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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.

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.

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

AAT Level 1 Access Award in Bookkeeping

The Level 1 Access Award in Bookkeeping offers an introductory qualification in manual bookkeeping skills. The qualification is suited to students who are interested in an introduction to bookkeeping. This could include those with no prior knowledge of bookkeeping or those who already have some practical knowledge and would like an accredited qualification in the subject.

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.

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. 

Barbering Technical Diploma Level 2

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.

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

Barbering Technical Diploma Level 2 – Part-time

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 Technical Diploma Level 2

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.

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

Beauty Therapy Technical Diploma Level 2 – 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 Level 3

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.

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.

  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Intensive Short Course
  • Start Date: Variable

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
  • Start Date: Variable

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. 

  • 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.

Construction & the Built Environment

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.

Cutting & Styling Technical Certificate Level 2

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.

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

Cutting & Styling Technical Certificate Level 2 – Part-time

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.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: September, January & April

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.

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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.

  • 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.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Monday, 02 July 2018

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.

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.

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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: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date:

    Part 1: Illustration for various publications (6 weeks) Tuesday 17 April 2018
    Part Two: Illustration – focussing upon a single book (6 weeks) Tuesday 29 May 2018

Illustration

A series of art courses running throughout 2017/18, each lasting six weeks (two courses per term). Each course can be booked individually, in any order and at various times, or undertaken as an entire year course of study to form a body of work. The choice is yours!

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Blended Learning
  • Start Date: September 2018

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.

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

    Thursday 6 September, Thursday 25 October, Thursday 22 November, Thursday 20 December.

Leadership and Management 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.

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

    Tuesday 12 June, Tuesday 3 July, Tuesday 7 August, Tuesday 4 September.

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:

    Thursday 27 September, Thursday 25 October, Thursday 22 November, Thursday 20 December.

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.

  • 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.

NCTJ Journalism Diploma – (1 year)

NCTJ Journalism Diploma – (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.

Preparation for Work

These courses may be free if you are seeking employment

Full list of Preparation for Work courses here

  • 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.