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Higher Education Prospectus 2011-12

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Contents Welcome

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Quality assured

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Exciting new programmes for 2011

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International students

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Pathways into Higher Education

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UCAS tariff guide

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Oxford Brookes University 9 Business 10 Creative arts 12 Motorsport 14 Construction 16 Bucks New University 19 Furniture 20 University of Bedfordshire Teacher training

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Tuition fees and how to pay

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How to apply

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The information in this guide was correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change.


Welcome

Welcome to Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (OCVC) and our Higher Education prospectus. We are delighted that you are considering studying with us. You are following in the footsteps of thousands of learners who have turned their lives around with OCVC learning. We offer a variety of programmes in Higher Education, including Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas. We are confident that we have a programme to inspire you to achieve your potential and prepare for the next step in your life – whether that’s joining the world of work or progressing with your studies.

Studying a Higher Education programme at a further education college instead of university is an option rapidly growing in popularity. Currently, around 178,000 students are enrolled on higher education programmes in 270 of the 353 FE Colleges in England – around 10% of all higher education students. One of the biggest benefits of choosing college over university is affordability. Many of our students like to live at home and save thousands of pounds on accommodation costs. You also have the benefit of being able to take on a permanent part-time job if it suits you. So, the chances are you can complete your degree without incurring debt. Another major benefit is the more individual approach to learning: at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College you will typically be in a small-sized class with an industryexperienced lecturer who will give you individual attention and support. We are currently in discussions with Oxford Brookes and Bucks New University about extending our partnerships to deliver more degrees, so please do check our website regularly to find out more about the programmes on offer for 2011.

We will be very happy to discuss your Higher Education options with you at any time – and if you feel you may need a programme to help you get ready for higher education, please see the Access section in the college’s full time prospectus. OCVC is a friendly and supportive college where you will make friends, enjoy life as you learn, and enhance your employability, confidence and communication skills alongside your qualification. You receive a high level of support when you study with us, including a personal tutor to guide you throughout your studies and special help for students needing learning support or with disabilities. This prospectus introduces you to our range of programmes and gives you a flavour of what it will be like to study here. We will be very happy to provide you with further information to help you find the right programme for you. We’d be delighted to see you at one of our Open Events or you can contact our Customer Services team to find out more. We look forward to welcoming you at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College.

Sally Dicketts, Principal

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Quality assured

Our specialist HE programmes are validated and awarded by partner universities in our region; Oxford Brookes University, University of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire New University, complementing and extending their own degree portfolios. The higher national certificate (HNC) and higher national diploma (HND) – equivalent to the first and second years of university programmes, respectively - can be extended to a degree with additional study.

You can find more useful information about OCVC in the HE@OCVC Student Handbook which contains detailed information about assessment, learning resources and libraries, and everything else you need to know about the college. See also the Learning Opportunities website: www.learning-opportunities.org.uk

Oxford Brookes University University of Bedfordshire Bucks New University Edexcel

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Exciting new programmes for 2011 We are always reviewing the programmes we offer, and work closely with employers, universities and other partners to make sure that we continue to provide innovative programmes that will give you the qualifications and skills that employers and universities want.

Extending Higher Education

Sustainable construction

We are delighted to be extending our Higher Education provision for 2011 entry. We are developing two new foundation degrees with Oxford Brookes University in Business Enterprise and Applied Art & Design. We’re also working with our other partners to develop new programmes.

There are exciting times ahead for us in Oxfordshire because Bicester has been named by the Government as one of four areas in England where a new ecotown will be developed. Up to 15,000 carbon-neutral homes will be built using sustainable technologies, and they will be powered by wind, solar and ground source heat pumps. The development of the eco-town will provide an enormous economic boost to the region, and bring opportunities for construction and building services workers who are skilled in the knowledge and use of new sustainable technologies. In light of this, the college is planning to establish a new Foundation Degree in Building Studies & Sustainability for 2012 start. We have run our specialist performance engineering centre in Bicester for six years and now plan to develop a new EcoTechnology & Skills Centre at the campus that will be operational by January 2011.

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International students

With our main campus located in Oxford, a world-renowned centre of learning, it’s no great surprise that international students from all over the world choose to study at OCVC.

We welcome applications from students who have completed their high school studies in their own countries and have a good intermediate level of English of IELTS 5.5 or its equivalent.

We deliver a wide choice of programmes at all levels; vocational and academic, that enable our students to progress to Higher Education or take the first steps in their chosen careers.

You will also find useful information at the British Council website.

The one-year International Study Programme combines academic study and English language training. Successful completion of the programme will enable you to progress to an HND/HNC or Foundation Degree at OCVC and most UK universities. The International Study Programme pathways include: • Business and Management • Hospitality, Tourism and Catering • Media and Performing Arts.

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Pathways into Higher Education Progression

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Further Education

LEVEL

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LEVEL

NVQ 1

BTEC Introductory Diploma

NVQ 2

BTEC First Diploma

L

14-19 Higher Diploma

Apprenticeship

14-19 Advanced Diploma

Advanced Apprenticeship

L

3

LEVEL

4

NVQ 3

5

BTEC National Award / Cert / Diploma

Access Courses

A / AS Levels

L

LEVEL

Higher Education

14-19 Diploma

NVQ 4

Foundation Degree Year 1

NVQ 5

Foundation Degree Year 2

LEVEL

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LEVEL

Higher Apprenticeship

BA / BSc Degree Year 1

Diploma HE

Higher National Certificate

Higher National Diploma

BA / BSc Degree Year 2

BA / BSc Degree Year 3

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Masters

Postgraduate Certificates

Opportunities exist to progress to different qualifications at each level

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UCAS tariff guide

If you have a qualification that is not listed you can contact our admissions department (on 01865 551691) who will be happy to help or you can visit the UCAS website directly:

UCAS has assigned a value of points to many different levels of qualifications, below are a list of the most common UK qualifications.

www.ucas.ac.uk Points

A/AVCE

ADA

AS

BTEC Nationals Award

Cert

OCR Nationals Diploma

Cert

Diploma

Extended Diploma

360

DDD

D1

320

DDM

D2/M1

280

DMM

M2

240

AA

220

AB

200

BB

180

BC

160

CC

140

MMM

D

M3

DM

MMP

M1

P1

MM

MPP

M2/P1

P1

D

MP

PPP

D

P2

P3

M

PP

M

P3

CD

120

A

DD

100

B

DE

80

C

EE

60

D

50 40

DD

A B

E

C

30

D

20

E

P

P

10 Key D – Distinction M- Merit P –Pass

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Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University has been named the best modern university for ten years in a row by the Sunday Times University Guide . Oxford Brookes is pleased to run the following Higher Education courses in partnership with OCVC: Foundation Degree Motorsports – Performance and Automotive Technology Foundation Degree Business and Enterprise (subject to validation)

You will benefit from the same facilities and services as on-campus students. These include: • use of Brookes’ libraries, Centre for Sport and Students’ Union • study support and mentoring • professional advice and information from Brookes’ Careers and Employment Centre. For further information please check out our website at: www.brookes.ac.uk/acp

These courses are designed in collaboration with employers to give you real skills to develop your career. If you successfully complete your foundation degree at OCVC, you will be able to progress on to the third year of a related bachelor degree at Oxford Brookes University.

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Business

The financial services, legal and business worlds are vast and varied with each sector containing many disciplines. Oxford & Cherwell Valley College is here to equip you with the right skills to pursue your chosen career. We have developed strong links with employers to enable our students to strengthen their knowledge with first-hand industry experience. Many of our graduates are now established in their chosen fields in a broad range of jobs including posts as legal secretaries, marketing assistants, solicitors and accountants.

Foundation Degree in Business & Enterprise*

Programme Content**

Oxford

• Entrepreneurial Traits

*subject to validation

• Marketing in New Media

Why choose this programme This course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and much sought after entrepreneurial skills required to succeed in business. It is designed to meet the needs for future employment in business in today’s changing economic landscape as well as enable students to progress to the final year of an honours degree in Business. This is a varied programme which enables you to leave with the skills required to run and manage a small business. Course summary This programme is being developed in partnership with the Business School at Oxford Brookes University and in consultation with local employers and entrepreneurs. It is designed to further your knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of business and the range of contexts and environments that organisations operate within. You will explore core business disciplines alongside the dynamic nature of enterprise, developing your creativity and innovation skills and promoting new ideas. As a student you will be engaging with individual entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organisations in order to develop your own entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

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Year 1 (Level 4) • Critical Skills/Personal Development • Fundamentals of Business

• Introduction to Business Context • Building a Business • Analytical Techniques Year 2 (Level 5) • Work-based project • Meeting Customer Needs and Quality • Strategic or Dynamic Enterprise • Running Your Own Business • Business Strategies for Competitive Advantage • Leading and Managing Change • Leadership and Managing People **subject to change


How you are assessed The modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit different learning styles. The teaching and learning strategies will include: group work, pair activities, investigations, discussions, seminars and note taking. The assessment you undergo will be formative and summative: Formative - designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade. Summative - designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study; in other words, the end of module assignments which determine your grades. At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative assessment procedures which require you to consider your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and areas for further development in your work.

What you can progress to Many of our learners go on to ‘top-up’ to a degree in a business-related subject at Oxford Brookes University through an additional one year of study. How to apply Applicants should apply via UCAS. Please log on to: www.ucas.ac.uk

Entry requirements Entrants to the programme should normally possess the following: Either: • a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting

UCAS code: TBC

• a line manager’s letter of support and recommendation

Institution code: O66

Or:

Fees information For details on fees please contact one of our friendly customer service advisors on 01865 550550 or uni@ocvc.ac.uk

• a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C) normally including Mathematics and English Language Or: • a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. Students with appropriate and relevant AP(E)L will also be considered. See also www.brookes.ac.uk

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Creative arts

Oxfordshire School of Creative Arts is located on both the Oxford and Banbury campuses. The facilities available to you for successful completion of your programmes include craft workshops in printmaking, woods, metals, textiles, ceramics, print design, dark rooms, photographic studios, TV studios and fine arts. You will find large gallery spaces and extremely wellequipped practical areas, supported by specialist lecturing staff, practitioners and technicians. We maintain a high profile by exhibiting both locally and nationally; events include New Designers D&AD New Blood. In addition, we enter regular competitions, achieving great success. Our staff are all practitioners, exhibiting their work and ensuring they maintain a professional relationship with key practitioners within this innovative field of work. The current mix includes scriptwriters, journalists, photographers, graphic artists, actors, dancers, film editors, fine artists, craft designers, print makers, dress/textile designers and sculptors. They will help you to develop your talents in our creative spaces, all with industry standard equipment.

Regional, national and international trips form an integral part of the curriculum; recently these have included Venice, New York, Madrid, Florence, Paris and Berlin. Students find experiencing a variety of cultures enriches their work and enables a more informed, innovative portfolio to be realised. Competition for a full-time place at the Oxfordshire School of Creative Arts is always fierce because we attract some of the most talented young people in Oxfordshire to our c ollege. We do have rigorous entry criteria, and all students will be interviewed or asked to bring portfolios, so that we can determine which of our programmes is appropriate for you and your future career intentions.

Foundation Degree in Applied Art & Design* Banbury *subject to validation

Why choose this programme Designers are becoming masters of more than one process and are demonstrating their high level of creative skills by being able to produce work for a variety of outcomes. This new programme will offer students the opportunity to study core design skills and the flexibility to pursue individual creative pathways. Course summary This new course will prepare you for the modern workplace by developing your broad-based creative and entrepreneurial skills. There will be an opportunity to continue to explore and experiment across disciplines working with a range of practising artists and designers in professionally-equipped workshops. Emphasis will be placed on the applied nature of art and design, so that you will be well prepared to move directly into employment or art and design practice. At the centre of the course will be a professional ‘hub’ where students will be able to respond to live commissions and projects and develop entrepreneurial skills and design application alongside generic employment skills. The aim is to create a professional working environment to boost student confidence in their abilities, ensuring our graduates are ‘industry ready’ and prepared for the real world.

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How you are assessed The modules are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. The teaching and learning strategies will include: practical sessions, workshop programmes, presentations, and peer criticisms. The assessment you undergo will be formative and summative: Formative - designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your ongoing development. Formative assessments, such as in-class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade. Summative - designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study; in other words, the end of module assignments which determine your grades. At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative assessment procedures which require you to consider your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and areas for further development in your work.

What you can progress to You will be able to progress onto the final year of an honours degree in an art-related subject through an additional one year of study. How to apply Applicants should apply via UCAS. Please log on to www.ucas.ac.uk

Entry requirements Entrants to the programme should normally possess the following: Either: • a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting

UCAS code: TBC

• a line manager’s letter of support and recommendation

Institution code: O66

Or:

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• a minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A–C), or O-level (grades A–C) normally including Mathematics and English Language Or • a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. Students with appropriate and relevant AP(E)L will also be considered. See also www.brookes.ac.uk

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Motorsport

The Bicester Performance Engineering Centre is the newest of OCVC’s four college sites, providing specialised training and education to the Motorsports industry. Set in the heart of ‘motorsport valley’ within a few miles of the Silverstone circuit, our centre houses industry-standard workshops: • Fabrication and welding - featuring the latest TIG welding technology • Engineering machining - including CNC machining and material testing • Composites - featuring a full size Autoclave • Hand fit workshop • Computer Aided Design - with 2D and 3D software and Computational Fluid Dynamics • Motorsport workshop - including sub-assembly and engine rebuild with numerous open wheeled cars • Specialist projects workshops Our teaching staff are a mixture of academics and vocational trainers with the combined experience of over 100 years working in top flight motorsport.

Foundation Degree in Motorsports Bicester

Programme content Year 1 (Level 4) • Engine Technology • Graphics and Design • Engineering Science

Why choose this programme The foundation degree in Motorsports Performance and Automotive Technology has been developed by Oxford & Cherwell Valley College at our Bicester Campus and Oxford Brookes University as preparation for a range of careers in the motorsports industry. The UK motor industry employs thousands of graduates each year and has a highly successful autosports sector.

• Basic Mathematical Methods I

You will be working, or expecting to work, in a motorsports environment. You will want to gain a higher level qualification in relation to your skills and knowledge and to build on any experience you have of the motorsports or related industries.

• Computer-aided Design

Course summary This course has been developed in consultation with local motorsport employers in order to meet regional priorities for skills shortages. The qualification is validated by Oxford Brookes University. As well as being enrolled at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, you will also be registered and enrolled with Oxford Brookes University and so will also be entitled to use many of the University’s facilities.

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• Managing Resources • Composite Materials Technology • Manufacturing Technology • Computers in Road and Race Cars • Work-based Assessment Year 2 (Level 5)

• Vehicle Technology • Performance Engineering • Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Systems • Basic Mathematical Methods II • Road and Race Car Aerodynamics • Project (double module)


How you are assessed During each module you will undertake assignments which will count towards the assessment of the module. Some modules are assessed entirely by assignments; a few, however, also require you to take a timed examination. All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge, acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the motorsports industry, and encourage you to engage in critical reflection. You will participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of computer hardware and software. During the course you will develop transferable skills in self-management, learning, communication, and problem solving, teamwork and information technology. They will help you to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in your own area of employment, promotion to supervisory or management roles, or from general changes in the motorsport industry. What you can progress to The Foundation Degree in Motorsports Performance and Automotive Technology will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment or for progression to an undergraduate honours degree. Students who successfully complete the FdSc are able to progress to the BSc Motorsport Technology at Oxford Brookes University.

How to apply Applicants should apply via UCAS. Please log on to: www.ucas.ac.uk UCAS code: H338 Institution code: O66 Fees information For details on fees please contact one of our friendly customer service advisors on 01865 550550 or uni@ocvc.ac.uk Entry requirements Entrants to the Programme should normally possess the following:

In addition to the entry requirements above, the study of Mathematics to A Level is usually required, although relatively strong performance in other subjects may give exemption from this requirement. Examples of such subjects include Physics, Chemistry, and Design and Technology. For candidates over 21, admission may be granted after consideration of their experience and other qualifications. These candidates may be required to take a short induction/conversion course. See also www.brookes.ac.uk

120 UCAS points. Students are required to be at least 18 years of age, with competence in English Language and numeracy. In addition they should normally have: Either: • at least one A Level at C grade or a vocational A Level or a National Diploma/Certificate at Merit level in an appropriate subject(s) Or: • an advanced Modern Apprenticeship in computer engineering or similar And: • GCSEs Grade C or above in Maths and written use of English.

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Construction

Construction remains one of the largest industries in the UK, employing around two million people. There are 175,000 construction companies in the UK, and even though the industry has experienced setbacks during the recession, it is estimated that more than 100,000 new recruits are needed to join the industry each year (source: www.cskills.org). There is a wide variety of skilled crafts careers to choose from, and Oxford & Cherwell Valley College is recognised as one of the leading training providers in Oxfordshire. We work very closely with employers, Sector Skills Councils and the Skills Funding Agency to make sure that our training meets the needs of the construction industry. Our highly experienced trainers will help you to train for your future career, or to improve your skills if you are already in work.

Higher National Certificate in Construction Blackbird Leys Why choose this programme This programme is ideal for those people working in the construction sector who would like to gain a nationally recognised qualification. It’s also suitable for those with relevant qualifications and experience who are currently unemployed or thinking about returning to work after a break.

Programme summary The BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a specialist vocational programme with a strong work-related emphasis. The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the sector, with national recognition by employers allowing progression direct into employment or to degree level study. Programme content The programme is made up of ten units – six core units, which everyone takes, and four specialist units. The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth. At least five of the ten units you select must be designated at H2 level. Year 1 (Level 4) • Design Principles and Application (H1) • Science and Materials (H1) • Analytical Methods (H1) • Management Principles and Application (H2) • Group Project (H2) • Health, Safety and Welfare (H2) Year 2 (Level 4) A choice of four from the following – depending on candidate suitability and student numbers: • Technology A (H1) • Refurbishment and Adaptation (H2) • Individual Student Project (H2) • Measurement A (H1) • Site Surveying Procedures (H2)

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How you are assessed You will learn through a variety of different methods including classroom teaching, self-directed study, tutorials, individual and group work, classroom activity, and laboratory work.

How to apply Applicants should apply directly to the college. Please log on to www.ocvc.ac.uk/ application-form-0

Each unit is internally assessed and graded by lecturers. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction. There is no overall grade awarded for this qualification.

Fees information For details on fees please contact one of our friendly customer service advisors on 01865 550550 or uni@ocvc.ac.uk

What you can progress to A key progression path for BTEC Higher National Certificate and Diploma learners is to the second or third year of an honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Alternatively, successful candidates can enter employment or undertake further more specialist study.

Entry requirements You will normally need to have at least one of the following:

Employment is available as higher technologists in the design, production and management of buildings. Opportunities exist in both the public and private sector in the UK and overseas markets.

• a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in an appropriate area • an AVCE/GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area • a GCE A Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at level A-C • other related Level 3 qualifications • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution • Related work experience • A BTEC National Award and related work experience More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications.

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Bucks New University

Bucks is a new generation university, one that is always open to fresh ideas and thinking. We offer a diverse range of innovative programmes that will build on your studies at OCVC and help you hit the ground running in your chosen career. As a student of Bucks New University you will benefit from studying in a dynamic, exciting environment, alongside staff who boast a high level of expertise gained through professional experience, connections with industry, or research activity. Our strong industry experience informs the teaching, ensuring our programmes reflect the very latest findings. If you are currently studying a foundation degree at OCVC, it may be possible to enter the third year of a related undergraduate BA (Hons) degree at Bucks New University, further improving your career prospects.

Together with OCVC, we have recently launched The National School of Furniture. Through the School, you can choose the type of programme to suit you, including short skills-based training programmes and diplomas as well as more traditional undergraduate, foundation and master’s degree programmes, creating an educational ‘journey’ with flexible entry and exit points. It is not only our programmes that are focused on helping you succeed in life. We will support and encourage you throughout your study, and are committed to developing your overall employability, expertise, confidence and competencies.

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Furniture

The Rycotewood Furniture Centre has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in innovative furniture design and making. It is part of the National School of Furniture, a partnership with Bucks New University to offer furniture training from level 1 to level 8, 14 years to Doctorate. The centre holds a kitemark in the Training Quality Standards in Excellence of furniture manufacture and is also an accredited provider of the National Skills Academy for Materials, Production and Supply. Our staff are highly professional furniture designer/ makers who have been in industry and keep up-to-date with current practices and have much experience in inspiring, guiding and preparing students for the furniture industry. Staff are active members of The Furniture Makers Livery Company, British Antique Restorers Association and Proskills - the Sector Skills Council. Industrial liaison is at the heart of programme delivery. The area has strong links with companies such as Hands of Wycombe, Ercol, Harrods, Jonathan Rose and Benchmark Furniture. Scholarships are offered by the Furniture Industry Trust, private benefactors and by NADFAS (National Association of Decorative Fine Arts Societies).

Foundation Degree in Furniture: Design & Make Oxford

Programme content Year 1 (Level 4) • Technical and Visual Communication • Furniture Craft • Design and Make • Manufacturing and Material Culture

Why choose this programme The programme is delivered at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre for Excellence, by highly professional furniture designer/ makers who have been in industry and are kept up-to-date with current practices.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Course summary The Foundation Degree in Furniture Design & Make concentrates on the craft aspect of the subject, helping students to develop their making skills and realise their own designs. This is a direct response to the needs of the Craft Furniture Industry and employers looking for furniture designer makers of excellent ability.

• Advanced Manufacture and Culture

You will also be encouraged to engage in the college life and to become mentor/ ambassador in our marketing and other functions. The course will culminate in a professional public exhibition for the industry and networking opportunities.

Our students exhibit both locally and nationally at a range of events including New Designers at the Business Design Centre, London. In 2010 three of our students were awarded the three top prizes in a renowned national furniture competition sponsored by Axminster Tool Centre and organised by the New Forest Trust.

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• Advanced Technical and Visual Communication • Professional Practice • Advanced Design and Make

How you are assessed There are four main overarching generic criteria for the assessment of any given brief, and these trace the development of the design process. They are: • intellectual content – assessed through collected information, sketchbook notation and written research reports. • creative content – assessed through sketchbook development work via drawings and writing, CAD work, sketch and professional model making, full-size workshop prototypes. • quality of outcome – assessed through the effective link between original brief, research, and development toward an effective solution as shown by all work on display. • transferable skills – assessed through the presentation and clarity of writing in reports, the quality of production and intention behind sketch models, prototypes and 2D visuals, and the verbal presentation to the tutors or students on the day of assessment.


What you can progress to Most students will aspire to become independent designer-makers, but many find it useful first to gain experience working in established workshops. Other graduates are employed as designers for firms in furniture and associated industries, or become freelance designers. Graduates normally progress into either the Craft Furniture Industry working for top designer makers or start their own workshop. Graduates can also progress onto a related BA (Hons) programme at Bucks New University. How to apply Applicants should apply via UCAS. Please log on to www.ucas.ac.uk Institution code: B94/O UCAS code: W261 Fees information For details on fees please contact one of our friendly customer service advisors on 01865 550550 or uni@ocvc.ac.uk

Entry requirements 100 UCAS points. Candidates should have one of the following: • Art Foundation course • (Extended) General Art and Design or Design Crafts • City and Guilds technical practical course • Access to Art and Design – Mature students over 21 years of age • Advanced Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design • A level 3 qualification, such as National Diploma merit profile in a related subject, Art and Design Foundation or A Level, City and Guilds in Furniture Crafts Students should have a strong GCSE profile, including English at Grade C, or equivalent. We also welcome applications from mature students with design or woodworking experience who may not have formal qualifications. See also www.bucks.ac.uk

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University of Bedfordshire

Outstanding throughout OCVC’s partnership with the University of Bedfordshire not only enables you to engage in a broad range of employmentdriven degrees closer to home, but you will also benefit from the University’s long and established history of education and outstanding successes. With more than 1,200 staff and 21,000 students from over 100 countries, and providing high-quality teaching, strong employability and superb student support, Bedfordshire is going from strength to strength. So it’s no wonder the number of students applying to study at the University has nearly doubled in two years (UCAS). It’s a partnership we’re very proud of, not least because the University of Bedfordshire is one of the country’s largest, most exciting and vibrant places to learn:

• Undergoing major £140m redevelopments between 2006 and 2012, to upgrade its dedicated specialist facilities and build new state-of-theart environments, including a newly opened £34m Campus Centre in Luton which houses all student services under one roof, plus brand-new student accommodation ready from 2011 • Commended for its ‘world-leading’ research in the Government’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 • Excellent employment prospects, with 92 per cent of graduates either in work and/or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2009)

• Scored top marks in the recent Quality Assurance Agency audit and staff have received a number of National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning

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Teacher training

OCVC’s established and well-regarded teacher training programme ranges from introductory programmes to full teaching qualifications. Our teacher training courses are part-time, with the exception of the intensive PTLLS course which is offered over five full days. Our students enjoy achievement rates that are well above the national average. We also offer exceptional tutorial support, an experienced and inspirational teaching team, and home access to a first-class virtual learning environment. OCVC has particular expertise in training teachers for post-16 environments like FE and HE, and the lifelong learning sector – so if you enjoy working with young people and adult learners, OCVC is the ideal place to study. The programmes are available at Banbury, Bicester, BBL and Oxford campuses. OCVC teaching qualifications are presented in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire – one of the UK’s leading providers of teacher training.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) & Certificate in Education (CertEd) - Post-Compulsory Education Banbury/ Oxford Why choose this programme This course is an excellent preparation or development opportunity for a career in teaching or training in a wide range of post-compulsory institutions. Course summary This is a two-year course for adults who teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector i.e. post-16 environments, including schools, colleges, police, prison service, hospitals, community education and a wide range of locations in which adults are taught. The course will prepare candidates to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status and membership of the Institute for Learning (IfL). Candidates must be suitably qualified in their field of teaching expertise and able to teach 75 hours per year of the course. Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor who will work closely with you over the two years of the course.

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Programme content There are four components to the Cert Ed/ PGCE course – teaching in your own work place which will be observed; attendance at classes; written submissions (some including presentations) and two Saturday study days per year at the University of Bedfordshire’s Bedford Campus. Learning from your peers and Mentor are major components of the course. How you are assessed You will be assessed throughout the course in a number of different ways: • observation • micro teach (Year 1 only) • peer assessment • presentations • written submissions • group work • reflective professional journal • personal development planning What you can progress to Graduates have progressed from parttime to full-time teaching in colleges, commercial organisations and other adult institutions. Many graduates are now in management roles in education and training. The next step could be an MA in Education or University Diplomas in Teaching Literacy, Mentoring, Teaching Numeracy or Teaching ESOL. These courses are offered in association with University of Bedfordshire.


How to apply Applications should be made directly to Oxford & Cherwell Valley College Please log on to www.ocvc.ac.uk/ application-form-0 Fees information For details on fees please contact one of our friendly customer service advisors on 01865 550550 or uni@ocvc.ac.uk Entry requirements GCSE (A-C) or equivalent in English and Mathematics A level 3 qualification in the subject you wish to teach Access to 75 hours teaching in a postcompulsory setting No portfolio needed, but appropriate certificates will be required.

Diploma in ILT This award is a 60-credit programme from the University of Bedfordshire that is completed over one year. It is largely a distance learning programme and so does not require regular attendance at a weekly evening class, though some workshops will be offered. The overall aim is for students to use and experiment with a range of ILT technologies in their teaching. Entry requirements The award is suitable for those who have access to a minimum of 30 hours teaching during the programme.

Diploma in Mentoring in Lifelong Learning This award is a 60-credit programme from the University of Bedfordshire that is completed over one year and requires attendance at several weekly evening classes. The overall aim is to provide students with a sound introduction to the concepts of mentoring, and will be focussed on the mentoring of trainees. Entry requirements The award is suitable for those who are currently in a mentoring role within an educational establishment who demonstrate the ability to work at a Higher Education level. See also www.beds.ac.uk

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Tuition fees and how to pay The kind of help you can get depends on your income, whether you’ve qualified for a grant in the past, and whether you’re studying full-time or part-time. It may include a Maintenance Grant, Student Loan, Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Adult Dependents’ Grant and Disabled Students’ Allowance. Higher Education students may also be able to get a student bank account with a generous overdraft facility.

Maintenance grants and student loans Get in touch with Student Finance England as soon as you apply for a programme – don’t wait for a firm offer. If you qualify for a loan, you won’t have to start paying it back until your annual income is over a certain level – currently £15,000. Go to Directgov website and apply on-line.

Bursaries and scholarships Bursaries are extra financial help for students from OCVC and our university partners. OCVC and our university partners also offer a range of scholarships. These can be awarded on the basis of other factors – such as A Level grades, the subjects you studied, or where you live. The scholarships available will be different depending on your circumstances.

For further information visit: Student Loans Company Student Finance Direct Directgov

How to pay Tuition Fee Loans are paid direct to the institution by Student Finance England on behalf of full-time students. If a student on a part-time basis is awarded the tuition fee grant then this too is paid direct to the institution. Students paying the fees themselves must pay in full at enrolment. Instalments may be arranged with one third paid on enrolment. Two equal instalments must then be paid by direct debit in January and April. University partner bursaries, scholarships & other support: University of Bedfordshire www.beds.ac.uk +44(0)844 848 2234 Oxford Brookes University www.brookes.ac.uk finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk +44 (0)1865 483088 Buckinghamshire New University www.bucks.ac.uk +44 (0) 800 0565 660

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International students Overseas students will be required to pay International Fees for all funded programmes. These may change for 2011/12 entry. Please contact the college for details about the fees for the programme you would like to take.

Materials costs Costs for materials (where applicable) are detailed against each individual programme on our website, or provided to you during the application process.


How to apply

We welcome all applications to study at OCVC, and will allocate places on our programmes on the basis of individual merit and without prejudice.

Part-time students

Full-time students

If you are planning to study part-time, you must apply directly to OCVC.

We actively promote equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on grounds of cultural background, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Visit www.ocvc.ac.uk to download an application form, or call 01865 550 550 for more information.

If you’re studying a foundation degree programme or an HND full-time, you need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). For submissions and application information, or to get an application form visit www.ucas.com to download a copy, call 0870 1122211, or write to Customer Services, UCAS, Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucester GL52 3LZ. If we offer you a place on your chosen programme, we’ll also invite you to an interview where you can meet your tutor and tour the campus.

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Banbury Campus Broughton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9QA Bicester Campus Telford House, Telford Road, Bicester OX26 4LA Blackbird Leys Campus Cuddesdon Way, Oxford OX4 6HN Oxford City Centre Campus Oxpens Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1SA

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