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Depending on your qualifications, you could take the academic route of A Levels and university, or you could choose a vocational pathway or apprenticeship that leads directly to paid employment. Whatever you choose, we can offer a fantastic learning experience.

Digital Skills

Free training to support businesses across Essex to develop the IT and digital skills of their employees.

A Levels

Preparing you for Higher Education or progression to work

Access Courses

Opportunities for adult learners to get to university

HAMEC

Harlow Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Centre

Supported Studies

Preparing you for independent living, paid employment, good health and community inclusion.

Services to Business

Enhance your skills, retrain and advance your career

Preparation for Work

Get ready for the job market

Online & On Campus

The pace of life is getting faster. We're looking for new ways to study alongside work and life commitments.

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Access to Higher Education Diploma – Business

This course will help you understand the business environment and the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for you to progress further in the business world. Whenever possible term dates are in line with those of the Essex schools. We understand that many of our students have family commitments.

Mature students are valued for their life experiences, and an increasing number are entering higher education each year. Many are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives that they never thought possible.

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Business – Flexible Learning

A new flexible approach to learning. Start in the New Year and you could be starting university the following year! Blended learning suits your lifestyle – it's a mixture of attending College (monthly Saturdays and evenings, for individual support), online learning via our Virtual Learning Environment, support via email and telephone, plus one-to-one tutorials.

This course will help you understand the business environment and the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for you to progress further in the business world. Whenever possible term dates are in line with those of the Essex schools. We understand that many of our students have family commitments.

Mature students are valued for their life experiences, and an increasing number are entering higher education each year. Many are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives that they never thought possible.

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Health and Social Care

This course is for those who do not have the relevant experience or qualifications to progress to university. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a career in Health and Social Care. You will learn and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge required for working the Health and Care field. Many of our former students are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives they never thought possible.

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Medicine

Access to Medicine is an intensive science‐based one year full time course tailored to the requirements of a medical degree, designed to provide an alternative route for non-traditional students into medical training.

It is a course for mature students who, having achieved in other areas, now wish to retrain as doctors. These include:

  • those with experience in other health-related professions
  • those whose initial career choice has proved unsatisfying and who wish to change their field of employment to the health care sector
  • those who have previously studied in higher education, but whose studies did not constitute a suitable preparation for medical training

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Nursing and Midwifery

Get on the fast track to a professional career in Midwifery or Nursing. If you want to go to university but don't yet have the necessary qualifications this course is for you. For adults who want a career in Nursing and Midwifery.

Access to Higher Education Diploma – Psychology and Counselling

This pathway is for those who wish to study for a psychology and/or Counselling degree at university. The Psychology and Counselling Diploma programme is the most suitable route for you if you are looking to go on to study a degree in subjects such as: Psychology, Psychology with counselling, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Education with Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Psychology with Professional Development or other similar subjects.

Aviation Environment Level 2

Stansted Airport is expanding rapidly resulting in a demand for skilled workers to work within a variety of roles specifically around flight operations, airside and landside operations. This qualification will help you to gain an understanding of key airport operations and provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to progress into a career within the aviation industry. You will also gain an appreciation of the terminology used within the industry as well as checkin and dispatch procedures.

Aviation Operations Level 3

Stansted Airport is expanding rapidly resulting in a demand for skilled workers to work within a variety of roles specifically around flight operations, airside and landside operations. This qualification will help you to gain an understanding of key airport operations and provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to progress into a career within the aviation industry. You will also gain an appreciation of the terminology used within the industry as well as checkin and dispatch procedures.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Thursday, 19 October 2017 Wednesday, 07 February 2018 Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)

Under the Licensing Act 2003, anyone authorising the retail sale of alcohol will have to hold a personal licence. This qualification is needed if you apply for your Personal Licence and will advance your career prospects within the licensed retail sector in England and Wales.

Beauty Therapy Level 1 Certificate

Beauty Therapy is the ideal course for you if you are interested in making people look and feel great. Level 1 gives you a steady grounding to prepare you for what the industry can offer you. A career in Beauty Therapy gives you the opportunity to explore an exciting industry with a vast array of career opportunities

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018

Bread Making

Inspired by The Great British Bake Off? Want to learn some of these techniques to bake your own bread at home? Then this is the course for you! You'll learn to make fresh bread from scratch, including sour dough and various flavored breads. You will also learn a variety of fun bread making techniques, including moulding, proving and fillings. All the recipes you use on the course will be provided for your use at home.

Business, Communications and Marketing Level 3

Business Services are at the heart of all operations at the airport and understanding the basics of business in today’s world of work is an essential foundation for your future career. This qualification will help you to gain an understanding of key business processes and provide you with the skills and knowledge in both business and marketing communications. You will also gain an appreciation of digital marketing and develop skills required to use business software and to effectively communicate with colleagues and customers.

Business, Support & Logistics Level 2

Business Services are at the heart of all operations at the airport and understanding the basics of business in today’s world of work is an essential foundation for your future career. This qualification will help you to gain an understanding of key business processes and provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to support the daily operations of a business. You will also gain an appreciation of digital marketing and develop skills required to use business software and to effectively communicate with colleagues and customers.

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 | Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Chef – Junior Chefs' Academy

Chefs' Academy runs for 10 weeks. For nine weeks it is on a Wednesday evening. The last week is on a Saturday for a celebration lunch.

This is a unique course for students aged 14-16 designed to attract and develop young talent into the hospitality and catering industry. There are lots of reasons to come to the Junior chef's Academy:

  • You'll get a cookbook, training, skills and food – all included in the cost
  • You'll be able to take home the food you make
  • You get to make delicious desserts as well as savoury dishes
  • You'll make new friends
  • Invite friends and family to a final week graduation
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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018

Chocolate Work and Pralines

Learn how to make hand-made filled chocolates, truffles and dipping techniques. Understand the principles of tempering and working with chocolate to create some beautiful pieces to take home and enjoy with family and friends.

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Saturday, 02 December 2017

Christmas Baking

A great Christmas is made up of more than just one large meal. You want that festive feeling throughout the holiday season. Our one day Christmas baking course will teach you to make your Christmas extra special.

Includes:

  • Stilton & puff pastry straws
  • Savoury blinis canapes with sour cream, salmon, keta caviar.
  • Homemade Brioche with stilton & fruit
  • Parmesan and poppy seed lollypops
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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Saturday, 19 May 2018

Cooking for University

Why spend money on a takeaway when you can learn to cook delicious food in your own kitchen? Come and join us for a day to develop your culinary skills and impress your friends by being able to produce homemade dishes at the drop of a hat. Don’t delay, sign up today!

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Saturday, 25 November 2017

Delicious Desserts for Christmas – COURSE FULL

Learn how to make delicious desserts for the festive season. The course will cover a selection of hot and cold desserts including choux pastry, bavarois and chocolate based deserts. All of these desserts can be sampled and taken away, plus recipes for you to practise these amazing dishes at home.

Journalism NCTJ – News and Broadcast (1 year)

Journalism NCTJ – News and Broadcast (1 year)

This one-year course, regarded by many editors as the gold standard in training, helps to open doors into the industry. The course is intensive and the pressure to meet deadlines is real. You need to be committed but there will be plenty of fun on the way. You will meet lots of like-minded people who could be good contacts in the future. The course comprises: news reporting, public affairs, press law, shorthand, TV and radio broadcasting, including TV news, radio news and broadcast regulations. It is examination and portfolio based to help prepare you for the pressures of a newsroom, where you will be asked to draw on knowledge of press law and public affairs and be able to produce concise and accurate stories to meet deadlines.

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  • Level: 4
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Leadership and Management

The Level 4 qualifications in Principles of Leadership and Management are designed for aspiring middle managers and first line managers to develop personal management capabilities and grow professional management skills including decision-making, managing team dynamics and delegation capability.

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Saturday, 19 May 2018

Pasta Making

Learn something new and develop your culinary skills at Harlow College with a fantastic One Day Pasta Making Workshop. You will be warmly welcomed and enjoy tea, coffee and homemade biscuits before your full-day workshop starts. Your teacher will introduce the menu to you and explain the techniques you will be using to create your pasta. Everything you will need will be laid out ready for you so you can get stuck in with this hands-on day in the kitchen. You will learn to make a variety of different pastas, including long, stuffed, coloured and shaped pastas, as well as sauces to complement them. Then comes the best bit – the tasting. You can enjoy tucking into your own freshly made pasta with a glass of wine and take away plenty more pasta to enjoy at home.

Pre-Apprenticeship in Engineering

Talented engineers, technicians and managers are vital to the future success of the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors – and the opportunities are huge. This course will give you a solid foundation in the hands-on skills that employers say are vital to keep these industries running successfully - skills that you will have for life!

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Saturday, 10 March 2018

Sausage Making

Learn how to make designer sausages with locally sourced meat, vegetables and spices, as well as piccalilli and mashed potatoes, use some of your sausages to make your lunch of sausage, creamy mash and onion jus.

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

This qualification will give you the knowledge and skills needed to work as qualified Teaching Assistant supporting children in primary, secondary or special schools. This qualification is ideal if you are interested in working as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant or are currently working in an unsupervised role that supports pupils' learning, including specialist roles. You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. We will help you find that placement.