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2014/15 HIGHER EDUCATION COURSE GUIDE


WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Walsall College is uniquely and proudly vocational. Our greatest passion is unleashing the potential of individuals, communities and businesses; our greatest legacy is the talent of our learners: skilled, professional and enterprising.

Welcome to Walsall College and to our popular HI:ED programme, which every year helps hundreds of students to achieve their dreams. There’s never been a better time to study a HI:ED course at Walsall College. This year the college was the first in the UK to receive an Outstanding Ofsted grade under the new inspection framework; our success rates, outcomes for learners, facilities and modern vocational courses were all judged as Outstanding strengths. We also have more courses for you to choose from including a range of Higher Apprenticeships and our first full degree programme in Business and Enterprise. All our courses offer the skills employers want at costs our students can afford. Whether you go straight into work or use your qualification as a cost-effective route onto a degree, it’s our aim to make you every employer’s first choice.

Because whoever you are, wherever you’re headed, we’ll welcome and celebrate your unique talent and experience. Everyone’s treated equally here, whatever their differences. Supporting each and every one of our students to achieve their goals is right at the heart of our philosophy. We hope you find the course you are looking for. You will undoubtedly have a lot of hard work ahead, but with the support you’ll receive here your dream job is firmly in your grasp.

Jatinder Sharma Principal & Chief Executive

TOP FIVE REASONS FOR CHOOSING US

01 The course you want at the cost you can afford Course fees at university cost anywhere up to £9,000 per year whereas our HNC/D courses are typically £4,630* which represents great value for money. Get straight to work or use it as a cost-effective shortcut to a degree. All with no compromise on quality. *course fees may vary subject to course type

Our courses meet the demands of the real world of work, are approved by industry experts and taught by people who know their industry inside out. Who better to help you reach your full potential?

04 The support to succeed

CONTENTS Top Five Reasons For Choosing Us

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Creative Industries Courses

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Our Courses Explained

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Health & Public Services Courses

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Understanding The Levels

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Services To People Courses

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Do Something Extra

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Teacher Training Courses

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Our Dream Achievers

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How To Apply

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Course Listing

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Financial Help That’s Available

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Access To Higher Education Courses

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Find Out More Or Talk It Through

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Business & Computing Courses

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Small classes, personalised tuition and a genuinely welcoming atmosphere that’s what we pride ourselves on. Whatever your needs, your goals, your dreams, we’re determined to give you the best possible experience.

02 The skills employers want Qualifications here are all about preparing for the real world. We know what employers want from our graduates and we use our close links with industry to make sure that’s precisely what you give them.

03 You needn’t go far to go further With the cost of university still on the rise, studying locally has never looked so good. Our central location means easy transport links and less money, less time and less hassle to get here.

05 Small on cost, big on facilities Choosing the affordable option needn’t mean compromising on quality. We’ve got fantastic facilities. Our world-class campuses offer an outstanding learning environment to prepare you perfectly for your dream career.

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“I came back into education after a few years out and Walsall College offered a more cost-effective route to help me get my degree and dream job.” ANDREW ROADKNIGHT, HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA COMPUTING AND SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT HI:ED LEARNER OF THE YEAR

Think you simply can’t afford to get on course for your dream job? You can at Walsall College. Don’t let rising university costs and money worries rain on your ambitions when our HI:ED courses are the affordable route.

“I want a qualification that will take me straight into the job I want!” We’ve got a whole range of courses that will equip you to start your dream job with confidence - all at a very reasonable cost. A typical HNC/D costs £4,630* a year at Walsall College. That’s a lot less than studying at the same level at university. And that’s before deducting any awards or help you may be entitled to.

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THE COURSE YOU WANT AT THE COST YOU CAN AFFORD

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“I want a degree but I can’t afford it!” *course fees may vary subject to course type

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Take a HNC/D or Foundation Degree with us, and it could springboard you straight into the second or third year of a top-up degree at university. It’s a clever way to bring the cost of a degree right down, saving you thousands on the first year or two of your course without compromising on the quality of your education. Studying close to home saves you all the extra costs of living - or even just travelling - away from home. We’ve got great links with local universities to help you on your way.

Financial help The Student Finance England offer means tested loans/grants for Higher Education so they may be able to offer you some money towards your course.

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OUR PARTNERS INCLUDE:

“I now plan to work for an international hotel chain. I definitely believe that the skills I have gained on the course will be of great benefit to me in my career.” ELENA SIGACHEVA, HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA HOSPITALITY HI:ED LEARNER OF THE YEAR

So what’s the key to landing your dream job? It’s making sure that the skills you’ve got are exactly the skills that the economy needs. Our close industry links help us to keep our finger firmly on the pulse - and ensure our vocational learning is preparing you to work in areas where the local economy is growing.

Using local and global links to help you

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THE SKILLS EMPLOYERS WANT For useful websites and helplines see page 63

Our specialist academies, developed with the help of international organisations, give you access to cutting-edge facilities and expert tuition from industry professionals. Our students benefit from the expertise of organisations including: Microsoft, NHS Walsall, Francesco Group, Hoar Cross Hall, Walsall FC, Aston Villa FC, Birmingham Hippodrome, Balfour Beatty, Siemens UK, Walsall Council, Roland Music, Roland DG and The New Art Gallery Walsall.

Whether you’re working on live briefs set by employers, attending workshops, picking up industry-branded qualifications or getting hands-on experience in the workplace, it all gives you the kind of insight that employers love.

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UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS:

“I started college on a Level 2 Public Services course and because of the fantastic support of the tutors I decided to stay on to study towards a foundation degree. ” SUNDEEP SINGH, HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA PUBLIC SERVICES HI:ED LEARNER OF THE YEAR

Studying near your home is a great way to make Higher Education affordable, allowing you to increase your skills and prospects in line with your budget. Many of our students choose to study and live at home, offering them excellent value for money and taking away the hassle that moving away to study can bring. You won’t be missing out on student life either! At Walsall College, you’ll be part of a vibrant student community and will have amazing opportunities to travel and take trips as part of your course.

University partnerships

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YOU NEEDN’T GO FAR TO GO FURTHER For useful websites and helplines see page 63

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Staffordshire University Open University University College Birmingham (UCB) University of Derby University of Wolverhampton

Pearson College One of our key partners is Pearson College, part of Pearson, the only FTSE 100 company to offer degrees in the UK. We offer their BSc (Honours) Business and Enterprise Top-up degree, which balances employer and academic input to prepare graduates for the world of work.

Walsall College has collaborative arrangements with a number of local universities, including: • Birmingham City University • Keele University

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“At first I wasn’t sure if I could achieve my goals but my tutors were very inspiring and encouraged me to believe in myself, and I gained a number of distinctions on the course.” VIKTORYIA AUREMENKA HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA BUSINESS OVERALL HI:ED LEARNER OF THE YEAR

All the help you need What’s the first thing that people notice here at Walsall College? Invariably, it’s our welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Because giving you the best possible experience when you study here is crucial to us. That means small class sizes, high quality, personalised tuition and a genuine commitment to helping you fulfil your potential. Expect one-to-one contact, support and guidance from your lecturers, and - thanks to our small class sizes - plenty of hands-on opportunities to develop your skills.

Stay safe Everyone needs a safe environment to thrive. We’re committed to making sure that all our students are kept safe from harm, such as neglect, bullying or abuse. Whatever your age, if you’re in an unsafe situation at home, at college or anywhere else, we’re here to support you and involve people who can help. See page 63 for contact details.

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THE SUPPORT TO SUCCEED For useful websites and helplines see page 63

For useful websites and helplines see page 63

Supporting students with disabilities Your disabilities needn’t stand in the way of achieving your goals. We’ve got excellent facilities and resources to support all our learners, as well as a welcoming and helpful team of specialist support staff. We can work with you to arrange additional support for your needs, from dyslexia to mental health to mobility issues. Our deaf, deafblind and visually impaired learners benefit from one-to-one tailored support, including interpreters, notetakers and assistive software. See page 63 for details of how to apply for this.

Counselling Our free personal counselling service can help you cope with any personal difficulties.

Careers service Not sure how to land your dream job? Or not sure yet exactly what it is? We can help you explore your career options, progress to a degree, polish your CV or find work to improve your skills and boost your prospects.

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“I chose to study at Walsall College because the photography facilities are amazing and you are always able to access the equipment you need to complete projects.” SHANE BUTLER HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE PHOTOGR APHY HI:ED LEARNER OF THE YEAR

Step into our campuses for the first time and you’ll be impressed. It’s the perfect place to study. Our fully-equipped Learning Resources Centres and drop-in learning decks combine traditional library services with the very latest technologies and facilities. We’ve got interactive whiteboards, free Wi-Fi and even an exclusive learning deck for our HI:ED students. No wonder our world-class technology infrastructure recently won us a prestigious national AoC Beacon Award. It’s a fantastic environment - not just for learning but for living. Chat over a cappuccino in the café. Catch up with friends in the student lounge to plan a night out. Relax on the sofas in our breakout areas or work up a sweat in the gym.

Investing in your future We’ve invested heavily in our three campuses. Our £64million Wisemore Campus boasts more than 100 rooms, providing an exceptional learning environment which is accessible to all.

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SMALL ON COST, BIG ON FACILITIES For useful websites and helplines see page 63

Our Green Lane Campus is the centre for Environmental, Engineering and Building techniques and has recently been extended and refurbished. Wherever you’re based, make yourself at home in all our campuses - we’ve even got our own hair and beauty salon, job shop, restaurant, theatre and nursery.

Campus highlights • The Roland Music Academy gives students the freedom to experiment with their music with access to expert tuition from industry professionals and the latest equipment. • The Roland DG Signmaking Academy is the first training centre offering industryaccredited courses for the display graphics and signmaking industries in the UK. • The Microsoft IT Academy delivers world class, hands-on training to help businesses improve their commercial performance and help our students make the most of developing technology.

Our refurbished Broadway Campus, set in its own gardens, is home to our talented music students.

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Everyone has access to Higher Education! Access Courses (pre Higher Education) Access courses are specifically designed to prepare you for progression to Higher Education. They focus on developing the transferable skills required for HI:ED, and provide a vocational foundation to build on. Higher National Certificate/Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs) These nationally recognised qualifications (HND is higher) offer a mix of academic, vocational and practical elements. Both can lead to increased career prospects or topped up to degree level at university.

Talk to us on 01922 637000 for personal, tailored advice. A Higher National Diploma could give you access to the final year of a degree. You may be eligible to take a Higher Education course if you have one or more of these Level 3 qualifications: • BTEC and OCR National qualifications • Advanced Apprenticeships • A Diploma • A Levels • NVQ Level 3 • Key Skills/Functional Skills qualifications • International Baccalaureate • Other specialist and professional qualifications • Relevant work experience • Access to HE courses (pre Higher Education)

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Entry requirements vary - please check your course details carefully.

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Foundation Degrees Foundation Degrees equip you with the abilities and knowledge employers want and enable you to develop skills in specialised areas, based on the latest industry practices. You can top up to a full degree at university. Professional Qualifications These vocationally relevant higher level courses are designed to further enhance your skills and career prospects. Higher Apprenticeships With a Higher Apprenticeship, you can continue workbased learning at HE level. They offer opportunities to enrol on a Foundation Degree, HND, Diploma in HE and Degree Courses (you may need additional qualifications for some higher level courses). Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals at Walsall College Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals (HNs) provide a programme of specialist vocational learning at levels 4 and 5 which reflects the requirement of professional organisations and meets the National Occupational Standards for each sector or industry.

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With their strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding for the sector, BTEC Higher Nationals are recognised internationally by employers as providing learners with the key concepts and practical skills for direct progression to - or within - employment. BTEC HNCs at Level 4 These offer an internationally recognised qualification with the potential for career progression and professional development both for those already in employment, and opportunities to progress into higher education. Learners who achieve their BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate can progress first to a BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma which offers a greater degree of specialisation and then potentially to degree level. Recognising Prior Learning (RPL) When a learner chooses to progresses from a level 4 HNC to study a level 5 HND, the credits already achieved at level 4 can contribute to the best 75 credits of the level 5 HND grade. This is to ensure that existing learning and expertise is recognised when moving on to higher level study. Most of the levels 5 HNDs at Walsall College are offered as ‘top-up’ qualifications, enabling learners to take up clear progression opportunities to study at a higher level. BTEC HNDs at Level 5 These offer greater depth and specialisation than the Level 4 HNCs, providing a robust platform for progression into - or within employment, or to further study at degree level. Learners achieving a BTEC Level 5 HND can progress to - or within - employment in their sector, or continue their studies to degree level. A Level 5 HND provides opportunities to specialise within a sector, and learners can choose to use this as a starting point to work towards professional membership or study for entry to their specialist professional body.

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There’s more than one way to achieve your goals!

UNDERSTANDING THE LEVELS 16

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YEAR 7 YEAR 6 YEAR 4

Higher National Diploma / Foundation Degree Level 5

YEAR 3

Bachelor Degree Final Year / Pearson College Top Up Degree Level 6

Higher National Certificate Level 4

Higher Level Apprenticeship Level 4 / 5

Bachelor Degree Year 1

YEAR 2

Masters MA / MSc / MBA

National Diploma / Access to HE* Level 3 Second Year

Advanced Level Apprenticeship Level 3 Second Year

A Levels Second Year

YEAR 1

PhD / MPhil

YEAR 5

Get to grips with how different HI:ED courses work and how they can provide a cost-effective route to the final year of university.

National Diploma Level 3 First Year

Advanced Level Apprenticeship Level 3 First Year

A Levels (AS) First Year

Bachelor Degree Year 2

*Access to Higher Education courses are for students aged 19+ only.

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Join the Students’ Union and do ‘That Bit Extra’.

Our lively Students’ Union This is the place to make friends! You’re sure to find a group of people who share your passions - and if you don’t find a group for you, be inspired to start a new one.

A great way to save money When you enrol, you automatically become a member of Walsall College Students' Union and the National Union of Students (NUS). Buy an NUS Extra Card and you’ll get all kinds of fabulous discounts on clothes, music and leisure activities. Find out more at: www.nus.org.uk

Have your say The Students’ Union President is also a College Governor - so your opinions always get heard.

A chance to get involved Take an active role, get involved in exciting projects shared with Birmingham City University Students’ Union, or even stand for office.

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For useful websites and helplines see page 63

A way to gain invaluable work experience Employers love to see real work-related experience. We’ll help you find the volunteering opportunities to develop your skills.

Do that Bit Extra - all for free! 'That Bit Extra' is our unique programme of free activities. Have fun, enrich your CV and improve your employment prospects all at the same time.

Get to know us at the Freshers’ Fair Kick off each fantastic year with our Freshers’ Fair. Make friends, discover what Walsall College - and Walsall - have to offer, and most of all, have fun!

Help us shape your future Your views are very important. We regularly ask our students for their opinions on their experience here. It’s student feedback like this that helps us provide the facilities you want - and continuously improve on them.

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You’ve done it! You’ve put in the hard work. You’ve got the qualification you want. You may even have your dream job already lined up. So let’s celebrate.

Case Study: Simon Queen HND GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graduation Day is a big deal here. We believe wholeheartedly in celebrating our students successes - so expect a graduation ceremony to rival any university. Each year, our students parade to Walsall Town Hall in their caps and gowns, accompanied by the Town Crier announcing their success. Over 450 people join in the celebration, including students, family, friends and their proud tutors. Special awards and certificates are presented to our most outstanding students. “The HND in Graphic Design is a very hands-on course which enabled me to develop the creative skills I used to set up and run my own graphic design business.

What do our students love about HI:ED?

After being made redundant as a steelworker and with a family to support, I was terrified of what the future held. But I also saw it as a great opportunity to start a new path for myself as a graphic designer.

“Top quality education and training!” “A friendly, welcoming atmosphere!” “Smaller class sizes, personalised tuition and outstanding support!” “The chance to gain additional industry branded qualifications Microsoft, Roland and Adobe!” “Our own HI:ED learning space - all the latest technology but really relaxed!” “Lower study costs - and you might even get financial help!”

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For those who go straight into work, it’s a wonderful send-off. And for those who go on to a top-up degree, they’ll have yet another graduation to look forward to…

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For useful websites and helplines see page 63

The course at Walsall College had been recommended to me and it certainly didn’t disappoint! It helped to open up my eyes to the different realms of the design world and enabled me to take my creativity to a new dimension. I am now a self-employed subcontractor to a web design company and I also create business cards and flyers for startup companies. It’s a great feeling seeing my work appear in newspapers, newsletters, online and on billboards.”

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Better career prospects. Greater earning potential. A head start in the job market.

These are just some of the benefits of choosing a HI:ED course at Walsall College. All our courses are developed with significant input from employers to guarantee students graduate with the skills, knowledge and ability to make a real impact in the workplace from day one on the job. Join us and get on route to the career that you want.

UCAS CODE

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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Education Professions (OCNWMR)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Professions (OCNWMR)

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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Work (OCNWMR)

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COURSE TITLE ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES

BUSINESS & COMPUTING COURSES AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Business (Pearson)

21NN

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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (TOP-UP) (Pearson)

022N

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (Pearson)

2IC1

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Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resource Management (CIPD)

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Level 4 Diploma in Management (Pearson)

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (Pearson)

122W

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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (TOP-UP) (Pearson)

522W

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Level 6 BA (Hons) Fashion Design (TOP-UP)

A234

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Graphic Design (Pearson)

112W

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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Graphic Design (TOP-UP) (Pearson)

012W

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Level 6 BA (Hons) Visual Communication - Graphic Communication (TOP-UP)

V587

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Photography (Pearson)

W640

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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Photography (TOP-UP) (Pearson)

046W

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Level 6 BA (Hons) Visual Communication - Photography (TOP-UP)

V589

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families (Pearson)

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care (Pearson)

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Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care & Children & Young People's Services (City & Guilds)

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Hair and Beauty Management (Pearson)

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BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Hospitality Management (Pearson)

099N

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BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Hospitality Management (TOP-UP) (Pearson)

0995

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES COURSES

HEALTH & PUBLIC SERVICES COURSES

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Public Services (Pearson)

SERVICES TO PEOPLE COURSES

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TEACHER TRAINING COURSES Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (H) Post Compulsory Education / Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education (franchise Wolverhampton University)

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For useful websites and helplines see page 63

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You can now apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover tuition fees for an Access to HE course. If you then successfully complete a Higher Education course, you will not have to repay the remaining loan for the access course.

Please note: For these Access to Higher Education courses, please apply direct to Walsall College, do not apply through UCAS. There are fees attached to these courses. For more information please call 01922 637000.

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Access courses offer the perfect stepping-stone onto our HI:ED courses. They’re specially designed to give you the transferable skills anything from writing essays to problem-solving to IT skills - that you’ll need for Higher Education. It’s also a firm vocational foundation for your next steps.

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ACCESS Access to Higher Education Diploma: Education Professions (OCNWMR)

ACCESS Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Professions (OCNWMR)

LEVEL 3 • Wisemore Campus

LEVEL 3 • Wisemore Campus

This course offers a route for adults to enter the teaching profession. The pathway specific subjects cover Education Studies, English and Maths for Teachers, English Literature, Practical Skills in Teaching, History, Psychology and Sociology, and provide a thorough preparation for Higher Education. Assessment is through a combination of assignments and examinations. Homework or private study is required. Learners must also source a placement in an appropriate educational environment.

The pathway specific subjects include: Anatomy, Respiration and Circulation, Cell Biology, Control and Co-ordination, Disease and Health Studies. This course provides the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge appropriate for progression onto Higher Education courses. Assessment is through a combination of assignments and examinations. Homework or private study is required and learners must source a work placement in an appropriate health setting.

• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to have previously achieved a GCSE grade C or above in one or more of the following subjects: Maths, English or Science. You will also need to be able to demonstrate that you are currently working at Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level 1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online Initial Assessment and a written comprehension exercise. You will need to possess the necessary motivation and determination to succeed on an intensive programme and must have at least three years work/life experience following full time compulsory education.

• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to have previously achieved a GCSE grade C or above in English or Maths. You will also need to be able to demonstrate Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level 1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online Initial Assessment and a written comprehension exercise. You will need to possess the necessary motivation and determination to succeed on an intensive programme and must have at least three years work/life experience following full time compulsory education.

• PROGRESSION You can progress onto a degree course in a variety of fields such as Education, English, Creative Writing, Sociology, Psychology and Childhood and Family studies. Successful completion of the unit assessment is required for progression.

• PROGRESSION You can progress onto a career in Midwifery, Radiography, Occupational Therapy and other related health care professions. Successful completion of the unit assessment is required for progression.

• ATTENDANCE Full time, 36 weeks

• ATTENDANCE Full time, 36 weeks

• AWARDING BODY OCNWMR

• AWARDING BODY OCNWMR

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ACCESS Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Work (OCNWMR) LEVEL 3 • Wisemore Campus The pathway specific subjects include: Introduction to Social Work, Personal Social Services, Social Welfare, Social Policy, Sociology, Psychology and Criminal Justice. This course offers progression onto Higher Education courses in a variety of Social Work and Youth Work related areas and courses related to careers within the public sector. Assessment is through a combination of assignments and examinations. Homework or private study is required and learners must source a work placement in an appropriate social work setting. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need to have previously achieved a GCSE grade C or above in English or Maths. You will also need to be able to demonstrate Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level 1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online Initial Assessment and a written comprehension exercise. You will need to possess the necessary motivation and determination to succeed on an intensive programme and must have at least three years work/life experience following full time compulsory education. • PROGRESSION You can progress onto Higher Education courses within Social Work, Probation or Youth Work and careers more generally within the public sector. Successful completion of the unit assessment is required for progression.

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• ATTENDANCE Full time, 36 weeks • AWARDING BODY OCNWMR

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For useful websites and helplines see page 63

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ACCOUNTING AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus The AAT is the UK’s largest awarding body of skills based qualifications in accounting. Studying for the AAT Accounting qualification will give you the skills to work in many different kinds of companies and organisations. As a qualified accounting professional in a smaller business, you might be the only member of staff who is an expert in finance. While in a larger company, you might be part of a wider financial team. Or, you might opt to work for yourself after qualifying, providing accountancy services for small businesses and the self employed. Homework or private study is required. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS By interview plus AAT Level 3 or equivalent qualification.

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See yourself in a business career? Perhaps in human resources, marketing or law? Or maybe management’s your goal? Our business and management courses equip you to hit the ground running and forge a successful career, wherever you choose to work. It’s no wonder our students go on to make their mark in some top jobs. If you are interested in a career in IT, our courses will provide you with the knowledge and skills to get your dream job. You will learn how to program, design games software or even create the next Google or Facebook!

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• PROGRESSION You can progress to higher level study CIMA Advanced Diploma or degree at university. • ATTENDANCE 54 weeks, part time • AWARDING BODY AAT

BUSINESS BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Business (Pearson) UCAS Code: 21NN LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus The full time HNC Business is aimed at learners who have completed their A Levels or BTEC Level 3 qualifications and are looking for an alternative to University. It is also aimed at mature learners aspiring to a career in business management. This course is designed to develop skills that will prepare you for the diverse role of management in commerce or industry by reflecting modern industry expectations and will develop your ability across a range of practical and theoretical projects. Private study will be required. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Business at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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BUSINESS BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (TOP-UP) (Pearson) UCAS Code: 022N LEVEL 5 • Wisemore Campus This course is the natural progression from the HNC Business and enables further development and exploration of your studies to top-up your achievement to HND level. Students will develop their previous learning on this project based programme. The course reflects industry expectations and will develop your ability across a range of practical and theoretical projects. Private study will be required. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 4 qualification (such as the HNC Diploma) - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. Alternatively you can study for one more year at college and enrol on the Pearson top up degree in Business and Management. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time (having already completed a Level 4 qualification in subject area, such as the HNC Diploma).

COMPUTING BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (Pearson) UCAS Code: 2IC1 LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus This course is a Level 4 nationally recognised computing qualification. The HNC covers a broad range of core computing subject’s including object oriented programming, website design and systems analysis and design. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

• AWARDING BODY Pearson

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Case Study: Charlene Pottinger HND COMPUTING

HUMAN RESOURCES Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resource Management (CIPD) LEVEL 5 • Workplace Learning

I initially took the BTEC award in Computing and was delighted when I progressed onto the HND. The course was tough but if you’re determined, you’ll achieve your goals. During my course, we had the opportunity to go to the RAC and evaluate their systems. It was great to visit a real working environment and see computing in action. It was a real eye opener and made me even more determined to get the skills to work for a major firm. I am now at Staffordshire University doing a degree in Forensic Computing and Computing Science. It’s brilliant and because I had studied the HND, I was able to go straight to the second year of the course. I found my HND set me up for university - because I was used to the high workload, I was able to automatically adapt where other people on my course struggled. I would encourage any girls with an interest in Computing to get involved, anything’s possible. When I tell people what I study, they are often surprised. I think that’s what gives me the advantage and I will be able to go anywhere in the world with my skills.

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This qualification provides a broad prospective of the organisational issues facing HR professionals and encourages the development of effective analytical and problem solving skills. The programme is ideal for anyone seeking to establish a career in HR management or HR practitioners looking to extend their knowledge and skills in the sector. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS A Levels or BTEC Level 3 in an associated subject area. Accredited Prior Learning or entry test. All candidates will be interviewed. You will need to be working in a HR role within an organisation that can cover the range of modules in the programme. If you are not currently employed but meet the entry criteria, the College may be able to find you a job. Local Apprenticeship vacancies can be found at: - www.apprenticeships.org.uk - www.walsallcollege.ac.uk - www.facebook.com/walsallcollege • PROGRESSION Employment or self employment. Postgraduate study or professional qualifications.You can progress on to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification in Human Resources depending on professional experience. • ATTENDANCE 15 months, full time in the workplace within a Human Resources department and one day per month at Wisemore Campus. • AWARDING BODY CIPD delivered in conjunction with Crosby Crosby management training

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MANAGEMENT Level 4 Diploma in Management (Pearson) LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus The part time Diploma in Management is aimed at those in management roles or aspiring to business management .This course is designed to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and to develop skills that will prepare for the diverse role of management. Private study will be required. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the second year of a degree or honours degree, depending on the match of units to the degree course in question, or to the Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership depending on professional experience. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, part time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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FASHION BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (Pearson) UCAS Code: 122W LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus Fashion designers generally work in three different areas: ‘haute couture’, designer ready-to-wear and high-street fashion. This course provides a specialist work-related course that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the fashion and textiles sector. Homework or private study is required. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview

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What an exciting place to be right now! The creative industries offer a huge range of career opportunities, making up one of Britain’s fastest growing employment sectors. Our industry experienced creative arts staff will help you to develop your imagination and creative flair, and our advanced work-related learning will prepare you perfectly for your next step - whether that’s on to university to top-up to degree level or straight into your dream job.

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• PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Fashion and Textiles at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

FASHION BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (TOP-UP) (Pearson) UCAS Code: 522W LEVEL 5 • Wisemore Campus This course is the natural progression from the HNC Fashion and Textiles and enables further development and exploration of your studies to top-up your achievement to HND level. Homework or private study is required. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 4 qualification (such as the HNC Diploma) - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time (having already completed a Level 4 qualification in subject area, such as the HNC Diploma). • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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FASHION Level 6 BA (Hons) Fashion Design (TOP-UP) UCAS Code: A234

GRAPHIC DESIGN BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Graphic Design (Pearson) UCAS Code: 112W

LEVEL 6 • Wisemore Campus

LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus

This one-year top-up degree at Walsall College is primarily aimed at successful HND/FdA (or equivalent) graduates seeking to extend and pursue their programme of study at a higher level and convert their existing qualification at Level 5 into a full BA honours qualification at Level 6. The Fashion and Textiles pathway allows those who have achieved at Level 5, to continue to develop as designers in a much personalised manner, whether you specialise in ‘haute couture’, designer ready-to-wear or high-street fashion.

The course is built around design projects which blend a focus on typography and visual communication with editorial design and strategic digital design. This is complemented with visual exploration projects and live/competition work. Self-directed study is required. The programme is portfolio assessed.

• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Successful completion of Higher National Diploma/Foundation Degree or equivalent - Admission is by portfolio-based interview • PROGRESSION Students typically progress to an MA in their chosen pathway subject. Employment or selfemployment in a range of job roles and industries. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Birmingham City University

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• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview - Please apply through UCAS (include a link to an online portfolio) • PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Graphic Design at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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GRAPHIC DESIGN BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Graphic Design (TOP-UP) (Pearson) UCAS Code: 012W

GRAPHIC DESIGN Level 6 BA (Hons) Visual Communication Graphic Communication (TOP-UP) UCAS Code: V587

LEVEL 5 • Wisemore Campus

LEVEL 6 • Wisemore Campus

This course is the natural progression from the HNC Graphic Design and enables further development and exploration of your studies to top-up your achievement to HND level. It is portfolio assessed. Students build on their prior learning to explore advanced typography along with design projects based around: corporate identity and advertising (for print and screen). Live/competition work is a major part of the programme. The course culminates in a negotiated final major project and exhibition. Self-directed study is required.

This one-year top-up degree at Walsall College is primarily aimed at successful HND/FdA (or equivalent) graduates seeking to extend and pursue their programme of study at a higher level and convert their existing qualification at Level 5 into a full BA honours qualification at Level 6. This Level 6 top up enables further development and exploration having already achieved at Level 5 in Graphic Design, allowing your personal style and approach to flourish.

• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 4 qualification (such as the HNC Diploma) - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview - Please apply through UCAS (include a link to an online portfolio). • PROGRESSION You can progress to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time (having already completed a Level 4 qualification in subject area, such as the HNC Diploma).

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• AWARDING BODY Pearson

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• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Successful completion of Higher National Diploma/Foundation Degree or equivalent - Admission is by portfolio-based interview • PROGRESSION Students typically progress to an MA in their chosen pathway subject. Employment or selfemployment in a range of job roles and industries. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Birmingham City University

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PHOTOGRAPHY BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Photography (Pearson) UCAS Code: W640

PHOTOGRAPHY BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Photography (TOP-UP) (Pearson) UCAS Code: 046W

LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus

LEVEL 5 • Wisemore Campus

This course offers a strong emphasis in specialist advanced techniques, opportunities for developing a personal style and guidance in producing a unique portfolio of commercial as well as artistic images, based around themed projects, including portraiture, photojournalism, landscape, fashion, advertising, etc. In addition, the course is underpinned by theory units and involves visiting specialist workshops. This valuable qualification can lead to employment opportunities within the photographic industry, progression to our HND or direct entry onto a relevant degree course. Homework or private study is required.

This course is the natural progression from the HNC Photography and enables further development and exploration of your studies to top-up your achievement to HND level. Our HND Photography course offers a strong emphasis in specialist advanced techniques, opportunities for developing a personal style and guidance in producing a unique portfolio of commercial as well as artistic images, based around themed projects, including portraiture, photojournalism, landscape, fashion, advertising, etc. In addition, the course is underpinned by theory units and involves visiting specialist workshops. Walsall College is proud to boast it’s many industry links, in particular a dynamic partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall.

• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and portfolio-based interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Photography at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 4 qualification (such as the HNC Diploma) - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and portfolio-based interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time (having already completed a Level 4 qualification in subject area, such as the HNC Diploma). Download full • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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PHOTOGRAPHY Level 6 BA (Hons) Visual Communication Photography (TOP-UP) UCAS Code: V589 LEVEL 6 • Wisemore Campus This one-year top-up degree at Walsall College is primarily aimed at successful HND/FdA (or equivalent) graduates seeking to extend and pursue their programme of study at a higher level and convert their existing qualification at Level 5 into a full BA honours qualification at Level 6. This Level 6 top up allows those who have achieved at Level 5, to continue to develop as photographers in a much more personalised and dedicated manner. Whether your specialism is documentary, portrait or fine art photography this course will allow you to fully explore the underpinning theory and contextualisation that is key to fully understanding your subject area. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Successful completion of Higher National Diploma/Foundation Degree or equivalent - Admission is by portfolio-based interview • PROGRESSION Students typically progress to an MA in their chosen pathway subject. Employment or selfemployment in a range of job roles and industries. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Birmingham City University

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CHILDCARE BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families (Pearson) LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus Are you already working in the childcare, early years or social care sector and looking to progress your career? This course is a specialist work related programme that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the sector with units including theories of development, early years curriculum and child protection. There are also options to specialise in specific areas of the sector with a range of optional units available. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview

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Keen to push your public services career forward with valuable personal and professional development? You may already work in the armed forces, emergency services, prison service or other public services, or are looking to build on a previous level of qualification. Or you may be working in the field of health care, social care, or early years and would like to progress your career with a Higher Education qualification. Whatever your goals, we’ll support you all the way.

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• PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 18 months, part time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Health and Social Care (Pearson) LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus Are you already working in the health and social care sector and looking to progress your career? This course is a specialist work related programme that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the sector with units including principals of care practice, health and safety and social policy. There are also options to specialise in specific areas of the sector with a range of optional units available. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Health & Social Care at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 18 months, part time • AWARDING BODY Pearson Download full course sheets from our website

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HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (City & Guilds)

Case Study: Patricia Gumbria HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

LEVEL 5 • Wisemore Campus The qualification is aimed at registered managers, managers, assistant managers, deputy managers, senior care/support workers, supervisors, co-ordinators or team leaders in health and social care settings such as residential services for older people, people with disabilities, domiciliary care services, day services, respite services or community based services. There will be a combination of assessment methods used across the qualification and learners are expected to produce a portfolio of evidence. There are six pathways available: Adults Management, Adults Residential Management, Adults Advanced, Children & Young People’s Advanced Practice, Children & Young People’s Management and Children & Young People’s Residential Management. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS An interview. A minimum Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy through an Initial Assessment. A Skills Scan, in line with the qualification and current job role must be from a management position, will be completed by a Vocational Assessor to ensure competencies within the Sector can be evidenced. • PROGRESSION BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies, BSc (Hons) Health Studies, BA (Hons) Social Care/ Social Policy, BA (Hons) Social Care and Health Studies, Level 7 CIM Management

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• ATTENDANCE 18-24 months, part time, depending upon prior knowledge and vocational experience • AWARDING BODY City & Guilds

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I moved to England from Zimbabwe in 2001 and began working as a Support Worker. I really enjoy working with people with mental health problems, understanding how they think and feel, and being able to communicate with them. I decided to take the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care through my employer to learn more about Care in a professional capacity. I enjoyed everything about the course! The tutors were brilliant. They have always got time for you and give you 100% of their time. The International Team were also brilliant, mentoring me and counselling me if I ever needed any extra support. After completing the course, I jumped straight to the final year of a BSc Honours in Health at the University of Wolverhampton. It was fantastic being able to go straight to the final year! The foundation course helped to broaden my mind, both in the way I think and the way I care. I’m now very happy in my career and one day I would love to teach. I have already encouraged four of my friends to study this course. Walsall College is a brilliant place, with helpful staff who really care.

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PUBLIC SERVICES BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Public Services (Pearson) UCAS Code: L5X0 LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus This course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the Armed Forces, Police Service, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service, Security, Revenue and Customs, Leisure or Youth and Community work, and you are interested in a senior or supervisory role. It has an emphasis on teamwork and the development of management skills, along with a number of practical units. You will study through a combination of taught sessions, role play, group work, self-directed study and day visits. You may also participate in residential stays, activities and expedition trips (some of these are compulsory). There will be an expectation that students will undertake work on a voluntary basis by securing a position as a special constable, member of the TA or reserve fire fighter. However, this is not an entry requirement. Homework or private study is required. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Public Services at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment.

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• ATTENDANCE Full time, 36 weeks • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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HAIR & BEAUTY BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Hair and Beauty Management (Pearson) UCAS Code: 2785 LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus These courses are designed for hairdressers and beauty therapists who wish to extend their skills to raise the revenue and aspirations of their salon. This course would provide ideal professional development for salon workers, managers, health clubs managers, advanced spa therapists and hairdressers. It will enable you to extend your technical skills and business knowledge to run your own business or excel in a management position. This course provides a solid foundation in management skills; opportunities to develop practical, specialist skills in hairdressing, beauty therapy, spa therapy and complementary therapies. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS By interview and initial assessment requirement of Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, plus a Level 3 Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy Certificate. Students must secure a salon position, whether paid or voluntary, to enable mandatory work experience requirements of the course.

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Are you a budding hotel manager, salon owner or sports coach? Whether you’re keen to build on your existing hair and beauty skills, you’re focused on a hospitality and catering career or want to boost your sports knowledge, we’re here to help. Our HI:ED courses can give you the expertise and management skills to take your career to the next level.

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• PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Hair & Beauty Management at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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HOSPITALITY BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Hospitality Management (Pearson) UCAS Code: 099N LEVEL 4 • Wisemore Campus This course introduces learners to the essential skills required of a manager within the Hospitality/Events Industry. The qualification offers the opportunity to study subjects which reflect the challenging diversity of the Hospitality/Events Industry and enables the student to examine the related aspects of Business, Events and Tourism. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 3 qualification - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the HND Hospitality with Event Management at Walsall College or to the second year of an honours degree, depending on the match of the HNC units to the degree course in question. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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HOSPITALITY BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Hospitality Management (TOP-UP) (Pearson) UCAS Code: 0995 LEVEL 5 • Wisemore Campus This course is the natural progression from the HNC Hospitality with Event Management and enables further development and exploration of your studies to top-up your achievement to HND level. Course content embraces a broad perspective which encompasses a general overview of the ‘burning issues’ of Hospitality/Events Management and attempts to create a truly current awareness of the Hospitality/Events Industry. • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A levels or equivalent related Level 4 qualification (such as the HNC Diploma) - Relevant work experience will be considered - All applicants will require an initial assessment and interview • PROGRESSION You can progress to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course in question as part of Walsall College’s Progression Agreement with several local and regional universities. Employment or self employment. • ATTENDANCE 1 year, full time (having already completed a Level 4 qualification in subject Download full area, such as the HNC Diploma). • AWARDING BODY Pearson

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TEACHER TRAINING Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (H) Post Compulsory Education / Certificate in Education Post Compulsory Education (franchise Wolverhampton University) LEVEL 5 • Wisemore Campus A programme designed for in-service lecturers or teachers. This course provides a benchmark of a professional accreditation for people intending to carry out teaching in post compulsory education (PCE). Units of study include; Professional Development, Principles and Theories of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Subject Specific Studies, eLearning and Curriculum, Policy and Practice.

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Teaching gives you the opportunity to have a real impact on the lives of others. If you want to go to work every day knowing that you are making a difference, teaching could be your ideal job. Our teacher training courses give you the opportunity to learn the skills you need for a successful career in post compulsory education.

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• ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All candidates will be required to attend a pre-course interview and provide proof of qualifications. Set entry requirements include: • Level 2 English and Maths qualification and/or a Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy assessment • Level 3 qualification in the subject you are currently teaching • Completion of initial assessment in ICT • Teaching practise of 75 hours per year that consists of teaching a minimum group size of 8 students who are studying accredited qualifications • Commitment and support from a subject specific mentor

CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION

I had been working as a lecturer in Brickwork for a couple of years when it became a mandatory requirement of the role to complete a Certificate in Education/PGCE. It was a bit strange going back to college as a student at first, having experienced being on the other side of the classroom, but the tutors were very supportive and experienced which helped me to really enjoy the course. In fact, it even motivated me to go on to study additional courses including a degree in Education. This course has helped me to gain new skills and knowledge enabling me to achieve higher standards in my role as a lecturer. Every day is a different challenge. I enjoy supporting learners and helping them develop into bricklayers on their own learning journey. Coming from the construction industry I am able to share with the learners my years of experience which is vital to their learning. Now that I’ve completed my degree, I’d like to progress in my role and teach new lecturers in their role.

• PROGRESSION BA (Hons) Education • ATTENDANCE 2 years, part time • AWARDING BODY University of Wolverhampton

Case Study: Alan Davis

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I would encourage anyone to study at Walsall College as the support you get is fantastic, the teaching is of a very high standard and it can open up so many new career opportunities.

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You’ve seen what we can do for you. And - more importantly - you’ve seen what you can do for yourself. Make your application… and make that dream come true.

How to apply for a full-time course • Apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service system. • Apply from September 2013 for courses starting 2014. • Make sure UCAS receives your application by 15 January, unless it’s listed with a 15 October deadline. • For art and design courses make sure UCAS receives your application by 24 March, unless it’s listed with a 15 January deadline. • If you apply after the deadline, the College will consider your application on an individual basis if places are still available.

How, where and when do I apply for financial help? • Grant and loans are available to help pay for your tuition fee and living costs. Additional support may be available for full time students if you have a disability, dependants and children. You should apply as early as possible - don't wait until you've been offered a place on a course to find out what student finance you could get.

• Find out more at www.ucas.com

How to apply for a part-time course

• Get advice on 0845 300 5090 Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 4pm Textphone: 0845 604 4434

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• You can now apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover tuition fees for an Access to HE course. Find out more about 24+ Advanced Learning Loans at www.gov.uk/24_advanced_learning_ loans/further-information

• Find out what’s available and how to apply at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

• Apply directly to Walsall College on a college application form (either available online, or call us to request one). Once we have received your application we will arrange an interview with the relevant admissions tutor.

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attached to these courses. For more information, call our Customer Advice and Support Centre on 01922 637000

• Estimate your costs for full-time study in advance with the Student Finance Calculator at www.gov.uk/studentfinance-calculator • Find out about student loans at www.gov.uk/student-finance/ repayments • Find out more about 24+ Advanced Learning Loans at www.gov.uk/24_ advanced_learning_loans/ further-information

• Apply directly to Walsall College, do not apply through UCAS. There are fees

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These are grants and loans currently available to help you pay for your tuition and living costs.

Fee Grants and Course Grants If you are a first-time, new student beginning a part-time course on or after 1 September 2014, you won’t have to pay any tuition fees up front, but will instead be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan. The Tuition Fee Loan isn’t based on household income and there’s no upper age limit for applying. Find out more at www.sfengland.slc.co.uk/part-timestudy/new-students If you are studying a full-time HE course, there are grants and loans available to help you with your living costs and tuition fees. Additional funding is available for full-time students who have children, a disability, or an adult who is financially dependent on them. How much you get will depend on your household income and other information. Apply online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Instalment Plan If you want to spread the cost, we can arrange an instalment plan on course fees of £100 or more. You make 3 termly payments and there’s no extra charge. Arrange an instalment plan through the Customer Advice and Support Centre in the Atrium at Wisemore Campus.

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If you’re facing difficulties and have already taken out your full grant and loan entitlement, you may be eligible for additional financial help from College. Get further advice and an application form from the Student Support Team at the Customer Advice and Support Centre.

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Part-Time Bursary A bursary is available to any new student on a part-time Higher Education course at Walsall College, and offers £600 payable in three instalments over a year. In order to qualify, students need to maintain an excellent attendance record and submit their assignments on time. For more information or to get an application form contact the Student Support Team at the Customer Advice and Support Centre

The Walsall College Student Trust Fund If you’re experiencing extreme financial hardship and can’t secure support from other available funds, you can apply for help with the cost of study and exceptional course costs. Get an application form at the Customer Advice and Support Centre or www.walsallcollege.ac.uk

24+ Advanced Learning Loans If finances have been holding you back from starting a course, you can now apply for a loan to help with the cost of Access to Higher Education course fees if you are aged 24 or over when you start the course. Your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. Repayments do not start until April 2016 and you will not have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year. Please note this loan does not apply to HNC or HND courses. Find out more at www.gov.uk/ 24_advanced_learning_loans/ further-information

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• If you’re worried for yourself or someone else, contact us at: staysafe@walsallcollege.ac.uk

Our impartial Information, Advice & Guidance Team are here to discuss the best options available to you. Contact our Customer Advice and Support Centre to discuss your options on 01922 637000

Financial advice • To find out what financial help may be available to you, talk to our Information, Advice & Guidance Team on: 01922 637000 • Find out more at: www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk • Find out more about 24+ Advanced Learning Loans at www.gov.uk/24_ advanced_learning_loans/ further-information

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Students with disabilities • Apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) at: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinances • Talk in confidence to our Inclusive Support Team on 01922 637093 or 01922 688536 • For interpreting support for deaf students, contact 01922 688415 or 01922 637052

Students’ Union • Find out more at: www.walsallcollege.ac.uk • Email: thatbitextra@walsallcollege.ac.uk

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Littleton Street West, Walsall, WS2 8ES Tel: 01922 637000 Fax: 01922 637083 Deaf Academy Minicom (For deaf users only): 01922 637064

*Please note when entering Wisemore Campus postcode into a Satellite Navigation System please use the postcode WS2 8EQ

Our prospectus and college documents are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. When you sign forms and accept a place at the College, you agree to abide by College rules and any changes made to them, and accept that we have the right to reject applicants. You also accept that there are certain circumstances that could prevent us from providing some services or programmes. These are: low class numbers; severe weather conditions; severe damage to buildings; circumstances which may affect the health and safety of staff and/or students, or any other relevant circumstances outside the reasonable control of the College. In these cases, we reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service. If we close the course within four weeks of the start date, we will give you a full refund.

Fair Processing Notice Data Protection Act 1998 The information that you provide on your application form will be processed by the College and will be used for a number of purposes. These include administration, planning and management of your education, Equal Opportunities monitoring, providing you with medical attention if required, and administering student and College funding. The College is legally obliged to pass information to the funding agencies as part of our obligations under current legislation and funding agreements.

A Wisemore Campus (and Broadway Campus)*

Green Lane Campus Long Acre Street, Walsall, WS2 8HX B Tel: 01922 621511 Fax: 01922 642748 Deaf Academy Minicom (For deaf users only): 01922 637064

Disclaimer

Car parking There is a car park next to Wisemore Campus on Portland Street. On weekdays, it offers reduced-rate parking. Evening students may park at Wisemore Campus free of charge, however, on Saturdays, it becomes a council-run pay and display.

The information that you provide may also be shared with the following organisations for the purpose of administration, careers and other guidance, statistical and research purposes. Other organisations with which we will share

information include Prospects, Connexions, Department for Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Higher Education Statistics Agency, Higher Education Funding Council for England, educational institutions and organisations performing research and statistical work on behalf of the funding agencies. Information may also be shared with local and national government for the purpose of benefits claim administration. We may share your information upon request with the Police where knowledge of or involvement with a crime is suspected. We may also use information in order to comply with our legal obligations under the Freedom of Information Act. The College may send you appointment reminders by text message using the information that you have provided on your application form. If you do not wish to receive a text message reminder and wish to opt out of the service, please contact the College at dataprotection@walsallcollege.ac.uk All information provided will be dealt with in accordance to the College’s Data Protection Policy.

Health & Safety Statement Walsall College’s Smoke-free Policy For the health of everyone here at Walsall College, we have a smoke-free policy for students and employees. There is no smoking in any area except our designated smoking areas. It includes no smoking in college vehicles or when you’re carrying passengers in your own vehicle on college business. Smokers - please be respectful towards non-smokers and use the bins to keep smoking areas clean. • You can contact the Health & Safety Department on 01922 631143. • NHS FREE Quit Smoking Helpline: 0800 022 4332.

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An inclusive college Walsall College is passionate about promoting equality of opportunity and creating a working environment where diversity is recognised and celebrated and everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. We welcome all applications. If you need help accessing this prospectus, please contact us on 01922 688536.

01922 688536

OPEN DAYS 2013/14 • Wednesday 16th October 2013 4pm – 7pm • Wednesday 20th November 2013 4pm – 8pm • Saturday 18th January 2014 10am – 2pm • Wednesday 12th March 2014 4pm – 7pm • Wednesday 18th June 2014 4pm – 7pm

Wisemore Campus

Green Lane Campus

Littleton Street West, Walsall, WS2 8ES Tel: 01922 637000 Fax: 01922 637083 Deaf Academy Minicom: (for deaf users only) 01922 637064

Long Acre Street, Walsall, WS2 8HX Tel: 01922 621511 Fax: 01922 642748 Deaf Academy Minicom: (for deaf users only) 01922 637064

 01922 637000  www.walsallcollege.ac.uk info@walsallcollege.ac.uk


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