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Adult Course Guide 2019-20

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Welcome

Our Courses and Training Programmes

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Apprenticeships

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How to Apply/Enrol

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Fees and Fee Concessions

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Financial Support

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Student Support and Facilities

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Welcome

Welcome to Richmond upon Thames College

Thank you for considering to study or train at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC). Last year over 1,000 adults made the same choice to further their career, enhance their lives, start something new or simply to pursue a hobby. We offer a broad range of courses and training programmes to suit everyone starting in September 2019 and at various dates throughout the 2019-2020 college year. Whether you want to gain professional qualifications to support your chosen career path, develop your skills and knowledge of a specific subject, train as an apprentice, follow a study path to higher education, or learn more about a subject that interests you – we are confident that we have the right course for you! We work closely with a large number of employers to ensure that our courses meet the needs of the local, regional and national economy. Our specialist facilities and committed industry experienced staff ensure that we deliver exceptional quality teaching and training in a friendly and supportive environment. Our number one priority is that you enjoy the Richmond upon Thames College experience and succeed on whatever course you choose and we would be delighted to welcome you to RuTC as you take the next step towards fulfilling your ambitions.

Our purpose To drive aspiration, ambition and achievement.

Our vision A college that enhances careers and life chances with inspired provision and a commitment to our community values of mutual respect, honesty, integrity and personal accountability.

Ofsted

GOOD in all areas (Nov 2017)

Robin Ghurbhurun CEO and Principal

This course guide gives brief details about our part-time and adult courses and training programmes. Full details on all courses are available on our website www.rutc.ac.uk.

Apply now

www.rutc.ac.uk/apply

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Our Courses and Training Programmes

Our Courses and Training Programmes

Key features of all our courses and training programmes: • Excellent teaching with qualified, industry trained staff • Successful outcomes for learners • Customised programmes, in most cases leading to a nationally recognised qualification

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Access to Higher Education Diplomas Studying an Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is ideal if you are aged 19+ years and would like to return to study and/or change career direction, and wish to gain entry to university or advanced vocational training. Access to HE Diplomas are widely accepted by universities as the adult equivalent of A Levels and they help develop the required study skills to progress to higher level study. We offer Access to HE Diplomas in the following subject areas:

• Flexible learning – evening or day-time courses • Employer focussed – our courses are valued by employers • Ofsted Good grading in all categories

Full information on all our courses, entry requirements, fees, financial support and student services is available on our website www.rutc.ac.uk.

Higher Education courses Richmond upon Thames College boasts a niche provision of higher education courses focussing on graphic design, engineering and construction, sports science, early years and IT. The majority of students are either in work or find employment as a result of studying our higher education courses. Our higher education courses provide an excellent opportunity to develop essential skills for higher level work which could improve career prospects.

• Art & Design

• Midwifery

• Business Studies

• Nursing

• Humanities & Social Science

• Science

We are delighted that QAA recognised the college’s efforts to ensure that all HE students have a good experience and that the college meets expectations in all respects of the quality review criteria. We offer higher education courses in the following subject areas:

• Sports Science

• Art & Design (Graphic Design)

Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-BA) Level 3 UAL This course is designed as a transitional year before studying an art and design undergraduate course. Students will develop their portfolios and the appropriate skills required to prepare for higher education. Many students who study this course continue their studies on some of the best art and design degree courses in the country. The above courses are eligible for Advanced Learner Loans (see page 9).

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Whether you are interested in learning a new skill for work or leisure, looking to progress further in your career or keen to study at a higher level – we have the course for you!

• Computing • Construction & the Built Environment • Construction & the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) • Early Years • Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) • Engineering (Mechanical) • Sport & Exercise Science Students can apply for financial help from Student Finance England (see page 9).

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We offer a wide range of ESOL courses in reading, speaking & listening and writing on different days and times throughout the year. These courses are FREE for eligible students.

English and Maths GCSEs These courses are FREE for eligible students. If you would like to take GCSE English or Maths, you are eligible for full funding if you are 19+ years and do not currently have either one of those qualifications at grade C or above.

Leisure courses Our leisure courses are ideal if you would like to learn something new but do not want the commitment of coursework and exams. You will meet new people and gain new skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our Courses and Training Programmes

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

We offer leisure courses in the following subject areas: • Art & Design (Ceramic Techniques / Creative Digital Photography / Interior Design) • DIY for beginners • Fabrication & Welding

This course guide gives brief details about our part-time and adult courses and training programmes. Full details on all courses are available on our website www.rutc.ac.uk.

• Languages (French Conversation / Spanish Conversation)

Professional qualifications Our professional qualifications will give you the skills required for your next step up the career ladder whether you are looking for a new vocation or you would like to progress your career. Our courses are delivered by qualified staff who have up to date industry experience and can help you succeed in your chosen pathway. We offer qualifications at different levels in the following subject areas: • Accounting (AAT / ACCA) • AutoCAD • Construction Crafts (Bench Joinery / Bricklaying / Plumbing) • Early Years and Childcare • Professional Cookery • Sport & Exercise

Apply now

www.rutc.ac.uk/apply

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Apprenticeships

You’re never too old to take up an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are available for anyone who is 16 years old and above – there is no upper age limit! Apprenticeships help improve the quality and range of employment opportunities available and help develop the skills required to progress your career.

WE OFFER A RANGE OF APPRENTICESHIPS IN THE FOLLOWING INDUSTRIES: ACCOUNTING B  RICKLAYING BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CARPENTRY & JOINERY DESIGN & DRAUGHTING DIGITAL MARKETING EARLY YEARS IT INFRASTRUCTURE IT NETWORK ENGINEER PROFESSIONAL COOKERY PROJECT CONTROL PLUMBING TRAVEL CONSULTANCY

We work with a large number of local, regional and national employers including: • Haymarket Media Group

• Not on the High Street

• Jacobs Engineering

• Richmond upon Thames School

• KBR Engineering

• Rivers Academy

• Kingston University

and many more…

• NPL (National Physical Laboratory) All our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website www.rutc.ac.uk/apprenticeships and on the Government website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone in person, please contact a member of our Apprenticeships Team – Training Solutions – on 020 8607 8306.

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Apprenticeship Levy for Employers The Government is committed to achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts by summer 2020. In order to achieve this and increase the quality of apprenticeship training, it is putting control of funding in the hands of employers by introducing a levy on employers to fund new apprenticeships. The levy applies to all UK employers. However, each employer will receive one allowance of £15,000 per tax year to offset against their levy payment. This means that only employers with a gross annual pay bill in excess of £3 million will have to pay the levy. Please contact our Apprenticeships Team – Training Solutions on 020 8607 8306 / apprenticeships@rutc.ac.uk who will be delighted to work with employers to meet their apprentice recruitment and training requirements.

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How to Apply/Enrol

How to Apply/Enrol Visit our website www.rutc.ac.uk for full details on all our courses.

You can apply in the following ways: •O  nline – www.rutc.ac.uk • In person – summer enrolment 2019

If you would like to talk to a member of staff in person before enrolling, we will be open for part-time and adult courses enrolment on the following dates and times: Tuesday 27 August

9am – 7pm

Wednesday 28 August

9am – 7pm

Saturday 31 August

9.30am – 1pm

Tuesday 3 September

9am – 7pm

Wednesday 4 September

9am – 7pm

Tuesday 10 September

9am – 7pm

Wednesday 11 September

9am – 7pm

Some courses require an interview. Please click on the apply/enquire button on the relevant course page on our website and complete the online form. Your enquiry will be directed to one of our specialist staff who will contact you and go through the course entry requirements and enrolment process with you.

Apply now

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Team on 020 8607 8302 admissions@rutc.ac.uk

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Fees and Fee Concessions

Fees and Fee Concessions

Fees Fee paying students are required to pay full fees (including any exam/registration fees) at the time of enrolment. Where courses have a registration fee independent of the college, students will be required to pay these fees directly to the registration body, they may also charge for exam papers. If an employer is paying fees, the student will need to provide a purchase order from their company and we will then invoice the employer. If we do not receive a purchase order from the employer, the student will be charged the full amount.

Fee Concessions Depending on your age, previous qualifications and circumstances, fee concessions may be available on some courses up to and including Level 3 qualifications. You may not need to pay fees if you are 19-23 years old and applying for your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. Further information is available on our website www.rutc.ac.uk/fee-concessions.

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English and Maths GCSEs These courses are FREE for eligible students. If you would like to take GCSE English or Maths, you are eligible for full funding if you are 19+ years and do not currently have either one of those qualifications at grade C or above.

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Financial Support

Financial Support Advanced Learner Loan If you are aged 19+ years, studying at Level 3 to 6, (not Higher Education courses) you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans are provided by the UK Government and will help you pay your fees – for more information, please visit our website www.rutc.ac.uk/learner-loans or www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

Student Finance England – Higher Education Higher Education students can apply for help from Student Finance England at www.gov.uk/student-finance. Loans must be approved prior to the course start date.

Advanced Learner Loan – Bursary Fund If you are in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan and are in financial hardship, you may be eligible to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with books, transport costs and the cost of childcare. Further information is available at www.rutc.ac.uk/money-matters.

Childcare Depending on your annual household income, you may be eligible for help with childcare. We can only help if you are using childcare services that are registered with Ofsted. For further information, please visit www.rutc.ac.uk/money-matters.

Discretionary Learner Support Discretionary Learner Support may be available for students who may be experiencing financial hardship. For more information, visit www.rutc.ac.uk/money-matters.

Instalment Plans We offer instalment plans to students who are over 19+ years and enrolled on courses costing over £300 and over 12 weeks duration.

Financial Advice It is important that you consider your personal circumstances and look into all the financial options available for paying for your course before choosing to take out a loan. Independent financial advice is available from the Money Advice Service at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.

Apply now

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Student Support and Facilities

Student Support and Facilities

Student Support Additional Learning Support (ALS) The college can provide support for a wide range of disabilities and learning differences including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing and visual impairments, mental health and mobility impairment. If you suspect you have a learning difficulty but have never been assessed, please ask for an appointment with one of our ALS tutors who will be able to carry out an assessment. The ALS team also assess students for access to special exam arrangements such as extra time, modifications to papers and more. Students who are 19+ years with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence. For further information, please visit www.rutc.ac.uk/additional-learning-support. Counselling The college’s counselling service is able to sign-post and advise adult learners about appropriate services in the community. For more information, please visit www.rutc.ac.uk/counselling. Careers Centre Our specialist careers and education advisors are available to give advice about education and employment. Further details can be found on our website: www.rutc.ac.uk/careers.

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Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) Students should indicate on their application if an Education, Health and Care Plan has been agreed by their Local Authority. Please visit www.rutc.ac.uk/ additional-learning-support for more information. Students’ Union All students automatically become a member of the college’s Students’ Union. For more details, please visit www.rutc.ac.uk/student-union.

Facilities Learning Resource Centre Our Learning Resource Centre provides access to a range of services including printing, photocopying and scanning. Computers and study spaces are available for work and research. Our library catalogue, available online, allows learners to search across our collection of books, DVDs and CDs. The Learning Resource Centre also provides access to online resources, full text journal archives, databases, training guides and many other sources of information. For further information, please visit www.rutc.ac.uk/learning-resource-centre. Refreshments Food and drinks are available to purchase from the college’s refectory. Specialist Subject Facilities We have industry standard state of the art specialist facilities and equipment to support your studies and training.

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Cancellations and Refunds If you cancel your enrolment within 14 days before the course has commenced, you may be entitled to a refund (less a £20 administration fee). Once the course has commenced, this will be treated as a withdrawal – college refunds and withdrawals policy can be viewed at www.rutc.ac.uk/policies.

Useful Information

Useful Information

Equality and Diversity Richmond upon Thames College is committed to the active promotion of equality of opportunity for all and opposes discrimination of any kind. Our college equality policy can be viewed at www.rutc.ac.uk/policies. Health and Safety Some of our courses require the use of appropriate protective clothing and/or equipment. For your own safety, clothing and/or equipment must be worn and/ or used as specified by your teacher. If you choose not to follow the recommendations by your teacher or as stated on the course outline and at your course induction, you will be asked to leave the class. If you have a medical condition or temporary/permanent disability, please let us know so that we can make any reasonable adjustments that you may require. Registers It is a legal requirement that student attendance is monitored by means of registers for each class. You will not be allowed to attend classes if you have not fulfilled all the terms and conditions of enrolment eg provided evidence of eligibility and/or paid your fees if applicable. Disclaimer Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this course guide, Richmond upon Thames College reserves the right to amend details in line with changing circumstances – this can include fees, rescheduling, cancelling or combining courses. All information provided in this guide is correct at the time of printing (June 2019) but may be amended should national funding guidelines change for 2019/20 enrolment. As such this document does not form a legal contract.

This course guide gives brief details about our part-time and adult courses and training programmes. Full details on all courses are available on our website www.rutc.ac.uk.

Apply now

www.rutc.ac.uk/apply

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Richmond upon Thames College Egerton Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW2 7SJ Switchboard: 020 8607 8000 Email: admissions@rutc.ac.uk Admissions: 020 8607 8302 Website: www.rutc.ac.uk

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