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What do you want to study?

  • What do YOU want to study?

You have so many options

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.

A Levels

Preparing you for Higher Education or progression to work

T Levels

T Levels are a new technical qualification starting in September 2020

Access to HE

Opportunities for adult learners to get to university

HAMEC

Harlow Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Centre

Supported Studies

Preparing you for independent living, paid employment, good health and community inclusion.

Employers

Training for the world of work

Online & On Campus

The pace of life is getting faster. We're looking for new ways to study alongside work and life commitments.

Featured Courses – Apply Now!

Carpentry & Joinery Diploma

This course is for anyone who is looking to work in the construction sector as a site carpenter.  The course will equip you with the basic skills needed to become a carpenter and will aid your progression at work or onto a higher level course.

Choices – Pathways to Further Education

This programme develops confidence and self esteem as well as self-awareness. It allows students to develop skills that they will use in employment or on further courses. Students also spend time researching courses and/or employment that they may wish to move on to on completion of the programme.

Coaching and Mentoring Level 3 Certificate

This Level 3 qualification is designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to be able to appropriately coach and mentor other learners.

The qualification strengthens the employability of learners, and can, if already employed, lead to internal advancement or provide an entry point to new training/coaching roles.

Learners would typically be employed as Trainer/Assessors, Coaches and Tutors.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Thursday, 15 December 2022

Counselling – Level 3

This course is now full. Please email   if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

After successfully completing this course, you will have worthwhile and sought-after skills and knowledge that mean many different career paths are open to you.

This course enables you to become a qualified counsellor by enrolling on a Level 4 counselling qualification.

Digital Media Skills for Business and Industry Level 2

The course aims to help kickstart creative ideas and passions into viable business concept. Developing confidence, creative and business skills to open the doors to a new career. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own personal experience as part of the course through a weekly Vlog. The skills learnt are transferable to any but are particularly useful in promoting an entrepreneurial venture.

Early Childhood Education and Care 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.

Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance

This Course is for individuals who have an interest in gaining the knowledge to work safely when carrying out routine maintenance activities on Electric/Hybrid vehicles.

It is therefore designed for those people who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles within a routine maintenance situation. It also contains the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have had damage to its high energy/electrical system.

This Award sized qualification offers an introduction to this specialised industry sector which in addition to complimenting their current industry qualifications and experience.

Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement

This Course is for individuals who have an interest in gaining the knowledge to work safely when carrying out routine maintenance activities on Electric/Hybrid vehicles.

It is therefore designed for those people who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles within a routine maintenance situation. It also contains the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have had damage to its high energy/electrical system.

Electrical Installations Level 2

This programme is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. You will learn by completing a variety of practical and theory assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations. It covers the basic underpinning knowledge and technical practical skills needed to be an Electrician. The programme provides a good foundation for future careers opportunities or progression on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

General patisserie and Confectionery Certificate

The Patisserie and Confectionery Certificate is ideal for those looking to become professional pastry chefs, those wishing to develop patisserie skills to a professional standard, for individuals who enjoy this area of cookery as a hobby and for those employees looking to further their knowledge and skills in this area.

Gym and Exercise Instructor

The qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a gym instructor. 

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  • Level: Introduction
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: Thursday, 03 November 2022 | Thursday, 19 January 2023

Introduction to Ceramics

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

Love ceramics? Go potty for our new 3 week evening course.

Working in our ceramics workshop, our friendly and experienced tutors will teach you how to throw a pot on our potters wheel, use press moulds and teach you other hand building techniques to master the art of ceramics.

Remember to apply early as this popular course fills up fast! You may be interested in our other creative evening short courses: 

Introduction to Print Making

Introduction to Textiles

Introduction to Print Making

Our Introduction to Printmaking is a perfect course for hobbyist, artists and crafters who are looking to learn a new creative skill. Experiment with different traditional and modern printmaking techniques in our well-equipped print studio lino, monoprint and letter press to create your own original artwork.

You may be interested in our other creative evening short courses: 

Introduction to Ceramics

Introduction to Textiles

Introduction to Textiles

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

Our new 3 week Introduction to textiles evening course will give you a great opportunity to learn and create decorative textiles using both hand and machine techniques.

You may be interested in our other creative evening short courses: 

Introduction to Print Making

Introduction to Ceramics

Journalism NCTJ – News & Magazine – Fast Track
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  • Level: 5
  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Start Date: Cohort 1: September 2022 - February 2023 / Cohort 2: February 2023 - June 2023

Journalism NCTJ – News & Magazine – Fast Track

This fast track 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 includes a range of modules specifically designed to maximise your employability once you graduate. Final assessment is conducted via examination and coursework and will help to prepare you for the pressures of the newsroom, where you will be asked to produce concise and accurate stories to deadline.

LED Gel Polish Level 2 Award

The VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques is a single unit award qualification about applying, maintaining and removing LED gel polish products to the nails.

This qualification also covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare for the service and maintain effective health, safety and hygiene working practices throughout the treatment.

Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

This programme is a practical, work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. You will learn by completing a variety of practical and theory assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations. It covers the basic underpinning knowledge and technical practical skills needed to be an Automotive Technician. The programme provides a good foundation for future careers opportunities or progression on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Nail Treatments Level 1 Award

The VTCT Level 1 Award in Nail Treatments is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in; how to provide basic manicure and pedicure treatments.
Underpinning this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practices in a salon environment, along with client care and communication skills required for working within the beauty sector. You will also develop an underpinning knowledge and understanding of the practical skills learned throughout this qualification.

Plumbing Level 2 – Part-time

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.

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

    5 January 2023, 20 April 2023, 8 June 2023

Social Media Marketing

This course  has something for everyone. Whether you are a novice or already have some experience working in social media marketing, this course will cover the basics and develop your confidence using and understanding how social media can be used in marketing products.

Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools – Adult Course Level 2

This course offers learners first-hand experience of working in the education sector, whilst learning the knowledge and putting it into practice. Many students find part-time or full employment from the course whilst volunteering in the setting.

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.