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hatever you want to do in the future, if you come to the College you’ll find a course that can set you on your way to achieving it. A multi-award winning education provider, we have an amazing campus where you’ll find some of the best facilities for learning in South Wales. Combine this with our outstanding resources and our highly skilled and dedicated tutors and you’ll not find a better place to study for your future.

Welsh Language/Bilingual Provision Pembrokeshire College is committed to promoting the use of the Welsh language and meeting the needs of Welsh speaking students and members of the public. Welsh speaking students are able to undertake aspects of their course such as induction, tutorials, oral and written assessment and Essential Skills either through the medium of Welsh or bilingually and are also able to receive bilingual support in order to maintain and develop their Welsh language/bilingual skills. Non-Welsh speaking students are also given the opportunity to acquire Welsh language skills either within their chosen programme of study or as part of the College's Enrichment and Enhancement programme. Go to www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk/support for further information in relation to the College's Welsh language/bilingual provision. This prospectus is also available in Welsh. Go to www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk/courses to download a copy or contact the College's Welsh Language Development Officer on 01437 753 435.

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elcome to the Pembrokeshire College student guide which we have created especially for school leavers and their parents/ guardians. Making the right choice at such a critical time in a young person’s life is important, otherwise time, effort and potential will be wasted. I hope you enjoy reading what we have to offer - it should give you an idea of possible career routes as well as what it’s like to study at Pembrokeshire College. We recommend that you attend one of our Open Evenings in either November, March or May – details are on page 20, where you can see for yourself our excellent facilities; talk to tutors and advisers about the best course for you and find out about progression to university and/or employment on completion of your course. Principal Glyn Jones, OBE

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A multi - award winning College

A-Level Results (2010) 97% pass rate (A-E) 70% A-C grades 53% A-B grades 25% A*-A grades 10% A* grade (national average 8%)

At Pembrokeshire College we pride ourselves on the quality of what we do – but don’t just take our word for it, below are some of the awards that the College has won in recent years:

Over 90% of all teaching and learning graded as good or outstanding.

• Seven AoC Beacon Awards in six consecutive years (2001-2006) - a UK record • Fforwm Award for Advice & Guidance (2004, 2005 & 2009) • Best Building in the Welsh Bespoke BREEAM Category 2009 (Construction & Technology Centre) • British Council Accreditation for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (2007) • Green Gown Award for Carbon Reduction (2010) • Positive about Disabled People Award (2003/2006) • Investors in People Award (2007) • Green Dragon Level 4 Award (2010) • Investors in Careers (2003/2006) • Careers Wales Quality & Work Related Experience Award (2007) • Basic Skills Quality Standard (2009)

Grade 1 (highest grade) for four curriculum areas: • • • •

Engineering Construction Health, Care & Languages Literature & Culture

Grade 1 (highest grade) for: • Support for Students • Meeting Needs of Individuals & Community • Leadership & Management • Management of Resources DCELLS Provider Performance Review Rating for work-based learning (2008/09) • • • •

Apprenticeships – Excellent Planning & Management - Excellent SkillBuild - Good Self Assessment Report - Excellent


What makes the College so successful? Pembrokeshire College’s mission is to provide the highest quality learning experience for all its learners. Our committed and dedicated lecturers have one key aim: for their students to maximise their potential. Students are supported throughout their studies by a combination of subject and personal tutoring with regular feedback on their work as they progress through their course. The breadth of curriculum, excellent facilities, high quality teaching and award-winning support help to ensure our students achieve their goals.

Disciplined learning environment

We encourage parents to be involved

The College encourages all its students to take personal responsibility for their learning and to develop their behaviour and time management skills to help them be successful at college, university and in the workplace. All students are made aware that self-discipline is an essential priority and a prerequisite to obtain high standards of work, behaviour and results. There is a clear disciplinary procedure with an ultimate sanction of exclusion. Students are expected to attain 100% attendance and be punctual at every timetabled session. Registers are taken every session and students with unauthorised absences are automatically contacted by our attendance trackers. Any student whose attendance drops below 85% is subject to disciplinary procedures.

We aim to keep parents/guardians as well informed as we can about their son/daughter’s progress through Parents Evenings, letters and regular reports. We constantly monitor student progress, attendance, motivation and general wellbeing. Based on this monitoring, we periodically produce a detailed report for each subject studied and send it directly to the parent or guardian, not the student (if under 18). In addition, once a year we organise a Parents Evening where parents have the opportunity to speak to tutors.

The evidence: no graffiti or damage to property at the College Staff and students are proud of the modern, clean, well-lit, spacious environment at the College. Students wear appropriate clothing according to the course they are on, and while the College does not enforce uniform, students are encouraged to develop a mature attitude to their appearance.

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Award - Winning Students

It’s not just the quality of teaching, the campus and services that are award-winning. During 2009-2010 our students picked up awards across all curriculum areas with Welsh and UK Champions being crowned...

Neil Walters Skills Ambassador for the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) Neil’s story was picked from hundreds of entries to be a Skills Ambassador for WAG due to his commitment to learning. Neil’s story was described as one of the best they’ve ever read.

James King & Alistair Beedie Marine Engineers of the Year Boatbuilding and Marine Engineering students James and Alistair were hand-picked from entries across Wales for the prestigious IMarEST Student of the Year Award. Joint-winners, James is now hoping to join the Merchant Navy as an engineer and Alistair has set up his own business.

Craig Wheeler, Ian Harries & Jeremy Coombs Top Apprentice Welders in Wales Trainee welders wiped the board at the BOC Welsh Championship Final securing 1st place and joint runner-up places. All three are now preparing for SkillWeld 2012 where they will compete against trainee welders from across the UK.

Rhydian Williams One of the UK’s Top Trainee Joiners Competing at the SkillBuild National Final, Rhydian picked up the Silver medal just two marks off securing Gold. Success in the competition helped secure him the position of joinery instructor at the College.

Steven Kokolin UK’s Top Trainee Welder Competing against the top ten trainee welders from across the UK, Steven impressed judges with his natural talent for welding and was crowned UK Champion in April 2010.

Danielle Greep UK’s Top Aromatherapist Complementary Therapies student Danielle, shone at the national final and has a beautiful future ahead of her after picking up the Gold medal. Danielle is now working for a hotel in Australia after they picked up on her success.

Jakita Roach One of the UK’s Top Trainee Beauty Therapists Jakita’s polished performance earned her the Silver medal in the WorldSkills Beauty National Final. Jakita is now hoping she scored enough points to go through to WorldSkills London in 2011.

Jessica Holmes, Craig Robertson & Ashley Bolton UK’s Top Environmental Scientists College students and Chevron apprentices Jessica, Craig and Ashley battled against six teams, including entries from the Netherlands and Newcastle College, to be crowned the UK’s best Environmental Scientists.

Kyle Rowland Top Hairdresser in Wales Competing at the prestigious Salon Cymru 2010, Kyle secured first place in the ‘Diamond Geezer’ category of the competition. Kyle is employed as a barber at The Hair Lounge in Cardigan alongside his College studies.

Kristian Fuchs Welsh Culinary Association Medal Winner Kristian came away with Bronze in both the WorldSkills final and the Welsh Culinary Championship finals showing his natural ability in the kitchen.


and the winners are...

Neil Walters

Ian Harries & Jeremy Coombs

Rhydian Williams

Steven Kokolin

Jessica Holmes, Craig Robertson James King & Ashley Bolton

Danielle Greep

Jakita Roach

Kyle Rowland

Kristian Fuchs

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College Students Go to Top Universities..

In 2009, 127 of our A-Level and National Diploma students progressed to study on university courses across the country including some of the top universities in the UK, including Cardiff University, Oxbridge, London School of Economics and Cambridge University.


Tutori al and learning support During your time at College you will be supported by a team of professionals with access to the following: • Personal tutor to support and monitor your progress • Excellent private study facilities • Careers and university guidance team • Learning support including class support and help with specific learning or physical disabilities • Study support to get the best out of learning skills • Dyslexia specialist to help with assignments

Hi gh quality facilities It has often been said by our students that Pembrokeshire College offers the best learning environment in the county. The physical evidence is apparent as you walk onto the College campus. With £11.7m capital investment over 11 years the College has already added new buildings and facilities to meet the needs of its learners including an Innovation Centre (2002), a Construction Centre (2008) and a £4m redevelopment and extension to the Engineering wing (2010), all part of the College’s ambitious and visionary 10 year estate master plan costing £30m.

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I feel confident about going to university now, Pembrokeshire College was a good step up. I have applied for a room in the halls of residence at Swansea University and I can’t wait! Carys Mills History (A), French (A), Law (A), Environmental Science (A) & Welsh Bacc.

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EAT

The recently refurbished refectory provides an excellent space for socialising whilst grabbing a bite to eat. With a huge choice of meal options from light snacks to freshly prepared cooked dinners, there’s something to suit every taste.

LIVE

What’s more, most of the food is served by Chartwells – a company who deliver reasonably priced wholesome meals and snacks while raising awareness of the need to recycle and contribute to a sustainable world.

LEARN

For those occasions when you’re looking for something a bit different, the College also has an inexpensive Coffee Shop and Bistro that is run by catering students and supervised by lecturers.


Eat:Typical Weekly Menus

Learn:

Roast Vegetable and Pasta Gratin Moussaka Fish Pie Chicken and Leek Pie Fresh Salad Bar Café Direct Coffee Fresh Tomato and Basil Soup Various Sandwiches and Paninis Biscuits/Fruit/Yoghurts/Pastries Risotto Chicken Chasseur Pork Cordon Bleu Cannelloni Monkfish

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is open Monday to Friday. It provides a quiet, well-equipped environment for self-directed individual or group study and has a wide range of learning facilities and materials including: •24,000 book titles •38,000 copies of books •30,000 on-line e-books •37 PCs and 30 wireless laptops •Extensive on-line journals The LRC provides remote access and learning resources on Moodle (a virtural learning environment) which can also be accessed from home.

Live: You can also access the following services in the Learning Resource Centre: •Impartial careers advice & guidance •Counselling •Learning coach •Student & financial advice •Transport & accommodation advice •Finance & medical advice •College nurse

And live some more… The College also hosts the following services on its main campus for students and members of the public to use: • • • •

Bookshop Hair & Beauty Salon Brightstart Day Nursery Merlin Theatre & Cinema

In addition, as a college student you will also be eligible to join one of the council run leisure centres at the discounted rate of £15.50* per month. Membership includes fitness classes, access to the fitness suite, spa facilities and swimming. To join just take your student ID card along to your local leisure centre and complete a membership form.

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The facilities at the College are great - much better than school. The refectory food is healthy and varied - overall, everything is of a high standard. Federation student Remy Green.

* Price correct at time of print.

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Support for all our Learners Students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities or sensory impairments are provided with support, specialist advice and resources to help them achieve their best. The College has three specialist courses for people with a range of learning difficulties who need a supported environment. The courses are focused on life skills, vocational skills and basic skills. The College has been awarded five top grades by Estyn for student support (this is however wider than learners with disability). Please contact the Learning Support Team on 01437 753 412 if you need further information.

Specialist courses (OCN) • Cornerstone (SVT) – 2 years • Bridging Vocational Preparation (Entry Level) – 1 year. This course includes The Prince’s Trust sport and fitness activities. • Pathways (Level 1 Vocational & Preparation) – 1 year Extra help includes: • Learning support assistant or communication support worker in class • Help with appropriate assistive technology • Basic Skills taught by specialist tutors • Extra pastoral support or special careers advice • Multi-agency reviews Support for all our learners Pembrokeshire College was awarded the highest grade by Estyn for student support. As a Pembrokeshire College student you will have an initial assessment to identify if you need support with literacy or numeracy. Support given could include: • One-to-one help with a learning support specialist • Assignment planning • Working in small groups with Basic Skills and Essential Skills.

College disability statement, large print, Braille and CD versions – Text phone (minicom) 01437 75 3000. Call admissions 01437 753 108

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Qualfiifications Explained The Qualifications & Credit Framework

(QCF) brings all vocational qualifications into a standard format which is easy to understand. Qualifications are described by their size, level, subject and purpose. This can help you choose suitable qualifications and see how you can progress towards your goals. QUALIFICATION

LEVELS

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GCSE

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The College offers workshops and resits in English, Maths and Science as well as a GCSE Plus programme that consists of GCSE English, GCSE Maths and Essential Skills, plus a choice of three subjects from: GCSE Psychology, GCSE Science, GCSE Environmental Science or AiDA - an ICT qualification equivalent to 1GCSE at grade C.

Diploma

2

These are level 2 vocational courses that provide the foundation for entering careers or progression onto Extended Diplomas or other level 3 qualifications.

Welsh 1-3 Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ)

The Welsh Bac combines academic study with personal development skills and is taken alongside a main programme of study – see www.pembs.ac.uk/welshbac for a full list of courses that apply. Valued by employers and universities, the WBQ offers three levels of study with the advanced level worth 120 UCAS points (an A grade at A-Level).

AS/A-Levels

After gaining at least five GCSEs at grade C or above from higher tier, to include Maths, English or Science depending upon the subjects chosen (see course sheets for details) students can progress to A-Levels. Additionally learners will normally be required to have a minimum GCSE grade B in the subject or related subject being studied at AS Level. Students can progress on to AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A (Advanced) Level qualifications. They normally take two years to complete full-time and are one of the main routes into Higher Education, but they are also useful if you want to go straight into a job, such as office administration or trainee accountancy.

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Extended Diploma Diploma Subsidiary Diploma Certificate

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These level 3 qualifications are a vocational alternative to A-Levels. The Extended Diploma is an advanced vocational qualification worth 3 A-Levels; the Diploma is worth two A-Levels, the Subsidiary Diploma is worth one A-Level and the Certificate is worth one AS-Level. A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above are needed to study an Extended Diploma. The College offers 16 BTEC Extended Diplomas in various vocational subjects – see page 18.

NVQ

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National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are ‘competence-based’ qualifications that help to develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively. NVQs can be taken through College study supported by workplace experience or at work with an assessor visiting regularly to support and monitor progress.

Higher Education Qualifications

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Pembrokeshire College is an accredited College of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Qualifications offered at its main campus include Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FDA/Sc), Bachelor of Arts/Science (BA/BSc) and Master (MSc) degree programmes.

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Earn & Learn Foundation & Advanced Modern Apprenticeships Research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over ÂŁ100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees (Source: apprenticeships.org.uk). In order to follow the apprenticeship routes to employment, prospective students need to be employed within the relevant sector. If you need to find an employer we may be able to help, as the College has strong links with industry, particularly the energy sector. As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills. Apprentices also receive off-the-job training, usually at College on a day-release basis, that goes towards gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships can take between one to four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the ability of the apprentice and the industry sector. Most of the training for a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (FMA) takes place in the workplace and is equivalent to five GCSE passes (grades A-G). An FMA is regarded as the principal means of training for jobs requiring skills at NVQ Level 2. Students taking the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship (AMA) route can progress to university courses, such as a foundation degree. For more information on apprenticeships visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk

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I chose the course due to great career prospects; the best thing about College is that you are treated as an adult. Adam Wilson, Chevron Process Operator Apprentice, studied ND Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Excellent Industry Partnerships The College has developed and continues to foster excellent working relationships with industry. This enables the College to continuously keep courses up-todate and relevant to industry and help our students to gain employable skills. The College is proactive in a number of ways. It communicates regularly with the UK Sector Skills Councils – the employer-driven organisations that together articulate the voice of the employers of around 90% of the UK’s workforce on skills issues. College management and staff play important roles within various industrial groups and committees including: •Pembrokeshire Energy Sector Workforce Development Group •Construction Management Panel •Tourism & Hospitality Workforce Development Group •Care Council for Wales “We have proof that Pembrokeshire College has the best Chevron operator apprenticeship scheme in the world.” Chevron Operations Manager, Ed Tomp (2009)

APPRENTICESHIP Brickwork Business Administration Carpentry & Joinery Childcare Healthcare Hospitality & Catering Electrical Plumbing Hairdressing Marine Engineering Mechanical Engineering Motor Vehicle Pipe Fitting Plating Welding

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More A-Level Choice

College students receive the best support (officially ‘Grade 1’) in preparation for university and careers. College students have consistently gained good A-Level results and there are excellent progression opportunities to degree courses at the UK’s top universities. A-Levels are the traditional route to university courses such as medicine and dentistry. However, Extended Diplomas are gaining popularity as an alternative, more practical method of studying at advanced level and entry onto university courses - especially for specialist degrees such as engineering and art and design. An Extended Diploma is worth 3 A-Levels. The large choice of AS and A-Levels available are timetabled as part of the North Pembrokeshire Federation – an agreement between the College, Sir Thomas Picton, Tasker Milward and Portfield Special schools. Free transport between each centre is provided.


Q &A

Q: What is the North Pembrokeshire Federation? The North Pembrokeshire Federation was initially an agreement between Pembrokeshire College and the three Haverfordwest secondary schools - Sir Thomas Picton, Tasker Milward and Portfield Special School. Since September 2009 the Federation has expanded to include Ysgol Dewi Sant and Ysgol Bro Gwaun. The purpose of the Federation is to offer students a broader range of subject choices and combinations by allowing them to select A-Levels and some vocational choices across the centres. There is close liaison between centres - timetables have been aligned and transport between centres is provided.

Q: My child attends school outside the Federation area does this mean his/ her A-Level subject options are limited? Students in the Pembrokeshire College catchment area are welcome to join the North Pembrokeshire Federation and study at Pembrokeshire College or any of the Haverfordwest secondary schools. The student will ‘belong’ to the centre where they take most of their studies.

Q: Will a BTEC Extended Diploma allow my son or daughter to progress to university? Yes, provided of course that they achieve good grades for all of the required units and are progressing to a linked subject. The BTEC Extended Diploma is recognised by UCAS (the University and College Admissions System) and is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

Q: Will the Welsh Baccalaureate further enhance my son/daughter’s chance of getting into a quality university?

Advanced Level choices at a glance The following courses are part of the North Pembrokeshire Federation subject grid. Courses highlighted in Orange are delivered here at the College.

GCSE: • Applied ICT (6 or 12 units – worth 1 or 2 A-Levels)

33 AS and 29 A-Levels: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Art Biology Business Studies Chemistry Design Technology Drama & Theatre Studies * Economics * Engineering English Language & Literature English Literature Environmental Studie Film Studies French Geography

The Welsh Baccalaureate at Advanced Level is worth 120 UCAS points, which is equivalent to an ‘A’ grade at A-Level. This equivalence is recognised by many universities, particularly those in Wales. We advise checking with individual universities prior to finalising your option choices. www.pembs.ac.uk/welshbac

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Geology German Health & Social Care History IT Computing Law Maths Further Maths Leisure Studies Media Studies Music * Photography ** PE Physics Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Textiles Welsh

* only taught at AS level ** only offered to College students due to limited places

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More Level 3 Choices

16 BTEC Extended Diplomas (worth 3 A - Levels) Studying on an extended diploma will also get you a place at university. Students often comment that having completed the diploma in the subject area they are pursuing makes the first year of a degree much easier. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Animal Management Art & Design (Fashion & Clothing) Art & Design (Interactive) Art & Design (Graphic) Business Construction (Civil Engineering & Building Services) Electrical & Electronic Engineering Engineering (Operations & Maintenance) Health & Social Care (Health Studies) Health & Social Care (Social Care) Creative Media Production Music Technology Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Public Services Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness)

Changing your mind after GCSE or A - Level results Many people want to reconsider their options after getting their exam results. Special advice days have been set up from 15 August 2011 to discuss changing the level or subject of study. See www.pembs.ac.uk/open or press for details.

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Equal Opportunities for All

Q: How does the College deal with bullying and student welfare issues? The College takes positive steps to promote equal opportunities in all aspects of College life. All students have the right to an environment that is free from intimidation, bullying and unlawful discrimination. New students are made aware of the College disciplinary and behavioural rules and are encouraged to be involved in developing the College culture.

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Sports Academy The Sports Academy is designed to offer talented individuals the opportunity to further develop their sporting prowess alongside their academic studies. The netball, football, rugby and golf academies are comprehensive programmes which develop student’s knowledge of training and skills towards elite performance, and include: •Skills & performance development •Personal fitness programme & testing •Prevention of sports injury & sports massage •Sports psychology & physiology •Diet & nutrition advice •Development of coaching skills. The Sports Academy appointed former international rugby player and coach Kevin Hopkins to coordinate coaching and to develop sporting excellence at Pembrokeshire College. Talented students are benefitting from Kevin’s expertise and experience no matter what shape ball they play with. “West Wales has a reputation for sporting excellence, my aim is to nurture talent which in turn will help grow a strong sporting culture within the college,” said Kevin Hopkins.

Chevron supports the Sports Academy The Sports Academy is sponsored by Chevron Pembroke Refinery to further fund and develop sporting excellence in the county. Kevin’s role, across all the sports academies, is to ensure that students have the best possible opportunities to progress in their chosen sport alongside their studies.

“Coaching talent is a hugely rewarding opportunity and I hope that the contacts and experience I bring to the job will be of benefit to our future players.” Kevin Hopkins, Coaching Co-ordinator

Rugby player Rob Evans, represented his country in the under 18s Welsh squad against Scotland, England and Ireland in 2010 and played his final game of the Six Nations Festival against Italy. Rob, from Spittal, who is studying for a National Diploma in Operations and Maintenance at the College said “I realised whilst at Sir Thomas Picton School that A-levels were not for me, I wanted a career in engineering and the possibility of pursuing my rugby on a more focused level.”

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How to enrol Some courses fill up early, so it’s best to attend an Open Evening and apply as soon as you know what you want to study. Applications are accepted from November 2010 for the following academic year starting September 2011. Attending an Open Evening is ideal for candidates wishing to take advantage of the new priority application system. Parents/guardians of applicants that apply to us by the priority dates (Friday 7 January and Friday 6 May) will be invited to attend one of the College’s Parents Events. If you are interested in joining our Sports Academy you should ensure your application reaches us by the priority dates (Friday 7 January and Friday 6 May) so that timetables may be adjusted to enable you to participate fully in Sports Academy activities during the day.

apply on-line at www.pembs.ac.uk/application For course information and advice call:

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Financial support for learners All our courses for under 19s are fully funded. Furthermore, 16-18 year olds may qualify for an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of up to £30 per week, based on a household income of £32,400 or less per year. For those over 18 and living in Wales an Assembly Learning Grant (ALG) is available. These funds are designed to help support students who might otherwise experience financial difficulties whilst studying. The funds are means tested, and students whose family’s net income is less than £17,701 per year may receive between £300 and £1,500 for an academic year. The Financial Contingency Fund is administered by the College and is designed to support those who may require financial assistance to complete their course. The fund covers additional costs like buying specific equipment, uniforms, books, etc. Household income must be £32,400 per year or less. * All grants and funding is dependent on government policy and support and may be subject to change.

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Sector snapshot

Course

Level

Diploma in Music Technology

2

Diploma in Art & Design

2

Diploma in Performing Arts

2

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

3

A-Level Fine Art

3

A-Level Media Studies

3

A-Level Film Studies

3

A-Level Photography

3

Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production

3

Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Interactive)

3

Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Graphic)

3

Extended Diploma in Computers & Design

3

Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Textiles)

3

Extended Diploma in Music Technology

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Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production

3

Foundation Art & Design (Pre-BA)

3

BA (Hons) Design Studies

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BA (Hons) Architectural Technology

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Course

Level

Dramatic changes are taking place in technology. Manufacturing, communications and transportation technologies are all producing innovation on a scale and at a rate unimaginable only a few years ago. Men and women entering business management careers in the next decade will literally be changing lives throughout the world through techniques and transactions not yet imagined.

Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism

2

Extended Certificate in Business

2

GCSE English

2

A-Level Business Studies

3

A-Level English Literature/ Language

3

A-Level English Literature

3

A-Level Law

3

A-Level Mathematics

3

www.internationalgraduate.net

Extended Diploma in Business

3

Extended Diploma in Travel & Tourism

3

AAT Accountancy

2-4

NVQs in Business

3-5

HNC/HND Business Studies

4-5

Foundation Degree (FDA) Business Studies

5

BA (Hons) Business Studies

6

Postgraduate Certificate in Management

7

Postgraduate Diploma in Management

7

MSc Management Year 3

7

The sector skills council for craft has set out a blue print for the cultural industries offering high quality information, advice and guidance on what careers are possible, what skills and qualifications are needed and how to find out more. A key element is Creative Choices, an online service offering information on training, jobs and skills, along with case studies of people already working in the cultural and creative industries.

CREATIVE ARTS

www.ccskills.org.uk

Career routes: Animation, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion, Fine Art, Media Production, Performance, Sound Engineering/Recording, Stage Management, Textile Design, Costume Design, Props, Web Design

Our creative staff are not just specialist tutors they are also practising artists, actors, musicians, sculptors and designers. Learning facilities include hands-on space for experimentation, a theatre and studio for performers, recording studios for musicians, Mac suites for designers and white and dark rooms for photographers.

Student snapshot

Louis faced fierce competition from all over the world to gain a place on the Womenswear Fashion course at the prestigious Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London. “I experienced great support and creative freedom, this I’m sure, helped me to get on this fantastic degree course,” former ND Fashion & Textiles student Louis Backhouse (pictured above)

Sector snapshot

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Career routes: Advertising, Banking, Entrepreneur, Financial Management, General Management, Human Resources, Sales, Marketing We offer a whole range of business related courses that suit a mixture of different people from school leavers (starting out) to company directors who wish to enhance their business and management skills. The courses provide a broad base of knowledge relating to different types of business on a local, national and global scale. The Extended Diploma is an excellent stepping stone to a degree course and includes aspects of accountancy, human resources, marketing and business law.

Student snapshot

"To achieve the best overall grade at this level is fantastic and a huge achievement, I would especially like to thank the College and business lecturers who have been so supportive and encouraging over the last few years.” said Kirsty Pope, who received a first class degree, and the University of Glamorgan Student of the Year accolade, she studied GNVQ Business (1996/98), BA (Hons), FDA, HNC Management and Business (2004/09)


Sector snapshot

Course

Level

Diploma in Health & Social Care

2

Diploma in Sport

2

Diploma in Public Services

2

A-Level Biology/Physics/ Chemistry

3

A-Level Sociology

3

A-Level Psychology

3

Diploma in Health & Social Care

3

Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

3

Extended Diploma in Health Science

3

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness)

3

Extended Diploma in Public Services

3

The College delivers a variety of courses within this sector, whether you have your sights set on becoming a healthcare professional, fitness and wellbeing instructor or a nursery nurse. The College can help equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to go straight into employment or on to a degree course.

Diploma in Complementary Therapies

2-3

Childcare & Education (NVQs)

1-3

Health & Social Care (NVQs)

2-4

Student snapshot

Foundation Degree (FDA) Sport (3 pathways)

5

Foundation Degree Childhood Studies

4-5

BSc (Hons) Childhood Studies

4-6

Job increases of approximately 1% are still expected in the sector until 2014. The growth rate is one of the highest per sector and is above the rate of growth expected for the overall economy. A number of health sector occupations are on the Home Office Shortage Occupation List including haematology, clinical psychology and occupational therapy. www.prospect.ac.uk

HEALTH, FITNESS & PUBLIC SERVICES Career routes: Complementary Therapies (Reflexology/Acupuncture), Emergency Services - Fire/Ambulance/Police/Coastguard, Forensics, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Recreational Social Work, Sports Conditioning, Sports Nutrition

“During my two years at Pembrokeshire College I was inspired mainly by my lecturers and Maxine for guiding me through the UCAS application process.” Jo-Dee Williams, Paediatric Physiotherapist, studied A-levels (2000/02): Biology (A), Chemistry (A),

Sector snapshot

Today, most engineering sectors are thriving. According to SEMTA, the main disciplines facing recruitment difficulties are biological and medical sciences, chemical sciences and engineering. These facts clearly open the way for both young men and women to seriously contemplate this lucrative and professional career route.

ENGINEERING

Department for Business Innovation and Skills (2009)

Career routes: Electronic Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Plant/ Mechanical Engineering, Process Operating, Project Management, Marine Engineering, Motor Vehicle Engineering, Welding, Plating, Boatbuilding Pembrokeshire College has responded to the development in this sector by playing an important role in the Energy Sector Workforce Development Group: helping to attract young talent into the industry and providing companies with high quality trained and qualified personnel. The College has recently redeveloped a £4.2 million Engineering wing at its main campus to provide excellent engineering training for the county.

Student snapshot

“I studied A-Levels at College, for me it provided the bridge between school and university, meaning that I hit university with an already developed sense of independence and self motivation.” Kerry Loughnane achieved a first class honours degree in Biomedical Engineering and today works for Fujitsu.

* subject to validation

Professional Practice in Nursing 5 - 6

Course

Level

Diploma in Motor Sport

2

Engineering/Motor Vehicle NVQ & Technical Certificate

2-3

Electrical Installation

1-3

Marine Engineering

2-3

Extended Certificate in Engineering

2

Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering

3

A-Level Mathematics

3

A-Level Biology/Physics/ Chemistry

3

A-Level Environmental Studies

3

Extended Diploma in Operations & Maintenance

3

Extended Diploma in Electronic & Electrical

3

HNC Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

4

HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering

4

Foundation Degree in Process Operations & Maintenance*

4

HNC Plant Engineering

4

HNC Instrumentation Engineering

4

HNC Power Systems Engineering

4

BSc (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Sector snapshot

“In general, the industry is buoyant and continues to grow – despite the economic downturn – with huge growth in cruise and long haul still at the forefront. There is also a significant increase in UK breaks and attractions and the Olympic Games in 2012 (leading up to and beyond) will bring more opportunity for domestic tourism in the UK.”Claire Steiner, Director

Course

Level

VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

1-3

Extended Certificate in Travel & Tourism/Business

2

Diploma in Countryside & Environment

2

A-Level Environmental Studies

3

Professional Cookery (Flexi route only)

3

and Chair of the Education & Training Diploma in Animal Care Committee at the Institute of Travel Extended Diploma in and Tourism

2 3

PROFESSIONAL CATERING, HOSPITALITY, TOURISM & LANDBASED

Travel & Tourism

Extended Diploma in Animal Management

3

Career routes: Catering Management, Events Management, Food Technology, National Park Wardens, Professional Catering - Chef, Sommelier, Wildlife Park/Zoo Management, Wildlife Trust, Tourism Officer, Travel Manager

HND Business Studies

4

Foundation Degree (FDA) Business Studies

5

Hospitality, catering, leisure, travel and tourism are central to the Pembrokeshire economy and are also major global industries. Training at the College leads to excellent employment opportunities in a wide range of job areas either in the UK or abroad for both school leavers and adults.

Foundation Degree Animal Science

4-5

Student snapshot

“I chose College because the course was relevant for the job I feel passionate about”. Former Hospitality and Catering student Ricky Thomas is currently the Executive Chef at the Prime Minister’s country residence “Chequers”. Ricky successfully completed NVQ Diploma levels 1 and 2 in Professional Cookery.

Sector snapshot

HABIA reports that this sector is dependent on regular repeat business from satisfied clients. This means that besides technical skills, interpersonal skills are very important, especially the ability to meet individual needs. Employers view good verbal communication and social skills plus basic literacy and numeracy skills to be the most highly valued recruitment requirements for trainees.

HAIR, BEAUTY & HOLISTIC THERAPIES

Career routes: Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Hair Styling, Professional Colouring, Professional Masseur, Sports Massage Therapy Pembrokeshire College offers a range of full and part-time courses in hairdressing, beauty therapy and complementary therapies with a variety of interesting employment and further training routes. So, if you want to be self-employed with your own clients or work in a small or large salon, spa or specialist health or beauty centre, then sign up on one of our courses.

Student snapshot

“College was amazing and one of the best experiences of my life. Without it I would not be travelling the world on luxury liners as a beauty therapist for Steiner Leisure.”Abby Tee, Steiner Leisure Beauty Therapist, studied NVQ 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy (2007/09). Abby is stationed in Miami.

“The key factors to be successful in a Michelin two-star restaurant are the incredible skills and creative talent of the kitchen; excellent organisation and timing; and the amazing attention-todetail given to customers by frontof-house staff.” Clare Ratcliffe, did her work experience as a Commis at Michelin Star restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Scotland. Course

Level

Beauty Therapy (NVQs: full-time)

1-3

Beauty Therapy (VRQ: full-time)

2

Hairdressing (NVQs: part-time)

1-3

Hairdressing (VRQ: full-time)

2

Nail Services (NVQ)

2

Complementary Therapies (Various)

2-3

Remedial Massage

3

Sports Massage

3

“I chose College as I want to be a hairdresser and eventually open my own salon abroad. The salon at College is good, the tutors are nice and I’ve made lots of friends.” Kyle Rowland, 2009 Welsh AHT Trainee, Gents Cut Champion, NVQ 3 Hairdressing and Barbering


Sector snapshot

The UK construction sector is facing a number of fundamental changes. The aim is to develop a sustainable construction industry capable of delivering a low carbon future and to meet the current carbon, water and waste reduction targets. Training is required for all stages of construction – Design, Site Management, Installers and Maintenance. www.cskills.org

CONSTRUCTION & RELATED TRADES

Career routes: Architectural Practice, Building Development, Carpentry, CAD, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Gas Installation, Plumbing, Project Management, Renewable/Sustainable Technology Engineers, Brickwork Pembrokeshire College offers a wide range of courses to meet the demands of the modern construction industry including practical building trades and higher-level courses aimed at management and design in building, civil engineering and architecture. There are courses for school leavers seeking skills training and for those wanting a clear route to university. The College also boasts a dedicated Energy Centre for training in Gas, Oil and Renewables.

Student snapshot

“I think the lectures are fantastic. I feel more confident asking questions in class than I ever did at school.” Katie Henton, ND Construction

Sector snapshot

“The UK economy will require an average of 140,000 new IT professionals every year for the next four years.” Technology Counts IT and Telecoms Insight; e-skills UK (2008) “Opportunities for women to enter employment in the IT sector have never been greater.” Inside Careers, Information Technology, published in partnership with the British Computer Society

COMPUTING & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Career routes: Database Management, Interactive Media, Multimedia Design, Software Engineering/Programming and Analysis

Course

Level

Boatbuilding

1-3

Brickwork (NVQs)

1-3

Carpentry (NVQs)

1-3

Electrical Installation

1-3

Plumbing (NVQs)

1-3

Extended Diploma in Construction

3

CAD (2D & 3D)

2-3

HNC Construction Management

4

HNC Electrical Building Services

4

Foundation Degree Architectural Technology

4-5

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

4-6

“I enjoyed the College atmosphere and the tutors were great especially Chris Evans who has been hugely influential with his flair and his experience in the industry.” Nathan Kirkhouse, Architectural Technologist for Curtis Blain Ltd, studied ND Construction (2003/05), HND CAAT (2005/07), BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology (2008/09)

Course

Level

Foundation in Office IT

1

Digital Application Diploma

1

ITQ (Office IT)

1-2

Diploma in IT

2

A-Level Applied ICT

3

Extended Diploma in IT

3

HNC Computing

4

HND Computing

5

BSc Information Systems

5

“I want to be creating products that can be used by others.” Elman Lewis, Applied ICT GCE Double Award AS/A2 (2007/09)

Pembrokeshire College has been meeting the growing demand to acquire computing skills for both home and work use by providing courses from complete beginners through to degree level - for school leavers, adult returners and employees. Top quality facilities, specialised staff skills and flexible methods of attendance ensure that you can access a programme that suits you, whether it’s to email your friends or become an IT specialist.

Student snapshot

“The College helped me by setting me on the right track and getting into university. Facilities and staff helped me to mature and develop into the outgoing person I am today. I would really recommend taking a course there.” Steve Farmer, Teacher, studied AVCE in ICT and City & Guilds 2D CAD (2000/02) 24-25


Find your pathway to a successful career.. The College places considerable emphasis on analysing local market intelligence to ensure that the curriculum it offers provides pathways into employment and higher education study. Our analysis shows that there are high quality jobs locally in engineering, construction, health, care, retail, hospitality and tourism. Our provision offers pathways to these careers through our wide range of advanced level 3 courses - A-Level, Extended Diploma and apprenticeship routes – as well as University of Glamorgan and University of Wales, Trinity Saint David courses taught at Pembrokeshire College. If you want to find out about the many pathways to becoming an apprentice in the oil and gas industry turn back to page 15.

Rank

Chefs

1

Nearly 19% of vacancies in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector are hard to fill due to a shortage of skilled applicants, according to the Skills Sector Council report. Chefs have been the most difficult to recruit, mainly due to a lack of applicants with the required skills. Apprenticeships are the key to meeting this shortfall providing a viable alternative to full-time college courses for those wishing to go straight into industry.

Rank

Engineers

2

Britain needs more engineers: Between now and 2017 the UK will need an extra 587,000 engineers with advanced skills to rival those in other developed economies. At present, the number of new engineers entering the workforce is running at just over 40,000 a year.

Rank

Environmental Consultants

3

By committing to cutting greenhouse gases by a third by 2020, Britain has the first legally binding “carbon budget”. With UK businesses under pressure to reduce their emissions and ‘go green’ the demand for environmental consultants is anticipated to increase over the next year as businesses strive to derive at least 20% of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2020.

Rank

Home Carers

4

Recent independent research has revealed that the option to stay at home rather than move into residential care was the preferred choice for over 75’s nationwide. There are 2 million registered disabled people, and about 3 million carers in the UK, which makes care work a booming industry where numbers are expected to grow with the aging population.

Rank

IT Specialists

5

The UK technology sector employs around 1.5 million people. In order for the IT sector to help start the recovery of the economy, the first step to achieve this is to get more qualified and talented people to choose IT as their career.

Rank

Medical Practitioners

6

There is a shortage of senior medical staff in hospital A&E departments. So far, the shortage has been met by recruiting doctors from outside Europe. However, plans to tighten the immigration point-based system could cause a shortage of medical staff. The solution - more people in the UK need to decide on a career as a doctor.

Rank

Nurses

7

There are acute shortages across the UK nursing sector. According to a poll conducted by the Nursing Times magazine, the UK had 400,000 practising nurses in 2008, with 180,000 due to retire within the next ten years.

Rank

Pharmacists

8

According to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, pharmacists are the country’s main experts in medicines and pharmacy is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare. The developments in science over the next 50 years will lead to the introduction of new medicines for all kinds of illnesses and diseases. Pharmacists will be involved with these new medicines every step of the way, from their development in the lab to their distribution in the community and in hospitals.

Rank

Primary School Teachers

9

Britain is facing a shortfall of 18,000 primary school teachers. A report predicts an extra 18,000 teachers will be needed to teach the additional 500,000 primary school-aged children expected by 2015. The most severe shortages are in key subjects such as maths, science and modern languages.

Rank

Social Workers

10

Despite high unemployment rates during the recession, not enough children and families social workers can be recruited from within the UK. Approximately 13,000 new recruits are needed for this very challenging but rewarding profession. Source: Abridged from careerbuilder.co.uk (2010)

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure that the details included in this guide are up-to-date and accurate at the time of printing. However, the College reserves the right to alter or cancel courses or other details should circumstances dictate. The guide was produced using environmentally friendly practices. Design & Photography - Pembrokeshire College


University Degrees Studying locally can save thousands of pounds in living costs. As an accredited College of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David we are able to offer quality full-time and part-time degrees and degree routes in the areas of: Architectural Technolgy, Design, Adult Teaching & Training, Childcare, Nursing, Information Technology, Construction, Design, Engineering, Management, Animal Science, Business and Sport Course

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BA (Hons) Design Studies

Full-time

Foundation Degree (FDA) Sport (3 pathways)

Full-time/Part-time

Foundation Degree Childhood Studies

Part-time

BSc Childhood Studies

Part-time

BSc Professional Practice in Nursing

Part-time

Foundation Degree Animal Science

Full-time

HNC Business Studies

Part-time

HND Business Studies

Full-time

Foundation Degree (FDA) Business

Part-time

BSc (Hons) Business Studies

Full-time/Part-time

MSc Management

Part-time

Adult Teaching & Training (PGCE)

Part-time

HNC Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Part-time

HNC Plant Engineering

Part-time

HNC Instrumentation Engineering

Part-time

HNC Power Systems Engineering

Part-time

HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Part-time

Foundation Degree Process Operations & Maintenance*

Part-time

BSc (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Full-time/Part-timee

HNC Construction Management

Part-time

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Full-time/Part-time

Foundation Degree Architectural Technology

Part-time

HNC Computing

Part-time

HND Computing

Full-time/Part-time

BSc Information Systems

Full-time/Part-timee * Subject to validation

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