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WELCOMECHEADLE

Whatever your ambition and passion, The Cheadle College is here to help you succeed. Every year, thousands of students join us on courses that are designed to help them achieve their career aspirations.

Our aim at The Cheadle College is two-fold – to provide an inclusive educational offer across a whole range of courses and levels, and to provide a career focused curriculum that meets local skills needs and enables you to further your employment prospects. In short, we are here to ensure you develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours required for success in life and work.

Come and visit on one of our open days, where you will have the opportunity to speak to our colleagues, meet current students and have a look around our facilities. We will make your experience an incredibly welcome one, and we will provide you with all the information you need in order to make those all-important decisions on the next steps in your education and career journey.

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30 WHAT SHOULD I STUDY? 8 12 STUDENT FOCUS WE ARE THE TRAFFORD COLLEGE GROUP 17 18 OUR COLLEGE COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES 14 16 WHY CHOOSE US? SUPPORTING YOU 19 20 LEADING TO YOUR FUTURE NEW CAMPUS 22 24 CAREERS NOT COURSES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 26 28 GETTING TO COLLEGE CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS CONTENTS THE CHEADLE COLLEGE PROSPECTUS 2023/24 6 |
CHEADLE.AC.UK | 7 66 70 68 PROGRESSION CURRICULUM APPLICANT JOURNEY GCSE FULL-TIME PROGRAMME COURSES AT THE CHEADLE COLLEGE APPLIED CRIMINOLOGY 35 BIOLOGY 36 BUSINESS 37 CHEMISTRY 38 ENGLISH LANGUAGE 39 ENGLISH LITERATURE 40 FURTHER MATHS 41 HISTORY 42 A LEVELS & APPLIED QUALIFICATIONS LAW 43 MATHEMATICS 44 MEDIA STUDIES 45 PHOTOGRAPHY 46 PHYSICS 47 PSYCHOLOGY 48 SOCIOLOGY 49 EDUCATION & CHILDCARE (EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR) 51 T LEVELS HEALTH (THERAPY OCCUPATIONS) 51 ART & DESIGN 52 BUSINESS 53 CREATIVE MEDIA PRACTICE 54 EDUCATION & CHILDCARE (T LEVEL TRANSITION) 55 EDUCATION & CHILDCARE 56 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (T LEVEL TRANSITION) 57 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE 58 VOCATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 59 APPLIED SCIENCE 60 SPORT COACHING & DEVELOPMENT (MAN CITY) 61 SPORT, FITNESS & PERSONAL TRAINING 62 TRAVEL & TOURISM (LEVEL 2) 63 TRAVEL & TOURISM (LEVEL 3) 64 UNIFORMED PROTECTIVE SERVICES 65 32

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STUDENT LEAH MCDERMOTT IS PURSUING A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY AFTER HER EXPERIENCE AT THE COLLEGE ALLOWED HER TO ACHIEVE A* GRADES

The last few years have been a challenging time for those in education and with the pandemic still lingering, students across the world are still coming to terms and coping with the disruptions caused to their learning.

The Cheadle College student, Leah McDermott, felt this first hand like so many others. Initially the impact was seen at secondary school. Lockdown meant that her GCSE examinations were severely affected, and many pupils felt that they didn’t have the same adjustment period from high school to college which would have made the move feel more natural, and less of a daunting prospect.

Leah chose to study Sociology, Criminology and Applied Psychology with us as the college stood out to her above other colleges when attending open days. She said, ‘The Cheadle College showed that they care deeply about supporting their students’ – a value that was extremely important in the circumstances. “It was made clear that the college ensures all students receive the support they require to achieve the best they can, which includes advise on what pathway would benefit them most in their college experience”.

Leah continued, “A Levels are obviously expected to be difficult, but whenever I was struggling I found support in the college. This made my time at college easier to deal with and more enjoyable.”

Lockdown also affected Leah in her first year at college, but thanks to the passion and dedication of her teachers, she never felt that remote learning was having an adverse effect on her education and it hasn’t stopped Leah getting the grades she needed to go on to study at university, saying “I have chosen to study Psychology as I feel my teachers have provided me with the support and information required to pursue this at degree level”.

We wish Leah all the best in her future studies and we’re sure she’ll thrive at university and in her chosen career.

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STUDENTFOCUS

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CREATIVE MEDIA STUDENTS RAISE OVER £4,000 FOR CHARITY

Year 13 Level 3 Creative Media students at Cheadle College have raised over £4,000 for charities across Greater Manchester.

As well as the project helping to form part of the students’ coursework and ultimately go towards their grades, the money raised will significantly help the countless people and animals that these charities support. In total, 21 students managed to raise £4296.75 for 19 different chosen charities.

“Working to a new Specification, this was the first year I had devised and set this brief, our students really seized the initiative with this project and it went way beyond my original expectations! I am staggered that just 21 students working in our classrooms selflessly managed to raise this incredible amount of money for people and animals in need, this is a great thing they can add to their CVs for the future. This project has proven how the media skills our students have been taught can be used effectively to influence people from around the world to donate to their causes. The whole college are very proud of them for this.” - Matthew Hobin, Creative Arts

One student, Bobby Elley, singlehandedly managed to donate £1575

to The Seashell Trust, a Cheadle-based charity which supports disabled children & young people with complex learning difficulties.

Bobby, along with his 82 year-old Grandad, Stanley, tackled a 10km walk through Sale and Chorlton Water Park to raise funds for Seashell. This incredible amount smashed his original target of £800, which itself was ambitious.

Seashell is especially important to Bobby, as he attended CADS with his twin brother. CADS is Seashell’s inclusive sports programme, which provides opportunities for children and young people to participate in unique and inclusive physical activities together with health and wellbeing options.

“I have a long personal history of benefiting from Seashell. I learnt to swim there, used the inclusive gym, and met lots of new friends at one of their inclusive holiday clubs. My disabled twin brother goes for respite at Seashell, and I feel it is only right to support them with my utmost gratitude.” - Bobby Elley

Well done to all of our students and staff for their time and support on this project.

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TRAFFORD COLLEGE GROUP WE ARE

We are The Trafford College Group. We were formed by the union of Trafford College and Stockport College in 2018, and in 2020 we were joined by The Cheadle College and Marple Sixth Form College to support the learning and ambitions of people and organisations across the two boroughs of Stockport and Trafford.

We have nearly 13,500 learners across our five campuses in Stockport and Trafford.

THE Trafford College

TRAFFORD COLLEGE

With a campus in both Altrincham and Stretford, and nearly 200 courses available, offering everything from A Levels to T Levels and vocational qualifications, as well as apprenticeships and adult education, Trafford College is one of the biggest education providers in the borough.

At Trafford College, we have a course for everyone, so whatever your ambitions are, we will be able to help.

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The Cheadle College

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Sixth Form College Offering more than just an education, Marple Sixth Form College has an extensive enrichment programme as well as opportunities for work experience and being involved with charity events. Our excellent results are evidence of our supportive and nurturing environment, helping you achieve your ambitions.
Specialising in vocational courses, Stockport College is the perfect choice if you prefer practical courses which provide you with real-world experience and skills. Studying at Stockport College will give you the knowledge and confidence to enter employment or go to university after you leave college. MARPLE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE THE CHEADLE COLLEGE NEW BUILD OPENING IN 2024 NEW BUILD OPENING SPRING TERM STOCKPORT COLLEGE
We have excellent results in both A Level and vocational courses making The Cheadle College a great option, whatever you are hoping to study. We treat every student as an individual and our exceptional support staff will make sure you have everything you need to succeed. We have recently received approval for a £27m campus redevelopment, planned to open at the end of 2024. Marple
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CHOOSE US? WHY

98%

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of our students said their teachers encourage a high standard of work
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SUPPORTING YOU

We have a range of support options available. Whatever you need help with, we’re here for you.

LEARNER SUPPORT

We offer a wide range of personalised support to ensure you can fully access the college and your course. We will help you to find the strategies that work for you during your time with us and in your future career.

FUNDING & FINANCE SUPPORT

We have a range of financial support packages that you may be able to access depending on your circumstances. If you’re a student aged 16-18 then you do not pay any tuition, registration or exam fees, but you may be required to purchase courserelated resources during your studies.

CAREERS PROGRAMME

We provide you with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to make positive career choices. The Careers Programme is tailored to the needs of individual students and provides a range of activities prior to enrolment, on programme and as part of your progression at the end of their course.

ENGLISH & MATHS SUPPORT

English and Maths are the heart of our curriculum offer. We want to make sure that everyone can participate successfully, achieving your goals and maximising your potential, which is why we have an inclusive approach and setting. We’ll work in partnership with you, your parents/carers, and teaching and support teams to remove any barriers to learning.

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OUR COLLEGE COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

The Cheadle College is proud to partner with our local community organisations. We have an established Community Partnership to help support our students’ challenges, and also to work with us to deliver opportunities.

We partner with a range of organisations, and they provide a valuable insight into how we can be a central part of the thriving community of Stockport. Some of the experiences with our partners include tutorial delivery, bespoke workshops, cultural opportunities and development of confidence and resilience, which we believe will support you in your future life choices and career options.

Working closely with our communities has meant we have been able to enhance our students’ learning journey and enrich their student experience.

To find out more and to see the full range of our partner organisations check out our website.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE KITCHEN

We are well aware, as an organisation, of the challenges our students and their families face each day.

In responding to that we have developed a co-operative in partnership with our community partners, to help remove the everyday barriers to a successful student experience.

We are proud to be able to offer a “just ask” service, which our students can access discreetly from their student SharePoint, where they can request everyday items which may have created a barrier to their focus on education. Items include, food staples, personal hygiene products, hot meal vouchers and any other essentials.

This cooperative way of working means our students can access the support they need and in addition, have the opportunity to support their community by volunteering.

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ENRICHMENTOPPORTUNITIES

We provide a personal, professional development programme that is engaging and challenging for all our students. You will be given the chance to learn a variety of new and interesting skills, which will aid you when applying for jobs or places at university.

We truly believe that an excellent study programme along with enrichment is your key to future success. College is also about building friendships and creating memories that will last a lifetime. From local and international trips to sports clubs and student societies, our enrichment offer gives you the chance to get the most out of your time with us. Here are some of the clubs and societies that students have asked for in the past so if you’ve got something you’d like to see put on just give the Student Experience Team a shout during your induction with us.

EDUCATIONAL EXTRA CURRICULA EVENTS ACTIVITIES CALENDAR TRIPS STUDENT AMBASSADOR
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STUDENT

LEADING TO YOUR FUTURE

Equalities Council

EQUALITIES COUNCIL

We value the ideas and opinions of all our students. In our Equalities Council, you’ll have a platform to express your views on local and national issues, and even take ideas to local government to be presented to Stockport Council government officials. You can engage with the British Youth Council and respond to the Make your Mark campaign. Engagement with political literacy and democracy supports our college and British values.

On top of all that is the opportunity to volunteer and support our local community with our trusted community partners. Interested? Then get involved, build your critical thinking and presentation skills, make links with your local community, and support your career development and work-ready skills.

Green College Assembly

GREEN COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

The Green College Assembly is here to make your ideas and suggestions about creating a greener, safer world a reality for our college and local communities. It only takes two minutes to change the world, to show how small changes in our lives can make a huge difference. Through the Green College Assembly, we lead young people’s discussions through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the environmental issues you are passionate about.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth engagement award. You can take part in volunteering, physical and skilled activities as well as an expedition that will transform your life. The award can be done alongside your study programme with just a small amount of weekly input and big rewards. In a recent survey of universities and employers, the Duke of Edinburgh Award ranked highest in a list of extracurricular activities that they would like to see on someone’s personal statement or C.V.!

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NEWCAMPUS

The Cheadle College gets government approval for £27 Million redevelopment

Cheadle, along with Marple Sixth Form College joined The Trafford College Group last year to sit alongside Stockport College and Trafford College, with the combined group now serving over 11,000 students across the two boroughs of Stockport and Trafford.

The investment at Cheadle will deliver a purpose-built facility replacing the existing estate, most of which dates to the 1950s. The redevelopment will enable the college to provide high-quality, enhanced facilities for the entire offer including A Levels, provision for students with high needs and technical education. The provision for adult learners will be significantly upgraded through the project, including new facilities for highly popular and successful Horticulture and Arts courses. There will also be new facilities to support the student experience including learning resource centre, student services and dedicated social spaces.

With government approval, the project is expected to complete at the end of 2024 and now moves to the appointment of a construction partner following the initial appointment of the IBI Group as architects and educational specialists, Abacus as the project management team. The proposed redevelopment follows similar levels of investment seen at Stockport College over the last few years where the final stage of its £23m redevelopment is due to conclude at the end of this year.

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Our ambition is to provide our students with an educational environment that can support and inspire them in their studies and to provide a platform for their success in the future.

As a college group we are enormously proud to have the ability to invest college and government funds in two educational institutions in Stockport in such a short space of time.

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CGI Artist Impression of the Redevelopment

CAREERS NOT COURSES

We are committed to helping you to achieve your ambitions, whatever they might be, and have a range of ways to support you with your next steps:

CV Writing & Cover Letter Guidance

Experienced Career Advisors

Mock Interviews and Interview Preparation

WORK EXPERIENCE

Every course will also have a programme of guest speakers from industry who will visit your classes to share with you their professional experiences and what is important in making yourself a success.

We offer volunteering opportunities for you to gain new experiences, develop teamwork and communication skills, support your community, and build your CV. We also support an annual charity which is chosen by staff and students at the college where you can be involved in fundraising activities and build your skills.

All full-time students will have a minimum entitlement of 36 hours of work-related learning per year, and for many of our students this is far greater.

This may include:

Work experience

Guest speakers

Employer-led projects

Trips and visits to the workplace

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ENTRYREQUIREMENTS

We offer a wide range of courses from Entry Level through to University Level, which means that there is a course available for you at an appropriate level. We are committed to ensuring that no matter what your qualifications, you can still progress and achieve your career goals at The Cheadle College.

Entry requirements are a guide to which level of course will be right for you. In order to be accepted on your chosen course, you must meet the minimum requirements for that level of study.

No formal entry requirement or qualifications are required to enrol on an Entry/Level 1 course, however, we expect all of our students to demonstrate a willingness to learn and work and the behaviours and attitudes that will support their progression and success.

4 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and/or maths.

5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and maths. Potentially science for some cases/some specific courses.

5 GCSEs grade 5 or above including English and maths.

The entry requirements for certain courses may vary slightly from what is listed on these pages. Please see the individual course details within the course pages of this prospectus.

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GETTING TO COLLEGE

Here at The Cheadle College we’re well connected, which is one of the many reasons why our students travel from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire to study with us. There are lots of cheap and easy ways for you to get to our campuses. Find out more below.

TICKETS & MAPS

SEASON TICKETS

Train, Metrolink and bus operators also offer discounted weekly, monthly, termly and annual season tickets for students. These tickets can be used for multiple journeys at any time and are valid anywhere in Greater Manchester, not just between home and college. These tickets can be purchased online from the relevant transport operator or at your local Paypoint outlet. Visit paypoint.co.uk for locations.

SYSTEM ONE TRAVELCARD

System One Travelcards can be used on virtually all public transport services in Greater Manchester, regardless of which company runs them. If you are aged 16-26 and in full time education, you will need to get a System One student membership card to buy student bus passes. These Travelcards can be purchased online at systemonetravelcards.co.uk or at your local paypoint outlet. Visit paypoint.co.uk for locations.

the Greater Manchester area can use an Our Pass which gives them free unlimited travel on all buses in the Greater Manchester area.

To apply for an Our Pass visit ourpass.co.uk

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CAMPUSHIGHLIGHTS

The Cheadle College is situated in the heart of the community, boasting green spaces and state of the art facilities. A spacious and attractive central outdoor courtyard is at the centre of the College - linking a majority of our teaching areas and facilities together.

When not studying or competing on our playing fields, students have access to The Hub - a £1.2m social space for relaxation and personal study.

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WHAT SHOULD I STUDY?

The Cheadle College has a variety of different study routes available and if you’re not sure which one would suit you best, take a look at the information below to get an idea of how the routes are different and which one you might prefer. You can also chat to one of our School Liaison Officers who are out visiting schools or our Careers Team at one of our Open Events if you have any questions about the right route for you.

A LEVELS

A Levels are studied over two years and you will generally choose three subjects to study. Some A Levels have coursework but are mostly graded through exams. A Levels are a great option if you want to find more out about subjects you’re interested in, in a greater depth, but don’t want to specialise in a particular subject yet. Studying A Levels can lead to university, training, further study, degree apprenticeships or employment.

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T LEVELS VOCATIONALCOURSES

T Levels are a relatively new qualification and are a high level, technical alternative to A Levels. Like A Levels, they are studied over two years, but they combine the career-focused elements of vocational courses with the theory and study of A Levels. A key feature of T levels is their extended industry placement where you will spend at least 45 days with a local employer, relevant to your chosen area of study.

Find out more about what’s involved in studying a T Level at cheadle.ac.uk/t-levels

Vocational courses help you to develop real-world, knowledge, experience and skills. These courses are a great choice if you already have an idea of your future career and will give you a head start when applying to university or looking for employment after you finish with us. Vocational courses may have some examined elements but are mostly assessed by coursework.

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WJEC APPLIED

CRIMINOLOGY

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Equivalent to 1 A Level, Applied Criminology looks at the types of crime that take place within our society and examines how we decide what behaviour is deemed ‘criminal’. It also looks at the roles of the personnel involved when a crime is detected.

During the first year you will look at different types of crime, influences on perceptions of crime and why some crimes are unreported and in year 2, you will start by gaining a deeper understanding of the criminal justice system, from crime scene to courtroom. You’ll also look at the different processes and personnel involved from the moment a crime has been identified, all the way through to the verdict. Great subjects to consider studying alongside this qualification include Sociology, Psychology and English.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

This course has been designed to prepare students for University study in Criminology and similar fields. If you have aspirations to work in the Police Force, legal profession or forensic sciences, or have a keen interest in crime and criminal behaviour, then this course could be for you.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: 50% internally assessed exams and 50% externally assessed exams. 100% Exam-based

TYPE OF COURSE: WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate and Diploma

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A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Biology is a tremendously varied and enjoyable subject, enabling you to develop valuable knowledge and skills. The course is designed to provide a grounding and real-life contextualisation of all aspects of Biology including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Animal and Plant Physiology, Ecology, Molecular Biology and Genetics. You will develop your biological knowledge through a variety of means: interactive tasks, independent learning, group work and laboratory practicals. Your practical skills will develop through a range of core practical’s gaining the ‘Practical Skills Endorsement’ at the end of the second year as you begin to develop your own methods to perform practical’s. You will work individually and with your peers in a variety of activities including practical’s, discussions, fieldwork and modelling theories. We also have a dedicated work placement team to help you secure a placement in your chosen field including medicine and working with animals.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Biology is an essential qualification for a number of health-related courses. It also develops valuable practical and problem-solving skills that are useful for employment and university. Students have progressed from here to study Biology related degrees at many top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English, plus 2 science GCSEs at grade 6

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: Three exams in the summer term of the second year, each two hours long

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Business is an exciting and topical course which students can relate to. You will study topics such as marketing, finance, human resources and operations management and analyse how they influence the way in which a business performs.

The course also looks at the impact that external factors have on business activity such as interest rates, environmental issues and globalisation. You will develop an array of skills such as analysing data and critical thinking on the Business course which will be invaluable in later life whether you work in a Business or decide to run a Business of your own.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

You will develop advanced skills of application, analysis, and evaluation. These skills are transferable and will help you build a solid foundation for higher study. Experience of studying business and management should contribute positively to your future employment and promotional prospects. After this course you can go on to study at university or look for an apprenticeship or employment.

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LEVEL
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: 100% examination at the end of the second year TYPE OF COURSE: A Level
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KEY INFORMATION

CHEMISTRY A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A Level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops your scientific skills and knowledge.

In the first year, you will explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of chemistry and apply this to how chemistry is used in the modern world. Wherever possible, you will carry out experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles they study. The second year explores the big ideas further and allows you to develop a more sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of chemistry. We study the AQA specification as it provides a comprehensive insight into different fields in chemistry, including particles, energetics, organic chemistry, kinetics and analysis. We will build on the core principles you have learned at GCSE and develop and extend your skills and knowledge of this fascinating subject.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

A Level Chemistry is highly valued by universities and employers as it enables you to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Popular courses at university for A Level Chemistry students include medicine, dentistry, forensic science, veterinary science, and courses related to the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including English Language, as well as maths and 2 science GCSEs at grade 6

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: 100% Exam-based

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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ENGLISHLANGUAGE A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Studying the English language is not only fascinating but also enables you to develop a wide range of writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Accent, dialect, how language is changing and how we first learn language are only part of the subject. You also have the opportunity to write creatively and to investigate topics of personal interest such as gender, technology, and power. The very good results achieved by our students enable them to progress onto a wide range of university courses and careers. Developing understanding of and the ability to use the English language creates versatile individuals and broadens career horizons.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Once you’ve completed the English Language course, you’ll have picked up a range of useful skills including the ability to analyse, debate, create a strong argument and communicate effectively. These skills will prove highly useful when you continue with the subject at university and in employment. This specification is a good building block for higher education courses and careers in journalism, marketing, publishing, drama, academia, linguistics, and new media.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Two exams after two years (worth 80% of the course) and the other 20% is coursework, focusing on creative writing and language analysis skills

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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ENGLISHLITERATURE A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The English Literature course includes a broad range of styles and genres, from the established canon to contemporary writing. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the writer’s craft and how language, form and structure are used to create meaning.

English Literature enables you to develop critical and analytical skills; these are highly valued by employers and universities. The course complements all arts, humanities and sciences. Our staff are passionate about the subject and eager to share their love of learning with our students. The classroom environment is engaging and stimulating.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Once you’ve finished English Literature you will have acquired a range of useful skills including the ability to analyse and evaluate literature. You will be able to articulate independent opinions and judgements and express these effectively. These skills will be useful if you decide to study English Literature, or any other subject, at university and for careers in journalism, marketing, publishing, drama, academia, linguistics, and new media.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Three exams after two years (worth 80% of the course); the other 20% is coursework

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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at university. It provides far more depth to your study of mechanics and introduces you to Discrete Maths.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

You could progress to a related university course such as maths, business, accountancy, science, computing, engineering or economics. There are lots of careers open to you such as aeronautical engineer, biochemist, veterinarian, or chemical engineer.

thirds of the A Level and Applied Maths one third (one sixth on Mechanics and one sixth on Discrete).The final exams consist of three two-hour papers

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

HISTORY A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

To make sense of the world we live in it is essential to understand key events, individuals, movements, and conflicts that have shaped history. History’s importance goes beyond the subject’s intrinsic interest and appeal. Every aspect of our lives, from our beliefs, culture, institutions, language, and way of life are all shaped by the past. The course follows the theme of ‘revolutions’ in modern and early modern Europe.

You will study a variety of early modern and modern topics by expert staff who have authored textbooks and are experienced examiners. You will carry out independent investigative research that equips you with skills required at university. Visits include St Petersburg, Parliament, castles, battlefields, and other historic sites.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Once you’ve finished, you’ll have a range of useful skills including the ability to analyse, debate, create a strong argument and communicate effectively. These will be a really big help to you at university and in employment. Employers rate the skills of a historian very highly and history students find employment in a wide range of jobs including research, journalism and the media, management, and public relations.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: Three exams after two years (worth 80% of the course) and the other 20% is coursework, focusing on a historical controversy

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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LAW A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Law is the subject for you if you have a genuine interest in the Law or the English Legal System if you enjoy an intellectual challenge or if you are interested in becoming a barrister or solicitor.

Law essentially involves the study of the English Legal System and the system of Law Making in England and Wales along with a detailed look at key aspects of Criminal Law, the Law of Tort and Human Rights. You will learn about the nature of law with regards to the differences between criminal law and civil law. You will learn about who works in the English Legal System, the civil and criminal court structure and how the law is made. You will consider in detail the criminal offences of murder and manslaughter, property offences, attempts and general defences. The law on tort including the different types of negligence as well as Human Rights Law. You will develop analytical skills, the skill of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Once you’ve finished your Law A Level, you will have picked up a range of useful skills including the ability to analyse, debate, use cases to provide evidence and communicate effectively. These will be a really big help when you continue with your studies at university and in employment.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Exams at the end of the second year

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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MATHEMATICS A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will study both Pure and Applied Mathematics. Pure Mathematics develops the ideas introduced at GCSE, such as Algebra, Graphs and Trigonometry. The Applied Mathematics content is drawn from Statistics and Mechanics. Studying Mathematics gives you techniques for understanding and solving problems and it encourages the development of a logical and enquiring mind.

Maths can provide you with the problem solving and analytical skills that are useful in almost every career path and it is very highly regarded by many employers.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

A Level Mathematics is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of university courses. A Mathematics qualification is vital for some subjects, such as engineering, and useful for others, such as biochemistry, accountancy, business and finance, computing, economics, medicine, and teaching.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including English, and maths at grade 6

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Pure Maths makes up two thirds of the A-level and Applied Maths makes up one third (one sixth on Mechanics and one sixth on Statistics). The final exams consist of three two-hour papers

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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MEDIASTUDIES A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

We spend huge parts of our life consuming media. It surrounds us all the time and we use it for all kinds of different and varied reasons.

Media Studies teaches you to develop critical perspectives on what you watch, read, listen to, or play every day. It encourages you to reflect on why texts appeal and what purpose they serve in our daily lives. During the course you will analyse a wide variety of different texts, considering key concepts like genre and narrative. You will study representation and stereotyping through the way that various groups and people are depicted. You will consider audience theory whether audiences are passive or active and the implications that this creates. You will also spend time producing media and gaining practical skills in the use of a variety of media software packages. You will have considerable choice over the direction of this production and be able to target it towards your own areas of interest or expertise.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

You could progress to a related university course such as media, teaching, humanities, social sciences or film studies.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: 70% exams and 30% coursework

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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A LEVEL

PHOTOGRAPHY

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways? If so, you should consider a course in photography. Photography is about looking, learning, thinking, and communicating ideas. It inspires creative thinkers.

Photography means ‘drawing with light’ and that is what photographers do when they take a picture. Many photographers have explored various techniques to create images that make a personal statement about things that have interested or concerned them. The most exciting aspect of photography is that you are capturing the world as you see it. Throughout the course you will experience and learn about the many different genres relating to photography including portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation, and moving image (video, film and animation).

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Some options after the course include photography degree, photography apprenticeship, fine art photographer, forensic photographer, commercial photographer, fashion photographer, picture editor, filmmaker and visual communication.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English and Art at Grade 4 or portfolio

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: 60% practical, supported by written material. 40% portfolio work in response to a provided question paper title. 15 hour practical piece

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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PHYSICS A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. It’s an exciting and fastmoving science with new discoveries being made every week, particularly in astronomy and particle physics. We will build on the core principles you have learned at GCSE and develop and extend your skills and knowledge of this fascinating subject. Your experimental skills will develop through a range of core practical’s that will allow you to gain the “practical skills endorsement” at the end of the second year. We offer extra support sessions in addition to lessons, booklets, and other resources to enable you to make progress. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience in a field of your choosing including engineering, schools, and hospitals.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Physics is an essential subject for engineering and will be very useful in a range of careers from architecture to zoology. Employers value the logic and problem-solving skills it develops. Students have progressed from here to study physics and variety of engineering degrees at many top universities including Manchester, Oxford and Cambridge.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including English, as well as maths and 2 science GCSEs at grade 6

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: 100% exam based

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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PSYCHOLOGY A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It is about understanding people. It is about understanding yourself. Psychology as a subject is like a jigsaw, and each piece of the jigsaw represents a different type of psychology. Psychologists have questions:

Why did people obey Adolf Hitler? How is the human mind constructed? What is the importance of early life to our personality as young people? What is bipolar disorder, paranoid schizophrenia, anorexia nervosa? And having asked these questions, psychologists seek answers.

Psychology students are more than just students. They are psychologists themselves. They are explorers of the human mind and behaviour and apply these skills both in and outside of the classroom. Psychology is more than just a course – it is a way of understanding the world.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Many students progress on to further study at university in a variety of courses including psychology, marketing, teaching, therapy, human resources, or health-related degrees.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English and a grade 5 in a science subject

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: 100% exam based

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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SOCIOLOGY A LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This is an exciting, contemporary course that will give you a deeper understanding of the world around you and encourage reflection on social issues relevant to your own social experiences. Fascinating discussions are encouraged for example:

How are Facebook and Twitter changing our friendships and relationships? How is news shaped by newspaper owners and governments (e.g. fake news)?

How do we explain inequality in society?

You will acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of crime and deviance, gangs, families and relationships and identity.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

As a sociologist your skills will be put to good use in such diverse areas as crime scene investigation, social research, youth work, probation services and the criminal justice system Many students progress on to study at university in areas such as sociology, criminology, law, politics, psychology, and marketing.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grades 9-5 including maths and English

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: 100% exam based

TYPE OF COURSE: A Level

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T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent in size to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days. Students get valuable experience in the workplace; employers get early sight of the new talent in their industry.

T Level students spend 80% of the course in their learning environment, gaining the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action.

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A 45-DAY INDUSTRY PLACEMENT 80% CLASSROOM, 20% WORK EDUCATION & CHILDCARE Specialism: Early Years Educator HEALTH Specialism: Therapy Occupations
SEPTEMBER 2023, WE WILL BE OFFERING T LEVEL ROUTES AND SPECIALISMS IN:
EQUIVALENT
A LEVELS
FROM

WHAT COURSES ARE AVAILABLE?

T LEVEL

Education & Childcare (Early Years Educator)

During the 2-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of education and childcare occupations, including:

→ understanding the education and childcare sector from ages 0 to 19

→ child development

→ how to support children and young people’s education

→ safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing

→ understanding and managing behaviour

→ observing and assessing children and young people

→ equality and diversity

→ special educational needs and disability

→ English as an additional language

→ working with parents, carers and wider families

→ working with agencies and services that support children, families and carers

→ reflective practice and other forms of professional development

INCLUDES 2 DAYS PER WEEK working with an employer on an industry placement

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years full-time

ASSESSMENT: A mix of an external examination, a substantial employer set project and synoptic assessment through vigorous practical assignments, learners will achieve their license to practice upon completion

TYPE OF COURSE: T Level (equivalent to 3 A Levels). Awared with UCAS points

CAREER OPTIONS: Higher Education, Early Years Practitioner, Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor, Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant, Playworker

T LEVEL Health (Therapy Occupations)

You will develop the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of Therapy occupations, including:

→ working within the health and science sector

→ health, safety and environmental regulations

→ managing information and data

→ principles of good scientific and clinical practice

→ core science concepts including the structure of cells, tissues and large molecules, genetics, microbiology and immunology

You will also learn about topics specific to health, including:

→ understanding the healthcare sector

→ providing person-centred care

→ supporting health and wellbeing

→ further knowledge of both human anatomy and physiology and of diseases and disorders

→ infection prevention and control

INCLUDES 9 WEEKS minimum working with an employer on an industry placement

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years full-time

ASSESSMENT: A mix of an external examination, a substantial employer set project and synoptic assessment through vigorous practical assignments

TYPE OF COURSE: T Level (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

CAREER OPTIONS: Ambulance Care Assistant, Emergency Care Assistant, Healthcare Assistant, Care Worker, Palliative Care Assistant, Dental Nurse

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VOCATIONAL

ART & DESIGN BTEC

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course is for those wanting to develop their art skills further through a wide range of art and design mediums. There are opportunities to explore a range of specialist areas and produce a high-quality portfolio to aid progression into university or employment.

During the first-year drawing, painting, graphics/photography, printing, computer-generated imagery and contextual studies are delivered, before the major project. In the second year you work with a greater independence, an emphasis is placed on preparation for life after college, you will be prepared for this by the Progression project.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Many of our students progress into a range of FdA or BA design and visual art degrees at university or college, as well as following a direct career into employment in the creative visual arts industry.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: The course is 100% coursework

TYPE OF COURSE: Level

BTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels)

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3

VOCATIONAL

BUSINESS

BTEC

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course is designed to provide a highly specialist, workrelated qualification across a range of business sectors.

With a business qualification, you can go into almost any kind of career. During your time studying this subject, you will learn the fundamentals of good business practice, preparing you to run your own company or successfully enter an established corporation. Many business college and university graduates in the UK go on to careers in sectors like finance, HR, marketing and sales, while more experienced business practitioners often progress into consultancy.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

With further training or study, you may progress into Business related careers such as accounting, administration, customer service, marketing, HR, IT personnel or sales. The skills you gain on a business management degree allow you to contribute to your employer’s organisation quickly and effectively. Career opportunities following this course may include business adviser, business development manager, data analyst, management consultant, project manager, risk manager, human resources officer, marketing executive, retail manager, sales executive or urban designer.

KEY INFORMATION

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Mixture of examinations and coursework

TYPE OF COURSE: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels) or a Level 3 BTEC Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels)

ALSO AVAILABLE: BTEC Business Level 2 Certificate

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

CREATIVE

PRACTICE

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

As part of this course, you will look at a wide variety of disciplines geared towards working in the media industry. The course is designed to introduce a variety of topics over the two years through assignments and live chat briefs. All tasks connect with industry job roles and career pathways.

This course is for those interested in further developing their skills in digital graphics, film production, animation, web and app design, research, journalism, and media theories. You will investigate one sector within the media industry, looking at the influences of technology and audiences and how media products are affected by these factors. You will undertake a Work Placement during the course with a Creative and Digital focus.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

This course prepares you for both university and employment. Students progress on to university studying a range of subjects such as film and television production, marketing, multimedia journalism, animation production, games design and development, visual effect (VFX) advertising and many more.

KEY INFORMATION

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REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs
ENTRY
at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Internally assessed and then moderated by a visiting moderator TYPE OF COURSE: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma ALSO AVAILABLE: BTEC Media Level 2 Diploma
BTEC VOCATIONAL
MEDIA

BTEC VOCATIONAL

EDUCATION & CHILDCARE

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

During the 1-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of education and childcare occupations, including: safeguarding, child development, equality and diversity, supporting care routines, planning and delivering activities and promoting play.

INCLUDES 1 per week working with an employer on an industry placement as well as qualifications such as Level 1 ICT & Mental Health.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

After this course you progress onto our T Level in Early Years Educator or onto careers including: Early Years Practitioner, Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor, Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant, Playworker.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs grade 3 or above including English and maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: One year full-time, learners will achieve their license to practice upon completion

ASSESSMENT: A mix of examinations, project, controlled assessment and coursework

TYPE OF COURSE: Level 2

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EDUCATION & CHILDCARE T LEVEL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

During the 2-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge and skills that are needed for entry to a range of education and childcare occupations, as well as working 2 days a week with an employer on an industry placement.

Core topics in this exciting new qualification include understanding the education and childcare sector from ages 0 to 19, child development and how to support children and young people’s education. You will also cover the essential areas of safeguarding, health and safety and wellbeing as well as understanding and managing behaviour.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

After this course, you can embark on to a wide range of Early Years related careers such as higher education, early years practitioner, teaching assistant, learning mentor, special educational needs teaching assistant, playworker.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: A mix of an external examination, a substantial employer set project and synoptic assessment through vigorous practical assignments, learners will achieve their license to practice upon completion

TYPE OF COURSE: T Level (equivalent to 3 A Levels). Awared with UCAS points

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HEALTH & BTEC

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The level 2 transition pathway in Health offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to begin your studies and future career in this rewarding industry. This qualification provides an insight into the health and social care sector and couples academic learning with practical application to prepare you for progression into your chosen career pathway.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

After this coure you progress onto our Health T Levels or Level 3 qualifications in Health & Social care.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: One year full time (4 days college and 1 day placement)

ASSESSMENT: Assignments, exams and a placement based project

TYPE OF COURSE: T Level transition level 2

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VOCATIONAL

HEALTH & CTEC SOCIAL CARE VOCATIONAL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course is the first step to becoming a health professional, leading to a highly specialised work-related qualification where you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study at university. There is also the opportunity to gain work experience with local employers.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

After this course, you can progress on to a range of health-related courses at university including nursing, social work/social care or psychology as well as pursuing other careers in teaching, working with children and young people or allied health professionals, for example, Occupational Therapy.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Assignments throughout the academic year, as well as 2 exams (anatomy and physiology) and a synoptic, and you will also complete a meaningful work placement in relevant industry

TYPE OF COURSE: NCFE Technical Diploma Level 3

ALSO AVAILABLE (SEE PAGE 51)

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VOCATIONAL

INFORMATIONTECHNOLOGY CTEC

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in a career in a varied and fast changing industry. Careers in the digital sector are expanding massively in Greater Manchester and this course will equip you with the skills and experiences to take full advantage of the opportunities available.

The qualification allows you to study IT in a context that enables you to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector. Employers have told us that they need people who are able to help them develop their systems or the systems for their customers, to use IT to strategically view the IT landscape and to exploit new technologies to gain business advantage. They have identified that future skills gaps need to be filled for new and emerging technologies.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

This course carries UCAS tariff points equal in size to three A Levels. It fully meets entry requirements for progression onto a degree course. Future careers could include IT support technician, network technician, systems analyst, programmer, UX designer or social media marketing.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: 35% of the course is assessed with end of unit exams and the other 65% is assessed through project work that you complete independently

TYPE OF COURSE: Level 3 CTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels)

ALSO AVAILABLE: Level 2 Information Technology

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BTEC VOCATIONAL

APPLIEDSCIENCE

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course offers you the chance to continue your studies of all three sciences but in vocational scenarios, with less emphasis on examinations than the science A Levels.

We offer the Extended Diploma, which is a full time, three A Level equivalent qualification. The course has a strong focus on developing practical skills within the laboratory and learning how science is carried out in industry. This is underpinned by the study of the key theoretical concepts and scientific principles common to all science courses.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Students that study with us usually progress on to degree pathways in the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), biomedical science, healthcare science, pharmaceutical science, engineering and many more. Other routes include laboratory research, optometry, radiography, industrial food production, and teaching.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: 58% coursework anc 42% exams

TYPE OF COURSE: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels)

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SPORTS COACHING & DEVELOPMENT BTEC (MANCHESTER CITY) VOCATIONAL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development is a two-year course equivalent to 3 A Levels. Structured so that students get to train with UEFA licensed coaches, students will play National and Regional fixtures on Wednesday afternoons at the Manchester Regional Sports Complex.

The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas within sport and develop a range of academic and practical skills that will help you to progress into a career in the sports, health and fitness industry.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

This qualification focuses primarily on progression to employment as a sports coach, but also allows you to progress to onto university courses leading to employment in the following sectors: sports coaching, sports development, sports scientist, performance analysis and PE teaching.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: Each unit is split into several assignments graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. After completing each unit, each grade is added to a total which will give you your final grade profile

TYPE OF COURSE: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

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SPORT, FITNESS & PERSONAL TRAINING BTEC VOCATIONAL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This qualification is ideal for anyone who is keen on working in the rapidly growing health and fitness industry. Whether your goals are to work in gym and health club settings, be self-employed with private clients, or aspire to be the next big fitness influencer, this qualification will get you closer to your goals in just two years.

You will study core modules that will develop your knowledge of how the body works and responds to different training methods, and learn how to programme exercises to help your clients meet their goals. You will also gain valuable industry experience working with a range of different clients both at college and with local employers.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

This course is designed for learners to progress straight into paid employment within the health and fitness industry. The course is approved by CIMSPA and the Register of Exercise Professionals and successful completion provides individuals with a license to practice as a Personal Trainer or Gym Instructor. Learners will also have the option to progress into Higher Education and University to become a Sport Scientist or Sports Nutritionist.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: Each unit is split into several assignments graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. After completing each unit, each grade is added to a total which will give you your final grade profile

TYPE OF COURSE: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

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TRAVEL & BTEC VOCATIONAL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

On our Level 2 Travel and Tourism qualification you’ll develop your knowledge of the travel and tourism industry and learn about tourism destinations across the world. You’ll explore the role of a resort representative, learn about the events industry and discover the importance of customer service within the travel and tourism industry. You’ll also have the option to choose to study units that interest you such as Worldwide Travel and Tourism Destinations, Planning an Event, Event Review and Evaluation, Customer Service, Travel and Tourism Support Services, and Tourist Information Services. As well as studying travel and tourism in depth, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the industry by carrying out at least one week’s work experience which may be at a travel agent, hotel, restaurant or tourist office.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners could progress on to our Level 3 Travel and Tourism qualification or into employment in the industry. This qualification could lead into a career as a Cruise Ship Representative, Holiday Representative, Tourism Manager, Tourism Officer, Tourist Information Centre Manager, Travel Agent, Travel Agency Manager, Travel Counsellor or Visitor Centre Manager.

KEY INFORMATION

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REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above
year
ENTRY
LENGTH OF COURSE: One
ASSESSMENT: Coursework, role plays in our aircraft cabin and short tests, one of which is online
TYPE OF COURSE: Level 2

TRAVEL & TOURISM BTEC VOCATIONAL

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The Travel and Tourism industry is one of the most vibrant industries in the world. This course gives students a lively and varied introduction to the travel industry. The course is equivalent to three A levels after two years.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport launched Visit Britain’s long-term tourism growth strategy for Britain. This ambitious strategy, delivering a Golden legacy: a growth strategy for inbound tourism 2012-2020 aims to attract 40 million international visitors a year, spending £31.3 billion, by 2020. This will generate an estimated 225,000 jobs. The Greater Manchester strategy for the Visitor economy 2014-2020 alongside Manchester Airport will play an important role in the delivery of this vision and as a result, travel students can expect many future employment opportunities.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

On successful completion of the course it may be possible for students to apply directly for aviation employment, use the course toward further education. You will also have the opportunity to study a degree at university, enabling you to advance your knowledge and enhance your job prospects.

KEY INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years

ASSESSMENT: Internally assessed portfolio work (100% internal with no exams), a mixture of assignments, reports, presentations and roleplays

TYPE OF COURSE: NCFE Introductory Diploma, progressing to an extended diploma on successful completion of year 1

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WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A career in Protective Services is extremely wide ranging, from the Uniformed Services to Government departments, local Government, and organisations such as MI5 and MI6. The course will give you an insight into the realities of working in a uniformed protective service. The mixture of theoretical and practical subjects are delivered by experienced lecturers from protective service backgrounds, unit content is based on real-life workplace situations, activities and demands and will develop the essential skills and knowledge you will need to work in this sector. The course is delivered by experienced lecturers with protective services backgrounds. The units are taught via a multitude of engaging and exciting methods including, role plays, guest speakers, trips and expeditions alongside traditional lectures and interactive online learning.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER THE COURSE?

Completion of the Extended Diploma will lead to entry to a range of university programmes, apprenticeships or employment. Many of our students go into military services, emergency services, social work, teaching, security border force, civil service or youth and community work.

KEY INFORMATION

LENGTH OF COURSE: Two years ASSESSMENT: Practical based activities and community engagement alongside essays, exams and presentations

TYPE OF COURSE: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

ALSO AVAILABLE: Level 2 Uniformed Protective Services

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BTEC
UNIFORMED PROTECTIVE SERVICES
VOCATIONAL

PROGRESSION

CURRICULUM

Our Progression Curriculum teachers are dynamic and committed, delivering pathways to independence and employability.

Staff are SEND specialists, having worked with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. There is a team ethos of collaboration and commitment to continuous improvement. We are committed to the academic and pastoral support of our learners so you can fulfil your potential and progress into further pathways for adulthood.

Progression Curriculum has an excellent record of progress and achievement through delivery of high-quality qualifications, vocational pathways, and enrichment. We are an integral part of the wider college community; fully integrated in all college life and activities.

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PROGRESSION CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

ENTRY 1&2

Progression Curriculum Independent Living

Our specialist provision supports students with special educational needs to achieve Entry 1 and Entry 2 qualifications in a secure discrete environment. The qualifications are current and support individuals to achieve a positive outcome at a low level, the course offers flexibility to respond to individual needs and circumstances of learners.

The curriculum is based on preparation for adulthood, with outcomes including employment, independent living, community partnership and health.

Maths and English delivery is contextualised within the course content, bespoke to each learners needs and level.

ENTRY 2&3

Progression Curriculum Independent Living

Designed to re-engage students in learning, with a clear focus on personal, social, emotional and skills for independence.

ENTRY 3 & LEVEL 1

Progression Curriculum Pathways

Broad based vocational pathways allow learners to experience different sectors, alongside improving maths and English skills. Part of the course is delivered in industry standard facilities by specialist teachers. Based at our Altrincham, Stockport and Stretford campus.

At our Cheadle site learners explore different sectors alongside work experience within a chosen occupation.

LEVEL 1

Progression Curriculum Supported Internship

In partnership with Pure Innovations offers learners a pre-employment programme. A unique opportunity for learners with learning disabilities or difficulties to enhance their employment skills in a real working environment. Based at Trafford General Hospital and Stepping Hill Hospital.

STUDY PROGRAMMES:

• Are individualised and have a person centred approach supporting each learner to identify and explore realistic career options.

• Provide effective career guidance that ensures all learners, whatever their needs, backgrounds and ambitions, know the options that are available, supporting them to maximise their individual potential.

• Include opportunities to develop essential transferable and social skills

• Encourage independence and support learners to self-advocate and make informed decisions

• Provide access to job tasters, work experience, social enterprise, mentoring and inspirational guest speakers.

INCLUSIVE OFFER INCLUDES:

• Independent Advice and Guidance from our curriculum / inclusion team

• Diverse range of courses from Entry Level 1 to Level 1 supporting an appropriate starting point within the department

• Contribute to the initial, baseline and continuing assessment of learners and their progress including transition

• Additional support needs bespoke to the individual requirements

• Provide pastoral support for learners with a wide range of learning difficulties, disabilities, emotional behavioural issues and other more complex needs.

• 1-1 support and group support as identified.

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GCSE FULL-TIME

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WHAT COURSES ARE AVAILABLE?

Our GCSE programme is a one-year exam-based package where you will study the core elements of English language, maths, chemistry and business.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The general programme is most suitable for students who have narrowly missed their GCSE 4/5 grades in some subjects and need these to progress. Students who have not had the opportunity to take their GCSE qualifications for a range of reasons, including ESOL learners, will be able to take an aptitude assessment and have an interview to assess their suitability for this programme.

The GCSE full-time programme requires a mixture of GCSE grades at 3 and 4, or a successful assessment and interview.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER?

Once you have completed this course you will be able to move on to one of our further education courses with the potential to progress to university afterwards.

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APPLICANTJOURNEY

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO SUCCESS

Once you’ve decided on your course follow the step by step guide below to apply:

Apply online from your phone, computer or tablet. Simply visit cheadle.ac.uk/apply and complete the online form. Alternatively you can complete a paper version of the form which is available to download online or pick one up from the College’s main receptions.

We’ll acknowledge receipt of your application and, either invite you in to discuss your course choice further or where possible make you an immediate offer.

Where we require further information to ensure you’re offered the right course, you’ll be invited in to meet us at an Information and Offer Event to discuss your application further. If you’ve already had an offer you are also welcome to attend so we can answer any questions you might have.

Your offer will be confirmed. (Conditions may apply).

We’ll give you an appointment time to come and enrol once you’ve received your exam results.

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486 4600 All information is correct at the time of print. However, the College reserves the right to change or amend a course as necessary. If you require this guide in an alternative format, please contact us.

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