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Get on course at Oldham College School Leavers’ Guide 2013 Entry


Contents Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Student life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Creative courses . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 6

Student Activities . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 17 The Green Room . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 17 Meeting and Eating . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 17 The Grange Arts Centre . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 18 Pampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Student Voice . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 19 Student Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Volunteering . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 19 Ask a Student Ambassador . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Career Academies . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 8 The Multi-Professional Cadet Scheme . . . 9 Peter Jones Enterprise Academy . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Deloitte Employability Course . .. .. .. .. .. .. 10 Sports Academies . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 11 Football Excellence Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Rugby Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Innovative courses . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 12 Vocational learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Apprenticeships . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 14

Skills & support . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 20 Help & Support for You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Careers Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Butterflies Nursery . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 20 Employability – Functional Skills . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 21 Additional Learning Support . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 21 Foundation Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Learning Centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Learning Mentors . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 21 Student Finance . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 22 Virtual Learning Environment . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 22 Learning Environments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Well-being . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Course Listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 How to apply . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 98 Entry requirements . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 99 Recruitment & Selection Process . .. .. .. . 100 Guide to qualifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Useful contacts . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 102 Our Oldham College Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 How to find us . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . 104 Transport Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Essential Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106


Welcome Oldham College is a further education college committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning. We think our learners are pretty outstanding too; smart, creative, hands-on and innovative, they know that our courses offer the very best preparation for their next step in life. Join them to gain the skills and knowledge you need to find employment, change career, progress to further study at university, set up your own business, or take up an apprenticeship Studying at or advanced Oldham College is about much apprenticeship. more than just gaining a qualification.

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A course at Oldham College is the starting point for the rest of your life. Whatever your level of skill, or previous learning experience, we offer a course for you. Our supportive tutors and Learning Mentors are here to help you succeed. Studying at Oldham College is about much more than just gaining a qualification. There are lots of opportunities to have fun and make friends, try out new activities, get involved or volunteer. A quick glance through this guide will show you the huge range of courses on offer and the great range of resources available to support your learning journey. You will also have access to a fantastic range of specialist resources including:

Construction and engineering craft • workshops • Finance Career Academy Hair & beauty salons and holistic • therapy clinics • Green Technology Centre • IT & Digital Technologies Career Academy • Law Career Academy Theatre, music, television and • radio studios  On-site • facilitiesgym & great off-site sporting • Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

Our courses prepare you for the real world. We work closely with employers from local industry and business. Many of our staff have extensive industry experience, and their professional experience coupled with our great facilities will give you the best possible start in your career. Do come and see the College for yourself. As you will see during your visit we are currently undergoing a work programme to improve our buildings and facilities to ensure we continue to offer students the very best facilities and resources. Come to an open day to find out more, or book a tour with our Student Ambassadors. In the meantime visit us on-line at www.oldham.ac.uk and keep up to date with our Twitter feed and Facebook pages. I look forward to welcoming you to Oldham College.

Alun Francis Principal and Chief Executive

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Creative courses If you’re creative then Oldham College is for you. We have the most fantastic facilities here to support you, including a TV and radio studio, video editing suites, recording studio, fully equipped professional theatre, rehearsal space, dance studios, hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, computer facilities to support graphics and game art, textile and fashion workshops, photography studio, art workshops... and more!

Some of our past students have gone on to fame and fortune, like Sarah Lancashire, Jane Horrocks and Suranne Jones.

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Some of our past acting students have gone on to fame and fortune, like Sarah Lancashire, Jane Horrocks and Suranne Jones. Whilst our dance students have gone on to join acclaimed companies including the Rambert School of Contemporary Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance, to name just a few. Other Oldham College alumni work behind the scenes, like Kurt Moores, a theatre technician who has completed a world tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Those with a flair for hairdressing & barbering, theatrical and beauty make-up, nails and beauty therapies will discover great facilities at our campus based salon, The Colour Rooms and our professional town-centre salon, Salon7. The Colour Rooms is a training establishment where learners exercise their practical skills under specialised supervision at all times. All our employees and learners work to the highest professional standard and use a wide range of products recognised by industry experts. Open to the public and students, The Colour Rooms offers hairdressing and beauty treatments. For more information see: www.oldham.ac.uk/ thecolourrooms/ Salon 7, in conjunction with the Francesco Group, offers the latest in haircuts, colours, nails and beauty treatments, plus luxurious Decle贸r face and body treatments and a superb range of pampering packages. For more information see: www.salon7oldham.co.uk

Across our creative course we have links with leading companies, including the BBC, ITV, Oldham Coliseum and commercial salons. So you will be in good company at Oldham College. Our philosophy is to inspire creative thinking. We also equip our learners with the skills they need to move on to Higher Education, apprenticeships and employment in a wide variety of fields. Our ex-students have found themselves in employment all over the world and in many industries. Creative thinking is a lifelong asset.

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Career Academies If you want a career in Finance, IT & Digital Technology, or Law then our Career Academies are the smart option.

Career Academies bring together the biggest names in British business and young people to offer a superb start in their chosen career. Over 95% of graduates nationally go on to university. During their two year programme, students benefit from:

week paid internship with a local • Six employer during the summer led lectures, seminars and • Employer company visits to places like London, to network • Trips and meet other Career Academy students mentoring by an experienced • One-to-one employee volunteer

The Career Academy qualification is recognised as equivalent to 3 A levels or the Advanced Diploma and prepares students for Higher Education or direct entry into employment. Finance Career Academy

Three Career Academies are on offer at Oldham College: Finance, IT & Digital Technology, and Law. If you want a career in any of these areas, the Career Academy option is strongly recommended. Come to an Open Day to find out more or scan the QR codes below for more information.

Law Academy

IT & Digital Technology Career Academy

The qualification is recognised as equivalent to 3 A Levels and prepares students for HE or entry into employment.


The Multi-Professional Cadet Scheme If you are interested in a career in healthcare then the Multi-Professional Cadet Scheme could be for you.

The Multi-Professional Cadet scheme is an exciting yet challenging opportunity for enthusiastic students interested in careers in healthcare. You will join an excellent training programme where you will work alongside medical professionals in NHS hospitals and real life situations. The programme is supported by the Skills for Health Academy North West. Past students have moved directly into employment in the health sector and progressed onto various healthcare related degree programmes such as nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery and social work.

Past students have moved directly into employment.

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Peter Jones Enterprise Academy If you want to set up your own business the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy is a smart option. Check out our video and website at:

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy provides an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to realise and achieve their business dreams. Set up by Peter Jones CBE, star of Dragons’ Den, the Academy brings the boardroom into the classroom, with an emphasis on learning by doing. Oldham College offer a Level 2 and 3 BTEC Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Both courses last for one year giving you a fantastic opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills. You will be allocated a Business Mentor to give you advice and support throughout the course. Over half of all learning time is made up of guest speakers, master classes and workshops. Our speakers, like Apprentice stars Saira Khan and Paloma Vivanco, to David Gold and Oli Barrett, have been there and done it!

Deloitte Employability Course BTEC Deloitte Employability award In addition to practical advice on CV writing and interviews, the Deloitte Employability course addresses personal and social skills development.  This innovative approach provides the skills young people need to get good jobs and be successful at work.  All Career Academy students complete this course, along with those on: Office & Administration Level 2, Accounting Level 2, Access to Building Services Level 2 courses.

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Sports Academies If you are interested in a career in sport, Oldham College offers outstanding teaching  to develop your skills.

Football Excellence Centre ECFA Champions in 2012 Oldham College is the only Greater Manchester College in the English Colleges Premiership, rubbing shoulders with top sporting colleges from around the UK. This makes us the best place to develop your skills. Players receive up to 10 hours per week of professional training with with UEFA qualified coaches, including a specialist in goalkeeping and treatment from a qualified physiotherapist. Our Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport is designed for learners aged 16 to 19 and provides students the best opportunity to develop and excel in football, whilst continuing their full time education.

Rugby Academy Oldham College is launching a Rugby Academy in September 2013. If you would like to register interest please call 0800 269 480 or e-mail info@oldham.ac.uk Follow the team and learn more at out dedicated site:

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Innovative courses From Digital Art for Media and Games, to Green Technology, you will find a host of cutting edge courses at Oldham College - providing skills for careers of today and tomorrow.

We innovate across everything we do. For example, our current work programme has enabled us to harness the skills of our construction partners Laing O’Rourke and Aedas, to inform our professional level courses and create strong links across all construction courses. In addition, we have very strong links with our university centre, University Centre Oldham, to support transition between college and university level courses.

Green Technology Centre We are a hub for the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technology – an industry which will be worth an estimated £150 billion by 2015. Our Green Technology Centre was developed in association with leading industry experts and has a comprehensive range of cutting edge equipment, including:

Our Green Technology Centre is a hub for the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technology.

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• Photovoltaic systems • Ground source heat pumps • Air source heat pumps • Solar thermal systems • Rainwater harvesting • Combined heat and power • Under floor heating • Heat recovery


Vocational learning Our focus is learning by doing. If you hear someone refer to ‘vocational’ learning that is what it means – learning by doing. We believe that this is a great preparation for work, life and even further study at university level. Last year almost 400 of our learners went onto university to take up a wide variety of courses.

Across the College you will find great workshops and facilities to support your learning.

onstruction and construction craft • Cworkshops.

Our large, well-equipped workshops exceed industry standards. We continuously invest in our facilities to ensure they reflect those found in the real world. So you learn the skills industry needs on the equipment you will use in industry. These facilities, coupled with the wealth of experience our staff hold, our strong links with industry and programme of guest speakers, give learners a fantastic start. There is also a chance to get your hands dirty by taking part in one of our community projects, which offer real life, hands on experience. Recent projects include the improvement of New Field Community Allotments to create raised flower beds to enable people with disabilities to garden more easily.

& beauty salons and holistic therapy • Hair clinics including the on-site training salon

The Colour Rooms and our professional town centre based salon, Salon 7. In conjunction with the Francesco Group, Salon 7 offers everything from the latest in haircuts, colours, nails and beauty, including luxurious Decleor facials to a great range of pampering packaging.

music, television and radio studios, • Theatre, plus music, dance and performance studios.

Our purpose built facilities include computer suites, a dance studio with a sprung floor and fully equipped professional theatre.

Our focus is learning by doing.

• On-site gym & great off-site sporting facilities.

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Apprenticeships If you are looking for a job that allows you to learn while you are earning, then an apprenticeship is for you. Oldham College has over 650 apprenticeships earning and learning with over 300 local companies.

Contact us if your preferred sector is not listed. We may be able to help; new apprenticeships are being added all the time.

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We offer apprenticeships in: Accountancy & Financial Services Activity Leadership Barbering Beauty Therapy Brickwork Business Administration Carpentry & Joinery Children & Young People Cleaning Community Transport Construction Operations Customer Services Dental Nursing Design Driving Goods Vehicle Electrical Installation Emergency Medical Care Hairdressing Health & Social Care Hospitality IAG IT Logistic Operations Management Nail Technical Painting & Decorating Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Plastering Plumbing Retail Road Passengers Transport Sales Sports Development Street Lighting Teaching Assistant Team Leading / Management Traffic Office Warehousing & Storage Waste Management Plus Many More

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For more information check our website at www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships download an application form at

e-mail apprenticeships@oldham.ac.uk or call 0161 785 4330 where one of the team will be able to help you. Alternatively, if you would like to see a list of our current vacancies then please visit: www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships/ currentvacancies.aspx

As an apprentice you will learn on the job. The qualifications are work based awards which are achieved through assessment and training. The apprenticeships listed lead to a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2. The Advanced Level Apprenticeship takes you to the next stage – NVQ Level 3 – preparing you to become a manager or technician of tomorrow.

As an apprentice you will learn on the job. Qualifications are work based achieved through assessment and training.

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Student Life Oldham College is an amazing place to learn enabling you to reach your full potential. The College has lots on offer, from a wide variety of courses to a whole host of extra-curricular activities.

The Student Union is made up of students from all backgrounds; working together to ensure your college experience is the best it can possibly be. The Union work with the staff at the College to provide you with everything you need to achieve. We can voice your ideas and work with the College to put them into practice. This could be anything from fundraising days, course queries and even events and parties! We also want to make sure you can benefit from all the advantages of being a student. That’s why we sell NUS Extra cards enabling you to get a student discount, so you can save while you learn. We look forward to meeting you as an Oldham College student.

Steve Sutherland President of the Student Union

We help to provide everything you need to achieve.

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Student Activities – Grow with Oldham College Oldham College is about more than just studying. From the moment you join there are lots of activities on offer to give you the opportunity to meet new people, develop interests outside of lessons, learn new skills, relax and keep fit. Here are just a few on offer: football, table tennis, netball, basketball, cricket, 5–a–side football, Mauy Thai boxing, Zumba, first aid, sign language, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and volunteering.

The College also has a great range of student facilities: The Green Room This is your space to meet and relax. Also home to the Student Union and the Student Participation Team, who offer a range of special events and an enrichment programme. There’s always someone to ask for help or support and find out what’s going on around the campus. The Green Room also screens films, runs Nintendo Wii sessions, and is the base for lots of fun activities.

Oldham College is about more than just studying. From the moment you join there are lots of activities on offer.

Meeting and Eating Our two student canteens, Café Uno and The Diner, offer a range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks throughout the day. There is also a College shop which offers a range of sandwiches, snacks and drinks, plus vending machines, a cash machine and an istop job search kiosk.

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The Grange Arts Centre Both a training and performance venue, the Grange Arts Centre hosts a number of dramatic and musical performances throughout the year. The theatre is used extensively by our performing arts and technical students.

Pampering When you want to chill out, why not visit our The Colour Rooms or Salon 7, our on-site and town centre salons, for a range of beauty, nail and holistic treatments. Look your best with a trim or new look from our trainee and apprentice hairdresser and barbers. Gym Our fully equipped gym can be used by all students, check www.oldham.ac.uk for opening hours.

Being a student Representative has been a fantastic opportunity for me. It has opened doorways for me to learn extra skills and meet new people which I otherwise would not have met. I have enjoyed seeing developments around College and knowing that my opinion was included in decisions and has made a real difference to the student experience. Student Rep. – Gaynor Thorpe, Creative Industries

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Volunteering

Student Voice At Oldham College, what our students think counts. Each course has a student representative. Look out for the ‘You said - We did’ posters when you visit – we don’t just listen to our students, we act on what they say.

Student Union

All students can take part in a number of volunteering programmes. Volunteering is a great thing to do; allowing you to gain new experiences and skills, offering many benefits when applying to University or for jobs. There are lots of different ways that you can volunteer as a student and the College works closely with organisations which will allow you to take part in rewarding voluntary opportunities.

Ask a Student Ambassador If you would like to know more, or book a tour of the campus, e-mail our friendly Student Ambassadors at: student.ambassadors@oldham.ac.uk

When you enrol at the College you will automatically become a member of the Student Union (SU). The Student Union is run for students – by students. A wide range of social, sporting and fundraising activities are on offer. The Student Union also works to raise awareness of issues such as student welfare, equality and diversity and much more. Contact us at: student.union@oldham.ac.uk The SU has an Executive Committee that acts as the voice of the student body, to ensure that the decisions being made in College reflect the best interests of the students. You can save money as a student too, by buying the NUS Extra card. The definitive student discount card, it offers a range of exclusive discounts, offers and competitions designed to make student life more exciting, more memorable and more rewarding. NUS cards can be purchased onsite or online by all Oldham College Students.

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Skills & support Help & Support for You Oldham College has a wide range of staff and services to support you during your studies and as you prepare to take your next step. If you have a problem we want to help.

Careers Advice As a full-time student, careers education will be part of your personal tutor programme. Personal advisers provide guidance interviews and the opportunity to develop a careers action plan. The Careers Library provides information on careers, training and further courses. If you wish to apply for a Higher Education course you will receive help and guidance in making your application through UCAS. Call 0161 785 4293 or email staff.connexions@oldham.ac.uk for more information.

Butterflies Nursery Our OFSTED registered on-site nursery offers great childcare for staff and students. Our fully trained staff provide a wide range of activities for children up to 5 years old, from free play, sand, water, creative, music, stories and many more fun activities, including a large well-equipped outdoor play area. Students may be able to take advantage of support with the cost of childcare whilst studying at College. For more information call: 0161 785 4090

As a full-time student, careers education will be part of your personal tutor programme.

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Employability – Functional Skills We call it the Oldham College advantage. Our learners are much better prepared for university level study and the real world. Whatever you choose to specialise in, your course of studies will also include functional skills. These are the skills that employers want; practical skills in English, maths and information and communications technology (ICT). They will help develop important skills like communication, team working, presentation and problem solving. Functional skills will help you succeed on your course and prepare you for your next steps.

Additional Learning Support Every learner matters and the College is committed to supporting the needs of all our students.  Support for a range of additional needs is available, for example with autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and mental health issues.  Support can include adaptation/modification of learning materials into an accessible format, BSL Communicators or loan of lap tops, dictaphones, magnifiers and other assistive technology. If you feel you may need support all you need to do is either identify a support need at application, enrolment or contact the Additional Learning Support Department to discuss how we may be best able to support you with your studies.

We offer a friendly and supportive environment.

Foundation Learning Whatever you want to be, we have a course that will help you get there. Our Foundation Learning department offer a great range of courses for young people and adults with learning difficulties to build skills for independent living and work. We offer a friendly and supportive environment.

Learning Centres Our three centres have endless resources online and in print to enhance your learning experience. Equipping students for life beyond the College. We have close to 200 computers & laptops, and 15,000 books on site, plus excellent e-resources to support your learning. Our staff have the knowledge and resources to make you a success.

Learning Mentors Learning Mentors offer a confidential support service. No appointment is needed so feel free to just drop in. If you have a problem that is affecting your studies, whether College related or personal, you can talk in confidence to one of our highly trained team. We can also signpost students to a wide range of specialist services. Call into our office opposite the library or email thelearningmentors@oldham.ac.uk

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We continuously invest in our facilities to ensure they remain at the cutting edge. Student Finance

Well-being

16-19 year old and 19+ Students who need financial support to help them stay in education or training can apply to the College for the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.

In addition to our Student Mentors service a free and confidential counselling service is also available to all students. To make an appointment either speak to the Learning Mentors, drop into Student Services, call 0161 785 4054 or e-mail counselling@oldham.ac.uk

The scheme is made up of two parts: Financial support for 16-19 learners – apply for bursary funds Financial support for 19+ learners – apply for discretionary learner support For forms and help with financial support call 0161 785 4147/4148 or email lsf@oldham.ac.uk

Virtual Learning Environment All students have the opportunity to utilise our web-based learning resources (VLE) to support study with interactive and visual learning activities. Your progress is easily accessible through our Gradebook system.

Learning Environments We offer a wide range of facilities allowing you the opportunity to study in the most realistic environments possible reflective of those found in professional workplaces. We continuously invest in our facilities to ensure they remain at the cutting edge.

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Course Listing


Accounting AAT Access

What will I study? The course is an introductory course to our extensive accounting provision. The course consists of accounting in a professional environment, creating business documents, essential accounting procedures and maths for accounting. The course is assessed by examination with clear advice & guidance provided. Additional elements of the course include: Work skills ifs foundation Certificate in Personal Finance, Business Administration Award, Bookkeeping Level 1/2, Functional skills Level 1: English, maths & ICT. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs Grade D & above in maths & English. Where can I go next? After completing this course you can progress on to AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. Course code F01171 Course duration 36 weeks

AAT Certificate in Accounting Level 2

What will I study? Basic Accounting 1 (BA1) (exam) preparing & recording financial documentation, maintaining & reconciling the cashbook, maintaining petty cash records. Basic Accounting 2 (BA2) (exam): processing business transactions & extracting a trial balance, maintaining the journal & control accounts. Basic Costing (exam): providing basic costing & revenue information. Computerised Accounts (Assessment) BA1 & BA2 topics using accounting software (Sage 50 Professional v2012). Working Effectively in Accounting & Finance (exam): covering communication skills, understanding of role & function, managing self & teamwork Additional units: AAT Access Award. ifs Intermediate Certificate in Personal Finance, EDI Level 2 Certificate in Business & Administration, Deloitte Employability and Functional Skills. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs Grade C or above including maths & English Language, BTEC First Diploma, merit profile. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting progressing eventually onto: AAT Level 4 Diploma, university BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting, ACCA or CIMA Course code F01121B Course duration 1 year

AAT Certificate Level 2 & Diploma Fast Track Level 3 What will I study? The AAT Level 2 course covers the following areas: Basic Accounting 1 (exam): preparing & recording financial documentation, maintaining & reconciling the cashbook, maintaining petty cash records, processing business transactions & extracting a trial balance. Maintaining the journal & control accounts. Basic Costing (exam): providing basic costing & revenue information. Computerised Accounts (Assessment). Working Effectively in Accounting & Finance: covering communication skills, understanding of role & function, managing self & teamwork. For those students that show initiative and ability there is the option of completing Level 3 from January to June. The Level 3 course consists of: Accounts Preparation (i), Accounts Preparation (ii), Cash Management Cost & Revenues, Indirect Tax, Professional Ethics Spread sheet Software. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs Grade C or above including maths & English Language, BTEC First Diploma, merit profile & good reference. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting. Access to university BA (Hons) Accounting or various employment opportunities. Course code F01121A Course duration 1 year

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Accounting AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3

What will I study? The course will cover the following areas: Accounts Preparation i, Accounts Preparation ii, Cash Management, Costs & Revenues, Indirect Tax, Professional Ethics, Spread sheet software, additional programmes, functional skills & Deloitte employability award. What are the entry requirements? Achievement of Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. NVQ 2. Other Accounting qualifications & work experience will be taken into consideration on an individual basis Demonstration of Level 2 standard maths & English. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will be eligible for: Level 4 Diploma in Accounting, Access to University BA (Hons) Accounting. Course code F01161 Course duration 1 year

AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 4

What will I study? Drafting financial statements, drafting budgets, measuring financial performance, evaluating accounting systems, professional ethics in accounting & finance (if not already obtained). Calculating personal tax. Calculating business tax. What are the entry requirements? You are required to have successfully achieved the Advanced Certificate or Level 3 Diploma in Accounting or acceptable alternative relevant degree to gain access onto this course. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will be eligible to progress directly to the second level of Chartered qualifications, Access to University BA (Hons) Accounting. Course code F01131 Course duration 1 year

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The best part was having such a supportive tutor and I have met some great people and learned lots about developing a career in accounting.

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Hedley Hall, Accounting (AAT) Level 4

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Art & Design Art & Design BTEC Certificate / Diploma Level 1

What will I study? The Level 1 Diploma in Art & Design has been developed to give learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocationally related qualification. This course is aimed at learners who are interested in working in the creative arts. Learners will study drawing, painting, graphic design, ceramics & printmaking. Learners will enhance their English, maths & IT skills. These transferable skills play an essential role in developing personal effectiveness & students will complete a short work skills qualification that will enhance personal social development. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs, 1 at Grade D or above. Learners applying for this course may have basic skills gaps which would prevent them embarking on a Level 2 qualification. Where can I go next? This course prepares you for further education or employment. On successful completion of this course you will be able to apply for a Level 2 course. Full guidance is given to help you make the appropriate choices. Course code F92001 Course duration 1 year

Art & Design BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? Through projects, assignments & workshops you will explore 2D & 3D communication developing skills & knowledge in painting; drawing, 3D design, ceramics, fashion & printmaking, photography & graphic design. You will develop your critical & written skills studying for functional skills qualifications in maths & English. You will also study for work skill qualifications to improve your employability. These transferable skills play an essential role in developing personal effectiveness in your working life & in your studies. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at Grade D or equivalent, preferably to include maths & English or BTEC Level 1 qualification in Art & Design at merit or a related vocational area. You will be required to show a portfolio of work, related work experience or other Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications. Where can I go next? A BTEC Level 2 Diploma prepares you for employment & provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course. Such as a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design, to further develop a range of skills & understanding in the creative industries, focusing your studies in a chosen specialist pathway including fine art, photography, fashion & textiles, graphics, design subjects & applied art & design. Course code F04151 Course duration 1 year

Art & Design for Adults BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? Through projects, assignments & workshops you will explore 2D & 3D communication through drawing, painting, fine art, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, photography & IT skills. You will develop your critical & written skills. There are opportunities for you to enhance your English skills during the course. These transferable skills play an essential role in developing personal effectiveness in your working life & in the application of creative vocational skills. You will also build a portfolio for Further/ Higher Education applications or employment depending on your circumstances. What are the entry requirements? We welcome all adult learners & we ask you to attend an advice & guidance session to ensure this is the right course for you. Previous experience, an interest in art & design, basic English skills & life experience will be taken into consideration. Examples of some art work can be brought to your advice & guidance interview. Where can I go next? A BTEC Level 2 Diploma prepares you for employment & provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course, such as a pre-degree course. Course code F04151 Course duration 1 year

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Art & Design Fine Art Pathway Extended Diploma Art & Design Level 3

Introduction to Art & Design Our Art and Design Department offers subject pathways at level 2 & 3 in Art & Design, Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Games Design, Interactive Media and Games Design, Digital Design and Illustration. You will use our specialist workshops and facilities to build exciting portfolios ready for your next step. At level 2 our BTEC Diploma offers a broad programme of study in the different pathways establishing the basic skills and knowledge you will need to progress to level 3. At level 3 you will have the chance to extend your skills you have gained at level 2 or GCSE, working on industry based project briefs, often working with external clients. All courses include units connecting to employability which help to prepare our students for the world of work. We successfully progress our students to University, the Pre Degree Course, Employment or the Design Apprenticeship. Fine Art

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What will I study? On the Fine Art Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll develop a wide range of traditional and innovative art media and skills. You will gain a greater understanding of 2 & 3D techniques and processes used by artists. Initially you will explore Art & Design subjects developing your own style and finding where your strengths lie, building a portfolio ready for your next step to university or employment. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects and exhibitions developing a personal visual language. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. The course also includes a specialist University of the Arts London drawing qualification. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade C or a Level 2 Diploma, merit profile in a related subject. You will be required to show a portfolio of work at your interview. Where can I go next? This course is about progression: it is designed to build up your portfolio of work that will enable you to apply to a Higher Education course, or gain employment in your chosen area within the creative industries. Full guidance is given to help you make the appropriate choices. Course code F90032 Course duration 2 Years Full Time

Louisa Lee Oldham College is the perfect place to work towards your dreams, the tutors will help you every step to make it easier for you to achieve your ambition and goals. The basis you will learn at Oldham College will open up many doors for you in the future. Education: North Manchester High School for Girls Louisa studied: BTEC National Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design Next step: Interior Designer, Hong Kong

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Art & Design Art & Design Foundation Diploma Level 3 (Pre-Degree)

What will I study? This exciting and intensive course prepares you for study at University. You will study: Drawing, contextual studies, graphic communication, fine art, textiles, fashion, 3D design, photography, digital applications, film & ceramics. You will then have the opportunity to specialise in a subject area of your choice & develop your understanding of that area & your portfolio. Your course work culminates in a final major project (delivered & assessed at Level 4) where you will develop your ideas independently & show your work in an exhibition. There are also opportunities to take part in a number of live projects, national competitions, local gallery visits & a European city residential. Where applicable, there is support available for the development of English skills for progressing to Higher Education.

What are the entry requirements? 2 A2 qualifications at D & above, including an Art & Design subject or Level 3 Art & Design qualification with overall grade MMM. English GCSE grade C or above &/or functional skills Level 2. You will be required to show a portfolio of work & a satisfactory reference are also required. Where can I go next? The course is designed to prepare students for Higher Education progression & the course has direct entry agreements with MMU & Salford University. Students can also progress to various employment opportunities in the creative industries. Course code F04111 Course duration 1 year

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The people I met at Oldham College made the experience special. Everyone is friendly and the tutors are always willing to lend a hand. Catherine Duffy, Foundation Art & Design

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Beauty Therapy, Nails, Massage and Media Make-up Pathway into Hair & Beauty Entry Level 3 (Foundation Learning) What will I study? Salon Services – working within the salons studying hairdressing & beauty therapy plus customer service & enterprise within the creative & image industry sectors. Functional skills in English, maths & ICT. What are the entry requirements? Admission is by successful completion of a skills day, screening & interview. You must be 18 years of age or under on 31st August of the year in which you start the course. Where can I go next? There are several progression routes including: pathway to hairdressing salon services, pathway to beauty therapy & pathway to holistics. Course code F09381 Course duration 1 year

Hair & Beauty Therapy Sector, Introduction Level 1

What will I study? This course is designed to give applicants a pathway to begin working towards a career in the Hair or Beauty Therapy industry. The units you will study are shampoo & conditioning, hair plaiting, skin care, nail art, basic make-up & hand care, basic manicure & pedicure, reception skills, health & safety & hair colouring. You will also study functional skills & an award in work skills. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at grade E & above & attendance at a skills & screening session. Where can I go next? VRQ Level 2 diploma in Beauty Therapy, NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy via an apprenticeship route. Course code F04851 Course duration 1 year

Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 2

What will I study? Working in beauty related industries, health & safety, client care & communication, promotional services, reception, facial skin care , eyelash & eyebrow treatments, skin tanning techniques, waxing, manicure, pedicure, artificial nails & nail art. You will also achieve a functional skills & an award in work skills. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at grade D or above or a Level 1 Beauty Therapy. Personal presentation & communication skills are vitally important & will be assessed at interview. Attendance at a skills & screening session. Where can I go next? VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy or NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy via the apprenticeship route. Course code F08301 Course duration 1 year

I would recommend Oldham College as it gave me the opportunity to achieve my biggest goal. Bethany Golden, Hair and Beauty, Level 3

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Beauty Therapy, Nails, Massage and Media Make-up Body & Spa Therapy Diploma Level 3

What will I study? This is an advanced Level 3 City & Guilds qualification. The programme includes health & safety standards, client care & communication skills, working with colleagues, body massage, aromatherapy, spa treatments, monitor & maintain a spa area, stone therapy massage, microdermabrasion & Indian head massage. What are the entry requirements? Level 2 Beauty Therapy qualification, Level 2 Make-up or Level 2 Nails. Personal presentation & good communication skills are vitally important & will be assessed at interview. Where can I go next? Higher Education course such as HND or Foundation Degree courses in Beauty or Spa Therapy, Nail Technology course or various employment opportunities. Course code F08311 Course duration 1 year

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Complementary Therapies Techniques Diploma Level 3

What will I study? Body massage, aromatherapy massage, reflexology treatments, anatomy & physiology, pathologies, health & safety, client care & communication for complementary therapies. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at A* to D, appropriate Level of essential skills & where applicable ESOL Level 2. Personal presentation & communication skills are vitally important. Attendance at a skills & screening session. Where can I go next? Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy Techniques, progression to other educational establishments such as a Foundation Degree in complementary therapy or & degree courses in spa therapy. Previous students have gained positions or progressed in the following fields; commercial salons, freelance therapists & cruise liners. Course code F04901 Course duration 1 year

Hair & Media Make-Up Diploma Level 2

What will I study? The course covers face & body art design, provide eyelash perming, henna mendi, nail art, apply make-up, the art of photographic make-up, the art of dressing hair, create an image based on a theme, shampoo & condition hair, plait & twist hair, client consultations for hair services, apply skin tanning techniques, themed face painting, nail art application, health & safety practice in the salon, client care & communication. You will also take part in competition work & carry out a photo shoot for your course. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at A* to D. Personal presentation & communication techniques are vitally important & will be assessed at interview. Attendance at a skills & screening session. Where can I go next? Level 3 media make-up, ladies hairdressing, barbering, various employment opportunities, Level 2/ Level 3 beauty therapy. Course code F04691 Course duration 1 year


Beauty Therapy, Nails, Massage and Media Make-up Media Make-up (Special Effects) QCF Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Media Make-up including special effects, camouflage make-up, lash tinting, fashion & photographic make-up, airbrush make-up, application of prosthetics pieces & bald caps, hairstyling techniques, styling, dressing & application of postiche (wigs, facial hair & hair pieces), bridal hairstyling, apply airbrush make-up to the face, style & dress hair using a variety of techniques, threading services for hair removal, health & safety, client care & communication techniques. What are the entry requirements? This is a progression course for those students who have completed the Level 2 media make-up. Course code F04711 Course duration 1 year

Nail Services Diploma Level 3

What will I study? Enhancing the appearance of nails using gel acrylic & wrap systems, advanced nail art skills incorporating coloured gel & acrylic whilst using advanced 3D techniques, design & create images for photographic nails incorporating photoshoot, competition work, e-filing, marbling, glitter nails, financial effectiveness in business, essential skills & public salon session. What are the entry requirements? Level 2 Nail Technician or Level 2 Beauty Therapy. Personal presentation & communication skills are vitally important & will be assessed at interview. Attendance at a skills & screening session. Where can I go next? Beauty therapy, diploma in media make-up Level 2, diploma in media make-up Level 3 (special effects), fashion & photographic make-up. Course code F03981 Course duration 1 year

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I would not have got to this stage unless the learning mentors allocated to me and both my tutors going the extra mile whilst at college. They have supported me throughout which gave me the confidence to carry on and achieve on my courses. I found the college very welcoming and value the experiences I have had in the last two years. Amy Taylor, Nail Services, Level 3

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Brickwork Craft Diploma in Brickwork Level 1

What will I study? Carry out safe working practices in construction. Information, quantities & communicating with others. Building methods & construction technology. Carry out basic bricklaying skills. Carry out basic block laying skills. Carry out basic cavity walking. Contribute to setting out & building basic masonry structures up to damp course level. In addition to the main units of learning you will undertake the following: functional skills in maths & English Construction skills certification scheme training. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at Grade E or above. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course you can progress onto NVQ/ Craft Diploma Level 2 Brickwork. Course code F032151 Course duration 1 year

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Craft Diploma in Brickwork Level 2

What will I study? Safe working practices in construction information, quantities & communicating with others. Building methods & construction technology. Interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures, thin joint masonry & masonry cladding. Build solid walls, isolated & attached piers. Build cavity walls & form masonry structures. In addition to the main units of learning you will undertake the following: functional skills in maths & English. Construction skills certification scheme training. What are the entry requirements? Level 1 Craft Diploma in Brickwork. Where can I go next? Craft Diploma Level 3 or NVQ Level 2 upon gaining relevant employment, a wide range of employment opportunities in the construction industry. Course code F032161 Course duration 1 year

Craft Diploma in Brickwork Level 3

What will I study? Carry out safe working practices in construction. Information, quantities & communicating with others. Building methods & construction technology. Carry out structural & decorative brickwork. Repair & maintain masonry structures. Erect complex masonry structures. In addition to the main units of learning you will undertake the following: Functional skills in maths & English. Employability skills, construction skills & certification scheme training. What are the entry requirements? Level 2 Craft Diploma in Brickwork. Where can I go next? NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 Brickwork. Further progression is possible in Higher Education onto professional construction related qualifications/ degrees. Course code F032171 Course duration 1 year


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Business Administration & Customer Services Pathway into Administration and Business Entry Level 1-3 (Foundation Learning) What will I study? A selection of basic business modules including; personal social development, employability skills, enterprise & investigating different types of businesses. Students will also complete functional skills in English, maths & ICT. What are the entry requirements? No formal academic qualifications are required. Admission is by interview & presentation. You must be 18 years of age or under on the 31st August of the year in which you start the course. Where can I go next? Pathway to business, retail & administration Level 1, pathway to IT at work Level 1 or pathway to Level 2 (formerly E2E). Course code F08491 Course duration 1 year

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Pathway into Customer Service Entry Level 1-3

What will I study? You will study for an entry level award/ certificate in customer service. You will cover all aspects of customer service selecting from a number of modules including, prepare yourself to deliver good customer service, communicate effectively with customers, recognise & deal with customer queries, requests & problems, basic food hygiene certificate, functional skills in English, maths & ICT. A work skills qualification where you will learn about your role in a team, working together, enterprise, team work etc focused on careers in the customer service & hospitality sector. What are the entry requirements? Admission is by interview & presentation of a record of achievement, no formal academic qualifications are required & you must be 18 years of age or under on 31st August of the year in which you start the course. Where can I go next? Pathway to Level 2 Customer Service, pathway to Travel & Tourism Course code F08401 Course duration 36 weeks

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Business (also see Peter Jones Enterprise Academy) Administration & Office Practice NVQ Level 2

What will I study? Practical skills & experience of working in an office environment including greeting visitors, dealing with mail, customer services, creating documents, invoicing & much more. Plus a choice of additional qualifications including: ITQ, bookkeeping & accounts, Deloitte employability skills, Certificate in Personal Finance. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs, including grade D in English & maths. Applicants must demonstrate a positive commitment to succeed. If over 19 years of age an informal interview is required. Where can I go next? Level 2 & Level 3 in Accounting, NVQ 3 Business Administration (available at the College as a part-time course), general business courses or various employment opportunities including apprenticeships. Course code F00051 Course duration 1 year

Business and Enterprise Pathway BTEC Level 1 in Business, Retail, Enterprise and Finance Administration What will I study? You will gain three separate qualifications for Retail Knowledge, Business Administration and Money and Finance skills. This course provides a thorough introduction into the different sectors of business and has been designed to provide learners with knowledge as well as skills to progress within the college or to succeed in the work place. What are the entry requirements? English and maths GCSE at grade E or above or successful completion of an entry level programme, including at least Entry Level 2 functional skills in English and maths. Where can I go next? This course prepares you for further education or employment. Within college you can progress on to Level 2 Diploma Business course. Full guidance is given to help you make the appropriate choice. Course code F0341A Course duration 1 year

Business BTEC Diploma in Business Level 2

What will I study? You will study a range of subjects within the business sector including core units of Business Purpose, Business Organisation and Financial Forecasting. Specialist units consisting of Business Enterprise, Building Customer Relations, Working in Business Teams and Personal Selling will also be studied. What are the entry requirements? English and maths GCSE at grade D and above or successful completion of a Level 1 programme including at least Entry Level 3 functional skills in English and maths. Where can I go next? This course prepares you for further education or employment. Within college you can progress on to Level 3 Extended Diploma Business or Marketing course. Full guidance is given to help you make the appropriate choice. Course code F03431 Course duration 1 year

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Business (also see Peter Jones Enterprise Academy) Business BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

What will I study? You will study a wide range of subjects within the business sector including core units of Business Environment, Business Resources, Introduction to Marketing and Business Communication. Specialist units consisting of Creative Product Promotion, Planning a Business Event, Business Accounting, Website design strategy and more will also be studied. You will also receive two weeks work experience to develop your skills and knowledge in business. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at C grade or above, including English and maths or successful completion of a Level 2 programme at merit profile including Level 1 functional skills in English. Where can I go next? This course prepares you for further education or employment. Previous students have continued on to Higher Education establishments to student HND or Degree programmes. Also, good progression into school leaver programmes and employment in areas such as finance, human resources, management and marketing. Course code F15012 Course duration 2 years

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Marketing BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

What will I study? You will study a wide range of subjects within the business sector including core units of Business Environment, Business Resources, Introduction to Marketing and Business Communication. In addition to this your course will focus on marketing activity and you study specialist units consisting of Creative Product Promotion, Market Research in Business, Relationship Marketing and Internet Marketing in Business. The course also provides further study in areas such as retail, event planning and website design, capitalising on your marketing skills. You will also receive two weeks work experience to develop your skills and knowledge in business. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at C grade or above, including English and maths or successful completion of a Level 2 programme at merit profile including at least Level 1 functional skills in English. Where can I go next? This course prepares you for further education or employment. Previous students have continued on to Higher Education establishments to student HND or Degree programmes. Also, good progression into school leaver programmes and employment in areas such as finance, human resources, management and marketing. Course code F15022 Course duration 2 years

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The experience I gained on the course has been invaluable. Having a business partner has been particularly helpful with writing my CV, practicing my interview techniques and general advice about business. The variety of business subjects I studied and my trip to London were also highlights of the course. I am hoping to continue with a career in the business and finance sector. My internship was fantastic and I loved every minute of it. I went to the Bank of New York Mellon, Business partner from Co-operative Bank. Sarah Howarth, Finance Career Academy

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Business (also see Peter Jones Enterprise Academy) Finance Career Academy BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business plus BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Personal & Business Finance Level 3 What will I study? The Finance Career Academy is a fantastic course that provides students with a 3 A Level equivalent qualification in Business & Finance. The Finance Career Academy is supported by a range of regional & national employers & the course includes some incredible benefits such as: six week full paid internship Bringing the placement with an employer, a personal business worlds of mentor throughout the duration of the course business & annual trips to London to network with other UK Career Academy students, employer led lectures, education seminars, workshops, business challenges & together. company visits Students also develop vital employability skills through an innovative & prestigious training programme with Deloitte, one of the top 4 global accountancy firms. The UK Career Academy Foundation serves as a key intermediary, bringing the worlds of business & education together through an exciting mix of academic & hands on vocational learning. What are the entry requirements? 5 GCSEs at A* to C including maths & English, BTEC level 2 diploma in a vocationally relevant area with a distinction profile overall & a level 2 functional skills in maths and English. An academic reference is also required as well as a formal interview. Where can I go next? On average 85% of Academy students each year graduate with offers from universities. Alternatively, students can study a HNC/HND in business at Oldham College or progress onto a financial services apprenticeship. The Career Academy qualifications are valued by employers & lead to career opportunities in business specialisms such as; financial services, finance & accounting, business management & business administration. Course code F05852 Course duration 2 years

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Cadet Scheme Multi-Professional Cadet Scheme Greater Manchester Level 3 What will I study? A Cadet is someone who has a genuine interest in caring for people & hopes to eventually work in the NHS or Social Care. To achieve this they are prepared to work hard in both College & on work placements in order to gain the necessary qualifications & experience. Some subjects you will study include: Public Health, Sociology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Health & Safety, Lifespan Development and Vocational Experience. What are the entry requirements? 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language, maths & science, or equivalent. GNVQ or First Diploma Health & Social Care at Level 2 with a distinction grade plus a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths & science, or equivalent. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Entry to Higher Education to study for degrees or diplomas in a range of professions such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy occupational therapy to name a few. Employment in support roles within the health care sector. Course code F06142 Course duration 2 years

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Danielle Shaw Its was great that I had the opportunity to go on placement where I had the chance to work in different departemnets in the hospital. Education: Failsworth School Danielle studied: Multi Professional Cadets Next step: Salford University studying Adult Nursing

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Carpentry & Joinery Craft Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery Level 1

What will I study? Maintenance of hand tools, use of basic wood jointing techniques, use of portable power tools, handle & store resources, contribute to work relationships, working platforms, & work experience. The following Units will be covered: CC1001 Know how to carry out safe working practices CC1002 Knowledge of information, quantities & communications CC1003 Knowledge of building methods & construction technology CC1004 Know how to produce basic woodworking joints CC1005 Maintain & use hand tools CC1006 Prepare & use portable power tools. Each unit has an on line assessment. There is a final on line assessment & practical assessment. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at Grade E or above. A skills learning exercise & interview. Where can I go next? Craft Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 2 or NVQ Level 2 upon gaining relevant employment & a wide range of employment opportunities in the construction industry. Course code F030121 Course duration 1 year

Craft Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 2

What will I study? The Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery is designed to develop the Skills and Knowledge of students wanting to persue a career in Carpentry & Joinery. The following units will be covered: CC1001 Know how to carry out safe working practices CC2002 Knowledge of information, quantities and communications CC2003 Knowledge of building methods & construction technology CC2008 Carry out first fixing CC2009 Carry out second fixing CC2010 Erect structural carcassing CC2011 Carry out maintenance CC2012 Set up and operate a circular saw. What are the entry requirements? Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery. Where can I go next? NVQ Level 2 upon gaining relevant employment; Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment. Course code F030131 Course duration 1 year

Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery Level 3

What will I study? The Level 3 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery is designed to develop the Skills and knowledge of students wanting to pursue a career in Carpentry & Joinery. The following units will be covered: CC1001 Know how to carry out Safe Working Practices CC3002 Information, Quantities and Communicating with Others CC3003 Building Methods and Construction Technology CC3008 Erect Complex Structural Carcassing Components CC3009 Maintain non-Structural and Structural Components CC3030 Set Up and Use Fixed and Transportable Machinery Each unit has an on line assessment. There is a final on line assessment & practical assessment What are the entry requirements? Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery or Level 2 equivalent carpentry and joinery qualification, if progressing from another provider a detailed reference would be required Where can I go next? Students can progress into employment upon gaining relevant position within the trade and a wide range of employment opportunities in the construction industry. Students have the opportunity to progress on to Professional Building Courses within college Course code F030141 Course duration 1 year

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Childcare/Childcare & Education Caring for Children CACHE Diploma Level 1

What will I study? A range of units including how children learn through a range of activities & play, how children grow & develop from birth to old age, valuing & respecting yourself & others, how to keep children healthy & safe & preparing for your next steps. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at grade E including English or equivalent. Entry Level programme plus basic skills, entry Level 3 in English. Students over 19 maybe accepted without standard qualifications. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Level 2 Certificate in Children & Young Peoples Workforce, BTEC Level 2 in Health & Social Care, or Level 2 Apprenticeship in Children & Young Peoples Workforce. Course code F07491 Course duration 1 year

CACHE Certificate for the Children & Young People’s Workforce Level 2 What will I study? A range of units including: the development of children & young people, healthy, safe & nurturing environments, play activities for children & young people, developing professional skills & practice, supporting children & young people with additional needs & the childcare practitioner in the workplace. This course prepares you for level 3 working with children aged 0-5. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at grade D or above, including English language. CACHE Child Care Level 1 or Health & Social Care Level, 1 at Distinction. Level 1 function skill in English plus tutor reference & interview. Applicants should have 2 references that reflect an interest in & ability with children. Students over 19 may be accepted without standard qualifications. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Level 3 Diploma for children & young people, Diploma in Health & Social Care or Diploma in Health Studies. CACHE Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools. Course code F07501 Course duration 1 year

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Childcare/Childcare & Education Childcare & Education CACHE Diploma for the Children & Young People’s Workforce Level 3 What will I study? A range of units including: play & early years curriculum, health care, child protection, physical care, social & legal framework, anti-discriminatory practice, working with babies, observations & assessments, you will gain experience in childcare setting, nursery or family centres. This course is a nationally recognised childcare diploma, enabling you to work with children aged 0-5 years. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade A* to C including English, or you will need to have achieved functional skills at Level 1 English or a grade C or above in English Language. Good record of attendance, punctuality as well as a satisfactory record of work placements. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Employment opportunities at 18. Extended Diploma is offered as a progression from the Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce. This course is aimed at learners who wish to progress to University or wish to study at a higher level. The course carries up to 420 UCAS points and learners must have successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce before they can undertake this one year programme. CACHE Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools. Course code F06211 (Year 1) / F06231 (Year 2) Course duration Can be 1 or 2 years 44 Call our learning line on 0800 269 480

CACHE Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

What will I study? The units cover Child and Young Person development, Safeguarding their welfare, the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and supporting positive behaviour. They also cover: Communications and professional relationships with children, young people and adults Schools as organisations including types of schools, policies and procedures and the wider environment in which they operate Plan, deliver, and review assessment strategies to promote and support learning alongside the teacher Personal development and reflective practice Plus a wide range of specialist optional units.

What are the entry requirements? This course is suitable for learners who have successfully completed the Level 2 or level 3 Children and Young Peoples Workforce and wish to work as Teaching Assistants, Learning and Support Assistants, Cover Supervisors, Parent Support Advisors or those in similar roles in a school environment. Where can I go next? You can progress to employment where you can continue to study on short CPD courses that we offer Level 3 Award and Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities. Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of Pupils in Schools. You can specialise in different areas with on the job training eg; Special Educational Needs or Behavioural difficulties. The course is also a good stepping stone to a Foundation Degree. Course code tba Course duration 1 year

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Construction Construction, Pathway into Practical Occupations Entry Level 1-3 (Foundation Learning) What will I study? A selection of basic construction modules including: producing a timber product, decorating household goods & bricklaying. Students will also complete functional skills in English, maths & ICT and modules in employability and personal, social development. You will also start working towards passing the CITB test. What are the entry requirements? No formal academic qualifications are required. Admission is by interview & presentation. You must be 18 years of age or under on 31st August of the year in which you start the course. Where can I go next? Pathway to Level 2 (formerly E2E), Craft Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery, foundation construction award. Course code F08491 Course duration 1 year

Construction & the Built Environment BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

What will I study? Building technology in construction. Construction technology & design in construction, civil engineering, sustainable construction, science & materials in construction & the built environment, maths in construction & the built environment, health, safety & welfare in construction & the built environment, plus a range of options units in areas such as: Project management in construction & the built environment, surveying in construction, civil engineering, construction design, technology & processes, spatial data techniques in construction & the built environment, property valuation. Students also have the opportunity to undertake the BPEC Environmental Technology

Awareness course & complete an employability skills course delivered through the professional services firm, Deloitte. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including maths & English. You will be required to undertake an initial assessment to determine your maths & comprehension skills at the College. Where can I go next? Upon successful completion of the course, progression routes include: employment within the professional construction industry. University study in a range of construction disciplines, degree & foundation degree Level. Course code F037192 Course duration 2 years

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Electrical Installation Electrical Installation (PEO) NVQ Certificate Level 1

What will I study? This course of study is two distinct qualifications & is designed to cover the fundamental skills & knowledge common to all engineering practices. You must successfully complete the Certificate in Engineering & technology (CET) course to be considered for progression on to the Performing Engineering Operations (PEO). From September to December you will complete the level 1 CET & the level 1 NVQ Certificate in PEO from January to June. The units you will be studying are specifically tailored to allow progression to the city & guilds 2365 Certificate in Electro technical Technology VRQ L2 What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade A* to D including English & science, with a minimum grade C in maths. Level 1 Certificate in Engineering & Technology (CET) Where can I go next? Electrical Installation 2365. Technical Certificate Level 2. Anyone seeking to acquire engineering competencies enabling progression to the workplace/employment. Course code F05451 Course duration 1 year

Electrical Installation Technical Certificate Level 2

What will I study? Four units covering health & safety legislation & practices, science & principles, craft theory & combining all these elements & applying them to the electro technical industry. Practical activity in the workshop will also be covered & assessed. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade A* to C including English & science, with a minimum grade C in maths. Where can I go next? Either whilst studying the technical certificate or once you’ve completed it you should be seeking employment in the industry & looking to complete an apprenticeship with continued training. This will allow you to progress to NVQ Level 3 & Technical Certificate & gain qualified electrician status. Course code F02921 Course duration 1 year

Electrical Installation Technical Certificate Level 3

What will I study? Three units covering health & safety legislation & practices, science & principles, craft theory & combining all these elements & applying them to the Electro technical industry. Practical activity in the workshop will also be covered & assessed. What are the entry requirements? City & Guilds 2330: Certificate in Electro technical Technology VRQ Level 2. 4 GCSEs at grade A* to C including English & science, with a minimum grade C in maths. Functional skills English Level 2, maths Level 2 & ICT Level 1. Where can I go next? Either whilst studying the technical certificate or once you’ve completed it you should be seeking employment in the industry & looking to complete an apprenticeship with continued training. This will allow you to progress to 2357 & NVQ Level 3 with RPL gain qualified electrician status. To gain full qualification you will also need to complete an AM2 assessment & unit 302 Environmental Awareness from the 2357 qualification. Course code F30131 Course duration 1 year

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Engineering Performing Engineering Level 1

What will I study? You will study a range of options in engineering skills such as CAD, CAM, Electronics as well as health & safety & the communication necessary to support these. This course is delivered at Oldham College main campus. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at Grade A*-E in maths & English or above. If you have passed an engineering qualification at school it may be possible to move directly to Level 2. Where can I go next? Qualified engineers work within a range of industries including food manufacturing, logistics & distribution, & maintenance of manufacturing systems. You can also progress onto Level 2 or Level 3 programmes in engineering at the College. Course code F05441 Course duration 1 year

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Engineering BTEC First Diploma Level 2

What will I study? Core units of working safely & effectively in engineering, interpreting & using engineering information & maths for engineering technicians are studied along with specialist units in science, electronic devices, electronic circuit construction, computer aided design & part programming computer numerical control machines. What are the entry requirements? GCSE grade D in maths & English. Where can I go next? Progression may be into employment with further training on an Apprenticeship. You can also progress onto a full time Level 3 BTEC course in Engineering, or to university. Qualified engineers work within a range of industries including food manufacturing, logistics & distribution, & maintenance of manufacturing systems. Course code F05231 Course duration 1 year

Study engineering skills such as CAD, CAM, Electronics and Health & Safety.


Engineering BTEC Diploma Electrical Engineering Level 3

What will I study? Mandatory units include maths, Electrical Principles, Communications, Health and Safety, as well as a substantial project (worth 2 units) in an area of your own interest relating to the course. Other topics of study will include Mechanical Principles, Technical Drawing, Programmable Logic Controllers, Further maths (requirement for direct access to engineering related degree courses), Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture, Devices and Circuits, Analogue and Digital Electronics, Electronic Controllers and Commercial Aspects of Engineering. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including maths, English or a First Diploma qualification in Engineering. Where can I go next? Progression may be into employment, either directly or via an Apprenticeship or on to a full time Higher National Diploma or Degree course in Engineering. Moving into Higher Education will allow you to specialise in engineering disciplines for careers in motor sport, renewable energies, aircraft engineering, communications, micro-technologies, medical engineering and many more. Course code F05062 Course duration 2 years

BTEC Diploma Mechanical Engineering Level 3

What will I study? Maths, Mechanical Principles, Communications, Health and Safety, as well as a substantial project (worth 2 units) in an area of your own interest relating to the course. Other topics studied will include Electrical and Electronic Principles, Technical Drawing, CAD, Further maths (requirement for direct access to engineering related degree courses), CNC, Properties of Materials, Programmable Logic Controllers, Engineering Processes and Commercial Aspects of Engineering. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including maths, English or a First Diploma qualification in Engineering. Where can I go next? Progression may be into employment, either directly or via an Apprenticeship or on to a full time Higher National Diploma or Degree course in Engineering. Moving into Higher Education will allow you to specialise in engineering disciplines for careers in motor sport, renewable energies, aircraft engineering, communications, micro-technologies, medical engineering and many more. Course code F05062 Course duration 2 years

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ESOL – English for speakers of other languages Bridging ESOL Starter Level 1

What will I study? You will develop skills in speaking, understanding grammar, reading & writing English. You will learn about life in the UK & citizenship. You will also develop your skills in maths & ICT. Other subjects & vocational tasters may be available. What are the entry requirements? Interview & ESOL assessment, plus satisfactory references from school/ previous training providers. You must be 18 years of age or under on 31st August of the year in which you start the course. Where can I go next? You will be able to progress into a variety of vocational areas. Course code F06661 Course duration 1 year

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Fashion & Textiles Fashion & Textiles Pathway Art & Design BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? On the Level 2 Fashion and Textiles Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll develop a wide range of skills and gain an understanding of the techniques and processes used in the Fashion & Textiles industry. In addition, you will explore Art & Design subjects such as drawing, digital illustration and photography to enhance your basic visual communication skills. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects, working for clients in the Fashion industry. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. The course includes a work skills qualification that will prepare you for employment or your next step to a level 3 course. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at D or equivalent, preferably to include maths & English or BTEC Level 1 qualification in art & design at merit or a related vocational area. You will be required to show a portfolio of work, related work experience or other Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications.

Where can I go next? A BTEC Level 2 Diploma prepares you for employment & provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course. Such as a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design, to further develop a range of skills & understanding in the creative industries, focusing your studies in a chosen specialist pathway including fine art, photography, fashion & textiles, graphics, design subjects & applied art & design. Course code F04151 Course duration 2 years full time

Develop a range of skills and gain understanding.

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Fashion & Textiles Fashion & Textiles Pathway Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

What will I study? On the Fashion and Textiles Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll develop a wide range of skills and gain a greater understanding of the techniques and processes used in the Fashion Industry. Initially you will explore Art & Design subjects developing your own style to find where your strengths lie, giving you the opportunity to build a portfolio of design work ready for your next step to university or employment. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects, working for clients in the Fashion industry. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. The course also includes a specialist University of the Arts London drawing qualification.

What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade C or a Level 2 diploma (merit profile) in a related subject. You will be required to show a portfolio of work at your interview. Where can I go next? This course is about progression, It is designed to build up your portfolio of work that will enable you to apply to a Higher Education course, or gain employment in your chosen area within the creative industries. You are also eligible for a design apprenticeship in companies across Greater Manchester. Full guidance is given to help you make the appropriate choices. Course code F90032 Course duration 2 years full time

Work on real world and work projects.

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Foundation Learning Essential Skills Award Pre Entry/Entry Level1

What will I study? You will practise the skills that will help you live your life more independently such as following instructions and routines, making choices, working with others, behaving appropriately, speaking, listening, number and IT skills. You will also learn how to keep yourself safe whilst taking part in activities. The course is based on practical activities to develop your confidence and self esteem. What are the entry requirements? You will be invited to visit us &/ or join in a session. A commitment for learners to develop their essential Skills. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will have been encouraged to develop the skills to enable you to lead more fulfilling & independent life within your own community or progress onto & independent living skills course. Course code F03222 Course duration 2 years

Independent Living Skills Entry Level 2

What will I study? You will develop the skills, knowledge & confidence needed to live a more independent life by working towards your own personal targets. You will develop skills in self advocacy, citizenship, personal awareness, IT health & safety, home management, speaking, listening & handling money. You will work with others in the college & out in the community, as well as access supported work experience in an area you are interested in. What are the entry requirements? You will be expected to be able to follow single step verbal instructions, respond to questions using 1 or 2 key words, follow simple routines, make simple choices & relate appropriately to others. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will have been encouraged to develop the skills to enable you to lead more fulfilling & independent lives, or progress onto the personal progression into work course Course code F03212 Course duration 2 years

Personal Progression through Practical Work Skills Entry Level 3 What will I study? Designed to enable young people & adults who have learning difficulties to develop the skills required for participation within the workplace. You will investigate how to travel more independently, take control of your own achievements, develop confidence & self esteem & enhance your communication & self advocacy skills whilst in College & on work placement. What are the entry requirements? You will be expected to be able to follow two step verbal instructions & reply to questions using short sentences/statements, follow a variety of routines & work as part of a group. Where can I go next? Foundation or Level 1. Voluntary work or Supported Employment. Course code F03282 Course duration 2 years

You will develop the skills, knowledge & confidence needed to live a more independent life.

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Foundation Learning Foundation Pathways Entry Level 3

What will I study? On the course you will study units in Personal and Social Development, employability skills and Functional Skills- maths, English and ICT. You will also have the chance to experience a carousal of vocational options. Please see “Pathways� in the vocational areas. What are the entry requirements? No formal entry requirements. Where can I go next? This course prepares you for further education or employment. On successful completion you will be able to apply for a level 1 or level 2 course, employment or an Apprenticeship. Full guidance will be given to help you make the right choice. Course code F08491 Course duration 1 year

Transition into college Level 1

What will I study? This course is designed to be very hands-on offering a range of practical activities in specialist workshops. These include: painting and decorating, brickwork, joinery, gardening and landscaping, hospitality and independence and personal development. You will be working towards qualifications in Personal, Social and Employability as well as maths, English and ICT.

What are the entry requirements? No formal entry requirements. Please contact the college or your Career Guidance Service. Where can I go next? On successful completion you can progress on to a vocational course, into employment or an Apprenticeship. Full guidance will be given to help you make the right choice. Course code F06871 Course duration Roll-on, roll-off throughout the year

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Games Design & Interactive Media Games Pathway BTEC Diploma Level 2, Art & Design

What will I study? On the Level 2 Games Design Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll develop a wide range of skills and gain an understanding of the techniques and processes used in the Games industry. You will learn how to use digital and traditional illustration techniques exploring the 2 & 3D software current in the game design industry. You will gain basic skills in animation and computer games design creating design work for a wide range outcomes. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. The course includes a work skills qualification that will prepare you for employment or your next step to a level 3 course.

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What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at D or equivalent, preferably to include maths & English or BTEC Level 1 qualification in art & design at merit or a related vocational area. You will be required to show a portfolio of work, related work experience or other Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications. Where can I go next? A BTEC Level 2 Diploma prepares you for employment & provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course. Such as a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design, to further develop a range of skills & understanding in the creative industries, focusing your studies in a chosen specialist pathway including fine art, photography, fashion & textiles, graphics, Games & other Design subjects Course code F04151 Course duration 1 year

Games Design & Interactive Media Pathway BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3, Art &Design What will I study? On the Interactive Media and Games pathway of the art & design qualification you will gain a greater understanding of practical and technical skills relating to visual communication, 2 & 3D computer games software, game concept drawing, photography and digital manipulation. You will also explore website design, interactive design, animation and computer game design creating design work for a wide range of multimedia digital contexts. You will build a portfolio of your design work ready for your next step to university or employment. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects working for clients. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths What are the entry requirements? 5 GCSEs A* to C or a First Diploma (merit profile) in a related subject. You will be required to show a portfolio of work at your interview. Where can I go next? You will be able to access employment routes within the Creative Industries or continue your studies onto a Higher Education courses. Course code F90062 Course duration 2 years


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Graphic Design Digital Design and Illustration Pathway Art and Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? On the Digital and Illustration Design Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll develop a wide range of traditional and multimedia skills. You will gain a greater understanding of the creative, technical and digital processes relating to the design, animation and illustrative industry. You will develop a wide range of visual communication skills using traditional and digital techniques. You will explore illustration, animation, image manipulation and photography to create design work for a wide range of outcomes. You will build a portfolio of your design work ready for your next step to university or employment. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects working for clients. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade A* to C or a first diploma (merit profile) in a related subject. You will be required to show a portfolio of work at your interview. Where can I go next? You will be able to access employment routes within the creative industries or continue your studies onto a Higher Education courses. Course code F90062 Course duration 2 years

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Graphic Design Graphic Design Pathway Art & Design BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? On the Level 2 Graphic Design Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll develop a wide range of skills and gain an understanding of the techniques and processes used in the Design industry. You will learn the fundamental principles of visual communication through traditional and digital techniques. You will explore typography and photography to create design work for a wide range of outcomes including web and advertising scenarios. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. The course includes a work skills qualification that will prepare you for employment or your next step to a level 3 course.

Graphic Design Pathway Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at D or equivalent, preferably to include maths & English or BTEC Level 1 qualification in art & design at merit or a related vocational area. You will be required to show a portfolio of work, related work experience or other Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications. Where can I go next? A BTEC Level 2 Diploma prepares you for employment & provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course. Such as a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design, to further develop a range of skills & understanding in the creative industries, focusing your studies in a chosen specialist pathway including fine art, photography, fashion & textiles, graphics, design subjects & applied art & design. Course code F04151 Course duration 1 year

What will I study? On the Graphic Design pathway your studies will be underpinned with a foundation of subject knowledge & contextual understanding. During the first year, you will develop a range of practical & technical skills relating to visual communication, drawing & illustration techniques, contextual studies, photography & digital manipulation. In the second year you will specialise in concept layout design, illustration, client based design & professional practice.  In addition to this you will develop life skills from professionalism to entrepreneurship to prepare you for employment in the future. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade A* to C or a first diploma (merit profile) in a related subject. You will be required to show a portfolio of work at your interview. Where can I go next? You will be able to access employment routes within the creative industries or continue your studies onto a Higher Education courses. Course code F90062 Course duration 2 years

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Green Technology Environmental Sustainability & Technology BTEC Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Sustainable development, energy management, sustainable communities, science for environmental technicians, Sustainable Industries, the business environment, option units, waste management, urban environment, sustainable construction, pollution control management, sustainable facilities management. All students will also complete the BPEC environmental technologies awareness course. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs Grade C or above including maths & English, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a relevant subject including Functional skills maths and English at Level 2. Where can I go next? University study in environmental sustainability, technology & management courses. Employment opportunities in the environmental sector. Course code F032291 Course duration 2 years

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Hairdressing (also see Hair & Beauty) Hairdressing & Barbering VRQ Level 1

What will I study? This course is ideal for learners wishing to pursue a career in the hairdressing & barbering Industry. It is designed to give you a basic understanding enabling you to move on to further study within hairdressing & barbering. The course covers, client care, health & safety, preparation for hairdressing/barbering services, shampoo & condition hair, assisting with hairdressing/barbering services in a commercial environment. The course also builds on functional skills in maths & English. You will also work towards a work skills qualification. What are the entry requirements? 1 GCSE at grade A*-C and where applicable ESOL Level 2. Where can I go next? Hairdressing or Barbering Level 2 diploma. Course code F04671 Course duration 15 weeks

Barbering VRQ Level 2

What will I study? Working in the hairdressing / barbering industry, client consultation, maintaining health & safety in the salon, shampoo & conditioning hair, colour hair, cutting men’s hair, drying men’s hair, cutting facial hair, scalp massage, creative design skills. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at grade A* to D or Level 1 hairdressing qualification. Where can I go next? VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Barbering. An apprenticeship in barbering. Course code F04681 Course duration 22 weeks

Barbering VRQ Level 3

What will I study? Monitor & maintain health & safety practice in the salon. Consultation support for colleagues on hair services. Cut men’s hair to create a variety of looks. Cut facial hair to create a variety of looks. Colour hair to create a variety of looks. Creative hairdressing design skills. Human resource management. Promote products & services to clients in the salon. Scalp massage. Salon reception. What are the entry requirements? Level 2 Barbering or Level 2 Hairdressing. Relevant occupational experience. Where can I go next? Successful students can progress to an advanced apprenticeship supervisor/ manager & salon trainer Course code F04251 Course duration 35 weeks

Courses ideal for learners wishing to pursue a career in the hairdressing and barbering Industry.

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Hairdressing (also see Hair & Beauty) Hairdressing VRQ Diploma Level 2

What will I study? This course is designed to give you the basic skills & understanding required to embark on a working career in hairdressing. The course covers, consultation, shampooing & conditioning treatments, basic cutting & styling, basic colouring techniques, knowledge of the hairdressing industry, customer service, display stock, work in a commercial salon environment, essential skills & health & safety. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at grade A* to D or entry level or level 1 hairdressing qualification. Personal presentation & good communication skills are vitally important. Where can I go next? VRQ diploma Level 3 in Hairdressing, VRQ Barbering, Level 2 apprenticeship in Hairdressing. Course code FO4601 Course duration 1 year

Hairdressing VRQ Diploma Level 3

What will I study? This course is designed to give you advanced skills & knowledge to develop working practices in hairdressing. The course covers, creative cutting, creative bridal hair, colour correction, creative colouring techniques, style & dress hair, client care, promoting products & services, health & safety & mens hair cutting. What are the entry requirements? VRQ Level 2 Hairdressing or Barbering, Personal presentation & communication skills are vitally important. Where can I go next? A wide range of employment opportunities, Level 3 Barbering, an apprenticeship in Hairdressing. Course code F04321 Course duration 1 year

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Health, Teaching & Social Care Pathways into Caring for Others E1-E3 Foundation Learning What will I study? On the course you will study units in looking after children and others, healthy lifestyles, health and safety, Personal and Social Development, employability skills and Functional Skills- maths, English and ICT. What are the entry requirements? No formal entry requirements. Where can I go next? This course prepares you for further education or employment. On successful completion you will be able to apply for a level 1 or level 2 course, employment or an Apprenticeship. Full guidance will be given to help you make the right choice. Course code F08491 Course duration 1 year

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Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 1

What will I study? The introductory diploma aims to captures the concepts of topics which will be studied at a deeper level on relevant future courses. It will give you a broad & effective insight & basis from which to progress onto higher levels of study. The course covers the role of the carer at mealtimes, investigating rights & responsibilities at work, health & social care needs, personal care in health & social care, creative activities for children, creative & leisure activities for adults in health & social care, promoting healthy eating in care, job opportunities in health & social care, health & social care group project. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs grade E or above including English. Successful completion of Access to Foundation with entry level 3 maths & English. Students over 19 no formal qualifications are required. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care or Level 2 Childcare courses. Course code F06091 Course duration 1 year

Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? The Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care covers embracing topics such as: Lifespan development, individual needs, diet & health, communication, individual rights, creative & therapeutic activities, vocational experience in care ensuring safe environments in health & social care sectors. These subjects will provide a sound base from which to progress onto a further course suitable for progress towards careers in health & social care. Functional skills in maths & English is an essential part of generic learning throughout the course What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSE A* to D grades including English, successful completion of level 1 diploma course. Level 1 Functional Skills in maths & English. Students over 19 no formal qualifications are required. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Progression routes include Level 3 Health & Social Care, Childcare, Science & NVQ programmes. Course code F06281 Course duration 1 year


Health, Teaching & Social Care Health & Social Care Access to Level 3

What will I study? Units cover health and social care, English, maths and computer skills. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs A* to C including English successful completion of Level 2 Health & Social Care & working at or above Level 1 screening maths & English. For students over 19 no formal qualifications required. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Level 3 Health & Social Care Course code F06221 Course duration 1 year

Health & Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? The BTEC extended diploma in health & social care is a practical, work-related course. It involves completing projects & assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities & demos. You will develop the skills you need to begin a career in health & care. Subjects studied include: psychology, human physiology, sociology, lifespan development, counselling and vocational experience. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs A* to C including English Language. BTEC First Diploma Health & Social Care (distinction), plus GCSE grade C in English & GCSE D in maths. Functional skills Level 2 qualification in English & functional skills Level 1 in maths. Experience if over 19 years of age. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Higher Education degrees or diplomas in health & social care, youth & community studies, social work, nursing or employment within the health & care settings. Course code F12182 Course duration 2 years

Health Studies BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? The BTEC Extended Diploma Health Studies is a practical, work-related course. It involves completing projects & assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities & demands. You will develop the skills you need to begin a career in health & care. Subjects include: human physiology, psychology, lifespan development, communicable diseases and vocational experience. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs A* to C including English Language. BTEC First diploma Health & Social Care (distinction), plus GCSE grade C in English & GCSE D in maths. Functional skills Level 2 qualification in maths & English & functional skills Level 1 in numeracy. Experience if over 19 years of age. CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) verification will be required. Where can I go next? Entry to Higher Education to study for degrees or diplomas in a range of allied professions, including nursing, midwifery or physiotherapy. Course code F12122 Course duration 2 years

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Health, Teaching & Social Care Higher Education Access to Social Work, Teaching & Social Sciences, HE Access Diploma Level 3 What will I study? If you are a mature student & your ambition is to go to university to qualify as a social worker, teacher or improve your education & job prospects by studying for a degree, this is the course for you. The course covers essay writing skills, IT, research, personal development, Functional Skills maths and English, tutorials & optional modules in: history, psychology & sociology. You will learn about how & why society behaves as it does, how the mind works & how we & society are affected by social, psychological & historical issues. You will also improve your maths, English & computer skills as an integral part of the course to the correct standard required by the universities. What are the entry requirements? Applicants must be 19 years of age or older, no formal entry requirements, although GCSE grade C in English is preferred. Applicants must not have been in full-time education in at least the 12 months prior to studying on this course. Where can I go next? Level 4 HNC/Foundation Degree, Diplomas/Degrees in; teaching, social work, humanities & social sciences, leading to careers in school / college lecturing, retail management, social research, local government, NHS management. Course code F06761 Course duration 1 year

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Higher Education Access to Health Professions HE Access Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Health studies, psychology, sociology, physiology, IT, research, personal development and Functional Skills maths and English. You will learn about how and why society behaves as it does, how the human body functions, how the mind works and how we are affected by health issues. You will also improve your English, maths and computer skills as an integral part of the course to the correct standard required by the universities. What are the entry requirements? Applicants must be 19 years of age or older, no formal entry requirements, although GCSE grade C in English and maths is preferred. Applicants must not have been in full time education for at least 12 months prior to studying on this course. Where can I go next? Level 4 HNC/Foundation Degree, Degrees in nursing, midwifery, health studies and other health professions. Course code F07651 Course duration 1 year

Hafsa Begum I had no intention of going to university when I first started, I really only looked as far as going to college in order to get a job after I completed my GSCEs. The best thing about Oldham College is that you get to put into practice what you learn. The tutors really helped me grow my confidence and raise my aspirations. I’m really excited about moving onto university and want to do a Masters after my degree. Education: North Chadderton High School Hafsa studied: Health & Social Care, Childcare Level 3 Next step: Edge Hill University studying Childcare & Youth Studies


Information & Communication Technology Pathway into Information Technology Foundation Learning Entry Level 1-3 What will I study? A selection of ICT modules including; desk top publishing, web design, enterprise & digital processing. Students will complete personal social development and employability qualifications and functional skills in English, maths & ICT. What are the entry requirements? No formal academic qualifications are required. Admission is by interview & presentation of a record of achievement. You must be 18 years of age or under on 31st August of the year in which you start the course. Where can I go next? Pathway to IT at work Level 1, pathway to business, retail & administration Level 1, pathway to Level 2 (formerly E2E). Course code F08491 Course duration 1 year

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Computer Games & Web Design Level 1

What will I study? This course is designed to help students gain the skills required for a career in computing or information technology. You will study several subjects in preparation for work in the information & communication technology sector including skills for business, web design, ICT systems, digital imaging & multimedia. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade E or above, including maths & English or entry Level 3 maths & English. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? Any Level 2 computing course: Hardware & Networking, ICT Applications, Website Design or various employment opportunities. To enter employment at operative or trainee Level within a wide range of business environments. Course code F61001 Course duration 1 year

Computer Games & Web Design Level 2

What will I study? This course is designed for people who want to establish a career as a developer or designer within ICT & computing. You will develop the following skills on the course, designing websites, computer graphics & animation, use of video & sound, multimedia, digital imaging & ICT skills for business. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs grade D or above including maths & English or NVQ Level 1 or BTEC Introductory Diploma (merit profile) or foundation GNVQ (merit profile) Functional Skills. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? Natural progression would be to web design & digital media at Level 3 although you can progress to any of the Level 3 computing courses offered at the College: e-business technology, web design & digital media, hardware & networking Level 3, or various employment opportunities. Course code F08011 Course duration 1 year


Information & Communication Technology Using & Developing Software BTEC Diploma Level 3

What will I study? This course is designed for people looking to develop a career within an environment which uses ICT applications to support business. The course will cover a wide range of ICT subject areas including web design, digital images, application/games programming, animation & e-commerce systems, while developing employability & functional skills involved in the ICT industry. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSE’s grade C or above including maths & English, NVQ Level 2, BTEC First Diploma (merit profile), Intermediate GNVQ (merit profile) & Functional Skills. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? Degree or Foundation Degree in Business, Business IT, E-Commerce or related area or various employment opportunities. Course code F03332B Course duration 2 years

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Hardware & Networking BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? This course is designed for people looking to develop a career as a hardware &/or networking technician providing technical support, advice, problem solving & expertise to users of computers. On the course you will develop skills in understanding computer systems, installing hardware components, networking essentials, technical fault diagnosis & remedy, mobile communications & also have an insight into using ICT to communicate & work within the IT industry. You will also have the opportunity to complete a 2 week work experience placement. There is the opportunity for students to study for vendor qualifications in Cisco & IT You will also study functional skills in maths & work skills qualification at an appropriate level. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs grade D & above including maths & English or Level 1 (merit profile) You must also have Level 1 functional skills. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? Natural progression would be to hardware & networking Level 3 course although you can progress to any of the Level 3 computing courses offered at the College such as web design & digital media, hardware & networking Level 3 or various employment opportunities. Course code F07891 Course duration 1 year

Hardware & Networking BTEC Nationals in IT Level 3

What will I study? This course is designed for people looking to develop a career as a hardware &/or networking technician providing technical support, advice, problem solving & expertise to users of computers. The course will cover the fundamentals of computer systems, information systems used in business, network design & administration, troubleshooting, problem solving & supporting end users, computer hardware, software installation & upgrading, & developing employability skills in ICT. There is the opportunity for students to study for vendor qualifications in CCNA, Comptia A+, Network+ & Security+ as part of the course. You will also study for Functional Skills in maths & English & a study skills qualification at an appropriate level. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs A* to C including maths & English. NVQ level 2 plus functional skills, BTEC level 2 diploma (merit profile) plus functional skills. Where can I go next? Foundation degree or degree in either Computing or IT network support or a wide range of employment opportunities, mainly in the communications industry. Course code F03332A Course duration 2 years

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Information & Communication Technology Applied Computing for IT Professionals Level 3

What will I study? This course is designed for people looking to develop a career as either a hardware technician or as a junior web designer. Whichever route you wish to take you will cover the fundamentals of computer systems, software installation and upgrading, and developing employability skills. On the technician route you will cover areas including troubleshooting, problem solving, supporting end users, and maintaining computer systems. On the web designer route you will cover areas including digital graphics, programming, and website production. You will also study for Functional Skills English and maths and a Study Skills qualification at an appropriate level. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSE’s at grade C or above, preferably maths and English. NVQ Level 2 plus appropriate Functional Skills, BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Pass/ Merit profile) plus appropriate Functional Skills, OCR Level 2 Cambridge TEC in IT (Pass/Merit profile) or equivalent. You should have a keen interest in the subject, demonstrated in your application and at interview. Relevant experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? Progression to the Advanced Applied Computing for IT Professionals or a range of employment opportunities, mainly in the technician and web production industry. Course code F07871 Course duration 1 year

Career Academy IT & Digital Technology BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? The IT Career Academy is supported by a range of regional and national employers and the course includes some incredible benefits such as: a six week full paid internship placement with an employer, a personal business mentor throughout the duration of the course, annual trip to London to network with other UK Career Academy students, the employer led lectures, seminars, workshops, business challenges and company visits. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at A* to C including maths & English, or a BTEC level 2 diploma / OCR national in a vocationally relevant area with a merit profile overall & an appropriate level of key or functional skills. An academic reference is also required as well as a formal interview. Age restrictions apply please ask for details. Where can I go next? Upon successful completion of the course, learners can progress into either university (Degree or Foundation Degree study) or employment in the ICT & Digital Technologies sector. Course code F03342 Course duration 2 years

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Law Business Law City & Guilds/ CILEx Diploma in Legal Studies Level 2 What will I study? The legal environment & principles of liability, optional units include, principles of criminal law, principles of debt recovery, law in the workplace, personal injury procedures, consumer rights, family law, probate practice & administration & conveyancing. What are the entry requirements? Minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade D, including maths & English. Where can I go next? These qualifications can lead to the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law. Course code F11161 Course duration 1 year

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law/Diploma in Business Law Level 3 What will I study? Dispute solving in the legal system, understanding law making, aspects of liability, optional units include, unlawful homicide & police powers, aspects of property offences & police powers, contract law, consumer law, aspects of the law of tort, employment law & aspects of family law. In the first year you will study the subsidiary diploma in applied law and upon successful completion you will progress to the Diploma in Business Law. What are the entry requirements? Minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C, including maths & English. Where can I go next? You will be able to progress to employment in various legal environments or continue your studies at university, various career prospects within legal environments. Course code F11272 Course duration 2 years

Bethany Bilton College is different to school, and is really enjoyable. The tutors are supportive and helpful. Education: North Chadderton High School Bethany studied: Law, Level 3 Next step: ILEX course at Oldham College

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Law Law Career Academy BTEC subsidiary in Applied Law/Diploma in Business Law Level 3 What will I study? The Law Career Academy is ideal for those learners wishing to enter into the legal environment. The unique combination of classroom teaching & workplace experience prepares learners for either entry into Higher Education or the world of work. The consists of the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law (studied Ideal for those over the 1st year) & the BTEC Diploma in Business learners wishing Law (studied over the 2nd year). The Law Academy is supported by a range of to enter the legal regional & national employers and the course environment. includes some incredible benefits such as: a 6 week full paid internship placement with an employer, a personal local business mentor throughout the duration of the course, annual trips to London to network with other UK Career Academy students, employer led lectures, seminars, workshops and company visits. Students also develop vital employability skills through an innovative & prestigious training programme with Deloitte. The UK Career Academy Foundation serves as a key intermediary, bringing the worlds of business & education together through an exciting mix of academic & hands on vocational learning. What are the entry requirements? 5 GCSEs at A* to C including maths & English, BTEC Level 2 diploma in a vocationally relevant area with a distinction profile overall & a level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English. Where can I go next? Academic progression - on average 85% of Academy students each year graduate with offers from universities. Alternatively students can study an CILEx qualification at Oldham College. The Career Academy qualifications are valued by employers & lead to career opportunities. Course code F11372 Course duration 2 years

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Media Production Diploma in Creative Media Prodution Level 2

What will I study? You will work in both areas to develop your understanding and skills, specialising in an area of your choice in the last term. You will be able to build your confidence, your ability to create work and with the support of staff achieve your potential & personal goals. Developing skills in multimedia, explore visual language in multimedia explore & develop your ideas. Carry out a personal project. You will also develop your functional skills in maths & English. The course will be delivered through a series of workshops & practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to work in our specialist studios. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at grade E. Related interests & experiences. Commitment & enthusiasm. Applicants will be required to supply a satisfactory reference. Where can I go next? This course is about progression: on successful completion of the course to a minimum of a merit standard you will be able to move on to a Level 3 course in a related subject. Course code F07191 Course duration 1 year

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Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production Level 3

What will I study? In the first year, groups work with professional production company, Baker Media. Groups create & produce their own short films in an experiential environment and there are work experience opportunities for hard-working learners. In the second year, learners work alongside Entertainment Technology students & professional production company New Image in the production of the annual awards evening, which is recorded live & shot multi-camera. During the two years of study you will learn: understanding the media, professional practice in the media industry, production management, pre-production techniques, understanding video technology, multi-camera techniques, shooting single camera drama, video editing and sound on screen: you will undertake practical projects, research techniques and a final major project. You will develop your functional skills in maths & English. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs grades A* to C (maths & English preferable). Where can I go next? With your BTEC Level 3 qualification which is the equivalent to 3 A Levels, you can progress into Higher Education at university or go into employment with a wide range of opportunities within the media industry. Course code F91082 Course duration 2 years

Raabia Hussain If you want to achieve Oldham college is the place to do that you get lots of opportunity to fulfil your dream. Because I am deaf I had difficulties with some of the radio equipment, however my tutor found ways to get around the problems I faced. For anyone with a disability this college brilliant they match your needs and never give up on you. Education: Hathershaw Raabia studied: Media Next step: Leeds University


Music Music BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? This course offers an excellent level 2 grounding in music industry skills. The course has two streams: music performance & music technology, playing an instrument or singing is essential for the music performance stream. You will study the music industry, recording, composition, performing music & practical projects. You will also develop your functional skills in maths & English. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSE A* to C (maths & English are preferred but not essential) or BTEC Level 1 in a related subject at merit level. You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Extended Diploma in Music Performance, Extended Diploma in Music Technology, apprenticeship in music & a wide range of employment opportunities. Course code F07421 Course duration 1 year

Music Performance BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? This course is designed to help students gain the qualifications & skills required for work or further training in the music industry. You will cover recording techniques, music software & sequencing, performance, song writing, keyboard skills, music theory & harmony, the music industry, listening skills, improvisation & practical projects. You will also develop your functional skills in maths & English. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at A* to C or BTEC Level 2 Diploma, overall grade at merit level or equivalent qualification in relevant subject area. You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Higher Education in music performance, advanced apprenticeship in music & a wide range of employment opportunities. Course code F91042 Course duration 2 years

Music Technology BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Introduction to music technology, sound recording techniques, music software applications, production project, music industry studies & pre & post-production activities. You will also develop your functional skills in maths & English. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs A* to C or BTEC Level 2 Diploma, overall grade at merit level or equivalent qualification in relevant subject area. You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Higher Education course in music technology, advanced apprenticeship in music & a wide range of employment opportunities. Course code F91182 Course duration 2 years

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Painting & Decorating Craft Diploma Painting & Decorating Level 1

What will I study? This course is a pathway to the painting & decorating trade & possible employment & covers; carry out safe working practices in construction, knowledge of information quantities & communication; building methods & construction technology; erect & dismantle access equipment; preparation of surfaces; applying paint systems by brush & roller; apply foundation & plain papers; produce specialist decorative finishes. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at Grade E or above. A skills learning exercise & interview. Where can I go next? Diploma Level 2, NVQ Level 2 Painting & Decorating upon gaining relevant employment & a wide range of employment opportunities in the construction industry. Course code F034111 Course duration 1 year

Craft Diploma Painting & Decorating Level 2

What will I study? Carry out safe working practices in construction, knowledge of information quantities & communication, building methods & construction technology, erect & dismantle access equipment, preparation of surfaces, applying paint systems by brush & roller, apply foundation & plain papers, produce specialist decorative finishes. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs at Grade E or above. A skills learning exercise. Level 1 Diploma in Painting & Decorating. Where can I go next? NVQ Level 2 painting & decorating upon gaining relevant employment & a wide range of employment opportunities in the construction industry. Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. Course code F034121 Course duration 1 year

Pathway to the painting & decorating trade and employment.

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Performing Arts Pathway to Performing Arts BTEC Certificate/Diploma Level 1 What will I study? Areas of study include: developing performance skills in movement, drama & voice, as well as practical projects & performances for public audiences. You will also manage & participate in a Performing Arts event. You will learn about the performing arts industry & possible job opportunities. You can also opt to specialise in technical theatre, working backstage on live productions. You will develop your functional skills in English & maths. The course will help you to develop personal skills such as communication, creativity & confidence, preparing you for the world of work. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs, Grade E & above. You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Learners who successfully complete the course will then be able to apply for a Level 2 course. Course code F91001 Course duration 1 year

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Performing Arts BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? Areas of study include: developing performance skills in acting, singing & dance as well as practical projects & performances for public audiences. You will learn about the performing arts industry & possible job opportunities. You can also opt to specialise in technical theatre, working backstage on live productions & gaining an insight into lighting & sound for the theatre. You will develop your functional skills in maths & English. This course will enable you to develop essential skills for the world of work such as self-discipline, presentation & people skills. What are the entry requirements? BTEC Introductory Diploma in a related subject at merit Level or 2 GCSEs, grade D & above (maths & English are preferred but not essential). You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Extended Diploma in Performing Arts in either Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting or Entertainment Technology, other Level 3 courses, a wide range of employment opportunities in the performing arts industry. Course code F07011 Course duration 1 year

Performing Arts – Acting BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Areas of study include: acting, voice & speech, improvisation, movement, contemporary & classical theatre styles, audition techniques, directing & TV acting. You will regularly perform in full-scale productions in our professional theatre venue, Grange Arts Centre. You will also work as part of a company to tour performance work to schools, hospitals & other community settings. You will also develop your functional skills in maths & English. This course will prepare you to work professionally in the performing arts industry. You will develop essential skills such as self-discipline, interpersonal skills, leadership, innovation & enterprise. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs, C grade & above or BTEC Level 2 Diploma, overall grade at merit or distinction level or equivalent qualification in relevant subject area. You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Progression into Higher Education to study a variety of courses such as acting, performing arts, creative writing. Students can also progress into related areas such as teaching, drama therapy & other creative subjects. Students have progressed to nationally acclaimed drama schools & countless additional employment opportunities, including self-employment. Course code F91152A Course duration 2 years


Performing Arts Performing Arts – Dance BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Areas of study include: contemporary dance, jazz dance, ballet, choreography, improvisation, movement in performance, dance & health, physical theatre, & urban dance. You will regularly perform in full-scale productions in our professional theatre venue, Grange Arts Centre. You will also work as part of a company to tour performances to schools & other dance venues. In recent years, dance students have performed work at the Lowry Theatre. You will develop your functional skills in maths & English. This course will prepare you to work professionally in the performing arts industry. You will develop essential skills such as self-discipline, interpersonal skills, leadership, innovation & enterprise. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs, C grade & above or BTEC Level 2 Diploma, overall grade at merit or distinction level or equivalent qualification in relevant subject area. You will be required to attend a skills audition.

Where can I go next? Progression into Higher Education (e.g. degree) to study a variety of courses at university or specific dance or musical theatre colleges. Students have progressed to the Rambert School of Contemporary Dance, LSCD, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Hammond School, De Montford University, John Moores University, & York St John’s University, amongst others. As well as offering training in vocational skills, this qualification enables students to become confident & articulate communicators, opening up countless additional employment. Course code F91152A Course duration 2 years

Regular full-scale productions in our professional theatre venue , Grange Arts Centre.

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Performing Arts Performing Arts – Musical Theatre BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? You will study three performance disciplines: acting, singing & dance. Areas of study include: acting, voice & speech, musical theatre performance, singing, variety performance, jazz dance, ballet, contemporary dance, improvisation, & audition techniques. You will regularly perform in full-scale productions in our professional theatre venue, Grange Arts Centre. You will also work as part of a company to tour performance work to schools & other performance venues. You will develop your functional skills in maths & English. This course will prepare you to work professionally in the performing arts industry. You will develop essential skills such as self-discipline, interpersonal skills, leadership, innovation & enterprise.

What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs, grade C & above or BTEC Level 2 Diploma, overall grade at merit or distinction level or equivalent qualification in relevant subject area. You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Progression into Higher Education (e.g. degree) to study a variety of courses such as musical theatre, acting, dance & performing arts. Students can also progress into related areas such as teaching & other creative subjects. Students have progressed to highly acclaimed drama schools & countless additional employment opportunities, including self-employment. Course code F91152A Course duration 2 years

If you have a real love for performing, don’t hesitate, do it. It’s almost fully practical, you meet some great friends and the teaching is brilliant. Oldham College has a really significant reputation for, Performing Arts and it’s clear to see why.

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Peter Jones Enterprise Academy (also see Business)

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Understanding Enterprise & Entrepreneurship BTEC Level 2 What will I study? You will cover a range of core units: the entrepreneurial mindset, creating a vision for your business plan, the business environment, researching your market, the marketing plan, financial modelling & forecasting, planning & pitching, leadership & teamwork, toolkits for idea generation, managing personal finance, enterprise in the workplace. In addition you can study functional skills in English, maths or ICT.

What are the entry requirements? Minimum 3 GCSEs including maths and English, grade D or above or BTEC Introduction Diploma qualification with a merit profile & key skills/functional skills. An academic reference is also required. Where can I go next? On successful completion of the course you are well placed to start up your own company, gain employment or you can progress to the Level 3 PJEA course in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship. Course code F152011 Course duration 1 year

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Diploma Enterprise & Entrepreneurship BTEC Level 3 What will I study? You will cover a range of core units: the innovative entrepreneur, business planning, pitching, financial planning, launching your business vision, monitoring performance, operating your business, planning your future strategy, leadership & team work, working as an entrepreneur, market research, E-marketing & web design, brand development & promotion and social enterprise. In addition you can study functional skills in English, maths or ICT.

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What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs including maths & English, grade A-C or a BTEC First Diploma in Business or vocationally relevant area with a merit profile & key skills/functional skills. An academic reference is also required as well as a formal interview. Where can I go next? Upon completion of the course, students can set up & run their own business venture, progress into employment or undertake university level study. Course code F00331 Course duration 1 year


Pierre Le Page Take every opportunity given to you, it will be a useful learning process, I had the opportunity to work as an entrepreneur during my 4 week work placement, it was great fun! Education: Elizabeth College Pierre studied: Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Level 3 Next step: Gap Year and explore business opportunity

Take every opportunity given to you.

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Photography Photography Pathway Art & Design BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? On the Level 2 Photography Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll work in our mac suite and photographic studio. You will develop a wide range of skills and gain an understanding of the creative, technical techniques and digital processes relating to the Photographic Industry. You will also learn the fundamentals of visual communication through a wide range of media. You will explore landscape, portrait and still life photography. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. The course includes a work skills qualification that will prepare you for employment or your next step to a level 3 course.

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What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at D or equivalent, preferably to include maths & English or BTEC Level 1 qualification in art & design at merit or a related vocational area. You will be asked to attend a skills & screening workshop & attend an interview with a portfolio of work, related work experience or other Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications. Where can I go next? A BTEC Level 2 Diploma prepares you for employment & provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course. Such as a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design, to further develop a range of skills & understanding in the creative industries, focusing your studies in a chosen specialist pathway including fine art, photography, fashion & textiles, graphics, design subjects & applied art & design. Course code F04151 Course duration 2 years full time

Photography Pathway Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma What will I study? On the Photography Pathway of the Art & Design qualification you’ll work in our mac suite and photographic studio. You will develop a wide range of skills and gain a greater understanding of the creative and technical techniques and digital processes relating to the Photographic Industry. Initially you will explore art & design subjects finding where your strengths lie, giving you the opportunity to build a portfolio of your design work ready for your next step to university or employment. During your time on this course you will have the chance to work on real world of work projects working for clients.. You will also develop functional skills in English and maths. The course also includes a specialist University of the Arts London drawing qualification. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSE’s at grade C or above, Level 2; Diploma (merit profile) in a related subject. You will be asked to attend a skills & screening day & will also be required to show a portfolio of work at your interview. Where can I go next? This course is about progression, it is designed to build up your portfolio of work that will enable you to apply to a Higher Education course, or gain employment in your specialist area. Full guidance is given to help you make the appropriate choices. Course code F90032 Course duration 2 years full time


Plastering Diploma in Plastering Level 1

What will I study? Units of Training: Carry out safe working practices in construction, information, quantities & communicating with others Building methods & construction technology. Prepare background surfaces & plaster materials. Apply plaster materials to internal backgrounds Produce components from moulds In addition to the main units of learning you will undertake the following: Functional skills in maths & English, employability skills, construction skills certification scheme training. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSE grade E & above. Where can I go next? NVQ LEVEL 2 upon gaining relevant employment or Craft Diploma Level 2 Plastering Course code F032181 Course duration 1 year

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Craft Diploma Plastering Level 2

What will I study? Using plastering tools and equipment, plastering techniques, solid and fibrous plastering, carry out safe working practices, knowledge of information and quantities and building methods, application plaster material internal and external surfaces, dry lining, sand and cement screeds, produce, position and secure fibrous plaster components. What are the entry requirements? Successful completion of the Craft Diploma Level 1 Plastering. Will also consider applicants who are qualified with an alternative Craft Diploma (e.g. brickwork, joinery). Where can I go next? Level 3 Craft Diploma &/or NVQ Level 2 upon gaining relevant employment & a wide range of employment opportunities in the construction industry. Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. Course code F032191 Course duration 1 year

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Plumbing Plumbing Certificate in Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industries Level 1 What will I study? Key plumbing principles & processes, common plumbing principles, environmental awareness, hot & cold water, sanitation, working relations & health & safety. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at A* to D including maths, English & science. Successful completion of BPEC test. Where can I go next? Access to Building Services Certificate Level 1. Course code F30111P Course duration 36 weeks

Access to Building Services Diploma Plumbing City & Guilds 2000 Level 2 What will I study? Understand & demonstrate fundamental plumbing operations. Understand & demonstrate fundamental refrigeration & air conditioning (RAC) operations. Understand & demonstrate fundamental electrical installation operations. Understand & demonstrate fundamental heating & ventilating operations. Understand & carry out safe working practices in building services engineering. Understand how to apply environmental protection measures within building services engineering. Understand how to apply roles & responsibilities within building services engineering. Understand how to apply scientific principles within mechanical services engineering. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSE Grade A* to C including maths, English & science, plus BPEC test. Where can I go next? NVQ Level 3, if employed in the plumbing industry. Course code F30121 Course duration 1 year

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Production Arts Production Arts – Entertainment Technician BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? You will learn how to work backstage on live productions, across a wide range of shows, through: Production arts workshops, production arts planning & production for theatre performance. To develop specialist technical skills, you’ll study: stage lighting operations, stage lighting design, automated stage lighting, stage sound operations, stage sound design, live sound for the stage, assistant stage management, deputy stage management, stage management, scenic construction for the stage, temporary stage electrical installations & technical stage operations. Working in the media centre you will develop skills in TV production through video & camera techniques. In addition, you will study the background to our industry in performing arts business & the historical context of performance. You’ll take part in visits, workshops, a work placement, practical projects & public performances, plus tutorials, class work & research.

What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs, C grade & above, BTEC Level 2 Diploma, overall grade at merit level or equivalent qualification in relevant subject area. You will be required to attend a skills audition. Where can I go next? Progression can be to a specialist university degree course, plus a wide range of employment opportunities in the performing arts, music, audio visual & media industries. Former students now work as technical managers or technicians for a wide range of venues & companies, including; Palace Theatre, Opera House, Library Theatre, Royal Exchange, The Lowry, Oldham Coliseum, Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, ITV, Panalux, HSL, Lite Alternative, Wigwam Acoustics, ETC, AC Entertainment Technologies, International Conference Centre, New Image & MCL. Course code F91122 Course duration 2 years

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Production Arts Production Arts – Events Management BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Events management covers the organisation of shows, weddings, exhibitions and many other events. Train to be part of this exciting, rapidly growing professional industry. You will gain skills in marketing, PR and sales, managing budgets, co-ordination of performers, technicians and designers, Health & Safety, and running real events. You will learn how to work on events, through events planning, workshops, projects & productions. To develop specialist skills, you’ll study: Arts in the Community, Theatre Front of House operations, Arts Administration, Events Management, Working Freelance, Legal Aspects,

Marketing, Stage Management, and Production Management for live performance. Working with our media facilities, you will develop skills in TV Production; editing, camera techniques & visual imagery. In addition, you will study the background to our industry through: Performing Arts Business & The Historical Context of Performance. You’ll participate in visits, workshops, a work placement, practical projects & public performances, plus tutorials, class work & research. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs, C grade & above or BTEC Level 2 Diploma, overall grade at merit Level or equivalent qualification in relevant subject area. You will be required to attend a skills audition.

Where can I go next? Progression can be to a Higher National Diploma, a university degree course, plus a wide range of employment opportunities in the performing arts, music, audio visual hotel, leisure & media industries. Former students who have trained in related areas now work as managers for: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Palace Theatre, Opera House, Library Theatre, Royal Exchange, The Lowry, Oldham Coliseum, Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC, ITV, Panalux, HSL, Lite Alternative, Wigwam Acoustics, ETC & AC Entertainment Technologies. Course code F91122 Course duration 2 years

Production Arts – Stage Technician BTEC Diploma Level 2 What will I study? You will learn how to work as a stage technician through practical roles on live shows, including public performances. The units you will study are: lighting and sound operations for stage performance, set construction, working in the performing arts industry, professional development in the performing arts industry, crewing for

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stage performance, performing arts production process There will be visits to a trade show, venues & performances, with guest speakers from the entertainment industry, plus class work, research tasks & tutorials. What are the entry requirements? BTEC Introductory Diploma in a related subject at merit Level or 3 GCSEs, grade D & above (maths & English are preferred but not essential). You will be required to attend a skills audition.

Where can I go next? Progression is often to the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts (Technical), or other Level 3 qualifications, plus a wide range of employment opportunities in the entertainment industry. Previous students have progressed to related University courses of study & are working in; theatre, television, arena venues, touring, audio visual presentation companies & entertainment facilities companies. Course code F07011 Course duration 1 year


Science Applied Science BTEC Diploma Level 2

Applied Science (Medical & Forensic Science) BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

What will I study? The course covers a wide range of science topics branching across biology, chemistry, physics & some maths, all of which are applied to real life & vocational situations. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs at grade D or above. This should including English. We also require learners to show an interest in some aspects of science. Where can I go next? Progression routes from this can include entry to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science, forensic & medical science, or directly into an apprenticeship or employment. Course code F12151 Course duration 1 academic year

What will I study? The BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science is organised into 18 units over 2 years, which includes topics relating to: chemistry, biology, physics, maths What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSE’s at A* to C, including English, maths & science. A keen interest in the subject. Where can I go next? Higher Education to study a wide range of science related courses including biomedical / medical sciences & forensic science. Course code F12152 Course duration 2 years

Covers a wide range of science topics branching across biology, chemistry, physics & some maths.

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Sport Football Academy BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Level 3

What will I study? The Oldham College Football Development Centre looks to provide students with a high quality standard of coaching & education to give them the best chance of progressing in both aspects of their life. With the football development centre the students have UEFA. A licensed coaches with experience of coaching at a multitude of levels. As a player you will receive coaching sessions on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday & play in the English Colleges Football Association on Wednesdays. The course covers the following areas: Core Units Anatomy & Physiology Exercise Physiology Risk in Sport Training & Fitness Sports Coaching Sports Development Fitness Testing Team Sports Optional Units Sports Development Nutrition in sport P  sychology for sports performance Organising sports events Instructing exercise & fitness Leadership in Sport Exercise Health & Safety Individual Sports Outdoor & Adventurous Activities Exercise Massage Sport as a Business

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What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at A* to C, including maths, English (Language) & science, NVQ level 2 qualification or BTEC Level 2 diploma in Sport (merit profile). The course is only available to students who are under 18 on 31st August. Where can I go next? HND/C Diploma at Oldham College, degree or various employment opportunities. Course code F00432 Course duration 2 years

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Sport Fitness Instruction CYQ NVQ Level 2

What will I study? This course is designed to equip you with base skills in fitness instruction. You will be studying at level 2 & the majority of the learning will be undertake in a gym environment, with some time allocated for theoretical study. You will study towards a CYQ & NVQ in fitness instruction. In addition you will undertake a one day first aid qualification. Anatomy & Physiology – The study of the human body & how it functions. Planning & teaching safe & effective exercise sessions, the principles of training, adapting exercise to suite varied fitness levels, teaching skills, the body & its response to exercise, exercise & fitness knowledge, gym, health & safety & customer care. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSE at Grade A* to D including P.E. or Biology. Fitness or sports related NVQ Level 1, or relevant life experience. Applicants should be 17 or older. Where can I go next? This course gives you direct access into employment & is recognised by the register of exercise professionals. It also provides pathways to higher Level personal training qualifications BTEC extended diploma in sports development & fitness, personal training award. Course code F05711 Course duration 36 weeks

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Sport – Exercise & Fitness BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? You will cover a range of units: the body in sport, health, safety & injury in sport. Specialist units include preparation for sport, planning & leading sports activities, practical sport & instructing exercise & fitness. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSE’s at grade A* to D including maths &/or English, NVQ Level 1 qualification. Personal presentation & communication skills are vitally important. Where can I go next? Progression onto a Level 3 qualification such as BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport & Fitness or various employment opportunities. Course code F05811 Course duration 1 year

Sports – Development, Coaching & Fitness BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? Through this course you will develop knowledge in every aspect of the sporting industry. From coaching to massage, you will learn a variety of skills which will lead you to your desired career in sport. Core Units: anatomy & physiology, exercise physiology, risk in sport training & fitness, sports coaching, sports development, fitness testing, team sports. Optional Units: sports development, nutrition in sport, psychology for sports performance, organising sports events, instructing exercise & fitness, leadership in sport, exercise health & safety, individual sports, outdoor & adventurous activities, exercise massage sport as a business. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSE’s at A* to C, including maths, English & Science, NVQ Level 2 qualification or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport (merit profile). Industrial experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? HND/C Diploma at Oldham College, degree or various employment opportunities. Course code F82012 Course duration 2 years


Travel & Tourism Airport Operations NCFE Certificate Level 2

What will I study? This qualification is appropriate for those individuals who are interested in seeking employment within the dynamic airport / airline industry. The course will comprise the following qualifications: Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Cabin Crew, Level 2 Certificate in Travel Services. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs grade D in English & maths, or Level 1 Travel Pathways. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you may be eligible for: Level 3 in Airport Operations, BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel & Tourism. Previous Students have gained positions or progressed in the following fields: passenger service agent at the airport, baggage handler, customer service, cabin crew. Course code F81011 Course duration 1 year

Aviation Operations Level 3

What will I study? This qualification is appropriate for those individuals who are interested in seeking employment within the dynamic airport / airline industry. The course will comprise the following qualifications: Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Cabin Crew, Level 2 Aviation Operations on the Ground, Level 2 Certificate in Travel Services. What are the entry requirements? 4 GCSEs at grade C to include English or NCFE Level 2 Airport Operations or Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Travel & Tourism. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you may be eligible for: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in travel & tourism. Previous students have gained positions or progressed in the following fields: passenger service agent at the airport, baggage handler, customer service, cabin crew. Course code F81211 Course duration 1 year

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Travel & Tourism Introduction to the Travel & Tourism Industry Level 1

What will I study? You will cover a range of core units: customer service in travel & tourism, displaying travel & tourism products & services, planning a trip to a visitor attraction, UK travel destinations, recommending a package holiday, schedule, charter & low-cost airlines, The role of overseas resort representative, the role of air cabin crew, travel & tourism group project, planning for a job in travel & tourism. What are the entry requirements? GCSE at grade E maths & English, or Entry Level 3 Literacy & Numeracy. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Travel & Tourism or various employment opportunities Course code F02401 Course duration 1 year

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Travel & Tourism BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? You will cover a range of core units: the UK travel & tourism sector, understanding customer service in travel & tourism, understaning the nature & effects of world travel. Specialist units include: UK tourism destinations, worldwide holiday destinations, holiday planning, exploring marketing in travel & tourism. What are the entry requirements? 3 GCSEs (including 2 at grade D or above in maths & English), with Level 1 Travel Pathways. Experience if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will be eligible for: BTEC Level 3 Diploma (with a merit profile at Level 2) or NCFE Airport Operations Level 2. Previous Students have gained positions or progressed in the following fields: travel agency sales consultant, tour operator sales consultant. Course code F02411 Course duration 1 year

Travel & Tourism BTEC Diploma Level 3

What will I study? You will cover a range of core units: investigating the travel & tourism sector, the business of travel & tourism, the UK as a destination, customer service in travel & tourism. Specialist subjects include: preparing for employment in travel & tourism, european destinations, marketing travel & tourism products & services, long-haul travel destinations, retail travel operations, responsible tourism, working as a holiday representative, tourism in rural areas. How will I learn? This course employs the latest teaching & learning techniques, through: lectures, workshops, tutorials, resource based learning centres, specialist teaching facilities, group work, research, projects. What are the entry requirements? Although students over 19 years of age may be accepted without standard qualifications, any personal skills & previous experience will be taken into consideration. For school leavers & applicants under 19, the minimum entry requirements are as follows: 5 GCSEs at grades A-C’s including a C in English • BTEC Level 2 Diploma (merit grade or above). Experience, if over 19 years of age. Where can I go next? This can lead to employment or to Higher Education. Course code F80012 Course duration 2 years


Uniformed Public Services Uniformed Public Services BTEC DiplomaLevel 1

What will I study? The course will cover the following units: working as a volunteer, wellbeing & fitness for UPS, managing health at work, improving health & fitness, personal skills for UPS, map reading, developing personal skills for leadership. What are the entry requirements? You will be required to have the appropriate level of functional skills. Satisfactory reference. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will be eligible for: BTEC Diploma Level 2 in Uniformed Public Services or Sport. Previous Students have gained positions or progressed in the following fields: Police Service, Fire Service, Army, RAF, Prison Service. Course code F05801 Course duration 1 year

Previous students have progressed to the Army, RAF, Police, Fire and Prison Services.

Uniformed Public Services BTEC Diploma Level 2

What will I study? The course will cover the following areas: uniformed public service skills, career planning for the public service, improving health & fitness for entry into the uniformed public service fitness, sport & recreation, citizenship, the individual & society, employment in the uniformed public ervices, adventurous activities & teamwork for the public services. What are the entry requirements? 2 GCSEs, grade C & above in relevant subject areas – this must include English, maths or science. You will be required to have the appropriate level of functional skills. Satisfactory reference. Experience if over 19. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will be eligible for: BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 in Uniformed Public Services. Previous Students have gained positions or progressed in the following fields: Police Service, Fire Service, Army, RAF, Prison Service. Course code F07761 Course duration 1 year

Uniformed Public Services BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 What will I study? The course will cover the following areas: Government policies & the uniformed public services, leadership & team work related to the public services, citizenship, diversity & the public services, understanding discipline in the uniformed public services, fitness testing & training for uniformed public services, career planning, understanding behaviour in public service employment, outdoor & adventurous expeditions, physical preparation, health & lifestyle in the uniformed public services. What are the entry requirements? 5 GCSEs, grade C & above in relevant subject areas including English, maths & science. You will be required to have the appropriate level of functional skills. Satisfactory reference. You will be required to show a portfolio of your work. Experience if over 19. Where can I go next? By successfully completing the course, you will be eligible for: BTEC Higher National Diploma Level 4 in Uniformed Public Services, or university level study. Previous Students have gained positions or progressed in the following fields: Police Service & related roles, Fire Service, Army, RAF, Prison Service. Course code F82052 Course duration 2 years

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How to apply

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Step 6  Receive a letter confirming chosen programme of study.

Step 3  omplete your application C form by 18 January 2013. Forms are available on line at www.oldham.ac.uk, call 0800 269 480 or e-mail info@oldham.ac.uk. If you have a support need please let us know

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Step 5 Step 4  Receive an offer subject to meeting the conditions outlined.

 Attend an interview and skills activity day.


Entry Requirements We have a course for everyone at Oldham College and all the help and support you need to progress.

Entry Requirements: formal entry No qualifications

Applicants should have a keen interest in the vocational area which can be demonstrated through application and/or interview

Level 1:

2 GCSE* E and above

Level 2:

3 GCSE* D and above

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4 GCSE* C and above

Career Academies:

4 GCSE* Grade C or above

*Some courses require specific qualifications; please refer to your chosen course for details.

CRB Check For those courses where you will be required to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, all applicants must have wa satisfactory CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check in order to be eligible for a place on your chosen programme.

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Recruitment & Selection Process Events and times There is a place for everyone at Oldham College and we will work with you to find the best course for you, at the most appropriate level. Applicants for full time courses will be invited to a skills activity event and have a specialist interview. In some cases both of these activities will take place during one visit, but in some curriculum areas you may need to attend two sessions to complete this. The skills activity event may include:

about the department you • Presentation with to study in • Information about your chosen course visits, uniform & kit costs and • Trips, enrichment activities • Meet with specialist tutors • Individual, pair and group activities • Screening for English and maths a fact file about you in relation to • Completing the course you have applied for If you are invited for an interview or skills day and have any special requirements or need any specific assistance with, for example, physical access or communication/interpretation assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephoning 0161 785 4270 or e-mail info@oldham.ac.uk

We’ll work with you to find the best course for you.

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Guide to Qualifications Level

Qualification Title

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Entry Level

Edexcel BTEC Entry Level Diplomas, Certificates & Awards (vocational component of Foundation Learning)

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Edexcel BTEC Entry Level Diplomas, Certificates & Awards (vocational component of Foundation Learning)

GCSE Grades D – G

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Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Diploma

1 GCSE (A* - C) 2 GCSE (A* - C) 4 GCSE (A* - C)

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Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

1 AS Level 1 A Level 2 A Levels 3 A Levels

Level 4/5

Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma

Foundation Degrees, Diploma Higher Education

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Useful contacts Admissions: 0161 785 4039

Additional Learning Support 0161 785 4270

Course enquiries: 0800 269 480 info@oldham.ac.uk

Apprenticeships: 0161 785 4330 apprenticeships@oldham.ac.uk www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships

Childcare, Butterflies Nursery: 0161 785 4090

International Students: 0044 161 785 4317 international@oldham.ac.uk

School Liaison: 0161 785 4375 school.liaison@oldham.ac.uk

Student Services: 0161 785 4054 info@oldham.ac.uk

Student Union: student.union@oldham.ac.uk Oldham College Rochdale Road Oldham OL9 6AA 0161 785 4000 info@oldham.ac.uk www.oldham.ac.uk

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Our Oldham College Family Learning is for life with the Oldham College group. From nursery to post-graduate and workplace based learning, it’s all here in Oldham.

At the heart of the network is Oldham College with its own on-site nursery. The Ofsted registered Butterflies Nursery offers a service for both staff and students. More information at www.oldham. ac.uk/student/nursery.aspx The College sponsors primary level Stoneleigh Academy and secondary level Waterhead Academy, working closely with both schools to develop links with parents, pupils and the local community. Degree and post-graduate level courses are offered at local and affordable UCO - University Campus Oldham. Small and friendly, UCO gets students off to the best start, ready to realise their true potential: 89% of students go onto work or further study within 6 months of graduating. Fees for full-time degrees in 2012/13 are just ÂŁ5,995 per year. Part-time course are also available. For more information visit www.uco.oldham.ac.uk

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Essential Information Access Courses Access programmes are offered specifically for adults who wish to return to education. They are designed to help you decide your future and to realise your ambitions. They are offered at Level 2 (Intermediate) and Level 3 (Advanced). Specialist Courses The College offers a range of specialist courses leading to qualifications from all of the major national bodies, including City and Guilds (CGLI), Council Awards in Children’s Care and Education (CACHE), Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Learning Line 0800 269 480 Please contact the College’s Learning Line if you have any enquiries about course details, start dates and availability of places. Equal Opportunities The Oldham College is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. Whatever your course or individual needs, we provide accessible, high quality education and training. Mature Students The College welcomes enquiries from adults (19 years of age or older) who wish to return to study. You can often qualify for entry without standard qualifications, as we take into account any relevant experience or knowledge. When we receive your application you will be invited to an interview to discuss the course and any entry requirements. Our advisors are also available to help with any concerns you may have, such as financial and child care support.

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International Students The Oldham College welcomes international students. Our friendly staff are here to help you have the best possible experience in Oldham. We have a specialist information and advice service you can use throughout your time at the College including application, eligibility, immigration, pastoral support and issues affecting your course. If you have any questions you can get help from our student services team 0161 785 4054. Enrolment Main enrolment for courses which start in September, takes place during the summer months. Full-time applicants will be kept informed of the dates by letter. Open enrolment dates are widely publicised before courses in the local press and on the College website. CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Verification For those courses where you will be required to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, all applicants must have a satisfactory CRB check in order to gain a place on your chosen programme.


Financial Information As a student you may be eligible to receive financial help from the discretionary funds. The funds will help you with the costs associated with your studying. Students who meet the eligibility criteria will receive support with the main costs of attending College such as travel, books and equipment. Our qualified and experienced staff in student services are available to assist students and provide them with appropriate guidance. Application Terms and Conditions The priority application dates for courses commencing in September 2013 is 18 January 2013, places cannot be guaranteed if you apply after this date. Certain courses will require an audition and an interview, you may also be asked to provide a portfolio of work. Some courses in Construction and Engineering may require an applicant to sit industry standard tests. Full details will be given in all cases. All applicants will be invited to an information event when you can find out more about the course and meet the tutors. If your application is successful you will be made an offer for a place at the College. Early acceptance of any offers made is essential to secure your place.

Young Learners (Full-Time Courses) All students under 18 years of age (on or before 31st August 2013) on a full-time course will not have to pay any tuition, examination, registration or administration fees. You may be required to purchase equipment, but depending on the course students can apply for financial assistance. Adult Learners (Full-Time Courses) Adult learners may be entitled to have their tuition fees remitted providing that they are in receipt of certain benefits (please check with our student services unit). Adult learners who are not entitled to have their tuition fees remitted will have to pay tuition costs. All Adult learners on full-time courses will have to pay a mandatory registration fee. Course fees can be paid via instalment. You may be required to purchase equipment, but depending on the course, students can apply for financial assistance.

Priority application dates 18 January 2013

Please note: Although we will do our best to provide our services as agreed, we may need to alter, postpone or cancel the services or any aspects of them without incurring liability if circumstances arise beyond our control. All information about the College and its services is, as far as possible, accurate at the time of print. The College reserves the right to change information contained in this prospectus. If you consider the information is important you should specifically confirm it with the College before taking action. Oldham College reserves the right to charge all learners a fee if they don’t attend exams or need to re-sit an exam. There may be additional course related costs e.g. books/uniform/equipment, over and above the published fees. Oldham College’s Standard Terms and Conditions shall apply to all contracts entered into by the College with employers. Copies will be made available prior to entering into contracts.

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