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    Health Science Professions – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    Health Science Professions – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    The Health Science pathway is a platform that leads allied health professions which include Paramedics, Physiotherapy, Radiography as well as Chiropractic to name a few.  Access to Health Science is designed for adults seeking a career path in a science related profession. The programme begins by helping you to understand the basic concepts of Biology and you will progress to learn about health and disease through existing medical research. In Term 2 you will carry out your own research project in the laboratory. Alongside this you will learn core study skills that will prepare you for University. The Access to Health Science Professions requires commitment and dedication and will provide a challenging yet fun learning environment towards your career goals. 

    AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

    AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

    The Foundation Certificate in Accounting offers grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress in finance and accounting-related careers, or towards further study by offering development and formal recognition of skills.

    Our blended learning approach enables students to benefit from both face-to-face teaching at Harlow College and online lessons available on demand. This approach offers a truly flexible study experience.

    In addition to attending face-to-face classes fortnightly, students will be expected to undertake between 5 and 6 hours of additional study out of college.

    AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

    AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

    The Advanced Diploma in Accounting will suit you if you have completed the Foundation Accounting qualification and would like to build your skills or you’re already working in finance and you’d like a more formal recognition of your skills. 

    In addition to attending face-to-face classes fortnightly, students will be expected to undertake between 5 and 6 hours of additional study out of college.

    Advanced Practice in Early Years Education Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Advanced Practice in Early Years Education Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    This course provides extensive knowledge of professional development, the Early Years curriculum along with communication, values & leadership for advanced Early Years Practitioners. 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 to complete an Early Years Degree, Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood studies.

    Business Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Business Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    This Business course provides a stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students, along with essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into the world of work or a related degree.

    Business Management – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    Business Management – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    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.

    Creative Enterprise (Media, Graphics/Illustration, Fashion Promotion & Photography) – Professional Diploma

    Creative Enterprise (Media, Graphics/Illustration, Fashion Promotion & Photography) – Professional Diploma

    The UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop their careers as creative professionals. This qualification will provide students with an opportunity to cultivate their employability by developing their creative enterprise skills, expanding their industry contact base while developing their start-up projects and professional practice.

    The objectives of this qualification are to give students the opportunity to:

    1. Develop and demonstrate enterprise and entrepreneurial skills necessary to the creative industries
    2. Develop and define their artistic ambitions and creative ideas
    3. Build up their professional practice and independently initiate their creative projects
    4. Achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 qualification

    Creative Media Production (Game Development) Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Education, Teaching and Childhood Studies – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    Engineering Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Engineering Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    This course provides an extensive knowledge and skills in engineering with specialist units available in Advanced Manufacturing and Automated Systems. You will be studying in the new (£11m) state-of-the-art Harlow Advanced Manufacturing Centre (HAMEC) equipped with over £2m worth of industry standard machinery and equipment. There is a huge demand for qualified engineers locally, nationally and internationally. We work closely with industry to ensure our courses meet the requirements of employers.

    Engineering Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Engineering Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    This course provides an extensive knowledge and skills in engineering with specialist units available in Advanced Manufacturing and Automated Systems. You will be studying in the new (£11m) state-of-the-art Harlow Advanced Manufacturing Centre (HAMEC) equipped with over £2m worth of industry standard machinery and equipment. There is a huge demand for qualified engineers locally, nationally and internationally. We work closely with industry to ensure our courses meet the requirements of employers.

    Fashion & Retail Level 4

    Fashion & Retail Level 4

    This qualification offers broad but in-depth knowledge and skills in preparation for work in the fashion retail sector and has been designed to balance practical and creative skills with theoretical studies. Work placement opportunities and industry led projects are a strong element of studying this qualification and will allow students to gain a comprehensive view of fashion retail work opportunities, enabling them to enter this area of the industry.

    Future Home Design & Construction Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Future Home Design & Construction Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    The Higher National Certificate in Future Home Design & Construction (MOBIE) will enable graduates to demonstrate a sound knowledge of new and emerging technologies and innovative strategies within the construction and built environment.

    George Clarke (pictured above) is the founder of MOBIE (Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education) as well as being a well-known TV presenter and architect. MOBIE have had a significant input into the design of the course, drawing on their experiences of creating innovative and unique living spaces, with an emphasis on designs for homes of the future.

    The ethos of MOBIE is about thinking differently. As George Clarke said: “Most houses are built in a fairly conventional way and MOBIE’s been set up to do something different to that.”

    The course aims to address the need for significant skills within traditional and more mainstream disciplines such as building surveying, quantity surveying and construction management – which are crucial to enabling the vast majority of construction projects for the foreseeable future.

    Law and Practice - Level 3 Certificate

    Law and Practice - Level 3 Certificate

    This course offers unparalleled access to a flexible career as a lawyer. It provides a cost-effective way of obtaining law qualifications without having to complete a qualifying law degree (although graduates of law or non-law subjects can still choose to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer via this route).

    If you don’t have a qualifying law degree you will need to take the Level 3 Diploma qualification, set and assessed at A level standard, and the Level 6 qualification, which is set and assessed at honours degree level.

    The Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice is the first step towards this and was developed to recognise the growing number of students who are either interested in a short but rounded introduction to Law and Practice and are aimed at those wishing to move towards a career as a solicitor.

    Leadership and Management Level 3

    Leadership and Management Level 3

    This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance your management skills. Through studying and applying theoretical frameworks around the field of management you will apply your learning in a practical approach, allowing you to become more competent and confident as a manager.

    Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate

    Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate

    The Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management, designed for middle managers, are designed to develop personal management capabilities, and grow professional management skills including decision-making, managing team dynamics and delegation capability. Learners will complete a number of units and each unit will require a piece of work to be submitted and all deadlines will be provided during the induction.

    In addition to monthly classes all learners will be expected to complete independent study outside of the classroom. This varies from week to week but could include set readings, research or gathering information from within the workplace.

    Leadership and Team Skills Level 2

    Leadership and Team Skills Level 2

    This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance your management skills. Through studying and applying theoretical frameworks around the field of management you will apply your learning in a practical approach, allowing you to become more competent and confident as a manager.

    Medicine – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    Medicine – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    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

    NCTJ Journalism – News & Magazine (1 year)

    NCTJ Journalism – News & Magazine (1 year)

    NCTJ Journalism – News & Magazine (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 offers pathways in news and magazine journalism and modules comprises: news reporting, public affairs, press law, shorthand, video journalism, online, and production. Final assessment is conducted via examination and portfolio 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.

    Nursing and Midwifery – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    Performance – Professional Diploma

    Performance – Professional Diploma

    Provides a bridge between education and the industry and/or specialist Higher training. You will experience professional weekly masterclasses, collaborations with working theatres, including The National Youth Theatre Rep Company, The Dance Network Association, Phoenix Live and the music industry. For your final major project you will work with organisations including NYT West End Show or Edinburgh Festival Show or National Youth Dance Theatre.

    Photography Level 4

    Psychology and Counselling – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    Psychology and Counselling – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    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.

    Salon Management Diploma Level 3

    Salon Management Diploma Level 3

    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.

    Salon Management Diploma Level 4

    Salon Management Diploma Level 4

    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.

    Salon Management Diploma – Part-time

    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 an ideal course if you want to set up or enhance your own salon business. There is also an opportunity to study as a distance learner.

    Social Work and Health Care – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    Social Work and Health Care – Access to Higher Education Diploma

    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.

    Sport and Exercise Science Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Sport and Exercise Science Higher National Certificate & Diploma

    Passionate about a career in sport? This full-time qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in the sport industry as a Practitioner, Manager or Coach. The curriculum will develop your knowledge and understanding, opening up a broad choice of career options.

    Year 1 of this two year course is studied at Level 4 (HNC). Year 2 is at Level 5 (HND).