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A guide to starting in September 2017


Shrewsbury College has delivered high quality university level programmes for nearly 20 years. We have a successful partnership with Staffordshire University and other prestigious awarding institutions. More and more students are choosing to study locally with us because… •

Our tutors are experienced and inspiring

Our class sizes are smaller than universities, giving you more individual attention

We have Study Skills Programmes to help you develop your academic skills

Our courses usually take place over two days so you can fit the study around your job

We’ve spent £15m on the campus over the last few years improving facilities and offer more car parking, places to eat and study areas as well as industry-standard training settings

Our fees are considerably lower than most universities.

££££ The majority of our learners are already employed and continue to work alongside their studies.

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The average price most universities charge for a three year degree is currently £27k, or £18k for two years. The equivalent of two years study with us will cost you around £11,880, and this doesn’t include the money that can be saved on living and travel costs.

100% of Foundation Degree Education students progressed on to BA (Hons) Education top-up.

For more details visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk/highereducation or ring 01743 342333


Entry Requirements We consider all applicants on an individual basis – so please contact us even if you’re not sure whether you have the right qualifications. Skills, experience, motivation and commitment are considered alongside your qualifications. Information detailing the entry requirements for your chosen course are available on the factsheets on the HE section of our website.

How to Apply 1. Come along to one of our Advice Events or contact the College for an informal chat about your chosen course 2. Follow the application instructions on individual course factsheets on the website, some of our courses require you to make an application via UCAS at www.ucas.com 3. Attend an interview with the course tutor to discuss course content and finance options 4. Apply for Student Finance at: www.gov.uk/student-finance or www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if eligible 5. Accept your offer on UCAS or from Shrewsbury College.

Further Help with Applying • If you are an existing Shrewsbury College student applying through UCAS, you will be asked for a buzzword, this year it is ‘Shrewsbury2017’ • Shrewsbury College has an Admissions Policy for HE which is available on the website. If you are having difficulties with your application, or would like further advice please speak to our HE Admissions Coordinator on 01743 342346.

Student Support If you choose to study with us you will be invited to a comprehensive induction session in September which supports you to get ready for academic study, enables you to meet your fellow students and eases you into higher level study.

Study Skills Our Professional development modules supports your study with a range of sessions which include research and library skills, assignment planning, reflective writing, presentation skills and preparing you for employment in your chosen field.

Financial Support In most cases you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your fees and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs for the majority of courses we offer - even if you are still living at home with your parents. Loans only become repayable when you are earning in excess of £21k per year.

Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it. Other support may be available to you including bursaries, Disabled Students’ Allowance, Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance and Adult Dependants’ Grant. More information on what you are entitled to can be found at: www.gov.uk/student-finance or www.gov.uk/advancedlearner-loan

Student Accommodation Outstanding student accommodation is available in Mardol House in Shrewsbury town centre, this includes en-suite single rooms, single studio apartments, vibrant communal cooking and recreation areas, wi-fi and 24 hour security.

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Our Courses Full details on each course (including costs) can be found by accessing the factsheet for your chosen course on the Shrewsbury College HE website and by downloading the Course Specification. We are continually developing our provision and further courses will be added throughout the year please check our website for up-to-date information.

Business & Computing HNC / HND in Business

HNC / HND Computing Science*

1 or 2 years, one or two days a week

2 years, one day a week

Suitable for Level 3 progressers, those in employment and mature learners and is designed to prepare and develop students for advancement in business management, marketing, finance and event planning. Successful completion of an HND provides an opportunity to top up to a BA (Hons) degree at university.

Particularly suitable for mature learners, who have some computing experience and are possibly wanting a career change. Successful completion may lead to employment in computer programming, web development and computer networks.

Creative Arts & Media HNC / HND in Art & Design

HNC / HND in Fashion & Textiles

2 years, two days a week

1 year for HNC or 2 years for HND, two days a week

Suitable for Level 3 progressers, those in employment and mature learners. Students may progress to a Level 6 programme at university, employment or develop their own business opportunities. Careers in art and design span many different specialist areas: Illustrator; Animator; Creative Copywriter; Fine Artist; Graphic Designer; Museum / Gallery Conservator; Museum / Gallery Curator; Museum / Gallery Art Handler; Gallerist; Printmaker; Photographer; Lecturer / Art Teacher; Art Critic.

Designed to develop creative and practical skills, this course is suitable for Level 3 progressers or those looking to change career. The course explores varied aspects of fashion including design and construction, textiles, industry awareness and digital skills. Career paths are diverse: Fashion Design Assistant, rising to a Fashion Designer or Senior Designer. Garment Technology and Buying and Merchandising routes offer similar salaries. Or start your own business as a designer /maker, alterations specialist or dressmaker. You could also top up at a university to gain a full BA (Hons) degree (subject to entry requirements).

HNC / HND in Game Design & Production

HNC / HND in Moving Image Production

2 years, two days a week

2 years, two days a week

For those progressing from Level 3, in employment, mature students or those wanting a career change. May lead to further study for a full BA (Hons) degree or employment e.g. Computer games developer, artists and programmers, experienced and skilled designers, head programmers and producers.

For those progressing from Level 3, in employment, mature students or those wanting a career change. May lead to further study for a full BA (Hons) degree or employment e.g. TV or film production assistant. Freelance production assistants are usually paid a fee for each contract. Contact the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) for current pay guidelines.

*Awarded by Staffordshire University 4

For more details visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk/highereducation or ring 01743 342333


HNC / HND in Performing Arts

HNC / HND in Music Production

2 years, two days a week

2 years, two days a week

For those wanting to develop skills in the Performing Arts, and possibly continue to degree at university or Drama School or become teachers and workshop leaders or employment as a performer, undertaking work in entertainment, television, stage, touring productions or community work. A successful performer could also develop their skills as a ‘creative’, obtaining directorial roles on a self-employed basis.

For those with a qualification in Music Technology and/ or a passion for music production. May progress to the second year of a degree at university or employment including working behind the scenes in film and television; radio production; theatre or live music; become a composer, songwriter, music producer, sound engineer, session musician or event organiser; work in the business at a record label, or even run your own; work in A&R seeking out the next rising star or in marketing, sales and merchandise; work in the Musicians Union or at a royalty collection agency.

HNC / HND in Photography 2 years, two/three days a week For those wanting a career in the photographic industries, or extending an existing interest into a part-time job, whether you are interested in landscapes, sports, fashion or advertising. May progress to university and top up to a full honours degree. Career opportunities are varied: Freelance Photographer, Assistant Photographer working alongside a professional photographer, Advertising and Editorial

Education Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies* 2.5 years, one evening a week Designed for Level 3 practitioners who currently work (either paid or voluntary) in an Early Years environment. The National Childcare Strategy has created an increased demand for well-qualified Early Years practitioners who can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the needs of young children and their families. Successful completion may enable progression onto our top-up BA (Hons) Degree in Education and a route into Early Years Teacher Status.

Photographer, Press Photographer or Photojournalist, Medical Photographer, Photographic Stylist or a Unit Stills Photographer, working on film sets to create promotional images. Alternative opportunities include a Picture Library Assistant and Manager or a Professional Image Retoucher.

Foundation Degree in Education* 2 years, one day a week Suitable for those working or volunteering in education, or also suitable for Level 3 students with an interest in education and wanting to progress on to Higher Education. Successful completion may enable progression onto our top-up BA (Hons) Degree in Education. You must be working or volunteering in the Education sector for 1 day a week (minimum).

BA (Hons) in Education*

PGCE in Further Education and Training

1 year, one day a week

2 years, one day a week

Designed to meet the needs of those wanting to work in a professional context that involves learning, including working or volunteering in schools, colleges, academies, youth services etc. The award provides a progression route for those with a Foundation Degree (or similar) in Education. Successful completion may enable progression in to teaching through PGCE, Schools Direct, and SCITT routes. You must be working or volunteering in the Education sector for 1 day a week (minimum).

For those who want to teach in a Further Education College, Sixth Form College, work-based learning setting, adult and community education sector or in public sector training such as Police, Fire Service, Health Service or Prison Service. You will also need to do a teaching placement for approx. 2-3 hours per week, paid or voluntary; the College will be able to support you in finding a placement. You must be working or volunteering in the Education sector for 1 day a week (minimum).

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Engineering & Construction HNC Construction & Built Environment 2 years, two days a week

Foundation Degree Electrical & Electronic Technology*

An ideal first step for those wanting a professional role in the construction industry such as a Contracts Manager, Estimator, Site Engineer or Quantity Surveyor.

2 years, two days a week OR 3 years, one day a week

HNC Electrical & Electronic Technology*

Graduates from the programme may find employment in the following areas of engineering: Consultant, Managerial/supervisory roles, Product specialist, Research and development.

18 months, one day a week Primarily designed for those in employment but also suitable for Level 3 progressers or those with relevant experience. Graduates from the programme may find employment in the following areas of engineering: Robotic Programmer, Control Systems Engineer, Electronic Maintenance, Power/ Renewable Power Engineer.

HNC Manufacturing Technology* 1 year, one day a week Suitable for Level 3 progressers or those with relevant experience. Graduates from the programme may find employment in the following areas of engineering: Process Engineer, Manufacturers Engineer, LeAN and Quality Engineer, BIT and Continuous Improvement Engineer.

HNC Mechanical Technology* 1 year, two days a week OR 18 months, one day a week Primarily designed for those in employment but also suitable for Level 3 progressers or those with relevant experience. Graduates from the programme may find employment in the following areas of engineering: Mechanical Maintenance Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Design Engineering, Research and Development and Quality Engineering.

Suitable for Level 3 progressers or those with relevant experience.

Foundation Degree Manufacturing Technology* 2 years, two days a week OR 3 years, one day a week Suitable for Level 3 progressers or those with relevant experience. Graduates from the programme may find employment in the following areas of engineering: Process Management, Production Management, LeAN and Quality Management, BIT and continuous improvement management.

Foundation Degree Mechanical Technology* 2 years, two days a week OR 3 years, one day a week Suitable for Level 3 progressers or those with relevant experience. Graduates from the programme may find employment in the following areas of engineering: Mechanical Maintenance Management, Design Management, Research and Development Management and Quality Management.

I’m studying a Foundation Degree at Shrewsbury College, sponsored by the engineering firm James Fisher. It’s a lot of work to combine study and work, but what a brilliant opportunity to join such a prestigious employer and have my studies funded by them. I’m learning so much and absolutely loving it. Gemma Elliott, Foundation Degree in Electrical & Electronics Technology

*Awarded by Staffordshire University 6

For more details visit www.shrewsbury.ac.uk/highereducation or ring 01743 342333


Health & Social Care ABC Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 3 years, 1 day a week Designed for those who already have a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling and want to build on counselling skills already gained to achieve a professional qualification. Successful completion can be included towards BACP accreditations and could lead on to further professional development in counselling e.g. Post Graduate Studies.

Foundation Degree in Counselling Theory and Practice* 2 years, 1 day a week For those who currently hold a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling. Designed to meet the evolving markets and increasing uptake of the listening therapies across a breadth of employment areas such as education, medicine, the care sector, management and human resources.

The supervised practice hours can be included towards BACP Accreditation. Successful completion means a fully qualified practitioner equipped to gain employment as a professional counsellor or to set-up a private counselling practice.

Sports Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching & Physical Education* 2 years, 2 days a week, plus regular coaching experience. For anyone interested in working within the sports and leisure industry at a high level and is particularly related to areas such as Coaching and P.E. teaching. May be eligible to progress to year 3 of applicable degree programmes for

students who perform at an appropriate level, or opt to top up to a full degree at university, or some can choose to go directly into employment.

Meet one of our tutors Frances Brett – Lecturer in Education Qualifications • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature • MA Playwriting Studies • PGCE • Post Graduate Certificate in Early Education • Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) • Currently studying ILM Mentoring and Coaching Level 5. Experience Frances Brett has taught in many environments from preschool to adult literacy programmes, and before coming to Shrewsbury College she formed part of the Centre for Early Childhood teaching team at University of Worcester.

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Her research interests are centred on independent learning, play, and creativity in learning.

Frances says… I really enjoy the process of ‘making meaning’ with students – the fact that all of us in the group bring so much in terms of knowledge and experience to what we study. We share this and try to understand jointly supporting each other in moving forward. Each teaching group is a new adventure!

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Higher Level Apprenticeships Are you? • Employed for over 30 hours a week? • Keen to progress within your current role? • Someone who enjoys a variety of learning activities? If so, you could benefit from being taught by our sector experts and network with like-minded people to share best practice, as well as gaining certification for not only what you ‘know’ but also what you ‘do’ through studying with us for a higher apprenticeship. Like intermediate and advanced apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships combine on the job training while studying towards a high level qualification. Higher level apprenticeships are available at a range of levels from the equivalent of a foundation degree to a bachelor’s degree and soon at master’s degree level in some sectors. To start a higher apprenticeship you need to have entry qualifications typically at Level 3 such as A Levels, Level 3 Diploma, NVQ Level 3 or an advanced Apprenticeship.

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Higher apprenticeships allow you to earn while you learn at the highest level and progress into higher skilled occupations. You will benefit from: • The potential to achieve graduate and post graduate qualifications whilst learning and earning • The chance to gain professional accreditation and membership • No debt via student loans as the government and your employer fund the training • New opportunities for career progression • A clear pathway to achieving your ambitions in the work place, plus higher earning capacity, recognition and status • Recent reports estimate that completing a Level 4 higher apprenticeship could result in increased lifetime earnings of around £150,000. *Source University Education: Is this the best route into employment? AAT and Cebr, Feb 2013.

Higher level apprenticeships are available in: • Accounting • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering in Mechanical or Electrical/Electronics • Engineering Environmental Technologies in Construction and the Built Environment • Management

A study by ICM research reveals that employers in England rate qualified higher apprentices as 25% more employable than those who took an alternative route into work.

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