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School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15


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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.�

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Nelson Mandela


Welcome

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It’s an exciting time to be a student at Wakefield College, with the refurbishment and remodelling of our Wakefield City Campus and the opening of our new Performing Arts Centre at the Waterton Building. These new developments provide our students with a modern learning environment and better facilities than ever before, but first-class buildings and equipment aren’t the only things which make Wakefield College the best choice for post-16 education. As the largest provider in the District, we offer a huge choice of courses, both academic and vocational, and at a range of levels which is sure to include one that’s right for you. Our staff are friendly, dedicated professionals who are committed to ensuring that you reach your potential, and we offer high quality student support services. Choosing the right college and the right course are difficult decisions. Browsing through this prospectus will give you an idea of what Wakefield College is all about and guide you through the process of making an application. You can get more details of our courses by calling Course Information (01924 789111) or by visiting our website: www.wakefield.ac.uk. If you register your details with us we’ll be happy to keep in touch and let you know about any new opportunities at the College, such as the dates of open events where you can meet our staff, chat to students and look round our campuses. I do hope you will decide to join us.

Sam Wright Principal Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk


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Contents

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Welcome ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 3 Sixth Form at Wakefield College��������������������������������������������������20 14-16 Programmes – A taste of College Life������������������� 5 Apprenticeships at Wakefield College�������������������������������� 22 First Class Facilities������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 6 Vocational Courses ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 24 The Bigger Picture��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 8 Animal Care���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 26 Your College Experience������������������������������������������������������������������������ 10 Business & Management���������������������������������������������������������������������� 30 Supporting your Success ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 12 Childcare/Early Years��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 36 Achieving your Potential �����������������������������������������������������������������������14 Construction & Civil Engineering �������������������������������������������� 42 Which Path Will You Take?������������������������������������������������������������������ 16 Engineering ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 56 The Right Level for You�����������������������������������������������������������������������������17 ESOL�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 62 Jargon Buster�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 18 FLEX �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 64 Sixth Form at Wakefield College��������������������������������������������������20 Hair & Beauty������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 68 Apprenticeships at Wakefield College���������������������������������� 22 Health & Social Care����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 78 Additional Information for Parents & Carers������������� 150 How to Apply����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 156 Application Form ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������157 Key Dates����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 159 Photography within this prospectus includes contributions from Wakefield College FD Commercial Photography students.

Horticulture ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 84 Hospitality & Catering������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 88 Information Communication Technology ������������������ 94 Media, Art & Design��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 100 Motor Vehicle���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 110 Music���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 118 Performing Arts���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 122 Public Services������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 128 Science���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 132 Sport ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 136

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14 -16 Programmes a taste of College life The 14-16 Unit works hard to provide an exciting range of opportunities for 14-16 year-olds who are still at school. If you think you may be interested in enrolling on a full-time course at College after GCSEs, ask your school about our Discovery Days (guided campus tours), Taster Sessions and Master Classes which will give you a flavour of what life as a College student would be like. There are also opportunities to attend College on a part-time basis (usually one day per week) to gain valuable qualifications in vocational areas. Full-time study at College (combined with attendance at school) is also a possibility through our Early College Transfer (ECT) programmes. We work in partnership with local schools to provide these opportunities, so if you’d like to know more or get involved, ask at your school about Wakefield College’s 14-16 programmes.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

A selection of images from Taster Days at Wakefield College


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“I’m based at the Castleford Campus; the library is fully stocked with books and you can always find what you’re looking for when you have an assignment.”

First Class Facilities

right on your doorstop All of our campuses are fully equipped to ensure you have the facilities you need to help you succeed.

Chloe Elridge Childcare & Education Level 3

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“Elements”, our beautifully-appointed hair and beauty salons where students offer treatments and services to the paying public. Our Castleford Campus houses industry-standard workshops providing realistic working environments for our Motor Vehicle and Engineering students.


State-of-the-art recording studio facilities used by students on popular music courses at our Thornes Park Campus. Extensive facilities at the Thornes Park Campus for sports and public services students, including a gym, sports hall, climbing wall, fitness testing lab, therapy and massage suite, and sports pitches.

Our award-winning Gaskell’s Restaurant at Wakefield City Campus is operated by Hospitality & Catering students and also includes training kitchens and a demonstration theatre.

The Waterton Building, only 300 metres away 7 from the city campus in Wakefield, has been transformed into a Performing Arts Centre with the 160-seat Mechanics’ Theatre at its heart. The Centre also includes a fully equipped dance studio and drama studio, spacious rehearsal rooms and specialist facilities such as a backstage workshop for production design and construction.

Starbucks on the ground floor of the Harrison Building is a popular place to meet friends and enjoy a drink and a snack.

Useful links www.wakefield.ac.uk/ elements www.wakefield.ac.uk/ gaskells

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

Our three Campus libraries are called LibraryPlus for a reason. They have resources and computers to help you study as well as quiet and group learning zones, stationery and art materials for sale and support from information specialists. The new library at the Wakefield City Campus is based over three floors of the Harrison Building and offers dedicated teaching spaces and a silent study room.


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“When I finished College I went to work in London at the Olympics and Paralympics, in the Village catering for all the athletes. It was a fantastic experience. The opportunity came from our tutor who had heard that they were looking for people.” Emily Briggs Hospitality & Catering

The Bigger Picture

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Giving you the edge

g at College Leaving school and enrollin way to your dream the could be your first step on cely competitive – job. The labour market is fier re than just paper employers are looking for mo their pick from a wide qualifications and can take e at Wakefield College field of candidates. A cours tures of our courses can help. Here are a few fea ances of success in which could boost your ch : that all-important interview

Useful links www.wakefield.ac.uk/ additionalsupport


• R  ealistic working environments (e.g. our Hair and Beauty salons and training restaurant) which will give you the chance to provide services to paying clients and hone your customer-service skills. • P  urpose-built workshops for practical studies in Construction, Motor Vehicle and Engineering. • I ndustry-standard equipment, including up-to-date computer hardware and software, of the type you’re likely to use when you start work. • Links with industry and local businesses mean that we keep the content of our courses relevant and in line with the needs of employers.

“It’s a chilled out atmosphere and although the work is hard, it’s not a stressful environment. I like the tutors here; they are nice and friendly and really supportive.”

Most employers are looking for ability in Maths and English and the majority of university courses require you to have GCSEs in these subjects at grade A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study, and why you will be required to attend sessions in these subjects if you do not already have GCSEs at A*-C. The sessions are designed to cater for all abilities and you’ll be guided to the right level for you.

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• W  ork experience both at home and abroad. Using Leonardo Lifelong Learning Funding we have previously worked with partner organisations in countries including France, Sweden, Malta and others to provide work experience opportunities.

• M  ulti-talented lecturers who are not only great teachers but also have a wealth of professional experience in their various fields which they will pass on to you. • High quality support staff who are fully trained and possess vast experience in supporting a range of disabilities and difficulties, and are supremely dedicated to learner achievement. • Finally, we’ll make sure your basic skills in English, Maths and ICT are up to scratch, because above all else, employers want people who are literate, numerate and confident users of technology.

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• P  roject work which reflects the sort of activities you may be involved in when you start your career. Some courses even include working to genuine briefs from real businesses.


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• T  he College takes a wide range of students from all over the Wakefield District – and beyond! You’ll meet new people and make new friends – just as you will when you get a job or go to university. • We respect our students’ individuality. Your programme of study will be tailormade for you. • F  riendly and approachable lecturers who will treat you as adults. • N  o spoon-feeding! Instead you’ll learn how to carry out independent research, and manage your own time – fantastic preparation for both further study and working life! • H  igh levels of support - if you need help, all you need to do is ask.

Wakefield College can help you make the transition between school and the world of work, or school and higher education. The College isn’t just a larger version of school – it’s a completely different kind of institution with its own unique atmosphere. Here are a few of the features which make up the

“Wakefield College Experience”

Your College Experience

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Be a part of it

Useful links www.wakefield.ac.uk/ about/learnersupport


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New York residential 2010

Get Involved

Enrichment

It’s not all work and no play at Wakefield College! We provide as many opportunities as possible for you to get involved in College life outside the scope of your main studies:

We also try to make your course as varied and interesting as possible by packing in extra features such as:

• S  tudents’ Union. Elected by students for students, the Students’ Union Executive is involved in organising meetings, social events and gathering student feedback. It’s also an excellent way to gain a range of skills valued by employers. • V  olunteering Opportunities. A hugely fulfilling experience and a welcome addition to your CV or UCAS Personal Statement. • S  tudent Ambassadors. Student Ambassadors can be seen at open events giving visitors a real insight into what it’s like to be a student at Wakefield College. • Student Representatives. Student Reps are elected by their fellow students and attend meetings on their campuses to discuss a range of issues relevant to that site.

• Visits. • Residential opportunities, sometimes overseas. • W  ork placements, sometimes overseas. We work with partner organisations in countries including France, Sweden, Malta, Croatia, Spain and Finland to provide work experience opportunities from working in an Alpine chalet to assisting with a conservation project with endangered birds.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

• C  ompetitions. Both local and national opportunities ranging from sporting tournaments and World Skills to the College’s own student planner design competition.

• Guest speakers.


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“The tutors are all helpful. They encourage you and make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re learning and will stay behind with you after class and take the time to explain anything that you might be struggling with.” Mitchell Martin Construction & Civil Engineering

Our aim is to ensure that you succeed in your chosen course so that you can progress to your next step, whether that is higher education, a job or a career. We offer various types of support which you can access during your time at College and these are summarised below. If you want more details, including how to access these services, go to page 150 towards the back of this prospectus.

Supporting Your Success

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every step of the way

 tudent Intranet. S Once enrolled on your course, you will have access to the Student Intranet, including Moodle, the College’s online learning environment, and you will have your own personal College email account.


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• C  areers and Educational Guidance. Careers and course advice from our Student Advisors and access to our careers libraries. • C  haplaincy. One-to-one support available, whatever your beliefs or religion. • C  ounselling and Welfare Support. Confidential counselling from qualified professionals. • C  ourse Information. Advice and guidance on Wakefield College’s full range of courses. Course details are published on the website as well as in the form of leaflets available on request.

Additional Learning Support. This service offers support to students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

• F  inancial Support. Information and confidential advice on what sources of student finance exist in both further and higher education. • H  ealth. A Health and Wellbeing Service provided by the NHS offers drop-in sessions and appointments at all campuses. • L  earner Agreement. A statement you will be asked to sign setting out the College’s expectations in terms of your punctuality, attendance, completion of work and standards of behaviour. • L  ibraryPlus. Each main campus has its own library. Here you can find books relating to your subject, magazines, DVDs, computers, quiet places for study, and facilities for scanning, printing and photocopying. You will be able to access e-resources (such as e-books, full-text newspapers and magazines) from home via the LibraryPlus/course pages on Moodle, the College’s Virtual Learning Environment.

• R  efectory Services. A good selection of refreshments, including hot and cold meals, is available at all main campuses. • S  tudent Experience Team. Located at all main campuses, our Student Experience Managers are there to see that you adapt well to College life and receive the support you need to make the most of your course. • T  ransport. A Scholar’s PhotoCard is available for full-time students aged 16-18 which entitles you to half-fare travel in West Yorkshire. Application forms can be collected from College receptions after you have enrolled on a course.

students’

Useful links www.wakefield.ac.uk/about/ learnersupport

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• S  tudent Group Leaders and Pastoral Tutors. Regular meetings with your Student Group Leader will support your learning journey and review your progress. You will also meet with your Pastoral Tutor to discuss your progress and any problems you may have. You will be part of a Pastoral Tutor Group which will help you to develop academic, personal and employability skills.

Students’ Union. By joining the Students’ Union you will be a member of the National Union of Students and will be able to purchase an NUS Extra card entitling you to discounts from high street stores and restaurants. You will also be able to take part in Union activities such as arranging social functions or representing the student body on the Board of Governors.


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Achieving YourPotential helping you all the way

Ofsted rated Wakefield College “outstanding” or “good” in 22 out of the 23 areas that were assessed during their May 2010 visit. Here are a few snippets from that report:

“Success rates on AS Levels are good and at A Level they are outstanding.”

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“The actions taken to improve learners’ economic and social well-being are outstanding … this prepares learners well for employment or progression to further or higher education.” “The promotion of equality and diversity is outstanding.” “Learners enjoy their classes and participate well in both individual and group activities.” “The specialist support given to learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is very good.”


Wakefield College students are also high achievers:

XFactor Success for one Wakefield College student who made it through to the Judge’s House stage of the competition.

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Gaskell’s Restaurant (the College’s training restaurant, operated by students) was named best restaurant in Wakefield by Wakefield Civic Society for the third year running in 2012.

Amy McMaster secured a place in the UK regional finals of the World Skills advanced hairdressing competition where she competed against the best hairdressers in England. Amy has now completed the Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing and is looking forward to a bright career in the industry.

Harry Carter made history with his debut for York City Knights. Harry studied the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Performance & Excellence and became York’s youngest ever player at 17 years and 19 days old when taking part in the Knights’ game against Halifax.

Useful links www.wakefield.ac.uk/news www.wakefield.ac.uk/gaskells

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

2013 A Level Results – Our pass rate exceeded 95% for the tenth year running. In addition, 16 A Level subjects achieved a 100% pass rate and 13 BTEC Extended Diploma students achieved three Distiction stars - the highest result possible.


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Which path will you take? our routes to success

We all want to succeed in life, but we don’t all want to arrive at the same destination and we don’t all set off from the same place! Wakefield College recognises this by providing a wide range of different types of courses at different levels. Whatever your ultimate goal, and whatever your starting point, we can help.

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Sixth Form: Choose from over 20 AS/A Level subjects or from our wide range of Advanced Level vocational courses. Vocational Courses: If you have a specific career in mind, prefer a practical way of learning and largely assignment-based rather than exam-based assessment, choose from our huge range of vocational courses from Levels 1 to 3.

FLEX: Our Foundation Learning programmes aim to help you to progress into independent living, further education, training or employment, and involve a mix of vocational study, basic English, Maths and IT and personal and social development. Apprenticeships: Combine on-the-job training with an employer with study at College to gain vocational qualifications and Functional Skills certificates in English, Maths and ICT.


The right level for you

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Wakefield College has something for everyone – our aim is to get you started at the right level and on the best route for you. The table below shows minimum entry requirements – many courses have specific requirements and you should check the course listings. If you are unsure which course is right for you, please speak to one of the Course Information Team on 01924 789111 or come along to one of our open events - see page 159 for key dates.

Please see individual courses for specific entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Entry Level

No specific qualifications are required to start the programmes.

Level One

Level 1 vocational courses eg ABC, CACHE, City & Guilds, Edexcel Level 1 awards, certificates and diplomas

A minimum of Entry Level 3 qualifications in English and Maths. Additional entry requirements which are specific to particular programmes will apply.

GCSE resits Level 2 vocational courses eg Exexcel/BTEC, CACHE, City & Guilds Level 2 awards, certificates and diplomas

GCSE grade D 4 GCSEs at grade D or above, typically with a minimum of GCSE C-F in English and Maths. Additional entry requirements which are specific to particular programmes will apply.

GCE AS/A Levels

5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above, from at least 4 subject areas during Key Stage 4. This could include the achievement of one or more equivalent Level 2 qualifications at ‘Merit’ or above. A grade C or above in GCSE English or a pass in Level 2 Functional English must have been achieved. A grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics or a pass in level 2 Functional Mathematics must have been achieved for entry onto most Level 3 Extended Diplomas.

Level 3 Extended Diploma programmes

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

FLEX (Foundation Learning)

Level Two

(Many courses have additional or alternative requirements – see course listings)

Level Three

Levels

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Jargon Buster

what does it all mean?

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This Jargon Buster is here to help make sense of some of the initials and tricky terms you may encounter while reading through this prospectus. If there’s anything else you don’t understand, please don’t hesitate to ask us when you enquire for more details or come in for an interview.


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ABC An awarding body offering qualifications in vocational areas such as Motor Vehicle.

EAL An awarding body, particularly associated with engineering qualifications.

A Level A single subject course usually completed in two years, made up of an AS Level and an A2 in the same subject.

Edexcel An awarding body, providing both academic and vocational qualifications.

Applied A Level Work-related academic qualifications which are designed to develop skills for a specific field of employment. AS Level The first part of an A Level, taking a year to complete, and a qualification in its own right. A2 The second part of an A Level. Progression to the A2 depends on passing the AS Level in the same subject. Apprenticeships Vocational training programmes for people in employment. Available at Levels 2, 3 and 4. AQA An awarding body, provider of many A Level courses. Award/Certificate/Diploma These terms relate to the size of a qualification – the number of units you are required to study. Diplomas are the largest, Awards are the smallest. All three types of qualification can be studied at different levels.

CACHE An awarding body, provider of many childcare courses. City & Guilds An awarding body, provider of many vocational qualifications.

Functional Skills Qualifications in English, Maths and ICT at Entry Levels 1-3 and Levels 1-2. Offered as stand-alone qualifications or form part of other qualifications and the apprenticeship framework. They are an integral part of many full-time programmes at College. GCSE Stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs are single subject qualifications, usually completed in one year. Grades D-G are Level 1 qualifications, while grades A*-C are Level 2. Higher Education All education above Level 3. This includes HNCs, HNDs, foundation degrees and honours degrees. Levels The level of a qualification indicates its degree of difficulty. For instance, GCSEs at grades A*-C are at Level 2, while A Levels are at Level 3. Some qualifications are also offered at Entry Level, which is lower than Level 1. OCR An awarding body offering both academic and vocational qualifications. Portfolio A form of assessment consisting of a collection of written coursework tasks. 90 Credit Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/ Extended Diploma These terms relate to the different sizes of awards which make up the BTEC suite of qualifications.

CSkills Specialist awarding body for the construction industry.

UCAS Progress A website where you can search for and compare courses from different education providers and make online applications.

CYQ An awarding body particularly associated with health and fitness qualifications.

VTCT An awarding body particularly associated with hair and beauty qualifications.

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BTEC Originally stood for the Business and Technology Education Council but is now used to refer to work-related qualifications offered by Edexcel. Offered at different levels and the Level 3 BTEC Diplomas can be used to gain access to universities.

FLEX Wakefield College’s Foundation Learning programme. Offers a mix of vocational study, basic English, Maths and IT and personal and social development.


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If your next step is likely to be an Advanced Level course taking you on to higher education and a fulfilling career, look no further than the sixthf6rm at Wakefield College which offers a vibrant, adult learning environment where you can study towards AS/A Levels, Advanced Level Diplomas in vocational subjects, or, in some cases, a mixture of both. You can read about our Advanced Level Vocational courses in this prospectus in the appropriate vocational sections, but if you’re interested in AS/A Levels, ask for a copy of our Sixth Form Guide. There you’ll find full details of the AS/A Levels we have on offer, together with more information about the benefits of being a sixth form student at Wakefield College.

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AS/A Levels Art, Craft & Design Art & Design (Photography) Biology Business Studies Chemistry English Language English Literature English Language and Literature Film Studies Government & Politics Graphic Communication Health & Social Care (Double Award) History Applied ICT (Double Award) ICT Law Mathematics Further Mathematics Media Studies Physics Psychology Sociology

Advanced Level Vocational Courses Diploma/Extended Diploma in Business Diploma in Childcare and Education Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Diploma in Health and Social Care Diploma/Extended Diploma in Hospitality Extended Diploma in IT Subsidiary Diploma in IT (Web Design and Development) Extended Diploma in Art & Design Extended Diploma in Computer Games Design Extended Diploma in Graphic Design Extended Diploma in Media (TV and Film) Extended Diploma in Photography Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Extended Diploma in Music (Performance) Extended Diploma in Music Technology Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre Programme) Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science) Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Sciences Diploma in Travel & Tourism Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk


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Apprenticeships at Wakefield College Undertaking an Apprenticeship is an increasingly popular way of gaining skills and developing a fulfilling career. Wakefield College works with over 500 companies, including Coca Cola, Help-Link, D H Wright Joinery and Next, to make our Apprenticeship experience the best in the area. Read on for our guide to Apprenticeships … What is an Apprenticeship?

What do I get paid?

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to gain onthe-job experience with an employer and training and qualifications through College. Apprenticeship frameworks have been developed in consultation with employers, learning providers and regulatory bodies to ensure that they meet the needs of businesses and learners. They cover skills far beyond those traditionally associated with Apprenticeships, and now range from office environments to technical settings and workshops.

As an Apprentice, you will receive a guaranteed minimum wage, but the actual wage that you earn will vary. A typical average is £95-£130 per week, depending on the size of the employer and the skill area in which you are training. If you are aged 16 to 18, the cost of your training and assessment is covered by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Learners aged 19+ pay a fee which varies according to the vocational programme they choose.

What levels are there and how long does it take?

“Employers with apprentices appreciate the good communication and continuity of contacts and they have trust in Wakefield College.”

There are three levels of Apprenticeship: Level 2, Level 3 (Advanced) and Level 4 (Higher). Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships generally last between 12-24 months, and on successful completion, Level 4 is available for higher progression.

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How do I become an Apprentice? You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have the ability to complete the full framework (see What do I have to study for my Apprenticeship?). The normal entry requirement for an Apprenticeship is via GCSEs at grade A*-D, ideally including English and Maths. You will undertake a skills assessment to ensure that your English and Maths skills are at the correct level before you are accepted onto the programme. Entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship is gained with five GCSEs at grade A*-C, ideally including English and Maths, or via progression from a Level 2 Apprenticeship. You will be interviewed and assessed for general ability in your chosen area of study. You will also need an employer. The College can sometimes help with this as employers often let us know about vacancies as they arise. Alternatively, look for job adverts, approach local companies directly, or search for vacancies on the national Apprenticeships website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

Ofsted Inspection Report.

What do I have to study for my Apprenticeship? You will study three types of qualification:

A Vocational Qualification This is at Level 2 for Apprenticeship and Level 3 for Advanced Apprenticeship. The VQ is a qualification which ensures that the Apprentice has the skills to meet the requirements of the relevant industry.

Functional Skills Most Apprenticeship frameworks include Functional Skills English and Maths, but you may also be required to study Information Technology. The exact subjects and levels depend on which Apprenticeship framework you are undertaking.

The Diploma This gives you the knowledge and understanding to support the practical skills covered by the VQ. It is the taught element and is delivered at College. The Diploma is accredited by exam boards such as City & Guilds, BTEC, etc.


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What form does the training take? On-the-job training is provided by the employer. In the workplace you will practise the skills demonstrated by the employer or taught by College. You will prepare a portfolio of evidence to show that you have practised these skills, and this will be evaluated by an assessor appointed by the College who will make regular visits to monitor your progress. Off-the-job training is provided by the College. This could be at any one of the Campuses: Wakefield, Thornes Park or Castleford, depending on your area of study.

How many days attendance at College are required? This depends on your programme of study, but generally one day per week.

What support will the College provide? As an Apprentice you will have an ‘individual training plan’ and you will receive support and guidance from a programme area tutor who is there to support you at College. In addition, a Work-Based Learning Coordinator (WBLC) will guide you through an induction and initial assessment process, draw up an agreement between the employer, the College and yourself, and visit you and your employer on a regular basis throughout the training period.

What programmes are available?

What more can I do when I’ve completed my Apprenticeship? The Advanced Apprenticeship is accepted by many colleges and universities as entry to higher level courses, such as HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees. Many are offered on a parttime basis so you can continue to study while still working for your employer. Wakefield College offers many of these higher level courses, but if you want to know what else is available in West Yorkshire, go to: www.apprentice-forward.org.uk.

What should I do now? Contact the College’s Work-Based Learning Unit on 01924 789469 to request an application form. Once we receive your completed form we will acknowledge receipt and, at an appropriate time, arrangements will be made for you to attend the initial assessment and interview.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

Accounts, Brickwork, Business Administration, Carpentry and Joinery, Hospitality and Catering, Customer Service, Childcare, Dental Nursing, Electrical Installation, Engineering, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Logistics, Management, Motor Vehicle, Plastering, Plumbing and Sport and Fitness. Training programmes may vary. Please contact the Work-Based Learning Unit for the up-to-date position: 01924 789469.


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Animal Care Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies – Animal Care Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

Business and Management Level 1 Diploma in Business Administration Level 2 Diploma in Business Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Business

Childcare and Early Years Level 1 Award in Caring for Children Level 1 in Caring for Children and Adults Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Construction and Civil Engineering Entry Level 3 in Craft Construction Activities Level 1 Diploma in Construction Level 1 Diploma in Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industries Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating Level 1/2 Diploma in Plastering Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Level 2 Diploma in Construction Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating Level 2 Diploma in Basic Plumbing and Heating Level 2/3 Diploma in Bench Joinery Level 2/3 Diploma in Site Carpentry Level 2/3 Diploma in Bricklaying Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing Studies Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Engineering

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Vocational Courses

We offer courses to cater for all levels, abilities and ambitions. Vocational programmes of study lead to job-related qualifications and, with dozens to choose from, Wakefield College has something for everyone.

Level 1 Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

ESOL ESOL programme

FLEX FLEX Steps FLEX Options FLEX Partnership


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Hair and Beauty Entry Level 3 Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector Level 1 in Beauty Therapy Level 1 in Hairdressing Level 1 in Combined Hair and Beauty Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies Level 2 Diploma in Combined Hair and Beauty Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Treatments Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

Health and Social Care Level 1 in Caring for Children and Adults Level 2 First Diploma in Health and Social Care AS/A Level Health and Social Care (Double Award) Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Horticulture Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture

Hospitality and Catering Level 1 Certificate in Investigating the Hospitality Industry Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Hospitality

ICT

Media, Art and Design Level 1 Expressive and Creative Arts Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design Level 2 Diploma in Computer Games Design Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media and Photography Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computer Games Design Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (TV and Film) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Music Level 2 Diploma in Music (Popular Music) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Performance) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology

Performing Arts Level 1 Expressive and Creative Arts Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Level 2 Diploma in Production Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre Programme)

Public Services Level 1 Diploma in Public Services Level 2 Diploma in Public Services Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure)

Science Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)

Sport Link to Level 1 in Sport (Entry Level 3) Level 1 Award in Exercise and Fitness Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure Level 2 Diploma in Sport Level 2 Certificate in PE and Sport Employment Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences Athlete Development Programme Rugby League Development Centre Football Development Centre Women’s Football Development Centre

Motor Vehicle

Travel and Tourism

Entry Level 3 Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Service and Repair

Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

Level 1 Digital Applications for IT Users Level 2 Diploma in IT AS/A Level Applied IT (Double Award) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (Web Design and Development) Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT

Level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Body Repair Level 1 Diploma in Motorcycle Studies Level 2 Body Repair/Refinishing Level 2 Diploma in General Fitting Operations Level 2 Diploma in Motorcycle Service and Repair Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Level 3 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair


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“I’ve been at the College for eight months now and I really enjoy it. I chose this course because I have always wanted to work with animals and want to learn as much as I can about them. It’s a really interesting course and involves a mixture of written and practical work.” Rebecca Stead

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Level 2 Diploma Animal Care

Animal Care Animal Care is a diverse and expanding industry, worth £1 billion to the UK economy. In recent years there has been a big rise in the number of people visiting zoos and wildlife parks, improving job prospects for those with appropriate qualifications. At Wakefield College we offer specialist facilities for the study of Animal Care, including a collection of exotic and mammalian species and a partnership with Askham Bryan College which enables our students to access further species and resources.

Courses we offer: Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

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Level 1 Diploma in Level 2 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care Animal Care Wakefield City Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

•E  ntry Level qualification including English and Maths at Entry Level 3

What you will study

This programme provides the opportunity to care for a variety of animals, both wild and domesticated, and you will learn about their health, wellbeing, handling and accommodation.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will build up your skills and professional techniques by working in a realistic animal care environment which includes a range of small mammals and exotic animals. Class-based lessons ensure that you have a full understanding of the theory behind the practice and sufficient knowledge to complete your assignments. There will be visits and field trips which will expand your knowledge of different species. Assessment will take the form of an online, multiple choice test for one unit and observed or written assignments for the others. These could be in the form of posters, leaflets, completing assignment tasks or answering questions.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Wakefield College, followed by the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Wakefield College in partnership with Askham Bryan). You may be able to gain employment as a pet store assistant, cattery or kennel assistant, stable hand, wildlife rehabilitator, or charity animal care assistant.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English or Maths, or • Appropriate Level 1 qualification plus Functional Skills English Level 1 and Maths Entry Level 3

What you will study

Animal accommodation, animal behaviour and handling, animal health and welfare, animal feeding, understanding British wildlife species, habitats and rehabilitation, introduction to caring for zoo animals and work experience. You will also gain an insight into careers in the animal care industry.

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through classroom activities such as lectures, discussions and listening to visiting specialist speakers. The rest of your time will be spent getting hands-on experience of animal handling, research and lab work and work experience in animal care settings. Your practical skills, written assignments and oral presentations will be continuously assessed. Your performance during work experience will also be assessed.

What’s next?

With a Merit grade you can progress to the Extended Diploma in Animal Management run by Wakefield College in partnership with Askham Bryan College in York. Career opportunities include working as a kennel assistant, animal nursing assistant, animal groomer, pet shop assistant, and zookeeper. You could work in boarding kennels and catteries, veterinary practices, charities such as the RSPCA, Guide Dogs for the Blind or wildlife sanctuaries, grooming parlours, pet shops, zoos and wildlife parks.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management Wakefield City Campus/Askham Bryan College 2 years NPTC/City & Guilds Entry requirements •4  GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D, or • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, plus English at grade D • GCSE in Science at grade A*-C preferably, or • Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade

What you will study

This is a wide-ranging course with options covering animal handling, nursing, welfare, behaviour, biology, anatomy, physiology and the management of various kinds of animal establishments. There is a choice of four different pathways enabling access to specialist units: Companion Animal and Canine Care; Science; Zoo and Collections Management, and Wildlife and Conservation.

How you will learn and be assessed

Assessment includes a range of methods including written assignments, practical and project work.

What’s next?

Progress to a foundation degree followed by an honours top-up in subjects such as animal management, zoology, marine biology, animal welfare and animal behaviour. Career opportunities include supervisory or management positions in a wide range of environments including boarding kennels, zoos, wildlife rescue centres, the veterinary industry, conservation projects, livestock farming, equine industry, environment management and science laboratories.

Scott Reynolds Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

Variety is the key word. Formal lectures, presentations, discussions, group work, field trips and practical activities are all involved. A one day per week work placement is an integral part of the first year of the course, and you will spend two days per week at Askham Bryan in both years. Transport is provided from Wakefield to Askham Bryan.

“I have learnt a lot about the animal care industry whilst studying and I have gained a lot of experience working with the animals in the animal care unit. As part of the course I spend one day a week at a work placement which I really enjoy.”


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“In my first year at Wakefield College I did some work experience in the Marketing Department, which definitely taught me a lot about how a real office operates, and I felt I could take what I learned in the classroom into the workplace. I also took part in Young Enterprise where students create their own business and run it for about eight months, which overall was successful.”

Business& Management Practical application is the key to business studies at Wakefield College, and students gain a package of valuable business, office and information technology skills which is attractive to employers. Our business and management students benefit from excellent facilities, including access to the Wakefield City Campus’s state-of-the-art library and multiple IT suites, and teaching by extremely knowledgeable tutors. Students are encouraged to take part in various European initiatives, giving them the opportunity to experience business situations in an international context.

Courses we offer: Level 1 Diploma in Business Administration Level 2 Diploma in Business Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Business

Arnis Klines BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Diploma in Business Administration

Level 2 Diploma in Business

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade E-F, including English and Maths (or Entry Level 3 English and Maths)

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English, plus Maths at grade E or above, or

What you will study

• Level 1 Diploma at Merit plus Functional Skills English at Level 1 and Maths at Entry Level 3

This programme is designed to provide an interesting introduction to the world of business. It includes topics such as ideas for small businesses, using office equipment, communicating electronically, business documentation, and dealing with mail, telephone calls, and visitors.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will take part in a mixture of classroom-based and practical learning activities. Assessment will take the form of short-answer questions, written assignments, timed practical assessments and role-play exercises.

What’s next?

Progression is to the Level 2 Diploma in Business at Wakefield College. Further training and experience will enable you to find employment in many areas associated with business.

What you will study

This course will enable you to take the first steps towards a successful career in business. It includes units on business organisations, financial forecasting, people in organisations, promoting and branding, online business and visual merchandising.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and activities. Learning methods will include classroom presentations, group work, research tasks, exhibitions and occasional visits and guest speakers. Assessment takes the form of internally assessed assignments.

What’s next?

This qualification would enable you to seek employment at a junior level in a variety of roles such as an administrative assistant, investment administrator, receptionist, customer service assistant, sales representative, personnel assistant or telesales operator.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Progression is to the Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Business.


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“Learning about the eight different business criteria has shown me the world of business. Next year I am going on to the Level 3 Business course to boost my knowledge, and hopefully after that I will be opening my own business. I want to be my own boss. As Lord Sugar has said, ‘No-one becomes rich working for somebody else!’”

Andy Wilson

BTEC Business Level 2

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“I’ve had an excellent experience at College so far. I’ve got more confidence in my ability in my lessons and with things I didn’t think I could do. I’ve been accepted at Liverpool University to study marketing and my time here has definitely been good preparation. When I finish university I want a job in marketing or in the business sector.”

Leonie Brook

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business


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Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Business Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC Entry requirements For the Diploma • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Level 2 Maths, or • A combination of GCSEs at grade A*-C and a Level 2 Diploma at Merit, plus Level 2 English and Maths For the Extended Diploma • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths (or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths), or • A combination of GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths (or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths), and a Level 2 Diploma at Distinction

What you will study

You will study four core units on the business environment, business resources, marketing and communication, and eight (or fourteen for the Extended Diploma) units on specialist topics such as finance, event management, human resource management and small business start-up.

How you will learn and be assessed

What’s next?

This course can lead to a wide variety of business roles such as accounting technician, facilities officer, fundraiser, housing officer, insurance claims settler, legal secretary, paralegal or trainee legal executive, and customer services officer. Progression is to a range of higher education courses such as the HNC/HND in Business and the Foundation Degree in Management and Business Enterprise, followed by a top-up BA (Hons) in Business and Management at Wakefield College. Alternatively there are opportunities for apprenticeships in areas such as accounting and business administration.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

You will learn through formal lessons, case studies, businessrelated activities, individual research, guest speakers and visits. Assessment takes the form of internally assessed assignments.


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“When I applied for university they told me that I needed to have a certain number of hours of working in a childcare setting; this course has helped me achieve that. We did more than 200 hours altogether on our placements. We did four different placements over two years with children from a range of ages. “ Mollie Garfield Level 3 Childcare & Education

Childcare & Early Years Many families rely on professional childcare to enable them to balance their work and family responsibilities. This makes caring for children a vital element of the country’s economy and an area of increasing employment opportunities. Wakefield College’s childcare courses have been developed by experienced professionals in the field and will equip you with everything you need to enjoy a rewarding career working with children. Our courses include a substantial amount of work placement experience in various types of childcare provision, helping you to choose a progression route within the area of childcare which interests you most.

Courses we offer: Level 1 Award in Caring for Children Level 1 in Caring for Children and Adults Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Award in Caring for Children

Level 1 in Caring for Children and Adults

Castleford Campus 1 year CACHE

Wakefield City Campus 1 year CACHE

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 3 GCSEs at grade E-G including English and Maths or Entry Level 3 English and Maths

• 3 GCSEs at grade E-G including English and Maths, or Entry Level 3 English and Maths

What you will study

What you will study

You will learn how to value children as individuals, to support a child’s learning through everyday experiences and how to keep children safe. You will also cover topics on healthy eating and encouraging children to be physically active. You will learn about creative activities for children and how language and communication skills develop. You will also develop your own personal skills to enable you to progress into work or a Level 2 course.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through classroom-based activities and independent learning. Assessment will be continuous and assignment-based. There will also be one externally assessed examination.

What’s next?

If you gain the necessary number of credits plus Functional Skills qualifications, you can progress to Level 2.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

This course can lead to higher level studies which will open the door to a wide range of careers in childcare including playwork, childminding, teaching and nursing.

This introductory course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Childcare or Health and Social Care but aren’t sure which you prefer. You will study towards the CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children, and the CACHE Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in an Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will be involved in a variety of activities including workbooks, poster work, research and practical activities. Assessment will be by the completion of workbooks and assignments.

What’s next?

This course is intended to provide a foundation for further study or training prior to entering the world of work. Progression would be to a Level 2 qualification such as the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care or the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce.


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Thomas Pearson

BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

“My time at the College has been enjoyable, I’ve been here for three years now and it’s been a much better experience than I had at school. The tutors are really enthusiastic and supportive and the place itself is alive; you can really feel that they’re all working towards getting you a good education.”


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Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce Castleford Campus, Wakefield City Campus 1 year CACHE Entry requirements • 2 GCSEs at grade A*-C plus 2 GCSEs at grade A*-D (including English Language) plus GCSE Maths at grade E, or • Level 1 Childcare plus Functional Skills Level 1 in English and Maths

What you will study

You will study seven units covering practical issues such as how to work with children in the placement environment, and theoretical elements including child development, children and play, safe, healthy and nurturing environments and working with children.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through classroom-based activities such as lectures, group work, workshops and through work experience in Early Years settings. You will be assessed through work completed within the classroom setting and in your Early Years placement, where you will be assessed by the visiting placement officer and through work that you produce to build a portfolio of evidence.

What’s next?

This is a part of a progression route to Level 3 which enables you to gain experience in the work setting.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Students passing the Certificate and GCSE English grade C may progress to the CACHE Level 3.


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Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education

Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Castleford Campus 2 years CACHE

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs Grade A*-C including English plus Maths at Grade E or above, or

• 5 GCSEs grade A*-C including English and Maths

• Level 2 Cache Certificate at Merit Grade plus Functional Skills English at Level 2, Skills assessment at Level 1 or above in Maths

What you will study

A range of topics including childcare, child development, supporting and keeping children safe, promoting a healthy environment, play and learning and professional practice.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will take part in a variety of activities in the classroom and workshop, practical sessions, group work and lectures. Assessment will mainly be through assignments and portfolios of evidence.

What’s next?

Progression is to a degree or foundation degree in children’s care. Wakefield College offers a Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development which can then be topped up to a BA in Early Years.

You will learn about children’s development, how to promote positive relationships and environments in children’s care, learning and development settings, protecting children and promoting their rights, and learning activities and play.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a variety of methods including group work, individual study, simulations, presentations, assignments and research. Practical involvement in a variety of settings such as LEA nurseries, private day nurseries and schools forms an important part of the programme. A professional practice unit will help you to put theory into practice. The course is continually assessed and the level of study is equivalent, at present, to three A Levels. Assessment is through assignments, time constrained essays, small tests, successful work placements, externally set assignments and practical work.

What’s next?

You could progress to a degree or foundation degree in children’s care. Wakefield College offers a Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development which can then be topped up to a BA in Early Years. Successful completion of the full Diploma leads to Qualified Practitioner Status for the 0 – 8 age group and can lead to employment as an early years practitioner in nurseries, private day nurseries, schools or private families.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

The Level 3 Diploma qualifies you as an Early Years Practitioner with a licence to practise unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity in a variety of settings including nurseries, schools, day nurseries, family centres, private families and hospitals.

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“The course is giving me the skills I need. All the tutors have real experience of working in the industry and they share that with us. Classroom-based work involves working out solutions and then we go into the workshops and do practical work.” Connor Stevens Electrical Installation Level 2

Construction & Civil Engineering Construction is one of the UK’s major industries and a crucial part of Wakefield’s local economy. It is also a sector containing many different skills and opportunities. Traditional disciplines such as carpentry, joinery and plumbing remain core skills, but technology has become important too, and our construction students can be found using computers as often as hammers or trowels. The workshops in our state-of-the-art Castleford Campus are purposebuilt and full of modern equipment, and our teaching staff are on hand to give you the benefit of their years of experience and practical know-how. With excellent facilities and first-class lecturers, Wakefield College is the number one choice for all construction courses.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: Entry Level 3 in Craft Construction Activities Level 1 Diploma in Construction Level 1 Diploma in Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industries Level 1 & Level 2/3 Diploma in Bricklaying Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 & Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Courses wein Construction offer: Level 2 Diploma Level 2 Diploma in Basic Plumbing and Heating • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care Level 2/3 Diploma in Bench Joinery •Level Level Diploma in Carpentry Animal Care 2/32Diploma in Site •Level Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing Studies • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

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We have a new facility at the Lightwaves Construction Centre, enabling students to study construction in the heart of Wakefield.

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Entry Level 3 Cskills Awards in Craft Construction Activities

Level 1 Diploma in Construction

Castleford Campus or Lightwaves* 1 year Cskills

Castleford Campus or Lightwaves* 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Working at Entry Level 2 in English and Maths

What you will study

If you are interested in a career in construction, this course will allow you to try out various construction trades by studying for the Award in Multicraft Construction Activities. You will then have the opportunity to work in more depth in some of the other trades such as carpentry and joinery, painting, bricklaying and wall/floor tiling.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through hands-on practical activities in the trade workshops. You will prepare to carry out the different tasks, practise your skills, then clear and store your tools and equipment. Your practical skills will be assessed by the completion of tasks in the workshop. You will also receive support from the staff to complete specially-designed workbooks.

What’s next? This course is intended to provide a foundation for further study or training prior to entering the world of work in the construction industry, and to help you decide which trade you would like to specialise in. You can progress to trade courses in bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, plastering and building services.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

*Lightwaves Construction Centre, Wakefield WF1 3LJ

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths

What you will study

This course is ideal for those leaving school who are interested in a career in construction but aren’t sure whether they wish to follow the craft route or the building services route. Over the academic year the course will give you an introduction to bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, electrical installation and plumbing. These skills will help you to start building a career in construction.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by taking part in practical, hands-on activities where you can practise your skills, by observing demonstrations and in classroom-based sessions. There will be continuous assessment of your practical tasks and theory assignments.

What’s next?

This course is intended to provide a foundation for further study at Level 1 or 2, or training prior to entering the world of work. It will help you to identify which sector of the construction industry you would like to specialise in. *Lightwaves Construction Centre, Wakefield WF1 3LJ


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Gary Pape

Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

“It’s a good course, really enjoyable and I’d recommend it. The teachers are good really supportive. I want to be a joiner when I leave College - it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I enjoy doing it. If I was leaving school now, I’d definitely come here again.”


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Level 1 Diploma in Level 1 Diploma in Preparation for Bricklaying Employment in the Construction Industries Castleford Campus or Lightwaves* 1 year Ascentis

Castleford Campus 1 year Cskills/City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What you will study

What you will study

• Working at Entry Level 3 or above in English and Maths If you are interested in employment in the construction industry when you leave school, this courses offers two pathways: * Plumbing and electrical, ideal if you wish to progress into this field and are leaving school with no GCSEs at grade D and above. * Ground works, suitable if you are leaving school and want to progress into block/flag/kerb laying or drainage.

How you will learn and be assessed

Assessment will be carried out throughout the course, consisting of practical activities and the compilation of a portfolio which you will build up containing evidence of your learning.

What’s next?

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress to a variety of Level 2 Construction qualifications. Alternatively, you may be able to progress to employment and return as an apprentice, studying a Level 2 Diploma with an NVQ on a part-time basis.

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*Lightwaves Construction Centre, Wakefield WF1 3LJ

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths In classroom sessions you will look at construction technology to gain an insight not only into the role of a bricklayer but also into the whole construction process. You will study health and safety to ensure that your working practices are safe. You will also start to learn how to read and produce drawings. In the workshops you will develop the practical skills required in the construction of brickwork including basic blocklaying and bricklaying skills, and basic cavity walling.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn largely by carrying out practical projects in the workshops, but also by attending classroom sessions and tutorials. There will be continuous assessment of your practical tasks, and also online tests at the end of each unit.

What’s next?

Progression from this Level 1 course is usually to the Level 2 Diploma. However, this qualification will enable you to apply for a bricklaying apprenticeship and you could then study the Level 2 Diploma with the NVQ on a part-time basis.


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Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating

Castleford Campus 1 year Cskills/City & Guilds

Castleford Campus 1 year Cskills

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What you will study

What you will study

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths Practical and theoretical units in carpentry and joinery related subjects such as health and safety, hand tools, powered hand tools, basic woodworking joints, access equipment, building workplace relationships and organising and planning work.

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through classroom based activities and tutorials, online resources and practical projects. There will be continuous assessment of your practical tasks and written tests, including online tests at the end of each unit.

What’s next? Progression from this Level 1 course is usually to the Level 2 Diploma. However, this qualification will enable you to apply for carpentry or joinery apprenticeship and you could then study the Level 2 Diploma with the NVQ on a part-time basis.

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths You will gain skills in erecting and dismantling access equipment, preparing surfaces for decoration, applying paint using brushes and rollers, applying foundation and plain paper, and producing a specialist decorative finish. You will also study modules concerned with safe working practices, communication and general building methods.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a mixture of classroom work (making use of interactive resources), site visits and workshop experience and you will complete a number of practical and online assessments throughout the duration of the course.

What’s next?

This course could help you to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating or to gain an apprenticeship.

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Level 1/2 Diploma in Plastering

Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services

Castleford Campus or Lightwaves* 1 year per level Cskills

Castleford Campus or Lightwaves* 1 year City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• English and Maths at Entry Level 3 for entry onto the course, and at Level 1 for progression to the Level 2 Diploma

What you will study

In classroom sessions you will look at construction technology to gain an insight not only into the role of a plasterer but also into the whole construction process. You will study health and safety, and safe handling of materials to ensure that your working practices are safe. You will also start to learn how to produce and read drawings. In the workshops you will develop the practical skills required in plastering including the preparation and mixing of plaster materials and covering of various surfaces.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will be involved in practical workshop sessions with demonstrations and hands-on activity, classroom sessions and tutorials. There will be practical and written tests at the end of each unit and at the end of the course.

What’s next?

As a plasterer, you could work for specialist plastering firms, building contractors, local authorities and other public organisations. With experience, you could also become selfemployed and work as a sub-contractor. You could progress to supervisory jobs or move into other areas, like tiling, estimating and site management. *Lightwaves Construction Centre, Wakefield WF1 3LJ

What you will study

This Level 2 course is a good starting point if you are interested in the Building Services sector. You will complete a range of mandatory and optional units covering topics in plumbing, electrical and refrigeration.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course is a mixture of practical activities and tutor-led classroom sessions. There will be continuous practical and written assessment throughout the year.

What’s next?

You could progress to Level 2 Plumbing and Electrical Installation courses, or Level 3 Building Services courses.

Building Services engineers manage and design the installation of services within a vast range of different kinds of developments. There are employment opportunities with a wide variety of organisations, from multi-national companies, local authorities, the NHS, and educational institutions to small partnerships specialising in particular aspects of Building Services. *Lightwaves Construction Centre, Wakefield WF1 3LJ

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

Progression from this Level 1 course is usually to the Level 2 Diploma. However, this qualification will enable you to apply for an apprenticeship in plastering and you could then study the Level 2 Diploma with the NVQ on a part-time basis.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English and Maths, or Relevant Level 1 qualification plus Level 1 Functional Skills English and Maths


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Level 2 Diploma in Construction

Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating

Castleford Campus or Lightwaves* 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Castleford Campus 1 year Cskills

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Equivalent Level 1/2 qualification plus Level 1 English and Maths

• Level 1 English and Maths

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English, Maths and a science subject, or

What you will study

You will study general units introducing you to the construction industry, its processes and methods, the science and maths involved, health and safety, and sustainability. You will also explore the major areas of carpentry and joinery, building services, plumbing and electrical operations.

How you will learn and be assessed

What you will study

You will gain knowledge and skills in areas such as safe working practices, communication, general building methods, erection and dismantling of access equipment, preparing surfaces, applying paint, applying foundation and plain paper, producing a specialist decorative finish and using spray equipment.

Six of the units are theory based and will be delivered by a combination of classroom and resource-based learning activities. Six of the units are practical and workshop-based. Assessment will be through assignments and practical tasks completed throughout the year.

How you will learn and be assessed

What’s next?

This course could help you to gain an apprenticeship in painting and decorating. Progression would be to the Level 3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating.

This course will help you to decide in which sector of the construction industry your future career will lie. You could progress to a Level 3 in Construction or Civil Engineering, Level 2 Electrical Installation or Level 2 Plumbing and Heating. *Lightwaves Construction Centre, Wakefield WF1 3LJ

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

• Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating (or equivalent), or • Relevant experience

You will learn by a mixture of classroom work, site visits and workshop experience. Your practical work will be assessed and there will also be online assessments.

What’s next?

As a painter and decorator, you could work with building or painting contractors, local authorities or the NHS. With experience, you could aim to progress to supervisory roles, take further training to specialise in particular techniques such as restoration work, or you may wish to set up your own business.


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Level 2 Diploma in Basic Plumbing and Heating

Level 2/3 Diploma in Bench Joinery

Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Castleford Campus 1 year per level Construction Skills

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Maths and a Science, or • Level 1 Plumbing Certificate plus Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English

What you will study

You will take theory units covering the key principles of plumbing, hot and cold water systems, and central heating systems. These will be closely related to practical tasks such as the fitting of a complete bathroom suite and the installation of a tank and cylinder undertaken in the College workshop areas which simulate real life working environments.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by a mixture of practical activities in the workshop and theory classes involving lectures, discussions and resource-based learning. Assessment is continuous throughout the academic year through both practical activities, assessed in the College workshop, and multiplechoice type theory assessment. Towards the end of the course there is a practical assessment and final exam. This qualification will demonstrate your skills and commitment to potential employers and help you to break into a career in plumbing. Progression is to the full-time Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing or the Level 3 Diploma in Building Services. Alternatively, if you gain employment in the sector you can study Level 2 NVQ and then progress to our full Level 3 apprenticeship programme on a day release basis

• Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery, or

• BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction with Distinction in the carpentry and joinery elements, or • Substantial amount of practical experience • Level 1 English and Maths For Level 3

• Level 2 Bench Joinery, or

• 3/4 years’ practical experience • Level 2 English and Maths

What you will study

You will learn about building methods and construction technology and gain skills in setting up and operating a circular saw, producing setting out details for routine joinery products, manufacturing routine and complex joinery products, and setting up and using fixed and transportable machinery.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through practical tasks, study packages, lectures and tutorials. There will be continuous assessment plus final assessment of a practical piece of work and an external exam.

What’s next?

From Level 3 you could progress to Level 4 Site Supervision or a bridging course to the HNC in Construction and Civil Engineering. An alternative route would be to gain an apprenticeship within the construction Industry leading to employment as a qualified bench joiner, then on to supervision, management or technical support roles.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

What’s next?

For Level 2


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“It’s a really good course, especially for anyone who wants to learn the basics of Carpentry and Joinery after leaving school. My advice to someone thinking of coming to College is to do it. It’s different from school - you can do much more here. It’s a good place to be.”

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Level 2/3 Diploma in Site Carpentry

Level 2/3 Diploma in Bricklaying

Castleford Campus 1 year per level Construction Skills

Castleford Campus 1 year Construction Skills

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For Level 2

For Level 2

• Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery, or

• Suitable level of practical experience • Level 1 English and Maths For Level 3

• Level 2 Site Carpentry, or

• 3/4 years’ practical experience • Level 2 English and Maths

What you will study

You will learn about building methods and construction technology and gain skills in fixing operations, erecting structural carcassing, setting up and operating a circular saw, and setting up and using fixed and transportable machinery.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through practical tasks, study packages, lectures and tutorials. There will be continuous assessment plus final assessment of a practical piece of work and an external exam. From Level 3 you could progress to Level 4 Site Supervision or a bridging course to the HNC in Construction and Civil Engineering. An alternative route would be to gain an apprenticeship within the construction industry leading to employment as a qualified site carpenter, then on to supervision, management or technical support roles.

• BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction at Merit grade, plus GCSE English and Maths at grade D For Level 3

• Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying, plus Level 2 English and Maths, or • Suitable industry experience plus assessment of Maths and English skills at Level 2

What you will study

All the practical skills required in the construction of brickwork including the construction of solid and cavity walling. Theoretical elements include technical drawing, technology, health and safety, and site procedures.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn mostly by carrying out realistic practical projects in the workshops, but also by attending lectures and tutorials and working through study packages. There will be continuous assessment of your practical tasks and online tests at the end of each unit.

What’s next?

Progression from this course can be made to the CIOB Level 3 Site Supervision and then to Level 4 HNC Construction and the Built Environment/CIOB Level 4 Site Management. Employment opportunities exist for specialist bricklayers. With experience you could move into a supervisory position or even run your own business.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

What’s next?

• Level 1 Diploma for Trowel Occupations, plus Level 1 English and Maths, or


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Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation

Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing Studies

Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Maths and preferably a Science

What you will study

The principles of electrical science, electrical installations technology, installation of wiring systems and enclosures, and health and safety.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will take part in formal and informal classroom-based activities, private study and IT based learning. About a third of your time will be spent receiving expert tuition in the workshops gaining essential practical skills. Assessment will take the form of assignments and multiple-choice online tests.

What’s next?

Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation or NVQ Level 3, or BTEC Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services).

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Alternatively you could look for an advanced apprenticeship within an electrical contracting firm, looking forward to a career as a qualified electrician, electrical engineer or electrical engineering technician.

• NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing, or • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Plumbing, or • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing

What you will study

This course builds on Level 2 qualifications to give a greater technical understanding of the design and installation requirements of environmental technology systems, cold and hot water systems, sanitation systems, drainage systems, central heating systems and gas principles in the domestic environment.

How you will learn and be assessed

Assessment on this course is continuous throughout the academic year through both practical activities assessed in the College workshops and online theory assessment. There are also five written design assignments to be completed under examination conditions. Towards the end of the course there is a final practical assessment of one week’s duration.

What’s next?

Progression would be to the City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating or to employment – gaining this qualification will give you advanced knowledge and practical skills which will demonstrate your aptitude and commitment to potential employers.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Wakefield City Campus or Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC Entry requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C, to include English, Maths (Higher Tier) and a Science subject, or • Suitable Level 2 qualification

What you will study

A range of units including general topics in construction and the built environment plus specialist units in subjects such as surveying, project management, computer aided drafting and design, public health engineering, and measurement, estimating and tendering processes.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a combination of formal and informal sessions, including practical and resource-based activities and working with employers on local projects, plus regular trips to places of interest and a two-week work placement. Assessment is through assignments, including practical assignments, throughout the year that will show how you applied the knowledge gained.

What’s next?

Careers in civil engineering exist in a wide range of organisations such as local authorities, building contractors, power companies, environmental agencies and specialist consulting firms. You could also find work overseas with British consulting or contracting firms, working for foreign governments, and oil and mining companies.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

Progression to the HNC/HND Civil Engineering courses at Wakefield College, or HND/HNC or degree courses elsewhere. Learners on this programme are eligible to take advantage of an early application scheme with Leeds Metropolitan University.


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“If you’re thinking about coming here, I’d say do it. The resources are good - you’ll get as much help as you need, tutors that will go out of their way to help you, loads of computers, loads of study rooms. You can’t ask for much more. It’s absolutely brilliant, I love it. “ Erica Lea Level 2 Diploma in Performing Engineering Practical Operations

Engineering Being an engineer used to conjure up images of people in overalls, an industrial manufacturing setting and working with technical machinery such as lathes. While this is still true for some aspects of the industry, engineering includes a huge range of opportunities extending well beyond the traditional areas. Wakefield College is at the forefront of delivering up-to-date engineering courses for today’s world. Our students benefit from the purpose-built Castleford Campus with its superbly equipped workshops and specialist rooms for the teaching of IT and CAD/CAM, as well as Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Maintenance, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Plant Engineering and Fabrication/Welding.

Courses we offer: Level 1 Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Performing Engineering Operations

Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations

Castleford Campus 1 year EAL

Castleford Campus 1 year EAL

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What you will study

• Performing Engineering Operations Level 1 plus English and Maths at Level 1

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths You will learn how to work safely and efficiently in an engineering environment, and how to use technical information, and you will study units on making components using hand tools and fitting techniques, engineering machining, and the fabrication of thick plate and MIG Welding.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by taking part in practical, hands-on activities and portfolio building. Both your theory and practical work will be continuously assessed.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

This course is a first step towards a range of careers in engineering and progression would be to the Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 course, offered by Wakefield College.

• GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade A*-D, or

What you will study

A range of units including fitting, machining, welding, sheet metal, gas cutting and thick plate fabrication.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a practical course with some classroom-based sessions to cover the theory behind the practice. Assessment will be by questionnaires, portfolio building, observation and final assessment for practical tasks covered.

What’s next?

Level 3 Diploma in either Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Alternatively you could apply for an apprenticeship in a relevant field.

A wide range of opportunities exist within mechanical, electrical, maintenance or design engineering - building services engineer, domestic appliances service technician, materials engineer, production engineer, sheet metal worker, welder, electrician.


“The teaching on the course is really good. It’s clear that the tutors know their subjects well, and we get on well with them and can talk to them. All the College staff are friendly and helpful and our tutor has given us some good advice about our future careers.”

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Group Feedback Extended Diploma in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering Level 3

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Level 2 Diploma in Engineering

Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Engineering

Castleford Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Castleford Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Appropriate Level 1 qualification

• Appropriate Level 2 qualification plus Level 2 Maths and English

• 4 GCSEs at grade A* - D including Maths, English and Science, or

What you will study

You will learn how to work safely and effectively in an engineering setting. You will study a range of units including topics such as the operation and maintenance of mechanical systems and components, fabrication techniques and sheet metal work, using CAD, applied electrical and mechanical science, maths and electronic circuit construction.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will take part in classroom-based theory lessons, practical sessions in the laboratory or workshop and directed assignment work. Most of the units are internally assessed through assignments that are set and marked by your lecturers.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

With this qualification you may be able to enter employment as a junior technician, or apply for an apprenticeship and further your studies while you work. Alternatively you can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, available at Wakefield College.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English and 2 Sciences, or

What you will study

You will study topics such as health and safety, communications, maths, mechanical principles and applications, electrical and electronic principles, engineering materials, engineering drawing, electro pneumatic and hydraulic systems and principles and application of electronic devices.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will take part in classroom-based theory lessons, practical sessions in the laboratory or workshop and directed assignment work. You will need time for independent study to complete assignments. Assessment of each unit is by assignments and/or tests.

What’s next?

Successful completion of all the elements of the 90-Credit Diploma will enable you to progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical Engineering. You will then be able to apply for an advanced apprenticeship. You could also apply for a wide range of highly skilled jobs as a technician engineer in electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering or in the manufacturing industry.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Appropriate Level 2 qualification plus Level 2 English and Maths

• Appropriate Level 2 qualification plus Level 2 English and Maths

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English and 2 Sciences, or

What you will study

In Year 1 you will study towards the 90-Credit Diploma in Engineering and on successful completion of this qualification you will progress to specialist units in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. Units studied may include an engineering project, business operations, further maths, principals and application of analogue electronics, application of digital systems, electronic fault finding, three phase motors and drives, and further electrical principles.

How you will learn and be assessed

Classroom-based theory lessons, practical sessions in the laboratory or workshop and directed assignment work. Each unit is assessed by assignments and/or tests.

What’s next?

Alternatively, you could apply for an advanced apprenticeship, or for a position as a technician engineer in electrical/ electronic engineering or in the manufacturing industry.

What you will study

In Year 1 you will study towards the 90-Credit Diploma in Engineering and on successful completion of this qualification you will progress to specialist units in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Units studied may include an engineering project, business operations, further maths, further mechanical principles, applications of mechanical systems and technology, primary forming techniques, CAD and CNC.

How you will learn and be assessed

Classroom-based theory lessons, practical sessions in the laboratory or workshop and directed assignment work. Each unit is assessed by assignments and/or tests.

What’s next?

Continue to study full-time for a degree or HND in engineering. Wakefield College offers an HNC in Mechanical Engineering for those in employment.

Alternatively, you could apply for an advanced apprenticeship, or for a position as a technician engineer in mechanical engineering or in the manufacturing industry.

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Continue to study full-time for a degree or HND in engineering. Wakefield College offers an HNC in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering for those in employment.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English and 2 Sciences, or


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“I have only been in England for a year and couldn’t speak a word of English when I arrived. I can now speak, read and write in English. This is very important because I need to be able to do all of those things so that I can apply for university and study to be a doctor, which is what I want to do. If I can do it, anyone can do it. I really like Wakefield College and I’m really going to miss my teacher. I’ve found the best maths teacher in the world!” Joakim Mbarga Aboudi ESOL Level 1 English and School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Functional Skills Level 2

ESOL

(English for Speakers of Other Languages) Our full-time ESOL programme is for speakers of other languages who need to improve their English before progressing to other courses.

Wakefield City Campus 1-2 years City & Guilds Available at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Levels 1 and 2  ourses are free as long as you are 18 at the start of the course and C you have home student status (to be established on application) Entry requirements

• No formal entry requirements

• Your English will be assessed before joining the course to ensure that you learn at the right level

What you will study

This is a programme for 16-19 year olds who have English as a second or other language. You will study all aspects of the English language, developing skills in English grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, pronunciation, and reading and writing.

How you will learn and be assessed

ESOL lessons are designed to be interactive, challenging and engaging. You will focus on study of the language through a range of topics such as holidays and travel, education, hobbies and free time.

Courses we offer:

You will be1assessed on your writing, listening and–speaking skills. • Level Diploma in reading, Land-based Studies Animal Care

• Levelnext? 2 Diploma in Animal Care What’s

you have achieved the standard of English, you can move on to further •Once Level 3 Diploma inrequired Animal Management courses at College or into employment.

• Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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“FLEX Options gives you the life skills you need to prepare you for the world of work and I want a job in childcare. Every morning I get up and I’m ready to go and feel motivated. I’m meeting new people and finding friends that I never thought I’d have and I’ve got much more confidence now than when I started.”

Flex FLEX stands for Foundation Learning Excellence. There are different FLEX programmes to choose from, depending on your interests and existing abilities. All the programmes aim to help you to progress into independent living, further education and training or employment, and involve a mix of vocational study, basic English, Maths and IT and personal and social development. You’ll have the benefit of regular tutorials, enrichment opportunities and advice and guidance on your next step as you build up your qualifications and skills throughout the course.

Courses we offer: FLEX Steps FLEX Options FLEX Partnership

Bethany Simpson FLEX Options

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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FLEX STEPS

FLEX Options

Thornes Park Campus 1 year per programme Available at Pre-Entry and Entry Level 1

Wakefield City Campus, Castleford Campus Flexible duration – September and January start Available at Entry Levels 1-3

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What you will study

What you will study

(Steps Towards Employment & Personal Skills)

• No formal entry requirements The aim of this programme is to develop your independence, confidence, personal and social skills, and at the same time gain skills that could help you progress towards employment.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will be involved in active learning through a series of projects which will be reinforced through enrichment time. Typical projects include a photography exhibition, a performance, and an enterprise business and café.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

There may be the possibility of progress to our FLEX Options programme which is designed to provide you with the opportunity to study at higher levels in personal, social and employment skills, Maths and English, and vocational options at Entry Level 3.

• No formal entry requirements FLEX Options is a suite of programmes designed to improve your personal, social skills, employability skills, Maths and English as well as an opportunity to sample different vocational tasters. FLEX Options will help you to develop the skills you need to progress onto a Level 1 vocational course and to make a more informed choice of which Level 1 programme to apply for.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by a variety of classroom-based and practical sessions, depending on the vocational areas chosen. Assessment will take a variety of forms, including written and practical tests, portfolio building and external examinations.

What’s next?

The aim of FLEX Options is to help you to develop skills, improve your confidence and increase your self-esteem to help you progress to a Level 1 vocational course of your choice.


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FLEX Partnership

Training provider premises Up to 24 weeks – various start dates Available at Entry Levels 1-3 and Level 1 Entry requirements

• No formal entry requirements

What you will study

Delivered in conjunction with an external training provider, FLEX Partnership enables you to develop your Functional Skills, improve your personal and social development and focus on one particular occupational area. Programmes are currently offered in practical environmental and conservation skills, motor vehicle skills, creative i-media and construction.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a variety of practical activities and classroom based sessions. Assessment takes various forms, including portfolio building, external tests and assessment of practical tasks.

What’s next?

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Progress to a Level 1 or 2 course or apply for an apprenticeship in your chosen vocational area. Wakefield College has a progression agreement with each training provider which, provided you have met the achievement and attendance criteria, will either guarantee you a place on the next level in your chosen vocational area or will guarantee you an interview in another area of your choice.


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“Working with real clients is scary at first but it teaches you a lot. I’ve definitely gained more confidence; working with a real client base helps to build your confidence in what you do. The course is really good - it’s fun and you’ll really enjoy it. It’s not boring at all.” Emily Durham Level 3 Make-up Artistry

Hair & Beauty We all like to look our best, and this is reflected in the growth of the hair and beauty industries in the UK. For people with creative and technical skills and excellent qualifications, hairdressing, nail technology and beauty therapy offer solid career paths within existing salons or achievable possibilities for self-employment. Wakefield College has a long history of providing first-class training for hairdressers and beauty therapists, with a reputation for developing and supporting learners to a high standard. Students work at “Elements”, our beautifully appointed professional salon, taking advantage of its superb facilities and the chance to provide hair and beauty services to paying members of the public.

Courses we offer: Entry Level 3 Certificate in an Introduction to Hair and Beauty Level 1 in Beauty Therapy Level 1 in Hairdressing Level 1 in Combined Hair and Beauty Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies Level 2 Diploma in Combined Hair and Beauty Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Entry Level 3 Certificate in an Introduction to Hair and Beauty

Level 1 in Beauty Therapy

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• You need to be studying at Entry Level 2 at the start of the course

What you will study

This is an introduction to the hair and beauty sector. You will learn about presenting a professional image, hair plaiting, hand care and creating an image using colour.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through working in practical salon sessions and studying theory in the classroom. Your practical work will be continuously assessed and you will produce written work for assessment too.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Completion of this course will enable you to progress to a Level 1 course in hairdressing or beauty therapy.

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths

What you will study

You will gain skills in presenting a professional image in a salon, creating an image using colour, providing basic manicures and pedicures, basic skin care and make-up, basic nail art, salon reception duties, and the art of photographic make-up.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by observing demonstrations, practising your skills and learning the theory behind the practice. Practical assessment is through observation of skills and oral questioning. Theoretical assessment is through assignments, project and written tests.

What’s next?

This qualification may help you to gain employment as an assistant beauty therapist or trainee in a beauty salon. Progression is to the Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies or Certificate in Nail Treatments.


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Level 1 in Hairdressing

Level 1 in Combined Hair and Beauty

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What you will study

What you will study

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths You will gain skills in shampooing and conditioning hair, styling women’s hair, colouring hair using temporary colour, the art of dressing hair, reception duties, how to create and maintain the retail display and working as part of a team.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will carry out practical assignments in the College’s hairdressing salons and classroom-based theory work. Assessment will be continuous and take the form of theory assignments, written tests, practical work, oral questions and portfolio building. You will be expected to work on friends and family outside of College.

What’s next?

This course will give you the skills to work as a salon trainee or assistant. Progression is to the Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing.

• Entry Level 3 in English and Maths You will gain skills in presenting a professional image in a salon, health & safety, creating an image using colour, basic manicures and pedicures, basic skin care and make-up, themed face painting, shampooing and conditioning hair, hair plaiting, styling and dressing women’s hair.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by observing demonstrations, practising your skills and learning the theory behind the practice. Practical assessment is through observation of skills and oral questioning. Theoretical assessment is through assignments, project and written tests. You will be expected to work on friends and family outside of College.

What’s next?

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Assistant beauty therapist or a trainee within a hair or beauty salon; assistant hairdresser or trainee within a hairdressing salon. Progression is to Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies or Women’s Hairdressing, or Combined Hair & Beauty at Level 2.


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Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies

Level 2 Diploma in Combined Hair and Beauty

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Castleford Campus 2 years VTCT

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English

• Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths or equivalent

• Level 1 Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy plus Level 1 English and Maths

What you will study

What you will study

• Level 1 Beauty Therapy, or

Reception, facials, waxing, manicure, eye treatments and pedicure, client care, make-up and health and safety. Some units are subject to change.

How you will learn and be assessed

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used, such as observing demonstrations, using online resources and hands-on experience of using beauty therapy techniques. There will be assessment of your practical skills in the College salons, written tests, oral questions and portfolio building.

What’s next?

With this qualification you could look for employment as a beauty therapist at a junior level in a salon, spa, hotel, cruise liner, theatre or television studio. Progression is to the Level 3 Beauty Therapy, Level 3 Nail Technology, Massage Therapies or Diploma in Make-up Artistry.

• GCSE in English at grade A*-D (or equivalent), or

Topics such as applying make-up, providing eyelash and brow treatments, providing facial skin care, removing hair using waxing techniques, salon reception duties, client care and communication, providing manicure and pedicure treatments, providing eye lash treatments, and hairdressing techniques such as cutting, shampooing, styling and colouring.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a mixture of theory classes and practical work in the College salons. Assessment will include written tests, oral questions, portfolio building and assessment of your practical work.

What’s next?

Level 2 NVQ in Women’s Hairdressing; Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing; Level 3 Beauty Therapy, Nail Technology or Nail Services; Level 2 Barbering; qualifications in holistic therapies or Indian head massage.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Work as a hairdresser or beauty therapist in a salon, spa, health farm, cruise liner, or in your own business.


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Anna Janowska

Level 1 in Combined Hair & Beauty

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“I am originally from Poland, and have been here two years. The teachers are really good and take things slowly to help me understand. This course helps to give you an idea of which area you might want to specialise in, but I love both Hair and Beauty. My first client in the salon was my mum. I was so nervous but I did my best, and I feel very proud of that.�


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“When I came and had a look around I got a good vibe so even though there was a college closer to where I live I really wanted to study here at Wakefield. I have high expectations of myself and want to work hard and see where it takes me. I don’t just want to work in a salon forever; I want to build up some experience first, but eventually I want to do Catherine Alba hair and make-up for big Level 2 Diploma in fashion shows.” Combined Hair & Beauty


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Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Level 1 Hairdressing

• Level 2 English and Maths

• Level 1 English and Maths

• Beauty Therapy Level 2

What you will study

What you will study

How you will learn and be assessed

How you will learn and be assessed

Subjects such as client consultation, shampooing and conditioning hair and scalp, the art of dressing hair, cutting, colouring, promoting products and services, health, safety and security. You will practise your hairdressing skills in the College salons, where you will have the opportunity to work on paying clients. There will be theory lessons in class. Your practical skills will be assessed, and there will also be written tests, assignments, projects and portfolio building.

What’s next?

Progression is to the VRQ Level 3 Hairdressing to gain a post as a stylist in a hairdressing salon, self-employed hairdresser or salon owner.

Topics such as body massage, anatomy and physiology, facial and body electrotherapy treatments, microdermabrasion, application of permanent lashes, health and safety, client care and communication. Skills training and practice plus theory lessons in the classroom. Your practical skills will be assessed, and there will also be written tests, oral questions and portfolio building.

What’s next?

A post as senior beauty therapist in a salon, spa, health farm or cruise liner, with possible progression to salon manager or owner. You could expand your CV by taking qualifications in reflexology, Indian head massage, massage therapies, aromatherapy, nail technology or thermal stone therapy.

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Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies

Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

What you will study

Topics include promoting and selling products and services to clients; health and safety; cutting women’s hair to create a variety of looks; styling and dressing hair using a variety of techniques; colouring hair and hairdressing consultation support for colleagues.

How you will learn and be assessed

Hairdressing skills will be demonstrated and practised in the College salons, where you will work on paying clients and practise and upgrade hairdressing skills. The knowledge required to gain certification will be gained in theory lessons and by study in the library. Continuous assessment of practical skills plus written tests and assignments, and portfolio building.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

You could progress to VTCT Level 4 qualifications in salon management, specialist hair and scalp services, hair colour correction or advanced hair styling. Career opportunities exist as stylists or managers in hairdressing salons, or selfemployment as a hairdresser or salon owner.

• Beauty Therapy Level 2, or • Hairdressing Level 2, or • AS/A Level Art, or

• Other qualifications considered at tutor’s discretion • Level 2 English and Maths

What you will study

Topics such as applying make-up (including camouflage); fashion, photographic, media and airbrush make-up; face and body art; health and safety; client care and communication; promoting products and services.

How you will learn and be assessed

Practical skills training plus theory lessons including group discussions, lectures and subject research. You will also have the chance to visit exhibitions, take part in competitions and carry out industry work experience. Your practical skills will be assessed, and there will also be written tests, assignments, oral questions and portfolio building.

What’s next?

This qualification may lead directly into employment as a make-up artist working in health care, retail or beauty consultancy, beauty salons, or the fashion, photographic or media sectors. You may wish to progress into other areas within beauty therapy, sports therapy or hairdressing industries, or into higher education within similar fields.


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Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

Castleford Campus 1 year VTCT Entry requirements

• Level 2 Nail Treatments, or

• Level 2 Beauty Therapy (must include manicure and pedicure) • Level 2 English and Maths

What you will study

Topics such as nail enhancement, manicure and pedicure services, nail art, use of electric files, displaying stock, promoting products and services, health and safety, client care and communication.

How you will learn and be assessed

Practical skills training plus theory lessons including group discussions, lectures and subject research. Your practical skills will be assessed, and there will also be written tests, assignments, oral questions and portfolio building. The programme includes a visit to Manchester Central to observe the latest nail techniques in action.

What’s next?

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Look for employment as a nail technician in a salon, spa, or health farm, or as a product trainer. You could broaden your skills by studying in holistic therapies such as reflexology, Indian head massage or aromatherapy.


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“Since starting at College I’m more confident in my work and about talking to new people and making friends. It’s very different to school. At College you have more freedom and the tutors really help and support you.” Ashton Wilbond Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care Working in the care sector will put you at the heart of your community. Wakefield College’s courses are designed to give you the skills you’ll need whether your aim is to work in a specialist facility such as a nursing home or within a home-based service. The College is well-established in this area, and has developed a range of courses at different levels preparing students for careers in all the care sectors. Depending on your level of qualification and age, you may progress straight into employment in care homes, community or health settings, or with further study and training you may go into careers such as social work, residential care management, housing, the probation service, or into nursing or other health-related occupations. Courses we offer: Level 1 in Caring for Children and Adults Level 2 in Health & Social Care AS/A Level Health and Social Care (Double Award) Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 in Caring for Children and Adults

Level 2 First Diploma in Health and Social Care

Wakefield City Campus 1 year CACHE

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 3 GCSEs at grade E-G including English and Maths, or Entry Level 3 English and Maths

What you will study

This introductory course is ideal if you are interested in a career in childcare or health and social care but aren’t sure which you prefer. You will study towards the CACHE Level 1 Award in Caring for Children, and the CACHE Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in an Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will be involved in a variety of activities including workbooks, poster work, research and practical activities. Assessment will be by the completion of workbooks and assignments.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

This course is intended to provide a foundation for further study or training prior to entering the world of work. Progression would be to a Level 2 qualification such as the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care or the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People’s Workforce.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English plus GCSE Maths at grade G, or • A full Level 1 programme

What you will study

You will study core and mandatory units in human development, health and social care values, communication, equality and diversity, individual rights and healthy living, plus optional units on a range of topics.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by a mixture of classroom-based teaching, individual and group research and a variety of practical activities. The course is mainly internally assessed. Assessment may take the form of producing written reports, graphs and posters, portfolio building, time-constrained practical assignments and presentations.

What’s next?

This qualification might enable you to gain employment as a care assistant in a supervised position within the fields of health, social care or childcare. However, if you complete the full programme including English Level 2 and Maths Level 1 you could progress on to Level 3 study in Health and Social Care or a Diploma in Early Years, which would greatly improve your options for employment.


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“The City Campus is nice and we have a good library. On the social side, I’ve made new friends and sometimes we have long breaks between lessons so we go into town and it’s great to be able to do that. Our tutors are very friendly and they encourage you to achieve; I’ve gone from getting passes Nathan Wood for my work to merits and Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care distinctions.”


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AS/A Level Health and Social Care (Double Award)

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, plus Maths at grade D (or Functional Skills English at Level 2 and Maths at Level 1)

What you will study

You will study 12 units, including subjects such as communication, public health, social issues and welfare needs, psychology, and investigating disease.

How you will learn and be assessed

Classroom-based activities such as lectures, group work, workshops and independent learning in the Library. You will also undertake work placements in care settings. Assessment is through assignments and external examinations.

What’s next?

• Relevant BTEC Level 2 qualification plus English as above • Level 1 Maths

What you will study

You will study 12 units over the two years. Subject areas include communication, equality and diversity, anatomy and physiology, psychological and sociological perspectives.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn both in the classroom and during work placements. Your classroom based activities will be lectures, group work, workshops and independent learning using the Library. You must be prepared to undertake work placements in care settings. There is likely to be one block placement towards the end of the first year. Assessment is through assignment work.

What’s next?

If you wish to enter one of the professions such as nursing, midwifery or social work you would need to continue your studies to degree level. However, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma would also allow you to enter employment in such areas as social work assistant, healthcare assistant in nursing or residential care homes and community work with young people in youth clubs or drop-in centres or with adults with special needs, home care or outreach work with children and families.

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This qualification will allow you to enter employment as a social work assistant, healthcare assistant, community worker with young people or adults with special needs, or an outreach worker with children and families. Alternatively, you could continue in education and work towards a foundation degree in a health and social care subject, or a degree in nursing, midwifery or one of the social sciences.

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“I don’t particularly enjoy being in the classroom so this course was ideal for me. There is some classroom work but not very much. It involves writing down what you’ve done and including photographs of your work. It can be a lot of hard work in the winter but it’s really good and you meet some great people.”

Horticulture In the UK there has been a rise in interest in gardening and allotment-keeping in recent years and an increase in the numbers of people visiting public parks and gardens, creating many possibilities for employment in this wide-ranging industry. At Wakefield College we use a realistic working environment, including greenhouses, growing grounds, orchards and lawns, to ensure that our students gain the skills and qualifications they need to take advantage of these career opportunities.

Courses we offer: Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture

Jason Haigh

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture

Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture

Wakefield City Campus/Thornes Park Nursery 1 year City & Guilds

Wakefield City Campus/Thornes Park Nursery 1 year City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Relevant Entry Level qualification with English and Maths at Entry Level 3

What you will study

This programme provides an introduction to the industry and science of plant cultivation, including the process of preparing soil for the planting of seeds, tubers and cuttings. The course also includes topics such as maintaining grass and other surfaces, controlling pests and diseases, and maintaining horticultural equipment.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will build up your skills and professional techniques by working in a realistic horticulture environment which includes greenhouses, growing grounds, orchards and lawns. Class based lessons ensure that you have a full understanding of the theory behind the practice and sufficient knowledge to complete your assignments. There will also be visits and field trips. Assessment will take the form of short-answer questions, written assignments and timed practical assessments.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

You can progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture. With further training and experience you could find employment in a wide range of roles including horticultural worker, grounds person, gardener, landscape gardener, and arboricultural worker.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D, preferably including Maths or English, or • Level 1 Diploma in Horticulture plus English or Maths at Entry Level 3

What you will study

This programme develops the skills learned at Level 1 and prepares for progression to a Level 3 qualification in horticulture. You will study topics such as preparing the ground for seeding and planting, plant identification and terminology, merchandising plants and other products, providing customer service, propagating plants from seed, watering systems, and controlling pests, diseases and disorders in plants.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will work at Thornes Park Nursery for two days per week, building skills and professional techniques in a realistic horticulture environment. You will study the theory elements of the course in the classroom at our Wakefield City Campus. Assessment will be by observations, workbooks, discussions and written assignments.

What’s next?

You can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture. Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of roles including agricultural/horticultural technician, gardener, horticultural garden centre worker or landscaper.


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Horticulture: the science, technology and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use. “Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.� Francis Bacon

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“This is a good place to be; the facilities are great and enable us to learn complex techniques and create intricate dishes. I’m thinking about going into the pastry side of cookery. I’d love to open my own cake shop one day and design wedding cakes.” Mae Hill

Hospitality & Catering There is a world-wide shortage of skilled staff within the hospitality and catering industry. Our courses offer you the chance of a rewarding and exciting career, perhaps working at a famous restaurant or owning your own business. Teaching is not confined to the classroom. You will use Gaskell’s, our training restaurant and winner of Wakefield Civic Society’s Best Restaurant Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012, our bar, industry standard training kitchens, conference suite, TV style demonstration theatre, and dedicated computer suite. Hospitality and catering students also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of international activities such as work placements in France, Sweden and Malta.

Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

Courses we offer: Level 1 Certificate in Investigating the Hospitality Industry Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Hospitality

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Certificate in Investigating the Hospitality Industry

Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery

Wakefield City Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Wakefield City Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Entry Level 3 English and Maths

What you will study

This course will introduce you to the skills needed in a wide variety of career paths within professional cookery, food and bar service and hotel work. Topics will include customer service, front office operations, food and drink service, basic food preparation, food safety, and healthy eating.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn largely by taking part in practical sessions in our training restaurant, bar and kitchens, but you will also be involved in classroom sessions and resource-based learning. Each unit of study will be assessed by a separate assignment and/or set test.

What’s next?

This course is intended as an introduction leading on to other qualifications such as the Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English, plus Entry Level 3 Maths, or

• Level 1 Certificate in Investigating the Hospitality Industry (or equivalent) plus Entry Level 3 Functional Skills in English and Maths

What you will study

This is an excellent introductory course for people wishing to pursue a career in Hospitality and Catering. You will study a variety of different methods of preparing and cooking food and learn about food safety, healthy foods and special diets, and the use of kitchen equipment.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by gradually building up a repertoire of dishes, skills and techniques, which you will develop in lessons and in a restaurant setting. Theory assessments will be a combination of short answer questions and written assignments, and you will also undertake timed practical assessments.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery and look forward to a career working in hospitality establishments in the UK and across Europe.


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“Everything about the course has been good. The highlight for me was going to Sweden on a work placement; I worked in a restaurant in the kitchen for three weeks, which was a very good experience. The course really prepares you for employment and teaches you everything you need to know. I’ve already secured a position as Jack Base a chef in a restaurant for when I Level 3 Extended leave College.” Diploma in Hospitality


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Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery

Wakefield City Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Wakefield City Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Level 1 Professional Cookery, plus Level 1 Functional Skills English and Maths (or equivalent)

What you will study

A range of units at intermediate level covering all aspects of professional cookery including food safety, health and safety, healthier foods and special diets, catering operations, and the preparation and cooking of a wide variety of different sweet and savoury dishes.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by building up a repertoire of dishes, skills and techniques, working in a realistic restaurant setting. You will also be involved in theory lessons and have the opportunity to attend work placements in Europe. Theory assessment will be a combination of short answer questions and written assignments, and you will also undertake timed practical assessments.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

With this qualification, you will gain the necessary skills to work in quality hospitality and catering establishments in the UK and Europe. Progression is to the Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery, then on to higher education.

Entry requirements

• Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery, or • NVQ Level 2 in Professional Cookery

• Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths or equivalent

What you will study

Supervisory skills within the hospitality sector, the principles of food safety supervision for catering, and practical gastronomy. You will gain advanced techniques in producing vegetable and vegetarian dishes, meat, poultry and game dishes, and fish and shellfish dishes, and you will complete a pastry qualification in addition to the main programme.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by gradually building up a repertoire of dishes and techniques that you produce in a restaurant setting. You will also supervise others whilst working within a kitchen and be involved in theory lessons. Theory assessment will be a combination of short answer questions and written assignments, and you will also undertake timed practical assessments.

What’s next?

With this qualification, you will gain the necessary skills to work in quality hospitality and catering establishments in the UK and Europe. Progression is to an HND or foundation degree in hospitality and catering management.


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Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Hospitality Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or Maths, or

• Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit grade plus GCSE English and Maths at grades A*-C, or Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2

What you will study

A wide variety of units relating to hospitality supervision, including topics such as business operations, food service organisation, healthy eating, hospitality events, European and Asian cuisine, human resources, marketing, front of house operations, team leadership and supervision.

How you will learn and be assessed

Assessment is through written reports, essays or projects, observations of practical work, personal development journals and power point presentations.

What’s next?

Degrees in hospitality management, international tourism management or event management. Many employment opportunities exist in places such as hotels, restaurants, conference centres, pubs serving food, the leisure industry, welfare and education catering, outside caterers, specialist catering outlets and visitor

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You will learn through a variety of lectures, catering demonstrations, practical workshops, group seminars, presentations, practical tasks, discussion groups, audiovisuals, information technology and college visits. More importantly, you will learn through hands-on experience within the College’s catering production unit, restaurant service area, deli shop and conference suite. You will also have the chance to work in restaurants and hotels in various overseas destinations.


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“The best thing about the course is definitely getting to work with new technologies like software programming such as Visual Basic, Java and Action Script. You see a lot of the things we learn at College being discussed in news articles, and you think, ‘In a couple of years that will be me talking about it!’” Bradley Vaile Advanced Diploma in IT

Information Communication Technology In the 21st century, ICT is a common feature in all our lives, and studying ICT at Wakefield College will prepare you for a number of exciting opportunities in areas such as the computing sector, information technology and business. Based at our Wakefield City Campus, facilities include a state-of-the-art library and multiple IT suites which use industry-standard hardware and software. Our computing students gain valuable employability skills which can lead to employment opportunities throughout the world. Computing students are also encouraged to take part in the College’s international initiatives, which may involve visiting other countries and collaborating with overseas students. Courses we offer: Level 1 Digital Applications for IT Users Level 2 Diploma in IT AS/A Level Applied IT (Double Award) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (Web Design and Development) Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer:

• Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Digital Applications for IT Users

Level 2 Diploma in IT

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/DiDA

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• English and Maths at Entry Level 3

What you will study

This is a suite of modern qualifications promoting the creative use of digital applications. You will study four units relating to using ICT, multimedia, graphics, and enterprise.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course encourages you to show what you have learned and what you can do in real-life situations. You will use a variety of different software packages, and be assessed by submitting e-portfolios and paper-based assignments for each unit.

What’s next?

Skills in digital applications provide a wide range of career options, as well as a route into higher education via the Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas in IT.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

You could develop a career on the creative side of new media or follow a path that leads you into even more technical areas. You might be interested in managing the whole process or go into sales, marketing, or journalism. Digital applications play an important role in nearly all careers.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English and either Maths or Science, or • Relevant Level 1 qualification at Merit level, plus Functional Skills English and Maths at Entry Level 3

What you will study

You will study compulsory units in communicating in the IT industry, working in the IT industry, and computer systems, plus specialist units in database systems, website development, installing computer hardware and spreadsheet modelling.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a largely practical course using the latest computer software and hardware, but also including theory lessons. Assessment is continuous, involving portfolio building.

What’s next?

With this qualification you may be able to enter employment in a supervised position as a computer service technician, DTP operator, IT technical sales specialist or junior technical support person, but further training will widen your employment options. Higher level qualifications will improve your career choices – with the right grades you could progress to the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT (equivalent to two A Levels) or the BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (equivalent to three A Levels).


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AS/A Level Applied ICT

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT

(Double Award)

(Web Design and Development)

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel Equivalent to 2 A Levels

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 4/5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, or

• Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Functional Skills in English at Level 2 • Maths at Level 1

• Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade, plus Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths

What you will study

What you will study

You will learn through theory and practical sessions using industry standard computer software and hardware. Assessment is through assignments, an e-portfolio and timeconstrained external assessments.

This course is particularly aimed at learners who would like to pursue a career in web design and development. It will give you the fundamentals required to work in this growing area or provide a route into higher education. The course will develop your skills in: website design/development (Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, HTML, CSS); computer graphics (Adobe Photoshop CS6); webserver scripting (PHP & MYSQL) and other web and animation based software (Adobe Flash CS6 and Action Script). You will also learn about computer hardware, information systems and how to manage an IT project.

What’s next?

How you will learn and be assessed

Six end-user focused units and six practitioner-focused units covering topics such as web development and management, technical support, using database and spreadsheet software, and using multimedia software.

How you will learn and be assessed

HND, foundation degree or degree in a range of disciplines.

ICT specific careers include: computer games designer, computer games technical support, hardware engineer, computer operator, computer service technician, IT technical sales specialist, network manager, systems analyst, technical support person, telecommunications technician.

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• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D, or

You will learn through hands-on taught class sessions and assessment will be a mixture of coursework assignments and projects.

What’s next?

This qualification is the equivalent of two A Levels and provides progression to higher education to study for an HNC/HND or foundation degree here at Wakefield College or at university. You could then forge a career as a web designer or developer.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, or • B  TEC First/Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade plus Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English

What you will study

A range of units including database design, spreadsheet modelling, communication technologies, networks, technical Support, systems analysis and design, IT systems troubleshooting and repair, installing and upgrading software, and programming.

How you will learn and be assessed

The emphasis is on practical lessons where you will use the latest computer hardware and software. Assessment is through internally assessed coursework.

What’s next?

HNC, foundation degree or degree in a range of disciplines.

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IT specific careers include: computer service technician, technical and user support, network administration and technical support, systems analysis and design, software development and sales.


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“I enjoy College much more than school because you are allowed to be more independent here, and because the course opens up a lot of opportunities for you.” Hannah Jennings Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (TV & Film)

Media, Art & Design Offering varied career paths, Wakefield College offers high quality courses across a range of subjects including film and television, photography, illustration, computer games design, 3D modelling, 3D animation, web design, graphic design, visual effects, fashion, art and textiles. Teaching takes place at the Wakefield City Campus with its specialist workshop facilities, well-resourced teaching areas and industry-standard software and hardware. Our tutors have extensive industry experience and have developed strong links with many local and national organisations, enabling students to undertake live projects and exhibit their work regularly throughout the year.

Courses we offer:

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Level 1 Expressive and Creative Arts Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design Level 2 Diploma in Computer Games Design Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media and Photography Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computer Games Design Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design Courses we offer: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (TV and Film) 3 Extended Diploma in Photography •Level Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care Foundation Diploma in Art and Design • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

• Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Expressive and Creative Arts

Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design

Wakefield City Campus/Waterton Building Up to 1 year Edexcel

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Working Life, Life Skills, Foundation Learning or other Entry Level qualifications, including Entry Level 3 Maths, or

• BTEC Foundation Certificate (Merit) in a related subject, or

• GCSEs at grades D-G including English, or

• Related interests and experiences, or • Commitment and enthusiasm

What you will study

In the field of performing arts you will explore acting, dance and theatrical design skills. Art and design topics include drawing, mixed media, painting and printing. You will also look at self-assessment and career progression within these two fields.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course will be delivered through a series of workshops and practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to work in our specialist studios and theatres. Assessment will be through performances, and practical or theory-based project work in performing arts and art and design.

What’s next?

This course is designed to give you an insight into the fields of performing arts, dance, and art and design and you would normally progress onto a higher level course (starting with a Level 2 Diploma) before entering employment.

• Introductory Diploma, or

• Equivalent of 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English Language and preferably an Art, Design or Media related subject), plus Level 1 Maths, or • Relevant work experience, or

• Other Level 1 or 2 qualifications, or • Portfolio interview

What you will study

The course is made up of eight units concentrating on topics such as: contextual references in art and design, 2D and 3D visual communication, using ideas to explore, develop and produce art and design, building an art and design portfolio, working in the art and design industry, working with textiles briefs and working with 3D design crafts briefs.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will work in our specialist studios and IT suites, and use a variety of 2D and 3D media, equipment and tools. The course also includes project-related trips to galleries and a summer show where you will exhibit your work.

What’s next?

Employment in the commercial sector at junior level in such areas as web design, graphic design or interior design.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Alternatively, progress to Level 3 courses in art and design, computer games design, photography, graphic design or media.


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Jak Stephenson

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computer Games Design

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“I didn’t know what field and what industry I wanted to go into but this course offered a wide range of different options which helped me choose. I’ve learnt skills in 3D modelling, designing, animation, and many other different fields including concept art. This has helped me to decide what career I want in the future.”


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Level 2 Diploma in Computer Games Design

Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media and Photography

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Introductory Diploma, or

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English and preferably an art, IT, media or design-related subject, or equivalent, plus a Level 1 Maths qualification, or

• Equivalent of 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D (including English Language and an art, media, IT or design-related subject), or • Relevant work experience, or

• Other related Level 1 or 2 qualifications

• Introductory Diploma/Level 1 (Merit profile) in a related subject, or

• Portfolio interview

• Related work experience, or

What you will study

• Portfolio interview

Topics may include: research and communication techniques for creative media production, the creative media sector, media audiences and products, digital graphics for interactive and print-based media, 2D digital art for computer games, deconstructing computer games, and computer games testing.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will be taught through workshop-style sessions that encourage hands-on experience of industry standard software, equipment and techniques. As well as practical work you will also do written work and drawing to develop your ideas. Trips and visits are also an important element of this course.

What’s next?

With a Merit grade overall, grade C in English Language or equivalent, and a suitable reference you could progress to Level 3 Computer Games Design, Level 3 Photography, Level 3 Art, Level 3 Creative Media or Level 3 Graphics at Wakefield College. You could then progress to employment or higher education in areas such as computer games design, computer games development, animation, web design or graphic design.

What you will study

A range of units which may include: research, media audiences and products, photography techniques, communication, the creative media sector, video production, web authoring and advertising.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a creative course which is mostly practical, with some artistic, research and theoretical content. You will learn through workshop-style sessions that encourage hands-on experience of industry standard software, equipment and techniques. Trips and visits are also an important element of this course. Assessment is continuous through the completion of practical projects.

What’s next?

With a Merit grade, grade C in English or equivalent, and suitable reference you progress to Level 3 Creative Media (TV & Film), Level 3 Computer Games Design, Level 3 Photography, or Level 3 Graphics at Wakefield College.

You could then progress to employment or higher education in areas such as television, journalism, film, computer games design, computer games development, animation, web design or photography.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

Assessment is continuous through the completion of practical projects.

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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computer Games Design

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Wakefield City Campus or Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• BTEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) at Merit, plus a Level 2 English qualification

• BTEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) at Merit plus Level 2 in English and Maths

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and an art and design or technical subject, or

• Portfolio of visual work

What you will study

Five core units including visual studies, plus a range of specialist units including painting, printmaking, sculpture, papermaking, ceramics and textiles. In the first year we will visit local and regional art galleries and museums and have a London visit, and in the second year a one week overseas residential.

How you will learn and be assessed

What you will study

3D modelling, 3D animation and environments, computer game engines, digital graphics for computer games, computer game story development, computer game design, 2D animation production, sound for computer games, and drawing concept art for computer games.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations. The majority of your time will be spent in studio-based activities, plus research activities, lectures and challenging homework tasks.

This is a creative design course which is mostly practical, with some artistic, research and theoretical content. You will learn through workshop-style sessions that encourage hands-on experience of industry standard software and techniques. Trips and visits are also an important element of this course.

There will continuous assessment of your work and you will produce a portfolio of evidence generated by your studies.

Assessment is continuous through the completion of practical projects.

What’s next?

What’s next?

You could progress to a variety of art-related courses, including our own Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or you could apply to university.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths, or

A wide range of employment opportunities exist, such as animator, art editor, art exhibition organiser, art therapist, cartographer, cartoonist, ceramic/pottery maker, fashion/ clothing designer, fine artist, goldsmith/silversmith, illustrator, interior designer, landscape architect, model maker, multimedia designer, museum/art gallery curator, photographer, sculptor, technical illustrator.

We have a Progression Agreement with the University of Huddersfield’s Computing and Engineering Department. The Agreement guarantees our students 15 places across the University’s range of games and multimedia courses, upon achieving the correct entry requirements. Alternatively, those students interested in web design could progress to the Foundation Degree in Web Design course at Wakefield College. Careers exist in the exciting industries of computer games design, computer games development, computer games writing, computer animation, digital art, graphic design and web design.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Graphic Design

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (TV and Film)

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• BTEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) at Merit plus Level 2 in English and Maths

• Appropriate Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 in English

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and an art and design or technical subject plus Maths at Level 2, or

• Portfolio of visual work

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language , plus art, design or technical subject, or

What you will study

3D computer modelling, digital imaging, computers in art and design, design for advertising, photography, packaging design, website design, 2D animation, typographic and layout design.

You will study camerawork, video editing and screenwriting as well as how to apply these skills to a wide range of media formats. You will develop an understanding of the media industries and how they operate as well as the requirements for gaining a job within specific areas of the media.

How you will learn and be assessed

How you will learn and be assessed

What you will study

This is a creative design course which is mostly practical, with some artistic, research and theoretical content. You will learn through workshop-style sessions that encourage hands-on experience of industry standard software and techniques. Trips and visits are also an important element of this course. Assessment is continuous through the completion of practical projects.

What’s next?

Assessment is continuous through the completion of practical projects.

What’s next?

Progression is to the Foundation Degree in Web Design or Commercial Photography courses at Wakefield College, or video, film, media, journalism, animation, photography, web design and special effects production courses elsewhere. Careers exist in areas such as television, journalism, film, computer games design, computer games development, animation, web design or photography.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

You can progress to a range of art and design or web design courses at higher education level, including the Foundation Degree in Web Design at Wakefield College. Careers exist in advertising, printing, packaging, publishing, film and TV, corporate branding, product design, spatial design, web design, animation, illustration, or computer graphics.

This is a creative design course which is mostly practical, with some artistic, research and theoretical content. You will be taught through workshop-based sessions that encourage hands-on experience of industry standard software and techniques. The software used will include Adobe Premier, Photoshop, and After Effects. Trips and visits are also an important element of this course.


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“The facilities at the College are perfect for the course I’m studying as you are allowed to book them to use out of College. The College has a friendly working environment.”

James Carpenter

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media (TV & Film)


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language plus an art, design, or technical subject, or • Appropriate Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 in English

• Portfolio of visual work

What you will study

Visual recording, materials, techniques and processes; ideas and concepts; visual communication and contextual influences in art and design. Specialist units will allow you to study particular aspects of digital and/or “wet” photography in greater depth.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through attending lectures and by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations and activities. Each unit will be assessed and you will work towards a portfolio of evidence which will show your progress as a photographer.

What’s next?

Alternatively you can progress to study photography, fine art or art and design at HND, foundation degree or degree level. A Foundation Degree in Commercial Photography is available at Wakefield College.

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Level 2 in Maths, or • Level 3 qualifications

• Mature students considered on merit, experience and a portfolio of work

What you will study

This course will allow you to explore a wide range of creative activities and techniques including textiles, visual communication, 3D design and crafts, and fine art.

How you will learn and be assessed

Through a range of projects involving investigative, research and communication skills. You will examine historical and contemporary aspects of Art and Design and prepare research information for written and seminar presentations. There is also a one-week residential visit to consolidate your understanding of art appreciation. Assessment is continuous throughout the programme.

What’s next?

Foundation degrees or degrees in all areas of art and design, such as the Foundation Degree Commercial Photography or Foundation Degree Web Design offered at Wakefield College.

You could work as a self-employed fine artist, photographer or crafts-person, or as a designer in a variety of specialist areas of study including graphic design, product design, interior design, costume design and jewellery design.

Course Information 01924 789111 / www.wakefield.ac.uk

This qualification would allow you to seek employment as an assistant to a photographer or a freelance photographer in your own right. Press photography, social photography, commercial photography, and art-based image making are possible specialisms.

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“I came here after visiting the College on a taster day with school. I’ve always been interested in cars and bikes so I decided to come and give it a go. After I’ve finished this course I’m going to do a motorcycle course because I want to be a motorbike specialist.” Jordan Evans Level 1 Award/Diploma in Light Vehicle Service and Repair

Motor Vehicle If you’re enthusiastic about cars and motorcycles, a motor vehicle course at Wakefield College could help you to turn your passion into a career. In superb, purpose-built, fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops at our Castleford Campus, students study towards qualifications in motor vehicle/motorcycle engineering and body repair and refinishing. You’ll be working on real cars and bikes, getting involved and learning the skills needed for a career in the motor vehicle sector. Our tutors have a wealth of experience, from working in vehicle maintenance and repair to race teams and specialised vehicle support. One thing you’ll have in common is a passion for all things automotive, which makes for a hugely energetic and rewarding learning environment.

Courses we offer: Entry Level 3 Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Service and Repair Level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Body Repair/Refinishing Level 1 Diploma in Motorcycle Studies Level 2 Body Repair/Refinishing Level 2 Diploma in General Fitting Operations Level 2 Diploma in Motorcycle Service and Repair Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Level 3 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer:

• Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Entry Level 3 Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies

Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Service and Repair

Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Castleford Campus 1 year ABC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• You need to be studying at Entry Level 2 at the start of the course

What you will study

This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in a future career working with motor vehicles or motorcycles but who is not yet ready for a Level 1 programme. You will study units in light vehicle and motorcycle mechanical repair, and in body repair.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course is a fairly even split between practical work in the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and theory work in the classroom. Your practical work will be continuously assessed, and you will compile a portfolio of evidence.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Progression is to the ABC Level 1 in Motor Vehicle Studies, Motorcycle Studies or Body Repair/Paint Refinishing, or you could apply for an apprenticeship.

• Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications

What you will study

You will study health and safety, and gain an introduction to engine liquid cooling and lubrication systems, steering and suspension, vehicle braking systems, vehicle inspection, wheels and tyres, vehicle valeting, and battery and lighting systems.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course is a fairly even split between practical work in the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and theory work in the classroom. Your practical work will be continuously assessed, you will compile a portfolio of evidence and there will be oral and written tests.

What’s next?

Progress to Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications which will form the basis for a career in various service and repair roles within the motor vehicle industry.


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Level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Body Repair/Refinishing

Level 1 Diploma in Motorcycle Studies

Castleford Campus 1 year ABC

Castleford Campus 1 year ABC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What you will study

What you will study

How you will learn and be assessed

How you will learn and be assessed

What’s next?

What’s next?

• Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications All the basic vehicle systems and technologies you will need in starting a career within the Motor Industry. These include health and safety, engineering, vehicle inspection, body repair, paint refinishing, valeting, customer care, steering and suspension, battery and lighting and motorcycle maintenance. The course is a fairly even split between practical work in the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and theory work in the classroom. Your practical work will be continuously assessed, you will compile a portfolio of evidence and there will be oral and written tests. Progress to Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications which will form the basis for a career in various body repair roles within the motor vehicle industry.

• Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications All aspects of motorcycle technology, with industry standards applied throughout. Subjects are broken down into easy-tomanage areas of study such as health and safety, correct use of tools and equipment, basic servicing, and preparation for riding and use. The course is a fairly even split between practical work in the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and theory work in the classroom. Your practical work will be continuously assessed, you will compile a portfolio of evidence and there will be oral and written tests. Progress to Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications which will form the basis for a career in various roles within the motorcycle industry.

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“I came to Wakefield College because it had the right course for me. One of my friends came to this college and they said it was good so I decided to try it. I’m enjoying the course, it’s fun and the facilities are good too. We’ve got a garage and a lot of good equipment to use.”

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Level 2 Body Repair/ Refinishing

Level 2 Diploma in General Fitting Operations

Castleford Campus 1 year ABC

Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Level 1 (or equivalent) body repair or paint qualification, or

• Level 1 (or equivalent) vehicle fitting/maintenance qualification, or

• Level 1 English and Maths

• Previous industry experience

What you will study

Panel repair and preparation techniques, paint preparation and application, plastic preparation and repair, and rectification of paint defects.

• Level 1 English and Maths qualifications

• Previous industry experience

What you will study

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a mixture of theory lessons and practical work in our motor vehicle workshops. There will be continuous assessment, and end-of-unit examinations.

This course is for people interested in a career as a fast-fit technician. You will study health and safety, maintaining positive working relationships, workplace housekeeping, inspecting, removing and replacing high performance light vehicle tyres, light vehicle front wheel alignment, inspecting and replacing light vehicle suspension, inspecting and replacing light vehicle braking systems and components.

What’s next

How you will learn and be assessed

Progress to Level 3 or to an advanced apprenticeship or employment at improver level within the body repair/paint industry.

The course is a fairly even split between practical work in the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and theory work in the classroom. Your practical work will be continuously assessed, you will compile a portfolio of evidence and there will be oral and written tests. Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 3, or you may be able to find employment as a fast-fit technician or general motor vehicle fitter at improver level.

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Level 2 Diploma in Motorcycle Service and Repair

Level 3 Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair

Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Level 1 (or equivalent) motorcycle qualification, or

• Working at Level 2 in English and Maths

• Level 1 English and Maths qualifications

• Previous experience of working with motorcycles

What you will study

You will study health and safety, workplace housekeeping, maintaining positive working relationships, removing and replacing engine units and components, removing and replacing auxiliary electrical units and components, and removing and replacing motorcycle body panels.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course is a fairly even split between practical work in the College’s fully-equipped motorcycle workshops and theory work in the classroom. Your practical work will be continuously assessed, you will compile a portfolio of evidence and there will be formal exams at the end of each unit.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Motorcycle Service and Repair Level 3, or you may be able to find employment or an apprenticeship within the motorcycle industry.

• Level 2 Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair or equivalent

What you will study

You will study units in the identification and rectification of complex faults in the engine, chassis, transmission, driveline and electrical systems of motorcycles. You will also study health and safety, materials and job roles within the motorcycle industry.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a blend of classroom theory and workshop practical lessons. Assessment is a mixture of practical tasks, formal examinations and production of evidenced based portfolio.

What’s next?

Employment permitting, you could progress to NVQ Level 3 or an advanced apprenticeship, aiming at a career as a diagnostic technician in the motorcycle industry.


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Level 3 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Castleford Campus 1 year City & Guilds Entry requirements

• Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair or equivalent • Working at Level 2 in English and Maths

What you will study

You will study units in the diagnosis and rectification of complex faults in the engine, chassis, transmission, and electrical systems of motor vehicles. You will also study vehicle inspection, fabrication and job roles within the automotive industries.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by attending classroom theory and workshop practical lessons. The practical element is assessed throughout the year and you will sit formal City & Guilds examinations for each unit.

What’s next?

Employment permitting, you could progress to NVQ Level 3 or an advanced apprenticeship, aiming at a career as a diagnostic technician in the automotive industry.

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“The department I was based in was a perfect environment to study music. Everything that I needed was given to me which helped me through the years.” Ashley Renwick Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Performance)

Music The School of Popular Music at Wakefield College has a rich mix of students and musical interests and a strong reputation for developing highly successful, rounded music professionals. Career opportunities in the music industry extend well beyond performing. If you don’t see yourself as a performer, you may aspire to a career as a sound engineer, manipulating the music created on stage or producing it in a studio. Whatever your enthusiasm, it will be nurtured by working interactively with your fellow students with the guidance of tutors who are dedicated to enabling you to fulfil your potential.

Courses we offer: Level 2 Diploma in Music (Popular Music) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (Performance) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 2 Diploma in Music

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music

(Popular Music)

(Performance)

Thornes Park Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• A reasonable degree of musical ability on your chosen instrument

• A Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 English, or

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English, plus Maths at grade E, and

• Interview and audition

What you will study

You will develop your music performance skills, understanding of the music industry, knowledge of music technology software and practical recording techniques. You will explore different styles of music, work actively as part of a group and be encouraged to give and take ideas in the creation of music productions.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a practical performance course with some theory work threaded throughout. You will develop through completing assignments and projects based on activities you might expect to carry out if you were employed in the popular music business.

Assessment is through performances, and projects based on both theory and practice.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Level 3 qualifications in Music Performance or Music Technology with further progression to the HND Music Performance (Popular Music), all here at Wakefield College. There are many roles within the music industry including performer, session musician, composer, journalist, manager, promoter, songwriter, community arts worker, teacher, or entrepreneur.

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D (or equivalent), or • Other Level 2 qualification • Interview and audition

What you will study

You will develop your musicianship and skills through group performances and actively contribute to projects utilising skills and techniques gained throughout the course. You will learn about the history of popular music, how the business is structured, and how to use music technology.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a practical, work related course with academic and theoretical exploration threaded throughout. You will learn by experimenting as an individual but also by collaborating on a variety of projects with other music and performing arts students. You will gain experience by performing at local and regional venues and complete realistic, work-based assignments.

What’s next?

HND in Music Performance at Wakefield College, or study at higher education level elsewhere. Many different career opportunities exist in the music industry, including performer, session musician, composer, journalist, manager, promoter, songwriter, community arts worker, teacher, entrepreneur.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D (or equivalent), or • A Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) , or • Other Level 2 qualification plus Level 2 English

• Interview and audition or portfolio of compositions

What you will study

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of music software and how to utilise it effectively in the creation and presentation of music. You will gain experience through a series of live projects involving, for example, creating music technology in performance or music and sound for the moving image. You will also develop the skills associated with live sound in association with a variety of performances throughout the year.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a practical course with academic work built in. You will experiment as an individual but also work with other music students on various recording and music technology based projects throughout the course.

What’s next?

HND in Music (Popular Music) at Wakefield College or other courses at degree level in music technology or production elsewhere.

You could work for live bands, in a theatre, TV or film studio or a recording studio. There are a variety of roles available such as sound engineer, technician, sound editor, roadie, producer, Foley artist, composer, journalist, manager, promoter or entrepreneur.

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“The highlight of my course was definitely performing in my first show at the College. The facilities are great and the theatre is nice. My parents have been to a couple of the shows I’ve been in. Everyone here is friendly; you end up making friends with people from other performing arts courses.” Jordan Harrison Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)

Performing Arts Performing is often thought of as a calling rather than a career, but even “born performers” need to develop their talents. Whether your passion is for acting, dance or musical theatre, performance is about communication with the audience, however big or small. Whatever your chosen field, a Performing Arts course at Wakefield College will give you the skills you need to succeed, whether your ambition is to be a performer or to enter the fields of production, choreography, teaching or community arts leading.

Courses we offer: Level 1 Expressive and Creative Arts Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Level 2 Diploma in Production Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre Programme)

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Expressive and Level 2 Diploma Creative Arts in Performing Arts (Performance)

Wakefield City Campus/Waterton Building Up to 1 year Edexcel

Waterton Building 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Working Life, Life Skills, Foundation Learning or other Entry Level qualifications, including Entry Level 3 Maths, or

• Interview and group audition

• GCSEs at grades D-G including English, or

• Related interests and experiences, or • Commitment and enthusiasm

What you will study

In the field of performing arts you will explore acting, dance and theatrical design skills. Art and design topics include drawing, mixed media, painting and printing. You will also look at self-assessment and career progression within these two fields.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course will be delivered through a series of workshops and practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to work in our specialist studios and theatres. Assessment will be through performances, and practical or theory-based project work in performing arts and art and design.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

This course is designed to give you an insight into the fields of performing arts, dance, and art and design and you would normally progress onto a higher level course (starting with a Level 2 Diploma) before entering employment.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English, plus Maths at grade E, or equivalent

What you will study

You will participate in a series of creative and exciting projects that will help you to develop performance skills in singing, dancing and acting. Through practical sessions you will learn how to develop characterisations using movement and vocal skills. You will explore different performance mediums, such as musical theatre and devised work. You will also develop your knowledge of how the performing arts industry works, by designing publicity material and marketing strategies that will be used to advertise your productions.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a practical performance course with some theory work threaded throughout. You will develop through completing assignments and projects that are based on realistic industrial activities and demands within the specialism of performing arts. You will have the opportunity to perform your work before public audiences. Assessment will be through performances, and projects based on both theory and practice.

What’s next?

This qualification is designed to give you an insight into the industry so you would normally progress onto one of the Level 3 courses in acting, dance or musical theatre offered at Wakefield College. Typically, after completing a level 3 programme, you would progress to a course at higher education level in your chosen specialism. You may be able to find work within a wide range of performing arts roles such as actor, dancer, choreographer, performer, playwright, director, community arts worker, teacher, entrepreneur.


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Level 2 Diploma in Production Arts

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)

Waterton Building 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Waterton Building 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English, plus Maths at grade E, or equivalent

What you will study

This course is designed to give you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of the theatre, music and live events industries. Through practical projects you will develop and explore new skills in the fields of lighting, sound, music recording, working in the performing arts industry, professional development, crewing, and the performing arts production process.

How you will learn and be assessed

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D (or equivalent), or • Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 English • Interview and group audition

What you will study

You will develop acting, vocal and movement techniques as you learn about the creative process and how to work as part of an ensemble. The course involves active contribution to performance projects in a variety of difference performance areas and allows you to experiment as you follow your own interests as an actor.

This is a practical performance course with some theory work threaded throughout. You will develop through completing assignments and projects that are based on realistic industrial activities and demands within the specialism of the industry. You will be involved in designing lighting effects and planning production processes to support productions performed by other groups in the department.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, completion of tasks in a realistic working environment, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations.

Assessment is through performances, and projects based on both theory and practice.

Level 3 courses in production arts, or the Level 3 Music Technology course available at Wakefield College. This would enable you to find work within a wide range of industry roles such as technician, lighting and sound operator/designer, stage manager, community arts worker, teacher, and entrepreneur.

What’s next?

HND Theatre, offered by Wakefield College, or degrees in acting, drama, theatre arts or performing arts at other universities. Vocational courses at drama schools.

You may find work within a wide range of performing arts roles such as actor, performer, playwright, director, community arts worker, teacher, entrepreneur.

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What’s next?

This is a practical course focusing on public performance. Academic and theoretical work is also involved, and the completion of assignments that give you an insight into the demands of a career in the performing arts. Visits to local and regional theatre venues and a residential trip to London are also important parts of the course.


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

(Musical Theatre Programme)

Waterton Building 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Waterton Building 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 English

• Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 English

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D (or equivalent), or • Interview and group audition

What you will study

This course will enable you to develop technique in ballet, contemporary and jazz dance, and to learn about the principles of the creative and choreographic process, the historical context of performance, and performance styles. You will also study audition skills and the application of dance technique by taking part in a variety of practical projects, including a school tour.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a practical dance based course with many opportunities to perform before public audiences and with academic and theory work threaded throughout. The assignments and projects you complete are based on the kind of challenges you will face once you are employed in the dance industry. Assessment will be through performances, and projects based on both theory and practice.

What’s next?

HND in Dance, offered at Wakefield College. Other higher education courses in dance, performing arts, education and the arts. School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

You may find work within a wide range of performing arts roles such as dancer, choreographer, community arts worker, teacher, entrepreneur or employment in the leisure and tourism industry.

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D (or equivalent), or • Interview and group audition

What you will study

This course will enable you to develop skills in singing, dancing and acting and learn how to combine them to produce dynamic and expressive performance suitable for the musical theatre genre. You will learn about the principles of the creative process and various performance styles.

How you will learn and be assessed

This is a practical, work-related course with academic and theoretical exploration threaded throughout. You will develop through completing assignments that are based on realistic industrial activities within the specialism of musical theatre. You will have the opportunity to show your work in public performances.

What’s next?

HND in Dance or Theatre, offered at Wakefield College. Other higher education courses in musical theatre, acting, dance, performing arts, education and the arts. You may find work within a wide range of performing arts roles such as a musical theatre performer, actor, dancer, performer, playwright, director, community arts worker, teacher, or entrepreneur.


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“I really enjoyed the residential as I got to do things I’ve never done before. We camped in Wales and went abseiling and rock climbing. I found it a bit scary but I overcame my fear and really enjoyed it. I’d recommend coming to the open day and meeting the staff the open day gives you a lot better idea of what it’s all about.” Deana Shipp Level 2 and 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

Public Services The uniformed public services offer an exciting and hugely varied choice of career opportunities. Whether you’re working for an emergency service such as the police, fire service or paramedics, or for one of the armed services, you’ll be on the front line and every day will be a new challenge. Gaining entry to employment in the uniformed public services isn’t easy, but a public services course at Wakefield College can help. We’ll assist you to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you’ll need through a wide variety of residentials, visits, events and expeditions, as well as more conventional classes and practical activities. And if you’re not sure which service is right for you, we can help you come to a decision.

Courses we offer: Level 1 Diploma in Public Services Level 2 Diploma in Public Services Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure)

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 1 Diploma in Public Services

Level 2 Diploma in Public Services

Thornes Park Campus, Castleford Campus (subject to demand) 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Thornes Park Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Successful completion of an Entry Level course

• Level 1 course at Merit

• 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, or

• Entry Level 3 English and Maths

What you will study

Outdoor activities, map reading and navigation, personal effectiveness, well-being and physical fitness, team working skills and employment opportunities for public services.

How you will learn and be assessed

• Level 1 Maths

What you will study

This course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to start out on a potential pathway to public service employment, and will cover topics such as fitness, law, citizenship, land navigation skills and more.

This course is an exciting mix of classroom-based sessions as well as practical activities both on site and through regular visits to other facilities, including visits to and from public service organisations. Many of the classroom sessions also have practical elements to them.

How you will learn and be assessed

Assessment is by a portfolio of work and written or practical assignments.

There will be continuous assessment of written and practical projects and assignments.

What’s next?

What’s next?

This course is the first step for those who are interested in developing skills relevant for a career within the public services. Progression is to the Level 2 in Public Services at Wakefield College or other related Level 2 courses at Wakefield College or elsewhere.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D, including English Language, or

Through lectures, presentations from staff and the uniformed services, visits to public service centres and an outdoor residential during which you will take part in challenging outdoor situations.

Most of the uniformed public services have minimum age requirements so you will need further experience and training before you can apply. This course is just the first step on your way to a career with public organisations such as the police, fire service, paramedics, armed services and many more. Progression would be to the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services or in Outdoor Adventure offered by Wakefield College.


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Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

(Outdoor Adventure)

Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Level 2 Uniformed Public Services or Sport at Merit (overall Distinction for Extended Diploma)

• Level 2 Uniformed Public Services or Sport at Merit (Distinction for Extended Diploma)

• 4 GCSEs (5 for Extended Diploma) at A*-C including English Language, or

• Level 2 Maths

• Acceptable level of physical ability

What you will study

A range of subjects which will give you understanding and skills relating to major incidents, health and fitness, law, outdoor activities, leadership, discipline, expedition skills, teamwork and more.

How you will learn and be assessed

Lectures, practicals, residentials - where you will be assessed in challenging situations - self-directed study and research, visits to and presentations from the services. There will be continuous assessment of practical and academic projects and assignments.

What’s next?

Career opportunities exist in services such as the armed forces, police, fire service, coastguard, prison service, customs or other public organisations.

• 4 GCSEs (5 for Extended Diploma) at A*-C including English Language, or

• Level 2 Maths

What you will study

This course will appeal to anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, or is interested in a career in the uniformed public services. It covers all aspects of outdoor and adventurous activities from planning through to participation. You’ll learn about the correct use of equipment, the risks and the impact on the environment and how to reduce them. You’ll learn to map-read and navigate, how to plan an expedition, and you’ll develop skills in a host of different outdoor activities.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by taking part in practical land-based and water-based activities such as walking, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, wind-surfing, camping and expeditions. There will also be class-based learning and practical sessions at College. Your practical skills will be assessed while you participate in the activities and visits, but you will also be assessed on your written assignment work, group work and presentations.

What’s next?

Opportunities exist in outdoor activity centres, holiday camps and clubs, outdoor education centres, team-building and skills development organisations, local authority and private outdoor parks and centres. Alternatively you may wish to progress to a career in the uniformed public services such as the police, fire service or the military. You could progress to higher education in outdoor activityrelated courses or specific outdoor and adventurous activity qualifications.

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Previous students have undertaken degrees in law, public policy, criminology, peace studies, psychology, sociology and many more.

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“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the College - it’s been really good and I’ve learned a lot. You get to meet new friends and the learning is very balanced. The Applied Science course is great as you get to learn about Physics, Biology and Chemistry. I’ve really built up my confidence and have now set my heart on going to university.”

Science More and more employers are looking for well-qualified people to work within the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. The applied sciences offer a route to a wide variety of careers, including forensic scientist, drug researcher, medical physics technician, science technician, and many more. Whatever your ambitions, our applied science qualifications will help to sharpen your skills for employment or further study.

Courses we offer: Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)

Nichole Atkinson

Applied Sciences

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)

Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What you will study

• Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit

• 4 GCSEs at grade D-G including English and Maths You will study three mandatory units relating to chemistry and our earth, energy and our universe, and biology and our environment. You will also take a selection of optional units on topics such as the living body, health applications of life science, exploring our universe, electronics in action, chemical analysis and detection, and investigating human behaviour.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through practical work in the laboratory, educational visits, and classroom activities. Assessment will take a variety of forms, including assessment of your practical skills, presentations, laboratory reports, essay writing and model making.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Career opportunities include forensic scientist, science technician, medical laboratory technician, nursing and midwifery, medical research assistant. Some of these will require further study and training.

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English and a Science subject (an additional Science is preferred), or

What you will study

You will study six core units in the fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific investigation, scientific practical techniques, perceptions of science and using mathematical tools in science. You will also study specialist units in topics such as statistics, physiology, medical physics, chemistry, genetics, and biomedical and chemical laboratory techniques.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a range of activities including laboratory practical work, workplace visits, lectures, group work and discussion. Assessment is by written assignments including tasks such as writing up a practical investigation, short answer questions, and research questions, and individual or group presentations.

What’s next?

Employment in technical roles including quality control, medical laboratory analysis, materials testing, forensic science analysis, medical photographer, anatomical pathology technician, medical physics technician, soil analysis. You could progress to an HND in applied science, or degrees in forensic science, biomedical science, applied biology, microbiology, and combined science.


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“The course covers everything you could wish to learn in sports development. It’s got absolutely everything I wanted from a sports course, it’s really good. You can socialise with everyone in the sports department. The staff are really helpful; you can go and speak to them about anything that you need.” Jennifer Chapman

Sports Development

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Coaching and Fitness

Sport Sport is about taking part, sometimes winning and sometimes trying to improve your performance. These days it can often be about science, too. Wakefield College possesses a bespoke laboratory fully equipped with the latest technologies, equal to most universities. The laboratory is kitted out with a range of high-spec equipment enabling students to carry out breath by breath gas analysis, blood analysis, EMG analysis and GPS tracking, while Sports Performance Coaching students utilise the lab to analyse the performance of athletes.

Courses we offer: Link to Level 1 in Sport (Entry Level 3) Level 1 Award in Exercise and Fitness Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure Level 2 Diploma in Sport Level 2 Certificate in PE and Sport Employment Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences Additional Programmes: Athlete Development Programme Courses we offer: Rugby League Development Centre • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care Football Development Centre • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care Women’s Football Development Centre

• Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Link to Level 1 in Sport

Level 1 Award in Exercise and Fitness

Thornes Park Campus 1 year NCFE

Thornes Park Campus 1 year CYQ

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

(Entry Level 3)

• 4 or fewer GCSEs at grade D-G, or

• Successful completion of a FLEX programme

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-E including English Language, or equivalent

What you will study

What you will study

You will take a number of different subjects which help you develop the skills and understanding to follow a pathway into sport. You’ll study team sports, exercise and fitness, outdoor adventure sports and healthy living. You’ll also develop skills and qualities to help you gain employment – career planning, making applications, speaking confidently and other vital subjects.

How you will learn and be assessed

There will be lots of different ways to learn, including group work and individual tasks carried out both in the classroom and by using our sport and exercise facilities. Assessment will be by various methods, including completing workbooks and other written tasks, doing presentations, producing leaflets, and being observed in practical sessions.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

There are many jobs in sport and leisure but most require a range of qualifications and skills which you can gain by further study at Wakefield College. Progression from this course is to the Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure at Wakefield College.

You will complete the Level 1 Award in Exercise and Fitness and an Award in Lifestyle Management, and cover topic including preparation for sport and exercise activities, leadership skills, injuries, and work skills.

How you will learn and be assessed

There will be a host of different ways of learning in both the classroom and fitness facilities. You’ll be given plenty of practical, hands-on experience of exercise sessions in gyms, fitness studios and sports facilities. Assessment will be by completing workbooks and other written tasks, by doing presentations, producing leaflets, keeping diaries and work placement blogs. You will also be observed and assessed in practical sessions.

What’s next?

There are many careers in exercise and fitness, and many opportunities for self-employment, but a high level of skill, knowledge and commitment is required. This course is your starting point and you would expect to progress to either the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or to Level 2 or 3 sport courses at Wakefield College.


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“On this course you get a bit of everything: the science side of sport, coaching and also the development of an athlete. The course has been great because its helped me to progress in all the aspects I’m interested in, and given me a wide range of options for further study at university.” Sam Applegarth

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport

(Development, Coaching and Fitness)

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Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure

Level 2 Diploma in Sport

Thornes Park Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Thornes Park Campus 1 year Edexcel

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Successful completion of an Entry Level course

• Level 1 qualification at Merit

• 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, or

• Entry Level 3 English and Maths

What you will study

Well-being and physical fitness, personal effectiveness, employment opportunities for sport and leisure, practical sport, sports coaching, and healthy body.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through class work, team sports/activities and other practicals, visits and outdoor activities. Assessment is through a portfolio of work and written or practical assignments.

What’s next?

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

This course is the first step for those who are interested in developing skills relevant for a career within the sport and fitness sector. Progression is to Level 2 qualifications in sport at Wakefield College.

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English Language, or • Level 1 Maths

What you will study

Fitness development, testing and training; anatomy and physiology for sport and the effects of exercise on the body systems; practical sport; injury in sport; sports facility operations and leading outdoor and adventurous activities. Other qualifications will help you extend your skills and prepare for employment in the industry.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through lectures, practical sports sessions and outdoor activities. Assessment will be mainly based on coursework, but some of the additional qualifications include portfolio work and a multiple-choice exam.

What’s next?

This qualification may help you to gain employment as a, leisure or coaching assistant, but further study would widen your options. Progression is to the BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness, Performance and Excellence or Outdoor Adventure), BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Exercise Science all here at Wakefield College. There may also be opportunities to undertake fitness based courses at Level 2/3.


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Level 2 Certificate in PE and Sport Employment

Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sport (Development,

Thornes Park Campus 1 year 1st4sport

Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English Language, or • Level 1 qualification at Merit, or

• Other relevant qualifications may be considered

What you will study

The core of this course is the Certificate in Supporting Learning in PE and School Sport which covers the principles of teaching PE and coaching school sport, how to ensure safe practice in PE and sport, lifelong health and well-being, and how to lead PE and school sport activities.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through group work and individual tasks, using lots of different methods of learning both in the classroom and using our sport facilities. Assessment will be by completing workbooks and other written tasks, by doing presentations, producing leaflets, keeping diaries and work placement blogs. You will also be observed and assessed in practical sessions.

What’s next?

Opportunities exist in schools to support the delivery of PE and school sport sessions, but the skills you will acquire are also relevant for leadership of other sport-related activities such as holiday clubs, summer camps and community clubs.

• 4 GCSEs (5 for the Extended Diploma) at grade A*-C including English Language, or

• Level 2 Sport at Merit (Distinction for Extended Diploma) • Level 2 Maths

What you will study

The Diploma consists of 12 units and the Extended Diploma of 18 units. Modules cover topics such as anatomy and physiology, practical team sports, leadership, sports massage and therapy, sports injuries, training and fitness, nutrition and weight management, principles of coaching, sports psychology and health and safety.

How you will learn and be assessed

This course is mainly classroom-based, but there are also practical sessions both on site and through regular visits to other facilities. Many of the classroom sessions also have practical elements to them. There will be continuous assessment and assignment work. Some additional qualifications involve a portfolio and/or an exam.

What’s next?

You could progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Performance Coaching, or in Health Related Exercise and Fitness, both at Wakefield College, and subsequent top-up BSc at the College. Many students from Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness go on to study sports therapy, physical education, sports development, nutrition and sports coaching, but the range of options at higher education level is vast. There are various employment opportunities in the sport and recreation industry, including coaching, teaching or training professional sport and performance, health promotion, community development officer and sports development officer.

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The course is designed to give you the skills to progress into employment in sport and leisure, or in supporting school sport and PE, but if you want to study further you may be able to progress onto a Level 3 sport course at Wakefield College. The Level 3 Sport Development Coaching and Fitness is particularly relevant to this pathway.

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Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sport

Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sport

(Outdoor Adventure)

(Performance and Excellence)

Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• Level 2 Uniformed Public Services or Sport at Merit (Distinction for Extended Diploma)

• Level 2 Sport at Merit (Distinction for Extended Diploma)

• 4 GCSEs (5 for Extended Diploma) at A*-C including English Language, or

• Level 2 Maths

What you will study

This course will appeal to anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, or is interested in a career in the sport and leisure industries. It covers all aspects of outdoor and adventurous activities from planning through to participation. You’ll learn about the correct use of equipment, the risks and the impact on the environment and how to reduce them. You’ll learn to map-read and navigate, how to plan an expedition, and most of all you’ll develop your skills in a host of different outdoor activities.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn by taking part in practical land-based and water-based activities such as walking, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, wind-surfing, camping and expeditions. There will also be class-based learning and practical sessions at College. Your practical skills will be assessed while you participate in the activities and visits, but you will also be assessed on your written assignment work, group work and presentations.

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

What’s next?

Opportunities exist in outdoor activity centres, holiday camps and clubs, outdoor education centres, team-building and skills development organisations, local authority and private outdoor parks and centres. Alternatively you may wish to progress to a career in the uniformed public services such as the police, fire service or the military. You could progress to higher education in outdoor activity-related courses or specific outdoor and adventurous activity qualifications.

• 4 GCSEs (5 for Extended Diploma) at A*-C including English Language, or • Level 2 Maths

• Acceptance onto the Athlete Development Programme is through a sporting assessment

What you will study

A selection of units relating to training and fitness, fitness testing, nutrition, technical and tactical skills, the athlete’s lifestyle, and sports coaching.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course will ask you to learn in a variety of ways, including classroom work with tutor support and a large amount of independent learning, where you will be required to research and complete assignments in your own time.

Assessment will be through written work, presentations, group and individual work. Some assessments will be linked to your performance on the Athlete Development Programme.

What’s next?

Your ambition may be a career as a professional or semiprofessional sports performer, or you may wish to work in training and fitness, coaching, PE teaching, or sports consultancy. Many of these careers demand higher levels of study. You could progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Performance Coaching, or Health Related Exercise and Fitness followed by a top-up BSc, all available at Wakefield College. Linked to the Athlete Development Programme (see pages 144-145)


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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade A*-C including Maths and English Language, and at least one from PE, IT or a Science, or • Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Distinction, plus Level 2 English and Maths

What you will study

Subjects such as anatomy for sport and exercise, fitness testing, training and programming, sports nutrition, sports massage and sports coaching.

How you will learn and be assessed

The course is a mix of theory and practice relating to sport, exercise and physical education. It includes a variety of units offering students the opportunity to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of sport science, health and wellbeing, taught as interactively and practically as possible. Assessment methods include written work, presentations, practical assessments, case studies and interactive media projects.

What’s next?

The career opportunities available to sport and exercise scientists are expanding all the time. Sports science is increasingly recognised as an integral part of sports development and most athletes consider its application as an important part of everyday training and competition. Previous students have progressed to careers in teaching, sports performance analysis and sports physiotherapy.

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Each year Wakefield College Sports Science students progress to some of the most reputable universities in the country, studying a wide range of sports related programmes including sports science, physical education, physiotherapy, sports coaching and sports therapy amongst others.


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Athlete Development Programme

Rugby League Development Centre

For talented sportspeople

In partnership with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Do you have a recognised ability in football, rugby, athletics, martial arts, golf or other sport? Do you have the potential to progress to regional, national or elite levels? A place on Wakefield College’s Athlete Development Programme (ADP) will help you to develop your abilities while progressing in your Sports studies. Our specialist coaches will work with you on an individual programme designed to improve your sports performance. Your programme will include: • Strength and conditioning • Recovering and injury management • Nutrition and lifestyle management • Video analysis • Preparation for competition And you will make use of the College’s top class fitness testing and conditioning facilities.

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In addition, football and rugby players will also be part of the Football or Rugby League Development Centres and receive coaching and training in preparation for Development Centre fixtures.

Every good sportsperson knows that they need to study for an alternative career in case their hopes of becoming a professional athlete do not materialise. So as a student on the ADP you must be on the Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) or the Level 2 Diploma in Sport, and your place on the ADP will depend on your continued progress on your main course of study. Entry onto the Football or Rugby League programmes requires a successful trial which will take place in the summer term.

Individual athletes will also be asked to provide a reference from their coach and their governing body, as well as a College assessment.

A programme open to male players with ability, good attitude and dedication, the Rugby League Development Centre (RLDC) is a great opportunity to develop your skills and perhaps progress into professional Rugby League, maybe into the Wildcats squad itself! Members of the RLDC benefit from professional coaching and strength and conditioning training from experienced specialists. Your week will be balanced between your coursework and classes, and RLDC coaching sessions, and there are weekly fixtures on Wednesdays against other RLDC college teams in the north of England. As an athlete on the Athlete Development Programme you will also participate in all the strength, conditioning, recovery, lifestyle and preparatory sessions on that programme.

Entry requirements

The RLDC is open to boys aged 16 - 19. Selection is through trials during the spring and summer period. You must, of course, meet the entry criteria for your full-time course as well. You must be on a Level 2 Diploma in Sport or a Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) to be eligible for entry onto the RLDC. Your place will depend on your continued progress on your main course of study.


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Women’s Football Development Centre

In partnership with Wakefield FC

In partnership with Wakefield Ladies FC

Do you want to become a professional or semi-professional footballer?

Women’s football continues to grow in popularity and there are more opportunities for women to pursue a professional or semi-professional career in the game.

If so, the Football Development Centre (FDC) could give you the opportunity to develop as a player while studying on a sports course at Wakefield College.

The Women’s Football Development Centre gives you the opportunity to develop as a player while studying on a sports course at Wakefield College. Students undergo high level professional training – three hours of football training per week plus three hours of supervised strength and conditioning, video analysis training and injury management programme.

Do you think you have the ability to make the grade?

There is: • Professional coaching during the day. • Fixtures in the English Colleges Football Association League on Wednesday afternoons. As an athlete on the Athlete Development Programme you will also participate in all the strength, conditioning, recovery, lifestyle and preparatory sessions on that programme.

Entry requirements

The Football Development Centre is open to boys aged 16 - 19. Selection is through football trials during the spring and summer period. FDC players should be currently playing to a high standard relative to their age. You must of course meet the entry criteria for your full-time course as well. You must be on a Level 2 Diploma in Sport or a Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) to be eligible for entry onto the FDC. Your place will depend on your continued progress on your main course of study.

You will be coached by a dedicated Women’s coach, participate in the Yorkshire Colleges Women’s League, and represent the College at the annual Varsity game.

Entry requirements

The Women’s FDC is open to girls aged 16 - 19. Selection is through football trials and/or training during the spring and summer period. You should already be playing at a competitive level, or possess the basic skills and a commitment to developing your sporting ability. You must of course meet the entry criteria for your full-time course as well. You must be on the Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence), or the Level 2 Diploma in Sport for entry onto the Women’s Football Development Centre. Your place will depend on your continued progress on your main course of study.

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“The course has been brilliant. I have learnt a lot of new things, met new people and been able to plan my own work. I got involved in helping to organise Wakefield’s first ever luxury Travel Show. The Travel Show was a big event for College and I’m glad I got involved.” Lauren Daubney Level 2 Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism The travel and tourism industry offers exciting, rewarding careers for dynamic individuals with ability, energy and fresh ideas. If this is you, our travel and tourism courses will give you the qualifications you need to succeed. Based at the Thornes Park Campus, you will be taught by tutors with many years’ experience of working in the travel industry. You will also have the chance to gain other professional qualifications to enhance your job prospects, and to undertake local, national and international visits, residentials and work placements.

Courses we offer: Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism

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Courses we offer: • Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies – Animal Care • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management • Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture

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Level 2 Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Thornes Park Campus 1 year City & Guilds

Thornes Park Campus 2 years City & Guilds

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English and Maths, or equivalent

What you will study

Core Units cover a wide variety of general tourism issues such as exploring the travel and tourism industry, dealing with customers, investigating tourist destinations, and promoting travel and tourism. Some specialist topics focus on specific areas of the industry such as travel agents, tour operations, airport and airline operations and visitor attractions.

How you will learn and be assessed

Experienced staff will deliver a varied programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and independent student research. You will develop skills using the latest travel industry directories and manuals. College links with companies such as Thomas Cook, Leeds Bradford Airport and Wakefield Tourist Department will provide opportunities for students to learn from real-life experience.

• Relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit, plus Level 2 English and Maths

What you will study

UK and worldwide travel and tourism destinations, the role of overseas resort representatives and operations, customer service, promotion and marketing, and hosting conferences and events.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through a varied programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and independent research using the latest travel industry manuals. College links with companies such as Thomas Cook, Leeds Bradford Airport and Wakefield Tourist Department will provide opportunities for students to learn from real-life experience by way of guest speakers, visits, case studies and work placements.

Assessment is by internally assessed coursework and some online tests.

Assessment is through assignments which will take the form of reports, brochures and presentations based on market research, case studies and investigations.

What’s next?

What’s next?

Progression is to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism at Wakefield College. Career opportunities exist as passenger check-in assistant, tourist information centre assistant, trainee travel agent or a wide variety of other trainee roles in the travel and tourism industry. School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, or

Progress to a degree in tourism management.

Career opportunities include air cabin crew, travel agent, hotel receptionist, tour manager, tourist guide, tourist information centre assistant, conference and banqueting assistant, visitor services assistant in museums, theme parks and stately homes.


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“The course is designed for you to go straight into a job when you finish, in any sector of the travel industry. I want to work abroad so I know about the countries that I’m going to work in.” Matthew Smith

Level 3 Travel & Tourism

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Additional Information for parents & carers 1. Ofsted and Wakefield College

3. Entitlement Statement

Wakefield College is a good College - and that’s not just our opinion, it’s the official opinion of Ofsted. We were rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ in 22 of 23 areas that were assessed in our Ofsted inspection in 2010. Inspectors praised the College for its “outstanding approach to working with partners, safeguarding, and equality and diversity” and also rated as “outstanding” our work with partners to develop the curriculum and respond to local needs.

Wakefield College is committed to supporting its students to achieve their full potential, both in terms of the qualifications they gain and their future opportunities. Students at the College are entitled to access careers learning, information, advice and guidance which is:

Our A Level pass rates were described as “Outstanding” and the Inspectors complimented the College for its outstanding support for learners to improve their economic and social well-being and for the highly effective action it takes to prepare learners for employment and progression to higher education. ICT at the College was also assessed and the inspectors rated the area as “outstanding” and awarded the highest possible mark - a Grade One. The promotion of safeguarding was also rated “outstanding” as was our equality and diversity provision with the report stating: “The College is highly socially inclusive and makes all efforts to remove barriers to learning and contributes significantly to local regeneration.” The full inspection report can be viewed on the Ofsted website www.ofsted.gov.uk

2. The matrix Standard

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The matrix Standard is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career. Wakefield College is proud to have achieved and retained the matrix Standard for the information, advice and guidance provided by its Student Services, Libraries and Course Information departments.

• Impartial and free from discrimination or bias • Student-centred • Relevant • Up-to-date • Delivered by experienced, well-informed, appropriately qualified and trained careers staff This entitlement is integral to our Career Learning, Information, Advice and Guidance policy which is available on request.

4. Student Support At Wakefield College we treat our students like adults and expect them to take a considerable amount of responsibility for their own work and progress. However, we recognise that all students need support from time to time in order to ensure that they achieve their goals. The College prides itself on the quality of its student support services, which were also highly praised in our last Ofsted report. They are staffed by professionals who have a wealth of experience and all students are encouraged to take advantage of the services on offer. • Additional Learning Support. We have specialist tutors with expertise in supporting learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, medical conditions, visual impairment, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or who are deaf or hard of hearing, have learning difficulties, mobility difficulties or English as a second language. Support may be in the form of support staff in or out of class, assistive technology or adjustments by teachers. We strongly urge students or their parents/carers to disclose any disability or learning difficulty prior to enrolment, so that the College can fulfil its responsibilities under the Equality Act and ensure that adjustments or facilities are put in place at the start of a student’s course. Contact Additional Support on 01924 789120 (voice) or 01924 385349 (minicom).


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• Careers and Educational Guidance. Our Student Advisors can offer impartial guidance on courses and careers before students come to College. During the course of their studies, students have access to our comprehensive range of information on careers, higher education and the labour market, and advice and guidance to help them plan the next step towards their chosen career. To make an appointment please call 01924 789113 or 789301. • Chaplaincy. The College has a Chaplaincy which is available to all learners whatever their beliefs, faith or religion. The Chaplaincy works with the Students’ Union and Student Services to organise events in College to mark special national and cultural occasions, or which allow students to take time out to reflect. Everyone finds life challenging at times, and the Chaplain can offer one-to-one support to help resolve issues which have a spiritual aspect. The service is available by appointment across all College campuses. • Counselling and Welfare Support. Confidential one-to-one Counselling is available for students at all our Campuses from professionally qualified Counsellors. Welfare Support is available to give help and advice on a range of issues including accommodation and benefits. • Course Information. Fuller details of all our courses can be obtained from the Course Information team in the form of printed leaflets. The team is located at the Thornes Park Campus and is available on 01924 789111 between 9 am and 5 pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9 am and 4.30 pm (Friday), or by email on courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk

• Financial Support. The College provides information and confidential advice on what financial help is available for students. This includes information on 16-19 bursaries, Discretionary Support Funds, student loans and other learner support that might be available. There may be help towards, for example, travel costs, meals, equipment or childcare costs depending on your circumstances, age and course level. The College’s Financial Support team is based at Wakefield City Campus, but appointments are available at Thornes Park and Castleford Campus for students based there.

For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk and put ‘money to learn’ in the search bar at the home page. • Health. The College has a Health and Wellbeing Service provided by the NHS. Drop-in sessions and appointments are available on all campuses for confidential advice and information on a range of health-related concerns – contraception, chlamydia screening, pregnancy testing, weight management, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol issues. • Learner Agreement. All students are asked to sign a Learner Agreement at the start of their course. This sets out the College’s expectations in terms of students’ punctuality, attendance, completion of work and standards of behaviour towards staff and other students. • LibraryPlus. Each main campus has its own library which is well stocked with books relating to the subject areas taught at that site, together with magazines and DVDs. Our libraries also have open access computers, bookable computers and a full range of e-resources – e-books, fulltext newspapers and magazines – which are also available from home via the LibraryPlus/course pages on Moodle, the College’s Virtual Learning Environment. Each LibraryPlus also has quiet places for study, helpful and knowledgeable staff and facilities for scanning, printing and photocopying. • Student Group Leaders and Pastoral Tutors. Once enrolled on a course, students are assigned a Student Group Leader who will support their learning journey and complete their progress reviews at regular meetings. Students will also meet with their Pastoral Tutor to discuss progress and any issues or problems they may be encountering. As part of their Pastoral Tutor Group, students will develop academic, personal and employability skills which will both enhance their overall College experience and improve their prospects for progression. • Refectory Services. A good selection of refreshments, including hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks, is available at all our main campuses. Students are regularly consulted on the type of food available, and the College works hard to ensure the service provides an affordable range of healthy and balanced meal options.

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Alternatively, course details are available to view on our website, which also features student comments, video footage and news of College events and achievements. Go to www.wakefield.ac.uk

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• Safety and Security. Security staff are on duty at all our main campuses, and our remodelled Wakefield City Campus benefits from state-of-the-art CCTV and access control systems. All students are expected to carry a card which will give them access to social and teaching rooms, lifts, circulation areas and libraries. • Student Experience Team. Dedicated Student Experience Managers ensure that all students are given a learning experience of the highest standard within both their subject areas and the campus environment as a whole. Located at each of our main campuses, Student Experience Managers are there to see that students receive a high level of support tailored to their needs and learning aims, and also to ensure a seamless transition between school, College and employment or higher education. • Student Intranet. All enrolled students have access to the Student Intranet with its useful information about College news, events and student services. Each student also has a personal College email account.

Safeguarding is a vital component for schools and colleges. Wakefield College’s safeguarding policy ensures that young people and vulnerable adults attending activities in the College do so in a safe and secure environment. In our most recent Ofsted inspection, the College was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating for its safeguarding. The Ofsted Inspectors commented:

“all relevant statutory requirements are rigorously applied and closely monitored by appropriate departments. The result of college actions to make learners feel safe is outstanding. College sites are safe, welcoming and well controlled. All learners report they feel safe and recognise the positive approach taken by the college in this area”. The Ofsted inspectors also highlighted: “the college’s approach to safeguarding is outstanding. The college fully complies with all statutory requirements regarding safeguarding”.

Students have access to Moodle, the College’s online learning environment. Moodle provides secure access to course material, course announcements, discussion groups, assignment submission and records of grades.

Key factors in this are:

All these services are available to use from home as well as from College computers, subject to the existence of a suitable internet connection and system configuration.

• All staff must undertake safeguarding awareness training relevant to their post.

• Students’ Union. Members of the College’s Students’ Union are also members of the National Union of Students and can purchase an NUS Extra card which provides discounts from high street stores and restaurants. The Union’s activities range from representing students on the Board of Governors to arranging social functions. Getting involved with the Union can be a fulfilling experience, developing useful skills and increasing self-confidence. School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

5. Safeguarding

• Transport. A Scholar’s PhotoCard is available for full-time students aged 16-18 which entitles them to half-fare travel in West Yorkshire. Application forms can be collected from College receptions after enrolment on a course. Students with disabilities may be eligible for special transport and you should contact your Local Education Authority for further details.

• All employment offers are subject to enhanced CRB disclosures. • No staff start work until all relevant checks are completed and recorded.

• College-wide anti-bullying and harassment policy rigorously applied.

• Governors receive annual training and all governors accept responsibility for safeguarding. Whilst this is all excellent news for the College, it is also excellent news for students and for their parents and guardians who can rest assured that all who spend time learning with the College will do so in a safe environment.


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6. Equality & Diversity

Our commitment. The College is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity in all we do. The definition of diversity we seek to promote is in the creation of an environment: “…in which individual differences are evident, different means to an end are respected, and the talent and attributes of people from different backgrounds and heritages are fully valued, utilised and developed.” (Greenslade, 1991) How we demonstrate our commitment

At Wakefield College, we have put in place policies, training and procedures to make equality and diversity a reality for the whole College Community. These include: Single Equality Scheme

Staff Development and Training

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Group The Single Equality Scheme sets out the College’s approach to ensuring that all College users are treated fairly and that students have maximum opportunities to succeed. The scheme addresses all nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010: sex; race; disability; marriage and civil partnership; sexual orientation; religion or belief; pregnancy and maternity; gender reassignment and age.

Measuring our progress

The effectiveness of the scheme is monitored through a comprehensive framework of measures involving regular collection, reporting and analysis of staff and student data on the basis of a range of demographic factors. A summary of this is available on the College website. An annual report on equality and diversity, including monitoring data, is considered by the College’s Board of Governors.

Students, too, have a responsibility to promote and embed equality and diversity. The Learner Agreement, which everyone must sign, details minimum expectations of students in relation to equality and diversity. Students can get actively involved in promoting equality by becoming a student representative on one of the groups mentioned above. Care Leavers

Wakefield College has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark for supporting Care Leavers who wish to enter further and higher education. The commitment seeks to facilitate an increase in the number of Care Leavers entering further and higher education, help institutions to identify how best to support Care Leavers, raise awareness of the needs of this group of students, and enable Care Leavers to make the most of their time in further and higher education and to complete their courses successfully. For more information go to www.buttleuk.org.

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It also sets out the College’s Equality Objectives, in the form of a detailed plan setting out real actions the College will undertake to address the needs of specific groups and improve outcomes for all. The Single Equality Scheme is available on the College’s website: www.wakefield.ac.uk.

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Additional Information for parents & carers Campus Information Wakefield City Campus

Our City Campus on Margaret Street is in the process of a major phased refurbishment, but remains fully operational, and is equipped with all the facilities and resources that students need to support and enhance their learning. City Campus is the home to sixthf6rm at Wakefield College and boasts a three-storey LibraryPlus facility, a triple award-winning training restaurant (Gaskell’s), a spacious social lounge, coffee bar and food court and is also home to Student Services.

Located only five minutes from both the city centre and Wakefield Westgate railway station and ten minutes from Kirkgate railway station, the renovated City Campus includes a series of student social spaces that are furnished with a variety of seating and learning areas and ensures a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for students. Thornes Park Campus

Combining a beautiful parkland setting with a range of facilities which complement our students’ studies, our Thornes Park Campus is a unique environment in which to learn. Boasting state-of-the-art recording studio facilities, the campus is home to our successful popular music courses. There are extensive on-site facilities for our Sports, Public Services and Travel and Tourism departments including a gymnasium, sports hall, climbing wall, fitness testing laboratory, therapy and massage suite, a mock-up air cabin and numerous sports pitches on which to develop personal skills.

Castleford Campus

Formerly known as the skillsXchange, the Castleford Campus houses state-of-the-art vocational facilities. It includes purpose-built engineering facilities combined with construction skills workshops which have been designed with input from professionals within the industry. As well as Construction and Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Hair and Beauty courses are delivered here and the campus is also home to our Apprenticeships Unit.

Located at Glasshoughton just off the M62, five minutes from Glasshoughton station and with excellent public transport links to Castleford, Pontefract and Wakefield, the Campus provides an outstanding learning environment for students across the District. Waterton Building

In 2012 the College was delighted to acquire the Wakefield Museum building, which was built in 1823, to develop into a Performing Arts Centre. Once a Mechanics’ Institute, this Grade 2 listed building now houses specialist Performing Arts facilities, including a 160-seat theatre, drama and dance studios, spacious rehearsal rooms and backstage workshops.

Visit our website for detailed directions to all our campuses: www.wakefield.ac.uk/getintouch

School Leaver Prospectus 2014/15

Disclaimer The structure of post-16 education and the type of qualifications on offer can change according to government policy and funding issues. Our website and course information leaflets are updated regularly as changes occur, and you will have the opportunity to talk to tutors about any developments in your areas of interest at interview. This prospectus was produced in August 2013. Information was correct at the time of going to press, but details may change before courses begin in 2014. Please contact us if you need further advice. Ring Course Information on 01924 789111 or visit the College website www.wakefield.ac.uk.

Wakefield College Corporation reserves the right to alter or vary the details at any time. While this Prospectus and other College publicity materials offer a guide to our provision, there may, from time to time, be changes which may alter this. While every care has been taken in compiling this publication, Wakefield College accepts no liability for the accuracy or otherwise of statements appearing in it. The College also reserves the right to withdraw any advertised class for which insufficient numbers of students enrol and to close any class if low numbers attending make it no longer viable. All Wakefield College Prospectuses are available in text format on the College website. Alternative formats are available on request, such as large print and Braille. Phone 01924 789228 for details.


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How to apply

Choosing your course and making an application

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Browse through the course listings in this prospectus. Talk to your parents, friends and teachers about the course(s) you are interested in.

Alternatively, look at the course information leaflets online at www. wakefield.ac.uk or attend one of our open evenings (see key dates at the back of this publication)

Need more information? Ring Course Information on 01924 789111 and ask for individual course leaflets.

Still got questions? Ring or email the course tutor named on the course leaflet.

Still not sure? Complete the application form and tick the box asking for an interview with one of our Careers Advisors.

Alternatively, apply online by logging on to www.ucasprogress.com, or to your local online prospectus. You will need your login details, available from your school.

Made your choice? Complete this application form and send it to the College at the Freepost address supplied.

You will be invited for an interview for your first choice course.

Make the most of your interview. This is your chance to ask questions and make sure both the course and the College are right for you. You may have to attend more than one interview if you have indicated more than one course choice.

You will receive an offer of a place in writing. Alternatively, you may receive a referral to another programme.

You will then receive details of the enrolment sessions at College when you will formally register for your course and get your student ID badge.

Attend a pre-induction event in June or July which will give you the chance to talk to subject tutors and other prospective students, and get an idea of what College life will be like.

Accept the place by completing and returning the acceptance form which accompanied your offer letter or confirm by telephone: call the Admissions team on 01924 789110.

Programme induction takes place during the first week of the Autumn Term providing you with a smooth start to your College career.


Key Dates 2013/14 September

April

September/October

If you need advice, contact our Course Information Service on 01924 789111

You can send in your application form now. Once we have received it you will be sent details of your interview within two weeks. An application form is included in the back of this prospectus.

Have you submitted your application? If not, please do so as soon as possible. Applications received by 1 May will be given priority for an interview date.

Find out about Wakefield College and the options open to you when we visit your school for the launch of our School Leaver Prospectus.

May

October

June

Our open events start this month, this is your chance to talk to tutors, get information on courses and look round our facilities.

Wednesday/Thursday 16-17 October Skills Yorkshire & Humber Exhibition, Leeds FC Monday 21 October 5pm – 8pm - Open Event, Castleford Campus and Thornes Park Campus Tuesday 22 October 5pm – 8pm - Open Event, Wakefield City Campus

November

Saturday 9 November - Graduation Day Saturday 23 November 10am - 2pm - Open Day All Campuses

December

Have you sent in your application form? Still not sure what course to choose? Why not contact our Course Information Service on 01924 789111?

February

Monday 10 February 2014 5pm - 8pm - Open Event Castleford Campus and Thornes Park Campus Tuesday 11 February 2014 5pm – 8pm - Open Event Wakefield City Campus

Thursday 1 May 14-16 Celebration Evening at Castleford Campus Thursday 5-19 June Festival of Music, Dance and Theatre Monday 23 June Summer Arts Show Thursday 26 June A Level Taster Day Friday 27 June A Level Taster Day

July

Tuesday 1 July Year 10 Taster Day

Wednesday/Thursday 2-3 July Pre-Induction Days

These are your opportunity to speak to subject tutors, meet other prospective students and experience a taste of College life.

Tuesday 8 July Part-time Enrolments Wakefield City Campus Wednesday 9 July Part-time Enrolments Thornes Park Campus Thursday 10 July Part-time Enrolments Castleford Campus

March

August

Wednesday 26 March Year 10 Taster Day

September

Thursday 13 March Higher Education Fair at Wakefield College

A Level and GCSE results released. If you need help or advice about your next step, visit our guidance events. Full-time Enrolments Full-time Enrolments

Induction week marks the start of your College experience.

Interview evenings run on a regular basis from October onwards. Visit the College website for further details: www.wakefield.ac.uk


Open Evenings/Days & Events Wakefield College

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2013/14 This is a tear out and keep guide to all our Open Evenings/ Days and Events throughout the coming year. For more information see the web link below, scan the QR code with your mobile device/smartphone or give us a call on 01924 789789.

OCTober

22 2013

November

23 2013

February

10 2014

www.wakefield.ac.uk/events

February

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October 2013 Monday 21st 5pm - 8pm Thornes Campus Castleford Campus

October 2013 Tuesday 22nd 5pm - 8pm Wakefield Campus

November 2013 Saturday 23rd 10am - 2pm Thornes Campus Castleford Campus Wakefield Campus

February 2014 Monday 10th 5pm - 8pm Castleford Campus Thornes Campus

February 2014 Tuesday 11th 5pm - 8pm Wakefield Campus


LoveYour College General Telephone: 01924 789789 Course Information: 01924 789111 Minicom: 01924 789270 General Enquiries: info@wakefield.ac.uk Course Information: courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk Website: www.wakefield.ac.uk All Wakefield College Guides and Prospectuses are available in text format on the College website. Alternative formats are available on request, such as large print, Braille, British Sign Language video, audio tape and CD ROM. Telephone 01924 789155 for details. Wakefield City Campus Margaret Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2DH Thornes Park Campus Thornes Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 8QZ Castleford Campus Thunderhead Ridge, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 4UA

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