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For September 2014 we are pleased to announce that we are building new purpose-built facilities for our brickwork and plastering courses which will now be delivered on our main campus at North Star in a new Construction Centre. We are also building a brand new Sports Centre with gym and therapy facilities – ready for September 2014.

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Our industry-standard facilities – including Engineering, Plumbing, Hospitality and Catering, Hairdressing, Beauty and Art and Design – make us the first choice college for those considering vocational (work-related) courses.

All students have the benefits of a personal tutor and highly experienced, professional teaching staff. We offer a range of courses at different levels. Many of our students enter further education programmes, achieve and then progress on to full-time higher education courses here at the College or at universities around the country. Swindon College offers university level courses at HND/C, Foundation Degree, Degree and even Masters (postgraduate) level.

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Come to us and you will be joining the only college in the South of England to achieve Ofsted Outstanding status under the new framework for inspection in the last academic year.


Open Events Thursday 17th October 2013 4.30 -7pm Saturday 30th November 2013 10-12 noon Wednesday 22nd January 2014 5-7pm Thursday 24th April 2014 5-7pm

Information Evening Tuesday 4th March 2014 - 5-7pm Our specialist staff will be on hand to help - see our website for further information.

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Contents Parent/Carer Zone 6 8 Progression to University Facilities 10 Enrichment Centre 12 Learning Resource Centre (LRC), The Zone 14 16 Supporting you at College Personal Tutors 18 18 Student Agreement 20 Careers Guidance (IAG) Work Experience 20 Student Services 22 Additional Learning Support 22 Financial Support 24 Accommodation 24 Childcare 24 Safeguarding 26 28 Equality & Diversity Chaplaincy Team 28 Get Involved 30 Qualifications Explained 32 The Degree Academy 34 14-16 Choices 36 Apprenticeships 38 A Levels 40 42 Art, Design, Media & Production Arts Business, Computing, Finance and Science 50 Construction 60 Engineering and Electrical 68 Automotive 76 80 Beauty and Leisure Hairdressing 88 92 Health and Social Care Early Years 96 Hospitality 100 106 Sports and Leisure Travel and Tourism 112 116 Uniformed Public Services Performing Arts 120 Foundation Studies 124 Access 132 University Level courses 133 How to Apply 134 Index 135 137 How to find us Grade 1 Outstanding College...


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The first Outstanding College in the South of England * What Ofsted said... • Staff throughout the College contribute to a culture in which students take absolute priority.

They have an unrelenting determination that each student should achieve his or her best. • Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding. Teachers are enthusiastic and provide

well-planned, stimulating lessons and highly beneficial feedback to develop students’ skills and knowledge. • Students are given outstanding academic and personal support. It is highly structured and

coordinated well; teachers and support staff are passionate about, and successful at, helping students overcome barriers to progress, and enabling them to learn. • The college is highly effective in raising students’ aspirations and attainment. When they have

completed their courses, almost all students progress to further learning at a higher level or to employment. * Swindon College is only the second College in the country to date to achieve this outstanding accolade - in the new Ofsted Inspection Framework introduced September 2012.

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What Ofsted said... • Students develop excellent personal, social and employability skills. They are self-assured, confident and courteous and well prepared for their lives beyond College. • A consistently high proportion of students gain their intended qualification and make very good progress whilst at College. Students enjoy coming to College and are enthusiastic about their learning. • Leadership and management of the College are outstanding. Leaders and managers have successfully created a culture of respect and ambition, and have improved the quality of the college’s provision in a comparatively short time. • The standard of students’ work is very good and sometimes outstanding. Students gain very good skills, knowledge and understanding and can apply these well to work or further study. • The management and delivery of the College’s work-based learning provision are excellent. Students’ programmes are planned and coordinated highly effectively to ensure that students make very good progress.

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Why choose Swindon College? 85% successful progression!

Every year many of our students progress on to degree level study either here with us at the College or at universities across the country, as well as progressing directly into relevant employment - an excellent outcome! We also work very effectively with a wide range of local employers to develop programmes which result in our students having the best employment prospects possible in the current economic climate.

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Visit www.swindon-college.ac.uk/parents/introduction • The College Calendar • Opening Hours • How to Apply • Qualifications Explained

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University Last year OVER 350 of our students went on to leading universities across the country including: London College of Fashion, Kingston University, University of Bath, Oxford Brookes University, University of Exeter, University of the West of England, Bournemouth University, University of Southampton, University of Wales, The University of Reading and Leeds Metropolitan University... ...as well as studying for a range of Degree programmes at Swindon College through our University partners Oxford Brookes University and the University of Bath.

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Learners progress to further …the college campus provides learning at a higher a safe and harmonious level or to employment. environment.

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Amazing facilities! State-of-the-art learning!

Our campus at North Star has industry-standard facilities including Hair, Beauty, Engineering, Construction, Catering and Hospitality, Computing, Art and Design and Motor Mechanics. You really will get the full work experience! Features include: • Learning Resource Centre (Library) LRC • The Zone - Study & Learning area • Refectory / Food Hall • Express Food Shop • Art and Design Studios • Photography Studio • Hairdressing Salons • Beauty Clinics • IT suites • Training Kitchens and Restaurant • Sports Therapy Clinic • Student Enrichment Centre.

Workshops for: • Print • Graphic Design • Creative Studies • Carpentry and Joinery • Brickwork • Plastering • Plumbing • Motor Vehicle • Engineering • Textiles & Ceramics.

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Enrichment Centre ‘The hub of student life’ The Centre provides something for everyone. You can play pool, table tennis, computer games and use the PCs. There is a designated eating area and facilities to heat up your food.

It is staffed by a friendly and experienced team of Youth Workers - who are always available for an informal chat - and offers a wide range of activities exclusively for our students including: • Table Tennis • Table Football • Pool Tables • Xbox/PS3/Wii - with gaming projectors • Computers with internet access • iPads for use in tutorial • Live T V • Music • Jam Pods • FREE Breakfast Club • Workshops • Fundraising • Information and Advice • Someone to talk to.


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The Learning Resource Centre Great source of information!

Provides a wide range of print and electronic resources, including books, e-books, newspapers, magazines, journals and DVDs. Your student ID card is also your library card. The centre offers 38 PCs for independent study, as well as printing and photocopying facilities. These resources are also accessible from home via our student learning gateway. The LRC team is here to help you get the best out of the resources and to help you with your study skills. The Learning Resource Centre is open in the evening until 7pm during term time and during the day throughout College holidays.

The Zone - great space for studying! The Zone is a social learning space which is available to ALL students and has space to use computers and your own laptops in a relaxed, fresh and modern environment. Space can be booked out for groups of students or you can just drop in on your own or with friends to catch up on studying, prepare presentations or research. There are staff on hand to help and offer support and regularly advertised ‘learning technology’ sessions to learn something new!


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Supporting you throughout... Colleges are usually much bigger than schools because of the wide range of courses they offer and the age range of the students. But being big doesn’t mean being impersonal - just ask our students and you’ll find the College is a friendly place to learn

Professional support and advice You can get help and advice from your personal

Student Counsellors, Career Co-ordinators,

tutor, the staff who teach you, our Support for

Student Services Advisors, Youth Workers and the

Learning team, Student Experience Managers,

Student Council – all of whom are here for you!

Schools Liaison Team Making the right choice while you’re at school Throughout Year 11 you will have the opportunity to talk to the Swindon College Schools Liaison Team. The team will attend Year 11 tutor groups, parents’/guardians’ evenings and specialist post-16 events organised by local schools where you will have the opportunity to talk to them about the courses on offer and find out about applying to College. You can also call the Schools Liaison Team for more information or advice on: (01793) 498602 or 498319 or email schoolsliaison@swindon-college.ac.uk It has to be you who makes the final decision about your future, so you will need to feel happy, supported and confident that you have made the right choice.


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Personal Tutors Helping you to succeed! Personal tutors are there to help you settle in and get the information you need, while supporting you on your programme of study. Personal tutors want you to succeed and will

After all, it’s not all about work, they want to help

be really keen to make sure you are not only

you keep a balance in your life. You will have a

keeping up with your course but to see that you

one-to-one tutorial with your Personal Tutor at

are also getting as much out of college life as

least once a term. During these meetings you

possible. They are also there to challenge you,

will agree and set achievable but challenging

help you work harder and ensure you keep on

targets on LEAP (your individual learning plan)

track. They will point you in the right direction

to help you achieve your full potential. In

when you need extra help with careers, study

addition, you will attend four tutorials in the

techniques or recreational activities.

Student Enrichment Centre throughout the year on topics such as e-safety, careers and staying safe.

Student Agreement Our Students’ Agreement (which includes the College’s Disability Statement) sets out our commitment to you. This can be obtained from Student Services or our website. At the start of your course, you will be given

You will also have a LEAP (Learner Engagement

access to the Agreement and an online Student

and Progress) plan, which allows you to take

Handbook. You will also be introduced to your

responsibility for your own learning through the

personal tutor. An induction programme helps

setting of realistic targets that will support you

you to find your way around the College and

throughout your course.

ensures that you know how to access all the facilities available.


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IAG (Information, Advice & Guidance) Not sure what to do after you finish your course? Need help finding your ideal career path? Advice about Uni? Help getting work? Help with apprenticeships? Or just confused about what to do next? The Careers Team are here to help!

Phoenix Building opposite the LRC. If you would

We offer drop-in advice and guidance sessions;

like to make an appointment with the IAG Team,

one-to-one appointments, advice for anyone

please contact Student Services and arrange a

considering a course at Swindon College, career

time to suit you.

resources, visits to local universities and UCAS conventions and weekly job vacancies.

Level 3 and Higher Education graduates can get

We also offer a weekly ‘Work Prep Club’ – check

help finding their dream job with the ‘meet the

out our website and keep up to date with our

real me’ video CV . This unique service connects

Twitter feeds.

students with top employers and gives them a

You can also join our ‘Alumni Job Club’ – great for job hunting once you have finished your course.

chance to impress via Video Interview Profile. For more information visit: www.meettherealme.com/swindon

We are based in the IAG (Information Advice Guidance) Centre located on the first floor in the

Work experience We work closely with many hundreds of local employers We ensure that our students have the skills and

include work experience placements which may

knowledge needed for the jobs and careers in

lead to permanent employment.

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Student Services Here for you! Student Services are based near Reception in the Phoenix building They are here to give you advice and

During College term time Student Services

guidance on:

are open for enrolments or enquiries:

• Applications for courses

Monday-Thursday 8.45am-7.15pm

• Financial information

Friday 8.45am-4.30pm.

• Support with all aspects of your welfare

During College holiday periods:

as a student • Appointments for Career Advice and Counselling.

Monday to Friday 8.45am-4.30pm. Alternatively you can call on Freephone: 0800 731 2250 or (01793) 491591 or email: studentservices@swindon-college.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support Meeting individual needs! We can provide advice and support for students with learning difficulties/disabilities during their transition into college and/or while you are at college, both in and out of the classroom. Support packages are planned with learners and

If you require any further information about the

tailored to meet individual needs. Support is

Additional Learning Support service please

delivered by a variety of roles including:

contact (01793) 498975 or 498651.

Student Support workers, Academic Support tutors, Support Advisors/Mentors, Independent Psychologists, Communication Support workers, Teaching Assistants, Dyslexia Specialists/ Assessors and Medical professionals.


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Financial Support Financial Help? You may be eligible for funding to help you continue with your learning. Eligible students who are on a course at college could receive a payment or support in kind. The payments are intended to help cover the

information on a wide range of issues and,

day-to-day costs associated with studying at

depending on your financial circumstances, the

college, such as books, equipment and travel.

College may be able to help towards the cost of:

More information will be provided when you

• Tuition, exam and registration fees

come for an interview and financial application

• Books and equipment

forms are available from Student Finance.

• Travel

Our Student Finance Office is able to give

• Childcare.

Please contact Student Finance on (01793) 498228/498463 or email studentfinance@swindon-college.ac.uk

Accommodation If you need accommodation during your

Please call (01793) 498941 or email:

studies at the College, lists are available from the

studentaccommodation@swindon-college.ac.uk

Student Experience Team.

for further details.

Childcare The Little Stars Nursery - rated as ‘Outstanding’ in

staff and other users. The nursery staff are fully

all categories of childcare and pre-school

trained and a qualified first aider is always

education in its last Ofsted inspection - is based

on duty.

at the North Star campus. It is owned and managed by the College and designed to meet the needs of students with children as well as

Please contact Little Stars Nursery on (01793) 498430 for further information.


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Outcomes for learners are outstanding.

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Safeguarding Your safety comes first! Swindon College is committed to prioritising and promoting safeguarding and protecting all young people and vulnerable adults from harm whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, language, faith or sexual orientation. The term ‘safeguarding children and young people’ embraces both child protection and a preventative approach to keeping young people safe. ‘Safeguarding’ therefore includes learner health and safety, bullying, meeting the needs of those with medical conditions, providing first aid, security and support / safeguarding from drugs and substance abuse etc. It includes the need for an awareness of e-safety and the College actively works with students to help them understand the risks posed by the internet and some forms of social media. Swindon College, like all educational establishments, complies with legislation to protect young people and vulnerable adults. All staff who have contact with students are subject to Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and are trained on how to support and help keep students safe. The College is closely linked with the Local Safeguarding Children Board.


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Equality & Diversity All different, but all together! Swindon College actively advances Equality of Opportunity (everyone should be treated fairly) and is committed to eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation in any form. The Equality Act 2010 is the law which bans

The protected characteristics are:

unfair treatment and helps achieve equal

• Age

opportunities in the workplace and in wider

• Disability

society. The Act covers nine protected

• Gender reassignment

characteristics, which cannot be used as a reason

• Marriage and civil partnership

to treat people unfairly. Every person has one or

• Pregnancy and maternity

more of the protected characteristics, so the act

• Race

protects everyone against unfair treatment.

• Religion or belief

The College has an important role to play in the

• Sex

community and will use its influence to advance

• Sexual orientation.

equality wherever appropriate.

The College’s current Equality Report can be found on the college website www.swindon-college.ac.uk

Chaplaincy Team Swindon College is committed to promoting and celebrating the rich diversity of cultures, abilities and talents amongst our students and staff. Chaplains provide support and a listening ear to anyone of any faith or none at all.


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Exciting Opportunities... Get involved! The Student Council is an influential body made up of elected members of the student community who meet monthly to serve the interests of students at college, by working with staff and student class representatives. The Student Council is there to serve your needs.

Other opportunities include:

Members of the Council are there to represent

Community Volunteer Projects and joining the

your views, help you find out information and,

Student Council. We also work in partnership

importantly, organise and support trips and

with the Oasis Leisure Centre (Better UK) which

activities.

means you can choose from a number of fitness or relaxation programmes.

The Student Union card is available at www.nus.org.uk to all students. It can be used

Trips and Visits

as a form of ID and is accepted as a discount

At Swindon College, you will have the

card in many stores.

opportunity to go on some great trips. Enjoy a great day out at Thorpe Park; spot the latest

Course Reps

fashion trends at the Clothes Show Live; think

This is your chance to be actively involved with

tactically - and get a bit messy - at Paintballing;

influencing things going on in the College

and if you feel the need for speed, you can also

by representing students on your course and

try Grand Prix go karting.

ensures the quality of your programme remains

Freshers’ Fair

high and consistent.

Your first week at college may seem a little overwhelming but to help you settle in, Swindon College holds a Freshers’ Fair in September each year. Packed with stalls and activities, it’s a great chance to mix with other new students, sign up for sports and clubs and

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Qualifications Explained This chart shows which qualifications are available at each level... Level

Entry

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDiploma)

Masters Degree (MSc/MA)

Year 3 Honours Degree (BA/BSc) Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

BTEC HND

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

BTEC HNC

AS/A2 Level or International Baccalaureate BTEC First

• Extended Diploma • Diploma • Certificate

Year 2 Foundation Degree (FdA, FdSc) Year 1 Foundation Degree (FdA, FdSc)

BTEC Nationals

• Extended Diploma • Diploma • Subsidiary Diploma • Certificate

Pre-Access Diploma

Access to HE Diploma

Apprenticeship

Year 2 Honours Degree (BA/BSc) Year 1 Honours Degree (BA/BSc)

Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Apprenticeship

Advanced Apprenticeship

QCF NVQ / other Level 5 qualification QCF NVQ / other Level 4 qualification

QCF NVQ / Other Level 3 qualification

QCF NVQ / GCSE other Level 2 qualifications

Relevant Experience

English Baccalaureate

Foundation Learning: A range of Entry Level and Level 1 qualifications from Awarding bodies e.g. BTEC Vocational Qualifications (Entry and Level 1)

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The Degree Academy... is a pathway to progress on to higher education at Swindon College and will prepare you for university-level study Students on many of our Level 3 programmes

• Visits to UCAS Fairs

will be eligible to join the Swindon College

• HE Finance Events

Degree Academy – which will help you to

• Level 3 Progression Events

progress on to one of our Higher Education

• Motivation Week – mock interviews

programmes at Swindon College or elsewhere.

• Specialist careers guidance

When you join the Degree Academy, you will

• Study Skills workshops

have access to:

• Taster sessions for Level 3 students on our Higher Education courses

• Support with UCAS applications • Workshops from visiting universities on Student Finance and Student Life • Visits to key link universities

• Shadow existing students in higher education classes • Guaranteed interview for higher education courses at Swindon College.

If you would like more information about our Degree Academy, please email degreeacademy@swindon-college.ac.uk

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Swindon College works in partnership with local secondary schools to offer the following vocational options: Pupils select from the college offer and attend

Examples of courses we can offer are:

college as part of their timetables, usually for a

• Beauty

two year period. If you are interested in

• Business & Finance

accessing this opportunity as part of your

• Childcare

studies, please speak to your school as you need

• Construction Trades: Painting & Decorating,

their agreement if you wish to study with us under the age of 16.

Plumbing, Woodtrades, Plastering, Bricklaying • Engineering – Mechanical and Electrical • Hairdressing • Health & Social Care • Hospitality & Catering • ICT • Motor Vehicle • Public Services • Specialist art courses (Media, Graphic Design, Fashion & Textiles) • Sport • Travel & Tourism. For more information please contact the Schools Liaison Team on (01793) 498602 email: schoolsliaisonteam@swindon-college.ac.uk


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Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes for anyone over the age of 16. They give you the chance to get out into the real world and start a career while you gain a qualification. Apprenticeships are split into two types, an

What is involved?

Apprenticeship that would normally lead to a

Depending on the occupation you choose, you

Level 2 qualification and an Advanced

will be expected to attend College (normally

Apprenticeship that would normally lead to

one day per week) to work towards your

a Level 3 qualification.

Technical Certificate, which covers the

Apprenticeships on offer: • Accounting • Business Administration • Motor Vehicle • Engineering • Bricklaying • Plumbing • Carpentry • Hairdressing • Hospitality & Catering • Painting & Decorating • Electrical Installation • IT • Early Years • Customer Service • Teaching Assistants • Housing • Team Leading.

Why do an Apprenticeship?

knowledge base for the occupation. All Apprentices have a Training Co-ordinator who will guide and support you through your training. The NVQ part of your apprenticeship is assessed through your experience at work. A qualified Assessor is responsible for ensuring your ability and competence in all areas of the NVQ and you will be helped to provide evidence of your skills at work to gain your qualification. You will

Companies need a skilled workforce.

also be trained in Functional Skills (numeracy,

Apprenticeships are an excellent route for

literacy and IT). Some occupations also require

helping young people to gain the qualifications

you to work towards Functional Skills in IT, team

and skills needed, while at the same time

working and problem solving - all the skills you

earning a salary. As an added bonus, with

will need to be a success in your chosen career.

Swindon College, you will also receive all the benefits associated with being a student.

How do I apply? For further information contact the Apprenticeship Team at Swindon College on (01793) 498208 or email apprenticeships@swindon-college.ac.uk


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The 1st Choice for Apprentices in the region!

Key Benefits: • Earn a salary • Get paid holidays • Receive training • Gain qualifications • Learn job-specific skills • Fast track to a career

earn while you

learn!

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A Levels - boost Your UCAS points! If you have the right GCSE profile, you could have the opportunity to choose a complementary A or AS Level qualification to sit alongside your full-time course. Why take an A Level?

I hate exams!

A and AS qualifications give a significant extra

Don’t worry – we understand! There are a

boost to your UCAS points and give you a

variety of arrangements, from rest breaks to

competitive edge if you are looking to gain

extra time that it may be possible to put into

entry to university. As well respected

place if you have struggled with exams before.

qualifications, they show both universities

Please feel free to talk this through with your

and prospective employers that you have a

A Level lecturer as soon as you start in

wide range of skills, which can improve your

September. Most A Levels offered are,

career prospects in general.

in any case, a mixture of exam and

It seems like a lot of extra work! It’s worth it! Taking an A Level does mean you need to have a high level of commitment, but many topics will overlap and enhance areas of your BTEC qualifications. In addition, our specialist teams will guide and support you throughout your programme.

coursework-based study.

Which AS or A2 Level could you take? The A Level option at Swindon College means you can expand your skills and increase your UCAS points. For example, if you are studying Sport, you might want to take A Level Business if you’re thinking about a career as a self-employed coach or physio. Or if you are studying Health & Social Care, you might find A Level Sociology a useful additional qualification.

A Levels available:

• Photography

• Maths

• Fashion & Textiles

• English

• Psychology

• Business Studies

• Law

• Human Biology

• Extended Project Qualification

• Media

• Sociology.


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The UK’s creative industries will be one of the major growth areas of the UK economy over the next five years, employing well over 600,000 people 

The South West has the second largest Creative Industries sector outside London

The South West is home to 8% of creative, digital and media employees.

We offer you: 

State of the art studios and workshops

Specialist studios for printmaking, photography, multimedia, textiles, ceramics and open plan, flexible art and design studios

Practical work and the background knowledge you need to become a skilled artist, designer or practitioner

Work-related projects developed with employers

Excellent teaching and support

Relevant trips and visits, in the UK and abroad

End of course exhibitions

The opportunity to progress internally onto one of our university level courses

There are a wide variety of creative occupations, ranging from commercial work in textiles, fashion, illustration, photography, advertising, theatre,

– we have a range of art and design courses at HND, Degree and Masters level!

product and industrial design, computer games

Career paths:

development, graphic design, web design,

Graphic Designer, Web Designer,

television and film, through to teaching and

Fine Artist, Animator, Illustrator,

freelance practice.

Photographer, Make-up Artist and Film Production.

The School of Art website is available at: www.micros.swindon-college.ac.uk/soa/welcome

Case Study

Corey Venables | Level 3 Graphic Design Corey came to Swindon College straight from Kingsdown School. She has always loved Graphic Design and felt it was her strongest subject at school.

From Kingsdown School

Corey said: “There is a good relationship between the students and the tutors here and you get more one-on-one time than at school.

The course has given me valuable experience, with each project you are learning something new and gaining skills which is very rewarding.” When Corey completes the Level 3 BTEC in Graphic Design she intends to study the BA (Hons) degree at Swindon College.


Art, Design, Media & Production Arts courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Art, Design & Media

Level 2  Art, Design & Media

Level 3  Art and Design  Media Production Games Design or 2 Film & TV  Graphic Design  Photography  Production Arts

(Media Make-up)  Art & Design Foundation

Diploma  Arts & Design Access to HE (19+)

Level 4/5 - HND/C  Photography  Interactive Media  Fashion & Textiles  Production Arts (Media Make-up)

Level 5 - Foundation Degree  Creative Arts & Design Practice

Level 6 - Degree  Graphic Design  Illustration

Level 7 - MA Degree  Fine Art

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Art, Design and Media

Art, Design and Media

BTEC Introductory Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC First Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This highly practical and creative course is an entry level introduction to the exciting and creative fields of art, design and media. It involves plenty of practical project-based work in studios and workshops. Units Covered: • Explore 2 Dimensions • Discovering 3 Dimensions • Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media • Explore and Create Surface Relief • 3D Design Crafts & 3D Design

What do I need? An interest in art and design and a portfolio of work. A tutor interview will be required.

What could I do next? Successful completion of this course will provide you with a sound basis for further progression and training available at the College, such as the BTEC First Diploma, as well as enhancing your employment prospects.

This practical and creative course will introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed to progress onto a Level 3 course in art and design. You will take part in workshops, demonstrations, visits and lectures. You will experiment in a number of art and design disciplines including ceramics, graphics, photography, textiles and printmaking.

What do I need? Two GCSE Grades A-D and a portfolio of work or a BTEC Introductory Certificate with at least a merit grade.

What could I do next? You will have a more advanced portfolio of work and you could progress on to a range of BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas in Art, Design and Media.


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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Art and Design

Photography

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study?

What will I study?

This course will develop your practical and

The course explores both conventional and

research skills to prepare you for progression

digital photography and your coursework will

within the art and design field either at a higher

encompass all areas of professional and

level of study or in work. You will explore

creative photography, encouraging you to

drawing, painting, printmaking and work in

develop your technical and critical skills.

ceramics, fine art, fashion design and textiles,

You can choose specialist units such as digital

photography, 2D and 3D design. You will work

imaging, darkroom practice, location techniques,

in our ‘state of the art’ workshops and studios. In

experimental imagery, studio techniques,

Year 2 in preparation for Higher Education you

location photography, image manipulation and

will specialise in pathways which could include:

computer applications. You will build up a

 Fine Art  Illustration  Graphics

wide-ranging portfolio of practical work.

 Textiles/Fashion  Photography  Ceramics  3D Design

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or a First Diploma with merit grades and

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or a First Diploma and portfolio. GCSE Art would be an advantage.

portfolio. GCSE Art would be an advantage.

What could I do next?

What could I do next?

You can progress onto a related course or

You would be able to progress into higher education in fashion, fine art, multi-media design, photography, 3D design or design crafts. Swindon College offers a wide range of university-level courses in art and design and many students remain here to study for their Degrees or HNDs. Alternatively you may wish to seek employment in related industries.

degree at Swindon College or at university or other higher education institution. You could also work in the photographic industry. There are numerous careers including those as a press, medical and fashion photographer. You may be employed on a freelance basis.

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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Media Production

Graphic Design

Games Design/Film & TV

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study?

What will I study?

This course will develop practical skills in media production. It explores the creativity, technical skills and research within a wide range of media disciplines. You will apply your skills using a range of industry-standard software for video editing, web design, motion graphics and special effects.

A variety of subjects covering the graphic design

Units of study include: • Creative & Media Sector • 3D Animation • Music Video production • Motion Graphics & Compositing • Drawing Concept Art for Computer Games. The course has two pathways: • Media Production • Games Design. Study areas include: • Understanding Video Technology • Film & Video Editing Techniques • Computer Games Design • Web Animation for Interactive Media.

You will apply your graphic design ideas to

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade C or above, including GCSE English and examples of relevant work.

What could I do next? This qualification is accepted for Degree study in film-making, media production, special effects and compositing courses. On successful completion you will be able to progress on to university level courses in these areas.

discipline including: • Visual communications • Advertising • Marketing point-of-sale • Promotion and packaging design.

printmaking and marketing concepts. You will use a range of software including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade C or above, including GCSE English and examples of relevant work.

What could I do next? Progress on to a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design course at Swindon College or at another higher education institution. Alternatively you may wish to seek employment in related industries.


LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Silver Winner 2013

Production Arts (Media Make-up) BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study? You will study a wide range of specialist make-up techniques for fashion, film, theatre and television. You will also study hairstyling, wig dressing, wig making, visual studies and organisational skills. Students will also carry out historical research relating to fashion trends and cultural differences. You will gain experience by working in a realistic working environment and by attending media productions. This may involve some evening and weekend work.

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade C or above ideally, including English and a portfolio of art or creative work. Students over the age of 19 will be considered with no formal qualifications at interview, but must show a keen interest in make-up and the media. Students are expected to show artistic flair and imagination in their research, therefore dedication and an interest in social and fashion history is necessary.

What could I do next? Progress on to the HND in Production Arts here at Swindon College or you could specialise in your chosen field of make-up on an HND or Degree course, which many of our students choose to do, or move into the industry working as a junior make-up artist.

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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Art & Design Foundation

Access to Higher Education

1 Year

1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This post-6th form course prepares students for university level study in a range of Art and Design specialisms. You will study a broad range of Art and Design topics. As the course progresses you will be able to focus on specific areas and follow your own timetable from the following core subjects: • Fine Art • Textile Design/Fashion Design • Graphic Design • Illustration • Ceramic Design/3D Design • Photography.

What do I need?

The Access Art and Design Course is designed to reintroduce students aged 19+ to Art and Design practice who wish to prepare for Art and Design higher education programmes. Modules of study are offered in the following specialist subjects: Fine Art Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Textiles, Surface and Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Ceramics, 3D Design and Sculpture. Contextual Studies and Software Training are incorporated into the course.

What do I need? Minimum age 19. Mature students (aged over 19) without formal qualifications, but with a portfolio

You should have a minimum of five GCSEs at C

of creative artwork. Potential students without a

or above and one AS at Grade C.

portfolio, or work not of the required standard,

Acceptance is by interview with portfolio,

may be asked to attend a short introductory

so individual circumstances can be taken into

course in Art and Design prior to

consideration.

commencement of the course.

What could I do next?

What could I do next?

You could progress onto an Art and Design

Students who complete the course progress

higher education course at Swindon College or

on to a wide range of higher education courses

university, or move into related creative

including:

industries or other fields.

• BA (Hons) Academic Degree programmes • Foundation Degrees • HND/C programmes • Work Placements


University Level

LEVEL 4/5

LEVEL 5

HND Photography

Foundation Degree

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Develops students as practitioners in the

Creative Arts and Design Practice

challenging field of photography, from the

This programme is flexible and allows students

traditional areas of black and white darkroom

to explore a broad range of disciplines including

based images to digital photography and image

contemporary crafts, Fine Art & Design.

manipulation using computer software.

HND Interactive Media Designed to meet the growing needs of

LEVEL 6

understanding of a range of industry standard

BA (Hons) Degree Graphic Design

software and processes in this area of web

It is designed for students wishing to pursue a

design, animation and interactive media.

career as a creative designer with a

employers and, as such, will help you gain an

comprehensive understanding of

HND Fashion and Textiles (Enterprise)

commercial, environmental and social issues.

artisan crafts and Small Medium Enterprises

BA (Hons) Degree Illustration (Narrative Sequential)

(SMEs) in the Creative Industries. As such, it will

This course is aimed at those students who wish

help you gain an understanding of a range of

to enter the marketplace as illustrators

industry standard skills within the Fashion and

specialising in narrative and sequential work.

Designed to meet the emerging market for

Textiles area.

HND Production Arts (Media Make-up) This course will allow you to develop an

LEVEL 7 MA Fine Art: Drawing for Fine Art Practice

understanding of the materials and techniques involved in the process of creating make-up for film and television, including: wig making, body painting and consideration of issues such as casting and working with models.

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Some 10,000 people are employed in a business role in Swindon and this number is set to rise as demand increases for skilled business people 

The banking, finance and insurance sector is the biggest employer in Swindon.

Nearly one third of all ICT employment in

We offer you: 

State of the art computer/laboratory suites

Structured tutorials and a supportive learning environment

local and national employers 

Vacancies are growing due to skills shortages across the industry.

Almost 1 million people are employed in financial services in England.

Excellent teaching and support

Relevant trips and visits

The opportunity to progress internally onto one of our university level courses in business or computing

Work placement opportunities.

Career paths: Marketing Manager, Bank Manager,

There are many varied occupations and careers available in this sector and the rewards can be high. Applied Science (Forensic) is also becoming increasingly popular and there are various job roles within the sector.

Work-related projects developed with employers

the South West region is concentrated in Swindon.

Programmes developed to meet the needs of

Personnel/HR Manager, PR Manager, Sales Manager/Assistant, Customer Service Manager, Computer Programmer, Software Engineer, Network Manager, Systems Analyst, Lab Technician and other Science-based careers.

Case Study Nida Altaf | Business

Nida came to Swindon College from

really shy before but the course has

St. Catherine’s Convent, Pakistan and

definitely improved my confidence.”

enrolled on a Business Level 2 course. Nida said: “There is so much support on the course, I’m really glad I chose Swindon College. I’ve gained really

From St. Catherine’s

good communication skills; I was

After completing her course, Nida hopes to progress onto Level 3 Business and then advance onto a degree-level course at Swindon College.


Business Computing Finance & Science

courses... courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Business Administration  IT (Computing)

Level 2  Business  IT (Computing)  Accounting & Finance  Applied Science (Forensic)

Level 3  Business  IT (Computing)  Accounting & Finance  Applied Science (Forensic)

Level 4/5 -

AAT

 Accounting & Finance

Level 5 -

Foundation Degree

 Business, Management

& Communications

Level 6 -

Degree

 Business, Management

& Communications

Level 7 - PGCE  Teaching

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Business Administration

Business

BTEC Introductory Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

You’ll learn about different types of products

You will learn by completing projects and

and services, innovation and creativity, market

assignments that are based on investigating

research and promotion. You could, for

real workplaces.

example, find out about a new product that

You will study:

could be sold by a shop in your area and carry

• Business purposes

out market research to find out whether it would

• Business organisations

be popular. Students are encouraged to develop

• Financial forecasting for business

their employability skills including independent

• People in organisations

working, time management, communication,

• Verbal and non-verbal communication

research and teamwork. You will gain

in business contexts

practical office-based experience and lessons will

• Training and employment in business

be enhanced using visits and guest speakers.

• Business ethics

Assessment throughout the units may be based

• Visual merchandising

on practical situations or scenarios.

• Working in business teams

All students will complete a relevant work

• Promoting and branding retail business.

placement.

Students will also have the opportunity to go on

What do I need?

trips and visits and will take part in a

An interest in business. Minimum of Entry Level 2

work placement.

Literacy and Numeracy is required.

What do I need?

What could I do next?

At least four GCSEs at Grade D or above including

Progress on to the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in

English and maths, a BTEC Level 1 Introductory

Business or an alternative Level 2 programme,

Diploma or other related Level 1 qualification.

including Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business

All places are subject to interview.

Administration.

What could I do next? BTEC Level 2 Diplomas provide good preparation for both employment and for progression onto more advanced courses such as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business at Swindon College.


LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Business BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study? There is a real demand in Swindon for young people with business skills to join many of the major companies which operate here. This course will give you general business skills but also allow you to specialise in your chosen career area. You will study units in: • Accounting • Law • Marketing and Promotion • Starting a Small Business/Enterprise • Ethics • Event Management • Communications…and many more. Students learn by completing business projects and assignments that are based on investigating real workplaces. All students will carry out a work placement.

What do I need? You will need four GCSEs at Grade C and above, including English and maths or BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade or a suitable Level 2 qualification. All places are subject to interview.

What could I do next? The Level 3 Extended Diploma is an accepted entry qualification to university level programmes including Foundation Degree and the BA (Hons) Business, Management and Communications at Swindon College.

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

IT (Computing)

IT (Computing)

BTEC Introductory Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This course is intended for individuals who have

This is a practical, work-related course. Students

a basic understanding of IT. You will need to be

learn by completing projects and assignments

interested in using the internet, graphics

that are based on realistic workplace situations,

software, presentation software and spread

activities and demands. It introduces students to

sheet software.

the employment area they have chosen and

Units include: • Starting Work in the IT Industry

provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

• Developing Skills in IT

The course is made up of a number of units

• Personal Effectiveness

which may include the following:

• Financial Management

• Computer Systems

• Social Responsibility at Work

• Computer Hardware & Software

• Using the Internet

• Networks and Websites.

• IT Applications • Digital Devices

All students will complete a relevant work

• PC Systems.

placement.

All students will complete a relevant work

What do I need?

placement.

You will normally need to have at least one of the

What do I need? No prior knowledge of IT is required and entry is subject to a satisfactory interview. Students will need an interest in working in the IT industry.

following: Level 1 in ICT or at least four GCSEs at Grade D, preferably including maths and English. Entry is subject to a satisfactory interview.

What could I do next?

What could I do next?

If you wish to continue in education you can

You could progress to Level 3 Diploma in IT if

progress to BTEC Level 2 Diploma in ICT or

you achieve a C Grade in maths or an alternative

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business. Alternatively,

Level 3 qualification. You may wish to apply for

you could enter employment at a junior level.

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IT (Computing) BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study? The course is intended for those individuals who wish to learn networking, PC maintenance, business/multimedia use of ICT, computer works and software development. You will be interested in how the computer works and throughout the two years the subject of IT will be taught against a background that stresses the practical application of computing and information technology within organisations.

Local companies such as Nationwide and BT may offer Apprenticeships to successful students. A high percentage of our students also progress on to higher education, studying Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees or Honours Degrees in relevant subjects at Swindon College or university.

Examples of the units of study could include: • Communications and Employability Skills • Computer systems • Information systems • Website production and management • Software design and development • Advanced database skills • Digital graphics • Event-driven programming • Network management • IT technical support • IT systems troubleshooting and repair. All students will complete a relevant work placement.

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade C or above including maths and English, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Merit). All places are subject to interview.

What could I do next? Students finishing this course are welcomed in the local area as trainee and junior software developers (programmers), trainee network and PC technicians and helpdesk operators.

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LEVEL 2/3 Accounting & Finance

Learners will also study for the IFS School of Finance Certificate in Personal Finance Level 2.

AAT & IFS / 1 Year

This involves three units which are all

What will I study?

assessed by paper based or e-tests:

Learners will study a suite of qualifications based around Accounting and Finance.

• Personal Finance Encounters • Money Management Solutions

These are a combination of Level 2 and

• Personal Finance Management.

Level 3 units.

Students will also study the BTEC Level 3

To gain the Level 2 AAT Certificate you will complete five units including: • Basic Accounting I – Basic double entry to

Certificate in Business and Personal Finance and Functional Skills IT.

What do I need?

Trial Balance – including correction of errors

Four GCSEs at Grade A*- C, including maths

and suspense account

and English. All places are subject to

• Basic Accounting II – Cashbook, banking, petty cash, journals, and control accounts • Basic Costing – principles and providing cost and revenue information • Working effectively in accounting and finance • Computerised Accounting. Assessment of learning is through a portfolio of evidence, AAT’s own practical skills tests and external examinations. Students may also wish to complement their studies by finding work placements.

interview and a reference.

What could I do next? Progress on to work in the finance sector or further study at Swindon College or another institution of your choice.


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LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

Applied Science (Forensic Science)

Applied Science (Forensic Science)

BTEC First Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study? This is an introduction course into some specialist scientific fields including Forensics. Course units include: • Chemistry and Our Earth • Energy and Our Universe • Biology and Our Environment • Science and the World of Work • The Living Body • Monitoring the Environment • Investigating a Crime Scene • Science in Medicine. All students will complete a relevant work placement.

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

What will I study? The BTEC Diploma is a full-time Level 3 course, over one or two years. First year units will include: • Fundamentals of Science • Maths for Science • Scientific Practical Techniques • Chemical Laboratory Techniques • Scientific Investigation • Criminal Psychology. In the second year you will be covering units which may include working in the science industry, medical physics techniques, scientific investigation, criminology, genetics and genetic engineering, forensic

What do I need?

evidence collection and analysis. All students will

Entry on to the Diploma requires 4 GCSEs

complete a relevant work placement.

Grade D or above including English, maths and

What do I need?

any science. Students will be required to work

Entry on to the Diploma requires 4 GCSEs

independently and be self-motivated. Entry is

Grade C or above in English, maths and

subject to satisfactory interview and

science (any science). Level 2 Forensic

reference.

Science with an overall merit. Students will be

What could I do next? Progress to a higher level qualification, such as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in

required to work independently and be self-motivated. Entry subject to interview and reference.

Applied Science (Forensic Science) offered at

What could I do next?

Swindon College.

Students may wish to apply for jobs as laboratory technicians or other science jobs or go on to university level courses such as HNDs, Foundation Degrees or Honours Degrees.


University Level

LEVEL 4/5

LEVEL 6

Foundation Degree Business, Management and Communications

BA (Hons) Degree Business, Management and Communications

A work-based Foundation Degree designed for students who are interested in a career in marketing, finance, human resources or general management. Successful students may progress to the BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management & Communication at Swindon College.

AAT Accounting This course is aimed at those working or intending to work as Accounting Technicians/support staff in accountancy and finance functions.

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The BA (Hons) is a work-based degree and as such lectures are concentrated on one day per week, enabling students to work and combine private study to suit their own personal commitments.

LEVEL 7 Professional Graduate Compulsory Certificate in Education (PGCE) This is an in-service part time course for those teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector; this might be in schools/further education, higher education, the health service, adult and community education, prison education, the armed forces or private training providers.

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The construction sector is vital in contributing to the national economy and in providing the essential infrastructure to support other sectors.  

43,000 new workers are needed in the sector

Industry standard training facilities and workshops

Realistic working environments and projects

Highly trained teaching staff

Close links with employers and industry training boards

Competitions - chance to compete at local and national level.

each year

See www.bconstructive.co.uk for advice on

It’s not just for boys - almost 200,000 women

careers in the construction industry.

work in this sector too 

We offer you:

8.3% of the UK’s economic output comes from construction.

Please note that safety equipment/clothing is required on most construction courses. You will be advised of requirements at interview.

Further study options at Swindon College include university level courses in construction which can

Career paths:

enhance career progression, for example into site

Bricklayer, Carpenter/Joiner,

management or surveying.

Construction Manager,

New purpose-built Construction Centre to add to our existing workshops opening on campus September 2014

Civil/Structural Engineer, Plumber, Surveyor, Building Services Engineer/Technician, Architect and Plasterer.

Case Study Floyd Taylor | Plumbing

After finishing at Nova Hreod School, Floyd knew he wanted to work in the Plumbing industry so applied to do the Level 2 course at Swindon College. Floyd says: “I fitted a bathroom last year out in the community as part From Nova Hreod School

of the course which was brilliant; I love all the practical, hands-on jobs. “My next step will be to get an Apprenticeship in Plumbing so I can secure my career and a trade.”


Construction courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Carpentry & Joinery  Bricklaying  Building Craft Occupations /

Painting & Decorating  Plumbing  Plastering

courses...

Level 2  Carpentry & Joinery  Bricklaying  Plumbing  Plastering

Level 3  Construction

& Built Environment  Bricklaying  Carpentry & Joinery  Plumbing

Level 4/5 - HND/C  Construction

& Built Environment  Civil Engineering

& Built Environment

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Carpentry and Joinery

Carpentry and Joinery

Wood Occupations Diploma / 1 Year

Wood Occupations Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

The course is mainly practical with theory written

The course consists of practical and

work kept to a minimum. During the second year

theoretical work. Some parts of the course are

(Level 2) you will be able to specialise in

common to both options, but you will be asked

Carpentry and Joinery or Bench Joinery.

at the start of the course to decide which option

Areas of work will include: • E recting and dismantling basic working platforms

you wish to follow. The two options are Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery. Core units include:

• Using portable power tools

• Safe working practices

• Fixing skirtings, architraves and hinged

• Information, quantities and communication

doors • Using circular saws and assembling joinery components.

What do I need? Two GCSE Grades A–D in maths and English and a real interest and commitment which will be assessed at interview, including a practical test.

What could I do next? Many students progress on to Level 2 of this

with others • Building methods and construction technology • Set up and operate a circular saw.

What do I need? Applicants should have two GCSEs, Grades A-D in maths and English and a Level 1 Diploma in Wood Occupations and Functional Skills at Level 1. A real interest and commitment is essential which will be assessed at interview.

nationally-recognised qualification which

What could I do next?

requires a further year of study at Swindon

If you are offered a work placement then you

College - this is subject to tutor recommendation.

can continue at college working towards an NVQ Level 2 on an Apprenticeship programme.

Alternatively you could progress on to an Apprenticeship programme offered at Swindon College or seek employment.

Alternatively you may wish to progress to Level 3.

LEVEL 3 Carpentry and Joinery Wood Occupations Diploma / 1 Year


LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Bricklaying

Bricklaying

Construction Diploma / 1 Year

Construction Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This course is as flexible as possible with the majority of time spent in a practical environment. The course includes: Demonstrations, practical workshops, theory, assignments and project work. Students will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of practical skills including: • Building methods • Blockwork • Bricklaying skills • Cavity walls, basic masonry

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You will study a range of brickwork techniques which will lead you towards a rewarding career. Areas of work include: • Half and one brick walling • Piers, copings and cappings • Blockwork • Cavity walling • Wall ties and insulation • Jointing and pointing • Damp proof courses.

• Carrying out safe practices.

What do I need?

What do I need?

Applicants should have two GCSEs, Grades

You should have the interest, enthusiasm and

A-D in maths and English and a Level 1

willingness to work hard and a desire to work in

Diploma in Bricklaying and Functional Skills at

an open-air environment. You will need to attend

Level 1. A real interest and commitment is

an interview and take some practical and written

essential which will be assessed at interview.

tests and you will need a maths or English GCSE at Grades A-D.

What could I do next?

What could I do next? If you are offered a work placement then you can continue at college working

Many students progress on to Level 2 of this

towards an NVQ Level 2 on an

nationally-recognised qualification which

Apprenticeship programme. Alternatively you

requires a further year of study at Swindon

may wish to progress to Level 3.

College - this is subject to tutor recommendation. Alternatively you could progress on to an Apprenticeship programme offered at Swindon College or seek employment.

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 1

Building Craft Occupations

Plumbing

Certificate / 1 Year

Building Services / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

The course is as flexible as possible and will include: Demonstrations, practical workshops, job-related knowledge, assignments and project work. Students will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of practical skills.

The course will include: Demonstrations, practical workshops, theory, assignment and project work. Topics covered are: • Introduction to building services

Areas of work will include:

• Plumbing

• Scaffolding

• Refrigeration and air conditioning

• How to apply various paints by brush and roller

• Heating and ventilating

• How to apply various wall coverings

• Health and Safety

• Decorative techniques

• Environmental awareness

• Bricklaying

• Renewable technologies.

• Plastering • Tiling

What do I need?

• Plumbing.

Two GCSEs at Grade D or above in English and

What do I need? You should have GCSE Grades A-D and have the interest, enthusiasm and willingness to work

maths. A tutor interview is required. School leavers will be required to provide a suitable school reference.

hard in an open-air environment. You will need

What could I do next?

to demonstrate that you can handle the practical

You could seek employment or progress on to a

and technological aspects of the course.

Level 2 plumbing course at Swindon College

What could I do next?

- this is subject to a tutor recommendation.

Many students progress on to a Level 2

Alternatively you could progress on to an

Construction at Swindon College - this is subject

Apprenticeship programme offered at

to tutor recommendation.

Swindon College or seek employment.

Alternatively, you could progress on to an Apprenticeship programme offered at Swindon College or seek employment.


LEVEL 2 Plumbing City and Guilds / 1 Year

What will I study? The course will give you the training and skills required to enter the industry.

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What do I need? Applicants should have two GCSEs, grade C or above in maths and English and a Level 1 Plumbing qualification and Functional Skills at Level 1. A real interest and commitment is essential which will be assessed at an initial formal interview.

Areas of work include:

What could I do next?

• Health & Safety

If you are offered a work placement then

• Electrical Principles

you can continue at college working

• Scientific Principles

towards an NVQ Level 2 on an Apprenticeship

• Common Plumbing Processes

programme.

• Cold Water Systems • Domestic Hot Water • Central Heating Systems • Drainage Systems.

Alternatively you may wish to progress to Level 3.

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Plastering

Plastering

Construction Diploma / 1 Year

Construction Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This course is hands-on with the majority of time

Level 2 will give you the training and skills

spent in a practical environment. The course will

required to enter the industry with the majority

be delivered by various methods such as:

of time spent in a practical environment.

Demonstrations, practical workshops, theory, assignments and project work. Students will have the opportunity to gain a wide range of practical skills including: • Building methods • Plastering and rendering • Mould-making and installation • Carrying out safe working practices.

The course delivery will include: • Demonstrations • Practical workshops • Theory • Assignments • Job-related knowledge • Project work.

What do I need?

What do I need?

Applicants should have two GCSEs, Grades

You should have the interest, enthusiasm and

A-D in maths and English and a Level 1

willingness to work hard and a desire to work in

Diploma in Plastering and Functional Skills at

an open-air environment. You will need to attend

Level 1. A real interest and commitment is

an interview and take some practical and written

essential which will be assessed at interview.

tests and you will need a maths/English GCSE at Grades A-D.

What could I do next? This is a nationally recognised qualification and will enable you to seek employment. Alternatively, you could progress to an Apprenticeship programme offered at Swindon College or progress onto a Level 2 programme.

What could I do next? If you are offered a work placement then you can continue at college working towards an NVQ Level 2 on an Apprenticeship programme. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to a Level 3.


LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Construction and Built Environment BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study?

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LEVEL 4/5

University Level HNC/D Construction or Civil Engineering & Built Environment These courses will enhance career progression

Study involves completing a number of projects

for those employed by architects, surveyors,

that are based on real working practices. A

contractors, Local Authorities and quantity

variety of study methods are employed to deliver

surveyors’ offices, or those who work in the field

the programme including lectures, tutorials,

of design and production. Those seeking a

assignment work and practical work.

recognised qualification and/or entry to a

The programme covers the following areas:

professional body or associated institution will

• Construction Technology and Design

also benefit from the course, as will mature

• Building Technology

candidates seeking to enhance their job

• Construction Science and Materials

prospects.

• Measurement and Planning • Control of Resources • Tendering • Estimating • Surveying • CAD.

What do I need? You should ideally have a profile of four GCSEs at Grade C or above, including maths, English and a science subject. A tutor interview is required.

What could I do next? After completing the course you could go on to a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND) in a Built Environment discipline at Swindon College or a degree in a Higher Education institution. Alternatively, you may seek employment in a related field and continue further study on a part time basis.

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Engineers design and build We offer you:  Fully-equipped training workshops the things that make our to industry-standard world go round. Everything,  Highly trained and qualified staff from aeroplanes to  Engineering National Skills Academy South West lead provider buildings, comes back to engineering. It’s an exciting,  Realistic working environments  Affiliate membership of IMechE dynamic world of immense (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) possibility. Find out more about careers in engineering at

Engineering is central to an exciting range of businesses and industries, including space, construction, transport, cosmetics, medicine, food, fashion and much more.

Engineering today is closely linked with technology, and plays a major role in many technological advances and new device production.

New engineering and technology graduates have a starting salary of more than 10% higher than other new UK graduates.

www.semta.org.uk and www.enginuity.org.uk

Career paths: Environmental Engineer, Food Engineer, Sound and Acoustics Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Transport Engineer, Systems Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Operations and Maintenance.

“A proven track record in delivering high quality Engineering training in Swindon”

Case Study

Anna Kulling | Engineering

From NOVA HREOD School

Anna Kulling has always had a passion for Engineering so after completion of her GCSEs at Nova Hreod School she knew she wanted to apply for a course at Swindon College.

be perfect for me. The programme is great, it’s really practical and hands on which I love. I have made so many friends on the course, it’s a really nice environment to work in.”

Anna says: “I’ve always been interested in the way things work and the idea of fixing things so I knew this course would

Anna has secured a job with Dynamatic UK and is currently undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship.


Engineering & Electrical courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Engineering  Electrical Installation

Level 2  Engineering  Electrical Installation

Level 3  Engineering  Electrical Installation

Level 4/5 - HND/C  Civil Engineering  Mechanical Engineering

“Close links with local employers”

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Engineering

Engineering

Certificate / 1 Year

BTEC First Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

The course combines practical training and

You will cover a range of mechanical and

some basic engineering theory covering the

electronic disciplines which include:

following topics:

• Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering

• Working in engineering

• Interpreting and Using Engineering

• Machining engineering materials • Cutting, forming and assembling engineering materials • Joining engineering materials • Basic maths and science used in engineering.

What do I need? 4 GCSEs at Grade E or above, to include Maths, English and Science.

Information • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians • Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science in Engineering • Engineering Maintenance Procedures • Selecting Engineering Materials • Selecting and Using Secondary Machining Techniques to Remove Material • Electronic Circuit Construction • Operation and Maintenance of Fluid Power Systems and Components

What could I do next?

Students will also undertake a work

On successful achievement of Distinction,

experience placement with an employer.

students can progress onto a Level 2 Engineering course at Swindon College.

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade D or above in maths, English and science. Please note that learners will be required to achieve a Grade C in English and maths. Applicants with Level 1 Motor Vehicle Technician & Electrical Installation will be considered. A tutor interview is required.

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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Engineering BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study? This course is the ideal preparation for a career within an Electrical/Electronic, Mechanical/ Production, Design or Commercial environment. The course aims to help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills which are vital elements of today’s constantly changing industrial climate. You will also gain transferable skills such as English,

The course will progressively introduce the

maths and ICT.

theoretical and practical application of each

The course covers the following units:

they become interdependent within the real

• Health and Safety in the Engineering

world.

Workplace

technology and provide an insight as to how

• Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

What do I need?

• Mechanical Principles & Applications

Four GCSEs at Grade C or above, including

• Electrical & Electronic Principles • Engineering Drawing for Technicians • Mechanical Measurement and Inspection Techniques • Setting and Proving Secondary Processing Machines

English, a science subject and maths (B or above is desirable). A tutor interview is required.

What could I do next? Successful students are in a strong position when seeking employment due to our links with industry in Swindon and the surrounding area. You would also have the opportunity to progress on to HND/C Mechanical Engineering

• Engineering Maintenance Procedures and Techniques • Electrical Technology.

at Swindon College or other higher education qualifications at other institutions.

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LEVEL 2

Electrical Installation

Electrical Installation

Building Services / 1 Year

Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

The course is designed to ensure an even split

The course will give you the training and skills

between theory and work in a practical

required to enter the industry.

environment. The course delivery will include: demonstrations, practical workshops, theory, as-

Areas of work include:

signment and projects.

• Health & Safety

Whilst on the programme students will be

• Principles of Electrical Science

expected and supported to undertake a work

• Electrical Installation Technology

experience opportunity with an employer.

• Installation of Wiring Systems

Topics covered are: • Introduction to the building services • Electrical • Health and Safety • Environmental awareness • Electronics.

What do I need? Four GCSEs at Grade D or above including maths and English and a keen interest in Electrical Installation.

What could I do next? Progress on to a Level 2 Electrical course at Swindon College - this is subject to a tutor recommendation.

and Enclosures. Whilst on the programme students will be expected and supported to undertake a work experience opportunity with an employer.

What do I need? Applicants should have two GCSEs, Grade C or above in maths and English and a Level 1 Electrical qualification and Functional Skills at Level 1. A real interest and commitment is essential which will be assessed at an initial formal interview.

What could I do next? If you are offered a work placement then you can continue at college working towards an NVQ Level 2 on an Apprenticeship programme. Progress on to a Level 3 Electrical course at Swindon College.

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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Electrical Installation

Areas of work covered: • Environmental Technology • Health and Safety

Diploma / 1 Year

• Electrical Science

What will I study?

• Electrical Installation Technology.

The course is designed to ensure a split

What do I need?

between theory and practical work. The course delivery will include demonstrations, practical workshops, theory, assignments and projects.

Applicants should have completed a Level 2 Electrical Installation qualification and have a Grade C or above in GCSE maths and English.

Whilst on the programme students will be

What could I do next?

expected and supported to undertake a work

Progress onto the Apprenticeship programme

experience opportunity.

at Swindon College.


University Level LEVEL 4/5 HNC/D Construction/Civil Engineering This qualification will enhance career progression for those employed in consultant and contractor offices, or in other fields of design and production within the construction industry.

LEVEL

HNC/D Mechanical Engineering The HNC/HND Diploma in Mechanical Engineering is designed to support those interested in developing careers in production/maintenance engineering and related technologies within the Manufacturing industry.

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Very few countries or industries can offer as many career opportunities as Britain and the automotive industry. 

The automotive sector currently employs over 737,000 people in the UK, in jobs ranging from

We offer you: 

Fully-equipped training workshops including up-to-date diagnostic equipment

Highly trained and qualified staff

Close links with local employers

Realistic working environments

Membership of IMI (Institution of the Motor Industry).

design, development, manufacturing, retail, and service and repair 

The UK automotive industry invests heavily in training and up-skilling, and the ability for the UK to maintain and continually improve its strong skills base will enable it to remain competitive within a global market

Automotive courses provide you with the skills to provide a quality service to a wide range of customers, and we can help you progress into employment or further study and training.

Find out more about careers in Automotive at www.autocity.org.uk and www.imiawards.org.uk

Career paths: Motor Vehicle Technician, Diagnostic Technician, Mechanical Engineering, Operations and Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Master Technician, MOT Examiner, Service Advisor and Parts/Sales Consultant.

Case Study

Shahed Salam | Automotive

Shahed has enjoyed working on cars since he was young so he knew when he finished his GCSEs at Nova Hreod School he wanted to study on an Automotive course at Swindon College.

From NOVA HREOD School

and have deadlines which are like working in a real garage. I like the fact there is a good mix of students as well, everyone in the class gets on well.”

Shahed is now working in the Automotive industry after completing Shahed said: “I really enjoy this course. his current course. We have industry-standard equipment, work on customers’ cars


Automotive courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Motor Vehicle Technician

Level 2  Motor Vehicle Technician  Motor Vehicle Fitting

Technician

Level 3  Vehicle Maintenance

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Motor Vehicle Technician

Motor Vehicle Technician

Certificate in Engineering and Technology 1 Year

Maintenance or Component fitting 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

The course will give you an understanding

This programme develops knowledge and skills

of vehicle maintenance at a basic level and lead to

required for employment and/or career

a more in-depth study programme. You will learn

progression within the automotive sector.

about the operating principles of vehicle mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

The course will cover subjects such as:

During the course you will be

• Routine vehicle maintenance

involved in demonstrations, practical workshops in vehicle repair practice, theory lessons, computer work, assignments, portfolio building and tutorials. In addition students have the opportunity to develop hand

• Removing and replacing engines • Removing electrical units. This course will include practical training and mechanical theory. Diagnostics and fault-finding are also part of the course in the College’s motor

skills in mechanical engineering and some

vehicle workshops.

welding. Students are able to participate in visits

What do I need?

to manufacturers, as well as attend on-site

Motor Vehicle Technician Level 1 students are able

demonstrations from industry leaders.

to progress on to this course if all criteria have

What do I need?

been met during your studies. Those with four

A real interest and commitment are essential. You should have completed your GCSEs and gained at least Grade E in maths, science and English.

What could I do next?

GCSEs at Grade C or above including maths, Science and English and a good understanding of motor vehicle technology may be accepted. A tutor interview is required.

This is a nationally-recognised qualification

What could I do next?

and will enable you to seek employment.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and

Alternatively you could progress on to the

successful students can seek employment as

Level 2 Motor Vehicle Service Technician course

an Apprentice or work as a trainee mechanic or

or the Level 2 in Engineering or move on to an

progress onto a Motor Vehicle Level 3 programme

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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Diploma / 1 Year

You will complete a portfolio that will consist of coursework based assignments, practical assessments and on-line assessments (multi-choice on-line exams).

What do I need?

What will I study?

This course is open to learners that have

This course is aimed at learners who want to gain

successfully completed a Level 2 automotive

a position at a garage as a technician and have

qualification and associated functional skills.

already gained a Level 2 motor vehicle

What could I do next?

qualification.

On successful completion, this qualification will

Diagnostic skills are gained and a high level of knowledge is achieved which will enable the learner to be fully prepared for the work environment.

enable you to apply for a full time position at a garage or an Advanced Apprenticeship. Possible entry to University studying a Foundation Degree.

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The beauty therapy industry has a yearly turnover of around £500 million and employs about 35,000 people in at least 8,000 businesses. 

The beauty industry is big business. There are currently 70-80,000 beauticians in the UK, according to the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC), and each year, approximately 20,000 new therapists qualify,

We offer you: 

Fully equipped, industry standard training clinics

The opportunity to work with real clients

Professionally qualified teaching staff

Close links with employers and industry training boards

The opportunity to enter regional and national competitions.

Career paths: Beauty Therapist, Spa Therapist and Complementary Holistic Therapist

providing our beauty-conscious population with a huge number of trained cosmetologists. 

In today’s world both men and women are increasingly on the lookout for high quality treatments and beauticians they can rely on.

“With over 40 years’ experience of delivering Beauty and Complementary Therapy courses, Swindon College has the widest range of courses available in the area and extensive contacts with employers to help students into their careers”

Case Study

Louise Usher | Complementary Beauty Therapy Louise enrolled on the Complementary Beauty Therapy Level 1 course after completing her GCSEs at Nova Hreod School. She then progressed to the Level 2 course and is now studying towards her Level 3.

From Nova Hreod School

Louise says: “I have found the course really interesting; I enjoy learning about the body and treatments. It’s a practical course as we give treatments

to real clients and do work placements too. Progressing up the course levels has been really interesting and I have made some really good friends on the way.” Louise is staying at Swindon College to do the Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Beauty Therapy before going to work in the industry, hopefully at management level.


Beauty & Leisure courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Beauty Therapy  Active Leisure

Level 2  Beauty Therapy  Nail Services

Level 3  Nail Services  Complementary Therapies  Beauty Therapy Treatments  Massage Therapies

Level 4  Advanced Beauty Therapy

On-site Beauty Clinics

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

VTCT Beauty Therapy

VTCT Beauty Therapy

1 Year

1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This is an exciting opportunity to gain a practical and theoretical knowledge in all aspects of beauty, from make-up and nail art to facials and pedicures, as well as organisational skills such as reception, communication and sales techniques. You will also gain experience by working on clients in a realistic working environment. Examples of units of study: • Provide a basic Manicure & Pedicure treatment • Facial treatment • Nail Art application • Basic & Photographic Make-up application • Face Painting • Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector • Health & Safety in the Salon • Salon Reception duties.

This course is designed for those who wish to train for a career in beauty therapy, and gives a good overall grounding in all aspects of beauty therapy treatments. Level 2 covers practice and theory including anatomy and physiology of hand and foot treatments, hair removal, facial treatments, eyelash and brow treatments, nail art applications, photographic make-up application, face painting and make-up techniques. You will also study organisational skills such as stock-keeping, health and safety, reception and communication skills.

What do I need? All applicants should have three GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English) or Beauty Therapy Level 1.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement.

Subject to tutor interview.

What do I need?

This course is designed for students who wish to

Enthusiasm, patience, artistic flair and good communication skills are required, as well as a successful interview and three GCSEs at Grade D or above, including English. This course is ideally suited to 16-18 year olds.

train for a career within a beauty related industry.

What could I do next? Successful students may wish to progress on to other beauty therapy courses at Swindon College or seek employment as a beauty assistant or receptionist.

What could I do next? Beauty Therapy Level 3 Course at Swindon College or seek employment.


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LEVEL 3

Nail Services

Nail Services

Diploma /1 Year

Diploma /1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma is designed

This course is essential for those who want to

for those who wish to train in a career within the

specialise in Nail Services and is designed to

nail industry. The course includes, manicure and

enhance the skills gained at Level 2.

pedicure services, nail art and nail

Units of study could include:

enhancements, as well as salon reception,

• Nail art & design (with the option of air

health and safety and a functional skill.

What do I need?

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

brushing) • Nail enhancements – Gel • Nail enhancements – Acrylic

Applicants should have three GCSEs at Grade C

• Financial effectiveness of running a business

or above, ideally including English and a

• Nail imagery

successful interview.

• Salon reception

What could I do next? Nail Services Level 3 at Swindon College or seek employment.

• Health & Safety • Customer care & communication including customer service • Work experience.

What do I need? You must be aged 16 years or over, have a Level 2 Diploma in Nail Services and have a Tutor interview.

What could I do next? Level 4 Advanced Beauty Therapy. You could seek employment in private practices, beauty clinics, health hydros or become self-employed.

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NEW LEVEL 1 Active Leisure 1 Year

What will I study?

Leisure Studies is a course designed to give you the skills that employers look for as well as access into higher level courses within the industry. This is a Level 1 programme that can equip you for careers in the Leisure and Health and Beauty industry. You could also progress on to sports studies or complematory therapies. This course consists of a range of core subjects covering areas such as how the body works, lifestyle management, careers in sport and active leisure and working with customers in the leisure industry.

What do I need? Enthusiasm and good communication skills are required, as well as a successful interview and three GCSEs at Grade D or above, including English. This course is ideally suited to 16-18 year olds.

What could I do next? Successful students may wish to progress on to other Level 2 courses at Swindon College or seek employment.


LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

VTCT in Beauty Therapy

Massage Therapies

1 Year

Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This course is designed for those who wish to

Level 3 covers the practice and theory, including

train for a career in the art of

anatomy and physiology of a range of treatments

electrotherapy for the face and body.

including body massage, aromatherapy massage

Alongside epilation are body massage,

and Indian head massage. You will also study

tanning and face and body electrics.

organisational skills such as stock-keeping,

You will also study Health and Safety, client care,

Health and Safety, reception and communication

anatomy and physiology.

skills. You will gain experience by working on

What do I need? Those aged 16-19 should have a good level of education. Level 3 requires Level 2 Beauty Therapy and a successful interview.

What could I do next? You can progress on to other related courses such as holistic or sports therapy, media make-up or seek employment in clinics, health and fitness clubs or set up in business. You could also progress onto Level 4 Advanced Beauty Therapy at Swindon College.

clients in a realistic working environment.

What do I need? Beauty Therapy Level 2 and tutor interview.

What could I do next? With these qualifications you can progress on to other related courses such as holistic or sports therapy, media make-up or seek employment in clinics, health and fitness clubs or set up in business. You could also progress onto Level 4 Advanced Beauty Therapy at Swindon College.


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Complementary Therapies Diploma / 1 Year

LEVEL 4

University Level

Complementary therapists believe that it

Advanced Beauty Therapy Diploma

is important to treat the whole person.

This qualification will enable learners to develop

The course is designed for students

a comprehensive knowledge and understanding

who want to train for a career in

and the advanced skills to work as an advanced

complementary therapy.

beauty therapist.

What will I study?

• Practical and theory of massage • Reflexology and aromatherapy techniques

Specifically, learners will explore the physiology

• The origins and content of

of ageing, the chemistry of hair and beauty

aromatherapy oils

products and relevant dermatology and

• Blending and using oils

microbiology for employment as an advanced

• The importance of client care and

beauty therapist.

consultation • Health and Safety

What do I need?

• Client reception

You must be Level 2 and Level 3 qualified, subject

• Anatomy and physiology of the

to references.

human body, in order to fully comprehend the effects of holistic treatments.

What do I need? You must be aged 16 years or over, have gained three GCSEs at Grade C or NVQ 2 Beauty Therapy and have a lecturer interview.

What could I do next? You can progress on to other related courses such as holistic or sports therapy, media make-up or seek employment in clinics, health and fitness clubs or set up in business. You could also progress onto Level 4 Advanced Beauty Therapy at Swindon College.

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Nationally, there are an estimated 45,000 hair salons in the UK. 

Employment levels remain steady and training and qualifications are important to the success of the industry. Therefore suitably qualified staff are increasingly sought by employers.

We offer you: 

Fully equipped, industry standard training salons

The opportunity to work with real clients

Professionally qualified teaching staff

Close links with employers and industry training boards

The opportunity to enter regional and national competitions.

Career paths:

The hairdressing industry is highly dependent on regular, repeat business from satisfied clients meaning

Hairdresser, Image/Colour Consultant, Trainer/Assessor and Salon Manager/Owner.

communication and customer service skills are very important.

Inspirations

“All our Swindon College courses Swindon College

Hair Studio

Pamper Yourself

at Swindon College

Price Guide Open Monday - Friday Term Time only Telephone: 01793 498210

Gift Vouchers and Schwarzkopf products available to purchase.

are industry recognised and will allow our students to progress to careers as industry professionals”

Case Study Special Offer

Elluisa Vitale | Hairdressing All Treatments

Clients are respectfully requested not to wear valuable jewellery. All items are left entirely at the owners risk.

£5.00

Elluisa came to Swindon College to study Hairdressing Level 2 after leaving Greendown School. She then On Thursday 28th June progressed onto the NVQ Level 3. September 2006

Limited appointments available Telephone 498210 Or call in to Elluisa said: “I love this course. Tower. Inspirations Reception (we are a situated at the rear of Pegasus

You go placements to help prepare you for the industry and the tutors are so helpful and supportive. We have had some great trips too; we went to

Use the door between the lift on the ground floor of theon tower) work

From Greendown School

the Salon International Show at the NEC which was brilliant! “I am in the process of opening my own salon which I wouldn’t have been able to achieve if I hadn’t done the course. It’s given me vital experience and I can’t wait for my salon to start welcoming customers!”


Hairdressing courses...

Available at Swindon College:

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Level 3 ď‚&#x; Hairdressing

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Hairdressing

Hairdressing

1 Year

1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This is a very practical, hands-on course and most

Most of your time will be spent in our

of your time in College will be spent in our

professional salons working on clients to develop

industry standard training salons.

the skills learnt during the Level 1 Programme,

This gives you the opportunity to

This qualification provides:

experience all hairdressing techniques,

• Practical training and essential knowledge to

these include shampooing & conditioning, setting and styling, plus basic colour techniques

Junior Stylist level • Skills to become a competent hairdresser, these

cover the whole range of hairdressing services

You will also have the opportunity to take part in

offered by a professional salon

hair shows, competitions, visits to trade

• Client consultation

exhibitions, and work placement experience in a

• Shampooing and conditioning

commercial salon.

• Styling, setting and cutting • Perming, colouring and bleaching

What do I need?

• Health & Safety, effective teamwork

Enthusiasm, patience, creative interest and good

• Reception skills.

communication skills are amongst the qualities required. Three GCSEs at Grade D

You will also have the opportunity to take part in

or above including English.

hair shows, competitions, visits to trade exhibitions, and work placement experience in a

A successful tutor interview, showing good

commercial salon.

communication skills, a creative interest.

What do I need? What could I do next?

Level 1 Hairdressing qualification.

Successful students may progress to Level 2

What could I do next?

to apply for a job in a commercial salon

Successful students may progress to Level 3

or look for an Apprenticeship.

Hairdressing or alternatively students may

Hairdressing or alternatively students may wish

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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Hairdressing 1 Year

What will I study? Creative high fashion cutting, colouring and styling techniques including long hair, promotional activities, creating images for photographic work, training and motivating staff,

You will also have the opportunity to take part in hair shows, competitions, visits to trade exhibitions, and work placement experience in a commercial salon.

What do I need? Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing or equivalent, enthusiasm and a successful tutor interview and trade test.

salon organisation and supervisory roles,

What could I do next?

promotion and demonstration work, health and

Become a salon supervisor/trainer, assessor or

safety issues and improving the financial

salon owner.

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The health and social care sector covers a variety of services across a range of organisations within the public, private and voluntary sectors 

There are around 8,500 people employed in health and social care in Swindon and a further 20,000 in Wiltshire, with a wide variety and level of jobs and careers available.

We offer you: 

Substantial work placements in appropriate workplaces

Highly trained and qualified staff

Close links with local employers

Relevant trips and visits.

All students wishing to undertake courses which involve working with vulnerable adults or children will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The sector is one of the UK’s largest employers with two million currently working across the country (and making up 13% of the South West’s workforce) and employment numbers are predicted to continue to grow steadily.

Care work related professions are predicted to be some of the key growth areas for the economy. Careers in this field can be highly rewarding in terms of job satisfaction and

Career paths: Youth & Community Worker, Health Visitor, Nursery Nurse, Dietician, Social Worker, Midwife, Health Care Assistant, Teacher and Occupational Therapist.

employers vary from very large public hospitals to private practices.

Case Study Jess Shovlar

| Health and Social Care

Jess came to Swindon College after completing at Kingsdown School, knowing she wanted to go into Nursing.

From Kingsdown School

Jess said: “The Level 2 course is great; it got me my first job which I was really pleased about and then I progressed on to working as a Carer.

I have loved making new friends and the tutors are really nice, they are so supportive. “I would love to have a career in Adult Nursing.”


Health & Social Care courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Health & Social Care

Level 2  Health & Social Care

Level 3  Health & Social Care

Level 5 - Foundation Degree  Health & Social Care

Level 5 - Foundation Degree  Early Years

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care

BTEC Introductory Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC First Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

All aspects of health and social care including teamwork, practical caring, communication skills, career planning and problem solving.

All aspects of health and social care including communications, career planning, health and safety practice, support and protection. The course covers a number of units such as: • Communication • Individual rights • Individual needs • Ensuring safe environments • Human lifespan development • The impact of diet on health.

The course covers a number of units such as: • The role of the carer at meal times • Health & Social Care needs • Personal care in Health & Social Care • Creative activities for children. Work experience will be undertaken during the course to enable observation of professional work roles and how the theory you learn in college is put into practice.

What do I need? GCSEs at Grade E or above, one of which must be English. A satisfactory interview, references and DBS check are also required.

What else will I achieve? A BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Personal and Social Development. Functional skills English and maths.

What could I do next? With this qualification you will develop knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to progress to a BTEC Level 2 qualification in a Health & Social Care subject.

Work experience is mandatory during the course. Students will participate in practical activities in care settings and apply theory to practice.

What do I need? You will need to have at least one of the following: Level 1 Health & Social Care Diploma with tutor recommendation or four GCSEs at Grade D or above, two of which must be English and maths. Subject to satisfactory interview and references and DBS check.

What could I do next? You could enter employment within a wide range of health and social care environments. Progress to the Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care, provided you achieve a Distinction at Level 2 and subject to tutor recommendation.


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Health and Social Care

What could I do next?

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

level, students can move on to relevant careers

What will I study?

After further study at higher education university such as nursing, social work, radiotherapy and occupational therapy. Students can also seek

This qualification will provide you with a high

employment in care work with children and the

quality, industry-recognised qualification

elderly or people with special needs. Swindon

designed to meet the specific requirements of

College offers a Foundation Degree in Health and

key sectors.

Social Care.

You will study a range of units such as: • Developing effective communication • Equality, Diversity & Rights • Health, Safety & Security • Development through Life Stages • Anatomy & Physiology • Sociological Perspectives • Psychological Perspectives There is a substantial mandatory work experience element throughout this course which enables you to study and put into practice your learning. The college co-ordinates the work experience placements on your behalf.

What do I need? Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English, maths and science or a Distinction at BTEC First Diploma Level in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification at Level 2. A tutor reference is also required and a DBS check is necessary for work placements.

University Level LEVEL 5 Foundation Degree Health and Social Care This highly flexible Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care is designed and delivered in partnership with local employers and provides an exciting opportunity for staff working in health and social care settings to gain new knowledge and skills and improve their career prospects.

Foundation Degree Early Years

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Early Years is a dynamic and vitally important sector which needs high quality staff at all levels. Those who work in it play a crucial role in shaping the lives of future generations. It is a career that you can rightly be very proud of. 

2.7 million people work in the childcare/early years industry

There are over 105,000 providers of  childcare and early years education

Contrary to what people may think, it is a

We offer you: 

Substantial work placements in appropriate workplaces

Highly trained and qualified staff

Close links with local employers

Relevant trips and visits.

All students wishing to undertake courses which involve working with vulnerable adults or children will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Career paths: Nursery Nurse, Teaching Assistant, Nursery Manager, Nanny, Childminder and Early Years Teacher.

gender equality sector - many males work

Little Stars Nursery

in childcare and early years.

On-site Nursery

Case Study Claudia Oliveira |

Child Care

After finishing at Dorcan School, Claudia enrolled on a Childcare Level 3 course at Swindon College.

From Dorcan School

Claudia said: “I love children and have always wanted to work in the industry. I have worked with children in all three of my work placements on the course and was offered temporary paid employment with Busy Bees Nursery throughout, which was fantastic.

The tutors are really supportive and I have loved gaining the experience. I will definitely be keeping in touch with the friends I have made on this course. Claudia plans to take a year out before starting a Foundation Degree in Early Years at Swindon College.


Early Years courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Caring for Children

Level 2  Certificate for the Children

and Young People’s Workforce

Level 3  Diploma in Childcare

and Education  Children’s Play,

Learning & Development  Access to HE Early Years

Level 5 - Foundation Degree  Early Years  Support for Learning

Level 6 - BA (Hons) Degree  Early Childhood Studies  Education and Lifelong

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Caring for Children

Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce

CACHE Foundation / 1 Year

What will I study? This course is an ideal introduction to the knowledge and skills you will need to work with young children. This Level 1 certificate in preparation for childcare could be your first step towards becoming an Early Years professional.

CACHE / 1 Year

What will I study? This course is designed for school leavers who would like a career in childcare. If you want to be a pre-school assistant, nursery nurse or crèche worker, then this course can take you there. It

You will study:

includes practical placements with young

• Personal development, including work

children in nursery classes, day nurseries or

and personal assessment • Human growth and development from birth to old age

schools. You will learn about different stages of growth and development. You will also learn how to care for and educate children and how to work

• Food and nutrition

with parents, carers and other professionals in

• Health and Safety practices in the home

this field.

and in childcare settings • Care of children • Play and practical activities.

What do I need?

50% of the time is spent in workplaces.

What do I need? Four GCSEs Grade D or above including English,

GCSEs Grade E or above including English.

or Level 1 in Childcare. Admission is

Entry is subject to a satisfactory interview and

subject to interview; you will also need good

good work experience references. Candidates

references and a work experience report. A DBS

need to demonstrate the desire and motivation

check is also required.

to achieve. A DBS check is also required.

What could I do next? This course will provide a foundation for other education and/or training such as the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce or Level 2 in Early Years.

What could I do next? You could continue studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education or BTEC through either a work-based or college-based route.


LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

LEVEL 3

Diploma in Childcare and Education

Access to HE Early Years

CACHE / 2 Years

This course is designed for those aged 19+

or Children’s Play, Learning

Development

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BTEC / 2 Years

develop academic and practical skills to support

What will I study?

you both in practice and for HE study. Modules

You will spend around 50 per cent of your time

will include: Research, study skills, child

in college studying child development,

development and language acquisition.

education, health and social studies. For the rest of the time you will be working with babies and young children in arranged placements in day nurseries and schools. You will also gain qualifications in Paediatric First Aid and obtain a Food Hygiene Certificate.

What do I need? Five GCSEs (including English and maths) at Grade C or above. For applicants without GCSE English/maths: Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and tutor’s recommendation. Mature students may be considered with appropriate work experience. All students will need to attend an interview. References and suitable work experience will be required.

What could I do next? This course will provide you with sound knowledge and assessed practical skills. With this qualification you can practise in almost every early years, childcare and education setting in the UK and abroad or continue on to the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Swindon College or other institutions.

University Level LEVEL 5 Foundation Degree Early Years The course is designed for practitioners currently working in early years settings who wish to build upon the practical work they undertake in their role, broadening their knowledge of wider practice in early years and gaining knowledge of the underpinning theory which supports practice today.

Foundation Degree Support for Learning

LEVEL 6 BA (Hons) Degree Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Degree Education and Lifelong Learning


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There are 6,000 people currently employed in catering and hospitality in Swindon, a further 14,500 across Wiltshire and 2.5 million in the UK 

We offer you: 

kitchens and catering facilities 

Professionally trained chefs as lecturers

A training restaurant where you will cook for and serve the public

conference centres, restaurants, cafes, pubs and contract catering. Financially, tourism is the most important sector in the South

The opportunity to be involved in numerous college shows and external events

The catering and hospitality industry includes a wide range of establishments such as hotels,

Fully equipped, industry standard training

serving the public 

The opportunity to enter national competitions

Close links with local employers.

Career paths:

West economy.  The high percentage of employees aged under 25 and the turnover rate of staff offer good opportunities for progression. There is an increasing need for young people to enter the sector with managerial, supervisory, commercial and business skills, gained

Chef, Cook, Hotel Manager, Events Manager, Hotel Receptionist, Restaurant Manager, Housekeeper, Waiter, Food/Counter, Service Assistant and Bar Manager

through qualifications.

The

Restaurant On-site training restaurant

Bar

Barista On-site training Coffee Shop

Case Study

Craig Stratford | Hospitality

Craig came to Swindon College after completing his GCSEs at Commonweal School. He has always had a passion for hospitality and wanted to start training towards making it his career.

From Commonweal School

Craig said: “I started on the Level 1 course and I have progressed my way up to work front of house on the Level 3 Hospitality Supervision course. I love

it as I really enjoy meeting new people and it’s the perfect route to get me into the career I want.” Craig has now been accepted on a two year training programme with Concord Hotels, after that he hopes to settle down in a hotel and work his way up to General Manager.


Hospitality courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Professional Cookery  Hospitality Skills

Level 2  Professional Food and

Beverage Service  Professional Cookery

Level 3  Professional

Food & Beverage Service Supervision  Professional Cooking

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 1

Professional Cookery

Hospitality Skills

(VRQ) / 1 Year

1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

The course aims to provide a general

The course aims to provide a general

introduction to the Catering industry with

introduction to the Catering industry with

emphasis on food preparation and cookery skills.

emphasis on preparing and serving food for

The course includes:

customers in our very popular Coffee Bar.

• Practical cookery

The course includes:

• Cookery theory

• Customer Care

• Health and Safety/Food Hygiene

• Health and Safety/Food Hygiene

• Supervised experiences working in

• Healthy Eating and Special Diets

the College Restaurant, and kitchens

• Food Preparation and Cooking

• Customer Relations

• Providing a Counter Service

• Communication Skills

• Food Preparation and Service Theory

• Numerical Skills.

• Communication Skills.

What do I need?

What do I need?

GCSE English and maths Grade A to D. An

GCSE English and maths Grade C - E. An interview

interview is necessary. A skills test or taster may

is necessary. A skills test or taster may be

be necessary to decide suitability to

necessary to decide suitability to the programme.

the programme.

Progression from other college courses will be

Progression from other college courses will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be expected to show strong motivation to developing a career in the industry.

What could I do next? Successful students may progress onto Level 2 (This normally takes an additional one year of full-time study or part-time study for an Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery, Hospitality Services or Food and Beverage Service).

considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be expected to show strong motivation to developing a career in the industry.

What could I do next? Successful students may progress onto Level 2 (This normally takes an additional one year of full-time study or part-time study for an Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery, Hospitality Services or Food and Beverage Service).


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LEVEL 2

LEVEL 2

Professional Food and Beverage Service

Professional Cookery

1 Year

What will I study?

1 Year

What will I study? The course aims to provide students with in

The course aims to provide students with the

depth knowledge of culinary skills and

skills and confidence to provide

information relating to the Catering industry with

excellent standards of service in the

emphasis on food preparation and cooking skills.

hospitality industry, with emphasis on preparing

The course includes:

and serving food for customers in

• Practical cookery

‘The Restaurant’ at Swindon College.

• Cookery theory

The course includes:

• Health and Safety/Food Hygiene

• Customer Care

• Supervised experiences working in the

• Health and Safety/Food Hygiene

training and restaurant kitchens

• Practical Food and Drink Service

• Team working skills

• Practical Food Service Theory

• Communication skills.

• Communication Skills.

What do I need?

What do I need? Students should hold a Level 1 certificate in a

Students should hold a Level 1 certificate in a

related subject or grade A – C GSCE English and

related subject or Grade A – C GSCE English and

maths. An interview will be necessary.

maths. An interview is necessary. A skills test or

Applicants will be expected to show strong

taster may be required to decide suitability for

motivation to developing a career in the industry.

the programme. Progression from other

A skills test or taster may be required to decide

college courses will be considered on an

suitability for the programme.

individual basis. Applicants will be expected to show strong motivation to developing a career in the industry.

What could I do next? Successful students may progress onto Level 3 Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Supervision or Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision which normally takes an additional one year of full-time study.

What could I do next? You may progress onto Level 3 Professional Cookery, Professional Food and Beverage Service Supervision or an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship NVQ 3.

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LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

LEVEL 3

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

Professional Food & Beverage Service Supervision

Professional Cooking

Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

Diploma / 1 Year This course is designed for individuals

This course is designed for adaptable and flexible

wishing to progress in the catering industry.

individuals who are already

The course includes:

employed in a supervisory role or

• Supervisory Skills

who are aiming towards their first

• Practical gastronomy

supervisory role in the hospitality industry.

• Advanced cooking techniques in meat, fish,

The course includes:

shellfish, poultry, game and vegetable dishes

• Food safety supervision

• Dough, paste and desserts

• Supervising food and drink service

• Biscuits, cakes and sponges

operations • Promoting food and beverage services and products • Preparing and serving a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages • Food and beverage legislation • Functional skills.

What do I need?

• Petit fours • Health & Safety/Food Hygiene • Supervised experiences working in the college kitchens • Communication Skills.

What do I need? Level 2 Professional Cookery, GCSE English and maths Grade A to D or industry

Level 2 related qualification, GCSE English and

experience. An interview is necessary. A skills test

maths Grade A - D or sound industrial

or taster may be necessary to decide

experience. An interview is necessary.

suitability to the programme. Progression from

Progression from other college courses

other college courses will be considered on an

will be considered on an individual basis.

individual basis. Applicants will be

Applicants will be expected to show strong

expected to show strong motivation to

motivation to developing a career in the industry

developing a career in the industry.

What could I do next? Successful students may progress into a trainee or junior management role or may wish to continue with management-related study or Higher Education.

What could I do next? Successful students may progress into the workplace as a junior chef, Chef de Partie, Sous Chef, Pastry Chef or Head Chef depending on qualifications and experience and the size of the establishment/company.


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With the government drive for a more healthy nation and the success of the Olympics and Paralympics, the sport, leisure, health and fitness sector is predicted to be one of the largest growth employment areas in the South West and nationally. 

16-24 year olds make up 24% of the employees in the sector. The industry is wide ranging; from coaching, instruction and rehabilitation through to expeditions, outdoor sports activities and leisure development.

Employers look for people with good communication skills, enthusiasm and stamina. If you are well organised and like working with other people you would fit well within this industry.

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Highly trained and qualified staff A range of sporting facilities through partnership with the Oasis Leisure Centre and other local centres Opportunities for progression to a range of Foundation and full Honours Degrees in Sport Therapy Attendance and participation at sports events Realistic working environments Relevant trips and visits Close links with local employers Practical outdoor experiences such as rock climbing, kayaking and orienteering The opportunity to gain additional qualifications related to the industry.

Career paths: Sports Coach, Sports Scout, Leisure Centre Manager, Sports Therapist, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Sports Development Officer, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Sports Scientist, Sports Psychologist and Sports Teacher.

Case Study Stephanie Bint | Sports

Stephanie previously attended Kingsdown School before applying to do Sports Level 3 at Swindon College. Steph says:

From Kingsdown School

“I love this course; my favourite units have been Sports Massage, Sports Coaching and Injuries in Sport. We have some great trips too, such as visiting an Indoor Snow Slope, Go Ape

and having a tour of the University of Bath. “I am really proud of what I have achieved on the course and I hope to utilise my training by working as a Fitness Instructor.”


Sports & Leisure courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Sports & Public Services

Level 2  Sports

Level 3  Sports

Level 5 - Foundation Degree  Sports Therapy

Level 6 - Degree  Sports Therapy

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Sports and Public Services

Sports

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC First Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This is a practical hands-on programme that is

The course is made up of a variety of units which

designed to meet the needs of all students. Units

enable students to develop skills in a variety of

are developed to help students progress to the

disciplines including fitness, leadership and

next level, whether here at Swindon College or

outdoor adventure. You learn by completing

working in sports or Public Services . Students

projects and assignments based on realistic

will develop an understanding of the healthy

workplace situations, activities and demands.

body, the world of work, first aid and take part in many sporting activities. Units include: • Sports leadership • Working in a team • Expedition skills

You will study units including: • Fitness Testing and Training • Development of Personal Fitness • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Effects of Exercise on the Body Systems

• Community action.

• Planning and Leading Sports Performance

What do I need?

• Expedition Experience.

You will normally need to have at least one of the following: An Entry Certificate in Skills for

• Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Work experience is also included on this course.

Working Life or other Entry qualification, an

What do I need?

appropriate standard of literacy and numeracy

You will need to have at least one of the

and related interests and experiences. The right

following: BTEC Introductory Diploma in a related

attitude is vital to succeed on this course. If you

subject, a good standard of literacy and

are motivated and have a passion for sport and

numeracy supported by a general

leisure then this is the right course for you.

education equivalent to four GCSEs at Grade D, related work experience, other relevant Level 1 or

What could I do next?

2 qualifications.

We will give you all the tools that you need to either progress on to the First Diploma in Sport

What could I do next?

or Public Services at Swindon College or gain

You could go on to study for a BTEC Level 3

entry to employment in this sector.

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Sports - Specialising in Coaching Development, Fitness, Outdoor Adventure and Exercise Science

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study? Core subjects: • Principles of anatomy and physiology • Assessing risk in sport • Health and Safety in sport • Training and fitness for sport • Sports coaching

The Sports Department offers a range of additional coaching qualifications which students can purchase to enhance their employabilty.

What do I need? You will need one of the following: Four GCSEs at Grade C or above - which must include English and maths or a Merit or Distinction in the First Diploma in Sport. For those aged 19+ equivalent qualifications, including work experience, may be considered.

• Sports development

What could I do next?

• Fitness testing for sport and exercise

You could go on to study for a Sports Therapy

• Practical team sports or individual sports.

Foundation Degree at Swindon College or study on another higher education programme at

Specialist subjects:

university.

• Sports nutrition • Sport and society

Alternatively, you could find employment in the

• Leadership in sport, exercise, health

sports industry. Many students then use our links

and lifestyle • Psychology for sports performance

with Sports Camps in Europe, USA and Australia to gain valuable experience.

• Sports injuries • Talent identification and development in sport

Careers could include Sports Coach, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor or Sports Therapist.

• Sport and exercise massage • Organising sports events • Working with children in sport • Sport as a business • Work-based experience in sport.

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Progression Opportunities: On successful completion of this course there is the opportunity to become a fully insured member of the Society of Sports Therapists. Employed/self-employed sports therapist in a clinical/sporting environment Sign

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programme in the 2014-2015 academic year. The information in this publication is correct at the time of going to press, but all matters contained in the publication are subject to change from time to time, both before and after a candidate’s admission. * Units are subject to change. Relevant The University of Bath may, at its discretion and for any tripsreason, andalter or not offer courses or parts of courses. visits...

Students studying

Lisa began her time at Swindon College Sports studyingUniversity-Level Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science, andTherapy has progressed Foundation Degree havefrom thetheopportunity to the final year top-up to complete her BSc to work in the Sports Therapy.

College’s Sports Therapy

Lisa says, Clinic working on3 LIVE “I really enjoyed the Level so the clients. Foundation Degree was the obvious next step. I was keen to stay at Swindon College to do my degree as I already knew the tutors were brilliant, and it has saved me a lot of money as I already live in Swindon.

“It’s really great being able to demonstrate what we’ve learned, especially during the weekly clini we run with real clients. I also work as a Sports Therapist for a local football team which is great practice too. “When I finish my degree I am hoping to secure a role in a sports therapy clinic, and eventually open my own practice.”

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This is designed to appeal to those students who

The course will further enhance observational,

have an interest in sport and wish to help injured

evaluative and analytical skills within a clinical

athletes return to their sport.

environment. Students will study the application

Foundation Degree Sports Therapy

BSc (Hons) Degree Sports Therapy

of electrotherapy and manual therapy techniques For a sports therapist to be successful they must

with sound theoretical knowledge in a safe and

have a basic understanding of human structure

effective way, to maximise treatment potential.

and function. As students progress, emphasis is placed on developing observational, evaluative and analytical skills in determining treatment and rehabilitation regimes.

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Financially, tourism is the most important sector in the South West economy and despite the current economic climate people are still travelling while also exploring the UK. 

The travel and tourism industry is constantly evolving with advancing technology and the development of many new or alternative travel destinations around the world. Ecotourism and adventure tourism are also growth areas. The industry is growing due to farming and other land-based industries diversifying into the leisure and tourist markets.

We offer you: 

Relevant trips and visits to tourist destinations in the UK and overseas

Visits to leisure attractions and behind the scenes tours

Work experience

Highly trained and qualified staff

Close links with local and national employers, such as Service Air and PGL.

Career paths: Resort Representative, Travel Consultant, Tourist Information, Centre Assistant, Tour Guide, Air Cabin Crew, A Resort Manager, Theme Park Manager and Event Organiser/Planner.

ICT skills and customer service, communication, problem solving and the ability to show initiative are essential in the sector.

Case Study

Charlie Knight | Travel and Tourism

From Ridgeway School

Charlie came from Ridgeway School after completing her A-Levels at Sixth Form. She has always had a passion for travelling so decided to enrol on the Travel and Tourism Level 3 course.

communication skills. The trips are amazing; I had the best time on the residential visit to Paris which I’ll never forget. I will definitely keep in contact with the friends I have made.”

Charlie says: “I love this course and have got so much out of it; I have gained confidence, experience and

After finishing the course, Charlie is going on to do a Travel and Tourism Management degree at University.


Travel & Tourism courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 2  Travel & Tourism

Level 3  Travel & Tourism

Level 5 - Foundation Degree  Business, Management

and Communications

Level 6 - Degree  Business, Management

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LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

Travel and Tourism

Travel and Tourism

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

What will I study? This course will introduce you to the world of the Travel and Tourism industry. The programme will enable you to find out about this exciting, everexpanding sector and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work either within the industry or to find employment within general business areas.

What do I need? You should have one of the following: at least four GCSEs at Grade D (or above) including English and preferably maths. Introductory Diploma in Travel & Tourism, or another related Level 1 qualification.

What could I do next?

Equivalent to three A levels and attracts UCAS points in the same way

What will I study? This course will give you the knowledge and skills required for a career in the travel and tourism industry. You will develop your understanding of the industry including your knowledge of worldwide tourist destinations. You will study a variety of topics including handling air passengers, the cruise industry, holiday representatives, conferences, exhibitions and events, visitor attractions and special interest tourism. The course includes a work placement and a residential study visit as well as many trips to tourist attractions and destinations.

What do I need? A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade C or above

First Diplomas provide good preparation

including English and maths or a BTEC Level 2

for both employment and for progression

Diploma in Travel and Tourism or other related

on to more advanced courses such as the

Level 2 qualification. Students over the age of

Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

19 will be considered if they have relevant travel and tourism experience and a suitable educational background.

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University Level

Foundation Degree Business, Management and Communications

BA (Hons) Degree Business, Management and Communications

Designed for students who are interested in a career in marketing, finance, human resources or general management - such as in the Travel and Tourism Industry.

The BA (Hons) is a work-based degree and as such lectures are concentrated on one day per week, enabling students to work and combine private study to suit their own personal commitments.

Relevant trips and visits...


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The uniformed public services sector offers a wide range of career possibilities at different levels and excellent opportunities to gain structured career progression. 

Employers look for teamwork skills and a positive attitude while supporting your community or country.

Public Service related trips, visits and field activities

Residential expeditions

College visits from Public Services Employees

Fitness training and testing

Employer engagement

Career advice

Additional qualifications: Functional skills, team leading and First Aid.

Career paths: Police, Army, RAF, Fire Service, Ambulance Service,

Variety is a major element of public service life

Prison Service, Royal Navy, Royal Marines,

and the ability to adapt to different situations

and HM Customs.

as well as a basic level of fitness are essential. 

We offer you:

There are hundreds of job roles in the Armed Forces alone and these careers may take you all over the world. Roles in the police and fire services also offer excellent benefits; career paths in this sector also include gateways to becoming paramedics and ambulance crew among others.

Case Study

Ben Tanner | Public Services Ben joined Public Services Level 3 after completing his GCSEs at Kingsdown School.

From kingsdown School

Ben says: “This course fits in perfectly with what I want to achieve and my career path, as I want to be an officer in the RAF. We have had various trips and projects which prepare us for the workplace

such as an Army Life trip, an RAF trip and fun trips as well like paintballing. The tutors have been great, I’ve had brilliant support throughout the course.” Ben has been accepted to study for a degree at Solent University, Southampton and then plans to apply to be an officer in the RAF.


Uniformed Public Services courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Level 1  Sports & Public Services

Level 2  Public Services

Level 3  Public Services

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LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

Sports and Public Services

Public Services (Uniformed)

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year

BTEC First Diploma / 1 Year

What will I study?

What will I study?

This is a practical hands-on programme designed

Students on the Level 2 Diploma Public Services

to meet the needs of all students.

can expect to study a variety of units that will

Units of study include:

develop work related skills, whilst equipping you

• Sport leadership

with the core skills required for progression on to

• Working in a team

the Level 3 programme or into the services.

• Expedition skills • Community Action.

Units include:

Units are developed to help students

• Public Service Fitness

progress, whether here at Swindon

• Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

College to a higher level course, or on to work in

• Public Service Employment

the sports and leisure industry or public services.

• Public Service Skills.

Students will develop an understanding of the healthy body, employment skills, first aid and

Tutors use a wide range of teaching methods

take part in many sporting activities.

ranging from classroom based tasks to practical scenarios in order to ensure students can

What do I need?

maximise their learning experience.

You will normally need to have at least one of the

What do I need?

following: an Entry Certificate in Skills for Working Life or other Entry qualification, an appropriate standard of literacy and numeracy, related interests and experiences. The right attitude is vital to success on this course.

You will normally need to have at least one of the following: • BTEC Level 1 Diploma in a related subject • Four GCSEs at Grade D which must include English.

What could I do next?

What could I do next?

We will give you all the tools that you need to

A BTEC Diploma prepares you for employment in

progress on to the First Diploma in Public

the public services. Alternatively, you can

Services.

progress on to an Extended Diploma Uniformed Public Services at Swindon College.


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BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

• Criminology

What will I study?

What do I need?

The course will develop qualities and

Entry requirements are four GCSEs at Grade A to

interpersonal and social skills required by a wide

C and must include English, maths or equivalent.

range of public service employers. Physical

Students who have completed a BTEC Level 2

fitness and leadership are also important

Diploma at Merit or above can also progress to

elements of the course.

the Extended Diploma, subject to interview.

• Human behaviour.

Units of study could include: • Government, Policies and the Public Service

Applicants should be physically fit and have

• Team Leadership and Teamwork in the Public

evidence of a high level of personal motivation.

Services • International Institutions and Human Rights

What could I do next?

• Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions

Progression could be into chosen Uniformed

• Skills for Land-based / Water-based Outdoor

Public Service career.

Skills • Citizenship and Diversity in the Public Services • Crime and its Effects on Society • Planning for and Management of Major Incidents

Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Leadership and Management, Public Services, Police Studies or Business Management at a university.

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Many people dream of Visual and performing becoming a singer, arts are the largesta dancer or aninactor, but not employers the creative everyone is with willing to put industries, around in the hard work that 678,480 working in and dedication gain the skills this sector.to This figure is they need to to grow, start out onaa expected with career in151,000 the performance further people industry.in the sector needed by 2017. 

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Even if you choose not to go on to be a

We offer you: 

Work related projects to enhance your CV

Relevant trips and visits

Excellent teaching and support

Close links with employers and industry

Preparation for employment activities

Students undertaking this course are eligible to apply for Student Equity Membership.

Career paths: Singer, Dancer, Actor, Choreographer, Club Entertainer, Theatre Management, management, Production and Stage Technicians, Producer, Director, Cruise Ship Entertainer, Cabin Crew, Youth Work, Teaching, Community Theatre, and the Leisure Industry.

performer, this skills and confidence you will develop on this programme can take you into many other career areas.

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Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts, working in conjunction with Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts, Swindon College, will deliver the best working in conjunction with training there is from established Swindon College, will deliver the best industry professionals. training there is to offer from established industry professionals. The Academy will ensure that every student reaches their full potential. The Academy will ensure that every student reaches their full potential.


Performing Arts courses...

Available at Swindon College:

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“A good school is a place where not only technique but self belief are deep in the fabric of its walls and foundations. Welcome all the knowledge given to you by your Director’s & Teachers at the Wilkes Academy, their words of wisdom & encouragement will prove invaluable for your growth as an artist in the years to come.”

“Training new people in Musical Theatre is so vital, so exciting and so possible here with Jonathan and his brilliant team. I for one, am looking forward to spending some time helping the students achieve their goals.”

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LEVEL 3

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

BTEC First Diploma / 1 year

BTEC Diploma / 1 Year BTEC Extended National Diploma / 2 Years

(Musical Theatre) What will I study?

This course provides you with skills within the three disciplines of dance, acting and singing. It provides you with the opportunity to develop skills in creativity and performance, technical skills, audition preparation and professional training in each discipline as well as opportunities to see professional work in the theatre. Units include: • Working in the Performing Arts industry • Professional development in the Performing Arts industry • Performing Arts production process • The development of dance • Acting skills and techniques • Musical theatre performance • Contemporary dance • Jazz dance.

What do I need? An interest in the performing arts and at least 4

(Musical Theatre)

What will I study? This course provides you with skills within the three disciplines of dance, acting and singing. It provides you with the opportunity to develop skills in creativity and performance, technical skills, audition preparation and professional training in each discipline as well as opportunities to see professional work in the theatre. Units include: • Performance workshop • Performing to an audience • Musical theatre performance • Developing voice for an actor • Principles of acting • Singing skills for actors and dancers • Dance performance • Choreography dance • Jazz dance • Rehearsing for a performance • Classical theatre performance • Auditions for actors • Applying acting styles • Applying contemporary dance technique • Voice and the actor.

What do I need?

audition.

An interest in the performing arts and at least 4 GCSEs Grade D or above including English. Entry is also subject to a successful interview and audition.

What could I do next?

What could I do next?

Continue your studies to Level 3 BTEC National

You can go to University or begin working in the industry with the support of the contacts through the Wilkes Academy.

GCSEs Grade D or above including English. Entry is also subject to a successful interview and

Diploma in Performing Arts or an alternative Level 3 programme.


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The Foundation Studies Team provide a wide range of learning opportunities for learners of all ages over a range of levels.

Programmes are designed to prepare learners for moving on to further learning, employment or independent living. You will be able to experience a wide range of subject areas, building your knowledge and confidence along the way.

You will be taught in smaller group sizes and have access to additional support based on your individual needs. All programmes are offered by experienced and innovative staff who will give you the best possible learning in a friendly and supportive environment. They will help you with your study skills and make sure you will achieve and progress further.

Case Study

Chris Baxter | Vocational Studies Chris originally joined the Vocational Studies course at Swindon College and then progressed on to Levels 2 and 3 Sports courses here before studying for a sports coaching degree at the University of Gloucestershire.

From Lydiard Park Academy

He now works in the College’s Sports department.

Chris says “After doing my Level 3 Sports diploma I was really encouraged by the College to go to university. I hadn’t previously seen higher education as an option but I was given a lot of support to get there.”


Foundation Studies courses...

Available at Swindon College:

Entry  Vocational Studies  XLR8  Independence, Living

and Work  Personal Development

Level 1  Vocational Studies


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Vocational Studies Entry 3 and Level 1 Vocational Studies are courses designed to give you the skills that employers want, as well as allowing you to try out a number of career options. This programme may suit students who wish to improve their confidence or their basic skills or for those who have not decided which career pathway they want to follow. The programme is made up of two one-year courses and you will be interviewed and advised on which programme will best suit you and your individual requirements.

What will I study? The programme will cover the core subjects of communication, numeracy, IT along with confidence builders such as teamwork and problem solving. You will then have the opportunity to pick a number of options and which should help you plan for the future.

Choices: Art, Interior Design, Beauty, IT, Brickwork, Motorbike Maintenance, Business, Motor Vehicle, Carpentry, Painting and Decorating, Catering Plumbing, Customer Services, Performing Arts, Hairdressing, Retail, Health and Care, Sport, Horticulture, Travel and Tourism. If successful you could progress through the levels of the Vocational Studies programme or progress on to other courses following your career choice. You could also gain an Apprenticeship or look for employment.


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XLR8 Did you find school challenging? Do you lack confidence within a learning environment? Can’t find a job because you need more qualifications? Then the XLR8 programme could be for you XLR8 is a more flexible programme, with strong support which will give you the opportunity to develop study and personal skills through setting and working towards individual targets. You will have access to a range of subjects such as brickwork, hair and beauty, hospitality, motor vehicle and many more.

You do not need any qualifications to join this programme but any you have will be taken into consideration to decide your level of entry.

You will be given the opportunity to gain a range of short qualifications, such as CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme), food hygiene, functional skills and employability skills that will help you to progress on to full time programmes, Apprenticeships or employment.

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Independence, Living and Work ENTRY LEVEL

What could I do next? The main aim is to provide opportunities for

These programmes are specifically designed to

students to develop the skills that will help them

meet the needs of students who have mild to

with gaining either full time, part time or

moderate learning difficulties.

supported employment or to progress on to an Entry 3 or Level 1 college programme.

The programme is made up of two one-year courses and you will be interviewed, and advised

Your progression will depend on your

on which programme will best suit you and your

specific needs and this will be discussed with you

individual requirements.

and your support team at College.

You may attend either one or both years, allowing you to try out different work-based subjects, develop social skills and building confidence that will help you to move on to work, further study or training. Students who attend these courses benefit from the skills of a specialist team as well as having the opportunity to enjoy the facilities on offer at a local further education college.

What will I study? You will have the opportunity to gain a number of qualifications at Entry Level with targets set to meet your ability. You will undertake communication, numeracy and IT work alongside experiencing practical skills such as Painting and Decorating, Health and Social Care, Motor Vehicle, Catering and subjects that improve confidence and social skills such as Art, Drama and Sport.


Personal Development Entry Level The College welcomes students with learning difficulties, disabilities and special educational needs. We offer a range of entry level life skills programmes which are most suited to students who would benefit from high levels of

What will I study? We will support you to improve skills such as confidence, assertiveness, communicating in different settings , making choices and decisions, managing money, keeping yourself safe and working as part of a team.

individual educational and support. All courses

You will also have the opportunity to learn

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practical subjects such as IT, cooking,

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Getting the right learning programme is really important and we will work with you in order to determine what is right for you. You may attend for one, two or three years depending on the type and range of qualifications that are best for you.

public transport.

What could I do next? The main aim is to provide opportunities for you to develop the skills that will help you with living more independently or with gaining employment. Therefore your progression will

Students who attend these courses benefit from

depend on your specific needs and this will be

the skills of a specialist team as well as having the

discussed with you and those who support you

opportunity to enjoy the facilities on offer at a

while you are learning with us.

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Missed out on Higher (university-level) Education? Why not join an Access course? ccess courses are designed for students aged 19 and over who have no or few formal qualifications but would like to study at degree level to develop their learning and career options. The courses last for one year full time. This is a level 3 programme and is accepted by colleges and universities for entry on to degree programmes. Attendance times are designed to fit in around the school day and other commitments you may have. Course fees may be waived for students on benefits and there may be funding available to help with travel, childcare and other costs. Students can choose from a wide range of Access pathways to suit their interests and career direction including: • Art & Design • Nursing • Midwifery • Occupational Therapy • Combined Studies – leading to further study at degree level in areas such as Primary Teaching, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Early Years and Paramedic Science. For more information please contact Student Services (01793) 498308.

24+ Advanced Learning Loans If you are aged 24 or over, you can apply for one of the new 24+ Advanced Learning Loans to cover your tuition fees. They will be available for Level 3 and above courses, including Apprenticeships. Please come and talk to us if you would like to find out more about this option, or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 for further details. If you are between 19 and 23 and do not currently have a Level 3 qualification you may also be able to get support with your Tuition Fee.


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Courses at Swindon College It is about you taking your education to the next level and fulfilling your potential. As well as opening up career options with better earning prospects, higher education means you keep doing something you love. If you worry about getting into debt then studying locally could be the right choice for you. You can stay close to friends and family and save money on accommodation/travel and living costs. Postgraduate Degrees • MA Fine Art: Drawing for Fine Art Practice Honours Degrees • BA (Hons) Graphic Design • BA (Hons) Illustration: Narrative and Sequential One Year Top-up Honours Programmes • BA (Hons) Business, Management & Communications (Work-based Learning) • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Work-based Learning) • BSc (Hons) Engineering Systems (Work-based Learning) • BSc (Hons) Sport (Sports Therapy) (Work-based Learning) • BA (Hons) Education and Lifelong Learning (Work-based Learning) Foundation Degrees • Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care • Foundation Degree in Business, Management & Communications • Foundation Degree in Early Years

• Foundation Degree in Sport (Sports Therapy) • Foundation Degree in Support for Learning • Foundation Degree in Creative Art & Design HND/C Programmes • HND Interactive Media • HND Fashion and Textiles (Enterprise) • HND Performing Arts (Production) Media Make-up • HND Photography • HNC/D in Construction • HNC/D Civil Engineering • HNC/D Mechanical Engineering Professional Qualifications • PGCE – Professional Graduate Certificate in Education • Technician Stage (NVQ 4) Association of Accounting Technicians • Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy • DTLLS - Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Visit: www.swindon-college.ac.uk Email: studentservices@swindon-college.ac.uk Call: 0800 731 2250

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How to apply Who to talk to and how to apply The College has a team of qualified Student Services advisors based at our North Star campus. They are on hand to provide you with any information you may require for any of the courses that we offer and to assist you with your application.

Full time applications The Student Services team processes full time applications and arranges interviews with course tutors. We accept applications all year round. Please contact us if you need any help with your application or if you need to change an interview date. You should receive a letter confirming receipt of your application within seven days of submitting it and will normally receive your first interview date within four weeks of your application reaching us. You can contact us on: (01793) 498308/498262 or by email at: fulltimeenquiries@ swindon-college.ac.uk

Step 1

Apply online or complete the application form and send it to: Student Services, Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1DY. Alternatively, if you attend a Swindon school, you may be asked to hand in the application form as your school will send it to us on your behalf.

Step 2

We will write to you within four weeks of receiving your application, inviting you to attend an interview. Your parents / carers are welcome to attend with you. Interviews normally start from November for courses starting in September the following year.

Step 3

At the interview you will be given an offer which may be subject to your exam results in August. In some subjects you may be asked to complete an assessment task. If there are other courses that you are interested in, you can tell the tutor at the interview and we will arrange further interviews for you.

Apply online...

Please inform us if you wish to accept our offer once you have decided.

Step 4

Depending on when we receive your application you will be invited in for enrolment either in June or July and you will be enrolled as a Swindon College student. You will be invited to a Welcome Day in early July.

Step 5

In the middle of August you will receive your exam results and you will need to come to college (with grades if relevant) to finalise your enrolment. Don’t worry if you do not achieve the results you hoped for, come and talk to us anyway, as we offer plenty of alternatives.

Step 6

Your college course will start in September and you will begin your induction programme. This will help to familiarise you with the College, your course tutor and other students on your course.

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Access to Higher Education 132 Access to Higher Education Art & Design 48 Accounting & Finance AAT & IFS Levels 2 & 3 56 A Levels 40 Applied Science (Forensic) BTEC First Diploma Level 2 58 Applied Science (Forensic) BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 58 Apprenticeships 38 Art, Design and Media BTEC Introductory Diploma Level 1 44 Art, Design and Media BTEC First Diploma Level 2 44 Art & Design BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 45 Art & Design - also see Graphic Design 46 Art & Design Foundation Course Level 3 48 Automotive - also see Motor Vehicle 77 Beauty - Active Leisure Level 1 84 Beauty Complementary Therapies Diploma Level 3 87 Beauty Massage Therapies Diploma Level 3 85 Beauty Therapy Levels 1 & 2 82 Beauty - Nails see Nail Services 83 Beauty Therapy (VTCT) Level 3 85 Bricklaying Construction Diploma Levels 1 & 2 63 Building Craft Occupations / Painting & Decorating Certificate Level 1 64 Business Administration BTEC Introductory Diploma Level 1 52 Business BTEC Diploma Level 2 52 Business BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 53 Caring for Children CACHE Foundation Level 1 98 Carpentry and Joinery (Wood Occupations) Diploma Level 1 62 Carpentry and Joinery (Wood Occupations) Diploma Level 2 62 Catering - also see Professional Cookery, Professional Food & Cooking 102 Certificate for Children & Young People’s Workforce CACHE Level 2 98 Childcare & Education CACHE Diploma Level 3 99 Computing (see IT) 54 Construction and Built Environment BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 67 Degree Academy 34 Early Years - also see Caring for Children & Childcare 96 Engineering Certificate Level 1 70 Engineering BTEC First Diploma Level 2 70


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Engineering BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 71 Electrical Installation, Building Services Levels 1 & 2 73 Electrical Installation Diploma Level 3 74 Foundation Studies (see Vocational Studies, XLR8, Independent Living & Work, and Personal Development) 126 Graphic Design BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 46 Hairdressing Levels 1 & 2 90 Hairdressing Level 3 91 Health & Social Care BTEC Diploma Levels 1 & 2 94 Health & Social Care BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 95 Hospitality Skills 102 Independence, Living & Work 130 IT (Computing) BTEC Diploma Levels 1 & 2 54 IT (Computing) BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 55 Media Make-up - also see Production Arts 47 Media Production BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 46 Motor Vehicle Technician Level 1 78 Motor Vehicle Technician (Maintenance or Component fitting) Level 2 78 Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Diploma Level 3 79 Nail Services Diploma Levels 2 & 3 83 Painting & Decorating - also see Building Craft Occupations 64 Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Level 2 123 Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Level 3 123 Personal Development 131 Photography BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 45 Plastering Construction Diploma Level 1 66 Plastering Construction Diploma Level 2 66 Plumbing Building Services Level 1 64 Plumbing City and Guilds Level 2 65 Production Arts (Media Make-up) BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 47 Professional Cookery Level 1 102 Professional Cookery Level 2 103 Professional Cooking Diploma Level 3 104 Professional Food & Beverage Service Level 2 103 Professional Food & Beverage Service Supervision Level 3 104 Public Services (Uniformed) BTEC First Diploma Level 2 118 Public Services (Uniformed) BTEC Extended National Award Level 3 119 Sport BTEC First Diploma Level 2 108 Sport Specialising in Coaching Development, Fitness, Outdoor Adventure and Exercise Science BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 109 Sports and Public Services Diploma Level 1 108/118 Travel & Tourism BTEC Diploma Level 2 114 Travel & Tourism BTEC Extended National Diploma Level 3 114 University Level 133 Vocational Studies 126 XLR8 128 14-16 Choices 36


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Information Evening Tuesday 4th March 2014 - 5-7pm We hold regular open events at Swindon College. Our specialist staff will be on hand to help you choose the course that’s right for you. Why not come and see us at one of them?

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