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OCVC University Degrees and Professional Studies At Oxford & Cherwell Valley College

Art, Design & Furniture Construction & Engineering Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Film, Photography & Video

Taking you where you want to be

Management & Professional Studies Motorsport Teacher Training Contemporary Performance & Production Practice


Contents Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Film, Photography & Video

Student life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

HNC Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Student union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Joint BA (Hons) Film Studies, Photography and Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The learning environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Student support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Foundation Degrees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 De Montfort University Art, Design and Furniture BA (Hons) Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 HNC Design Crafts – Ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 BA (Hons) Design Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Management & Professional Studies University Certificate in Professional Development – Business Enterprise . . . . 30 HNC in Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 HND in Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Professional Management Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Oxford Brookes University Motorsport Foundation Degree in Motorsports – Performance and Automotive Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Rycotewood Furniture Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Foundation Degree/BA (Hons) Furniture Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 HNC Graphic Design & Illustration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Construction & Engineering HNC’s in Construction & Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The University of Derby

University of Bedfordshire Teacher Training Certificate of Education/PGCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 L5 University Diplomas in ESOL Numeracy and Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Access Diploma to Higher Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Foundation Art & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Accommodation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Foundation Degree in Hairdressing & Salon Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Foundation Degree in Spa Therapies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

International students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 How to apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Career Starter Bursary up to £900 available to all students see page 41

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Welcome... ...to Oxford & Cherwell Valley College Oxfordshire’s local further and higher education provider. We offer a wide array of full or part-time courses at convenient and well-resourced campuses in Oxford, Banbury and Bicester, including a select choice of professionally relevant honours degrees, foundation degrees and HND/HNC qualifications. Our nationally respected programmes range from art, design, furniture making and design to motorsports, teacher training, engineering, construction and management awards. Teaching and learning facilities are excellent, class sizes are small and we have particularly strong links with employers – boosting your prospects in the job market.

You can study full or part-time, fitting your studies around home and working life. By studying locally, you can save yourself thousands of pounds in accommodation costs. Quality assured Our higher education programmes are delivered in partnership with four respected universities: De Montfort University, Oxford Brookes University and the Universities of Derby and Bedfordshire. 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.

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Student life You get so much personal attention at OCVC that it’s easy to forget just how many people choose to study with us. In fact, we have thousands of students across our four campuses – so you’ll have a great social life as well as a great education. We also have a thriving international community and a strong commitment to equal opportunities – so if you’re looking for a cosmopolitan place to study that values diversity, OCVC should be high on your list.

Oxford

Banbury

With its fine tradition of learning and large student population, Oxford is hard to beat for atmosphere, facilities and entertainment.

Banbury is well known for its cakes and Cross (of ‘Ride a Cock Horse’ fame), but there’s so much more to this thriving market town than its appearance in the well-loved nursery rhyme.

Our campus in the city centre has everything you need on hand, from first class learning resources to cafés and deli counters. Oxford has excellent transport links, so if you fancy a night out, an afternoon’s shopping, or a chance to take in the sights – from historic college buildings to world class museums and galleries – the vibrant city centre is right on your doorstep. And if you need to unwind after a hard day’s studying, there’s nothing to beat a lazy trip down the river or relaxing in one of Oxford’s many lovely parks and gardens.

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Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds and surrounded by picturesque scenery, Banbury combines the best of modern living with a traditional heritage. The historic town centre is characterised by its distinctive honeycoloured stone buildings, but you don’t have to go far to find contemporary recreational, entertainment and shopping facilities, busy bars, clubs and cafes. OCVC students get special rates at the Spiceball sports centre.

Photograph by Trevor Allet


Student Union When you join OCVC, you automatically become a member of the Student Union. As well as representing your views with the college, working with the National Union of Students and contributing to wider debates and campaigns, we provide: • Welfare services

• Academic support

• Social events, including the end of year ball and Make a Difference Awards.

Come along to our friendly campus centres to socialise with your friends, have a coffee or a game of pool, find out what’s going on and where the gigs and parties are, or just chill out.

Bicester

Blackbird Leys

Our newest campus at Bicester is home to our motorsports and performance engineering programmes.

Close to Oxford City Centre is our Blackbird Leys campus, with excellent transport links (there are buses every 3 minutes from the city centre) and parking on site.

Bicester is a traditional market town, famous for its designer outlet shopping village, and at the very heart of ‘Motorsport Valley’. It has a great range of leisure and entertainment facilities and excellent transport links.

The sports centre and swimming pool are just 2 minutes away, and it’s a short drive to local shopping centres and the Multiplex with its purpose built cinema, bowling and restaurant facilities.

The M40 passes right by with easy links to the M6, M1 and M25; a good rail service offers direct trains to London and Birmingham (both less than an hour away) and a local line to Oxford; and the town is on the Oxford to Cambridge bus route. Milton Keynes, with its cutting edge Snowdome, freefall centre, MK Bowl, world-class shopping facilities, theatres and nightclubs is close by. For outdoor types, Bicester is surrounded by lovely countryside and has an excellent network of cycle routes.

More from the OCVC Student Union at www.ocvcsu.co.uk Students will also become members of the Student Union of the partner University. Benefits include social events and club nights, societies and access to student support.

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Facilities We’re proud of our superb hands-on learning facilities – whether you’re creating a portfolio in one of our specialist workshops, training in our beauty salons with clients or developing your engineering skills using industrystandard CAD software. Building practical, vocationally relevant skills is high on the agenda at OCVC, but we put just as much effort into supporting your academic development. Our learning resource centres give you access to a huge range of books, journals, reference material, databases and software, online information and IT facilities. You can also take advantage of our partner universities’ facilities, which include first class online libraries you can access from a computer anywhere in the world.

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New building development The College is planning some exciting new developments which will result in brand new campuses in Oxford and Banbury. This means that building work will be taking place on the campuses but it is important to us that every student attending the college, whenever that may be, has a first rate learning experience and any disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.


The learning environment

Moodle

Nothing is more important to us than your success – so we do everything we can to help you make the best of your time with us.

‘Moodle’ is OCVC’s own web-based VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Here you’ll find learning resources, information and communication systems for tutors and students to support your studies.

We will assign you a personal tutor from the word go. He or she will be on hand to offer help and advice throughout your studies. As you study your course, you’ll keep a journal to reflect on your work so far, and make an action plan to review with your tutor. It’s an excellent way to become more proactive in your learning and to focus your personal and career development (PCD). Your lecturers will be highly experienced teachers with strong professional backgrounds, and we keep class sizes small. We provide you with real working environments, live projects and industry-standard equipment – helping you develop the knowledge and skills that employers want.

Learning Resource Centres There are Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) at each of our four campuses, giving you space in which to study – whether you’re working with friends or want somewhere quiet. Each LRC has friendly staff on hand to help you, and provides resources to help you with your course, including books, magazines and newspapers; videos and DVDs; reference books; and a Virtual Learning Resource Centre (VLRC) for online resources and databases, the Internet and MS Office software. Some specialist software is also available. We work with your lecturers to make sure that you have access to the resources that you need to complete and extend your work, helping you to achieve the success you deserve.

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Student support When we ask our students what they like best about OCVC, they always mention the high level of support they get – much more than for a typical university course. During your first few weeks, we ask you to complete an assessment to highlight any particular needs you may have. We can offer flexible, tailored learning support on a one to one basis or in small groups. We also take pastoral care very seriously, with confidential help available from the college chaplain and a specialist student counselling service.

Students with disabilities or learning needs We encourage you to tell us about any barriers to studying your chosen course, including difficulties like dyslexia, so we can put in place reasonable adjustments and offer support to help you reach your full potential. Specialist support areas include:

Equality and Diversity We value the enriching contribution of all who work and learn here, and recognise the rights of all who come into contact with OCVC – including prospective students and employees. We actively promote equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on grounds of age, background, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation. We strive to remove conditions which place people at a disadvantage – actively combating bigotry and discrimination. We expect all our employees, students, and partner organisations to adopt this policy. A copy of the College’s Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy is available on the College website: www.ocvc.ac.uk/equality-and-diversity-statement

Faith We have a team of 14 faith support volunteers – representing Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism – and faith support rooms at three of our campuses. They are available at lunchtimes to provide spiritual and moral support to our students.

• Dyslexia assessment and support • Hearing support for the deaf and hearing impaired If you hold a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), we can arrange support through our Skills For Life department. We can also help you apply for a DSA.

Careers advice All students on a Higher Education Course at the OCVC are entitled to use the impartial and confidential Careers Service at the College. Staff can help you with CVs, covering letters and researching careers.

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Foundation Degrees Foundation Degrees are designed in partnership with employers to combine academic study with workplace learning – equipping you with the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to improve performance and productivity.

Pathways into Higher Education Adult, Advanced & Higher Apprenticeship

Professional qualifications

Level 2 – 4

NVQ Level 4 – 8

A levels AS & A2

National Diploma or Certificate

Access to Higher Education courses

Level 3 awards e.g. City & Guilds or OCR

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Level 3

Level 3

Many of our Foundation degree programmes have flexible teaching arrangements such as part-time study or evening lectures, distance learning or learning via the internet. The courses are directly relevant to employment, and many students continue to work while they study to improve their current practice and job prospects. You don’t always need traditional academic qualifications to gain entry to a foundation degree, which usually takes two years to complete.

Level 4 – 8

Certificate of Higher Education HNC Certificate Level 4

Diploma in HE Foundation Degree Higher National Diploma Level 5

Honours Degree Level 6

Masters Level 7

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De Montfort University OCVC is an associate College of De Montfort University (DMU).

DMU is an ambitious and innovative university in the city of Leicester, and our partnership with OCVC will allow you to become part of our professional and creative community. Get the best possible start in your career thanks to world-class research, which filters into our courses, lecturers of national and international standing who teach the courses, and direct input from companies including the BBC, Microsoft, Rolls Royce and Leicester Theatre Trust. You will be a full DMU student and have access to all our facilities, and advantages include: • Staying at home to study can be cheaper • Class sizes can be smaller and you will receive more personal tuition • You will be able to juggle work/family/study commitments • You will have access to facilities at the College and DMU including libraries, clubs and societies as well as being a member of DMU’s Students’ Union More from dmu.ac.uk/associates

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New Creative Arts – Combined studies The Combined studies programme in Art & Design & Furniture in Associate Level One FDA and Hons Degree modules, provides an opportunity for individuals to enjoy a taster in a creative subject, up-skill and re-train; gain an insight to improve your business, learn new skills and have access to resources (subject to validation). The modules are University accredited and can be set against any future study at Degree Level or simply added certification to your existing qualifications and your CV. For further information contact Lisa Dwyer 01865 551206 or email ldwyer@ocvc.ac.uk.

New Exciting Development! OCVC in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire is developing a new Foundation Degree in Performing Arts for delivery at the Banbury Campus, starting September 2009 (subject to validation). A fantastic opportunity to study a two year professional programme that has industry and community links at the heart of its delivery. The programme has been designed to be relevant, contemporary and flexible in approach to employable opportunities. Students will study within a theatre environment as well as a professional, commercial Arts Centre. For further information contact Jackie Whitehouse 01865 551668 or email jwhitehouse@ocvc.ac.uk.

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Art, Design & Furniture OCVC has a fine national reputation for its art, design and furniture degree courses, attracting the best teachers who actively participate in the creative industries.

Our students appreciate our hands-on approach, small group dynamic and excellent postgraduate employment record – many graduates start their own businesses or set up as freelancers when they leave us. We keep a high profile by exhibiting both locally and nationally, and taking part in events like Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers. Trips to cultural centres like Venice, New York, Madrid and Berlin form a central part of our curriculum, and OCVC students are regularly among the prize winners in major competitions.

Alumni Artists Association OCVC is unique in its support of its graduates, who can make use of College facilities even after they stop studying with us. Artist in residence scheme This artist in residence scheme is open to former students of the College. The residency includes: • Work space and access to specialist equipment for the production and realisation of new work during one academic year • Access to a mentor • A one off bursary of approximately £500.

Graduate profile Gill Gilroy (www.gillgilroyartist.co.uk)

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to use the printroom, and working alongside other artists is both instructive and inspiring.”

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49% of employees in the Creative Industries have a degree level qualification compared to an economy average of 31%. The Creative Industries are globally growing at 10% per year.


BA (Hons) Fine Art Validated by De Montfort University UCAS code: W100 (Route A), E100 (Route B) Institutional Code: D26 Campus Code: P

About the course A flexible degree programme designed to develop your technical, creative and critical fine art skills. This challenging and rewarding course is taught by experienced artists in specialist workshops and dedicated studio spaces. You’ll study drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking – with the chance to specialise – and explore options like photography, video and electronic media.

Where next? You’ll also deepen your understanding and critical awareness through the study of art history, contemporary practice and theory. There are regular trips to major collections in the UK and visits to key European cities each year, and the course culminates in a final exhibition.

Postgraduate study Masters by independent study at OCVC A career as a professional artist or in teaching, arts administration, conservation and restoration, art therapy, theatre, television and the media.

Students can expect a closer working relationship with tutors and peers with expert artist direction across a wide range of fields. Neil McNaught, Lecturer, BA Fine Art

Student profile Steve Taylor, BA (Hons) Fine Art student (2007)

“The great thing about studying Fine Art at OCVC was the good representation of mature students. I spent many years working in London. My office was on the cusp of Shoreditch, home of Brit Art, curry houses and social change. This was the inspiration for much of my BA and now my current body of work. OCVC facilitated the opportunity and environment to fuse my life experiences with a structured qualification and a business goal.”

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HNC Design Crafts – Ceramics Validated by Edexcel OCVC code: OXHCL05D1/D2

About the course This course, which is taught by practising ceramists, provides the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to enter a career in design crafts/ceramics.

Where next? be made to see ceramics in a professional practice environment, and the course culminates in a final exhibition.

BA (Hons) Design Crafts A wide range of careers in the creative industry.

It covers a broad range of ceramic processes, design methods and contextual studies using OCVC’s large and well equipped workshops. Educational trips will

Student profile Ros Weatherall, HNC Ceramics

“I wanted to get a qualification in ceramics, and heard that OCVC had good tutors. I live in Oxford so OCVC was really convenient, and being able to study part-time fitted with my caring responsibilities. Now I’m sharing a pottery space in Eynsham, hoping to get my own studio, and preparing to sell my pots at one of Oxford’s many summer events.

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The course really helped me to get to this point, because we had to think through the business side which is important if you want to start your own studio.”


BA (Hons) Design Crafts Validated by De Montfort University UCAS code: W220 (Route A), E200 (Route B) Institutional Code: D26 Campus Code: P

Where next?

About the course A multi-disciplinary degree in textiles, metals and ceramics. The course offers students the opportunity to develop creative and technical skills in three disciplines: textiles, metals and ceramics. An independent working ethos is encouraged, together with the development of a personal creative ‘voice’ through the innovative use of materials and techniques. The programme is taught by a range of experienced artists and makers, in specialist workshops and dedicated studio spaces, with the aim of nurturing, developing and challenging students.

Computer aided design, drawing and personal research combined with the acquisition of practical skills underpin the programme. The study of design history and contemporary practice extends students’ understanding and supports practical work. Professional practice is an integral part of the course. A programme of lectures and seminars, live projects and national competitions will support your contemporary practice. You will have the opportunity to exhibit work locally and nationally.

Postgraduate study (an MA by Independent study is offered at OCVC). A Career as a designer maker, within arts management, curation, teaching, theatre, television and the media.

Student profile Niina Kuosmanen, BA (Hons) Design Crafts

Niina’s innovative ceramic table design won her a top design accolade from industry. Niina won the prestigious Habitat Award at the annual New Designers event in which over 4,000 graduates showcased their work. Niina’s prize included a three month work placement with Habitat. ”I am thrilled with the recognition from within the industry. After New Designers I intend to set up my

own studio and to continue making ceramics and developing my work.” The Judges described Niina’s work as “an intriguing and versatile piece of design that inspires a sense of play. It is graphic, tactile and timeless. Its conceptual dimension doesn’t limit its commercial potential.”

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Rycotewood Furniture Centre Rycotewood, OCVC’s furniture making centre, has an international reputation as a centre of excellence and innovation.

Rycotewood was founded in 1938 and for the last seventy years has supported students in the transition from learning to the workplace. Industrial liaison is at the heart of course delivery. We encourage our students to experience the workplace first-hand through placements, and have strong links with companies like Ercol, Harrods, Hands, Benchmark Furniture and Jonathan Rose. We are active members of The Furniture Makers Company, the British Antique Restorers Association, Society of Designer Craftsmen and

the Furniture and Furnishings National Training Organisation (part of PROSKILLS). Third year students undertake a study tour sponsored by Hands and supported by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. Following the trip, you will design and produce a piece as part of the Gordon Russell project which focuses on excellence in design and craftsmanship. Finished pieces are exhibited in the Hands Innovation Centre in Clerkenwell, London.

Student profile Tom Suter, BA (Hons) Furniture Design

At the 2008 New Designers Show, Tom was short-listed with six other product concept design graduates for Best in Show. Tom’s work came 4th out of all the graduate exhibitors, and was the only contribution from a furniture specialist.

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Rycotewood offers some of the best facilities in the country for woodwork training. Furniture and Cabinet Maker Magazine


Foundation Degree/BA (Hons) Furniture Design Validated by De Montfort University UCAS code: W260 (Route A), E260 (Route B) Institutional Code: D26 Campus Code: P

Where next?

About the course Developing creative, skilled furniture designers and makers.

work placement. You’ll also make industry visits and have the chance to exhibit locally and nationally.

This prestigious programme is linked closely with the furniture industry, including teaching and assessment by high profile lecturers working actively in the field. The course provides formal skills-based training to develop hand skills and machine making techniques using both traditional and contemporary construction methods.

The course is a two-stage programme, leading to a Foundation Degree at the end of year two, and a BA (Hons) at the end of year three. The course can also be studied part-time. The Foundation modules introduce and develop your knowledge and understanding of technical and design problem solving, equipping you for professional practice. The higher level modules focus on educating furniture designers and makers for small to medium size manufacture.

You’ll be encouraged to present your ideas through sketchbooks, working drawings, models and working prototypes, and to undertake a period of

Postgraduate study Teacher training Employment in the furniture industry; self employment.

After several years working as a furniture designer/maker – both on my own projects and for Richard Williams Fine Contemporary Furniture – I took up the challenge of teaching at Rycotewood furniture centre. My industrial experience spans both creative and technical design through to the highest level of craftsmanship in wood. Joseph Bray, Lecturer, Furniture Design and Craftsmanship

Student profile Liam Brannan, BA (Hons) Furniture Design

Liam was awarded first prize of £1000 at the New Forest show in a fine crafted furniture competition that attracted entrants from across the country. Liam’s winning piece, a ‘Butsudan’ or Buddhist alter, was handcrafted from the finest brown oak timber supplied by the competition organisers, the New Forest Trust.

The judges commented that “the high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is not often seen in students work.”

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HNC Graphic Design and Illustration Validated by Edexcel OCVC course code: OXHCL02D1/D2

About the course This HNC provides a high level of training in Visual Communications, Advertising, Book and Magazine Design, Publishing, Packaging and Photography.

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Where next? You will develop essential skills and techniques as well as the personal qualities and attitudes needed for successful performance in professional working life. The course features a visiting lecturer programme, professional placement possibilities and the chance to show case your work in exhibitions.

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BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration Employment in a wide range of graphic design roles


BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration Validated by De Montfort University UCAS code: W221 (Route A), E221 (Route B) Institutional Code: D26 Campus Code: P

About the course Graphic Design and Illustration at OCVC concentrates on the creative aspect of the subject – developing the personal visual language and ideas and new thinking. This is in direct response to the need of the creative industry for innovative visual communicators who can solve problems and at the same time do this with a unique “voice” using their own visual language.

Where next? To achieve this, the curriculum develops four key themes involving the whole person: • Investigation – using your eyes: seeing, researching, observing, visualising • Information – using your head: thinking, theories, principles, concepts • Imaging – using your hands: doing, media, techniques, processes, craft • Intuition – using your heart: feeling, judgments, critical analysis, responses.

Postgraduate study Masters by independent study at OCVC A wide range of careers within the art and design industry, including design agency work, freelance illustration, animation, motion graphics, illustration for publishing and the world wide web A teaching career

Student profile Lydia Dixon, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration

“Part-time study is the perfect option for me. I work on half the amount of projects so have more time to create work that I am proud of as well as having time to earn some extra money.”

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Construction & Engineering OCVC’s Construction & Engineering area delivers high quality training to people who are destined for or who are already working in the industry.

It’s essential for this priority sector to have the right skills base within its workforce. So we focus on building the business insight, practical experience and underpinning knowledge that employers are looking for. Our friendly, approachable tutors who are all industry trained offer a broad spectrum of experience and expertise.

We are very pleased with Oxford & Cherwell Valley College. The College works with us to train our employees to the level of competence that we require. Karl Gebbart, MJA Consulting, Abingdon

Oxford & Cherwell Valley College works with us to train our employees to the high standard that we require. Stenell Ltd

Student profile Liam Woods, HNC in Construction

“The HNC course gave me a very good overview of the construction industry, whether from the perspective of ground workers or management. The HNC course emphasises the importance of delivering a high standard of work.

you’ve met their criteria. My favourite subjects were site surveying, refurbishment and adaptation, and technology – they gave me an insight into how components work and come together.”

The lecturers will rigorously check and comment on your assignments until they feel happy that

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HNC’s in Construction & Engineering Validated by Edexcel OCVC course code: OXHCC01D1/D2

About the courses If you’re looking for a strongly practical qualification, BTEC Higher Nationals (HNC’s) are grounded in working practice. HNC’s are specialist vocational programmes linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards, with a strong work-related emphasis. They provide a thorough foundation in key concepts and practical skills, and are widely recognised by employers. At the end of your studies, you’ll be in a perfect position to apply for a skilled job in your field, or to enter the second or third year of a degree programme. We offer HNC’s in: • HNC Civil Engineering – prepares you for a range of technical, professional and managerial careers

Our Motor Vehicle Programme Manager, has worked on many different Marques of vehicle and loves restoring old MGs. John Guiver BSc

in civil engineering. Core units include design principles and application, science and materials, analytical methods, management principles and applications, geology and soil mechanics, civil engineering construction, site surveying procedures, structural analysis and design health, safety and welfare and a group project. On successful completion you could progress to a part or full-time degree programme in Civil Engineering. • Construction – core units include design principles and application; science and materials; analytical methods; management principles and application; health, safety and welfare. Optional units include quantity surveying; building surveying; production management.

• Motor Vehicle Operations Management – prepares you for diagnostic or managerial roles in the Motor Industry. You’ll be taught using the latest Information Technology in well-equipped workshops, by experienced tutors and visiting experts. You’ll also benefit from strong links with Motor Manufacturers, Performance Enhancement companies and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Student profile Stuart Higgs, HNC Motor Vehicle Operations Management

Stuart Higgs, 24, is employed by the BMW MINI Plant in Oxford. He achieved his Advanced Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance with OCVC, together with the BTEC National Certificate in Motor Vehicle Engineering. Most recently, he studied the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Vehicle Operations Management, achieving a Distinction grade overall. “The HNC gave me opportunities to broaden my

employment prospects, and provides a stepping stone to a degree. I enjoyed doing the assignments – I learnt so much about Motor Vehicle Electronics and Fault Diagnosis. I would thoroughly recommend the course. It shows employers the high standard you can work to.”

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The University of Derby OCVC is proud to be associated with the University of Derby, a finalist for the Times Higher Education Supplement’s University of the Year Award 2007.

The University was short-listed because of its work to make sure that students are at the heart of everything they do. The partnership enables OCVC to offer an even wider range of programmes to students – and clearer progression routes and wider opportunities for those traditionally under represented in Higher Education. You’ll keep in regular contact with the University throughout your course, which provides a student mentoring scheme for continuing support through its specialist Learning Centre. You’ll also find the contact with other HE students socially and academically inspiring, and the University offers the incentive of guaranteed progression routes, provided that agreed criteria are met.

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Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Recent research by City & Guilds called Future Earnings – Golden Vocations shows an increasing demand for hairdressing and beauty services, predicting that managers in these sectors may command annual salaries of over £90,000 by 2020. OCVC offers you an exciting opportunity to become part of this growing industry through advanced skills development and management training. Our foundation degrees in Hairdressing & Salon Management and Spa Therapies, presented in collaboration with the University of Derby, match the demands of employers and offer a fantastic springboard into a fun and rewarding career.

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Foundation Degree in Hairdressing & Salon Management Validated by the University of Derby UCAS code: N290 Institutional Code: O25

About the course A hands-on course working with real customers in a commercial salon. Hair & beauty students at OCVC have a head start when it comes to practical understanding, applying their knowledge and skills and gaining commercial experience in our on-site salons, which are open to the public. You’ll be introduced to management concepts that underpin the beauty industry, keeping you up to date with current developments through presentations and demonstrations given by guest

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Where next? speakers, and at the Salon International and Health & Beauty exhibitions in London’s Docklands. We also have an exchange link with Esther Beauty and Fitness College in Hong Kong.

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Further study to Honours degree level at the University of Derby Careers in salon management – including resorts or on cruise ships – and business set up


Foundation Degree in Spa Therapies Validated by the University of Derby UCAS code: B390 Institutional Code: O25

About the course

Where next?

A practical introduction to spa management.

Progression to the University of Derby BSc (Hons) International Spa Management – the only qualification of its kind in the UK

This degree introduces you to concepts that underpin the management of spa facilities, and practical skills in advanced spa and beauty therapies. Regular work placements will enable you to apply your skills in a commercial context, and if you opt for the International Spa Maintenance and Treatments modules, you’ll have the chance to visit and study at a major European spa centre.

Careers in spa management and beauty treatment/therapy services

Student profile Tania Muasa, Foundation Degree in Spa Therapies

“I started this Foundation Degree in September 2007 after studying an NVQ in Beauty Therapy at OCVC, which I really enjoyed. Now I’m the course representative. Part of my job is to find out what problems students might be experiencing, and what improvements they would like to see. These issues are then represented at the programme committee meetings. In March I got the opportunity to visit the University of Derby – it was great to see the state-of-the-art commercial spa located at the Buxton campus.”

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Film, Photography & Video A flourishing area full of creative initiative.

Media courses at OCVC are taught by trained practitioners using current working practices. Students receive outstanding technical support, and our excellent provision of production equipment ensures plenty of hands on experience. We also promote relationships with key employers – vital for keeping up to date and in touch with the contemporary media marketplace.

Staff profile Dr. Pete Boss, Lecturer

Pete teaches on the Film History and Criticism module. He has a wide range of teaching experience in Film Studies and has published on film genre in both Movie and Screen. His deep love of the cinema is reflected in the range of courses on which he has taught, focusing on film directors such as Ford, Lang, Minnelli, Sirk, Kurosawa and Bertolucci and on diverse topics including Technophobia and Cinema, Hollywood and The Cold War, the American Small Town and Cinema, Terrorism and Cinema, Italian, French and German New Wave cinemas, as well as genre courses on the Western, Film Noir, the War film, Crime film, Science Fiction and Horror film.

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At degree level, we offer joint honours in Film, Video and Photography, validated by De Montfort University – giving students a broad portfolio and transferable skills enabling good working practice in any contemporary environment.


HNC Photography Validated by Edexcel OCVC course code: OXHCL03E1/E2

About the course If you’re interested in photography and want to develop your practical skills with an in-depth appreciation of the medium, this course is for you. You’ll have the opportunity to experience a wide spectrum of photography and technologies, ranging from film to digital and studio to location. Modules include: Professional Studies; Photographic Techniques; Computers in Photography; Historical and Contextual Referencing; Critical Study; Business

Where next? Practice; Materials, Techniques and Technology; Studio Practice; Location Photography; Specialist Practice in Photography. Course recognised by the British Institute of Professional Photography.

Further study (the course enables you to enter the second year of some degree programmes) BA (Hons) Film Studies, Photography and Video at OCVC A career as a professional photographer

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Joint BA (Hons) Film Studies, Photography and Video Validated by De Montfort University UCAS code: PWH6 Institutional Code: D26 Campus Code: P About the course This innovative programme provides professional, vocational and academic skills and understanding within film studies, photography and video, and is designed for students who want to work in any of these fields. You’ll learn through a series of lectures and workshops that combine practical theory with critical historical and contextual study, covering: practical skills in photography and video; current critical and contemporary issues within film studies;

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Where next? and specialist options in photography, video, international cinema, or American, British and cult film. The course culminates in the production of a major body of work.

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MA by independent study at OCVC A career in the arts and cultural industries, or the photographic and video professions and their allied fields A career in the rapidly changing creative professional sector, including multimedia and information technology industries, publishing, advertising, journalism, curatorial and archive work, picture research, arts administration, teaching and community arts


Management & Professional Studies The OCVC School of Management prides itself on a reputation for small group sizes with a high level of individual attention.

We offer a Foundation Degree in Social Enterprise, a Certificate in Professional Development – Business Enterprise, HND business qualifications, progression routes through professional bodies (like CIPD, ILEX, CIM and AAT) and a broad portfolio of short professional courses – covering subjects from change management to conducting business over the internet. HNC and HND courses are designed for students wishing to study a specialist vocational programme in business in an

environment that focuses on real work scenarios and are delivered by staff with practical business experience. The qualification provides a thorough grounding in key concepts and practical issues and skills required in the business sector with national recognition by employers. We can also deliver made-to-measure short courses to clients, focusing on areas like personnel or management development, HR, training, recruitment and finance.

Student profile Alexa Coull, CIM Diploma in Marketing

“Since joining Oxford and Cherwell Valley College I have been extremely impressed with every aspect. The course is exactly what I was hoping for and is delivered in a motivational way by a tutor who inspires me. I feel I can go to my tutor at any point for help or guidance.”

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University Certificate in Professional Development – Business Enterprise Validated by De Montfort University OCVC course code: OXHCE01E1/E2 (EV) About the course If you’re interested in supporting enterprise within your organisation or running your own successful business, this part-time certificate is for you. With an emphasis on business communication and entrepreneurship, the certificate entails the creative application of new business models, while providing a solid grounding in basic business concepts, ideas

and methodologies. It’s ideal if you want to explore specific aspects of business enterprise in depth, or to support creative or vocationally-focused degree level studies.

Student profile Gejsa Duckollari, HND in Business (2006-2008)

HNC in Business

HND in Business

Validated by Edexcel

Validated by Edexcel

OCVC course code: OXHCE01D1/D2 (Day)

HND code: 222N OCVC course code: OXHCE01E1/E2 (EV) Institutional Code: O25 Campus Code: C

About the course This course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you’ll need to begin your business career. Core and optional modules include marketing and finance to organisational behaviour, law, strategy and decision making. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to enter employment in business or progress to an undergraduate degree.

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About the course This course will prepare you for a range of management roles in business, or for the final year of a business degree programme. Study modules include: Marketing, Finance, Business Environment, Organisations & Behaviour, Law, Business Strategy and Business Decision Making. You’ll also cover Finance, Marketing and Personnel in more depth.

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“I chose OCVC because of the location, because the course was exactly what I wanted, and because it was an inexpensive way of entering higher education”, she explains. “The course has been good – it’s helped me with my language skills, and many areas of business including law and finance. The staff have been very responsive, and the facilities were better than I expected. At the moment I’m working in the finance division at Oxford University, and this course really helped me to achieve good targets in my job. The next step is to study the ACCA programme for Certified Accountants, but my dream is to get a Masters in Finance from the London School of Economics or Harvard – I love numbers!”


Professional Management Courses AAT NVQ 4 Accounting

CIPD Leadership and Management

(Level 3 also available as preparation for level 4)

The four modules (Managing People; Managing for Results; Managing in a Strategic Business Context; and Managing Information for Competitive Advantage) lead to licentiate membership of CIPD.

Learn to draft financial statements for limited companies, perform complex management accounting tasks and develop your own management skills.

CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice CIMA Certificate in Management Accounting/Advanced Diploma CIMA qualifications are recognised worldwide. The Certificate (1 year) and Diploma (2 years) explore key topics in financial and management accounting.

CIM Certificate in Marketing For people in junior marketing roles or seeking a marketing career. The course covers the fundamentals from customer communications and environment to practice.

CIM Diploma in Marketing Provides practical and strategic skills; ideal for those managing the marketing process at an operational level or working towards a marketing management role.

ILEX Higher Diploma in Law (Level 3 Law & Practice Certificate also available) Forms the advanced stage of study for admission as a Fellow to the Institute of Legal Executives. Each of the 4 units stands by itself as a separate qualification.

Leads to associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Ideal for managers/supervisors/team leaders; career progression.

CIPD Certificate in Training Practice A practical award for managers/supervisors/team leaders/individuals involved in training; career development; and those seeking entry to CIPD at a higher level.

CMI Certificate in Management Ideal for line managers/supervisors/team leaders/ individuals looking for practical management skills; career development; or entry to the diploma in Management.

ILM NVQ Levels 4/5 in Management (Level 3 also available as preparation for Level 4) A practical, flexible portfolio-based award for practising managers at all levels. Designed to fit round your commitments and delivered within the workplace.

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Oxford Brookes University ‘The Quality of Provision is the real draw’ – The Times Good University Guide award 2007.

Oxford Brookes University is pleased to run the following higher education courses in partnership with OCVC: • Foundation Degree Classroom Support • Foundation Degree Automotive and Motorsports Technology • Foundation Degree Management of Social Enterprises (Subject to validation). OCVC students on these courses benefit from the University’s close links with local employers and excellent support facilities, including the library, student union and sports centre. Students who complete their foundation degree at OCVC will be able to progress on to the third year of a related bachelor degree at Oxford Brookes University.

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Motorsport OCVC’s Performance Engineering Centre in Bicester is well established as a leading provider of motorsports training and education.

We are part of a government-designated Centre of Vocational Excellence for Motorsport Engineering – linking with another Institute to form the National College for Motorsport – and recognised throughout the UK as the lead college providing specialist vocational programmes to this exacting industry. Our programme includes apprenticeship schemes for trainees in the field, and an internationally recognised Foundation Degree validated by Oxford Brookes University.

At our OFSTED inspection in 2004, we were commended for our extensive motorsport facilities, including excellent links with local employers and the use of Silverstone racetrack. We also received the highest rating from the Quality Assurance Agency in 2006 for our management of collaborative provision.

Did you know? In a recent Motorsport Workforce development survey, over 47% of companies listed their main priority as the need to find new staff with high end technician skills.

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Foundation Degree in Motorsports – Performance and Automotive Technology Validated by Oxford Brookes University UCAS code: H338 Institutional Code: 066

About the course A work-based qualification in motorsports engineering, tailored to the needs of the industry. This degree covers the basic science, engineering and management principles underlying motorsports, and transferable skills including self management, communication, problem solving, teamwork and information technology. It will prepare you to work in design, testing, building and racing of a wide range of motorsports vehicles – including single seater racing (F1, GP3, F3 and many more), vintage, truck, tour, drag and stock car racing, rallying and bike racing (including MotoGP, Speedway and Superbikes). Formula Ford undergoing rebuild

Where next? All our staff have extensive industrial expertise and knowledge, and the learning environment is designed to be as relevant and appropriate as possible. At the heart of the course are work placements, professional activity and projects developed with employers to directly reflect industry skill requirements. We are seeking accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers to enable this course to be recognised as satisfying part of the requirements for Incorporated Engineer.

Students discuss handling changes with driver

Student profile Corey Guedes, National Award in Motorsports

“Living in Bicester, located in the triangle of motorsports in England, and the former home of Reynard and March, has given me the opportunity to meet many great people involved with racing. Being a short distance from many Formula One

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Careers for motorsports engineers include working for race vehicle manufacturers, designers, testing laboratories and component suppliers.

teams and the Silverstone circuit, I am exposed to some of the greatest minds of motorsports in the world. In my opinion, this truly is the best place to attend college if you want to be a knowledgeable motorsports engineer.”

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Improved car laps at Silverstone


University of Bedfordshire A rising star in Higher Education.

OCVC’s partnership with the University of Bedfordshire not only enables you to engage in a broad range of vocational degrees closer to home, but it also gives you access to Bedfordshire’s excellent learning resources – including a comprehensive online digital library which houses a wide range of specialist texts and journals. The main campuses in Luton and Bedford have recently undergone a £60m redevelopment to provide state-of-the-art facilities such as a £5.5m Media Arts Centre, a new £20m en-suite student halls of residence, £1.2m ‘Business Pods’, an £8m PE and Sport Science Centre that is set to train athletes for the 2012 Olympics, and a £6m Campus Centre which houses a 280-seat theatre. What’s more, over the next three years the University will be investing an additional £70m in redeveloping facilities at the Luton campus.

The University of Bedfordshire offers one of the most generous bursary and scholarship schemes in the country. If you progress from a Foundation Degree at a Partner College to a top up degree course at the University of Bedfordshire you could be eligible to receive £310 of free cash per year (based on 2008 figures). Visit www.beds.ac.uk/money.

It’s a partnership we’re very proud of, not least because the University of Bedfordshire is one of the country’s most exciting and vibrant places to learn: • Named runner-up for the prestigious title of University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2007 • Third in the country for Media related courses (Guardian 2007) • In the top 25 per cent of all UK institutions for student satisfaction.

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Teacher Training OCVC’s established and well regarded teacher training programme ranges from introductory courses to full teaching qualifications.

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 teaching qualifications are presented in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire – one of the UK’s leading providers of teacher training.

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 courses are available at Banbury and Oxford campuses.

Staff profile Gill Craven, Course Leader, Teacher Training

Gill was working as a trainer for Conoco when she decided to take a teacher training course at OCVC. In 2003, she joined us as a full-time lecturer in business, and after several very successful years joined the teacher training team as course leader. In the next academic year, Gill plans to complete an MA in education with the University of Bedfordshire.

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Certificate of Education/PGCE Validated by the University of Bedfordshire Direct application to OCVC OCVC course code: BYPCERTED / OXPCERTED

About the course

Where next?

If you want to teach post-16 students, this is the course for you.

You’ll also have a mentor who is an experienced teacher in your own subject.

Teaching is one of the most rewarding and worthwhile careers you could choose. This highly successful programme will provide you with first class training, and stretch and challenge you while developing your confidence and self esteem.

To join the programme, you will need a minimum of a level 3 qualification in the subject in which you want to teach, plus GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent).

A satisfying and well-paid career in post-16 learning environments: many of our PGCE students have secured teaching posts during or immediately after completing the course.

You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, personal research and teaching practice – and a series of study days that were highly commended in our most recent OFSTED inspection.

From my observation and professional interaction with Leonardo (a student) I realise this PGCE programme is a worthwhile and valuable asset for every teacher. He has introduced new techniques and ideas to the department, which have inspired other teachers. Leo’s enthusiasm in class resulted in outstanding exam results for all students. Esteban Cichello Hubner B.A, PGCE, MA(Oxon), MFL Coordinator, Oxford Tutorial College Mentor

Student profile Chris Gould, Certificate of Education

“My time on the Cert Ed course has been a positive experience. Being deaf I was apprehensive about tackling the course but my tutors were great in adapting the lessons and materials for my needs. I am overwhelmed that I have completed the course because I thought that being deaf would restrict my access to higher education courses.”

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L5 University Diplomas in ESOL Numeracy and Literacy Validated by the University of Bedfordshire Direct entry to OCVC

About the course

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Where next?

If you are a Skills for Life Teacher and need your L5 subject specialism, the University Diplomas will be for you.

To join the course you will need a minimum of 75 hours teaching at two levels. Entry level and Level 1/2.

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops and teaching practice. The course is practical but also looks at the underpinning theory and will give plenty of ideas for the classroom.

You will need to demonstrate that you are at L3 in your subject Literacy, Numeracy or ESOL.

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One Diploma is worth 60 credits. Two Diplomas are equivalent to a second year HE and you can then progress onto the ďŹ nal year in Lifelong Learning at the University of Bedfordshire.


Access Diploma to Higher Education Available at the Oxford and Banbury campuses

Access courses are popular, nationally recognised qualifications equivalent to A-levels. They are the ideal way for students without qualifications to qualify for entry to degree programmes. Many students who study Access courses are returning to education after spending time raising families or working. Our Access courses are designed to provide mature students with the skills they need for university study, and are delivered during school hours, across four days a week. You can take either one or two years to complete your studies.

We offer the following Access to Diploma in Higher Education pathways: • Art • Humanities and Social Sciences • Nursing, Midwifery and Health related Studies • Science • Teacher Education.

Student profile Keron Harris, Access Course: Humanities and Social Sciences

“For me, the Access course opened up a new world of possibilities.”

Foundation Art & Design Available at the Oxford and Banbury campuses

This is an exciting one year ‘diagnostic’ programme of study aimed at preparing you for a Higher Education (HE) course in Art & Design at university or college. The course encourages critical independence and provides a fuller understanding of specialist art and design pathways so you can make an informed decision about progression to a suitable degree course. Foundation Art & Design is characterised by; • Experiential learning – based on experience and observation

• Experimental learning – testing ideas and techniques • Integrated learning – bringing together skills. Drawing and Historical & Contextual Studies are key components of the course, and you will have access to specialist studios including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, three-dimensional design, graphic design and painting.

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Accommodation Many HE students at OCVC live at home, taking full advantage of all the financial benefits and convenience this offers. But if you do need help with finding somewhere to live – whether you’re from the UK or abroad, or even if you live nearby and are having housing difficulties – we will help you in every way we can.

For example, we may be able to offer: • Shared student accommodation in fully furnished properties with individual study bedrooms • Homestay lodgings (accommodation with local families, with or without meals).

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We also offer guidance and support with renting privately, although we can’t take responsibility for private arrangements. To find out more, please contact our accommodation office on 01865 551958, or email accommodation@ocvc.ac.uk. Please note, all our accommodation is offered on a first come first served basis.


Finance There’s plenty of support available to help you pay for your studies. 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 bank account with a generous overdraft facility.

Maintenance Grants and Student Loans Get in touch with your local authority as soon as you apply for a course – 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.

OCVC bursaries and scholarships Bursaries are extra financial help for students from OCVC and our university partners. You don’t need to repay us, provided that you successfully complete the programme. For example, our Career Starter Bursary – available to all HE students who enrol – provides cash-back for up to a maximum of £900 on part-time and full-time courses on completion of the qualification. It’s designed to support students through the expensive process of seeking employment or postgraduate study; providing funds for attending interviews, creating portfolios, CVs and websites, and printing and reprographic costs. 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. To find out what’s on offer, contact uni@ocvc.ac.uk.

My maintenance grant really helped me focus on my studies. Sarah

Having access to the bursary fund is great. Jane

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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 hundreds of international students from all over the world choose to study at OCVC. The College sits in a most beautiful, sought-after location surrounded by countryside, yet close to the city centre. We deliver a wide choice of courses at all levels, vocational and academic, from our state-ofthe-art facilities – enabling students to progress to higher education or take the first steps in their chosen careers.

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The one-year International Study Programme combines academic study and English language training. The course will enable you to progress to an undergraduate degree course, 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. 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. For more information, please contact international@ocvc.ac.uk.


How to apply We welcome all applications to study at OCVC, and will allocate places on our courses on the basis of individual merit and without prejudice. We actively promote equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on grounds of age, cultural background, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Part-time students If you are planning to study part-time, you can apply directly to OCVC. Visit www.ocvc.ac.uk to download an application form, or call 01865 551691 for more information.

Full-time students

New Foundation Degrees With many new exciting courses being added to our already wide range, we aim to give even more choice at OCVC. It is definitely the place to be!

If you’re studying a degree course or an HND full-time, you need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 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.

• Publishing

The deadline for applications is 15 January in the year you wish to study – although if your application is received later than this we may still be able to consider it if there are places available.

• Business & Management

• Heritage & Restoration Skills for Built Environment • Social Enterprise • Construction • Early Years

You’ll need Institution, Course and Campus codes when you fill in the form – you can find these on the OCVC website.

• Culinary Arts

If we offer you a place on your chosen course, we’ll also invite you to an interview where you can meet your tutor and tour the campus.

• Football Academy

• Sports Science • Laboratory Assistance • Dance & Lifestyle

We look forward to welcoming you to OCVC!

• Public Services • Retail • Contemporary Performance & Production Practice • Creative Arts • Music Practice • Fashion, Fabrics & Accessories

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Oxford City Centre Campus Oxpens Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1SA Tel: 01865 550550 Fax: 01865 551386 email: uni@ocvc.ac.uk Banbury Campus Broughton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9QA Tel: 01865 550550 Fax: 01865 551777 email: uni@ocvc.ac.uk Bicester Campus Telford House, Telford Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4LA Tel: 01865 551155 Fax: 01865 551199 email: uni@ocvc.ac.uk Blackbird Leys Campus Cuddesdon Way, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 6HN Tel: 01865 550550 Fax: 01865 269299 email: uni@ocvc.ac.uk

For downloadable maps and travel advice, visit the respective website or contact uni@ocvc.ac.uk.

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