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Photography Level 3 Extended Diploma

Are you looking for a career in photography? This course will prepare you for studio and location photography working in fashion, sport, travel, food, portraits, wedding, photo journalism, forensics, teaching, fine art and many other avenues of photography. You will experience both digital and traditional photography. This course is suitable for students looking to pursue a specialist career in the creative industries. It provides students with the necessary industry relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to access appropriate entry level roles, training programmes or apprenticeships in the creative sector.

Performance – Professional Diploma

This course provides a bridge between education and the industry and/or specialist Higher training. You will experience professional weekly masterclasses and collaborations with the industry. The qualification has a holistic approach, encouraging experimentation and risk taking. It provides for you to test your creativity which stimulates and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

Performing & Production Arts Level 2

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 industry. 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/Musical Theatre

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 and acting 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 and acting studios and theatre. It is for anyone who wants to study dance, choreography, musical theatre, dance in education and production arts.

Performing and Production Arts - Production Arts

This course is designed to produce highly skilled, passionate and versatile young production crew 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 theatre and studios. It is for anyone who wants to study production arts.

Philosophy A Level

This qualification is designed to give a thorough grounding in the key concepts and methods of philosophy. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the big questions in a purely secular context.

Photography A Level

Photography is so much more than point and click! It opens up a whole world of creative expression and gives you the opportunity to comment on contemporary issues. This course offers you the opportunity to explore the exciting world of photography by doing practical projects as well as researching the work of existing photographers, in a combination of practical and written work. It's completely digital and will give you the opportunity to be very creative and produce lots of stunning images.

Physics A Level

Physics enables you to study everything in the Universe, from the absolute smallest particles (quarks) to the largest structures known to man (galaxies). How does it accomplish this? By using mathematics to describe the patterns we observe in experiments. By discovering these patterns, Physics has served as a foundation for most of the engineering and technology we have today. Smartphones and cars, space stations and robots, skyscrapers and the internet, all of these have been built using Physics. So as Britain becomes more technologically advanced, the demand for engineers and physicists is higher than ever. This course is your first step towards not only entering those careers, but understanding some of the deepest mysteries of the Universe.

Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship

Starting 4 Feb 2022

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.

Plumbing Level 1

For candidates interested in working towards becoming a qualified plumber. This qualification will provide you with the basic hand skills and knowledge through studying the structure of the construction industry, fundamental safe working practices, environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings, site preparation for working in the construction industry, above ground drainage, copper pipework, plastic pressure pipe, low carbon steel pipework, installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems and plumbing science.

Plumbing Level 2

For candidates who want to work as plumbers in the building services engineering sector. This qualification does not make candidates fully qualified plumbers but enables them to gain the relevant hand skills and knowledge through studying Health and safety, Electrical principles, Scientific principles, Plumbing processes, Cold water systems, Hot water systems, Sanitation, Central heating systems and Drainage systems.

Politics A Level

Using a wide variety of teaching and learning styles, including teacher input, discussions and activities, you'll have a chance to study the politics of the UK, political theory and comparative politics. The course will enable you to develop an understanding of the local, national, international and global dimensions of political activity.

Students benefit from a trip to Parliament, The Supreme Court and attend conferences and lecturers by guest speakers.

Pre-Access Foundation

This Foundation course is designed to prepare you for further study for all healthcare professions. You will progress onto the Level 3 Access to Higher Education courses to develop all the skills needed for university. 

In addition, you will work towards gaining the required Literacy and Numeracy at Level 2 (Functional Skills) which is a requirement for entry into all universities.

Pre-Apprenticeship in Engineering (Machining)

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!

Preparation for Work

These courses may be free if you are seeking employment

Full list of Preparation for Work courses here

Preparing to set up a New Business

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Set Up a New Business is a qualification that has been specifically designed for all vocational areas of study including; hairdressing and barbering, beauty therapy and complementary therapies.

Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

This Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care qualification is a nationally recognised qualification which enables candidates to apply for jobs within the care sector. This qualification is extremely useful for anyone who wants to work in the care industry. By the end of the course you will have learnt the theory elements of Adult Social Care and have gained valuable employability skills. Units covered are;

In addition you will also achieve a Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia qualification which enables you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in essential areas such as awareness of dementia, equality, diversity, inclusion and individual rights.

There are a variety of roles available within the care sector. Direct care roles include;

  • Care worker
  • Personal Assistant
  • Community support and Outreach worker
  • Activities Co-ordinator  

You can also apply for non-direct roles such as administration roles including finance, HR and marketing.


Principles and Practices of Assessment

For aspiring assessors, admin staff, managers, HR or quality assurance personnel wishing to understand the assessment process and best practice.

Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician

This is an Apprenticeship designed as an entry-level role into the Accountancy and / or Taxation sectors. Roles are applicable to organisations of all sizes and to Apprentices in Accountancy and Taxation Practices including finance functions in Private, Public and Charity Sector organisations. Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will have responsibility for creating, and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation.

Professional Chef – Patisserie & Confectionary

This programme is for anyone who works or wants to work as a patisserie chef in the catering and hospitality sector. The course will give you an overview of the many elements that make up being a professional pastry chef, which is a specialised and unique role within the catering & hospitality sector. If you are an experienced professional chef ready to take your cooking skills to the next level, or a student progressing from the Level 2 Practical Cookery Programme, this course will help you by providing you with an industry-standard qualification.

ATTENDANCE PATTERN: 3½ days over 5 days
You will be expected to attend on at least three evenings per year

Professional Cookery Level 2

This hands-on programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you become a professional chef. It will open doors to various sectors of the food industry and provide you with many workplace essentials. Throughout this course you will gain high standard cookery skills in our state-of-the art facilities, alongside other fundamental knowledge in hygiene, health & safety, teamwork and customer care.

Psychology A Level

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists attempt to understand human beings through careful research, which allows them to present an explanation of why people think and behave in the ways they do. A Level Psychology encourages you to think like a scientist and provides an understanding of a wide range of human behaviour.

Public Relations Level 3

This course is designed to take advantage of the growing number of jobs in PR. The course relies heavily on the use of smartphone and digital technology as you develop your communication skills to generate media campaigns, press kits, and social media content. You will learn a range of skills including how to rebrand products, write press releases, shoot media campaign videos, manage public perception, develop advertising campaigns, generate original content ideas, work with clients and crisis manage situations. So, if you want to work in a job where you get to travel, and meet interesting people, work with a range of exciting clients, including household brands, political parties, production companies, and celebrities, and influence the public then this is the course for you.

Public Service Higher National Certificate & Diploma

The course will prepare you for a career in the Public Services professions, meeting the needs of the aspiring uniformed public service officer, support and administrative professional. It will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you'll need to be successful in your future employment in the public services professions.

NOTE: A minimum number of enrolments are required for this course to run.

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.