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Contents

Welcome from the Principal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Key Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Why choose Sixth Form at Wakefield College? Excellent results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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A wider choice

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An inspiring learning environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Extracurricular activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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High levels of support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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What our students say‌ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 A Levels & Applied A Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Advanced Diplomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Additional Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Campus Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 How to Apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Application Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

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Welcome It’s an exciting time to be a student in the Sixth Form at Wakefield College. The refurbishment of our Wakefield City Campus has ensured that our Sixth Form students work in a modern and attractive setting, benefiting from excellent facilities including the extensive resources of our new library and communal and informal learning spaces. Performing Arts students also benefit from the facilities available in our new Centre for Performing Arts, with the inspirational Mechanics’ Theatre at its heart, whilst students of other subjects enjoy dedicated facilities at our Thornes Park and Castleford campuses. First class buildings and equipment, however, are not the only things which make the College’s Sixth Form the best choice for students on Advanced Level programmes. For example, during the College’s inspection by Ofsted in May 2010, the inspectors reported that our A Level success rates are outstanding, and last year our A Level pass rate exceeded 95% for the tenth year in succession.

“We offer a distinctive learning experience for students in our Sixth Form, which provides a stepping stone between school and university.” Our Sixth Form offers a wide range of advanced level programmes in addition to A Levels, and we are also extremely proud of the tremendous results achieved by students on these Applied A Level and Diploma courses last year. We offer a distinctive learning experience for students in our Sixth Form, which provides a stepping stone between school and university. Our students speak highly of the excellent working relationships they build with their teachers and I am confident that this is a key factor in

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these tremendous results, which have enabled many students to move on to their chosen university. The planned development of a University Centre at the College will provide further opportunities for our Sixth Form students to progress into high quality local Higher Education provision, with strong employer links. Choosing the right college and the right course are difficult decisions. I hope that this guide will help you to understand what our Sixth Form has to offer, and encourage you to make an application. You can get more details of our courses by calling Course Information on 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 the facilities for Sixth Form students on our campuses. I do hope you will decide to join us. Sam Wright Principal


Key Dates September

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.

September/October

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

October

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 United 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?

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

March

Thursday 13 March Higher Education Fair at Wakefield College Wednesday 26 March Year 10 Taster Day

April

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

May

Thursday 1 May 14-16 Celebration Evening at Castleford Campus

June

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

August

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

September

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

Why not call our Course Information Service on 01924 789111 and arrange a visit?

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Why choose sixthf rm at Wakefield College? Excellent results We have achieved record breaking examination successes over recent years, performing well in comparison with the national averages. In 2013 our A Level pass rate exceeded 95% for the tenth year in succession, with 16 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate. Moreover, 13 BTEC Extended Diploma students achieved 3 distinction stars, the highest result possible

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Why choose sixthf rm at Wakefield College? A wider choice A wider choice of subjects is available than most sixth forms are able to offer. You can choose from over 20 AS/A Level subjects and a wide range of Advanced Diplomas and Extended Diplomas which are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies alike.

Personalised programmes of study Personalised programmes of study are created for each student, which take prior achievements into account and are designed to meet individual needs and aspirations.

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Why choose sixthf rm at Wakefield College? An inspiring learning environment Many of our students comment on the difference between studying at school and our sixth form, and appreciate the adult working relationship with their teachers and the positive impact this has on their learning. Our 1,500+ students come from many different backgrounds, schools and even countries, and this makes for a stimulating learning environment where horizons can be broadened and new friends can be made.

Dedicated Sixth Form Facilities All our campuses are fully equipped to ensure you have the facilities you need to help you succeed. Our refurbished Wakefield City Campus includes dedicated Sixth Form teaching and social areas, while the new Performing Arts Centre created at the Waterton Building includes a 160-seat professional theatre, studios and workshops for production design and construction.

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Our Thornes Park Campus houses recording studios used by students on popular music courses, and extensive facilities for sports students including a gym, sports hall, climbing wall, fitness testing lab, therapy and massage suite and sports pitches. Our Castleford Campus (formerly known as the skillsXchange) is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for advanced level Construction and Engineering students.


Why choose sixthf rm at Wakefield College? Extracurricular activities We offer our students plenty of opportunities outside the classroom to supplement their learning whilst at the same time helping to broaden personal and social development. Activities include field trips, educational visits, revision conferences, and the chance to take part in sporting and other optional pursuits. Opportunities for organising or taking part in social functions and for representing the student body on the College’s Board of Governors are available through membership of the Students’ Union, which is affiliated to the National Union of Students.

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Why choose sixthf rm at Wakefield College? High levels of support Although we expect you to work hard and take personal responsibility for your progress, we also offer you high levels of support to ensure that you fulfil your potential. Individual support on progression into Higher Education is provided by our professional careers staff.

Mentoring We have two mentoring schemes available for Sixth Form students. Our Mentoring for Excellence scheme supports students with the potential to progress to top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. The Careers Team and other staff provide individual support for students who are preparing for admissions tests, making Oxbridge applications, or seeking work placements to support medical or veterinary applications.

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Progression We arrange talks and visits to universities to support our Mentoring for Excellence students. In addition, students are mentored by a senior member of staff. Our Mentoring for Success scheme also offers individual support from a Careers Advisor, who will offer assistance, for example, with preparing applications and taking advantage of progression agreements with universities. Students also receive support and guidance from a mentor who is likely to be external to the College, for example a manager in a company which has links with the College.

Our professionally-qualified Careers Advisors will offer you individual help and support with all your post-A Level options; university, employment, apprenticeships, gap-year and volunteering. They can provide you with in-depth advice and guidance about looking for jobs, applications and interviews, as well as choosing Higher Education courses and universities. To contact the Careers Team please telephone 01924 789301 or email careers@wakefield.ac.uk.


Progression to Higher Education The Careers Team organises and hosts the College’s Higher Education Fair every March, which gives you the chance to meet and talk to representatives from a wide range of universities. The team also makes sure you know about open days and events at different universities, with a range of online resources as well as books, guides and prospectuses to give you further information.

The College has excellent links with a number of universities, with visits and talks arranged on a regular basis. Over 500 students from Wakefield College apply to Higher Education every year, with a high number progressing to a wide range of institutions including Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Alternatively, a number of our students choose to stay at Wakefield College for their Higher Education, taking advantage of the lower fees and smaller class sizes than most universities can offer. For more information, please ask for a copy of our Higher Education Prospectus.

The Careers Team can provide you with practical help and support in completing the UCAS application form, writing a personal statement, preparation for university interviews and Higher Education finance. www.wakefield.ac.uk

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Why choose sixthf rm at Wakefield College? What our students say… We talked to a few of our students about life at Wakefield College and here’s what they had to say…

“The library is amazing; there’s so much in there. I go there all the time - I don’t know what I’d do without it. There’s no shortage of materials; an endless amount of books and a lot of computers are available. There’s even a quiet zone where you can go if you want a quiet space to work. It’s a really good environment to learn in.” Emily Bickerdike

A Level Drama & Theatre Studies, English Literature, Sociology, Art & Design (Photography)

“I came here because I knew a lot of people at the College and they gave me a lot of positive feedback about how supportive the tutors are. If you need help you just ask them and even with personal issues you can talk to them and trust them.” Tariro Kajawu A Level Accounting, Chemistry & Biology

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“The department I was based in was a perfect environment for the study of music. Everything that I needed was given to me which helped me through the years.” Ashley Renwick

Extended Diploma in Music (Performance)

“When I finish here I plan to go to university in London to study Public Relations. I think studying drama is helping prepare me for a career in PR, as it has given me more confidence and there is a lot of public speaking involved.” Ly Hoang A Level Maths, Further Maths Media Studies, Drama & Theatre Studies

“Studying A Levels at College has been an eye opening experience for me. I have learnt a lot and gained a lot of skills through working with other people and participating in class activities. ” Anesu Chekera A Level History

“I came here because of the reputation of the College and I also live locally. So far I’ve found it really good and supportive. I didn’t know anyone at all but I’ve ended up with a lot of friends and I’m in a good social group. The independence side of College is great; the tutors push you along but they’re not constantly on your back for work, and the support element here is fantastic.” Vienna Vida Dooler Biology, Critical Thinking, English Literature, Sociology & Drama/Theatre Studies www.wakefield.ac.uk

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Results A Levels & Applied A Levels

Pass Rates A Levels

2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013

Art, Craft & Design

n/a n/a n/a 100%

Art & Design (Graphic Design)

88% 100% 83% 100%

Art & Design (Photography)

57% 100% 100% 100%

Biology

100% 88% 95% 100%

Business Studies

100% 86% 100% 94%

Chemistry

93% 100% 93% 100%

English Language

100% 100% 100% 100%

English Literature

100% 100% 100% 100%

Film Studies

100% 100% 100% 100%

Government & Politics

100% 80% 100% 70%

History

93% 100% 100% 100%

Information & Communication Technology

83% 100% 100% 100%

Law

100% 90% 96% 100%

Mathematics

100% 95% 100% 95%

Further Mathematics

100% 100% 100% 100%

Media Studies

100% 100% 100% 100%

Physics

94% 89% 100% 100%

Psychology

100% 100% 96% 73%

Sociology

100% 97% 98% 88%

Applied A Levels Health & Social Care (Double Award)

2009/2010

2010/2011

2011/2012

2012/2013

97% 100% 100% 94%

Information Communication Technology (Double Award) 84% 100% 100% 97%

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Results Advanced Diplomas

Pass Rates Advanced Diplomas

2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012 2012/2013

Applied Science

91% 100% 100% TBC*

Art & Design

n/a n/a 100% 100%

Art & Design (Photography)

100% 100% 100% 100%

Business

100% 100% n/a

Children’s Care, Learning & Development

100% 100% 100% 100%

n/a

Construction & the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

n/a 50% 100% 100%

Media (TV, Film & Journalism)

n/a n/a n/a TBC*

Computer Games Design Electrical/Electronic Engineering Graphic Design

90% 100% 97% 100% 100% 100% 100% TBC* 92% 100% 94% 100%

Hospitality

100% 100% n/a

IT

100% 100% 91% 78%

Mechanical Engineering

100% 100% 100% 100%

Music Technology

n/a

93% 92% 100% TBC*

Music

100% 100% 100% TBC*

Performing Arts (Acting)

100% 100% 100% 100%

Performing Arts (Dance)

100% 100% 85% 100%

Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

100% 92% 91% 100%

Public Services (Uniformed)

97% 96% 92% 85%

Sport and Exercise Sciences

92% 95% 94% TBC*

Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness)

94% 93% 100% TBC*

Sport (Outdoor Adventure)

n/a n/a 100% 100%

Sport (Performance & Excellence)

n/a n/a n/a 92%

Travel and Tourism

100% 100% n/a TBC*

*Results for some of the Advanced Diplomas not finalised at time of going to print.

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A Levels & Applied A Levels AS/A Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Art & Design (Photography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

18 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Biology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

18 Applied ICT (Double Award). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Business Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21 ICT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Chemistry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

21 Law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

English Language. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

22 Mathematics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

English Literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

22 Further Mathematics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

English Language & Literature . . . . . . . . . . .

22 Media Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Film Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

25 Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Government & Politics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

25 Psychology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Graphic Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

26 Sociology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Art, Craft & Design

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Art, Craft & Design

Art & Design (Photography)

Biology

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

What you will study

What you will study

What you will study

You will study a range of Art, Craft and Design subjects, including (but not limited to): textiles, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and print, and then specialise in your chosen field, or explore overlapping and combinations of areas.

This is a mainly digital course exploring photographic techniques and giving you the opportunity to use and develop your existing creativity. Themed project work and the preparation of a workbook illustrating your creative journey are important elements of this course.

You will develop your investigative and practical skills and study modules in biology and disease, the variety of living organisms, populations and the environment, and control in cells and in organisms.

How you will learn and be assessed

Learning will be through lectures, discussion, class activities, individual learning, laboratory practical work and field work. Assessment is by externally marked exams and investigative skills assessments.

How you will learn and be assessed The course is based on practical working methods including the use of sketchbooks, workbooks and journals. Sessions are project based and art work is produced initially in an experimental way, showing research into a related topic, development work through drawings and designs, samples in relevant area, then a final outcome. Assessment is through externally set assignments, a personal investigation involving both practical and written work, and the compilation of a coursework portfolio.

What’s next? The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Wakefield College, or degree and diploma courses at other institutions. 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/fashion design and jewellery design.

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You will learn through lectures and practical activities. Assessment is through externally set assignments, a personal investigation involving both practical and written work, and the compilation of a coursework portfolio.

What’s next? Foundation Degree in Commercial Photography at Wakefield College or degree or diploma courses elsewhere. Work as a freelance photographer, working in social imaging or a range of image production roles, or as a junior/ assistant photographer working in a commercial photographic organisation.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Maths and an art related subject • Evidence of relevant portfolio work

How you will learn and be assessed

What’s next? Higher education, especially in science subjects. Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of fields including medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, zoology, marine biology, and forensic science.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C which must include: • English Language (minimum grade C) • Maths (minimum grade C) • C  ore and Additional Science at grade B/B, or • S eparate Sciences at grade B/B/C, including grade B in Biology


“On the photography course you have access to the photography studios and you can loan out the equipment if you need to. My experience here has been good, it has helped me discover what I want to do as a career and I’ve discovered my passion for media and photography. It has definitely given me a good range of skills.” Jodie Handley A Levels, including Art & Design (Photography) www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“One of the best things about chemistry is that our tutor has links with Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Huddersfield and we have been able to visit them, have lessons there and use their resources. I would like to be a pharmacist and this course is giving me the skills I need to go on to university to study to become one.� Ayesha Hussain A Levels, including Chemistry 20

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A Levels & Applied A Levels

Business Studies Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

Chemistry

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

What you will study

What you will study

Planning, financing and managing a business, strategies for success and the business environment, and managing change.

Six units covering organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, including units involving assessment of your investigative and practical skills developed by carrying out experiments in the laboratory.

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through lectures, studentcentred individual and group work, site visits and visiting speakers. Assessment is by external exams.

What’s next? Degree level study of subjects introduced by the course, such as marketing. Business Studies will open your eyes to a wide range of job opportunities ranging from finance to marketing to management, whether you undertake a course at university or go straight into the work environment.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths

How you will learn and be assessed A variety of learning methods will be used, including lecturer-led discussions, laboratory work, tutorials covering exam technique and individual assignments. Assessment is by exams, written investigative skills assignments and practical work.

What’s next? Progress to university to study science subjects such as medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, materials/ nanoscience, or computer science/ informatics. Careers are possible in a variety of fields: chemical industry, public services, academia and teaching, publishing, technical writing, patent law, intellectual property law, finance and investment analysis or in unrelated fields such as accountancy, law, sales and marketing, consultancy.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C which must include: • English Language (minimum grade C) • Maths (minimum grade B) • Core and Additional Science at grade B/B, or • Separate Sciences at grade B/B/C, including grade B in Chemistry

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English Language Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

English Literature Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

English Language & Literature Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel

What you will study

What you will study

What you will study

You will learn how to analyse language at a linguistic level, studying topics such as the differences between speech and writing, how language is influenced by social contexts, how children acquire and use language, and how language has changed and continues to change.

You will study a range of novels, plays and poems from the time of Chaucer to the present day.

In the first year you will look at how writers use voice and language techniques in general to tell their stories, and you will focus on some key differences between speech and writing. For your coursework you will do two pieces of your own creative writing, one for a listening audience and one for a reading audience. In the second year you look at drama and poetry in the exam and do a more extended piece of your own creative writing for the coursework.

How you will learn and be assessed Group and whole class discussions, practising your written skills, and working independently on your coursework with one-to-one help from your tutor. Assessment is by exams (60%) and coursework (40%).

What’s next? Degrees in the areas of arts, humanities, social sciences and applied sciences, and teacher-training courses. The skills developed by the study of English Language are highly valued by a wide range of employers but they are particularly appropriate to careers in journalism, arts and media, research and teaching.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C which must include: • English Language (minimum grade B) • Maths (minimum grade C)

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through classroom teaching, private reading and research, discussion and debate, and through theatre visits and other educational trips. Assessment will be a mixture of coursework and open and closed book exams.

What’s next? Higher education, especially degrees in the areas of arts and humanities, and teachertraining courses. The skills developed by the study of English Literature are highly valued by a wide range of employers but they are particularly appropriate to careers in journalism, arts and media, research and teaching.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C which must include: • English Literature (minimum grade C) • English Language (minimum grade B) • Maths (minimum grade C)

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through classroom teaching, with feedback given on written work. Assessment is by written exam (60%) and written coursework (40%).

What’s next? You would be able to go on to a wide variety of degree courses including Linguistics, Journalism, Cultural Studies, English Language or English Literature. English Language and Literature A Level also provides reading and analytical skills that would be useful if you wish to study for a career in areas such as Law at university. If you are progressing to employment after College, this A Level would be of great value in any career that involves reading, analysing and collating information.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths

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“I was going to continue on at the sixth form at my school but decided to come here instead. At the College it is more open and it’s not as restrained; you need room to grow and here they treat you like adults.” Mark Hall A Levels, including English Language www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“My experience here has been great. College has really developed my skills; the tutors expect you to do your own work but you do get a lot of help if you need it and they do encourage you to do things for yourself. You’re treated more like an adult than a kid at College and you’re on a first name basis with your tutors which makes you feel more mature.” Georgina Jordan A Levels, including Government & Politics 24

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A Levels & Applied A Levels

Film Studies

Government & Politics

Wakefield City Campus 2 years WJEC

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

What you will study

What you will study

You will study film features such as setting, performance, cinematography, editing and sound, and topics such as British and American film, world cinema and international film styles. You will complete a critical study of a single film and a practical unit involving the creation of a film extract, short film, screenplay or extended outline for a documentary.

Four units: people, politics and participation (electoral systems, voting behaviour, political parties, pressure groups and protest movements); governing modern Britain (the constitution, parliament, the executive, multi-level governance); the politics of the USA (the electoral process, political parties, voting behaviour, pressure groups); and the government of the USA (the constitution, congress, the presidency and the supreme court).

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through a stimulating mix of practical creative work, lectures, seminars, and individual work on case studies and assignments. Assessment is through coursework, creative projects and written exams.

What’s next? The practical aspects of this course form useful preparation for a career in the media. Academic progression would be to degree courses in subjects such as media studies, cultural studies, film studies, communication studies, media production, television studies, and literature.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths

How you will learn and be assessed A dynamic teaching/learning method is employed involving the use of visual, interactive and IT based resources and including group-work, role-play, hot seating learning activities, guest speakers and a visit to a European Parliament. Assessment is by written exams.

What’s next? Degrees in humanities and social science subjects. Political scientists often pursue careers in law, journalism, media, business, social work, teaching as well as politics.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths

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A Levels & Applied A Levels

Graphic Health & Communication Social Care

History

(Double Award)

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

What you will study

What you will study

What you will study

You will work in one or more areas of Graphic Communication such as illustration, advertising, packaging, design for print, communication and computer graphics, multimedia, animation, web design, film, television and video.

This course will give you an understanding of the health, early years (care and education) and social care sectors. It will also develop your research, evaluation and problem-solving skills which will provide you with a firm foundation for further study and training. Topics studied include: communication, public health, social issues and welfare needs, psychology, and investigating disease.

You will study the development of Germany, 1871-1925; British society 1959-1975; aspects of international relations 1945-2004; and undertake an independent historical enquiry. These units will develop your ability to think critically, analyse the nature of historical events, discuss and debate from an informed standpoint and conduct independent research.

How you will learn and be assessed

How you will learn and be assessed

Classroom based activities will be lectures, group work, workshops and independent learning using the Library. You will also undertake work placements in care settings.

You will learn through discussion, submitting assignments, giving presentations and conducting independent research. Assessment is by external exams and coursework.

Assessment is through assignment work and external exams.

What’s next?

How you will learn and be assessed The course is based on practical working methods and set project briefs. You will work with a range of materials from traditional analogue media on paper to special digital design software on the computer. Assessment is by externally set assignments, and assessment of a practical unit with written elements in which you will take an idea, issue, concept or theme and develop it into a finished piece of work.

What’s next? Progress to higher education level courses such as the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, or the Foundation Degrees in Commercial Photography or Web Design available at Wakefield College. Career opportunities include: graphic designer, illustrator or typographer within advertising, publishing, marketing or any large organisation with its own in-house design team.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Maths and an art or design related subject • Evidence of relevant portfolio work

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What’s next?

Degree level study in humanities or social science subjects.

This qualification would allow you to enter employment in such areas as social work assistant, healthcare assistant in nursing or residential care homes, 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.

Historians develop a wide range of analytical and communication skills which are extremely useful in the modern workplace. Historians often go into the teaching profession and museums but also pursue careers in law, journalism, management, IT and social work or undertake further research.

To enter one of the professions such as nursing, midwifery or social work, you would need to continue your studies to degree level.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths

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


“My tutor for History and Politics has been a great inspiration for me and for all of his students. All aspects of College life are liberating - educationa lly, socially and personally. I’ve learnt so much more here than I did at school and other colleges I’ve been to - it’s been brilliant.” Calvin Turton A Levels, including History www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“College life is good, you’re treated as an individual and you get a lot more one-to-one time with the tutors. They are all friendly and supportive and they actually listen to you, you’re not just a number; they help you through everything and they keep you on track. I’ve become more confident and met lots of new people as well as learning new skills like communication and leadership which I’ ll be able to take into the workplace.” Joshua Reece Gledhill A Levels, including Law 28

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A Levels & Applied A Levels

Applied ICT (Double Award)

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel (Equivalent to 2 A Levels)

Information & Law Communication Technology

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

What you will study

What you will study

What you will study

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.

You will study practical problem solving in the digital world, living in the digital world, the use of ICT in the digital world and practical issues involved in the use of ICT in the digital world. The course aims to make you a competent and confident user of computers and to give you an understanding of the role and impact of computers in society today.

Topics include: the structure of the legal system, how law is made, the role of judges, juries and the legal profession, aspects of criminal and civil law, and philosophic elements of the subject such as the relationship between law, morality and justice.

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through theory and practical sessions using industry standard computer software and hardware. Assessment is through assignments, an e-portfolio and time-constrained external assessments.

How you will learn and be assessed

What’s next?

You will learn through practical projects aimed at developing your understanding of analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation of ICT systems.

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

What’s next?

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.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Maths and an ICT related subject

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

How you will learn and be assessed Through lectures supported by small group work, case studies and presentations. Assessment is through written exams.

What’s next?

An A Level in ICT is a useful qualification whether you wish to progress to higher education or take up a career. No matter what subject or career you choose, you will need to understand and use ICT.

Law develops skills in analysis, reasoning and evaluation which provide a firm basis for all kinds of undergraduate study. This subject can form a valuable first step towards a career in law as a solicitor, barrister, legal executive, paralegal or in other roles within the Criminal Justice system.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Maths and an ICT related subject

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

Assessment is by exams and coursework.

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A Levels & Applied A Levels

Mathematics

Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel

Further Mathematics Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel

Media Studies

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

What you will study

What you will study

What you will study

You will extend your knowledge of the subject gained at GCSE level by studying a mixture of Pure and Applied Maths units.

This course is designed as an addition to the A Level Mathematics course and introduces new topics such as complex numbers and proof. The syllabus is modular with one Pure Maths and two Mechanics modules.

You will study all the major media platforms - broadcasting (TV, film, radio, advertisements, trailers), e-media (websites, blogs, podcasts, downloads, games), and print (newspapers, magazines, advertising and marketing). You will gain an understanding of media languages and conventions and utilise your knowledge in a cross-media study of representations of contemporary issues or events.

How you will learn and be assessed You will be taught in groups by a combination of lectures, classes and workshops. Assessment is by written exams.

What’s next? Degrees in maths, statistics, astronomy, engineering and computer science tend to require Maths A Level, but the qualification is useful for many others, including medicine, architecture and social sciences. Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many other vocational areas.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C Including English Language (minimum grade C) and Maths (minimum grade B)

How you will learn and be assessed You will take one class of two hours per week in addition to the full-time programme. Assessment is by written exams. Please note that the course will only run if sufficient numbers of suitably qualified students are interested.

What’s next? In addition to A Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics will help you to gain entry onto degree courses in Mathematics and Engineering. Maths has wide applications in industry, business, finance, science, technology and many other vocational areas.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths (minimum grade A)

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through a mixture of formal lectures and seminars, case studies, assignments and practical work. Assessment is by written exams, a 1,500 word research report, and practical production pieces.

What’s next? Higher education, particularly in media, cultural, film, or communication studies; media production, television studies, and literature. Career opportunities exist in journalism, advertising, marketing and public relations.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths

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“I came here from Nigeria as an International student because I wanted to study abroad and experience a different environment. Coming to Wakefield has been a good experience, I have had access to good teaching and new equipment which I didn’t have in Nigeria and it has given me more choices for my future. My advice is to choose subjects that are broad and versatile, not too specific in case you want to change direction, and make sure you play hard, but work harder!” Aleshe Aisayomi A Levels, including Maths www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“My sister came to the College. It’s close to where I live, easy to get to and it’s a nice place. I had looked at other places but I didn’t like them as much as Wakefield. I felt that they were quite repressive compared to Wakefield College, which felt more friendly and open.” Chris Shaw A Levels, including Sociology 32

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A Levels & Applied A Levels

Physics

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

Psychology

Sociology

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

Wakefield City Campus 2 years AQA

What you will study

What you will study

What you will study

Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity, mechanics, materials and waves, fields and further mechanics, nuclear and thermal physics, plus two units covering investigative and practical skills.

Cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and research methods (including maths and statistics); biological psychology, social psychology, and individual differences; aggression, eating behaviour and relationships; psychopathology, anomalistic psychology and psychological research (including maths, statistics and the scientific method).

Sociology is the study of the relationship between individuals and their wider social context. You will explore this through four units centred on families and households, education, beliefs in society, and crime and deviance. You will also study sociological theory and research methods.

How you will learn and be assessed

You will learn through lectures, group and class discussion, videos, essays and independent study. Assessment is by written exams.

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through investigation, experimentation, demonstrations and lectures. You will learn through practical investigations, experimentation, demonstrations, discussions, and worksheets. Assessment is by written exams and investigative skills assignments.

What’s next? Higher education in a range of subjects, particularly engineering. Many physicists work in research and development, engineering and information technology. Other career paths include medicine, astronomy, meteorology, geology, environmental science and teaching.

Entry requirements • Five GCSEs at grade A*-C which must include: • English Language (minimum grade C) • Maths (minimum grade B)

Learning is through lectures, group work, practical work, discussion, role play, and the use of the internet. Assessment is by written exams.

How you will learn and be assessed

What’s next?

Higher education courses, especially in psychology.

Higher education, especially degrees in social sciences and humanities and arts subjects.

Psychology is useful in several careers such as counselling, teaching, nursing, management, social work, and the police. There are also specialist careers which can be followed in psychology. For these you will need a degree in psychology and further training.

A qualification in Sociology is particularly relevant to careers in social work, nursing, medicine, the police and the probation service, but also useful in many other areas of work such as journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations, law, teaching and management.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Maths (minimum grade B)

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

What’s next?

• Core and Additional Science at grade B/B, or • Separate Sciences at grade B/B/C, including grade B in Physics

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Advanced Diplomas Business

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Business .......................................................

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Public Services

Media, Art & Design

Extended Diploma in Art and Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed

43 Public Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Diploma in Childcare & Education . . . . . . .

Science Extended Diploma in 36 Computer Games Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Childcare

Construction

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Extended Diploma in Creative Media (TV and Film) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

44 Diploma in Sport (Development,

Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment (Civil Engineering). . . 39 Extended Diploma in Photography . . . . . .

Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diploma in Health & Social Care. . . . . . . . . .

Hospitality & Catering

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Hospitality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ICT

Subsidiary Diploma in IT (Web Design and Development) . . . . . . Extended Diploma in IT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Extended Diploma in Music (Performance). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

47 Extended Diploma in Sport

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Extended Diploma in Music Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

47 Travel & Tourism

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Health & Social Care

and Exercise Sciences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Performing Arts

Extended Diploma in

40 Performing Arts (Acting). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Diploma/Extended

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Engineering

Extended Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(Medical Science) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Extended Diploma in Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

48 40 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts 43 (Musical Theatre Programme). . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Diploma in Travel and Tourism. . . . . . . . . . . .

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Advanced Diplomas

Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Business

Diploma in Childcare & Education

Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Castleford Campus 2 years CACHE

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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

What’s next?

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 topup BA (Hons) in Business and Management at Wakefield College. Alternatively, look for an apprenticeship in areas such as accounting and business administration.

Entry requirements

•4  GCSEs (5 for the Extended Diploma) at grade A*-C, or • L evel 2 Diploma at Merit (Distinction for the Extended Diploma)

•G  CSE English and Maths at grade A*-C, or Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths

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?

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. 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.

Entry requirements

• 5 GCSEs Grade A*-C including English plus Maths at Grade E or above, or •C  ache Certificate at Merit Grade plus Functional Skills English at Level 2, Skills assessment at Level 1 or above in Maths

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.

Entry requirements

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“The opportunity to do a work placement and gain practical experience working with children has helped with my career prospects. It’s given me a great base for when I go on to university or get a job and from an academic perspective it’s given me a chance to develop my essay writing, assessment planning and activities. Whether you’re doing BTEC or AS/A Levels, it’s definitely a place where you’ ll get the support you need to succeed and the freedom to stamp your own individuality on whatever subjects you’re doing.” Thomas Pearson Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“I’ve always been interested in engineering and I chose the civil engineering route because it seemed to have the broadest scope in terms of future careers. Our classes are interesting and our tutor doesn’t have us just sitting down writing, she likes us to work with each other and focus on teamwork and communication.” Mitchell Martin Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) 38

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Advanced Diplomas

Extended Diploma in Extended Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Construction & the Built Environment Engineering

Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Level 3 Wakefield City & Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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.

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.

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.

(Civil Engineering)

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? 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. 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.

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 Electrical/Electronic Engineering for those in employment. 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.

Entry requirements •4  GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English and 2 Sciences, or •A  ppropriate Level 2 qualification plus Level 2 English and Maths

How you will learn and be assessed

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.

Entry requirements •4  GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English and 2 Sciences, or •A  ppropriate Level 2 qualification plus Level 2 English and Maths

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Advanced Diplomas

Diploma in Health & Social Care

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Hospitality

Subsidiary Diploma in IT

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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.

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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

How you will learn and be assessed You will learn through lectures, catering demonstrations, workshops, group seminars, presentations, practical tasks, discussion groups and hands-on experience within the College’s catering production unit, restaurant, deli shop and conference suite. You will also have the chance to work in restaurants and hotels in various overseas destinations. Assessment is through written reports, essays or projects, observations of practical work, personal development journals and powerpoint presentations.

What’s next? Degrees in hospitality management, international tourism management or event management. Many employment opportunities exist in hotels, restaurants, conference centres, pubs, the leisure industry, outside and specialist caterers, and visitor attractions.

• 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C to include English Language (or Functional Skills English at Level 2) or

Entry requirements

•R  elevant BTEC Level 2 qualification plus English as above

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

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(Web Design and Development)

How you will learn and be assessed 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.

Entry requirements •4  GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D, or • L evel 2 Diploma at Merit grade, plus Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths


“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 a chef in a restaurant for when I leave College.” Jack Base Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“The course is so good that I take two trains and travel 120 miles every day just to get here. I was looking on the Internet for games design courses and the quality of the course and the facilities available at Wakefield College looked the best so I came to the open evening. I saw some of the work that students had produced and it was inspirational. The work is difficult but also fun and the tutors are great. The course gives you a good understanding, a good skill base and prepares you for the next steps of getting into the Games Industry.� Owen Foster Extended Diploma in Computer Games Design 42

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Advanced Diplomas

Extended Diploma in IT

Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Extended Diploma in Computer Games Design

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus or Castleford Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

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 and installing and upgrading software.

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

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, or • L evel 2 Diploma at Merit grade, plus Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths

Five core units including visual studies, plus a range of specialist units including painting, printmaking, sculpture, papermaking, ceramics and textiles. The course includes visits to local and regional art galleries and museums, a London visit and a one week overseas residential.

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, lectures and challenging homework tasks. Assessment will be continuous and involve producing a portfolio of evidence generated by your studies.

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.

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 The course 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?

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.

A Progression Agreement with the University of Huddersfield’s Computing and Engineering Department guarantees our students 15 places across the University’s range of games and multimedia courses, upon achieving the correct entry requirements. Alternatively, Wakefield College offers a Foundation Degree in Web Design. 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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

•B  TEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) at Merit, plus a Level 2 English qualification • Portfolio of visual work

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Advanced Diplomas

Extended Diploma in Graphic Design

Extended Diploma in Creative Media

Extended Diploma in Photography

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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 to gain a job within specific areas of the media.

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

How you will learn and be assessed

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, and Audacity. Trips and visits are also an important element of this course.

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.

How you will learn and be assessed 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? 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.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and an art and design or technical subject plus Maths at Level 2, or •B  TEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) at Merit plus Level 2 in English and Maths • Portfolio of visual work

(TV and Film)

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.

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

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What’s next? 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. 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.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language plus an art, design, or technical subject, or •A  ppropriate Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 in English • Portfolio of visual work


“I’m doing shoots at proms, music festivals and weddings as a result of this course. The College’s relationship with the Wakefield Wildcats means I can go and take photos at games. People see my work on Facebook and Flickr and contact me.” Chelsea Carrick Extended Diploma in Photography www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“We use recording programmes such as Cubase and Pro Tools and we record different varieties of songs from acoustic through to full bands. You learn how to use synthesisers and about music theory as well. The equipment is state-of-the-art and the software is all the latest industry standard programmes, which makes a big difference when you’re wanting to move into a career in the music industry as you have the experience already.” Jamie Buckley Extended Diploma in Music Technology 46

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Advanced Diplomas

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Extended Diploma in Music (Performance)

Extended Diploma in Music Technology

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 1 year Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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.

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.

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.

How you will learn and be assessed

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.

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 projects.

What’s next?

What’s next?

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.

HND in Music Performance at Wakefield College, or study at higher education level elsewhere.

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.

Many different career opportunities exist in the music industry, including performer, session musician, composer, journalist, manager, promoter, songwriter, community arts worker, teacher, entrepreneur.

Entry requirements

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

• At least 18 years of age • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Level 2 in Maths, or • L evel 3 qualifications •M  ature students considered on merit, experience and a portfolio of work

Entry requirements

•A  Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus Level 2 English • Other Level 2 qualification • Interview and audition

You will be assessed through practical and theoretical project-based work and through completing assignments based on realistic industrial activities. 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.

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 •O  ther Level 2 qualification plus Level 2 English • Interview and audition or portfolio of compositions www.wakefield.ac.uk

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Advanced Diplomas

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Level 3 Waterton Building 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Waterton Building 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Waterton Building 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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 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.

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.

(Acting)

How you will learn and be assessed 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. Assessment is through performances, and projects based on both theory and practice.

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.

Entry requirements • 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

(Dance)

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. 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.

Entry requirements • 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

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(Musical Theatre Programme)

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.

Entry requirements • 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


“The highlight of my course was definitely performing in my first show at the College. I enjoyed having a front role which definitely was different from my GCSE because here they give you a good push and they help you too. Everyone here is friendly; you end up making friends with people from other performing arts courses like dance and musical theatre. It’s like one big family.” Jordan Harrison Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) www.wakefield.ac.uk

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“This course has opened so many doors for me. College has literally changed the direction of my life. It’s shown me that even if I didn’t make the grade at football, I could go down the sports nutrition, strength and conditioning or physiotherapy routes. I’d never have thought about doing physiotherapy if I hadn’t come here. If you want to do sport, then this is the place to be. It was definitely the right choice.” Ross Hardaker Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) 50

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Advanced Diplomas

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services

Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport

Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Wakefield City Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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.

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.

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 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? Previous students have undertaken degrees in law, public policy, criminology, peace studies, psychology, sociology and many more. Career opportunities exist in services such as the armed forces, police, fire service, coastguard, prison service, customs or other public organisations.

Entry requirements •4  GCSEs (5 for Extended Diploma) at A*-C including English Language, or • L evel 2 Uniformed Public Services or Sport at Merit (overall Distinction for Extended Diploma) • Level 2 numeracy • Acceptable level of physical ability

(Medical Science)

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.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths, English and a Science subject (an additional Science is preferred), or • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit

(Development, Coaching and Fitness)

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.

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. Students 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, including coaching, teaching or training professional sport and performance, health promotion, community development officer and sports development officer.

Entry requirements • 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 numeracy www.wakefield.ac.uk

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Advanced Diplomas

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure)

Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence)

Linked to the Athlete Development Programme

Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years Edexcel/BTEC

What you will study

What you will study

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 during 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 activity-related courses or specific outdoor and adventurous activity qualifications.

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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 semi-professional 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.

Entry requirements •4  GCSEs (5 for Extended Diploma) at A*-C including English Language, or • L evel 2 Sport at Merit (Distinction for Extended Diploma) • Level 2 Maths •A  cceptance onto the Athlete Development Programme is through a sporting assessment

Assessment methods include written work, presentations, practical assessments, case studies and interactive media projects.

What’s next? You can progress to higher education to study a wide range of sports related programmes including sports science, physical education, physiotherapy, sports coaching and sports therapy amongst others. The career opportunities available to sport and exercise scientists are expanding all the time as sports science is increasingly recognised as an integral part of sports development. Previous students have progressed to careers in teaching, sports performance analysis and sports physiotherapy.

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 • L evel 2 Diploma in Sport at Distinction, plus Level 2 English and Maths


Diploma in Travel and Tourism Level 3 Thornes Park Campus 2 years City & Guilds

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

What’s next? 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.

Entry requirements • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, or •R  elevant Level 2 qualification at Merit, plus Level 2 English and Maths

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Additional Information

Ofsted and Wakefield College

The matrix Standard

Student Support

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.

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.

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.

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

Entitlement Statement 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: • Impartial and free from discrimination or bias • Student-centred • Relevant • Up-to-date •D  elivered 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.

• 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.  ontact Additional Learning Support on C 01924 789120 (voice) or 01924 385349 (minicom).

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Careers and Educational Guidance

Course Information

Health

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. F or more information or to arrange an appointment contact us on 01924 789304 or 789549 or by email to student.finance@wakefield.ac.uk

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, full-text 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.

For more information visit www.direct. gov.uk and put ‘money to learn’ in the search bar at the home page.

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Additional Information

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.

Safety and Security

Students’ Union

Security staff are on duty at all our main campuses, and our remodelled Wakefield City Campus benefits from state-of-theart 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.

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.

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.  tudents have access to Moodle, the S College’s online learning environment. Moodle provides secure access to course material, course announcements, discussion groups, assignment submission and records of grades.  ll these services are available to use A from home as well as from College computers, subject to the existence of a suitable internet connection and system configuration.

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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.

Safeguarding

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:

Equality & Diversity

Measuring our progress

“the college’s approach to safeguarding is outstanding. The college fully complies with all statutory requirements regarding safeguarding”.

Our commitment.

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

Key factors in this are: • All employment offers are subject to enhanced CRB disclosures. • No staff start work until all relevant checks are completed and recorded. • All staff must undertake safeguarding awareness training relevant to their post. • 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.

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. 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

Students’ responsibilities 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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Campus Information

Wakefield City Campus

Thornes Park Campus

Castleford 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.

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.

Formerly known as the skillsXchange, the Castleford Campus houses state-of-the-art vocational facilities. It includes purposebuilt 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.

City Campus is the home to sixthf6rm at Wakefield College and boasts a threestorey 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.

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

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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

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 events (see key dates at the front of this publication).

Need more information?

Still got questions?

Ring Course Information on 01924 789111 and ask for individual course leaflets.

Ring or email the course tutor named on the course leaflet.

Still not sure?

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?

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.

Complete the application form and tick the box asking for an interview with one of our Careers Advisors.

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

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Complete this application form and send it to the College at the Freepost address supplied.


Application Form for Full-time Courses Your Details (Please complete in block capitals) Surname/family name:

Forenames (including any middle names):

Any previous surnames:

Name of parent/carer (if under 18):

Relationship to you:

Parent/carer contact number:

Date of Birth:

Male:

Your telephone number:

Your mobile number:

Female:

Your email address:

Address:

Postcode: Present school/last education establishment: Name:

Address:

Interests & hobbies:

If you have ever lived outside the UK please state the date you came back to the UK:

Nationality:

Day:

Month:

Year:

Country of Domicile (Where you normally live):

Normally there are no fees for those applicants who are under 19 years of age at the start of the course and were born in the UK or an EU country. Students born or who have lived overseas may be subject to different fee arrangements.

Your Course Choice: You can make up to three choices but you will only be invited to College for an interview for your first choice. If after your first interview you still wish to be considered for your second/third choice you must contact College to arrange another interview as you will not automatically receive one. Please check on the course information that your grades or predicted grades meet the entry requirements of the course; if you are unsure check with your teacher or Connexions PA. Please write the course titles in the boxes in order of preference. If you are choosing A Levels, write A Levels in the choice box and list the subjects you are interested in studying. 1st choice:

2nd choice:

3rd choice:

A Level Subjects:

If you are not sure which course to choose tick this box for a general interview with our Careers Advisor. If you have chosen a Sport course you may be eligible to take part in one of the Athlete Development Programmes. Tick as appropriate: Football

Please state position you play, or, if Athletics, which sport. Rugby

Athletes

Are you already studying a 14-16 course (Step Up / ECT) at Wakefield College?

Yes

No

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We want to make sure that you find the right course for you and so we ask that you complete this form carefully. We encourage students to consider a wide choice before deciding which course to study. Therefore, to give you every opportunity to make the right decision it may be necessary to come to more than one interview. You will be invited to bring your Progress File and careers action plan with you when you come for an interview (if applicable) and you are encouraged to bring your parents/carer with you. Please list the qualifications you have already achieved or are working towards. If you are unsure your teacher or Careers Advisor may be able to help you complete this section. Date taken or to be taken. Month/year

Type e.g GCSE, full NVQ, BTEC First

Level

Subject You should list all GCSE, AS Levels etc. separately

Result or expected result (grade)

If you are under 19 we will write to your present/last educational establishment for a report/reference. The Skills Funding Agency administers the learning records service (LRS) which will use your information to create a unique learner

number (ULN). The College will use your ULN in our systems and will also have access to your participation and achievement information. You can opt out of sharing your participation and achievement information and details of how to do this can be found at:

http://www.learningrecordsservice.org.uk/documentlibrary/documents/Code+of+Practice+for+Sharing+of+Personal+Information.htm

Do you have a disability, medical condition, learning difficulty, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, mobility difficulties or autistic spectrum disorder, are deaf or hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, have mental health issues or have other support needs that might need additional support or facilities? It is VERY IMPORTANT that you tell us about any possible additional support need so that you have every chance of succeeding at College. This information will help us make reasonable adjustments. The Additional Support Service Yes No (If yes, please attach details.) will contact you to discuss, IN CONFIDENCE, any support you may benefit from. Ethnicity. To enable us to monitor equality of opportunity, please tick appropriate box. White Mixed / Multiple ethnic group q 31 English / Welsh / Scottish / q 35 White and Black Caribbean Northern Irish / British q 36 White and Black African q 37 White and Asian q 32 Irish q 33 Gypsy or Irish Traveller q 38 Any Other Mixed / multiple q 34 Any Other White background ethnic background Other q 47 Arab

q 98 Any other ethnic group

Asian / Asian British q 39 Indian q 40 Pakistani q 41 Bangladeshi q 42 Chinese q 43 Any other Asian background

Black / African / Caribbean / Black British q 44 African q 45 Caribbean q 46 Any other Black / African / Caribbean background

q 99 Not known/not provided

The information you have provided is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. It will be stored on computer and used to process your application and for various administrative purposes. Information may be disclosed to your last educational establishment, Connexions, Local Authority, and,

if you are under 18 years of age, to your parents/carer. You have the right to see this information and should contact the College’s Data Protection Officer if you wish to do so. Before your application can be processed the College asks that you sign the following ‘consent to process’ clause.

I agree to Wakefield College processing the personal data contained in this form to progress my application and for various administrative purposes. I confirm that the details I have given are correct. Signature:

Date:

If you are under 18 please include the signature of parent/carer below: Signature:

Date:

Please return to: Admissions Team, Wakefield College, FREEPOST LS5943,Thornes Park Campus, Wakefield WF2 8QZ 62

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“Definitely come to Wakefield College; you’ll have a great two years. You’ll learn a lot about yourself; you’ll meet some amazing people and be given so many opportunities. It’ll be a great time for you .” Lottie Henshall Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre Programme) www.wakefield.ac.uk

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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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Wakefield College prospectus for Young People.