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School Leavers’ Prospectus 2012 Entry

Real courses Real prospects Realise your true potential in a Grade 1 Outstanding College


Welcome to Mid Cheshire College’s prospectus for School Leavers joining us in September 2012. Apply online at www.midchesh.ac.uk Or fill out the application form at the back of this prospectus.

We are able to offer this prospectus in other formats, including Braille, audio and large print. For further details, please contact Student Recruitment on 01606 74444. Mid Cheshire College positively encourages and promotes a culture of equal opportunity.


Mid Cheshire College is now one of the best-performing colleges in the country. After receiving a clean sweep of Grade 1s in our last Ofsted inspection we were very honoured to be awarded “Beacon College” status in July 2009, the highest accolade in the Further Education sector. Mid Cheshire College’s success is built upon the efforts of first-rate teachers and support staff as well as students who are genuinely committed to achieving their goals and aspirations. Indeed, if you choose to study at Mid Cheshire you are more likely to succeed than at almost any other college because our success rates are amongst the very best. The College also has excellent facilities for teaching and learning.

In September 2010 we opened the doors to our new £10m campus in the heart of Winsford and, at Hartford, we are currently building two superb facilities for Performing Arts and Sport, which will be available for use if you join us in 2012. We are specialists in vocational education, offering young people the opportunity to achieve nationally-recognised qualifications in almost all vocational areas, from Beauty Therapy to Plumbing and Science to Uniformed Public Services. With our support you will be well-placed to progress on to further study, Higher Education or employment. You will even have the opportunity to stay with us, if you choose, all the way to Foundation Degree-level. Don’t worry if you are still unsure about what you want to do when you leave school – this brochure will give you some tips and information on what your options are and our experienced tutors and Admissions Team will help you reach the best decision for you. We look forward to meeting you at one of our open evenings or at our Advice & Guidance sessions (see ‘Dates for your Diary’ on page 5).

In a £7.5m project to build two new facilities at the College’s Hartford campus, the next 12 months will see a brand new Dance, Drama, Fashion, Media, Photography and Sports facility taking shape. The state of the art building will also house a 200-seat theatre, a great asset to the local community.

My very best wishes for the year ahead and we hope to see you at Mid Cheshire College in September 2012. John Reilly Principal


Contents

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Support for Students

• Fees • Transport • Enrichment Activities

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How to Apply Page12

Information for Parents/Guardians Page15

Qualifications Explained Page18

Entry Requirements

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Course Areas

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Apprenticeships

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Health & Social Care

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Art & Design

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Hospitality & Catering

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Art & Design Fashion Graphic Design Photography

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Business

Children’s Care & Development

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Computing & Information Technology 32 Games Design & Animation

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Plumbing Carpentry & Joinery Brickwork Civil Engineering

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Engineering Motor Vehicle Motorcycle Electrical Installation Civil Engineering

Hair and Beauty Beauty Therapy Hairdressing

TV & Film Radio Production Games Design & Animation

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Performing Arts

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Music Performance Acting Dance Musical Theatre

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Public Services

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Science

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Mid Cheshire College Open Evenings – Hartford Campus Monday 10th October 2011 Wednesday 2nd November 2011

6.00pm – 8.30pm Year 11 Welcome Days for Students joining us in September Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th July 2012

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Construction Building Trades

Engineering & Motor Vehicle

Media/Creative Media Production 58

Dates for your Diary

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Sport & Recreation

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Football Development 76 Golf Development 76 Sport 77/78 Outdoor Adventure 79

Interviews will be arranged by appointment 10th November 2011 24th November 2011 8th December 2011 12th January 2012 26th January 2012 9th February 2012 1st March 2012 15th March 2012 29th March 2012 26th April 2012 10th May 2012 24th May 2012 21st June 2012

Travel & Tourism

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Foundation Learning

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Entry Level

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6.30pm – 8.30pm

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Advice and Guidance available from 7.00pm- 8.00pm

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Interview Evenings – Thursdays at Hartford Campus

How to find us

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Support for Students

If there comes a time when you need help, support or advice, we’re here for you. What can Mid Cheshire College offer? As a student at Mid Cheshire College you will be entitled to a high standard of service, a quality educational experience and excellent pastoral care as detailed in our Student Charter.

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Advice on meeting the cost of coming to College. Fees for Further Education Courses

College Transport

The College offers a range of Students aged 16-18 do not have support to help full-time students with the cost of transport. If you to pay course fees or exam fees. use an Arriva bus we offer a There may be a charge for subsidy on a Student Saver Ticket. equipment and materials and for If you travel some other way and your course and field trips. live more than 3 miles from However, you may apply to the College we offer a range of Student Support Fund for help support, which includes travel towards course-related costs if grants, special College bus you are experiencing financial services from Runcorn and difficulties. Check our website, Warrington and grants to www.midchesh.ac.uk or contact purchase bicycles. In addition, if Student Services for further you are 16-18 years old, live more information. than 3 miles from College, are Financial Support resident in Cheshire West and Our Student Support Fund Chester or Cheshire East and this provides financial help to students is the nearest College offering the facing difficulties. Help is available course you want, your Local with the cost of: Education Authority may also • Course books and equipment provide support. • Uniforms Contacts • Educational Visits In Cheshire West and Chester • Travel to and from College and Cheshire East: • Miscellaneous costs such as Cheshire Integrated Transport CRB checks, etc. Tel: 01244 976044 Applications can be made once If you would like an information you have accepted a place on a leaflet on how to access the course and a decision will be given support available or if you have once the funding has been any queries or concerns about confirmed, usually early June. The travel to and from College, check funding becomes available once a our website, www.midchesh.ac.uk student has started attending the or contact Student Services on course in September. 01606 720750. The fund is limited and applications are assessed individually on the basis of need.

Pastoral Care & Support with Learning As a full-time student you will have a personal tutor whom you will meet during induction. Your personal tutor will support you and others in the tutorial group on both an individual and group basis, and you will develop a Personal Action Plan. Your tutor will review your progress and put you in touch with other support staff as necessary.

Application forms are available on our website, www.midchesh.ac.uk or you can contact Student Services on 01606 720649.

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Learning Support The College positively welcomes students with learning difficulties and disabilities and provides high-quality additional support as required. Buildings on most sites have ramped access and toilets designed for people with disabilities. The Hartford site is equipped with a lift suitable for wheelchair users. There are automatic doors on all entrances and exits, semi-automatic internal doors and a deaf-alert fire alarm system. The Student Development Centre helps full-time and part-time students develop and improve English, Mathematics and IT skills, time management and personal organisation. Students can access regular help

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with understanding, researching and writing assignments and proof reading. A range of specialist equipment is available. Well-qualified and experienced support staff includes tutors and communicators who work with individuals in class or in a dedicated study area and educational support assistants who enable learners to participate fully in their studies and College life in general. Please let us know if you are a wheelchair user, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, have mental health difficulties or a medical condition, such as epilepsy, ADHD or Asperger’s Syndrome. Specialist assessment and support is also provided for students with dyslexia.

If you would like to discuss your support needs, please contact our Additional Support Manager, Pam Ramduny, on 01606 720647 or e-mail pramduny@midchesh.ac.uk

Information and Advice Student Services is accessible from 8.30am to 5.00pm (4.30pm Fridays) during term-time. We provide information on: • Courses at the College • Further Education • Higher Education • Travel • Grants • Careers • Childcare


Finance and Welfare Advice

Library Services

There are libraries at both College sites and students are welcome Information and advice on to visit either library regardless grants and finance is available of their course or place of study. in confidence from a trained A wide range of books, CDs, member of staff. DVDs, journals, magazines, Childcare newspapers, etc, are available Information on the extensive both paper-based and online, as range of local childcare services well as space and individual and the various sources of computer access for private study. childcare funding is available from The library catalogue can be our website, www.midchesh.ac.uk searched from the Internet or Student Services. http://library.midchesh.ac.uk. The Counselling College also has a virtual learning A confidential counselling service environment which can be accessed from any College is provided by a qualified computer or at home via the counsellor. Internet. It contains a range of Impartial Advice, Information and Guidance learning materials and access to the intranet with many valuable The aim of the service is to sites highlighted. provide high quality and effective pre-entry information, advice and Sport, Recreation & guidance to all potential students Enrichment Activities A wide range of enrichment for part-time and full-time opportunities are available courses. including, the Duke of Careers and Educational Edinburgh Award, peer Guidance mentoring, volunteer The careers and educational opportunities, student guidance advisers help with your ambassadors and peer drugs choice of employment and education. Further and Higher Education The ‘Rec Zone’ at Hartford offers opportunities. All students and potential students are entitled to pool, table football, board games, cards and music channels on a informed, impartial and supportive careers education and large screen. Lunchtime activities in the gym at Hartford include guidance which will enable them to make informed career decisions badminton, table tennis, 5-a-side football and basketball. that are consistent with their Lunchtime access to the fitness abilities and needs. The College works closely with the Connexions suite is available at both the Hartford and Winsford sites. Service. If you would like an appointment to see a careers and Seminars and social events are educational guidance adviser or organised throughout the year finance adviser before applying including health and diversity for a course, please contact weeks and trips to Alton Towers reception. etc. Activities will be advertised on the notice boards around College. Any new ideas will be very welcome.

Student Involvement The College positively encourages student involvement at all levels. This ranges from commenting on how well your lessons help you learn and on all other aspects of your experience at College, to involvement with the recruitment of staff, to having representatives on College committees and the Governing Body. Students have an active Student Union which all students are automatically members of and which is affiliated to the National Union of Students. They organise social activities, charity events, clubs and societies, and so on, and have a Student Council which meets once a term and advises College Managers. The National Union of Students also organises national discounts on behalf of students, which can be accessed by buying one of their NUS Extra Cards for £11.

Snacks and Meals A variety of value-for-money meals and snacks catering for all tastes is available from the food zones on each campus.

Compliments, Complaints and Suggestions If you think the College does something well, or could improve upon something, your comments would be of great value, please contact Student Services for further details. Also look out for the ‘voice’ boxes around College.

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How to apply

The College works very closely with the Connexions Service. If you are still at school you will have access to a Connexions Personal Adviser who will be able to give you impartial advice. If you have left school, Connexions has branches on the high streets of the main towns in Cheshire. Alternatively, you may wish to book an interview with a Careers Adviser, who will be able to discuss the best way forward at Mid Cheshire College.

If you require further details about any of the courses listed in this prospectus, or if you prefer to talk with someone before completing an application form, call us on 01606 74444 – the Admissions team will be happy to help.

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You can apply using the full-time application form at the back of this prospectus.

Please send your completed application form to: Central Admissions Mid Cheshire College Chester Road Hartford Campus Northwich Cheshire CW8 1LJ

The Admissions team will acknowledge your application by telephone and arrange an interview that is convenient for you. Your interview will take place within three weeks of receipt of your application form. At this stage, you will receive further advice and guidance from College tutors.

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If you are successful at interview, you will be offered a provisional place which will be reserved for you on your chosen course starting in September 2012. Offers made are based on estimated GCSE grades, performance at interview and a suitable reference.

You will be asked to come to the College to enrol on your course towards the end of August or start of September 2012. You will need to bring evidence of your GCSE grades (results will be available on Thursday 23rd August 2012).

Or online at www.midchesh.ac.uk Please complete your application form as soon as possible as places on all courses are limited.

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Please telephone 01606 74444 for an appointment.


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Information for Parents/Guardians

We will do our utmost to ensure every student has a quality learning experience. Prior to applying for a place at the College, all potential students will be given plenty of opportunities to find out about Mid Cheshire College and the courses on offer. In school the Connexions Personal Adviser will have details on all of our courses. Potential students will also be offered impartial advice and guidance from specialist Career Officers at the College. The College also offers a taster day to all Year 11 pupils, to enable them to experience their preferred course in a classroom/workshop situation, and get an idea of what the course is really like before they start College. These will be held Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th July 2012.

“I really enjoy creative writing. Ideally I want to go to university and then become either a script writer or jounalist.� Rob Cayton, Media (TV & Film) Student 12


How to find out more about the College Open Evenings The College Open Evenings for Year 11 pupils will be held at Hartford Campus on Monday 10th October and Wednesday 2nd November 2011 from 6.00pm – 8.30pm. This is a chance to see the College, meet the staff and see the outstanding facilities for yourself. Experienced tutors and the Admissions team will also be on hand to provide information on the qualifications and the courses available.

Advice and Guidance Sessions and Interview Evenings In addition to the Open Evenings, the College holds regular advice and guidance sessions on Thursday evenings between 7.00pm and 8.00pm. These are designed for anyone who hasn’t yet decided which course they would like to do and to gain specific information on the types of qualifications and courses available. Pre-booked interviews will also take place on the same dates for those individuals who have completed an application for a specific course.

Website www.midchesh.ac.uk

Higher Education Opportunities

Smartphone App Information can also be accessed via the College’s Smartphone App, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Android Market.

Once Applied Applications are based on predicted GCSE results. Your son or daughter will need to apply early in Year 11 to ensure that they give themselves enough time to get the advice and guidance they’ll need to ensure they choose the right course for them. They will be invited to an interview, which you can also attend. The College has an open access policy and for some courses there are no entry requirements. For others, the courses have very specific entry requirements, and although the College can offer a provisional place based on predicted GCSE grades, enrolment on their course of choice can only take place after they have received their GCSE results (on Thursday 23rd August 2012).

Mid Cheshire College is a great place for students to continue their education, it offers a wide variety of ‘Further Education’ (post-16) courses and also a varied selection of ‘Foundation Degree’ ‘Higher Education’ courses.

Monitoring and Progress Students have to attend College regularly and act with responsibility during their course. Attendance and progress is carefully monitored and it is the College’s aim, with the student’s permission, to keep parents/guardians informed through parents’ evenings and end of year reports.

Discipline The College is proud of the secure environment it provides for students. All students are given a code of conduct which helps them to ensure that the environment in which they are learning is the most enjoyable for themselves and other students. In the unlikely event that your son or daughter breaches any of the College’s rules there is a clear Disciplinary Procedure which will be followed.

You can download information from the website on courses, news, sports results and events at College. You can now also apply Attendance online. If you miss any of the Students can expect to attend above events, please telephone the College on 01606 74444 and college for a minimum of 3 days per week. an appointment can be made for you to have a look around and get some advice and guidance at any time.

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Qualifications Explained

Unravel the mysteries of educational jargon. Entry Level

BTEC Diplomas (Level 2)

Functional Skills

Entry Level courses are for those who have gained no formal qualifications at school, need further career guidance and would like to try a range of options with extra support.

These Level 2 qualifications provide a strong basis to progress into junior level employment or Further Education.

As a full-time student (16-18), it is mandatory that you will be studying at least one Functional Skill alongside your main programme. These include English, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology. Functional Skills are designed to provide the necessary levels of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills needed to ‘function’ in today’s society and workplace.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) NVQs are work-related qualifications, based upon standards set by industry. These concentrate on the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective in specific work situations. All of the NVQs outlined in this prospectus are full-time and are studied at the College.

BTEC Diplomas (Level 1) These Level 1 qualifications give an introduction to a vocational programme and a strong basis for successful study and progression opportunities.

BTEC Extended Diplomas (Equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels) These Level 3 qualifications provide specialised skills, are recognised by employers and are accepted entry qualifications for Higher Education courses at university.

BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design This post-18, but pre-degree course is offered in Art & Design only. It provides the opportunity to develop a portfolio of artwork prior to taking a Degree course in art.

During your first term you will be assessed and then placed on a Functional Skill at a level that is appropriate for you. These skills are important qualifications to achieve and will help you succeed in your chosen career path and life in general. They are recognised by employers and universities. They are about ensuring that what you do is clear, accurate and fit for purpose.

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Foundation Degrees The College offers a wide selection of Foundation Degrees, which are vocational Higher Education qualifications that combine workplace learning and experience with academic learning. They are developed and

delivered together by employers, colleges and universities. Foundation Degrees are flexible qualifications – they place an emphasis on work related learning which may be based on your own employment, work experience, live projects, work related projects or placements. Entry requirements are often flexible too. In Foundation Degree courses academic learning is strongly linked to learning through work. This means that your learning is relevant to your own professional context and enables you to gain the skills and knowledge to be competitive in the workplace and further your career prospects. A full-time programme takes 2 years, usually run over 2 full days each week and a part-time programme between 3 to 4 years to complete. After completing your Foundation Degree you will have the opportunity to carry on learning, either for other professional qualifications or on the final year of certain Honours Degree courses. All Foundation Degrees are validated and run in collaboration with either Manchester Metropolitan University or the University of Chester.

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Work Experience Work experience forms an important part of many of our main courses of study and will enable you to put into practice the skills and knowledge you gain on your course.

Apprenticeships If you are aged over 16 you can study for a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining work experience in employment – as an apprentice you really do get the best of both worlds. Apprentices learn in the workplace. You will be trained in the skills you need for the career you’ve chosen, whilst you work towards a qualification. Your employer will pay your wages and give you ‘on the job’ training. For further information see page 19 of this prospectus.

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Entry requirements – what you’ll need to take the next step The level you’ll be studying at will depend on what qualifications you attain. The table below shows what’s needed to study at each different level. We’ll expect you to have an interest in the subject you study and a good school report, and when you come for interview you’ll need to bring your Record of Achievement/Progress file, if you have one. If you’re already a Mid Cheshire student moving up to the next level course, you’ll need supporting reference from your tutor. In certain circumstances, we may make exceptions to these criteria.

To study at Entry Level:

To study at Level 1:

To study at Level 2:

To study at Level 3:

To study at Level 4 or 5:

• Entry Level courses

• BTEC Introductory Certificate or Diploma

• BTEC Diploma

• BTEC Extended Diploma

• BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design

t t t t t • NVQ Level 1

• NVQ Level 2 • Intermediate programmes

• Foundation programmes

• NVQ Level 3 • Advanced Certificate or Diploma

• Foundation Degree

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You will need either...

You will need either...

• 2 GCSEs at grade E–G

• 4 GCSEs at grade D or above

You will need either...

You will need either...

t t t t t • No formal qualifications

OR • Entry Level 3 OR • Another relevant ‘Entry Level’ qualification

OR • BTEC Introductory Certificate or Diploma OR • Appropriate NVQ Level 1 OR • another relevant Level 1 or ‘foundation’ qualification

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*- C OR • BTEC Diploma OR • Appropriate NVQ Level 2 OR • another relevant Level 2 or ‘intermediate’ qualification

See each individual course for any specific Entry Requirements. Although it’s not essential, ideally the College would prefer you to have a GCSE in English and Maths.

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• BTEC Extended Diploma OR • GCE A levels OR • NVQ Level 3 OR • another relevant Level 3 or ‘advanced’ qualification


Apprenticeships

The proven way to earn as you learn. Apprenticeships give you the chance to earn while you learn. First you’ll need to decide which career suits you best; there are lots to choose from. You’ll work full-time for your employer and attend Mid Cheshire College one day per week, studying for a qualification in the area of work you have chosen. Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged over 16 who is leaving or has already left full-time education. Entry requirements are flexible because Apprenticeships aren’t just based on academic achievement but will depend on the career path chosen. To do well on an Apprenticeship, you need to be focused on your chosen career and be prepared to work hard to achieve success.

What can you expect from your employer? Once you find a job you will agree a learning plan with your employer and Mid Cheshire College and a training programme will be put together for you. Your employer will provide a safe working environment and will also work together with the College to ensure you achieve your qualifications.

What’s expected of you? You will be expected to work normal working hours for your employer to earn your wages. You'll also need to work towards gaining a National Vocational Qualification (QCF) by completing a portfolio demonstrating your competence at work.

What will you gain? You will gain practical experience, skills and knowledge from working in your chosen area of employment. A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)/(QCF) Credit Framework, at Level 2 for an Apprenticeship, or Level 3 for an Advanced Apprenticeship. Funtional Skills/Key Skills qualifications, e.g. English, Mathematics and IT. A Technical Certificate which will be a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships are available in: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Accounting Business Administration Carpentry & Joinery Child Care Customer Service Electrical Installation Engineering Food & Drink Service Hair & Beauty Health & Social Care Hospitality & Catering Hospitality Supervision Management Motor Vehicle Plumbing Professional Cookery Teaching Assistants (subject to approval) • Team Leading

You can register on the vacancy matching website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk and you will have the opportunity to look at vacancies from employers.

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Studies in Art & Design

An excellent art and design reputation, boosted by stateof-the-art facilities. The Art & Design department is highly regarded and enjoys a deserved reputation for excellence in the region. Art & Design students have the opportunity to work in various media in the two purpose built Arts buildings at the Hartford Campus. They boast a range of spacious art studios, ceramics, multi-material studios and IT rooms. All courses incorporate educational visits to galleries, exhibitions and events. Many also include foreign trips, the most recent of which have included Berlin, Vienna and New York. Photography and Fashion courses will take place in the brand new ÂŁ7.5 million state-of-the-art media, performing arts and sports building which incorporates a number of well-equipped photographic studios, dark rooms and photo imaging and scanning suites. In addition to the design and pattern cutting workshops, fashion students have the use of a dedicated IT suite featuring industry-standard Gerber digital design and plotting equipment.

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The students’ achievements are outstanding with excellent progression to Higher Education and employment. The College has close links with local universities, including Chester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford and Liverpool. Courses are available for everyone who has an interest in art and/or design from Level 1 to Degree level.

Entry Level Course in Art and Design For students with no formal qualifications, Art and Design is available as part of the Entry Level Programme, see page 85.


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“Studying Fashion at Mid Cheshire has given me the experience I need to move on to a world-class establishment like Central St. Martins.� Cyrus Wong, Fashion Student 22


BTEC Diploma in Art & Design (Level 1)

BTEC Diploma in Art & Design (Level 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio.

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels

Content This course is designed to help you explore various areas within general art and design and build a portfolio of work. You will explore units consisting of researching, drawing, painting, textiles and history of art to produce final outcomes and prepare you for application to BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design. Learning and Assessment Learning takes place through practical studio work, projects and visits and frequent tutorial reviews. Units are assessed through the practical work produced on the course. Some writing is required for all units. Personal and social development skills will also be studied alongside this qualification.

Content This eight unit course is designed to help you decide which area of art and design would be most appropriate for you to specialise in and to acquire a good standard of art, design and functional skills. You will study drawing, painting, textiles, ceramics, 3D design and art history. Learning and Assessment You will undertake practical studio work, independent assignments, lectures and written evaluation. Assessment is continuous and writing is required for all units. Learning takes place through practical work and your progress is reviewed frequently through tutorials.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. Content Year 1 – Projects will involve the main areas of art and design activity, including fashion textiles, painting, visual communication, ceramics, art/design history, drawing, graphics and 3D design. Year 2 – Increasing specialism in chosen areas with tutorial discussion and support regarding career progression. Learning and Assessment Work is practical and studio/workshop based although each unit requires written evaluation.

Prospects

Prospects

Prospects

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Art & Design, apprenticeships and supported employment.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design or a specialist area.

You can progress on to a Degree or Foundation Degree in a range of specialist studies e.g. graphic design, 3D design, fashion, textile design and fine art. You can also progress on to the BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design. Employment opportunities exist as a commercial artist, art director, editor, sculptor, art critic or art gallery curator.

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BTEC Diploma in Fashion (Level 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing (Level 3)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio.

Content This course will give you the skills required by fashion designers, including design for a broad range of garments, fashion illustration techniques, trend prediction, pattern cutting, textile design and manufacture skills. You will look at the historical development of fashion and how fashion relates to the business world.

Content This course will cover a comprehensive range of design and techniques for graphic designers and/or illustrators, layout design, visualising, or illustrations, including idea generation, typography and design for print. You will use industry standard computer graphic applications. Second year projects provide the opportunity to focus on strengths and portfolio and also preparation for Higher Education.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. Content This eight unit course is designed to help you to build a portfolio of fashion design work to prepare you for application to BTEC Extended Diploma Fashion (Level 3). You will study designers, fashion illustration and the history of fashion. Learning and Assessment You will undertake practical work, independent assignments, lectures and written evaluation. Assessments are continuous with tutorial support. Some written work is required throughout all units. Learning takes place through practical work, visits and frequent reviews.

Prospects On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to a BTEC Extended Diploma in Fashion.

Learning and Assessment An experimental approach to a wide range of design problems is encouraged. Work is project based starting with research and design development leading towards final design solutions. As the work progresses it becomes more applied and you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced designers who have a long history of success in placing students both in Higher Education and industry. Coursework is assessed continuously and the final major project will be assessed by exhibition.

Prospects You will be able to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Fashion Design or a 3 year BA Fashion Degree. There are employment opportunities in design, technical fashion (pattern cutting), theatre wardrobe, buying/merchandising, retail management, fashion journalist or editor.

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Learning and Assessment An experimental approach to a wide range of design problems is encouraged. Work is project based starting with research and design development leading towards final design solutions. As the work progresses it becomes more applied and you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced designers who have a long history of success in placing students both in Higher Education and industry. Coursework is assessed continuously through project work and a final major project will be assessed by exhibition.

Prospects You will be able to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design or a range of BA courses offered throughout the UK. Employment opportunities exist in advertising, fashion, photography, web design, publication design and book design.


BTEC Extended Diploma in Photography (Level 3)

BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Length of Course 1 year – post A level/pre-degree

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. Content During the first year this course will cover a range of photographic subject areas including studio still life, portraiture, advertising, editorial, newspaper and technical photography. There is a strong emphasis on developing photographic skill using a range of camera types and lighting techniques, along with new digital technologies appropriate to photography. In the second year of study there is an opportunity to specialise in a specific field of photography. You will also study design history, photographic theory, computer graphics and business studies. Learning and Assessment An experimental approach to a wide range of design problems is encouraged. Work is project based starting with research and design development leading towards final photographic solutions. As the work progresses it becomes more applied and you will be expected to rely on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced photographers who have a long history of success in industry and placing students into Higher Education. Coursework is assessed continuously and a final major project assessed by exhibition.

Prospects You can progress on to our Foundation Degree in Contemporary Photography, or a range of Degree courses offered throughout the UK. Employment opportunities exist in advertising, fashion, photographic laboratory work, photographic assistant and medical, press, sport and wedding photography.

Entry Requirements 5 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. Content This course will give you a broad based experience in art and design, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, 3D design, textile design, graphic design. Through tutorial guidance and practical experience students eventually elect to work in one particular area of study. Learning and Assessment Learning is through tutorials, consultation, and practical studies/workshop lectures and a personal written reflective diary. Formal assessment during the first two terms will allow you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and assist you to make the appropriate applications to Higher Education. There is a final major project assessed by exhibition.

What you can do next Higher Education opportunities in Art & Design at Mid Cheshire College After successfully completing your BTEC Extended Diploma course, you can stay on at the College to progress on to a higher level programme, including: • BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design 1 year full-time (post A level, pre-degree) Foundation Degrees in: • Contemporary Photography • Fashion Design • Graphic Design During the final year of your BTEC Extended Diploma, you will receive advice and guidance on all the opportunities available to you, to enable you to make the right choices. For further information on HE courses, call 01606 74444 or see the Higher Education Prospectus for further details.

Prospects Degree, Foundation Degree or HND in a range of specialist studies e.g. graphic design, 3D design, fashion/textile design, fine art. A number of students each year are guaranteed places at Manchester Metropolitan or Salford Universities to which the course is affiliated.

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Studies in Business

Professional training for careers in supervisory and management positions. Our business courses enable students to develop the skills and knowledge required for a range of business and retail related careers, including professions such as accounting, human resources, retail and law, as well as supervisory and management positions and self employment. Many students successfully progress on to Higher Education qualifications, such as the Foundation Degree in Business and Management or professional qualifications such as The Chartered Institute of Marketing or Management Accountants.

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BTEC Diploma in Business (Level 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. Content A BTEC Diploma is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It introduces learners to particular areas of business and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification. The course is made up of ten units – four core units provide a general foundation and six specialist units introduce learners to particular topics in more depth. Students will study units including business purposes, business organisations, financial forecasting for business, people in organisations, using office equipment, providing business support, personal selling in business, customer relations in business, business online, book-keeping for business. Learning and Assessment All units are assessed and graded by tutors. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Pass, Merit or Distinction grades are awarded. There are no external examinations.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Content A BTEC Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Students focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge. The course is made up of eighteen units – four core units plus fourteen specialist units, including the business environment, business resources, introduction to marketing, business communication, business accounting, creative product promotion, recruitment and selection in business, developing teams in business, the impact of communications technology on business, market research in business and internet marketing.

What you can do next Higher Education opportunities in Business at Mid Cheshire College After successfully completing the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business, you can stay on at the College to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Business & Management. During the final year of your BTEC Extended Diploma, you will receive advice and guidance on all the opportunities available to you, to enable you to make the right choices. See the Higher Education Prospectus for further details.

Learning and Assessment All units are assessed and graded by tutors. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Pass, Merit or Distinction grades are awarded. There are no external examinations.

Prospects

Prospects

After completing the course, you will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business or into employment.

BTEC Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and lead to career opportunities in business specialisms such as finance, human resources, management or marketing, as well as other business-related careers. Learners may also progress within employment to professional qualifications such as those offered by the Chartered Institutes of Marketing, Management Accountants and Personnel Development. Alternatively, students may wish to progress on to the Foundation Degree courses in Business or other relevant higher level qualifications.

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Studies in Children’s Care & Development

Broaden your understanding of childcare services in the UK and abroad. All childcare courses provide child development and childcare theory from birth to eight years. Each course has a large practical element during which students gain ‘hands-on’ experience in day nurseries, schools, playgroups and families. Practical sessions are enhanced using the College’s new ‘Skills Room’ at the Winsford Campus, classrooms have a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, including cots, baby changing facilities and a virtual primary school classroom. The College has close links with a wide range of employers; guest speakers attend lectures and talk to the students about industry experience, vacancies and work placements, which helps to broaden the students’ understanding of childcare services. The students are also involved in a volunteer scheme, ‘Holidays with Help’, which allows them to help families with disabilities during their vacations. In addition, visits are included to local universities, such as Chester, Edge Hill and Stafford.

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BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care (Level 1)

BTEC Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development (Level 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be required.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be required.

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Content This course will introduce the skills and knowledge required for progression into a health or childcare career or further training. You will study health and social care, child development, human growth, food and nutrition, health and safety and play. The course will also include numeracy, IT and literacy skill development. Learning and Assessment Learning is through practical and classroom activity plus visits to care and early year’s settings.

Content On the course, you will cover working with children and babies, child safety, play and physical care of the developing child, childhood illness and preparation for employment. Work experience is a major part of the course. The course will also include numeracy, IT and literacy skill development. Learning and Assessment Assessment of competence is an essential part of the qualification. Learning is through work-based assignments.

Prospects

Prospects

You may with good attendance and tutor reference be able to progress on to a Level 2 qualification in Early Years or Care, such as the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development. Alternatively, you may wish to consider employment in the care sector or in a nursery setting, or an apprenticeship in childcare.

You may be able to progress on to the Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development Level 3. Alternatively, you may wish to consider employment in nurseries and playgroups.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be required. Content On this programme, you will cover equality of opportunity, growth and development, healthcare, first aid, play, childcare, education, early years curriculum, social and legal aspects, special needs, working with parents, language development, food and nutrition and child protection. You will gain practical experience through a variety of placements, working with an age group of 0-8 years. Learning and Assessment Learning is through assignments, group work, role-play, research, tutorials and structured individual study. You will be assessed on your work placements and on a series of assignments, activity plans and written observations of children undertaken over the two years.

Prospects You will be able to progress on to primary school teacher training, childhood studies, or you may wish to consider employment in the care sector i.e. as a nursery officer in the social services, children’s courier, nursery supervisor, crèche, play group or pre-school leader, childminder, nanny or classroom assistant.

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Studies in Computing & Information Technology

Specialist IT suites with state-of-the-art hardware and software. The College offers a range of courses and qualifications in Computing and ICT up to Foundation Degree level, with students able to choose between Software Development and IT System Support routes. The dedicated IT suites include a specialist PC/network lab where students can gain hands-on experience of setting up and repairing computer systems and networks. The computer rooms are fully equipped with multimedia/programming software and access to the Internet. Fully programmable buggies and control systems are used to stimulate learning in the areas of programming, communications and fault diagnosis. The qualifications offered include a variety of Computing and ICT disciplines including software design; website creation and management; systems analysis; hardware installation; system security; networking and IT user skills. Students will learn how to develop the skills needed to work in the IT industry.

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“I have completed the Level 3 IT course and decided to stay at Mid Cheshire to progress to the Foundation Degree in Information and Communication Technology. I then hope to complete the third year at the University of Chester to gain a full honours degree.� James Moores, IT Student

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BTEC Diploma in IT

BTEC Extended Diploma in IT

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. Content This course will introduce you to computer software and hardware and how users and businesses use computers to satisfy their requirements. A wide range of options are available on this course, the units delivered are dependent on student numbers and demand. For example you will use a variety of industry standard software to create IT solutions including web development, spreadsheets and databases. More technical options will cover software installation and hardware support and networking. Learning and Assessment There will be continuous assessment through practical and written assignments.

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Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Content This course will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a variety of IT specialisms. A wide range of options are available on this course, the units delivered are dependent on student numbers and demand. Units include software development and computer programming, databases and spreadsheets, digital graphics and web design. More technical options include software and hardware configuration and support, networking and system security. Learning and Assessment There will be continuous assessment of practical work and written assignments.

Prospects

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in IT or another Level 3 course. Alternatively, you may wish to consider employment at trainee level within a range of ICT areas.

You will be able to progress on to the Foundation Degree in ICT at Mid Cheshire College or a relevant HND or Degree at other colleges/ universities. There are employment opportunities at trainee level within a wide range of ICT contexts, such as web designer, programmer, network or database administrator.


BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Games Design and Animation) (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. Content This course will offer you the chance to realise your creative potential in a modern and exciting way, whilst creating new and exciting approaches to designing idents and motion graphics for TV and the web. You will develop new skills in computer games design, graphics and 3D modelling by creating and bringing to life your own design and characters. Design cutting edge digital illustrations to create engaging graphic narratives such as comic, informational or eBook design. Unleash your creativity making music promo videos using digital video, animation techniques and motion design. Boost your skills on the web

by developing your own site designs and online games. You will also complete research and analysis units investigating the creative media industries and how they work. You will receive regular tutorials to review and support your work. Learning and Assessment Coursework is assessed continuously and a final major project assessed by exhibition. An experimental approach to a wide range of design problems is encouraged. Work is project based starting with research and design development leading towards final design solutions. As the work progresses it becomes more applied and you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced tutors who have a long history of success in placing students both in higher education and industry.

What you can do after Level 2 On successful completion of the Level 2 BTEC Diploma you can progress on to a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma. You can study the Level 3 Extended Diploma straight after school, if you have the relevant qualifations.

What you can do after Level 3 After successfully completing your Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in IT, you can stay on at the College to progress on to the Foundation Degree in ICT. During the final year of your Level 3 course, you will receive advice and guidance on all the opportunities available to you, to enable you to make the right choices. See the Higher Education Prospectus for further details.

Prospects You could progress on to a 2 year Foundation Degree or 3 year BA Hons Degree course in an appropriate subject. Employment opportunities in Digital Arts include: Web Design, Flash Animator, Interactive Designer, 3D modelling, 3D environment designer, Interface designer, Video compositor (special effects), 2D Animator and Graphic Design.

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Studies in Construction & Building Trades

Build a new career – a skilled trade offers endless job opportunities. There are many skills shortages within the field of construction, which means that there are excellent employment opportunities for you to build a career in the industry if you have the right training and qualifications. The College’s programmes can lead to a variety of careers, in trades such as brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and civil engineering. A successful career in any of the building trades could lead to you earning a high salary, or even owning your own company, and there are opportunities for both men and women. The purpose-built workshops and classrooms enable students to develop the skills and knowledge required to build a career in these areas.

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Plumbing

Carpentry & Joinery Diploma

(Level 1 & 2)

(Level 1 & 2)

Length of Course 1 year Foundation followed by 1 year Intermediate.

Length of Course 1 year Level 1 Diploma followed by 1 year Level 2 Diploma.

Entry Requirements Foundation Level - 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification. Intermediate Level -Successful completion of Foundation Level.

Entry Requirements Level 1 Diploma - 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification. Level 2 Diploma -Successful completion of Level 1 Diploma.

Content The foundation year introduces you to the construction trade and gives you practical knowledge of basic plumbing pipework and fittings. You will study health and safety rules and industry regulations.

Content The Level 1 Diploma introduces you to the construction trade and gives you practical knowledge of basic carpentry and joinery skills including mortice and tenon joints and dovetail joints and using hand tools. You will study health and safety rules and industry regulations.

On successful completion of the foundation course you may progress on to the intermediate course when you will practise many aspects of plumbing that will prepare you for work in the plumbing trade, including hot and cold water services, sanitation systems, and central heating. Learning and Assessment All units are assessed throughout the course, using a variety of methods including practical assessment and written work.

Prospects On successful completion of this course you will be able to seek employment in the plumbing trade, possibly as an Advanced Apprentice.

On successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma you may progress on to the Level 2 Diploma when you will practise many aspects of carpentry and joinery that will prepare you for work in the carpentry and joinery trade, including hanging doors, pitched roofs and using a range of portable power tools. Learning and Assessment All units are assessed throughout the course, using a variety of methods including practical tasks and written work.

Prospects On successful completion of this course you will be able to seek employment in the carpentry and joinery trade. Whilst working you will be able to go on to do an Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery.

THIS COURSE MAY LEAD TO AN APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK SUBJECT TO SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT BEING OBTAINED. Most Building Trades offer an Apprenticeship at Level 3 at Mid Cheshire College – ask for further details.

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Brickwork Diploma (Level 1 & 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year Level 1 Diploma followed by 1 year Level 2 Diploma.

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements Level 1 Diploma - 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification. Level 2 Diploma -Successful completion of Level 1 Diploma.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Preferably the GCSEs should include Maths and Science.

Content The Level 1 Diploma year introduces you to the construction trade and gives you practical knowledge of basic brickwork skills including arches, decorative banding, corners, pillars and walls. You will study health and safety rules and industry regulations. On successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma you may progress on to the Level 2 Diploma when you will practise many aspects of brickwork that will prepare you for work in the brickwork trade, including copings, indents, toothings, extensions, garden walls and cavities. Learning and Assessment All units are assessed throughout the course, using a variety of methods including practical tasks and written work.

Prospects On successful completion of this course you will be able to seek employment in the brickwork trade. Whilst working you will be able to go on to an Apprenticeship in Brickwork.

Content This course is theory based with some practical work. You will cover the following areas: Construction technology and design, sustainable construction, project management, surveying, health and safety issues, science and materials and measurement. Learning and Assessment This will be through classroom studies, practical work, problem solving, communicating ideas, teamwork and assignments. There will be continuous assessment of a portfolio containing evidence of completed assignments.

Prospects After completing this course, you will be qualified to progress on to university or employment within the construction and civil engineering industries and pursue careers such as a land surveyor, quantity surveyor, CAD technician, construction site management or within architecture and architectural technology.

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Studies in Engineering & Motor Vehicle

The College boasts the best workshop facilities in the area for General Engineering and Motor Vehicle. These include an extensive, fully-equipped motor vehicle and motorcycle workshop complete with emissions diagnostic equipment, and an integrated fabrication and welding and machine shop workshop. In addition, the College has excellent resource-based learning areas, complete with systems to assist in computer-aided manufacturing. The College’s programmes can lead to a variety of careers in general engineering and the motor industry as well as in the building professions, such as architecture, civil engineering, building management and services, quantity surveying, structural engineering and electrical installation.

Entry Level Course in Motor Vehicle For students with no formal qualifications, Motor Vehicle is available as part of the Entry Level programme, see page 85.

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“I’ve always wanted to work with cars and the facilities here are perfect for giving me the correct knowledge I need for getting a job in the Motor Vehicle industry.” Ng’andwe Mubili, Motor Vehicle Student

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Foundation in Engineering

Institute of The Motor Industry (IMI) Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Institute of The Motor Industry (IMI) Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

(Level 1)

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent.

Content This is an introductory course and will consist of a combination of practical and theory. It enables students to experience activities in general engineering, electrical installation, motor vehicle and fabrication and welding.

Content This course is an introduction to both theory and practical work within the motor vehicle industry. The subjects covered within the course include working safely and effectively, foundation skills, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems, operating principles of engines, operating principles and maintenance of transmission systems, operating principles of electrical and electronic systems.

Content This course provides an indepth study of the motor industry including practical and theory in the following areas: Working safely and effectively, foundation skills, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems, operating principles of engines, operating principles and maintenance of transmission systems, operating principles of electrical and electronic systems.

Learning and Assessment There will be continuous assessment through practical tasks and short assignments.

Prospects You will be able to progress on to a Level 2 qualification in a more specialised area, such as the BTEC Diploma in Engineering, Motor Vehicle Studies or Electrical Installation. Alternatively, you may wish to consider employment at a junior level.

Learning and Assessment Most of your time will be spent in the workshops and there may also be work experience at a garage. The practical element of the course is continuously assessed in College and on work experience. The theory is also continuously assessed.

Prospects Prospects The programme is designed to enable you to progress on to a second year, where you will gain the Institute of the Motor Industry at Level 2. Alternatively, you may wish to consider an Apprenticeship or employment in the motor industry, where you will be able to complete an NVQ at Level 2.

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Learning and Assessment Most of your time will be spent in the workshops and there may also be work experience at a garage. The practical element of the course is continuously assessed in College and on work experience. The theory is also continuously assessed.

If you gain employment you may wish to consider an Apprenticeship in the motor industry, where you will be able to complete an NVQ at Level 2 or 3.


Institute of The Motor Industry (IMI) Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair

Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI ) Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent.

Content This course is an introduction to both theory and practical work within the motor vehicle industry. The subjects covered within the course include working safely and effectively, foundation skills, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems, operating principles of engines, operating principles and maintenance of transmission systems, operating principles of electrical and electronic systems.

Content This is a practical course with theory in the following areas: Working safely and effectively, foundation skills, tyres, brakes, suspension systems, operating principles of engines, operating principles of transmission systems, operating principles of electrical and electronics systems.

Learning and Assessment Most of your time will be spent in the workshops and there may also be work experience at a garage. The practical element of the course is continuously assessed in College and on work experience. The theory is also continuously assessed.

Learning and Assessment Most of your time will be spent in the workshop and there may also be work experience. The practical element of the course is assessed in the College workshop, with theory assessed by written tests and online assessments.

Prospects Prospects The programme is designed to enable you to progress on to a second year, where you will gain the Institute of the Motor Industry at Level 2. Alternatively, you may wish to consider an Apprenticeship or employment in the motor industry where you will be able to complete an NVQ at Level 2.

If you gain employment you may wish to consider an Apprenticeship in the motor industry, where you will be able to complete an NVQ at Level 2 or 3.

THIS COURSE MAY LEAD TO AN APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK SUBJECT TO SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT BEING OBTAINED.

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Electrical Installation

BTEC Diploma in Engineering

BTEC Extended Diploma in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering

(Level 2)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. Preferably the GCSEs should include Maths.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent.

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Content This course offers a mix of practical and theory in the areas of electrical science, theory and regulations, wiring systems, inspection and testing. Learning and Assessment This is through assignments, external examinations, portfolio of written work and practical assessments.

Prospects This programme is designed to prepare you for employment as a trainee electrician or apprenticeship. Alternatively, you could progress on to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering.

Content This is a theory based course with some practical work, which covers the following areas: Applied science and maths, working practices, engineering processes and techniques, computer aided design (CAD) fundamentals, engineering materials, electronic circuit construction and testing. Learning and Assessment This will be through projects, assignments, practical work, individual and group work and written and oral presentations. Final assessment will be based on a portfolio of work, which you will produce over the year.

Prospects On successful completion of this programme, you will be qualified to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering, an Apprenticeship or employment within the engineering sector.

If you are looking for a Foundation programme in Electrical Installation, you can enter this route by studying the Foundation in Engineering (Level 1). See page 42 for full details.

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Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Preferably the GCSEs should include Maths and Science. Content This is a theory based course with some practical work covering the following areas: Mechanical technology, digital and analogue electronics, computer aided design (CAD), electrical and electronic principles, engineering materials, mathematics for engineering, engineering design, science for engineering, mechanical technology and mechanical principles. Learning and Assessment This will be through classroom studies, practical work, problem solving, communicating ideas, teamwork and assignments. There will be continuous assessment of a portfolio containing evidence of completed assignments.

Prospects After completing this course, you will be qualified to progress on to a Higher Education qualification, such as the Foundation Degree in Engineering at Mid Cheshire College, depending, on grades. Alternatively, you may wish to consider an alternative engineering related Foundation Degree, Degree, or employment within the engineering sector. You could pursue a career in product design, aerospace, manufacturing, electronics, electrical engineering, or the automotive industry, ultimately as a project leader or designer.


BTEC Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Preferably the GCSEs should include Maths and Science. Content This course is theory based with some practical work. You will cover the following areas: Construction technology and design, sustainable construction, project management, surveying, health and safety issues, science and materials and measurement. Learning and Assessment This will be through classroom studies, practical work, problem solving, communicating ideas, teamwork and assignments. There will be continuous assessment of a portfolio containing evidence of completed assignments.

Prospects After completing this course, you will be qualified to progress on to university or employment within the construction and civil engineering industries and pursue careers such as a land surveyor, quantity surveyor, CAD technician, construction site management or within architecture and architectural technology.

What you can do next Higher Education opportunities in Engineering at Mid Cheshire College After successfully completing your BTEC Extended Diploma in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering course, you can stay on at the College to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Engineering (with Mechanical & Electrical routes). During the final year of your BTEC Extended Diploma, you will receive advice and guidance on all the opportunities available to you, to enable you to make the right choices. See the Higher Education Prospectus for further details.

THIS COURSE MAY LEAD TO AN APPRENTICESHIP FRAMEWORK SUBJECT TO SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT BEING OBTAINED.

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Studies in Hair & Beauty

We provide a real working environment in our commercial hair and beauty salons. Students studying towards a qualification in Hair & Beauty will gain valuable experience from working in our extensively equipped, fully commercial hair and beauty salons at both Hartford and Winsford sites. The new Tranquility Hair and Beauty Salons at the Winsford Campus along with existing salons at Hartford, will be open to the public every day of the week, most evenings during term-time and some selected Saturdays throughout the year. A wide range of treatments are offered at all salons including spa therapy and the College currently uses Decleor and Dermalogica beauty products.

Entry Level Course in Beauty For students with no formal qualifications, Beauty is available as part of the Entry Level programme, see page 85.

The department continues to provide opportunities for students to progress on to successful careers. Some of our most successful students have been head-hunted to work on the luxurious Steiner cruise ships that travel the world. Others have gained employment at the prestigious Ragdale Hall health retreat in Leicester. In addition to this, students enter regional and national skills competitions and assist with the College fashion shows and drama productions. Scan the barcode to view the video on Hair & Beauty. Get the free mobile app at http://gettag.mobi

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NVQ in Beauty Therapy

NVQ in Beauty Therapy

NVQ in Beauty Therapy

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year – Winsford Campus

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent.

Content Students will study a selection of beauty therapy units plus functional skills including, health and safety and salon reception duties. All students will be expected to purchase the necessary kit and uniform as specified by the course tutor.

Content Students will study the following nine units plus functional skills: Health and safety of the salon environment, promote additional products and services, improve and maintain facial skin condition, provide manicure, pedicure, eyelash and eyebrow and make-up treatments, remove hair using waxing techniques and develop and maintain effectiveness at work. All students will be expected to purchase the necessary kit and uniform as specified by the course tutor.

Entry Requirements Successful completion of a Level 2 qualification in either Beauty or Complementary Therapy.

Learning and Assessment Assessment is through formal written examinations, practical observation and written assignments. Several hours of homework both written and practical are required each week. All final work must be submitted in a portfolio of evidence.

Prospects On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy. Alternatively some students may wish to progress on to another Level 2 course within the College.

Learning and Assessment Assessment is through six formal written examinations, practical observation and written assignments. Several hours of homework both written and practical are required each week. All final work must be submitted in a portfolio of evidence.

Prospects On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to NVQ Level 3 in Beauty Therapy or NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing.

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Content Students will study the following eight units: Monitor procedures to safely control work operations, contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities, provide body massage treatments, provide Indian head massage, carry out massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils, provide stone therapy treatments, provide facial electrical treatments including microdermabrasion and tanning. All students will be expected to purchase the necessary kit and uniform as specified by the course tutor. Learning and Assessment Assessment is through formal written examinations, practical observation and written assignments. Several hours of homework both written and practical are required each week. All final work must be submitted in a portfolio of evidence.

Prospects On successful completion of this course you will be able to progress into employment in spas, salons, cruise ships or self employment, alternatively you may like to progress on to a Level 4 qualification in Salon Management.


NVQ in Hairdressing

NVQ in Hairdressing

NVQ in Hairdressing

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year – Winsford Campus

Length of Course 1 year – Winsford Campus

Length of Course 1 year – Winsford Campus

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent.

Entry Requirements Successful completion of NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing.

Content Students will study the following six units plus functional skills: Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety, contribute to the development of effective working relationships, shampoo and condition hair, assist with hair colour services, prepare for hairdressing services and maintain work areas and assist with perming hair services. All students will be expected to purchase the necessary kit and uniform as specified by the course tutor.

Content Students will study the following nine units plus functional skills: Give customers a positive impression of yourself, ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety, advise and consult with clients, style, dress and finish hair using basic techniques, cut hair using basic techniques, shampoo and condition hair and scalp, perm and neutralise hair using basic techniques and style hair using basic plaiting techniques. All students will be expected to purchase the necessary kit and uniform as specified by the course tutor.

Content Students will study the following nine units plus functional skills: Promote additional products or services to customers, ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety, provide hairdressing consultation services, create a variety of looks using a combination of cutting techniques, develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills, style and dress hair to achieve a variety of creative looks, style and dress long hair, provide colour correction services and contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities. All students will be expected to purchase the necessary kit and uniform as specified by the course tutor.

Learning and Assessment Assessment is through formal written examinations, practical observation and written assignments. Several hours of homework both written and practical are required each week. All final work must be submitted in a portfolio of evidence.

Prospects On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing, NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy or alternative Level 2 courses in the College.

Learning and Assessment Assessment is through formal written examinations, practical observation and written assignments. Several hours of homework both written and practical are required each week. All final work must be submitted in a portfolio of evidence.

Prospects On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing, employment as a junior stylist or self-employment.

Learning and Assessment Assessment is through formal written examinations, practical observation and written assignments. Several hours of homework both written and practical are required each week. All final work must be submitted in a portfolio of evidence.

Prospects On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress on to a Foundation Degree in Salon Management or employment in a salon or self-employment.

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BTEC Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy Sciences (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Content The course contains both practical and academic activities, which are based in salons, classrooms and science laboratories. Over the two years students will study 18 units plus functional skills: Units such as scientific principles, dermatology and microbiology, client care and health and safety, nail technology and workplace practices. Essential skills for beauty therapy including waxing, make up, manicure, pedicure and eye treatments. Facial, body and massage therapy for beauty therapists and epilation, aromatherapy and Indian head massage for beauty therapists. All students will be expected to purchase the necessary kit and uniform as specified by the course tutor. Learning and Assessment Assessment is through graded written assignments and practical observation. Several hours of homework both written and practical are required each week. All final work must be submitted in a portfolio of evidence.

Prospects On successful completion of this course, students will be able to progress into an extensive range of employment opportunities in salons, health spas, cruise liners, Virgin Atlantic or management and training opportunities, or Higher Education including a wide range of Foundation Degrees in beauty and complementary therapy.

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Studies in Health & Social Care

Gain the necessary skills for career opportunities in the NHS, Care and Social Services Sectors. These courses are designed to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary when working with, and supporting, all sections of the community, from birth through to the elderly. There is also an overseas residential opportunity for all full-time students. Work towards a range of health and care related careers, including social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or nursing. The College works in close collaboration with the NHS and Social Services Department, and visits and placements are enhanced through these valuable contacts.

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BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care

BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care

BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

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Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be required.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be required.

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Content This course will introduce the skills and knowledge required for progression into a health or child care career or further training. You will study health and social care, child development, human growth, food and nutrition, health and safety and play. The course will also include numeracy, IT and literacy skill development Learning and Assessment Learning is through practical and classroom activity plus visits to care and early years settings.

Prospects You may with good attendance and tutor reference be able to progress on to a Level 2 qualification such as the BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care. Alternatively, you may wish to consider employment in the care sector or in a nursery setting, or an apprenticeship in childcare.

Content This is a practical work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic work based situations, activities and demands. It introduces you to health and social care and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work related qualification. The course will also include numeracy, IT and literacy skill development Learning and Assessment Work experience in a relevant setting is an essential part of the course. Students will complete six units, which include interpersonal skills, life span development and care needs, the caring environment and client support.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be required. Content This is a practical and theory based course and includes the following subjects: Equality, diversity and rights in care work, communications and supportive skills for care work, research for care, applying sociology, applying psychology and personal and professional development. Placements are an essential part of the course. Learning and Assessment You will learn through projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade awarded.

Prospects Prospects You may be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. Alternatively you will be prepared for employment in registered care homes, NHS, community work and the voluntary sector.

You will be able to progress on to a relevant health or care related degree. Alternatively, you may wish to consider employment as a support worker in the caring field or a career in the NHS or Social Services.

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Studies in Hospitality & Catering

A career with an exciting social life and excellent prospects. Do you enjoy living life in the fast lane and meeting new people every day? Then why not try one of our hospitality and catering courses. They offer excellent job prospects, flexible working hours, and age is no barrier. The hospitality and catering industry offers many well-paid opportunities for rapid promotion at a young age – you could be the next Jamie Oliver or even managing your own hotel sooner than you think! The College’s Royals Restaurant offers students the opportunity of working with the general public and professional chefs at our popular signature evenings held throughout the year.

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Entry Level Course in Catering For students with no formal qualifications, Catering is available as part of the Entry Level programme, see page 85.


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VRQ Diploma in Introduction to Professional Chef and Restaurant Skills (Level 1) Length of Course 1 year Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification. Content The course focuses on developing your practical skills in a kitchen and restaurant environment. You will learn all the skills necessary to prepare and cook and finish a wide range of food dishes. Gaining experience in boiling, poaching and steaming, preparing to cook and finish foods by stewing and braising, roasting and grilling, deep and shallow frying and regeneration of prepared food and cold foods preparation and finish. As well as developing your skill in our practical cookery classes you will gain general

information regarding the hospitality and catering industry including food safety in catering, health and safety awareness for the hospitality industry, introduction to healthier foods and special diets, introduction to kitchen equipment and introduction to personal workspace skills. The programme includes food service, starting work in hospitality, introducing customer care and social responsibility at work. The course will involve working in the College restaurant one evening a week. You will be expected to purchase equipment and uniform prior to starting the course. Learning and Assessment To achieve the Diploma in Professional Chef and Restaurant Skills, candidates must complete twelve units. Each unit is assessed by a combination of externally set assignments and online multiple choice. Craft units are assessed by a series of practical assessments covering a wide range of different commodities.

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Prospects Students may seek junior level employment in a wide range of establishments within the catering and hospitality industry or progress on to Diploma Level 2 in Cookery.


VRQ Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery (Level 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Hospitality Supervision (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent or successful completion of VRQ Diploma Level 1. Content The course focuses on developing your practical skills in a kitchen environment. You will learn all the skills necessary to prepare and cook and finish a wide range of food dishes. Gaining experience in meat and poultry, preparing fish and shell fish, cooking and finishing sauces, pastries, vegetables and learning to prepare, cook and present an array of other foods. As well as developing your skills in our practical cookery classes you will gain general information regarding the hospitality industry. You will learn the art of writing a well balanced menu, expand your knowledge of diet and nutrition and acquire valuable skills in costing food. The course will provide the opportunity to gain skills in food service and you will learn how to communicate effectively with the general public by working in our realistic restaurant. The course will involve working in the College restaurant one evening per week. You will be expected to purchase equipment and uniform prior to starting the course. Learning and Assessment To achieve the Diploma in Professional Cookery, candidates must achieve twelve units. Each unit is assessed by a combination of externally set assignments and online multiple choice. Craft units are assessed by a series of practical assessments covering a wide range of different commodities.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C or equivalent or successful completion of Level 2 programme. Content The course provides opportunities for students to develop personal skills crucial to success in a range of service industries. Subjects studied include: Food preparation; food and beverage service; accommodation and front of house operations; kitchen organisation and food safety; customer care; management and overseas cuisine, there will also be a period of work placement. The course will involve working in the college restaurant one evening a week. You will be expected to purchase equipment and uniform prior to starting the course.

What you can do next Progression opportunities to higher levels of study in Hospitality & Catering at Mid Cheshire College. The higher level hospitality and catering courses are suitable for individuals with prior qualifications or relevant experience in the profession. These courses are not suitable for individuals coming straight from school. Students can progress on to Level 3 after successful completion of a Level 2 programme.

Learning and Assessment Each unit is assessed by a combination of externally set assignments, exam written questions. Craft units are assessed by a series of practical assessments.

Prospects The course is designed to give a general and technical education to students who wish, after an appropriate period of industrial experience, to gain positions with supervisory responsibility in the hospitality management industry or continue on to a university course to gain HND, Degree or HCIMA Diploma.

Prospects Students may seek employment in a wide range of establishments within the catering and hospitality industry or progress on to a Level 3 course.

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Studies in Creative Media Production

Media is a rapidly developing area of employment which demands specific skills and knowledge. Mid Cheshire College offers the students a head-start by providing the qualifications and facilities that the industry recognises and uses. You will access our excellent range of the latest state-of-the-art equipment and facilities within Media Production in the brand new ÂŁ7.5 million Media, Performing Arts and Sports building, which includes an Apple Mac iMac video editing suite with Adobe Final Cut Pro and a viewing room.

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Many students progress on to Higher Education to study Degrees at universities such as Manchester and Salford, as well as achieving professional contracts. There are many opportunities to practice your skills and knowledge through ‘real life’ projects. For example, media students successfully planned and produced promotional vox pops for use on the college website.


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BTEC Diploma in Media (Television & Film) (Level 2) Length of Course 1 year Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. Content This course aims to cover all aspects of the media industry. The Media department’s specialist staff and facilities will aid you in improving your media skills and understanding of the industry. Learning and Assessment This is through continuous assessment of projects. Your final major project will be externally assessed.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Media (Television & Film) (Level 3)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Media (Radio Production) (Level 3)

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio.

Content A BTEC Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. During the first year you will learn about media industries, production methods and the audiences they relate to. You will work in teams as well as individually, and will develop a portfolio of practical work. The second year will enable increasing specialisation in an area of particular interest such as television production, film, scriptwriting and editing.

Content This Extended Diploma is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. During the first year you will learn about media industries, production methods and the audiences they relate to. You will work in teams as well as individually and will develop a portfolio of practical work. During the second year you will specialise in areas such as scriptwriting, news, broadcasting and commercial radio.

Learning and Assessment Work is practical and theory based. Assessment is through a combination of portfolio and an externally assessed final major project.

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Learning and Assessment Assessment is through a combination of portfolio and an externally assessed final major project. The work is both practical and theory based.

Prospects

Prospects

Prospects

After completing the course, you will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Media or into employment.

BTEC Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and lead to a wide range of career opportunities within advertising, radio, TV, media research, journalism, marketing and audio visual production, such as TV/film editor, director, producer, researcher, script writer, documentary film maker and video compositor. Alternatively, students may wish to progress on to relevant higher level qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and lead to a wide range of career opportunities within the media industry, including: TV/Film Editor, Director, Producer or Researcher, Script Writer, Animator Documentary Film Maker, Video Compositor (special effects). Alternatively, students may wish to progress on to relevant higher level qualifications.


BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Games Design and Animation) (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also need to present a satisfactory portfolio. Content This course will offer you the chance to realise your creative potential in a modern and exciting way, whilst creating new and exciting approaches to designing idents and motion graphics for TV and the web. You will develop new skills in computer games design, graphics and 3D modelling by creating and bringing to life your own design and characters. Design cutting edge digital illustrations to create engaging graphic narratives such as comic, informational or eBook design. Unleash your creativity making music promo videos using digital video, animation techniques and motion design. Boost your skills on the web

by developing your own site designs and online games. You will also complete research and analysis units investigating the creative media industries and how they work. You will receive regular tutorials to review and support your work. Learning and Assessment Coursework is assessed continuously and a final major project assessed by exhibition. An experimental approach to a wide range of design problems is encouraged. Work is project based starting with research and design development leading towards final design solutions. As the work progresses it becomes more applied and you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with skilled and experienced tutors who have a long history of success in placing students both in higher education and industry.

Prospects You could progress on to a 2 year Foundation Degree or 3 year BA Hons Degree course in an appropriate subject. Employment opportunities in Digital Arts include: Web Design, Flash Animator, Interactive Designer, 3D modelling, 3D environment designer, Interface designer, Video compositor (special effects), 2D Animator and Graphic Design.

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Studies in Performing Arts – Acting, Music & Dance

Facilities include a 200-seat theatre and studios for dance, drama and digital recording. The Performing Arts department offers an extensive range of state-of-the-art facilities within the college’s brand new £7.5 million Media, Performing Arts and Sports building, which includes a 200-seat theatre. Performing Arts students take part in productions and shows throughout the year and are well positioned to progress on to a successful career or on to university.

Entry Level Course in Performing Arts For students with no formal qualifications, Performing Arts is available as part of the Entry Level programme, see page 85.

The College also has a fully operational commercial record label. Run by students, ‘Inclusive Records’ seeks to encourage, develop and promote musical talent within a creative, work-related environment. Through the label, music students at Mid Cheshire can now write, record and release material on a range of digital media.

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BTEC Diploma in Music (Level 2) Length of Course 1 year Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an audition. Content This course aims to cover all aspects of the music industry. The Music department’s specialist staff and facilities will aid you in improving your performing skills, recording, composing, music theory and understanding of the music industry. Learning and Assessment There will be continuous assessment of projects. Regular concerts and recordings will form the basis of your musical portfolio.

Prospects You will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Practice or Music Technology.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Practice (Level 3)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology (Level 3)

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an audition.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an audition.

Content Professional session musicians, producers and programmers will guide you through the creative processes common in today’s music industry. Using the department’s professional, industry-standard equipment, you will learn to perform, compose, record, sequence and sample. In addition to this, you will undergo a programme of ear training and be encouraged to underpin your practical work through the continual development of music theory. Units include: Listening skills, improvisation, performance techniques, music theory and harmony, sound recording techniques, composition and music in context. At the end of the course you will stage a major public performance project.

Content The music industry is one of the largest industries in the UK and is hugely important to the economy, employing thousands of people behind the scenes. Using the College’s pro-audio equipment, you will learn to record, sequence and sample. The tutors, who themselves are professional musicians, will guide you through the process of generating and realising your musical ideas. At the end of your course you will undertake a major studio production project.

Learning and Assessment There will be continuous assessment of projects. Regular concerts and recordings of your work will form the basis of your musical portfolio. You are expected to make progress in a number of musical disciplines.

Learning and Assessment You will be asked to complete a number of creative projects that demonstrate your level of ability. In addition to this, you will be asked to complete written assignments and take part in presentations.

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to a related Degree, such as the Foundation Degree in Commercial Music Technology. There are many exciting and diverse employment prospects in the music industry. Careers can range Prospects from sound recording technician to the management of music technology for You will be able to progress on to a related degree, such as the Foundation the entertainment community, Degree in Commercial Music Technology. including live and studio engineering, music production, media/TV composer, There are many employment recording artist or DJ. opportunities in the music industry, including band member, singer, session musician, songwriter, composer, arranger or music teacher.

What you can do next Higher Education opportunities in Music Technology at Mid Cheshire College After successfully completing the BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology or Music Practice, you can stay on at the College to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Commercial Music Technology. During the final year of your BTEC Extended Diploma, you will receive advice and guidance on all the opportunities available to you, to enable you to make the right choices. See the Higher Education Prospectus for further details. 64


BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) (Level 1)

BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) (Level 2)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E-G or an Entry Level qualification. You will also be required to attend an audition.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an audition.

Content The course covers all aspects of the performing arts industry. The department’s specialist staff and facilities will help you to improve your performance skills. In addition to this, you will develop both your acting and dance skills. The course is ideally suited to someone who is unsure of which career path to take or for someone who wants to develop their skills before progressing on to a Level 2 Diploma. Units include, performing dance, jazz dance, acting, understanding drama, production processes and performing arts business. Students will also study personal, social and development skills to help improve confidence. At the end of the course you will use all of your skills to stage a major performance project.

Content The course covers all aspects of the performing arts industry. The department’s specialist staff and facilities will help you to improve your performance skills. In addition to this, you will develop both your acting and dance skills. The course is ideally suited to someone who is unsure of which career path to take or for someone who wants to develop their skills before progressing on to an Extended Diploma. Units include, performing dance, jazz dance, acting, understanding drama, production process and performing arts business. Students are also encouraged to gain representation from North West agents and employment in the industry while still on the course. At the end of the course you will use all of your skills to stage a major performance project.

Learning and Assessment There will be continuous assessment of both practical and academic projects.

Learning and Assessment There will be continuous assessment of both practical and academic projects.

Prospects

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) specialising in either Dance or Acting.

You will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, specialising in either Dance or Acting.

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BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an audition. Content The course is based around practical and academic activities including units that are largely performance or production based. Students will experience a wide range of performance techniques allowing them to develop creativity, express personal interests and ideas and experiment with all aspects of acting. Despite the practical nature of the course, students will be expected to develop a broad understanding of the historical and cultural context of performance and produce a range of critical and evaluative research in order to guide

their own practice. Core units include: Performance workshop, the performing arts business, the historical context of performance, rehearsing and performing. Specialist units may include: Developing voice, principles of acting, movement, physical theatre, musical theatre, radio acting, singing skills, film and TV acting, directing, classical theatre performance and contemporary theatre performance. Learning and Assessment Assessment is generally carried out through projects based on real industry scenarios. A wide range of assessment methods are used by the team throughout the course. A final project will usually take the form of a major performance. As the course progresses you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with experienced professionals who have a long history of success in the performing arts industry and are well placed to advise you on your future options or help you into Higher Education.

Prospects Successful students may progress to Drama School, a related Degree or HNC or HND. There are many employment opportunities in the industry in areas such as acting in theatre, TV and film, administration or marketing.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an audition. Content The course is based on practical and academic activities including units that are largely performance or production based. Students will experience a wide range of performance techniques allowing them to develop creativity, express personal interests and ideas and experiment with all aspects of dance. Despite the practical nature of the course, students will be expected to develop a broad understanding of the historical and cultural context of dance performance and produce a range of critical and evaluative research in order to guide their own practice. Dance styles studied include: Classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, physical theatre, along with choreographic principles, dance improvisation and healthy performer. Learning and Assessment Assessment is generally carried out through projects based on real industry scenarios. A wide range of assessment methods are used by the team throughout the course. A final project will usually take the form of a major assessed performance. As the course progresses you will be expected to rely more on your own initiative. You will work with experienced professionals who have a long history of success in the performing arts industry and are well placed to advise you on your future options or help you into Higher Education.

In a £7.5m project to build two new facilities at the College’s Hartford campus, the next 12 months will see a brand new Dance, Drama, Fashion, Media, Photography and Sports facility taking shape. The state of the art building will also house a 200-seat theatre, a great asset to the local community.

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Prospects Successful students may progress to a Performing Arts Academy, a related degree or HNC or HND. There are many employment opportunities in the industry in areas such as stage, TV and video performance, choreography, teaching, administration or marketing.


BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years - equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. You will also be required to attend an audition. Content Students will experience a wide range of performance techniques allowing them to develop creativity, express personal interests and ideas and experiment with all aspects of musical theatre. Despite the practical nature of the course, students will be expected to develop a broad understanding of the historical and cultural context of musical theatre performance and produce a range of critical and evaluative research in order to guide their own practice. Dance styles studied include: classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop. Acting units studied include: principles of acting, applying acting skills, directing theatre plus drama improvisation. You will also study singing skills and techniques. Learning and Assessment Assessment is carried out through projects based on real industry scenarios. A wide range of assessment methods are used throughout the course, a final project will usually take the form of a major assessed performance. You will be expected to rely more on your own initiative as the course progresses. You will work with experienced professionals who have a long history of success in the performing arts industry and are well placed to advise you on your future options or help you progress into higher education.

Prospects Successful students may progress to Drama or Dance School, a related degree or HNC or HND. There are many employment opportunities in the industry in areas such as theatre, TV and film, administration or marketing. .

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Studies in Public Services

These specialist courses are designed to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for working with all sections of the community in employment within the uniformed public services. The College works in close collaboration with the Cheshire Police, Fire and Ambulance Services and the Armed Forces and these valuable contacts enable tutors to keep the course content up-to-date and relevant. Students can prepare for a career in one of these areas. Learning is extended successfully through visits to these kinds of organisations, as well as trips abroad.

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BTEC Diploma in Sport and Public Services (Level 1)

BTEC Diploma in Public Services (Level 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services (Uniformed) (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent.

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels

Content You will study a range of units including employment opportunities, physical fitness, team work, self-discipline, map reading, health and safety and outdoor activities. The course will also include numeracy, IT and literacy skill development.

Content You will study public service skills, physical fitness, teamwork, map reading and navigation and employment opportunities within the uniformed services. Team events and adventure activities are part of the course along with numeracy, IT and literacy skill development. A residential component is also included.

Learning and Assessment You will learn through portfolio building and ongoing assessment.

Learning and Assessment You will learn through portfolio building and ongoing assessment.

Prospects

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Public Services or the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport. Alternatively there is a wide range of employment options within the uniformed public services.

You will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services or directly into employment within the uniformed services.

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Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Content You will study understanding public services, law and the legal system, leadership, current affairs, diversity, international affairs, data interpretation and uniformed services. Specialist units include: Physical preparation for uniformed services, human behaviour, dealing with accidents, teamwork, outdoor pursuits, criminology, democratic process and expedition skills. A residential component is also included. Learning and Assessment This is through projects, assignments, individual and group work and written and oral presentations. You will be assessed on a portfolio of work. You will also be required to participate in physical fitness activities and outdoor pursuits as part of the course assessment.

Prospects This BTEC Extended Diploma is valued by employers and Higher Education institutions alike. Students will be able to progress into careers in the Police, Armed Services, Fire Service, public service and security industry. At Higher Education level, you will be able to specialise in subjects such as Criminology, Risk and Emergency Management and Public Services.

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Studies in Science

Do you have an analytical and inquisitive nature? Then a career in Science is perfect for you. The College provides well equipped laboratories for science students, enabling them to gain skills and knowledge in a range of scientific techniques. Students will have the opportunity to study a wide curriculum, including lab techniques and psychology alongside the applied sciences. The laboratories contain a good range of analytical instruments, including infra-red and visible/ultraviolet spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, electrophoresis and general chromatography equipment. The courses in Applied Science have proved extremely successful and rewarding as students gain valuable practical skills which are required in many scientific industries.

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BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (Level 2) Length of Course 1 year Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. Content This course includes a variety of science units, delivered mainly through practical sessions, investigations and visits. The units include biology, physics, chemistry and forensic science and cover the knowledge and skills required to be employed as a junior science technician. Students will also be able to improve grades in GCSE Maths or English should this be necessary. Learning and Assessment You will learn how to carry out a range of laboratory techniques, complete a number of assignments and attend lectures to gain an appropriate level of knowledge in the main subject areas. There are no external examinations; you will be assessed through internal tests, written assignments, presentations and practical reports.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Preferably the GCSEs should include Science, Maths and English. Content This course includes a wide range of science units, delivered largely through practicals, investigations and visits.There are a total of 19 units, delivered over two years. You will gain skills in chemistry, biology and physics, the course also includes elements of forensic science and psychology which will prepare you for higher education and/or employment in the science industry. Learning and Assessment There will be lectures covering the appropriate background knowledge in each subject area.You will learn and use a wide range of practical skills. There are no external examinations; you will be assessed through internal tests, written assignments, presentations and practical reports.

Prospects

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or another related subject area. Alternatively, there are varied employment opportunities, such as a junior science technician in quality control or education.

You could progress on to higher vocational qualifications such as a Degree or HND in Applied Sciences. There are varied employment opportunities, as a science technician in, for example, research, medical laboratory analysis, quality control, education and chemical and pharmaceutical sciences. Additionally, science training is a sought after qualification for entry into other nonscientific careers because of the analytical and problem-solving skills acquired throughout this course.

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Studies in Sport & Recreation

Develop your sports skills for a career in the rapidly developing sport and leisure industry. Mid Cheshire College has excellent facilities for sport and recreation, such as a gym, a fitness centre, access to golf courses, football pitches and many other sporting-related facilities, plus a brand new four court facility in the ÂŁ7.5 million Media, Performing Arts and Sports building. The Sports department offers a wide range of courses at all levels and has close links with Witton Albion Football Club and Sandiway Golf Club. The College offers Sports Development courses in football and golf for boys and girls. These courses are for talented students who are interested in developing their sports skills at the same time as studying for a vocational qualification.

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Football Development Course for Boys

Football Development Course for Girls

Golf Development School for Boys and Girls

Length of Course 2 or 3 years

Length of Course 2 or 3 years

Length of Course 2 or 3 years

Entry Requirements You will need proven ability to play football at first team or county level. Potential candidates will take part in selection trials. Academic entry requirements will depend upon your other chosen sports course. (See pages 77-79)

Entry Requirements You will need proven ability to play football at first team or county level. Potential candidates will take part in selection trials. Academic entry requirements will depend upon your other chosen sports course. (See pages 77-79)

Entry Requirements You will need proven ability to play golf at club or representative level. Potential candidates will take part in selection trials. Academic entry requirements will depend upon your other chosen sports course. (See pages 77-79)

Content The course is aimed at students who are interested in developing their football skills and possibly pursuing a career as a player or coach while at the same time achieving an academic qualification. You will be given regular coaching and be part of a team which will represent Mid Cheshire College and Witton Albion FC, whilst, at the same time, studying a course within the sports area.

Content The course is aimed at students who are interested in developing their football skills and possibly pursuing a career as a player or coach while at the same time achieving an academic qualification. You will be given regular coaching and be part of a team which will represent Mid Cheshire College and Witton Albion FC, whilst, at the same time, studying a course within the sports area.

Content The course is aimed at students who are interested in developing their golf skills and possibly pursuing a career as a player or coach whilst at the same time achieving an academic qualification. You will be given regular coaching and be part of a team which will represent Mid Cheshire College, whilst, at the same time, studying a full-time course within the College.

Learning and Assessment Please refer to specific course details for entry requirements, course content and assessment details.

Learning and Assessment Please refer to specific course details for entry requirements, course content and assessment details.

Learning and Assessment Please refer to specific course details for entry requirements, course content and assessment details.

(in conjunction with Witton Albion Football Club)

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Prospects

Prospects

Prospects

Opportunities to play high-level football and scholarships in the USA. For academic prospects refer to specific course details.

Opportunities to play high-level football. For academic prospects refer to specific course details.

Opportunities to play high-level golf, progression to specific Degree courses, also potential to become a PGA qualified Coach. For academic prospects refer to specific course details.


BTEC Diploma in Sport and Public Services (Level 1)

NVQ Instructing Exercise & Fitness (Level 2)

NVQ Diploma in Personal Training (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements 2 GCSEs at grade E – G or an Entry Level qualification.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent.

Content You will study a range of units including employment opportunities, physical fitness, team work, self-discipline, map reading, health and safety and outdoor activities. The course will also include numeracy, IT and literacy skill development.

Content This course is for those students who wish to pursue a career in sport and recreation, e.g. working in a fitness club or leisure centre. It is a practical course with some theory in the following areas: Coaching, developing and maintaining fitness, planning and instructing gym-based exercises and dealing with emergencies.

Entry Requirements Successful completion of NVQ Level 2 in Instructing Exercise and Fitness or related Level 2 qualification.

Learning and Assessment You will learn through portfolio building and ongoing assessment.

Learning and Assessment Continuous assessment of practical activities in the College fitness centre and work experience. The final assessment is based on a portfolio of work, which you will produce during the year.

Content This course is for those students who wish to pursue a career in the fitness industry working as a personal trainer in a gym, leisure club or running their own business. This is a practical course with some theory, which will include anatomy and physiology, principles of fitness and exercise, working with clients, designing personal training programmes and business development. Learning and Assessment Assessment will be made up of practical assessment and through the building of an evidence portfolio during the year.

Prospects

Prospects

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Public Services or the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport. Alternatively there is a wide range of employment options within the uniformed public services.

You will be able to progress on to the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training or into employment as a leisure centre technician or attendant or pool attendant.

You will be able to progress into employment in the fitness industry working as a personal trainer or running your own business as a personal trainer.

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BTEC Diploma in Sport (Level 2) Length of Course 1 year Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. Content This course is a mix of theory based and practical. Elements include: Fitness testing and training, human body, practical sport, planning and leading sport, lifestyle and planning sports events. Learning and Assessment Assessment will take place by a range of methods, including projects, practical participation, oral presentations and written submissions.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) (Level 3)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science (Level 3)

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels.

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent.

Content This course is a theory based course with practical elements in the following areas: Analysis of sports performance, the athlete’s lifestyle, technical and tactical skills in sport and fitness training and programming.

Content This course is a theory based course with practical elements in the following areas: Sport and exercise project, sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, analysis of sports performance, practical sport, sport coaching, anatomy and nutrition.

Learning and Assessment Continuous assessment through projects, assignments and experiments. The final assessment is based on a portfolio which you will produce over the two years.

Learning and Assessment Continuous assessment through projects, assignments and experiments. The final assessment is based on a portfolio which you will produce over the two years.

Prospects

Prospects

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science, Extended Diploma in Performance and Excellence or Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure.

You will be able to progress on to our Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching & Physical Education or another higher level sports qualification, involving the teaching of physical education or sports science, or sports coaching. There are many employment opportunities within the sports and leisure industry at a variety of levels.

You will be able to progress on to our Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching & Physical Education or another higher level sports qualification, involving the teaching of physical education or sports science, or sports coaching. There are many employment opportunities within the sports and leisure industry at a variety of levels.

What you can do next Higher Education opportunities in Sport at Mid Cheshire College After successfully completing a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma, you will be able to stay on at the College to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching & Physical Education. During the final year of your BTEC Extended Diploma, you will receive advice and guidance on all the opportunities available to you, to enable you to make the right choices. See the Higher Education Prospectus for further details. 78


BTEC Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure (Level 3) Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent Content This is a practical course which includes theory based elements and is aimed at anyone who is looking to pursue a career in the outdoor or adventure industry. The course will include: Participating, leading and reflecting on a range of outdoor pursuits, risk assessment, health and safety in outdoor pursuits, the physiology of sport and fitness, the outdoor pursuit business and work placements. Students will be required to actively participate in a range of outdoor pursuits to include hill walking/ navigation, climbing and bouldering, kayaking and sailing. There will also be opportunities for students to achieve additional industry recognised outdoor qualifications. Learning and Assessment The course will be assessed through the gathering of evidence for an assessment portfolio to include individual/group projects, practical participation and reflection on a range of outdoor pursuits and leading practical activities. There will also be some written and classroom based assessment.

Prospects You will be able to progress on to our Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching & Physical Education or another higher level sports qualification. There are many employment opportunities within the outdoor adventure industry at a variety of levels, such as outdoor activity instructor, playwork and recreation coach, teacher, community or youth worker.

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Studies in Travel & Tourism

Take advantage of worldwide opportunities in travel and tourism. The growth of this industry has led to greater demand for relevantly qualified employees and Mid Cheshire College offers a variety of courses that can lead to career opportunities in retail travel, airlines, tour operations or the hotel industry, to name but a few. The College has a virtual travel shop and air cabin, giving students the opportunity to put their skills into practice. Additional elements of the course include air cabin crew, air passenger check-in and resort representatives.

Entry Level Course in Travel and Tourism For students with no qualifications, Travel and Tourism is available as part of the Entry Level programe, see page 85.

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“I love to travel and have had my eye on a career in Cabin Crew for a long time. This course has given me the skills I need.� Ami-Mai Billington, Travel & Tourism Student

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BTEC Diploma in Travel & Tourism (Level 2)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism (Level 3)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 2 years – equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade D or above or equivalent. Content You will learn about travel and tourism in the UK and worldwide destinations, organising events and promotions and dealing with customers. The course involves practical assessments, which are held externally as well as on campus. Exciting opportunities are also available to carry out assessments with major UK ground handling agents. Experience will be gained through a range of day excursions and overseas residential visits. Learning and Assessment Assessment will be through projects, assignments, individual and group work. There are no examinations on this course. Final assessment is based on a portfolio of work which you will produce over the year.

Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs at grade A* – C or equivalent. Content You will learn about travel and tourism in the UK and worldwide destinations. You will also learn about aspects of the travel and tour operations industry, airline ticketing, resort representatives and the promotional techniques used in the industry. As part of this course you will develop good customer service and other skills required to seek work in the industry. There are also exciting options such as air cabin crew and passenger check-in. Experience will also be gained through day trips, overseas residential visits and off site assessment at the airport. Year 2 aviation options include, airport check-in and health and safety in aviation. You will also wear a uniform as part of the course.

What you can do next Higher Education opportunities in Travel & Tourism at Mid Cheshire College After successfully completing the BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism, you can stay on at the College to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Travel & Tourism Management. During the final year of your BTEC Extended Diploma, you will receive advice and guidance on all the opportunities available to you, to enable you to make the right choices. See the Higher Education Prospectus for further details.

Learning and Assessment Assessment will be through projects, assignments, individual and group work. There are no examinations on this course. Final assessment is based on a portfolio of work which you will produce over the two years of the course.

Prospects

Prospects

You will be able to progress on to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism, into employment as a travel agent or resort representative.

You will be able to progress on to a HND or Degree in Travel & Tourism Management, into employment with a travel agent, tour operator, or cruise industry or become a resort representative or airport operations including cabin crew.

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Foundation Learning

This course is for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities looking to have greater independence, improve confidence and develop communication and coping skills or prepare for work.

Personal Progress Certificate (Entry Level 1) Length of Course 1 year (length of course can be extended) Entry Requirements Entry is by interview and assessment to determine the suitability of the course. Content The course is delivered through a series of personal progress units which can be selected to suit individual needs. Units include: Pottery and ceramics, craft activities, IT, art, drama, healthy lifestyles, self-advocacy, the environment, using transport, out in the community, meal preparation, money management, creativity and music, leisure activities and personal safety subject to availability. Students work in small groups with individual support from specialist staff where appropriate. Specialist support available includes communicators, specialist resources, limited physical assistance and dyslexia support. Learning and Assessment Work is assessed through a range of practical activities and projects leading to certificates in personal progress at Entry Level 1.

Prospects College staff work closely with students and advisors to access further provision and prepare for work, as appropriate.

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These courses are for young people who are unsure of their career choice, want to try a few vocational options or need extra support.

Foundation for Future

Certificate in Vocational Studies

Diploma in Vocational Studies

(Entry Level 2 and 3)

(Entry Level 3)

(Level 1)

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Length of Course 1 year

Entry Requirements Foundation for Future Entry Level courses are for those who have gained no formal qualifications at school or for other reasons do not meet the entry requirements of a Level 1 course and also require further career guidance to try a range of options with extra support.

Entry Requirements The Certificate in Vocational Studies Entry Level 3 course is for those who have either no formal qualifications, or who have gained a qualification at Entry Level 2 and are unsure about which vocational area they would like to study further. It enables students to try a variety of vocational subjects that could be followed up by a Level 1 qualification of their choice.

Entry Requirements The Diploma in Vocational Studies Level 1 course is for those who have gained 2 GCSEs at grade E to G or an Entry 3 Level qualification and are unsure which vocational area they would like to study further. It enables students to try a variety of vocational subjects that could be followed up by a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification in that particular area.

Content The course includes the following units: Functional English, maths and information technology, enterprise activities, citizenship, personal development and community studies. You will also choose at least two options from a range of vocational areas such as: Beauty, business and retail, catering and motor vehicle, subject to availability. Learning and Assessment Coursework is assessed throughout the course by means of assignments and projects leading to Edexcel Entry Level Awards and Certificates.

Content This course will be based in several vocational areas which will include art and design, catering, travel and tourism, performing arts and decorating household goods as part of an Award in Sustainability. In addition, students will complete functional skills qualifications in English and Maths. Learning and Assessment Coursework is assessed throughout the course by means of assignment and projects leading to the Certificate in Vocational Studies Entry Level 3 and supporting awards.

Content This course will be based in several vocational areas which will include art and design, catering, travel and tourism, multimedia, and business studies. In addition, students will complete a functional skill qualifications in English or Maths. Learning and Assessment Coursework is assessed throughout the course by means of assignment and projects leading to the Diploma in Vocational Studies Level 1.

Prospects

Prospects

Prospects

Staff and students have regular contact with the careers service. On completing this Entry Level course, students may wish to access the Certificate in Vocational Studies Entry Level 3 or a Level 1 Course.

Staff and students have regular contact with the careers service. On completing this Entry Level 3 course students may wish to access a Level 1 course of their choice (subject to the entry requirements).

Staff and students have regular contact with the careers service. On completing this Level 1 course students may wish to access a Level 1 or Level 2 course in a specific vocational area (subject to the entry requirements).

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The information in this prospectus is, as far as possible, accurate at the date of publication. The College reserves the right to make modifications to reflect new developments. We are able to offer the prospectus in other formats, including Braille, audio and large print. For further details, please contact Student Recruitment on 01606 74444.

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