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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Studies – 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.

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

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: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2020

Humanities – Access to Higher Education Diploma (Subject to Validation)

SUBJECT TO VALIDATION – More information to follow soon

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, Criminology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Education with Psychology, Sociology, Psychology with Professional Development or other similar subjects.

Health & Social 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.

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

If you ever wanted to be a teacher or work in the education profession then this course is for you. This Education, Teaching and Childhood Studies pathway provides a wide knowledge and understanding of the UK Education System. It will prepare you for study on any teaching/education related university course. The Access diploma will give you a solid grounding for when you commence your university degree, (BA, BSc), Foundation Degree or Higher National 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.

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.

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) advanced level course is a mid-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is looking to advance their existing knowledge of accounting. 

This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom. 

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation course is an entry-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is seeking an introduction to basic accounting principles and skills.

This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom. 

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 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) professional level course is a higher-level accounting qualification. If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil the AAT’s work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional AAT Accountant status. This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

Award in Education and Training

Learn the practical and theoretical aspects of training and assessing in the private or public sectoror FE college. This 15 week course is an introduction to training and teaching which is suitable for current trainers and teachers or those wishing to become a trainer or teacher. The course aims to develop knowledge and skills, involving the delivery of two 15 minute micro-teach activities. There is no requirement to be working as a trainer or teacher.

Beauty Therapy Level 2 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.

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.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Blended Learning
  • Start Date: January 2020

CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice (Subject to Validation)

Course Overview

This CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) course provides an excellent introduction to law and legal practice, developing knowledge and skills that will enable students to undertake complex research tasks and work with clients. This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education , and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

Early Years Educator Level 3

This course will enable you to gain a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

Early Years Introduction

This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

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

    September, January & April

Early Years Level 2

This course will provide you with a foundational knowledge of childcare in the classroom. Working alongside others from a variety of early year settings learning about the value of play, child development, partnership with parents and building relationships with children. Opportunities to network with others and share good practice of your workplace and take part in college activities developing skills in ICT, English & Maths.

English GCSE

In today's tough job market more and more employers expect candidates to have at least a grade 4 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.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Thursday, 09 May 2019

Fitness Instructor

This course is designed to introduce you to fitness instructing. It will include practical assessments within the gym as well as knowledge of the importance of fitness, anatomy and physiology. You will be required to wear appropriate gym wear and trainers.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Monday, 10 February 2020 | Monday, 18 May 2020

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.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2020

Hair Services Diploma – Level 3 – Part-time

Do you want to be a senior hair stylist, colourist or even run your own hair salon? If you are already working as a hairdresser and have a level 2 qualification, this course is the perfect next step. You can build on the skills you have already gained to become creative and highly skilled in a wide range of hairdressing services, including colour, bridal hair, creative hairdressing and the promotion and selling of products. When you complete this course you will have all the essential skills you need to gain employment or start your own business in the hairdressing industry!

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Health & Social Care Level 2 Diploma

Social care is about providing personal, practical and emotional support to help people live their lives to the best quality that they can. It's about supporting them to maintain their independence, dignity and control. Person centred care. Social Care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed needs. This qualification provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including Health & Social Care assistants. On completion of the level 2 Diploma can lead to promotion as Senior carer.
Social care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed need. This Diploma provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles. It is also a Legal requirement by the government that anyone working with vulnerable adults have this qualification.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Throughout the year

Health & Social Care Level 3 Diploma

Social care is about providing personal, practical and emotional support to help people live their lives to the best quality that they can. It's about supporting them to maintain their independence, dignity and control. Social Care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed needs. This qualification provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including Care workers, Care Supervisors, Senior Care Workers or Supervising Care Workers, Senior Support Workers, Relief Team Leaders, Outreach Development Workers. Achievement of the level 3 Diploma can lead to promotion as Senior carer, or progression to university to become a midwife, General Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, paramedic, Social Worker.

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  • Level: Entry Level 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Monday, 25 February 2019

IT Skills Entry Level 3

This course is aimed at people who have basic IT experience and would like to gain confidence in using computers and the latest technology. The qualification helps you build your skills and gain the confidence you need to work effectively with computers. This qualification would be suitable for anyone who works with or wants to work with computers but has little experience of them.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
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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:

    30 January, 27 February, 26 March, 30 April, 21 May.

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.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September 2020

Maths GCSE

A grade 4 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.

Preparation for Work

These courses may be free if you are seeking employment

Full list of Preparation for Work courses here

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.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: January 2020

Swedish Body Massage

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a beauty (Swedish massage) therapist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a beauty (Swedish massage) therapist as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2020

Veterinary Services – Access to Higher Education Diploma (Subject to Validation)

SUBJECT TO VALIDATION – More information to follow soon

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. 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 3 course.

Women's Hairdressing Level 3 Extended Diploma

The Level 3 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing is designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to enable you to work in the hairdressing industry. You will learn the creative art of cutting women's hair, the artistic skill of colouring, styling and dressing hair and how to provide effective consultation for clients. You will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety in the hairdressing industry. The qualification will give you the opportunity to develop your practical skills to an advanced level of ability.