bus service and the Park & Ride service, as described above.

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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.

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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HOW TO APPLY TOWARD THE END OF YEAR 10, P U P I L S F R O M O U R PA R T N E R SCHOOLS ARE INVITED TO V I S I T T H E C O L L E G E A N D TA K E PA R T I N TA S T E R S E S S I O N S .

From September, prospectuses and application forms are available - either from the partner schools or from the College (applications can also be made online). 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.

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.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FORMS Applications for 2021 are welcome from October onwards. We will continue to consider applications through the spring, but bear in mind that some courses may fill up.

INTERVIEWS

OPEN EVENTS 2021/22 Thursday 1st October 2020, 5:00pm – 7:30pm Tuesday 12th January 2021 5:00pm – 7:30pm Saturday 6th March 2021 10:00am – 12:00 noon Check out recordings from our Virtual Open Event on our YouTube channel!

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 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.

RESULTS GCSE results are published on Thursday 19th August 2021. A Level Results are published Thursday 12th August 2021.

ENROLMENT Enrolment begins in late August 2021; you will be informed what time to come for enrolment by letter during the summer holidays.

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W E P R I D E O U R S E LV E S O N OUR STRONG, POSITIVE R E L AT I O N S H I P W I T H O U R F E L LO W PROFESSIONALS IN SCHOOLS AND IN CAREERS SERVICES AROUND THE AREA. WE RECOGNISE THE D I V E R S E O P T I O N S AVA I L A B L E T O 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.

OUR WORK WITH SCHOOLS & CAREERS 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 anyone whom you believe may require extra support during the transition period.

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