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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.

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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. 

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

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.

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 (Including Cabin Crew Pathway)

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.

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

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.

Business, Communications and Logistics

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, Communications and Marketing

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.

Cabin Crew

Stansted Airport flies to 190+ destinations and serves over £25million passengers per year and is expanding rapidly resulting in a demand for skilled cabin crew. This qualification will help you to gain an understanding of the role of cabin crew and provide you with the practical and technical skills to be able to progress into a career with a top airline. You will gain an appreciation of the terminology used within the industry as well as an understanding of the essential behaviours expected of future employees.

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Chef – Young Chefs' Academy

Young Chef flyer 2019A passion for cooking starts at an early age, if you have a budding Chef in the family then joining our Young Chef Academy is the perfect way to develop their talent.

The Young Chefs' Academy is sponsored by Down Hall Country House Hotel. The course is aimed at Years 10 and 11 students and provides a great start for those interested in a career in food and culinary arts.

The course runs for 8 weeks based within the training kitchens at The College’s Harlow campus. It begins with an introduction to the kitchen, how to use the equipment and important health and safety issues. Over the following seven weeks you’ll be taught basic cookery skills covering vegetables, soups, pastas, sauces, meat, fish & desserts and more.

During the final week you will be able to invite guests to your Graduation ceremony where you will be presented with a medal and certificate. On the last Wednesday of your course you will prepare and serve a delicious dinner for your invited guests at Down Hall Country House Hotel.

The cost is £60 and the graduation ceremony is £10.00 per a person.

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  • Level: 4-5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Start Date: September 2019
  • End Date: June 2021

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.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Food Safety in Catering Award

This is a certified course that is essential if you are considering working within the Hospitality and Catering Industry. You will look at the safe and hygienic handling of food, gain a knowledge and understanding of food poisoning and food borne disease, preservation of food, cleaning and disinfection, personal hygiene, pest control and legal requirements and responsibilities.

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date:

    5 March, 2 April 2019

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.

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  • Level: 5
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date:

    Thursdays: 28 February, 28 March, 25 April, 23 May, 27 June 2019

Leadership and Management Level 5 Certificate

The Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management, designed for middle managers, is 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.

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)

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

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.

Pre-Access to University

Want to go to university but think you have left it too late or that you haven’t got the skills or the qualifications to get there? Maybe the responsibilities of family and work got in the way and prevented you from going, and now you think you have missed your chance. If this sounds like you then you should think again because our Pre-Access course has been specifically designed to help people go to university. 

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!

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.

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.

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3

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.

Work Transition – Aviation Industry

Stansted Airport is expanding rapidly resulting in a demand for skilled workers to work within a variety of roles specifically around flight, airside and terminal operations. This programme is specifically designed to help you transition into the workplace at Stansted Airport and 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 check in and dispatch procedures. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot in the door with a highly reputable employer.