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Skills for the modern workplace

It's a competitive world. Our vocational courses will give you the skills, knowledge and qualifications that employers are looking for. We'll give you the edge you need to get on the career ladder in your chosen occupation. You could also go on to higher education or an apprenticeship.

Applied Science BTEC Extended Certificate

This course provides the essential core of scientific knowledge and applied skills so that you will be able to progress to a Level 3 Applied Science qualification. This in turn will enable you to progress to any Biology-based university course including Medicine, Dentistry, Forensic or Biomedical Science, or progress to a Science-based allied industry.

Art & Design Diploma

A broad introduction to the study of art and design with the opportunity to produce experimental work in a range of subject areas – which covers painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, 3D design, and graphic design.

Art & Design Extended Diploma

Study a wide range of art, design and craft disciplines through a series of assignments, including live briefs and competitions. A broad based, diagnostic course which will help you identify your strengths, interests and career choices.

Barbering Level 2 Diploma

Barbering is an everlasting industry. It's an amazing product with lots of different career opportunities. Successful people in the industry can take their pick from many top jobs – such as running your own business, preparing models, working on magazines and photoshoots, in theatre and film, even tending to the rich and famous.

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

Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma – Part-time

This course will equip you with the basic skills of Beauty Therapy. All practical skills will be practised on fellow students, with final assessment of practical skills being carried out on paying clients.

Beauty Therapy Technical Diploma

Learn the basic skills and techniques of Beauty Therapy. You have the opportunity to try out your practical skills on your fellow students and the final assessment of these skills will be carried out by applying treatments to paying members of the public.

Beauty Therapy Technical Diploma

This course is ideal for therapists looking for a career in all aspects of the beauty industry, potential entrepreneurs aspiring to set up a small business or for those looking to work within the spa/leisure industry.

Bench Joinery Diploma

This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to carry out a range of joinery work to the standards agreed by the leading industry bodies. You will gain a good overall understanding of the wood trade, and also acquire industry recognised skills, ensuring that you complete the course with a good grounding for future career development.

Brickwork Diploma (EWPA)

If you're are an experienced, time-served bricklayer but have no confirming qualifications, this course is a quick route to NVQ level 2. It will also help you get the right CSCS card.

Brickwork Level 1 Diploma

This is a practical bricklaying course in which we embed as much knowledge as possible into the practical tasks you undertake. This minimises the amount of time spent in the classroom. We use a range of delivery methods, with a large proportion of E-Learning done through iPads and other learning technologies.

Brickwork Level 2 Diploma

Bricklayers develop skills that can be used worldwide. In the UK, efficient and qualified bricklayers will typically earn between £100 - £150 per day. The Level 2 Diploma will enable you to develop and hone your skills in the craft of bricklaying and will enable you to experience all aspects of the craft. You will also gain a greater understanding of the construction environment.

Building Services (Plumbing & Electrical) Level 1

Learn the fundamental skills and knowledge common to all building services practices. Includes health and safety requirements and the communication of building services information. It offers an extensive choice and flexibility for you to demonstrate your competence in a broad variety of building services activities.

Building Services (Plumbing & Electrical) Level 2

The qualification covers many areas within Electro technical technology, units such as principles of electrical science, electrical installations technology and health and safety within Building Services industry. It offers an extensive choice and flexibility for learners to demonstrate competence in one or more of a broad variety of building services activities.

Built Environment Studies

This is your pathway to a professional career in the booming construction industry. There's a national skills shortage in construction, so salaries are high and there are plenty of opportunities. The course is aimed at those who aspire to a well paid future in Civil Engineering, Site Management, Surveying or many other professional roles. You'll gain an insight into the construction industry, from the planning stage through to the design and building of housing, industrial and commercial buildings. We've made a huge investment in state-of-the-art technology, so you'll be working with cutting edge equipment. We also have great links with employers in the industry.

Business Diploma

Understanding the basics of business in today’s world of work is an essential foundation for your future career. This course introduces you to the area of business and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Business Extended Diploma

Understanding the basics of business in today’s world of work is an essential foundation for your future career. This course introduces you to the area of business and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification. You will experience different business scenarios that will enhance and advance your skills for business.

Business IT & Travel

A broad introduction to the disciplines of Business and IT and Travel that will prepare you for further study of these important topics.

Caring For Children Diploma

This course provides an introduction to the development of babies and young children. You will gain basic knowledge of the social, physical, emotional, intellectual and social skills of babies and children. You will laso gain practical experience within the College's Stay & Play facility and of working with virtual babies.

Carpentry & Joinery Diploma

This is a practical carpentry course where we embed as much of the knowledge as possible into the hands-on tasks. This minimises the amount of time spent in the classroom. We use a range of delivery methods, mainly practical, with a large proportion of E-Learning through IPads and other technologies.

Childcare & Education Diploma

This course will give you extensive knowledge of the development of babies and young children. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. Most significantly, you will gain professional status enabling you to work with children or progress to university for an Early Years Degree,Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood Studies. The course can also lead to an alternative career in areas such as nursery or primary school teacher or childminder.

Childcare & Education – Introduction

This course will provide you with a good knowledge of the development of babies and young children. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. There is an opportunity to progress onto Level 3, (with the relevant GCSE's) or work as an assistant within a nursery setting.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Intensive Short Course

CISCO Introduction to Networks

This course introduces you to the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It covers the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations. Successful completion will enable delegates to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Intensive Short Course

CISCO Routing and Switching Essentials

This course provides for delegates an understanding of the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. It develops skills related to configuring a router and a switch for basic functionality. On successful completion you will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4. 

Computer Game Design Level 2

This is a full-time course over one year. A range of assessment methods including assignments, presentations to industry professionals, course work and live briefs. These will aim to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific creative activities in games art application and in the creation of your own professional portfolio. The dedicated professional lecturing team offer industry will offer training in a wide range of practical and theoretical areas to ensure you are well prepared for progression onto L3 or into industry. You will work in our dedicated Creative Industries Centre and have access to specialist equipment.

Computer Game Design Level 3

This is a full-time course over one year (Diploma) or two years (Extended Diploma). A range of assessment methods including assignments, presentations to industry professionals, coursework and live briefs. These will aim to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific creative activities in games art application and in the creation of your own professional portfolio. The dedicated professional lecturing team offer industry-standard training in a wide range of practical and theoretical areas to ensure you are well prepared for progression onto Level 3 or into industry. You will work in our dedicated Creative Industries Centre and have access to specialist equipment.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Intensive Short Course

Connecting Networks

This course covers the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. It enables delegates to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. They will learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. They will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement Virtual Private Network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

Creative Media Production & Technology Level 2

The qualification has been designed for those who have an interest in media, often a specific discipline such as games design, who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. Many students will have identified a specific career in the creative industries that they wish to progress to (eg games designer, app designer, broadcast technician, cameraman, director etc), using this qualification as a starting point.

Creative Media Production & Technology Level 3

The qualification has been designed for those who have an interest in media, often a specific discipline such as games design, who wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. Many students will have identified a specific career in the creative industries that they wish to progress to (e.g. games designer, app designer, broadcast technician, cameraman, director etc), using this qualification as a starting point.

This is a combined practical and theory based work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands and you will develop the skills you need to start a career.

Creative Media Production – Journalism

This is the first step in your career in one of the most exciting careers available. Led by a team of former journalists, this programme is designed to introduce learners to the fast-paced environment of print, broadcast and online journalism. You will learn how to improve your writing style, how to conduct interviews, what job roles are available, and how to improve your chances of getting your first foot in the door of this very competitive industry.

Culinary Skills Introduction Level 1

This is a practical programme, which helps you to develop skills in cooking. These skills will allow you to prepare a wide range of dishes. The Certificate gives you an excellent grounding in the hospitality and catering industry.

Electrical Installations (2365-02)

This programme is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. It covers the basic underpinning knowledge and technical practical skills needed to be an Electrician. The programme provides a good foundation for future careers opportunities or progression on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Electrical Installations – Buildings & Structures (2365-03)

This is as a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. It covers the basic underpinning knowledge and technical practical skills needed to be an Electrician. The programme provides a good foundation for future careers opportunities or progression on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Engineering Extended Diploma

This course provides you with a theoretical grounding in engineering and will give you a broad understanding of the huge possibilities within the engineering industry. It allows you to move on to higher education or to an advanced apprenticeship where you can further specialise.

  • Level: Entry Level 3, L1 & L2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Variable

English

Our English courses can help you develop the practical skills in English and maths that you need to live, study and work. You'll learn to apply English and maths skills in real-life situations through reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks. 

Sessions are taught on mornings or afternoons, on various days of the week, depending on demand. Please ask for more details.

English GCSE

In today's tough job market more and more employers expect candidates to have at least a C grade in GCSE English. This course will suit those already working and those still seeking employment. It's a perfect opportunity to brush up on the essential skills required by employers, and gain a qualification in the process.

ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language)

These courses will increase your confidence in speaking and writing English. They will develop your language and communication skills and give you the life and work skills you need to progress to other programmes at the College and on into employment. You will also complete a maths qualification at a level that is right for you.

Fashion Extended Diploma

This specialist diploma will introduce you to many areas of the fashion industry, such as fashion design, marketing, trend prediction, styling, textile design, manufacturing and fashion illustration. During the course, all students will have the opportunity of working on live briefs with 2 prestigious fashion houses. These include the head of menswear design at Debenhams and the Managing Director of Diesel. These projects will introduce the students to specialist areas of the fashion industry as well as industry experience in working with practicing professionals.

Fitness Instructing Certificate

This course is ideal for anyone interested in the health and fitness industry and who wish to develop their practical skills in gym-based exercise. It comprises both practical and theoretical elements and you will be given the opportunity to develop your fitness training skills in a gym environment. In addition to this you will be given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through work placements related to your study programme.

Food and Beverage Service Diploma Level 2

This is a practical programme which helps you to develop your knowledge and skills for various styles of food service, including plate, silver service and buffet. In addition you will learn other workplace essentials like hygiene, health & safety, teamwork and customer care.

Graphic Design Extended Diploma

This is an introduction to the exciting world of Graphic Design. It will develop your visual and conceptual understanding of the subject and provide specialised studies linked to the graphic design profession, which will help learners seek employment. The course also offers a practical understanding of the skills required to develop careers within graphic design and its related industries.You will also gain a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for working life.

Hairdressing Advanced Technical Diploma

Develop your hairdressing techniques and unleash your creativeness. This qualification will hone your skills and increase your potential to be an outstanding hairdresser. You will carry out a wide variety of tasks using modern, up-to-date commercial techniques, making you a cut above the rest.

Hairdressing Level 1 Certificate

Do you want to develop your hairdressing techniques and unleash your creativeness? If so, this Level 3 qualification develops your skills and potential to be a hairdresser. You will carry out a host of tasks using modern, up to date and commercial techniques making you a cut above the rest.

Health & Social Care Certificate

This course is suitable for those who have no previous experience in health and social care but wish to pursue a career in this sector. The course is assignment based, with a minimum of 60 hours of work experience. Those who only need to do one GCSE resit will also do half a day a week volunteering, which will enhance their employability on completion of the programme.

Health & Social Care Diploma

This two year course is designed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into employment within the health and social care sector. It offers 100-200 hours of work experience linked to students' specific area of interest.

Health & Social Care Extended Diploma

This course provides thorough training for those wishing to work in care homes and in a social care settings (e.g. hospices, care homes for the elderly or for people with disabilities or mental illness). You will undertake part of your course in college and part in training placements in the community so that you gain experience of working in a variety of health and social care settings. This enables you to gain practical, hands on training.

Hospitality Supervision and Leadership Level 3

This is a practical programme which helps you to develop your knowledge and skills to supervise the service of food and drinks. The course covers the development of working relationships, control of resources, management of receipts, storage of goods, the development of wine lists and the handling of payments.

Information Technology Extended Diploma

ICT has transformed the way we do business, recreation and culture. This Level 3 course will prepare you for a variety of careers in the IT world, or for moving on to higher education studies. You will learn the business, technical, interpersonal and project skills needed in modern IT and telecommunications roles. It is a practical, work-related course; you learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Our kitchens are equipped to a high professional standard

Introduction to Professional Cookery

This is a hands-on programme to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to be a professional chef. It will open doors to various sectors of the food industry and provide you with all the workplace essentials. Throughout the course you will gain high level cookery skills in our state-of-the art facilities, along with other fundamentals such as hygiene, health & safety, teamwork and customer care.

IT User NVQ Level 3

This NVQ provides you with the competence, skills and knowledge to work effectively and efficiently with IT systems, communications and productivity tools and applications in a range of job roles and industry sectors.

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.

  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Variable

Maths

Want to help your children with their homework?
Panic if someone asks you to work out percentages at work?
Worry if someone asks you to spell or write something?
Want to get on at work?
Just need an English or maths qualification to apply for a job?

If this sounds like you we can help! If you're 19 or over our Maths courses can help you develop the practical skills that you need to live, study and work. You'll learn to apply Maths skills in real-life situations.

Sessions are taught on mornings or afternoons, on various days of the week, depending on demand. Please ask for more details.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2018

Maths GCSE

A grade C in Maths is essential if you are looking for work or looking to progress your career. This is your opportunity to gain this crucial qualification as a part-time learner.

This is a perfect opportunity to brush up on the essential skills required by employers and gain a qualification in the process.

Motor Vehicle Level 1

This course is suitable for anyone interested in working in the vehicle repair/maintenance industry. It is designed to maximise opportunities for progression onto an apprenticeship programme where you can work towards becoming a fully qualified Motor Vehicle specialist.

Motor Vehicle Level 2

This qualification will give you a good foundation of knowledge on the motor vehicle and its sub-systems. The practical assignments will allow you to practise and experience the maintenance activities associated with the service of light vehicles.

Music BTEC Extended Diploma

This exciting course develops your understanding of the broad subject of music. You will explore music performance, composition, music theory and harmony, live sound, the music industry, improvisation and music technology, and take part in a number of public performances.

Performing & Production Arts Diploma

This is an excellent course for increasing self-confidence, communication and performance skills. It will provide a foundation for further study in this field and possible progression to a career in the performing arts. This qualification will give you a broad experience and understanding of performing arts as a collaborative activity and prepares you for the reality of working in the sector. 

Performing & Production Arts – Acting

This course is designed to produce highly skilled, passionate and versatile young performers and artists. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of the demands of professional training in the performing arts industry in our purpose-built and modern dance studios and theatre. It is for anyone who wants to study performing arts, acting, dance, musical theatre and production arts.

Performing & Production Arts – Dance

This course is designed to produce highly skilled, passionate and versatile young performers and artists. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of the demands of professional training in the performing arts industry in our purpose-built and modern dance studios and theatre. It is for anyone who wants to study performing arts, acting, dance, musical theatre and production arts.

Photography L2 Diploma

A general introduction to photography covering both digital and traditional photography. There will also be opportunities to experiment with moving image and animation. You will undertake 'live briefs' set by outside organisations and enter competitions. You do not need to have studied photography before.

Photography L3 Diploma

Develop a range of specialist and professional art, design and photography skills, with an emphasis on thinking creatively and working to briefs with deadlines. Suitable for anyone with a passion for photography, no previous photographic knowledge is necessary as skills are acquired from the start of the course.

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!

Public Services Diploma

Working in the uniformed public services can be a very rewarding experience, be it on the front line of the armed forces or helping the public as a Police Community Support Officer. On this course you will learn about the skills and qualities needed to be an effective member of the services and the types of work that you would participate in. The course is mostly academic, however throughout the course you will also complete a number of practical units which will challenge and develop both your fitness and outdoor activity skills.

Public Services Extended Diploma

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in the public services or those wishing to study a variety of degrees including Law, Criminology, Politics, or Public Services. The public sector is the UK's largest employer and includes central and local government, the armed forces and the emergency services.

Salon Management Diploma

This course has been specifically designed for existing or aspiring managers who work in a spa, beauty therapy,hairdressing or nail salon environment. The course is also for those wishing to set up or enhance their own business.

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  • Level: 4
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2018

Salon Management Diploma – Part-time

If you're a manager or aspiring manager in a spa, beauty therapy, hairdressing or nail salon environment then this advanced level qualification is specifically designed for you. It's also ideal for anyone wishing to set up or enhance their own salon business.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Intensive Short Course

Scaling Networks

This course develops an understanding of the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in large, complex networks. You will develop understanding and skills required to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. Successful completion would enable you to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. You will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network. 

Science – Applied or Medical (dual route)

This is the course for someone who loves 'hands on' Science. It combines in-depth study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst developing core skills in English and Mathematics. You will spend most of your college time in laboratories, carrying out a variety of practical scientific investigations. It is an appropriate course for anyone wishing to pursue a career in any of the science industries and for those who wish to study Science at university. The course lasts for two years and the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels in Science.

Site Carpentry Diploma

This level 2 programme will enable you to develop and hone your skills in site carpentry and will enable you to experience all aspects of the craft both on and off the job. Upon successful completion of your course you will hold all qualifications to the expected industrial standard. You will also gain the opportunity to progress onto an advanced apprenticeship in site carpentry.

Site Carpentry Diploma (EWPA)

If you're are an experienced, time-served carpenter but have no confirming qualifications, this course is a quick route to NVQ level 2. It will also help you get the right CSCS card.

Sport & Exercise Sciences Extended Diploma

This course is ideal if you are interested in the sport and leisure industry and enjoy sport and physical activity with an opportunity of specialising in sports at university.

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.

Technical & Creative Technology Diploma

Take your first steps towards a career in the digital industry. You'll learn the skills to produce IT systems and software, websites and mobile apps, and video, graphics and animation.This  programme specialises in wide-ranging subjects across computer systems, hardware and software. IT is an ever-changing industry full of possibilities and this course will build your skills and understanding preparing you for further study.

Travel & Tourism Diploma (including Cabin Crew)

Benefittng from strong links to Stansted Airport, and its continual expansion there has never been a more exciting time to study Travel & Tourism. On this course you willlLearn about UK and long haul travel and develop the vital skills needed to be successful in the industry, including: customer service, event management, trip organisation, oversea holiday rep and entertaining skills and techniques. In year two you will pursue the City & Guilds Air Cabin Crew qualification.

Travel & Tourism Extended Certificate

Benefiting from strong links to Stansted Airport and its continual expansion there has never been more exciting time to study Travel & Tourism. On this course you will learn about UK and travel and develop the vital skills needed to be successful in the industry, including: customer service, event management, trip organisation, holiday repping and air cabin crew skills and techniques.

Vocational Courses

This course is designed as a practical work-related course. You will be required to come into the College for taught theory sessions. An assessor will visit you in the workplace to observe practical activities. You will need to be working in an environment which will enable you collect the required evidence. Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed. Tasks may include producing documents, preparing notes, organising and co-ordinating events and meetings, developing and delivering presentations, providing reception services, using office equipment, setting up and maintaining filing systems, using a variety of software packages, updating information and managing projects.

Women's Hairdressing Level 2 Diploma

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to provide basic shampoo and condition, styling men's and women's hair, plaiting and twisting, the art of dressing hair, salon reception duties, hair make-up, manicure and pedicure treatments. You will gain an insight into working in the sector and knowledge of the health, safety and hygiene requirements. It will support progression onto a Level 2 course.