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Prospectus 2013 Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium

Foundation Degree • Extended Degrees HNDs • HNCs • Honours Degrees

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Your future. Your choice! Welcome to the Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium and a great way to study for a University of Hertfordshire qualification at your local college. Whatever you want to achieve, and wherever you’re starting from, we’re here to help, with an exciting range of courses designed to boost your career prospects. We’re a family of colleges across Hertfordshire: • Hertford Regional College • North Hertfordshire College • Oaklands College • West Herts College We work in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to bring you excellent teaching and learning, outstanding facilities and great support, right on your doorstep. Best of all, whichever college you study at, you’ll graduate with a university-validated qualification.

Giving you the skills you need We’ve worked with businesses across the region to shape degrees and diplomas that give you exactly the skills you – and they – need. So, whether you’re just starting your career, climbing the ladder or changing direction, you’ll gain the skills you need to achieve your ambitions.

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If there’s one thing being a Consortium student gives you, it’s choice. Choose your goals, choose your subject, choose your qualification and choose a bright, prosperous future. Some of our courses are available at a number of colleges, while others are unique to just one. Each course description in this prospectus tells you where the course is available. For a quick guide, see the course map on page 49. If you’ve got any questions or need some advice just get in touch with the University of Hertfordshire, or your preferred college. You can also visit their websites or pop along to an open day. Happy reading and best of luck with your future.

‘I am thrilled to bits with what I have achieved on the Foundation Degree - it was far more than I expected or had hoped for.’ Jane Plaza, Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising


Your future. Your choice! Welcome to the Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium and a great way to study for a University of Hertfordshire qualification at your local college. Whatever you want to achieve, and wherever you’re starting from, we’re here to help, with an exciting range of courses designed to boost your career prospects. We’re a family of colleges across Hertfordshire: • Hertford Regional College • North Hertfordshire College • Oaklands College • West Herts College We work in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to bring you excellent teaching and learning, outstanding facilities and great support, right on your doorstep. Best of all, whichever college you study at, you’ll graduate with a university-validated qualification.

Giving you the skills you need We’ve worked with businesses across the region to shape degrees and diplomas that give you exactly the skills you – and they – need. So, whether you’re just starting your career, climbing the ladder or changing direction, you’ll gain the skills you need to achieve your ambitions.

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If there’s one thing being a Consortium student gives you, it’s choice. Choose your goals, choose your subject, choose your qualification and choose a bright, prosperous future. Some of our courses are available at a number of colleges, while others are unique to just one. Each course description in this prospectus tells you where the course is available. For a quick guide, see the course map on page 49. If you’ve got any questions or need some advice just get in touch with the University of Hertfordshire, or your preferred college. You can also visit their websites or pop along to an open day. Happy reading and best of luck with your future.

‘I am thrilled to bits with what I have achieved on the Foundation Degree - it was far more than I expected or had hoped for.’ Jane Plaza, Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising


Contents

The experience‌

The courses‌ page

page Welcome

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Business

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The best place for me

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Computing Technologies

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The best place for business

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Creative Arts

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All about our colleges

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Education

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The University of Hertfordshire

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Engineering, Construction and Science

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Your kind of courses

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Health and Social Care

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Your student experience

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Sports and Leisure

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Outstanding learning resources

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Animal Management

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Supporting you every step of the way

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Equine Performance and Management

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Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

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Get in touch

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Open days

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College locations

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The best place for me

Whatever’s best for you...

Whatever you need…

Throughout our colleges you’ll find great courses, top-quality teaching and fantastic facilities, not to mention a friendly student community and staff who’ll support you all the way.

We offer a range of full- and part-time study options, so you can balance learning with work or family commitments. Classes are small, so you get plenty of support and your personal tutor will make sure you get all the advice you need on everything from coursework to careers.

Whatever your starting point… Our students are all ages, from all walks of life, with all sorts of experience and qualifications: • If you’ve just done your A levels or BTEC National and you’d like to study more without moving away from home. • If it’s been years since you finished your education and you missed out the first time round. • Perhaps your employer wants to help you boost your skills. • Or maybe you’d like to build on your experience with a university qualification. Wherever you’re starting from, we’ve got a course that will take you where you want to go.

Whatever your goals… • Training for a particular career? • Working your way towards a promotion? • Looking for a completely new direction? Whatever brings you to us, we’ll help you achieve your goals. Our stimulating mix of specialist technical, commercial and creative courses equal those anywhere in the UK, making it easier to build a great education into a busy life and lay firm foundations for a rewarding career.

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And if you have any disabilities or special requirements, let us know, so we can support you throughout your learning.

Wherever you live… If you live in Hertfordshire, you live near us. With colleges across the region, you can live at home while you learn, saving money and making life easier. As one of our students says:

‘It was a real advantage to be able to study at a college close to home but still be a university student – I’d never have been able to afford a university qualification otherwise.’


The best place for business

Develop your people and boost your business If you’re an employer, the Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium offers you a cost-effective way to improve performance. Our industry-focused courses help your people develop the skills they need to make your organisation stronger.

If you’re a business looking for new recruits… Every course available through the Consortium has been designed with employment in mind. We work closely with companies and organisations locally to find out what they need from their people, where local skills gaps lie and what could help them be more competitive. These insights are built into what we teach so you can be confident our graduates are ready for the world of work and will apply their skills immediately.

If you’re training your team… Finding the right training for your people not only helps develop valued staff into new roles but is also great for retention. We’ll help you identify the best courses for individual employees or even whole teams, and advise on balancing their learning with time at work. We’re also happy to design a programme based entirely around the needs of your organisation, like our excellent Foundation degrees. Respected qualifications that work hard for you, they’re both academically rigorous and highly work focused.

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All about our colleges

As a Consortium student, you’ll be able to choose from four local colleges, each offering an exciting range of courses.

Hertford Regional College Hertford Regional College has two campuses: Ware Campus Scotts Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9JF Broxbourne Campus Turnford, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 6AE tel +44 (0)1992 411411 fax +44 (0)1992 411650 info@hrc.ac.uk www.hrc.ac.uk Major redevelopments at both campuses means you can enjoy fantastic new facilities, including: • one of the fastest computer intranet systems in any European educational establishment. • Apple Mac suites.

We offer higher education courses in many areas including:

• business and computer suites.

• business

• gym, sports hall and fitness testing centre.

• computing technologies

• 18-seat air cabin, together with a simulated check-in and security area.

• fine art

• hairdressing and beauty salons.

• visual merchandising

• motor vehicle and engineering workshop equipped to main-dealer standards.

• childcare and early years

• training restaurant. The campuses are six miles apart on the A10 and are easily accessible by road, bus and rail. They’re also close to vibrant and historic towns such as Hertford, Ware, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross. We are within twenty-five miles of London and the Broxbourne Campus is a few miles from junction 25 of the M25.

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Professional, independent careers advice is available at both campuses, and we maintain excellent partnerships with local employers and industry.

• design

• engineering Our supportive and experienced teaching staff can help you get the qualifications you need to support your career and future aspirations. If you’re returning to study and don’t have the formal entry qualifications, don’t worry, we offer a number of Access courses to help you.


All about our colleges

North Hertfordshire College FREEPOST (SG 145) Hitchin Hertfordshire SG4 0JD tel +44 (0)1462 424242 enquiries@nhc.ac.uk www.nhc.ac.uk

North Hertfordshire College offers quality education, training and recreation to meet the needs of the community. We have five major campuses based in Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City and Stevenage, with excellent road and rail links with the University of Hertfordshire and the rest of the county. Each campus is just a thirty-minute train journey from London King's Cross and close to the A1(M). Our Stevenage Campus provides a modern, bright and airy venue at which you can study a range of programmes. It houses highly equipped labs, including the latest gas chromatograph equipment. Our Letchworth Campus offers state-of-the art provision for management and professional courses, whilst the major redevelopment programme being undertaken at our Hitchin Campus will produce an additional dynamic and exciting learning environment. Hitchin already houses a bespoke higher education learning centre and The Salon, our recently opened commercial hair and beauty facility. Our Centre for the Arts offers laser cutting and design technologies for fashion and textiles.

We offer a range of higher education courses including: • business

• computing technologies

• sports studies

• science

• fashion and textiles

• early years

We also have close links with industry and commerce, making our courses relevant to employers’ needs. Access to Higher Education and Extended degree programmes are also available if you haven’t got the usual formal entry requirements for university study, or are returning to study. We are also developing a number of part-time HND courses to suit the needs of employed or returning students. Throughout your time with us you’ll be encouraged to develop to your full potential, both as an individual and in your chosen area of study. On all courses, you’ll be supported to achieve your career goal by a caring and experienced tutorial and pastoral care team and have access to a great range of cultural, recreational and support facilities.

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All about our colleges

Oaklands College Advice Centre St Albans Campus Hatfield Road, St Albans Hertfordshire AL4 0JA tel +44 (0)1727 737000 fax +44 (0)1727 899515 advice.centre@oaklands.ac.uk www.oaklands.ac.uk With three campuses across St Albans and Welwyn Garden City, and a further training provision in Borehamwood, Oaklands College is one of the biggest further education colleges in the country. Our higher education courses have been developed to meet the needs of local students and give industry and commerce highly trained employees with valuable skills. Studying with us means you’ll benefit from our outstanding facilities, with a fully supportive system of tutorial and pastoral care. You’ll receive excellent teaching delivered by a dedicated and experienced team from a wide range of professional backgrounds. We offer a range of Foundation degrees and are particularly well known in the area of land-based industries. Subjects include: • animal management • equine performance and management • business • business and information systems • engineering

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• media production • sports • early years • construction management If you want to build on existing qualifications, or your experience at work, we also offer many different routes to a Higher National Certificate or Diploma. We have particular specialisms in Engineering (Mechanical) and Civil Engineering Studies, in Sport and Exercise Science plus Music at HNC/HND level. If you haven’t got the grades you need to go straight to university, we offer Extended degrees in engineering. Once you successfully complete this initial year, you'll be able to move on to complete your honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Also, if you’re returning to study and don’t have the formal entry qualifications, we offer Access courses in humanities and social science, and the health professions.


All about our colleges

West Herts College Watford Campus Hempstead Road Watford Hertfordshire WD17 3EZ tel +44 (0)1923 812345 fax (0)1923 812556 admissions@westherts.ac.uk www.westherts.ac.uk

At West Herts College higher education is all about creative thinking, applying academic expertise to real life situations. As an Outstanding (Ofsted 2010) college we offer great teaching, first-rate facilities, and a network of local employers looking to help you get your first job or the skills you need to progress at university. Our new campus in Watford offers state-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities to give you the practical skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. These include:

they work hard to make sure your college experience is exciting and rewarding, allowing you to achieve your full potential in the widest sense. You’ll enjoy the benefits of a personal tutor and a variety of support services, helping you make the most of your time with us. Our close links with employers and industry shape our teaching and provide a head start for you as you enter your chosen profession.

• specialist photographic studios

We have a long-standing, well-respected portfolio of higher education courses with a wide range of Foundation degrees in vocational areas such as:

• art and design workshops

• business

• computing technologies

• on-site gym

• sports

• creative arts

• hair and beauty salons

• early years

• Mac and IT suites

We also offer an HNC/HND in Health and Social Care

• media and TV studios with the latest equipment

We welcome applications from students who may have completed their education some years ago. Our Access courses are especially designed to help you return to the world of learning, building the skills and confidence you need to succeed.

• 120-seat performance theatre

• WiFi across the campus with laptops and computers in every room Our highly qualified staff have a wealth of teaching, commercial and professional experience. Together,

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Introducing the university

University of Hertfordshire University Admissions Service Hatfield Hertfordshire AL10 9AB tel +44 (0)1707 284800 Fax: +44 (0)1707 284870 ask@herts.ac.uk www.herts.ac.uk

The University of Hertfordshire is a lively, diverse community of over 27,500 students from all over the world, united by their ambition, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. We are proud to be a new kind of university, recognised not only for our excellent teaching and research, but also for making employability the focus of everything we do. As a result, students enjoy a creative, entrepreneurial environment, enhanced by close links with business and professions, which create exciting placement opportunities for our students. Offering a flexible approach to learning, the University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and research opportunities in a wide range of subjects, from art, design and humanities to business, health, engineering and computing. We’re based on two campuses in Hatfield each equipped with first-class student facilities, including state-of-the-art, 24/7 Learning Resources Centres and an extensive sports centre. There’s also the Forum,

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one of the county’s top entertainment venues. It’s home to an impressive 1,500-capacity auditorium, a stylish bar, restaurant and a coffee bar with free WiFi. As a Consortium student, you’ll have access to the campuses’ facilities and resources – and of course you’ll have the option of progressing to the University itself once you successfully complete your course.

‘Taking a Foundation degree really opened the door for me into higher education. It seemed the natural choice to go on to the University of Hertfordshire and get my Honours degree.’


Your kind of courses

Your kind of courses Whatever you’d like to study, at whatever level, we’ve got lots of exciting courses that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. And if you don’t know your Foundation degree from your HND, don’t worry. We’ll explain all…

Foundation degrees

a legal executive, marketing consultant or human resource officer. During your course, you’ll develop a range of practical skills alongside your subject knowledge, like teamwork, communication, problem solving, maths and IT – essential for work and future study. Flexible study methods mean that if you’re already working you can fit your studies around other commitments.

A Foundation degree is a nationally recognised qualification, studied over two years full-time or on day release from your employer. They’re qualifications in their own right, but can also be progressed to a full BA or BSc Honours degree by studying for just one more year at the University of Hertfordshire.

We’ve developed our Foundation degrees by working closely with local industry and professional bodies, such as North Hertfordshire Homes, B3 Living and DataLogic ADC UK (Redbourn). That means our courses take account of the needs of the job market, opening up real employment opportunities.

If you’re unsure whether working or studying will be better for your career prospects, Foundation degrees are ideal. They’re very career-focused, combining study with large elements of work-based learning to prepare you for a range of occupations. They’re particularly valuable if you’re hoping to become a higher level technician or an associate professional like

Employers can also send their staff on our Foundation degrees to help them develop their skills. Alternatively, we can create tailored courses based on specific company needs. Find out more about Foundation degrees at fd.ucas.com.


Your kind of courses

How do Foundation degrees fit with other qualifications? Extended degrees If you want to study for a degree but don’t have the right qualifications (A levels, BTEC Diplomas or equivalent), or your grades aren’t as good as you hoped, an Extended degree could be just what you’re looking for.

Higher National Diploma/Certificate These nationally recognised qualifications are normally in employment-related areas, like business or IT. You can achieve an HNC in one year’s full-time study and an HND in two. Both can also be studied parttime over a longer period. Once you’ve finished, you could progress to the second year of an Honours degree, or – if your results are exceptionally good – the final year.

Awarding bodies

You’ll spend an initial year at one of our colleges, gaining skills like communications, IT, literacy and numeracy, as well as studying modules relevant to your planned degree. When you pass your initial year, you will continue on a relevant degree course at the University of Hertfordshire.

All our Foundation and Extended degrees are validated and awarded by the University of Hertfordshire. Higher National Diplomas and Certificates are awarded by Edexcel.

You can study a variety of Honours degrees as well as subjects within the Joint Honours programme (choosing more than one subject). There’s a great range of degrees to choose from, including:

The courses and facilities at our colleges – and at the University – are of a very high standard. We’ve been independently assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), so you can rely on the quality of everything we offer. To read the QAA’s reports, visit www.qaa.ac.uk.

• aerospace and automotive engineering • business • biology (including biochemistry, biotechnology, human physiology, microbiology, molecular biology and pharmacology) • electrical and electronic engineering • environmental management • geography

Guaranteed quality

CPD Professional qualification

Honours Degree

Postgraduate Degrees

Yr 3 Yr 2 Yr 1

Foundation Degrees

• maths • pharmaceutical science

Level 3

NVQ3

Advanced Apprenticeship

Advanced Diploma

A-level

• psychology

Level 2

NVQ2

Apprenticeship

Intermediate Diploma

GCSE

NVQ1

Young Apprenticeship

Foundation Diploma

pre-GCSE

• physics and astrophysics • sports studies Extended degree students often graduate with excellent degrees, leading to successful careers or postgraduate study.

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Level 1


Your Student Experience

An exciting and rewarding student experience Student life’s not all study, study, study… it’s also a great time to make new friends, try new activities, discover new interests and have some fun.

It’s all happening at the Students’ Centre You’ll find lots of entertainment and plenty of events at every college. You can also join all sorts of societies based on hobbies, interests and activities – from rock climbing to volunteering in the community. As a Consortium student – and therefore a University of Hertfordshire student – you’ll also be able to use the University Students’ Union at its stateof-the-art entertainment complex, The Forum. Find out more at www.forumhertfordshire.co.uk.

the Sports Village. It was even included in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. Facilities include: • 110-station health-and-fitness centre with the latest equipment. • 25 m 8-lane indoor pool, built to national short-course competition standards. • 12-court sports hall with sprung wooden floor for badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball and indoor football. • 12 m high climbing wall. • 4-net purpose-built indoor cricket hall. • 3 grass football pitches and a rugby pitch. • 2 floodlit third generation artificial pitches for football and rugby. • a floodlit sand-dressed artificial turf pitch for hockey. • 2 hard courts for tennis, netball or 5-a-side football.

Welcome to NUS When you become a student, you’ll get an NUS (National Union of Students) card. NUS looks after the interests of students across the country, and membership also gives you great discounts and perks: from money off high-street stores to cheaper cinema tickets.

All sorts of sports As a Consortium student you can take part in sports clubs and use some pretty amazing facilities. There’s everything from football to archery, so whether you’re a complete beginner or a budding pro, here are the highlights. You’ll find the Hertfordshire Sports Village (www.student.hertssportsvillage.co.uk) on the University's de Havilland Campus. It’s got some of the best university sports facilities in the country and it’s open to everyone. It comes highly recommended too – Saracens Rugby Club, Arsenal Ladies FC, Badminton England and England Netball all train at

• 2 squash courts. • a physiotherapy and sports injury clinic. At Hertford Regional College, the Broxbourne Campus has a full-sized sports hall for basketball, football, badminton, netball and aerobics, plus a fully equipped gym with cardio and resistance training machines. There’s also easy access to Wodson Park Sports Complex from the Ware Campus. The Hitchin Sports Complex at North Hertfordshire College has a multipurpose sports hall, squash court, fitness suite and floodlit all-weather pitch. Plus, you can use some facilities at Stevenage Leisure Centre during the day for a discounted rate. West Herts College’s ‘street’ has a fully equipped gym that students can use and a health and beauty spa open to the public. It’s next door to Watford Leisure Centre where you can use modern facilities at a discounted rate.

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Outstanding learning resources

Outstanding learning resources Whichever college you’re at, you’ll have a whole range of high-quality facilities at your fingertips, helping you get the most out of your studies and achieve your goals.

At your college… You’ll find all the resources you need for your course, like technology workshops, laboratories, IT suites, photographic studios and dark rooms, art and craft rooms, and dance and drama studios. You’ll also have great library and computing facilities, including:

At the University… Hertfordshire is one of the best universities in the UK for using networked electronic systems to support learning. As a Consortium student, you can use the virtual learning environment, StudyNet, to access lecture notes, course materials, online discussions and opportunities for group work. Try it for yourself at go.herts.ac.uk/studynetdemo. Our state-of-the-art Learning Resources Centres (LRC) are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during term time. There are 1,600 study places and 800 computer workstations in the College Lane Campus LRC and 1,000 study places with computer workstations in the de Havilland Campus LRC.

• open-access computer workstations. • a full range of software plus internet access • a powerful online library and resources management system, so you can access books, journals and electronic resources at all four colleges and the university. • access to online databases and journals. • expert staff to help you find everything you need. • support and facilities for presenting your coursework.

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‘Both the college and the University supported me throughout my course with outstanding learning resources and dedicated teaching staff.’ Julie Foster, Extended degree graduate.


Supporting you every step of the way

Supporting you every step of the way As a student you’ll be treated as a mature individual responsible for your own learning, but you’ll also be part of a very supportive community, where help and advice are always at hand…

Personal tutors Whichever college you choose, you’ll have a personal tutor who’ll help you settle in, explain what’s expected of you, monitor your progress and help you get the support you need to achieve your goals.

Careers advice When it comes to making decisions about your future, you’ll be able to talk to experienced staff on your campus and at the University, as well as using library and computer resources.

Childcare Some of the colleges can help you arrange childcare or even contribute to the cost. Talk to your college as early as possible to explore the options and book your child’s place.

Disabled students We’re committed to making sure disabled students get the most out of student life, and each college has a member of staff who’s responsible for supporting you. Talk to us as soon as possible so we can meet any special requirements you might have. If you’re a UK student, we strongly recommend you find out if you’re eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. For more information, visit www.direct.gov.uk/disabledpeople, www.skill.org.uk and go.herts.ac.uk/equality.

Counselling and welfare If you need to talk, we’re here to listen. If you’re worried about studies, finances, relationships or other personal matters, you can meet with our experienced counsellors or welfare officers in complete confidence.

Accommodation If you live nearby, you’ve got the huge benefit of having high quality courses right on your doorstep, so you can save money by living at home. But, if you’re new to the area or want a place of your own, each college can give you information and advice on finding local accommodation. The colleges don’t have halls of residence, but your college will be able to put you in touch with local estate agents and support you in your search. While studying at the colleges, you won’t be able to apply for accommodation at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements The entry requirements in this prospectus are usually in UCAS tariff points, which means you’ll need a certain number of points for a place on your course. UCAS Tariff GCE/VCE Qualifications GCE AS/ AS VCE

GCE A Level/ AVCE

Advanced Diploma AVCE Double Award

Progression Advanced Diploma Diploma

BTEC Nationals Award

Certificate

Diploma

Diploma in Points Foundation Studies (Art & Design)

A

420 DDD

A*

360

B

350 DDM

320

A

300 Distinction C

DMM

280

B

250 DD

AA

MMM

240 Merit

210

D C

DM

200

MMP

180

BC

Pass MM

CC

MPP

A

CD

A

DD

B

DE

C

EE

16

160

140

E D

MP

M

PP

PPP

120 100

E

80 60

D

50

B C

165

150

D A*

225 220

AB

BB

285

E

P

40

D

30

E

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Entry requirements

How does the UCAS tariff work?

Returning to education?

When prospective students come to us, they have a huge variety of existing qualifications. The tariff system establishes equivalences between different qualifications, allowing us to make fair comparisons between applicants.

Lots of our students are returning to study after a break and we’re very supportive of that decision. We welcome applicants who might have finished secondary school some years ago and have since gained life and work experiences relevant to their course.

How does it help me? The tariff makes it easy to see whether you’ve got the right qualifications to join one of our courses. It also allows us to keep our entry requirements flexible, so we can welcome people from all sorts of educational backgrounds.

How do I work out my points total? Find all of your qualifications in the table opposite and add up your points scores. We count all qualifications within the tariff towards your points total. If you can’t see yours in the table, there’s a more extensive list at www.ucas.com.

If you’ve already studied at college or university, or you’ve got equivalent work experience, we may be able to award you credit for what you’ve done. As a result, you may be exempt from some elements of your course. Please talk to the University or your preferred college.

Minor changes This prospectus was printed in 2012. The published tariff was correct at the time of printing, however tariffs may be subject to minor changes for some courses. For the latest information, visit go.herts.ac.uk/consortium.

Just remember you can’t double count the same or similar qualifications. For example, you can't count points for both an A level and an AS level (or a Scottish Advanced Higher and a Higher) in the same subject.

What if my qualification isn’t in the tariff? The tariff includes a very wide range of qualifications. However, if you can’t see your qualification in our table or in the bigger list at www.ucas.com, don’t worry. We also welcome people with equivalent Level 3 qualifications which haven’t yet been incorporated into the tariff, like Access courses. Just contact your college for further advice.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding Tuition fees As a full-time UK or EU student at one of the Consortium colleges, you don’t have to pay fees upfront. Instead, you’ll be able to apply for a tuition fee loan, which you’ll only start paying back once you've finished your studies and are earning at least £21,000* a year. To find out more, visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance. For the 2013-14 academic year, the fee for each full-time undergraduate course at a Consortium college is £5,000 a year. This may change in subsequent years. For more information about fees, including for part-time students visit www.herts.ac.uk/fees. If you choose to progress to an honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire, after your Foundation degree, your fees for that year will be in line with the current University fee for your course.

Living-cost grants All new full-time UK higher education students can apply for a maintenance grant of up to £3,250* per year, which you won’t need to pay back. Your eligibility for the grant and the actual amount you receive will depend on your household’s annual income. If it’s around £25,000 or less, you’re likely to get a full grant. If it’s more, you may be eligible for a partial grant. However much you receive, it will be paid directly to you in three instalments, one at the start of each term. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance.

*figures correct at time of publication

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Living-cost loans As well as the loan to cover your tuition fees, full-time UK undergraduates can also get help to support living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on your circumstances. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/educationandlearning.

Other forms of financial support If you need any more advice or information on funding, you can talk to the University student services team in complete confidence. They’ll be able to tell you about any additional sources of support, like hardship funds and benefits. If you think you might need a student loan to help with your tuition fees or living costs, make sure you apply to Student Finance England well ahead of the start of your course. Check out www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance for all the information.


Fees and funding

How to apply

Direct to your college…

Once you’ve decided on the course for you, it’s time to apply. We’re here to make it as easy as possible, so if you need any help, just talk to your preferred college.

If you’d like to study with us part-time, please get in touch with your preferred college. Applications must be made on the standard university application form for part-time courses at go.herts.ac.uk/apply.

Through UCAS…

Contacting the university

If you’d like to start a full-time Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Extended degree, you’ll need to apply through UCAS.

+44 (0) 1707 284800 Lines are open (UK time) 07:00 - 22:00 Mondays to Friday 09:00 - 16:00 Saturday and Sunday

Visit www.ucas.com, click on ‘apply’ and follow the instructions. If you haven’t got internet access at home, school or college, your local library or Online Centre may be able to help. To find your nearest centre, call 0800 77 1234. You can also call UCAS on 0871 4680468. Applications are normally made between 1 September and 15 January, including applications to art and design courses. Applications can also be made right up to 30 June, however some courses may close after the 15 January deadline. Use the UCAS code and institution code listed for your chosen course (given in each course description). When the course is offered at more than one college, make sure you also put the campus code for your preferred college on your application form: Hertford Regional College: Campus Code H North Hertfordshire College: Campus Code N Oaklands College: Campus Code O West Herts College: Campus Code W

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‘I am really glad I chose to study at Foundation degree level. I feel better equipped with a sound understanding of what the Visual Merchandising industry is about and feel confident to progress on to study a BA Hons within this field’ Lucy Rajkumar, Foundation degree in Visual Merchandising

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Business

Foundation Degree

Business This two-year course will equip you with all the skills you need to become a business leader of tomorrow. All business students study a common year before choosing to continue on a general business course or going on to specialise in their second year. You’ll study all the fundamentals of business within organisations, along with core functions including marketing, accounting, law and human resource management. What modules will I study? • Developing professional and employability skills • Understanding and promoting a business • Finance and accounting for business • Managing people • Business applications • Business law Second year • Organisational behaviour • E-business • Marketing planning • A project in your chosen area • Two option modules as detailed on the following pages What will the course be like? To complement your studies, you’ll have the chance to take part in a work-based learning project. This helps to bring your ideas to life, at the same time giving you invaluable work experience and practical knowledge of the world of business. Why should I study here? We have a great track record: two of our recent Foundation degree graduates started their own successful businesses. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification that allows you to enter the world of work. Past students have specialised in an academic or professional career, or taken jobs in finance, law, IT and other areas. If you’d like to continue your studies, the majority of our students progress to the second or final year at the University of Hertfordshire to achieve a BA(Hons).

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, maths and English language GCSE at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Study route Full time 2 years Part time 2-3 years Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire Over the following pages, we’ve outlined the subjects you can choose to specialise in for your Second Year. All the entry requirements, study information and details of where the course can take you are the same as the Foundation degree in Business.


Business

Foundation Degree Business with Accounting If you have a keen interest in finance and how it applies to the world of business you can choose to specialise in these subjects in your second year. It will equip you with the basic skills in business and accounting that you need to start a career in this fascinating area. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Financial accounting • Management accounting What will the course be like? Through a series of projects and case studies, you’ll learn about the role of company accounting and finance, and how you can practically apply this knowledge in the world of work. You’ll also gain an excellent grounding in general business practices

UCAS code: N1N3 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

Foundation Degree Business with Human Resource Management If you’re interested in a career in HR, this two-year course is the perfect choice, as it will give you a good general understanding of business organisations and their main processes. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Recruitment, selection and induction • Performance management and employee involvement What will the course be like? You will acquire an excellent grounding in general business practices before going on to look in more detail at the human resources function within business organisations.

UCAS code: N1N6 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

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Business

Foundation Degree Business with Information Systems If you want to pursue a career in business, this course is the perfect starting place. It will equip you with the skills you need in your chosen career, giving you a good understanding of core business and information systems functions. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Systems analysis and design • Information management What will the course be like? This course will provide an excellent grounding in general business practices before allowing you to go on to study information systems within business organisations in more detail.

UCAS code: N1N3 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

Foundation Degree Business with Law This two-year course offers a great opportunity for you to develop both general and specific business skills. You’ll specialise in business law, with in-depth learning on contract law and employment law. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Applied contract law • Employment law What will the course be like? Your learning will be delivered through projects and case studies, and you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in work-based learning with local and national employers. The cases you work on will be supported by examples from the courtroom, and you’ll also learn practical applications of the law, such as how to bring a case to an employment tribunal. During the course you'll also develop necessary skills that are highly sought after by employers.

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UCAS code: N1MC Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W)


Business

Foundation Degree Business with Marketing This Foundation degree is designed for anyone with an interest in the way businesses promote themselves. The two-year course will give you a general understanding of business organisations and their main processes, with an emphasis on marketing. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Marketing in practice • Relationship marketing What will the course be like? This course covers a range of modules, including core business functions. In your Second Year you’ll take a work-based marketingfocused learning project with a local employer, giving you a great opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a practical environment.

UCAS code: N1N5 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

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Computing Technologies

Foundation Degree

Computing Technologies This Foundation degree gives you an excellent grounding in computing, offering a good insight into different programming techniques and an understanding of databases and networks in a business environment. You will gain knowledge of general computing techniques in your first year before going on to specialise in your chosen area in your second year. What modules will I study? • Developing professional and employability skills • Understanding programming • Further programming • Computer systems architecture • Understanding databases and data analysis • Computer networks and introduction to wireless • Systems analysis Second Year • Advanced programming and paradigms • Web based systems and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) • Computing in business • Web applications and mobile technologies • Work based learning project • Plus two modules from your specialism What will the course be like? When you’ve completed your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in media systems, networks or software development in your second year. You’ll also be developing your professional and employability skills. Why should I study here? This qualification will prepare you for the world of work. Your work-based learning module will give you invaluable experience and develop your understanding of how computing technologies impact an organisation. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification. From here, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire or move straight into employment in your specialist area – some examples of potential career paths are listed under the various specialisms on the next page.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE maths and English language (or equivalent) at Grade C or above. Study route Full time 2 years Part time 2-3 years Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire Over the following pages, we’ve outlined the subjects you can choose to specialise in for your second year.


Computing Technologies

Foundation Degree

Computing Technologies (Media Systems) You’ll gain a basic understanding of the issues that arise when working with digital multimedia on this pathway, as well as studying the historical development of games, educational products and e-commerce.You’ll also learn how to plan a multimedia project as well as studying aspects of creating and packaging an entertainment product for market. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 24 plus: • Entertainment systems (1) • Entertainment systems (2) Where will it take me? When you’ve finished your Foundation degree you’ll be able to take up employment in a wide range of roles in the entertainment and multimedia industries, including animator, game designer, interactive writer, video producer and web developer. Alternatively, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

UCAS code: I 150 Computing Technologies (Media Systems) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

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Computing Technologies

Foundation Degree Computing Technologies (Networks) If you choose this exciting pathway, you’ll complete modules that give you an in-depth insight into the nature of computer networks, as well as experience of the practical application of networks and how they are used within organisations. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 24 plus: • Advanced networking (1) • Advanced networking (2) Where will it take me? When you’ve completed this Foundation degree, you’ll be able to take up a wide range of roles, including network technician, network administrator, wireless specialist and network security engineer. Alternatively, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

UCAS code: I 120 Computing Technologies (Networks) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

Foundation Degree Computing Technologies (Software Development) This course will give you a practical grounding in emerging software development technologies.You will develop your understanding, culminating in a practical project where you’ll extend your knowledge by fulfilling a project specification. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 24 plus: • Software development (1) • Software development (2) Where will it take me? When you’ve completed your Foundation degree you’ll be prepared for a career developing, engineering and producing software. This could be within a software specialist or within any organisation that develops and maintains in-house software. Potential roles include software developer, software engineer, web programmer, systems analyst or game developer. Alternatively, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

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UCAS code: I 310 Computing Technologies (Software Development) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)


Creative Arts

Foundation Degree

Creative Arts This exciting range of Foundation degrees provides an excellent grounding in the creative arts and is perfect for anyone looking to enhance their creative and technical skills. It incorporates a range of learning focused on developing your understanding and skills in the creative industries. You will study the same modules regardless of the specialism you choose but your projects, coursework and work based learning will all be themed around and developed to suit your specific area of interest. What modules will I study?* • Work based learning: developing professional practice and employability skills • Historical and contemporary context • Creative languages • Creative problem solving • Creative vocational practice Second year • Work based learning project • Cultural and ethical debate • Portfolio development

• Contextual studies • Final major project

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Students also complete an interview process prior to acceptance on to the course. Validated by The University of Hertfordshire Over the following pages, we’ve outlined the areas you can choose to specialise in during your studies. The entry requirements are the same for all of these courses.

*subject to validation. Why should I study here? You will gain valuable experience through the presentation of your final year project, be it a performance, screening or exhibition. It’s the perfect opportunity to build up your industry contacts as you show off your skills and showcase your work to distinguished guests and the local press. For inspiration visit www.hrcfda.com to view work from our current Foundation degree students

Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification which will prepare you for a broad range of roles in the creative industries. If you’d prefer to continue your studies, you can progress to an appropriate Honours degree either at the University of Hertfordshire or at another institution.

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Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Fashion and Textiles This course allows you to explore a variety of techniques and skills associated with the fashion and textile industry including printed and constructed textile techniques, and associated processes and technologies. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on fashion and textiles What will the course be like? You’ll be responding to design briefs, nurturing your individual creativity through fashion illustration, and pattern and garment construction. You’ll also create a portfolio to showcase your work.

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UCAS code: W232 Institution code: H36 Location • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Fine Art Practice Encompassing a whole spectrum of artistic methods, this degree involves the pursuit of visual languages and imagery that hold particular meaning and significance to the artist. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on fine art practice and techniques What will the course be like? During the course you’ll investigate a wide range of aspects including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital applications, film, performance, textiles and photography. You’ll be encouraged to develop as an independent practitioner and regularly exhibit your work.

UCAS code: W190 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Graphic Design Ideas are at the heart of this exciting course, with a strong emphasis on practical experimental work. Vocational projects will inspire you to provide communication and design solutions in the areas of publishing, advertising, corporate work, publicity information and new and emerging media. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on graphic design. What will the course be like? You’ll be responding to vocationally based briefs in a creative and considered way, evaluating and analysing your work as you progress. You will be introduced to the issues of analysis, aesthetic and theoretical frameworks as used in the industry.

UCAS code: W216 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Illustration Illustration is all about translating the requirements of your client into visual communication. This course helps you to challenge your personal thinking, processes and attitudes, teaching you how to focus on, and respond to, client briefs. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on Illustration techniques. What will the course be like? The course embraces all aspects of illustration, including traditional drawing, printmaking, photography and digital technologies. By visiting exhibitions and museums you’ll also gain a clear understanding of analysis and frameworks used by the industry.

UCAS code: W220 Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Three Dimensional Design This course presents an in-depth introduction to threedimensional design, examining the design and prototyping of consumer products, objects, jewellery and accessories, and environments. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on three dimensional design techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll gain an understanding of a range of techniques, including computer-aided design, which is integral to the visualisation of ideas, and exploring the properties of materials and processes. You’ll create your own portfolio of design work to showcase your individual skills.

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UCAS code: W201 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Media Production This course covers a wide range of subjects across video and media production, preparing you fully for a career in this exciting industry. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on media production techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll study a broad selection of topics, including short film drama, documentary production and graphic design for video. You’ll also take modules in entrepreneurship and business practice, helping you develop your skills and competitive edge. This course places a strong emphasis on getting you ready for work in the creative industries.

UCAS code: W283 Institution code: H36 Location • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Performing Arts This exciting course is designed to prepare you for a career in the performing arts, developing and nurturing your individual talents. You’ll learn how to express yourself across a wide variety of settings, taking part in performances to really enhance your skills. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on the performing arts. What will the course be like? Your course is made up of a series of activities to hone your acting technique and extend your movement skills through song and dance. You’ll also focus on developing your creativity through conventional and unconventional methods and by taking part in the production of several performances.

UCAS code: WW45 Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Photography This course is the perfect opportunity to develop your technical and photography skills to a high level. It places a strong emphasis on experimental work, giving you the freedom to discover your own individual style. The practical elements are supported by visits to exhibitions and museums, helping to expand your industry knowledge. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on photographic techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll be responding to live briefs, practising your photography and evaluating your own work as the course progresses. All the projects on the course are geared towards commercial practice, and you will develop a portfolio that will be an important asset, demonstrating examples of work to potential employers or for entry to university.

UCAS code: W640 Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Visual Merchandising A mixture of business and creativity, visual merchandising is one of the most important aspects of marketing for major retailers. It can influence and impact the level of sales and success of a business, and this course equips you with the skills you’ll need to work in this arena. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on visual merchandising techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll discover all the secrets behind visual merchandising, including how to source stunning materials, graphics and equipment. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on photoshoots, learning how to promote the latest fashion and home furnishing concepts.

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UCAS code: WN22 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Creative Arts

HNC/HND

Music If you’re interested in a career in music or music technology, this is the course for you. It provides highly relevant, specialised studies using industry standard equipment and vocational expertise that will prepare you for a range of roles in the industry. The course comprises two elements: a Higher National Certificate (HNC), followed by a Higher National Diploma (HND). What modules will I study? HNC Modules • Music in context • Composing for film and television • Creative arts research skills • Applied music production techniques • Project design implementation and evaluation. HND Modules • Critical music listening • Preparation, process and production in the creative arts • Composition in context • Music performance skills. What will the course be like? You’ll study a range of modules covering practical music making and music technology, and underlying theoretical concepts. You’ll also develop your skills in communication and broader academic study. Why should I study here? Studying Music at Oaklands College can take you in a number of directions within this creative industry. With facilities that include recording studios, rehearsal rooms, digital music suites, computer music suites and performance spaces you will be able to take your musical talents to new heights.

What are the entry requirements? HNC 120 points which must be made up of two GCE A levels, or equivalent (National Certificate), plus four subjects at GCSE grade C or above including maths, English and music or music technology (or equivalent) or prior experience studying music or music technology. However, we welcome applicants who can demonstrate alternative or vocationally relevant experience. HND HNC in Music/Music Technology Apply directly to Oaklands College Location • Oaklands College Study route: HNC one year part-time HND one year part-time Validated by Edexcel

Where will it take me? The HNC/HND is a standalone qualification which will prepare you for a career within the music industry. Alternatively, you can apply to progress your studies at a higher education institution.

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Education

Foundation Degree

Community Playwork Practice and Extended Provision On this course you’ll learn all the essential foundations of working in sectors providing play-related services and activities for children. What modules will I study? • The bigger picture: the context of play • The role of play • Safeguarding • Applying practice Second Year • Extended provision • Managing and leading play • Creating quality • Removing barriers What will the course be like? You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the context of play and the importance of play to a child. You’ll also develop your skills in safeguarding children and young people. Why should I study here? This course has been designed in full consultation with employers to give you the skills you need to work in the sector. Where will it take me? This Foundation degree will enable you to increase career opportunities in management and in working with a range of children across a variety of services. You will be eligible to apply for advanced entry into a range of related Honours degree programmes in areas such as education, professional studies, child welfare.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route: Part time 2 years – 3 semesters per year Location • Hertford Regional College Apply directly to the University of Hertfordshire (see page 19 for details) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Education

Foundation Degree

Early Years This course is a great next step if you have already got a Level 3 qualification and experience in childcare. Developed in consultation with childcare employers it’s designed to give you the valuable skills employers really need. What modules will I study? • Legislation and legal responsibilities for the children’s workforce • Continuing personal and professional development • The developing child • Developing professional practice in the workplace Second year • UK and international early years frameworks for children aged 0-7: principles into practice • Approaches to research in early years • Leading and managing in children’s workforce settings • Integrated working in the children’s workforce What will the course be like? On this exciting course you will build on your current experience in working with children. In addition you will study a range of relevant modules including legal and professional skills, managing activities for children, professional diversity and curriculum frameworks, to name a few. We’ll be assessing you through assignments, case studies, presentations and other forms of assignment tasks. Why should I study here? Highly experienced staff, excellent employer relationships and a newly updated curriculum will enable you to develop your existing knowledge to a higher level in a supportive environment. Your increased ability to think critically and reflect on your practice will stand you in good stead for furthering your career or continued study. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification that will enable you to work as a senior practitioner. Once you successfully complete your studies, you can move on to the two-year part-time BA (Hons) in Education Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Some students may also have the opportunity to apply to a oneyear full time BA (Hons) in Education Studies at a number of universities

What are the entry requirements? You’ll need a relevant Level 3 qualification, for example a CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education and be able to demonstrate appropriate workplace experience, plus GCSE English language and maths at grade C or above. You'll also need to possess a CRB/ISA or other safeguarding check as appropriate and consistent with government guidelines by the start of this course. For the part-time route, a paid or voluntary job in an early years setting is required. Study route: Full time 2 years Part time 2 years – 3 semesters per year Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • Oaklands College - part time only (Campus code: O) • North Hertfordshire College - part time only (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: H) UCAS code: See UCAS for details Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Education

Foundation Degree

Working with Young People On this two-year course you’ll develop the knowledge and understanding you need for a career working with young people. It delivers all the professional and practical skills and competencies the profession demands, paying particular reference to the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce (CCSK). What modules will I study? • Youth worker personal and professional development • Fulfilling legal and professional responsibilities when working with young people • Young people’s development • Meeting individual needs of young people Second year • Action research – work based learning • Working with groups and teams to support young people • Leadership and management in youth work sector • Working in communities for young people What will the course be like? You’ll be looking at different aspects of working with young people aged 13-19+, reflecting on practice and understanding how legislation impacts what we do. You’ll also be asked to demonstrate that you’ve adopted the appropriate values and belief systems you need to work with young people, including those relating to antidiscriminatory practice, equality of opportunity and ensuring inclusive practice. Why should I study here? The course has been developed in full consultation with employers, ensuring you develop all the skills you need for a career in this sector. Where will it take me? At the end of the course, you’ll have developed your existing skills and knowledge to become a youth worker. The modules you’ll take will help to develop your confidence in presenting information to colleagues and peers, demonstrating your high levels of expertise. If you’d like to continue with your studies, you could move onto the part-time degree in Education Studies at the University of Hertfordshire or another institution.

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What are the entry requirements? You'll need a relevant level 3 qualification, for example a CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education, and be able to demonstrate appropriate work experience, plus GCSE English language and maths at grade C or above (or equivalent). Study route: Part time 2 years – 3 semesters per year Location • North Hertfordshire College Apply directly to the University of Hertfordshire (see page 19 for details) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Engineering, Construction and Science

HNC/Foundation Degree/BSc Honours

Construction Management If you’re already in construction, this course is designed to further your potential by teaching a range of technical, professional and managerial skills essential to the industry. This programme comprises three elements: a Higher National Certificate (HNC – two years), Foundation degree (FdSc – one year) and Bachelor of Science degree (BSc Hons – two years). What modules will I study?* HNC modules • Design principles • Applied maths • Science and materials • Site surveying procedures • Personal and professional development • Health safety and welfare • Measuring tendering and estimating • Economics for construction • Construction methods and design solutions • Group project Foundation degree modules • Legal studies • Management principles and application • Construction contract law • Construction materials science • Work based learning project BSc (Hons) Modules • Contract practice and administration • Construction technology • Project management in construction • Strategic management • Construction management practice • Dissertation • Team project What will the course be like? Through each stage of the course you’ll study a range of modules covering practical construction skills and underlying scientific concepts to enhance your skills in your current role. You’ll be taught by industry-experienced teachers, so you’ll gain a good understanding of all the latest thinking.

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Part-time Location • Oaklands College Apply direct to Oaklands College Validated by HNC - Edexcel FDSc/BSc - The University of Hertfordshire

The course will help you progress your career within the construction industry to site foreman or even running your own business. Why should I study here? This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and staff and students received high praise from the institute, as did the course’s employer links. The accreditation means that students can apply to the CIOB for chartered member status on successful completion of the course. Where will it take me? Each element is a standalone qualification designed to further your career in the construction industry. You can complete each qualification in order or take just one element (provided you have met the entry requirements).

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Engineering, Construction and Science

BEng/BSc Honours

Extended Degree in Engineering If you’d like to study for a degree in engineering but don’t have the right qualifications, you can apply for this BEng/BSc Extended degree. It’s a one year introductory maths and engineering course preparing you to continue your degree at the University of Hertfordshire. What modules will I study? • Engineering studies and skills • Mathematics 1 • Engineering science • Computers and applications to engineering • Mathematics 2 • Mechanical science • Electrical science and electronics • Engineering project What will the course be like? Depending on your choice, you can take this course full time over four years, or five years with a work-placement, which includes integrated industrial training. In your initial year you’ll cover all the fundamental areas you need to work in the engineering industry, including materials and mechanical science, maths and statistics and electronics. This will provide you with the knowledge required to progress to the BEng or MEng qualification (dependent on your results). Why should I study here? This course provides you with an opportunity to build your understanding of engineering in a college environment enabling you to continue on your degree course. Initial year students have the added benefit of studying one day a week at the University of Hertfordshire’s engineering facilities. Where will it take me? When you’ve passed your initial year, you will be eligible to continue your studies on an engineering degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Many of our students take courses in aerospace engineering, automotive technology or engineering management.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2) usually including at least one science subject, a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths, English language and science (or equivalent). Study route Full time (4 years) Including a work placement (5 years) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • Also available at Barnet and Southgate College UCAS code: Depends on subject choice – check UCAS for details. Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Engineering, Construction and Science

BSc

Extended Degree in Science If you’d like to study for a degree in science but don’t have the right qualifications, you can apply for this BSc Extended degree. It’s a one year introductory science and maths course preparing you to continue your degree at the University of Hertfordshire. What modules will I study? • Introductory biology • Introductory chemistry • Introductory physics • Maths for science • Individual project • You will also have a range of optional modules to choose from related to your chosen degree specialism What will the course be like? You will gain a good grounding in science modules that will prepare you for progression to your chosen degree specialism at the University of Hertfordshire. You’ll be assessed through coursework, exams, presentations and practical assignments Why should I study here? You will have the opportunity to build the knowledge and understanding required to continue on your degree course. Many of our Extended degree students go on to graduate with very good degrees, leading to successful careers in their chosen specialism or postgraduate study. Where will it take me? When you’ve successfully completed this initial year you’ll be able to carry on with your degree studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Depending on your grades, you have the option of a number of science degrees, including astrophysics, geography, pharmaceutical science and physics, plus a range of subjects on the Joint Honours programme.

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and four subjects at GCSE Grade C or above including maths, English and science (or equivalent) We also consider applications from those returning to study or with equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. Study route Full time (4 years) Including a work placement (5 years) Location • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) UCAS code: Depends on subject choice– check UCAS for details. Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Engineering, Construction and Science

HNC/HND

Engineering/Civil Engineering/Engineering This part-time course is nationally recognised and designed to prepare you for a career in the demanding, yet rewarding, engineering industry. What modules will I study? HNC Modules • Analytical methods for engineers • Engineering science • Health, safety and risk assessment in engineering • Engineering design • Personal and professional development • Quality assurance and management • Project design • Implementation • Mechanical principles • Materials engineering • Management of projects • Advanced computer aided design HND Modules • Programme logic controllers • Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics • Research project • Further analytical methods for engineers • Managing people in engineering What will the course be like? You’ll study the course over two years. Lessons are held in wellequipped rooms using modern techniques to reflect the needs of this high-tech industry. Topics include both mechanical and electrical principles, as well as engineering design and materials science. Why should I study here? Oaklands College has a wealth of experience in Engineering training and currently works with some of the largest employers in the sector. This course is excellent preparation for a career within the construction and civil engineering industry.

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(Mechanical)

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE maths, English and science at Grade C (or equivalent). Study route Part time 2 years Location • Oaklands College Apply direct to Oaklands College Validated by Edexcel

Where will it take me? The course covers a broad range of topics, equipping you with the skills you’ll need to be a professional engineer. When you’ve finished the course you’ll have the option to work in a range of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, engineering design and materials science. Or you might want to continue your studies by applying to an engineering degree at the University of Hertfordshire.


Health and Social Care

HND/C

Health and Social Care This course is designed for anyone interested in a career in health and social care, including early years work. It will give you an excellent grounding in the principles of health and social care, including associated issues of communication, health and safety, sociology, safeguarding and psychology. What modules will I study? • Communicating in health and social care organisations • Principles of health and social care practice • Health and safety in the health and social care workplace • Personal and professional development in health and social care • Working in partnership in health and social care • The Sociological context of health and social care • Physiological principles of health and social care • Community development

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Part-time 2 years Location • West Herts College Validated by Edexcel

What will the course be like? It’s a practical course that combines work experience with classroom-based study. You’ll also gain a valuable insight into a variety of work settings to complement your studies. Why should I study here? At West Herts College, our higher education study groups are small and you are allocated a personal tutor from day one, which means that you have all the support and care you need to succeed. Our Watford campus is in the heart of the town centre and we have a new dedicated Higher Education Centre especially designed for our higher education students. Where will it take me? This is a standalone qualification which will prepare you for work in the health and social sector. If you’d like to continue your studies you could apply for an Honours degree in areas such as nursing, midwifery, social care and care management.

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Sports and Leisure

Foundation Degree

Sports Studies This course covers three main areas: sports managements, sports coaching, and fitness and sports development. It’s designed to prepare you for a new career in the industry or act as a stepping stone to a higher educational level. What modules will I study? • Study skills for higher education • Social aspects of sport and exercise • Physiology and movement analysis • Introduction to sports coaching • Sports marketing and event promotion • Sports industry management practical aspects of sports science • Fundamentals of sports development Second Year • Application of sports science support • Socio-cultural dynamics of sport and exercise • Work based learning • Sport, health and exercise issues • Applied research techniques for sports studies • Applied sports management • Developing sports coaching • Developing personal transferable skills What will the course be like? This course has a vocational focus. You'll have the opportunity to test the knowledge you gain in the classroom within a relevant organisation as part of your work based learning. Why should I study here? You’ll have access to outstanding facilities at your college and at the University. Coaching modules are taught at the state-of-the-art Hertfordshire Sports Village on the University’s de Havilland campus. Where will it take me? Our vocationally focused Foundation degree will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need for a career in the industry. When you've successfully finished you can either start employment straight away, or move onto the final year of a full Honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSEs English language, maths and single science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). An interest in sports and fitness. We also consider applications from those returning to study, with equivalent qualifications or with relevant work experience. Study route Full time 2 years Location • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code N) • Oaklands College (Campus code O) • West Herts College (Campus code W) UCAS code: C601 Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Sports and Leisure

HNC/HND

Sport (Recreation and Leisure) This course is ideal for anyone looking for an academic qualification with strong links to local employers. What modules will I study? HNC modules: • Applied sport coaching • Health promotion • Skill acquisition in sport • Managing sports development • The sport and leisure industry • Field based fitness testing in sport • Operating and managing sport and leisure facility • Physical activity and well being • Customer service HND modules: • Research project • Principles of sports coaching • Managing in the health and fitness industry • Work based experience • Event management in sport and leisure • Marketing principles • Analysis of performance • Sport and exercise psychology

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Part time 2 years - taught over three semesters Location • North Hertfordshire College Apply direct to North Hertfordshire College Validated by Edexcel

What will the course be like? There’s a strong emphasis on practical skills development. You’ll also develop your knowledge and understanding of elements crucial for entering the workplace. Why should I study here? You’ll enhance your understanding of the workplace and your employability through employer-led projects. You’ll also develop a range of practical and entrepreneurial skills as well as gaining the theoretical knowledge to support your work experience. Where will it take me? This course is an excellent preparation for work within the sport and leisure sector. If you prefer to continue your studies, you can apply for appropriate degree courses at a number of higher education institutions.

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Sports and Leisure

HNC/HND

Sport and Exercise Science This course is suitable for anyone looking for a career in the sports industry or health and fitness. It’s also perfect for mature students in employment who want to work towards an academic qualification. The course comprises two elements: a Higher National Certificate (HNC), followed by a Higher National Diploma (HND). What modules will I study? HNC modules: • sport and exercise psychology • Research methods, training and fitness • Physical activity • Lifestyle and wellbeing • Sports coaching • Injury prevention and treatment • Nutrition for sport and exercise • Sport and exercise massage HND modules: • Anatomy and physiology • Biomechanics and a research project. • Applied sport and exercise psychology • Sport and exercise rehabilitation • A work based project • Functional exercise physiology • Applied sports coaching What will the course be like? It covers all the necessary areas needed for a career in the industry or to move onto further education. It also provides more specialist routes into health promotion, coaching, sports therapy and sports teaching / lecturing. Where will it take me? The HNC/HND are standalone qualifications which prepare you for a career in the sports industry. If you’d like to continue your studies, you can progress onto an Honours degree at a number of universities.

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What are the entry requirements? HNC A Level 3 qualification (AS Levels, A2 Levels or BTEC) 120 UCAS points plus GCSE grade C or above in maths, English language and single science (or equivalent). We also consider applications from those returning to study, with equivalent qualifications or with relevant work experience. HND HNC in Sports and Exercise Sciences Study route: HNC one year part time HND one year part time Location • Oaklands College Apply directly to Oaklands College Validated by Edexcel


Animal Management

Foundation Degree

Animal Management If you’re interested in a career managing or caring for animals, this is the course for you. It will equip you with the advanced specialist knowledge and skills valued by employers within the industry. What modules will I study? • Work based learning: maximising potential • Animal husbandry • Anatomy and physiology • Animal nutrition • Work based learning: career planning • Animal health • Introduction to business practice • Applied physiology Second Year • Legislation in the animal industry • Managing specific animal establishments • Investigative methods • Introduction to the scientific basis of animal behaviour • Farm animal production • Wildlife conservation in the UK • Work based learning project

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in science, maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Full-time 2 years Part time 2 years – taught over 3 semesters Location • Oaklands College (Campus code O) UCAS code: D300 Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

What will the course be like? You’ll be examining the science behind a wide range of aspects of the industry, as well as developing your vocational skills and knowledge. Why should I study here? We have very strong links with potential employers, who provide a large proportion of your work-based learning, giving you a distinct advantage when you’re starting your career. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification, so when you’ve completed it you’ll be well prepared for a career in the industry. Many of our past students have taken jobs in animal charity organisations, animal boarding establishments, local authority or government agencies and animal collections. If you’d like to continue your studies, you’ll be able to apply for Honours degrees in the same sector.

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Equine Performance and Management

Foundation Degree

Equine Performance and Management This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in and passionate about working with horses. What modules will I study? • Work based learning: maximising potential • Anatomy and physiology • Animal nutrition • Work based learning: career planning • Introduction to business practice • The equine industry • Applied equitation and sports coaching • Equitation theory and sports coaching Second Year • Investigative methods • Equine health and treatment • Human and equine psychology • Work based learning project • Advanced competition equitation and facilities management • Competition equitation and facilities management • Competition equitation theory and facilities management What will the course be like? Throughout the course you’ll build your skills and knowledge, gaining a good understanding of the industry. This will equip you to move into your chosen career or increase your options with your current employer. Why should I study here? One of the course’s key benefits is a work-based learning project with a local business, which gives you a great opportunity to develop your skills in a practical setting. Where will it take me? This Foundation degree is a standalone qualification, and will fully prepare you for a broad range of roles within the industry. When you’ve completed the course, you can choose to progress onto an Honours degree, or go straight into employment.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in in science, maths and English language (or equivalent). You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate a riding ability equivalent to the British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 2 riding standard. Study route Full-time 2 years Part time 2 years – taught over 3 semesters Location • Oaklands College (Campus code O) UCAS code: D422 Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Get in touch

Get in touch...

Terms and Conditions (i)

Hertford Regional College tel: 01992 411411 info@hrc.ac.uk www.hrc.ac.uk

North Hertfordshire College tel: 01462 424242 enquiries@nhc.ac.uk www.nhc.ac.uk

Oaklands College tel: 01727 737000 advice.centre@oaklands.ac.uk www.oaklands.ac.uk

West Herts College tel: 01923 812345 admissions@westherts.ac.uk www.westherts.ac.uk

(ii) The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses in accordance with the descriptions set out in this prospectus. However, the University does not provide education to UK students on a commercial basis. It is also very largely dependent upon charitable and public funds, which the University has to manage in a way which is efficient and costeffective, in the context of the provision of a diverse range of courses to a large number of students. The University, therefore: (a) reserves the right to make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of courses, to discontinue courses and to merge or combine courses if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University (see statement below: ‘Changes to Schemes of Study’). If the University discontinues any course it will use its reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative course; (b) cannot accept responsibility and expressly excludes liability for damage to students’ personal property, for transfer of computer viruses to students’ equipment and for the consequences of any breach of contract by individual students; (c) cannot accept any liability for any circumstances beyond its reasonable control including, without limitation, any strike, lock-out or other industrial action. Changes to Schemes of Study The information given in this prospectus is believed correct at the time of going to press, but the University reserves the right, at its discretion, at any time and for any reason, to make changes to the services offered by the University and set out in this prospectus without prior notice including, but not limited to, the following: •

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All students will be required as a condition of enrolment to abide by, and to submit to the procedures of, the University’s disciplinary rules and regulations, as amended from time to time. A copy of the current disciplinary rules and regulations is available, on request, from the University.

not to offer a scheme of study which fails to recruit the minimum number required by regulation; or to make changes to syllabuses and courses for reasons including meeting technological or academic developments or employers’ requirements particularly in specialist options in the final year; or not to offer options, specialisms or elective courses within a scheme of study, where there is insufficient student demand.

Provision of Services and Campus Locations The campus locations and faculty structures for different study areas given throughout this prospectus are believed correct at the time of going to press. However, during a period of expansion and change or for administrative reasons, it may be necessary to review policies or in a small minority of cases relocate particular activities; students affected by any such change will be notified by the University as soon as is possible in advance.You are advised to contact the University if you need clarification of particular issues. Contractual Liability This prospectus describes the courses offered by the University of Hertfordshire. Should you become a student of this institution you will receive further documents describing the teaching, examination, assessment and other educational services (‘the educational services’) offered by the University. The University of Hertfordshire undertakes to use its reasonable endeavours to provide the educational services in the manner set out in this prospectus and in those further documents. It does not, however, guarantee the provision of such services and as mentioned above changes to the services may be made at any time without prior notice. Should you become a student at the University of Hertfordshire this notice shall constitute a term of any contract between you and the University. Any offer of a place made to you by the University of Hertfordshire is made on the basis that in accepting such an offer you thereby give your consent to the incorporation of this notice as a term of any such contract.

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Open Days

Open Days Oaklands College Alban Park Thursday 15th November 2012, 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday 13th February 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Thursday 25th April 2013, 5.30am-8pm St Albans Campus Wednesday 14th November 2012, 5.30pm-8pm Tuesday 12th February 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday 24th April 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Welwyn Garden City Tuesday 13th November 2012, 5.30pm-8pm Thursday 14th February 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 5.30pm-8pm

North Hertfordshire College Hitchin and Letchworth Campuses Wednesday 10th October 2012, 4-8pm Thursday 7th February 2013, 4-8pm Saturday 18th May 2013, 10-1pm

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Hertford Regional College Broxbourne and Ware Campuses Wednesday 14th November 2012, 5.30pm-8.30pm Saturday 9th February 2013, 10am-3pm Monday 25th March 2013, 5.30pm-8.30pm Thursday 9th May 2013, 5.30pm-8.30pm

West Herts College Dacorum Campus Wednesday 7 November 2012, 6pm-8pm Wednesday 27 February 2013, 6pm-8pm Kings Langley Campus Saturday 10 November 2012, 9.30am-12.30pm Saturday 2 March 2013, 9.30am-12.30pm Watford Campus Saturday 17 November 2012, 9.30am-2.30pm Saturday 9 March 2013, 9.30am-2.30pm All Campuses Saturday 29 June 2013, 10am-1.30pm

University of Hertfordshire Saturday 13 October 2012, 9.30am-3pm Sunday 14 October 2012, 9.30am-3pm Saturday 16 March 2013, 9.30am-3pm Saturday 8 June 2013, 9.30am-3pm


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University of Hertfordshire

• Watford Campus

West Herts College

• Welwyn Garden City Campus

• St Albans Campus

• Alban Park

Oaklands College

• Stevenage Campus

• Letchworth Garden City Campus

• Hitchin Campus

• Centre for the Arts (Hitchin) Campus

North Hertfordshire College

• Ware Campus

• Broxbourne Campus

Hertford Regional College

Colleges and Campuses

College locations...

Hemel Hempstead

University of Hertfordshire Campus


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Business

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The best place for me

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Computing Technologies

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The best place for business

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Creative Arts

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All about our colleges

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Education

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The University of Hertfordshire

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Engineering, Construction and Science

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Your kind of courses

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Health and Social Care

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Your student experience

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Sports and Leisure

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Outstanding learning resources

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Animal Management

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Supporting you every step of the way

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Equine Performance and Management

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Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

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Get in touch

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Open days

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College locations

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The best place for me

Whatever’s best for you...

Whatever you need…

Throughout our colleges you’ll find great courses, top-quality teaching and fantastic facilities, not to mention a friendly student community and staff who’ll support you all the way.

We offer a range of full- and part-time study options, so you can balance learning with work or family commitments. Classes are small, so you get plenty of support and your personal tutor will make sure you get all the advice you need on everything from coursework to careers.

Whatever your starting point… Our students are all ages, from all walks of life, with all sorts of experience and qualifications: • If you’ve just done your A levels or BTEC National and you’d like to study more without moving away from home. • If it’s been years since you finished your education and you missed out the first time round. • Perhaps your employer wants to help you boost your skills. • Or maybe you’d like to build on your experience with a university qualification. Wherever you’re starting from, we’ve got a course that will take you where you want to go.

Whatever your goals… • Training for a particular career? • Working your way towards a promotion? • Looking for a completely new direction? Whatever brings you to us, we’ll help you achieve your goals. Our stimulating mix of specialist technical, commercial and creative courses equal those anywhere in the UK, making it easier to build a great education into a busy life and lay firm foundations for a rewarding career.

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And if you have any disabilities or special requirements, let us know, so we can support you throughout your learning.

Wherever you live… If you live in Hertfordshire, you live near us. With colleges across the region, you can live at home while you learn, saving money and making life easier. As one of our students says:

‘It was a real advantage to be able to study at a college close to home but still be a university student – I’d never have been able to afford a university qualification otherwise.’


The best place for business

Develop your people and boost your business If you’re an employer, the Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium offers you a cost-effective way to improve performance. Our industry-focused courses help your people develop the skills they need to make your organisation stronger.

If you’re a business looking for new recruits… Every course available through the Consortium has been designed with employment in mind. We work closely with companies and organisations locally to find out what they need from their people, where local skills gaps lie and what could help them be more competitive. These insights are built into what we teach so you can be confident our graduates are ready for the world of work and will apply their skills immediately.

If you’re training your team… Finding the right training for your people not only helps develop valued staff into new roles but is also great for retention. We’ll help you identify the best courses for individual employees or even whole teams, and advise on balancing their learning with time at work. We’re also happy to design a programme based entirely around the needs of your organisation, like our excellent Foundation degrees. Respected qualifications that work hard for you, they’re both academically rigorous and highly work focused.

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All about our colleges

As a Consortium student, you’ll be able to choose from four local colleges, each offering an exciting range of courses.

Hertford Regional College Hertford Regional College has two campuses: Ware Campus Scotts Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9JF Broxbourne Campus Turnford, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 6AE tel +44 (0)1992 411411 fax +44 (0)1992 411650 info@hrc.ac.uk www.hrc.ac.uk Major redevelopments at both campuses means you can enjoy fantastic new facilities, including: • one of the fastest computer intranet systems in any European educational establishment. • Apple Mac suites.

We offer higher education courses in many areas including:

• business and computer suites.

• business

• gym, sports hall and fitness testing centre.

• computing technologies

• 18-seat air cabin, together with a simulated check-in and security area.

• fine art

• hairdressing and beauty salons.

• visual merchandising

• motor vehicle and engineering workshop equipped to main-dealer standards.

• childcare and early years

• training restaurant. The campuses are six miles apart on the A10 and are easily accessible by road, bus and rail. They’re also close to vibrant and historic towns such as Hertford, Ware, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross. We are within twenty-five miles of London and the Broxbourne Campus is a few miles from junction 25 of the M25.

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Professional, independent careers advice is available at both campuses, and we maintain excellent partnerships with local employers and industry.

• design

• engineering Our supportive and experienced teaching staff can help you get the qualifications you need to support your career and future aspirations. If you’re returning to study and don’t have the formal entry qualifications, don’t worry, we offer a number of Access courses to help you.


All about our colleges

North Hertfordshire College FREEPOST (SG 145) Hitchin Hertfordshire SG4 0JD tel +44 (0)1462 424242 enquiries@nhc.ac.uk www.nhc.ac.uk

North Hertfordshire College offers quality education, training and recreation to meet the needs of the community. We have five major campuses based in Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City and Stevenage, with excellent road and rail links with the University of Hertfordshire and the rest of the county. Each campus is just a thirty-minute train journey from London King's Cross and close to the A1(M). Our Stevenage Campus provides a modern, bright and airy venue at which you can study a range of programmes. It houses highly equipped labs, including the latest gas chromatograph equipment. Our Letchworth Campus offers state-of-the art provision for management and professional courses, whilst the major redevelopment programme being undertaken at our Hitchin Campus will produce an additional dynamic and exciting learning environment. Hitchin already houses a bespoke higher education learning centre and The Salon, our recently opened commercial hair and beauty facility. Our Centre for the Arts offers laser cutting and design technologies for fashion and textiles.

We offer a range of higher education courses including: • business

• computing technologies

• sports studies

• science

• fashion and textiles

• early years

We also have close links with industry and commerce, making our courses relevant to employers’ needs. Access to Higher Education and Extended degree programmes are also available if you haven’t got the usual formal entry requirements for university study, or are returning to study. We are also developing a number of part-time HND courses to suit the needs of employed or returning students. Throughout your time with us you’ll be encouraged to develop to your full potential, both as an individual and in your chosen area of study. On all courses, you’ll be supported to achieve your career goal by a caring and experienced tutorial and pastoral care team and have access to a great range of cultural, recreational and support facilities.

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All about our colleges

Oaklands College Advice Centre St Albans Campus Hatfield Road, St Albans Hertfordshire AL4 0JA tel +44 (0)1727 737000 fax +44 (0)1727 899515 advice.centre@oaklands.ac.uk www.oaklands.ac.uk With three campuses across St Albans and Welwyn Garden City, and a further training provision in Borehamwood, Oaklands College is one of the biggest further education colleges in the country. Our higher education courses have been developed to meet the needs of local students and give industry and commerce highly trained employees with valuable skills. Studying with us means you’ll benefit from our outstanding facilities, with a fully supportive system of tutorial and pastoral care. You’ll receive excellent teaching delivered by a dedicated and experienced team from a wide range of professional backgrounds. We offer a range of Foundation degrees and are particularly well known in the area of land-based industries. Subjects include: • animal management • equine performance and management • business • business and information systems • engineering

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• media production • sports • early years • construction management If you want to build on existing qualifications, or your experience at work, we also offer many different routes to a Higher National Certificate or Diploma. We have particular specialisms in Engineering (Mechanical) and Civil Engineering Studies, in Sport and Exercise Science plus Music at HNC/HND level. If you haven’t got the grades you need to go straight to university, we offer Extended degrees in engineering. Once you successfully complete this initial year, you'll be able to move on to complete your honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Also, if you’re returning to study and don’t have the formal entry qualifications, we offer Access courses in humanities and social science, and the health professions.


All about our colleges

West Herts College Watford Campus Hempstead Road Watford Hertfordshire WD17 3EZ tel +44 (0)1923 812345 fax (0)1923 812556 admissions@westherts.ac.uk www.westherts.ac.uk

At West Herts College higher education is all about creative thinking, applying academic expertise to real life situations. As an Outstanding (Ofsted 2010) college we offer great teaching, first-rate facilities, and a network of local employers looking to help you get your first job or the skills you need to progress at university. Our new campus in Watford offers state-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities to give you the practical skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. These include:

they work hard to make sure your college experience is exciting and rewarding, allowing you to achieve your full potential in the widest sense. You’ll enjoy the benefits of a personal tutor and a variety of support services, helping you make the most of your time with us. Our close links with employers and industry shape our teaching and provide a head start for you as you enter your chosen profession.

• specialist photographic studios

We have a long-standing, well-respected portfolio of higher education courses with a wide range of Foundation degrees in vocational areas such as:

• art and design workshops

• business

• computing technologies

• on-site gym

• sports

• creative arts

• hair and beauty salons

• early years

• Mac and IT suites

We also offer an HNC/HND in Health and Social Care

• media and TV studios with the latest equipment

We welcome applications from students who may have completed their education some years ago. Our Access courses are especially designed to help you return to the world of learning, building the skills and confidence you need to succeed.

• 120-seat performance theatre

• WiFi across the campus with laptops and computers in every room Our highly qualified staff have a wealth of teaching, commercial and professional experience. Together,

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Introducing the university

University of Hertfordshire University Admissions Service Hatfield Hertfordshire AL10 9AB tel +44 (0)1707 284800 Fax: +44 (0)1707 284870 ask@herts.ac.uk www.herts.ac.uk

The University of Hertfordshire is a lively, diverse community of over 27,500 students from all over the world, united by their ambition, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. We are proud to be a new kind of university, recognised not only for our excellent teaching and research, but also for making employability the focus of everything we do. As a result, students enjoy a creative, entrepreneurial environment, enhanced by close links with business and professions, which create exciting placement opportunities for our students. Offering a flexible approach to learning, the University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and research opportunities in a wide range of subjects, from art, design and humanities to business, health, engineering and computing. We’re based on two campuses in Hatfield each equipped with first-class student facilities, including state-of-the-art, 24/7 Learning Resources Centres and an extensive sports centre. There’s also the Forum,

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one of the county’s top entertainment venues. It’s home to an impressive 1,500-capacity auditorium, a stylish bar, restaurant and a coffee bar with free WiFi. As a Consortium student, you’ll have access to the campuses’ facilities and resources – and of course you’ll have the option of progressing to the University itself once you successfully complete your course.

‘Taking a Foundation degree really opened the door for me into higher education. It seemed the natural choice to go on to the University of Hertfordshire and get my Honours degree.’


Your kind of courses

Your kind of courses Whatever you’d like to study, at whatever level, we’ve got lots of exciting courses that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. And if you don’t know your Foundation degree from your HND, don’t worry. We’ll explain all…

Foundation degrees

a legal executive, marketing consultant or human resource officer. During your course, you’ll develop a range of practical skills alongside your subject knowledge, like teamwork, communication, problem solving, maths and IT – essential for work and future study. Flexible study methods mean that if you’re already working you can fit your studies around other commitments.

A Foundation degree is a nationally recognised qualification, studied over two years full-time or on day release from your employer. They’re qualifications in their own right, but can also be progressed to a full BA or BSc Honours degree by studying for just one more year at the University of Hertfordshire.

We’ve developed our Foundation degrees by working closely with local industry and professional bodies, such as North Hertfordshire Homes, B3 Living and DataLogic ADC UK (Redbourn). That means our courses take account of the needs of the job market, opening up real employment opportunities.

If you’re unsure whether working or studying will be better for your career prospects, Foundation degrees are ideal. They’re very career-focused, combining study with large elements of work-based learning to prepare you for a range of occupations. They’re particularly valuable if you’re hoping to become a higher level technician or an associate professional like

Employers can also send their staff on our Foundation degrees to help them develop their skills. Alternatively, we can create tailored courses based on specific company needs. Find out more about Foundation degrees at fd.ucas.com.


Your kind of courses

How do Foundation degrees fit with other qualifications? Extended degrees If you want to study for a degree but don’t have the right qualifications (A levels, BTEC Diplomas or equivalent), or your grades aren’t as good as you hoped, an Extended degree could be just what you’re looking for.

Higher National Diploma/Certificate These nationally recognised qualifications are normally in employment-related areas, like business or IT. You can achieve an HNC in one year’s full-time study and an HND in two. Both can also be studied parttime over a longer period. Once you’ve finished, you could progress to the second year of an Honours degree, or – if your results are exceptionally good – the final year.

Awarding bodies

You’ll spend an initial year at one of our colleges, gaining skills like communications, IT, literacy and numeracy, as well as studying modules relevant to your planned degree. When you pass your initial year, you will continue on a relevant degree course at the University of Hertfordshire.

All our Foundation and Extended degrees are validated and awarded by the University of Hertfordshire. Higher National Diplomas and Certificates are awarded by Edexcel.

You can study a variety of Honours degrees as well as subjects within the Joint Honours programme (choosing more than one subject). There’s a great range of degrees to choose from, including:

The courses and facilities at our colleges – and at the University – are of a very high standard. We’ve been independently assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), so you can rely on the quality of everything we offer. To read the QAA’s reports, visit www.qaa.ac.uk.

• aerospace and automotive engineering • business • biology (including biochemistry, biotechnology, human physiology, microbiology, molecular biology and pharmacology) • electrical and electronic engineering • environmental management • geography

Guaranteed quality

CPD Professional qualification

Honours Degree

Postgraduate Degrees

Yr 3 Yr 2 Yr 1

Foundation Degrees

• maths • pharmaceutical science

Level 3

NVQ3

Advanced Apprenticeship

Advanced Diploma

A-level

• psychology

Level 2

NVQ2

Apprenticeship

Intermediate Diploma

GCSE

NVQ1

Young Apprenticeship

Foundation Diploma

pre-GCSE

• physics and astrophysics • sports studies Extended degree students often graduate with excellent degrees, leading to successful careers or postgraduate study.

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Level 1


Your Student Experience

An exciting and rewarding student experience Student life’s not all study, study, study… it’s also a great time to make new friends, try new activities, discover new interests and have some fun.

It’s all happening at the Students’ Centre You’ll find lots of entertainment and plenty of events at every college. You can also join all sorts of societies based on hobbies, interests and activities – from rock climbing to volunteering in the community. As a Consortium student – and therefore a University of Hertfordshire student – you’ll also be able to use the University Students’ Union at its stateof-the-art entertainment complex, The Forum. Find out more at www.forumhertfordshire.co.uk.

the Sports Village. It was even included in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. Facilities include: • 110-station health-and-fitness centre with the latest equipment. • 25 m 8-lane indoor pool, built to national short-course competition standards. • 12-court sports hall with sprung wooden floor for badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball and indoor football. • 12 m high climbing wall. • 4-net purpose-built indoor cricket hall. • 3 grass football pitches and a rugby pitch. • 2 floodlit third generation artificial pitches for football and rugby. • a floodlit sand-dressed artificial turf pitch for hockey. • 2 hard courts for tennis, netball or 5-a-side football.

Welcome to NUS When you become a student, you’ll get an NUS (National Union of Students) card. NUS looks after the interests of students across the country, and membership also gives you great discounts and perks: from money off high-street stores to cheaper cinema tickets.

All sorts of sports As a Consortium student you can take part in sports clubs and use some pretty amazing facilities. There’s everything from football to archery, so whether you’re a complete beginner or a budding pro, here are the highlights. You’ll find the Hertfordshire Sports Village (www.student.hertssportsvillage.co.uk) on the University's de Havilland Campus. It’s got some of the best university sports facilities in the country and it’s open to everyone. It comes highly recommended too – Saracens Rugby Club, Arsenal Ladies FC, Badminton England and England Netball all train at

• 2 squash courts. • a physiotherapy and sports injury clinic. At Hertford Regional College, the Broxbourne Campus has a full-sized sports hall for basketball, football, badminton, netball and aerobics, plus a fully equipped gym with cardio and resistance training machines. There’s also easy access to Wodson Park Sports Complex from the Ware Campus. The Hitchin Sports Complex at North Hertfordshire College has a multipurpose sports hall, squash court, fitness suite and floodlit all-weather pitch. Plus, you can use some facilities at Stevenage Leisure Centre during the day for a discounted rate. West Herts College’s ‘street’ has a fully equipped gym that students can use and a health and beauty spa open to the public. It’s next door to Watford Leisure Centre where you can use modern facilities at a discounted rate.

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Outstanding learning resources

Outstanding learning resources Whichever college you’re at, you’ll have a whole range of high-quality facilities at your fingertips, helping you get the most out of your studies and achieve your goals.

At your college… You’ll find all the resources you need for your course, like technology workshops, laboratories, IT suites, photographic studios and dark rooms, art and craft rooms, and dance and drama studios. You’ll also have great library and computing facilities, including:

At the University… Hertfordshire is one of the best universities in the UK for using networked electronic systems to support learning. As a Consortium student, you can use the virtual learning environment, StudyNet, to access lecture notes, course materials, online discussions and opportunities for group work. Try it for yourself at go.herts.ac.uk/studynetdemo. Our state-of-the-art Learning Resources Centres (LRC) are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week during term time. There are 1,600 study places and 800 computer workstations in the College Lane Campus LRC and 1,000 study places with computer workstations in the de Havilland Campus LRC.

• open-access computer workstations. • a full range of software plus internet access • a powerful online library and resources management system, so you can access books, journals and electronic resources at all four colleges and the university. • access to online databases and journals. • expert staff to help you find everything you need. • support and facilities for presenting your coursework.

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‘Both the college and the University supported me throughout my course with outstanding learning resources and dedicated teaching staff.’ Julie Foster, Extended degree graduate.


Supporting you every step of the way

Supporting you every step of the way As a student you’ll be treated as a mature individual responsible for your own learning, but you’ll also be part of a very supportive community, where help and advice are always at hand…

Personal tutors Whichever college you choose, you’ll have a personal tutor who’ll help you settle in, explain what’s expected of you, monitor your progress and help you get the support you need to achieve your goals.

Careers advice When it comes to making decisions about your future, you’ll be able to talk to experienced staff on your campus and at the University, as well as using library and computer resources.

Childcare Some of the colleges can help you arrange childcare or even contribute to the cost. Talk to your college as early as possible to explore the options and book your child’s place.

Disabled students We’re committed to making sure disabled students get the most out of student life, and each college has a member of staff who’s responsible for supporting you. Talk to us as soon as possible so we can meet any special requirements you might have. If you’re a UK student, we strongly recommend you find out if you’re eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. For more information, visit www.direct.gov.uk/disabledpeople, www.skill.org.uk and go.herts.ac.uk/equality.

Counselling and welfare If you need to talk, we’re here to listen. If you’re worried about studies, finances, relationships or other personal matters, you can meet with our experienced counsellors or welfare officers in complete confidence.

Accommodation If you live nearby, you’ve got the huge benefit of having high quality courses right on your doorstep, so you can save money by living at home. But, if you’re new to the area or want a place of your own, each college can give you information and advice on finding local accommodation. The colleges don’t have halls of residence, but your college will be able to put you in touch with local estate agents and support you in your search. While studying at the colleges, you won’t be able to apply for accommodation at the University of Hertfordshire.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements The entry requirements in this prospectus are usually in UCAS tariff points, which means you’ll need a certain number of points for a place on your course. UCAS Tariff GCE/VCE Qualifications GCE AS/ AS VCE

GCE A Level/ AVCE

Advanced Diploma AVCE Double Award

Progression Advanced Diploma Diploma

BTEC Nationals Award

Certificate

Diploma

Diploma in Points Foundation Studies (Art & Design)

A

420 DDD

A*

360

B

350 DDM

320

A

300 Distinction C

DMM

280

B

250 DD

AA

MMM

240 Merit

210

D C

DM

200

MMP

180

BC

Pass MM

CC

MPP

A

CD

A

DD

B

DE

C

EE

16

160

140

E D

MP

M

PP

PPP

120 100

E

80 60

D

50

B C

165

150

D A*

225 220

AB

BB

285

E

P

40

D

30

E

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Entry requirements

How does the UCAS tariff work?

Returning to education?

When prospective students come to us, they have a huge variety of existing qualifications. The tariff system establishes equivalences between different qualifications, allowing us to make fair comparisons between applicants.

Lots of our students are returning to study after a break and we’re very supportive of that decision. We welcome applicants who might have finished secondary school some years ago and have since gained life and work experiences relevant to their course.

How does it help me? The tariff makes it easy to see whether you’ve got the right qualifications to join one of our courses. It also allows us to keep our entry requirements flexible, so we can welcome people from all sorts of educational backgrounds.

How do I work out my points total? Find all of your qualifications in the table opposite and add up your points scores. We count all qualifications within the tariff towards your points total. If you can’t see yours in the table, there’s a more extensive list at www.ucas.com.

If you’ve already studied at college or university, or you’ve got equivalent work experience, we may be able to award you credit for what you’ve done. As a result, you may be exempt from some elements of your course. Please talk to the University or your preferred college.

Minor changes This prospectus was printed in 2012. The published tariff was correct at the time of printing, however tariffs may be subject to minor changes for some courses. For the latest information, visit go.herts.ac.uk/consortium.

Just remember you can’t double count the same or similar qualifications. For example, you can't count points for both an A level and an AS level (or a Scottish Advanced Higher and a Higher) in the same subject.

What if my qualification isn’t in the tariff? The tariff includes a very wide range of qualifications. However, if you can’t see your qualification in our table or in the bigger list at www.ucas.com, don’t worry. We also welcome people with equivalent Level 3 qualifications which haven’t yet been incorporated into the tariff, like Access courses. Just contact your college for further advice.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding Tuition fees As a full-time UK or EU student at one of the Consortium colleges, you don’t have to pay fees upfront. Instead, you’ll be able to apply for a tuition fee loan, which you’ll only start paying back once you've finished your studies and are earning at least £21,000* a year. To find out more, visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance. For the 2013-14 academic year, the fee for each full-time undergraduate course at a Consortium college is £5,000 a year. This may change in subsequent years. For more information about fees, including for part-time students visit www.herts.ac.uk/fees. If you choose to progress to an honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire, after your Foundation degree, your fees for that year will be in line with the current University fee for your course.

Living-cost grants All new full-time UK higher education students can apply for a maintenance grant of up to £3,250* per year, which you won’t need to pay back. Your eligibility for the grant and the actual amount you receive will depend on your household’s annual income. If it’s around £25,000 or less, you’re likely to get a full grant. If it’s more, you may be eligible for a partial grant. However much you receive, it will be paid directly to you in three instalments, one at the start of each term. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance.

*figures correct at time of publication

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Living-cost loans As well as the loan to cover your tuition fees, full-time UK undergraduates can also get help to support living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on your circumstances. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/educationandlearning.

Other forms of financial support If you need any more advice or information on funding, you can talk to the University student services team in complete confidence. They’ll be able to tell you about any additional sources of support, like hardship funds and benefits. If you think you might need a student loan to help with your tuition fees or living costs, make sure you apply to Student Finance England well ahead of the start of your course. Check out www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance for all the information.


Fees and funding

How to apply

Direct to your college…

Once you’ve decided on the course for you, it’s time to apply. We’re here to make it as easy as possible, so if you need any help, just talk to your preferred college.

If you’d like to study with us part-time, please get in touch with your preferred college. Applications must be made on the standard university application form for part-time courses at go.herts.ac.uk/apply.

Through UCAS…

Contacting the university

If you’d like to start a full-time Foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Extended degree, you’ll need to apply through UCAS.

+44 (0) 1707 284800 Lines are open (UK time) 07:00 - 22:00 Mondays to Friday 09:00 - 16:00 Saturday and Sunday

Visit www.ucas.com, click on ‘apply’ and follow the instructions. If you haven’t got internet access at home, school or college, your local library or Online Centre may be able to help. To find your nearest centre, call 0800 77 1234. You can also call UCAS on 0871 4680468. Applications are normally made between 1 September and 15 January, including applications to art and design courses. Applications can also be made right up to 30 June, however some courses may close after the 15 January deadline. Use the UCAS code and institution code listed for your chosen course (given in each course description). When the course is offered at more than one college, make sure you also put the campus code for your preferred college on your application form: Hertford Regional College: Campus Code H North Hertfordshire College: Campus Code N Oaklands College: Campus Code O West Herts College: Campus Code W

Contacting UCAS UCAS Rosehill New Barn Lane Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ www.ucas.ac.uk +44 (0)871 4680468

Equal opportunities The University of Hertfordshire and all Consortium colleges are committed to equal opportunities. Your chosen college can give you more information on its policies.

‘I am really glad I chose to study at Foundation degree level. I feel better equipped with a sound understanding of what the Visual Merchandising industry is about and feel confident to progress on to study a BA Hons within this field’ Lucy Rajkumar, Foundation degree in Visual Merchandising

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Business

Foundation Degree

Business This two-year course will equip you with all the skills you need to become a business leader of tomorrow. All business students study a common year before choosing to continue on a general business course or going on to specialise in their second year. You’ll study all the fundamentals of business within organisations, along with core functions including marketing, accounting, law and human resource management. What modules will I study? • Developing professional and employability skills • Understanding and promoting a business • Finance and accounting for business • Managing people • Business applications • Business law Second year • Organisational behaviour • E-business • Marketing planning • A project in your chosen area • Two option modules as detailed on the following pages What will the course be like? To complement your studies, you’ll have the chance to take part in a work-based learning project. This helps to bring your ideas to life, at the same time giving you invaluable work experience and practical knowledge of the world of business. Why should I study here? We have a great track record: two of our recent Foundation degree graduates started their own successful businesses. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification that allows you to enter the world of work. Past students have specialised in an academic or professional career, or taken jobs in finance, law, IT and other areas. If you’d like to continue your studies, the majority of our students progress to the second or final year at the University of Hertfordshire to achieve a BA(Hons).

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, maths and English language GCSE at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Study route Full time 2 years Part time 2-3 years Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire Over the following pages, we’ve outlined the subjects you can choose to specialise in for your Second Year. All the entry requirements, study information and details of where the course can take you are the same as the Foundation degree in Business.


Business

Foundation Degree Business with Accounting If you have a keen interest in finance and how it applies to the world of business you can choose to specialise in these subjects in your second year. It will equip you with the basic skills in business and accounting that you need to start a career in this fascinating area. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Financial accounting • Management accounting What will the course be like? Through a series of projects and case studies, you’ll learn about the role of company accounting and finance, and how you can practically apply this knowledge in the world of work. You’ll also gain an excellent grounding in general business practices

UCAS code: N1N3 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

Foundation Degree Business with Human Resource Management If you’re interested in a career in HR, this two-year course is the perfect choice, as it will give you a good general understanding of business organisations and their main processes. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Recruitment, selection and induction • Performance management and employee involvement What will the course be like? You will acquire an excellent grounding in general business practices before going on to look in more detail at the human resources function within business organisations.

UCAS code: N1N6 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

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Business

Foundation Degree Business with Information Systems If you want to pursue a career in business, this course is the perfect starting place. It will equip you with the skills you need in your chosen career, giving you a good understanding of core business and information systems functions. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Systems analysis and design • Information management What will the course be like? This course will provide an excellent grounding in general business practices before allowing you to go on to study information systems within business organisations in more detail.

UCAS code: N1N3 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

Foundation Degree Business with Law This two-year course offers a great opportunity for you to develop both general and specific business skills. You’ll specialise in business law, with in-depth learning on contract law and employment law. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Applied contract law • Employment law What will the course be like? Your learning will be delivered through projects and case studies, and you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in work-based learning with local and national employers. The cases you work on will be supported by examples from the courtroom, and you’ll also learn practical applications of the law, such as how to bring a case to an employment tribunal. During the course you'll also develop necessary skills that are highly sought after by employers.

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UCAS code: N1MC Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W)


Business

Foundation Degree Business with Marketing This Foundation degree is designed for anyone with an interest in the way businesses promote themselves. The two-year course will give you a general understanding of business organisations and their main processes, with an emphasis on marketing. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 20 plus: • Marketing in practice • Relationship marketing What will the course be like? This course covers a range of modules, including core business functions. In your Second Year you’ll take a work-based marketingfocused learning project with a local employer, giving you a great opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a practical environment.

UCAS code: N1N5 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

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Computing Technologies

Foundation Degree

Computing Technologies This Foundation degree gives you an excellent grounding in computing, offering a good insight into different programming techniques and an understanding of databases and networks in a business environment. You will gain knowledge of general computing techniques in your first year before going on to specialise in your chosen area in your second year. What modules will I study? • Developing professional and employability skills • Understanding programming • Further programming • Computer systems architecture • Understanding databases and data analysis • Computer networks and introduction to wireless • Systems analysis Second Year • Advanced programming and paradigms • Web based systems and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) • Computing in business • Web applications and mobile technologies • Work based learning project • Plus two modules from your specialism What will the course be like? When you’ve completed your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in media systems, networks or software development in your second year. You’ll also be developing your professional and employability skills. Why should I study here? This qualification will prepare you for the world of work. Your work-based learning module will give you invaluable experience and develop your understanding of how computing technologies impact an organisation. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification. From here, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire or move straight into employment in your specialist area – some examples of potential career paths are listed under the various specialisms on the next page.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE maths and English language (or equivalent) at Grade C or above. Study route Full time 2 years Part time 2-3 years Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire Over the following pages, we’ve outlined the subjects you can choose to specialise in for your second year.


Computing Technologies

Foundation Degree

Computing Technologies (Media Systems) You’ll gain a basic understanding of the issues that arise when working with digital multimedia on this pathway, as well as studying the historical development of games, educational products and e-commerce.You’ll also learn how to plan a multimedia project as well as studying aspects of creating and packaging an entertainment product for market. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 24 plus: • Entertainment systems (1) • Entertainment systems (2) Where will it take me? When you’ve finished your Foundation degree you’ll be able to take up employment in a wide range of roles in the entertainment and multimedia industries, including animator, game designer, interactive writer, video producer and web developer. Alternatively, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

UCAS code: I 150 Computing Technologies (Media Systems) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

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Computing Technologies

Foundation Degree Computing Technologies (Networks) If you choose this exciting pathway, you’ll complete modules that give you an in-depth insight into the nature of computer networks, as well as experience of the practical application of networks and how they are used within organisations. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 24 plus: • Advanced networking (1) • Advanced networking (2) Where will it take me? When you’ve completed this Foundation degree, you’ll be able to take up a wide range of roles, including network technician, network administrator, wireless specialist and network security engineer. Alternatively, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

UCAS code: I 120 Computing Technologies (Networks) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)

Foundation Degree Computing Technologies (Software Development) This course will give you a practical grounding in emerging software development technologies.You will develop your understanding, culminating in a practical project where you’ll extend your knowledge by fulfilling a project specification. What modules will I study? Modules include all those listed on page 24 plus: • Software development (1) • Software development (2) Where will it take me? When you’ve completed your Foundation degree you’ll be prepared for a career developing, engineering and producing software. This could be within a software specialist or within any organisation that develops and maintains in-house software. Potential roles include software developer, software engineer, web programmer, systems analyst or game developer. Alternatively, you may want to progress your studies and take a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

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UCAS code: I 310 Computing Technologies (Software Development) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W)


Creative Arts

Foundation Degree

Creative Arts This exciting range of Foundation degrees provides an excellent grounding in the creative arts and is perfect for anyone looking to enhance their creative and technical skills. It incorporates a range of learning focused on developing your understanding and skills in the creative industries. You will study the same modules regardless of the specialism you choose but your projects, coursework and work based learning will all be themed around and developed to suit your specific area of interest. What modules will I study?* • Work based learning: developing professional practice and employability skills • Historical and contemporary context • Creative languages • Creative problem solving • Creative vocational practice Second year • Work based learning project • Cultural and ethical debate • Portfolio development

• Contextual studies • Final major project

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Students also complete an interview process prior to acceptance on to the course. Validated by The University of Hertfordshire Over the following pages, we’ve outlined the areas you can choose to specialise in during your studies. The entry requirements are the same for all of these courses.

*subject to validation. Why should I study here? You will gain valuable experience through the presentation of your final year project, be it a performance, screening or exhibition. It’s the perfect opportunity to build up your industry contacts as you show off your skills and showcase your work to distinguished guests and the local press. For inspiration visit www.hrcfda.com to view work from our current Foundation degree students

Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification which will prepare you for a broad range of roles in the creative industries. If you’d prefer to continue your studies, you can progress to an appropriate Honours degree either at the University of Hertfordshire or at another institution.

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Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Fashion and Textiles This course allows you to explore a variety of techniques and skills associated with the fashion and textile industry including printed and constructed textile techniques, and associated processes and technologies. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on fashion and textiles What will the course be like? You’ll be responding to design briefs, nurturing your individual creativity through fashion illustration, and pattern and garment construction. You’ll also create a portfolio to showcase your work.

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UCAS code: W232 Institution code: H36 Location • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Fine Art Practice Encompassing a whole spectrum of artistic methods, this degree involves the pursuit of visual languages and imagery that hold particular meaning and significance to the artist. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on fine art practice and techniques What will the course be like? During the course you’ll investigate a wide range of aspects including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital applications, film, performance, textiles and photography. You’ll be encouraged to develop as an independent practitioner and regularly exhibit your work.

UCAS code: W190 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Graphic Design Ideas are at the heart of this exciting course, with a strong emphasis on practical experimental work. Vocational projects will inspire you to provide communication and design solutions in the areas of publishing, advertising, corporate work, publicity information and new and emerging media. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on graphic design. What will the course be like? You’ll be responding to vocationally based briefs in a creative and considered way, evaluating and analysing your work as you progress. You will be introduced to the issues of analysis, aesthetic and theoretical frameworks as used in the industry.

UCAS code: W216 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Illustration Illustration is all about translating the requirements of your client into visual communication. This course helps you to challenge your personal thinking, processes and attitudes, teaching you how to focus on, and respond to, client briefs. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on Illustration techniques. What will the course be like? The course embraces all aspects of illustration, including traditional drawing, printmaking, photography and digital technologies. By visiting exhibitions and museums you’ll also gain a clear understanding of analysis and frameworks used by the industry.

UCAS code: W220 Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Three Dimensional Design This course presents an in-depth introduction to threedimensional design, examining the design and prototyping of consumer products, objects, jewellery and accessories, and environments. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on three dimensional design techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll gain an understanding of a range of techniques, including computer-aided design, which is integral to the visualisation of ideas, and exploring the properties of materials and processes. You’ll create your own portfolio of design work to showcase your individual skills.

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UCAS code: W201 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Media Production This course covers a wide range of subjects across video and media production, preparing you fully for a career in this exciting industry. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on media production techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll study a broad selection of topics, including short film drama, documentary production and graphic design for video. You’ll also take modules in entrepreneurship and business practice, helping you develop your skills and competitive edge. This course places a strong emphasis on getting you ready for work in the creative industries.

UCAS code: W283 Institution code: H36 Location • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Performing Arts This exciting course is designed to prepare you for a career in the performing arts, developing and nurturing your individual talents. You’ll learn how to express yourself across a wide variety of settings, taking part in performances to really enhance your skills. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on the performing arts. What will the course be like? Your course is made up of a series of activities to hone your acting technique and extend your movement skills through song and dance. You’ll also focus on developing your creativity through conventional and unconventional methods and by taking part in the production of several performances.

UCAS code: WW45 Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Creative Arts

Foundation Degree Photography This course is the perfect opportunity to develop your technical and photography skills to a high level. It places a strong emphasis on experimental work, giving you the freedom to discover your own individual style. The practical elements are supported by visits to exhibitions and museums, helping to expand your industry knowledge. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on photographic techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll be responding to live briefs, practising your photography and evaluating your own work as the course progresses. All the projects on the course are geared towards commercial practice, and you will develop a portfolio that will be an important asset, demonstrating examples of work to potential employers or for entry to university.

UCAS code: W640 Institution code: H36 Location • West Herts College (Campus code: W) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

Foundation Degree Visual Merchandising A mixture of business and creativity, visual merchandising is one of the most important aspects of marketing for major retailers. It can influence and impact the level of sales and success of a business, and this course equips you with the skills you’ll need to work in this arena. What modules will I study? You will study all of the modules outlined on page 27 with a specific emphasis on visual merchandising techniques. What will the course be like? You’ll discover all the secrets behind visual merchandising, including how to source stunning materials, graphics and equipment. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on photoshoots, learning how to promote the latest fashion and home furnishing concepts.

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UCAS code: WN22 Institution code: H36 Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) Study route: Full time 2 years Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Creative Arts

HNC/HND

Music If you’re interested in a career in music or music technology, this is the course for you. It provides highly relevant, specialised studies using industry standard equipment and vocational expertise that will prepare you for a range of roles in the industry. The course comprises two elements: a Higher National Certificate (HNC), followed by a Higher National Diploma (HND). What modules will I study? HNC Modules • Music in context • Composing for film and television • Creative arts research skills • Applied music production techniques • Project design implementation and evaluation. HND Modules • Critical music listening • Preparation, process and production in the creative arts • Composition in context • Music performance skills. What will the course be like? You’ll study a range of modules covering practical music making and music technology, and underlying theoretical concepts. You’ll also develop your skills in communication and broader academic study. Why should I study here? Studying Music at Oaklands College can take you in a number of directions within this creative industry. With facilities that include recording studios, rehearsal rooms, digital music suites, computer music suites and performance spaces you will be able to take your musical talents to new heights.

What are the entry requirements? HNC 120 points which must be made up of two GCE A levels, or equivalent (National Certificate), plus four subjects at GCSE grade C or above including maths, English and music or music technology (or equivalent) or prior experience studying music or music technology. However, we welcome applicants who can demonstrate alternative or vocationally relevant experience. HND HNC in Music/Music Technology Apply directly to Oaklands College Location • Oaklands College Study route: HNC one year part-time HND one year part-time Validated by Edexcel

Where will it take me? The HNC/HND is a standalone qualification which will prepare you for a career within the music industry. Alternatively, you can apply to progress your studies at a higher education institution.

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Education

Foundation Degree

Community Playwork Practice and Extended Provision On this course you’ll learn all the essential foundations of working in sectors providing play-related services and activities for children. What modules will I study? • The bigger picture: the context of play • The role of play • Safeguarding • Applying practice Second Year • Extended provision • Managing and leading play • Creating quality • Removing barriers What will the course be like? You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the context of play and the importance of play to a child. You’ll also develop your skills in safeguarding children and young people. Why should I study here? This course has been designed in full consultation with employers to give you the skills you need to work in the sector. Where will it take me? This Foundation degree will enable you to increase career opportunities in management and in working with a range of children across a variety of services. You will be eligible to apply for advanced entry into a range of related Honours degree programmes in areas such as education, professional studies, child welfare.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route: Part time 2 years – 3 semesters per year Location • Hertford Regional College Apply directly to the University of Hertfordshire (see page 19 for details) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Education

Foundation Degree

Early Years This course is a great next step if you have already got a Level 3 qualification and experience in childcare. Developed in consultation with childcare employers it’s designed to give you the valuable skills employers really need. What modules will I study? • Legislation and legal responsibilities for the children’s workforce • Continuing personal and professional development • The developing child • Developing professional practice in the workplace Second year • UK and international early years frameworks for children aged 0-7: principles into practice • Approaches to research in early years • Leading and managing in children’s workforce settings • Integrated working in the children’s workforce What will the course be like? On this exciting course you will build on your current experience in working with children. In addition you will study a range of relevant modules including legal and professional skills, managing activities for children, professional diversity and curriculum frameworks, to name a few. We’ll be assessing you through assignments, case studies, presentations and other forms of assignment tasks. Why should I study here? Highly experienced staff, excellent employer relationships and a newly updated curriculum will enable you to develop your existing knowledge to a higher level in a supportive environment. Your increased ability to think critically and reflect on your practice will stand you in good stead for furthering your career or continued study. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification that will enable you to work as a senior practitioner. Once you successfully complete your studies, you can move on to the two-year part-time BA (Hons) in Education Studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Some students may also have the opportunity to apply to a oneyear full time BA (Hons) in Education Studies at a number of universities

What are the entry requirements? You’ll need a relevant Level 3 qualification, for example a CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education and be able to demonstrate appropriate workplace experience, plus GCSE English language and maths at grade C or above. You'll also need to possess a CRB/ISA or other safeguarding check as appropriate and consistent with government guidelines by the start of this course. For the part-time route, a paid or voluntary job in an early years setting is required. Study route: Full time 2 years Part time 2 years – 3 semesters per year Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • Oaklands College - part time only (Campus code: O) • North Hertfordshire College - part time only (Campus code: N) • West Herts College (Campus code: H) UCAS code: See UCAS for details Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Education

Foundation Degree

Working with Young People On this two-year course you’ll develop the knowledge and understanding you need for a career working with young people. It delivers all the professional and practical skills and competencies the profession demands, paying particular reference to the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce (CCSK). What modules will I study? • Youth worker personal and professional development • Fulfilling legal and professional responsibilities when working with young people • Young people’s development • Meeting individual needs of young people Second year • Action research – work based learning • Working with groups and teams to support young people • Leadership and management in youth work sector • Working in communities for young people What will the course be like? You’ll be looking at different aspects of working with young people aged 13-19+, reflecting on practice and understanding how legislation impacts what we do. You’ll also be asked to demonstrate that you’ve adopted the appropriate values and belief systems you need to work with young people, including those relating to antidiscriminatory practice, equality of opportunity and ensuring inclusive practice. Why should I study here? The course has been developed in full consultation with employers, ensuring you develop all the skills you need for a career in this sector. Where will it take me? At the end of the course, you’ll have developed your existing skills and knowledge to become a youth worker. The modules you’ll take will help to develop your confidence in presenting information to colleagues and peers, demonstrating your high levels of expertise. If you’d like to continue with your studies, you could move onto the part-time degree in Education Studies at the University of Hertfordshire or another institution.

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What are the entry requirements? You'll need a relevant level 3 qualification, for example a CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education, and be able to demonstrate appropriate work experience, plus GCSE English language and maths at grade C or above (or equivalent). Study route: Part time 2 years – 3 semesters per year Location • North Hertfordshire College Apply directly to the University of Hertfordshire (see page 19 for details) Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Engineering, Construction and Science

HNC/Foundation Degree/BSc Honours

Construction Management If you’re already in construction, this course is designed to further your potential by teaching a range of technical, professional and managerial skills essential to the industry. This programme comprises three elements: a Higher National Certificate (HNC – two years), Foundation degree (FdSc – one year) and Bachelor of Science degree (BSc Hons – two years). What modules will I study?* HNC modules • Design principles • Applied maths • Science and materials • Site surveying procedures • Personal and professional development • Health safety and welfare • Measuring tendering and estimating • Economics for construction • Construction methods and design solutions • Group project Foundation degree modules • Legal studies • Management principles and application • Construction contract law • Construction materials science • Work based learning project BSc (Hons) Modules • Contract practice and administration • Construction technology • Project management in construction • Strategic management • Construction management practice • Dissertation • Team project What will the course be like? Through each stage of the course you’ll study a range of modules covering practical construction skills and underlying scientific concepts to enhance your skills in your current role. You’ll be taught by industry-experienced teachers, so you’ll gain a good understanding of all the latest thinking.

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Part-time Location • Oaklands College Apply direct to Oaklands College Validated by HNC - Edexcel FDSc/BSc - The University of Hertfordshire

The course will help you progress your career within the construction industry to site foreman or even running your own business. Why should I study here? This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and staff and students received high praise from the institute, as did the course’s employer links. The accreditation means that students can apply to the CIOB for chartered member status on successful completion of the course. Where will it take me? Each element is a standalone qualification designed to further your career in the construction industry. You can complete each qualification in order or take just one element (provided you have met the entry requirements).

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Engineering, Construction and Science

BEng/BSc Honours

Extended Degree in Engineering If you’d like to study for a degree in engineering but don’t have the right qualifications, you can apply for this BEng/BSc Extended degree. It’s a one year introductory maths and engineering course preparing you to continue your degree at the University of Hertfordshire. What modules will I study? • Engineering studies and skills • Mathematics 1 • Engineering science • Computers and applications to engineering • Mathematics 2 • Mechanical science • Electrical science and electronics • Engineering project What will the course be like? Depending on your choice, you can take this course full time over four years, or five years with a work-placement, which includes integrated industrial training. In your initial year you’ll cover all the fundamental areas you need to work in the engineering industry, including materials and mechanical science, maths and statistics and electronics. This will provide you with the knowledge required to progress to the BEng or MEng qualification (dependent on your results). Why should I study here? This course provides you with an opportunity to build your understanding of engineering in a college environment enabling you to continue on your degree course. Initial year students have the added benefit of studying one day a week at the University of Hertfordshire’s engineering facilities. Where will it take me? When you’ve passed your initial year, you will be eligible to continue your studies on an engineering degree at the University of Hertfordshire. Many of our students take courses in aerospace engineering, automotive technology or engineering management.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2) usually including at least one science subject, a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths, English language and science (or equivalent). Study route Full time (4 years) Including a work placement (5 years) Location • Hertford Regional College (Campus code: H) • Oaklands College (Campus code: O) • Also available at Barnet and Southgate College UCAS code: Depends on subject choice – check UCAS for details. Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Engineering, Construction and Science

BSc

Extended Degree in Science If you’d like to study for a degree in science but don’t have the right qualifications, you can apply for this BSc Extended degree. It’s a one year introductory science and maths course preparing you to continue your degree at the University of Hertfordshire. What modules will I study? • Introductory biology • Introductory chemistry • Introductory physics • Maths for science • Individual project • You will also have a range of optional modules to choose from related to your chosen degree specialism What will the course be like? You will gain a good grounding in science modules that will prepare you for progression to your chosen degree specialism at the University of Hertfordshire. You’ll be assessed through coursework, exams, presentations and practical assignments Why should I study here? You will have the opportunity to build the knowledge and understanding required to continue on your degree course. Many of our Extended degree students go on to graduate with very good degrees, leading to successful careers in their chosen specialism or postgraduate study. Where will it take me? When you’ve successfully completed this initial year you’ll be able to carry on with your degree studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Depending on your grades, you have the option of a number of science degrees, including astrophysics, geography, pharmaceutical science and physics, plus a range of subjects on the Joint Honours programme.

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and four subjects at GCSE Grade C or above including maths, English and science (or equivalent) We also consider applications from those returning to study or with equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. Study route Full time (4 years) Including a work placement (5 years) Location • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code: N) UCAS code: Depends on subject choice– check UCAS for details. Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

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Engineering, Construction and Science

HNC/HND

Engineering/Civil Engineering/Engineering This part-time course is nationally recognised and designed to prepare you for a career in the demanding, yet rewarding, engineering industry. What modules will I study? HNC Modules • Analytical methods for engineers • Engineering science • Health, safety and risk assessment in engineering • Engineering design • Personal and professional development • Quality assurance and management • Project design • Implementation • Mechanical principles • Materials engineering • Management of projects • Advanced computer aided design HND Modules • Programme logic controllers • Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics • Research project • Further analytical methods for engineers • Managing people in engineering What will the course be like? You’ll study the course over two years. Lessons are held in wellequipped rooms using modern techniques to reflect the needs of this high-tech industry. Topics include both mechanical and electrical principles, as well as engineering design and materials science. Why should I study here? Oaklands College has a wealth of experience in Engineering training and currently works with some of the largest employers in the sector. This course is excellent preparation for a career within the construction and civil engineering industry.

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(Mechanical)

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE maths, English and science at Grade C (or equivalent). Study route Part time 2 years Location • Oaklands College Apply direct to Oaklands College Validated by Edexcel

Where will it take me? The course covers a broad range of topics, equipping you with the skills you’ll need to be a professional engineer. When you’ve finished the course you’ll have the option to work in a range of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, engineering design and materials science. Or you might want to continue your studies by applying to an engineering degree at the University of Hertfordshire.


Health and Social Care

HND/C

Health and Social Care This course is designed for anyone interested in a career in health and social care, including early years work. It will give you an excellent grounding in the principles of health and social care, including associated issues of communication, health and safety, sociology, safeguarding and psychology. What modules will I study? • Communicating in health and social care organisations • Principles of health and social care practice • Health and safety in the health and social care workplace • Personal and professional development in health and social care • Working in partnership in health and social care • The Sociological context of health and social care • Physiological principles of health and social care • Community development

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Part-time 2 years Location • West Herts College Validated by Edexcel

What will the course be like? It’s a practical course that combines work experience with classroom-based study. You’ll also gain a valuable insight into a variety of work settings to complement your studies. Why should I study here? At West Herts College, our higher education study groups are small and you are allocated a personal tutor from day one, which means that you have all the support and care you need to succeed. Our Watford campus is in the heart of the town centre and we have a new dedicated Higher Education Centre especially designed for our higher education students. Where will it take me? This is a standalone qualification which will prepare you for work in the health and social sector. If you’d like to continue your studies you could apply for an Honours degree in areas such as nursing, midwifery, social care and care management.

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Sports and Leisure

Foundation Degree

Sports Studies This course covers three main areas: sports managements, sports coaching, and fitness and sports development. It’s designed to prepare you for a new career in the industry or act as a stepping stone to a higher educational level. What modules will I study? • Study skills for higher education • Social aspects of sport and exercise • Physiology and movement analysis • Introduction to sports coaching • Sports marketing and event promotion • Sports industry management practical aspects of sports science • Fundamentals of sports development Second Year • Application of sports science support • Socio-cultural dynamics of sport and exercise • Work based learning • Sport, health and exercise issues • Applied research techniques for sports studies • Applied sports management • Developing sports coaching • Developing personal transferable skills What will the course be like? This course has a vocational focus. You'll have the opportunity to test the knowledge you gain in the classroom within a relevant organisation as part of your work based learning. Why should I study here? You’ll have access to outstanding facilities at your college and at the University. Coaching modules are taught at the state-of-the-art Hertfordshire Sports Village on the University’s de Havilland campus. Where will it take me? Our vocationally focused Foundation degree will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need for a career in the industry. When you've successfully finished you can either start employment straight away, or move onto the final year of a full Honours degree at the University of Hertfordshire.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSEs English language, maths and single science at Grade C or above (or equivalent). An interest in sports and fitness. We also consider applications from those returning to study, with equivalent qualifications or with relevant work experience. Study route Full time 2 years Location • North Hertfordshire College (Campus code N) • Oaklands College (Campus code O) • West Herts College (Campus code W) UCAS code: C601 Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


Sports and Leisure

HNC/HND

Sport (Recreation and Leisure) This course is ideal for anyone looking for an academic qualification with strong links to local employers. What modules will I study? HNC modules: • Applied sport coaching • Health promotion • Skill acquisition in sport • Managing sports development • The sport and leisure industry • Field based fitness testing in sport • Operating and managing sport and leisure facility • Physical activity and well being • Customer service HND modules: • Research project • Principles of sports coaching • Managing in the health and fitness industry • Work based experience • Event management in sport and leisure • Marketing principles • Analysis of performance • Sport and exercise psychology

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Part time 2 years - taught over three semesters Location • North Hertfordshire College Apply direct to North Hertfordshire College Validated by Edexcel

What will the course be like? There’s a strong emphasis on practical skills development. You’ll also develop your knowledge and understanding of elements crucial for entering the workplace. Why should I study here? You’ll enhance your understanding of the workplace and your employability through employer-led projects. You’ll also develop a range of practical and entrepreneurial skills as well as gaining the theoretical knowledge to support your work experience. Where will it take me? This course is an excellent preparation for work within the sport and leisure sector. If you prefer to continue your studies, you can apply for appropriate degree courses at a number of higher education institutions.

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Sports and Leisure

HNC/HND

Sport and Exercise Science This course is suitable for anyone looking for a career in the sports industry or health and fitness. It’s also perfect for mature students in employment who want to work towards an academic qualification. The course comprises two elements: a Higher National Certificate (HNC), followed by a Higher National Diploma (HND). What modules will I study? HNC modules: • sport and exercise psychology • Research methods, training and fitness • Physical activity • Lifestyle and wellbeing • Sports coaching • Injury prevention and treatment • Nutrition for sport and exercise • Sport and exercise massage HND modules: • Anatomy and physiology • Biomechanics and a research project. • Applied sport and exercise psychology • Sport and exercise rehabilitation • A work based project • Functional exercise physiology • Applied sports coaching What will the course be like? It covers all the necessary areas needed for a career in the industry or to move onto further education. It also provides more specialist routes into health promotion, coaching, sports therapy and sports teaching / lecturing. Where will it take me? The HNC/HND are standalone qualifications which prepare you for a career in the sports industry. If you’d like to continue your studies, you can progress onto an Honours degree at a number of universities.

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What are the entry requirements? HNC A Level 3 qualification (AS Levels, A2 Levels or BTEC) 120 UCAS points plus GCSE grade C or above in maths, English language and single science (or equivalent). We also consider applications from those returning to study, with equivalent qualifications or with relevant work experience. HND HNC in Sports and Exercise Sciences Study route: HNC one year part time HND one year part time Location • Oaklands College Apply directly to Oaklands College Validated by Edexcel


Animal Management

Foundation Degree

Animal Management If you’re interested in a career managing or caring for animals, this is the course for you. It will equip you with the advanced specialist knowledge and skills valued by employers within the industry. What modules will I study? • Work based learning: maximising potential • Animal husbandry • Anatomy and physiology • Animal nutrition • Work based learning: career planning • Animal health • Introduction to business practice • Applied physiology Second Year • Legislation in the animal industry • Managing specific animal establishments • Investigative methods • Introduction to the scientific basis of animal behaviour • Farm animal production • Wildlife conservation in the UK • Work based learning project

What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in science, maths and English language (or equivalent). Study route Full-time 2 years Part time 2 years – taught over 3 semesters Location • Oaklands College (Campus code O) UCAS code: D300 Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire

What will the course be like? You’ll be examining the science behind a wide range of aspects of the industry, as well as developing your vocational skills and knowledge. Why should I study here? We have very strong links with potential employers, who provide a large proportion of your work-based learning, giving you a distinct advantage when you’re starting your career. Where will it take me? Your Foundation degree is a standalone qualification, so when you’ve completed it you’ll be well prepared for a career in the industry. Many of our past students have taken jobs in animal charity organisations, animal boarding establishments, local authority or government agencies and animal collections. If you’d like to continue your studies, you’ll be able to apply for Honours degrees in the same sector.

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Equine Performance and Management

Foundation Degree

Equine Performance and Management This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in and passionate about working with horses. What modules will I study? • Work based learning: maximising potential • Anatomy and physiology • Animal nutrition • Work based learning: career planning • Introduction to business practice • The equine industry • Applied equitation and sports coaching • Equitation theory and sports coaching Second Year • Investigative methods • Equine health and treatment • Human and equine psychology • Work based learning project • Advanced competition equitation and facilities management • Competition equitation and facilities management • Competition equitation theory and facilities management What will the course be like? Throughout the course you’ll build your skills and knowledge, gaining a good understanding of the industry. This will equip you to move into your chosen career or increase your options with your current employer. Why should I study here? One of the course’s key benefits is a work-based learning project with a local business, which gives you a great opportunity to develop your skills in a practical setting. Where will it take me? This Foundation degree is a standalone qualification, and will fully prepare you for a broad range of roles within the industry. When you’ve completed the course, you can choose to progress onto an Honours degree, or go straight into employment.

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What are the entry requirements? 120 or more UCAS points which must be made up of at least one full GCE A level (A2), a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent, and GCSE Grade C or above in in science, maths and English language (or equivalent). You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate a riding ability equivalent to the British Horse Society (BHS) Stage 2 riding standard. Study route Full-time 2 years Part time 2 years – taught over 3 semesters Location • Oaklands College (Campus code O) UCAS code: D422 Institution code: H36 Validated by The University of Hertfordshire


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All students will be required as a condition of enrolment to abide by, and to submit to the procedures of, the University’s disciplinary rules and regulations, as amended from time to time. A copy of the current disciplinary rules and regulations is available, on request, from the University.

not to offer a scheme of study which fails to recruit the minimum number required by regulation; or to make changes to syllabuses and courses for reasons including meeting technological or academic developments or employers’ requirements particularly in specialist options in the final year; or not to offer options, specialisms or elective courses within a scheme of study, where there is insufficient student demand.

Provision of Services and Campus Locations The campus locations and faculty structures for different study areas given throughout this prospectus are believed correct at the time of going to press. However, during a period of expansion and change or for administrative reasons, it may be necessary to review policies or in a small minority of cases relocate particular activities; students affected by any such change will be notified by the University as soon as is possible in advance.You are advised to contact the University if you need clarification of particular issues. Contractual Liability This prospectus describes the courses offered by the University of Hertfordshire. Should you become a student of this institution you will receive further documents describing the teaching, examination, assessment and other educational services (‘the educational services’) offered by the University. The University of Hertfordshire undertakes to use its reasonable endeavours to provide the educational services in the manner set out in this prospectus and in those further documents. It does not, however, guarantee the provision of such services and as mentioned above changes to the services may be made at any time without prior notice. Should you become a student at the University of Hertfordshire this notice shall constitute a term of any contract between you and the University. Any offer of a place made to you by the University of Hertfordshire is made on the basis that in accepting such an offer you thereby give your consent to the incorporation of this notice as a term of any such contract.

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Open Days

Open Days Oaklands College Alban Park Thursday 15th November 2012, 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday 13th February 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Thursday 25th April 2013, 5.30am-8pm St Albans Campus Wednesday 14th November 2012, 5.30pm-8pm Tuesday 12th February 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Wednesday 24th April 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Welwyn Garden City Tuesday 13th November 2012, 5.30pm-8pm Thursday 14th February 2013, 5.30pm-8pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 5.30pm-8pm

North Hertfordshire College Hitchin and Letchworth Campuses Wednesday 10th October 2012, 4-8pm Thursday 7th February 2013, 4-8pm Saturday 18th May 2013, 10-1pm

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Hertford Regional College Broxbourne and Ware Campuses Wednesday 14th November 2012, 5.30pm-8.30pm Saturday 9th February 2013, 10am-3pm Monday 25th March 2013, 5.30pm-8.30pm Thursday 9th May 2013, 5.30pm-8.30pm

West Herts College Dacorum Campus Wednesday 7 November 2012, 6pm-8pm Wednesday 27 February 2013, 6pm-8pm Kings Langley Campus Saturday 10 November 2012, 9.30am-12.30pm Saturday 2 March 2013, 9.30am-12.30pm Watford Campus Saturday 17 November 2012, 9.30am-2.30pm Saturday 9 March 2013, 9.30am-2.30pm All Campuses Saturday 29 June 2013, 10am-1.30pm

University of Hertfordshire Saturday 13 October 2012, 9.30am-3pm Sunday 14 October 2012, 9.30am-3pm Saturday 16 March 2013, 9.30am-3pm Saturday 8 June 2013, 9.30am-3pm


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• Watford Campus

West Herts College

• Welwyn Garden City Campus

• St Albans Campus

• Alban Park

Oaklands College

• Stevenage Campus

• Letchworth Garden City Campus

• Hitchin Campus

• Centre for the Arts (Hitchin) Campus

North Hertfordshire College

• Ware Campus

• Broxbourne Campus

Hertford Regional College

Colleges and Campuses

College locations...

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University of Hertfordshire Campus


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