SCHOOL LEAVER COURSE AND CAREER GUIDE 2022/23 - WESTERN COLLEGE

 
SCHOOL LEAVER COURSE AND CAREER GUIDE 2022/23 - WESTERN COLLEGE
WESTON COLLEGE
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Knightstone Campus                              Construction Training Centre
Knightstone Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2AL   Locking Head Drove, Weston-super-Mare. BS24 7NA

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Loxton Campus
Loxton Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4QU        Education Centre

                                                                                                                   COURSE AND
                                                Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Hewish,
                                                Weston-super-Mare BS24 6AH

South West Skills Campus
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                                                                                                                   CAREER GUIDE
Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 8NL

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                                                this year please visit
Winter Gardens                                  www.weston.ac.uk/events
South Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AJ       to find the full schedule.

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WELCOME                                                                                                                                                 Study programmes
                                                                                                                                                        and apprenticeships
                                                                                                                                                        A Levels
                                                                                                                                                        Animal Management
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                                                                                                            Welcome
                                                When you become a Weston College student, you will                                                      Business                              50
                                                hear us talking about creating brighter futures – this                                                  Customer Service                      52
                                                means we put our students at the heart of everything
                                                                                                                                                        Estate Agent                          53
                                                we do. Whether it’s liaising with businesses and
                                                                                                            What’s happening around you?            2   HR                                    53
                                                universities to make sure we’re teaching you relevant
                                                and up-to-date skills, creating the best facilities and     Choosing what to study                  4   Law                                   54
                                                digital platforms in the region for you to study in,        Qualifications explained                6   Marketing                             54
                                                or selecting the top teachers with current industry
                                                                                                            Levels explained                        8   Travel and Tourism                    55
                                                experience – the decisions we make are focused on
                                                providing you with the right learning environment to        Career Excellence Hubs                10    Construction                          56
                                                help you reach your potential. It means providing the
                                                best outcomes for our students – which is why Weston        What is a study programme?             12   Bricklaying                           58
                                                College students consistently achieve well above the                                                    Carpentry and Joinery                 60
                                                                                                            How to Join                            14
                                                national averages year-on-year.                                                                         Civil Engineering                     62
                                                                                                            Learning support                       16   Electrical Installation               64
                                                We are about preparing you for a career – what
                                                we offer is far more than just a course, we are the         Student services                       18   Plastering                            65
                                                only education provider in the region to provide            Paying for your course                20    Plumbing                              66
                                                Career Excellence Hubs – meaning you will take part
                                                                                                            Outside the classroom                  21   Scaffolding                           67
                                                in a study programme with lots of career boosting
                                                benefits, all with the aim of giving you the opportunity    Weston Sport                          23    Creative Arts                         68
                                                to become career ready! Find out more about our
                                                fourteen career hubs on page 10.                            Knightstone Campus                    24    Art and Design                        71
                                                                                                            Loxton Campus                         25    Creative and Digital Media            72
                                                Weston College is a diverse and inclusive learning
                                                environment, and we reward our students when they           South West Skills Campus              26    Music                                 76
                                                go above and beyond their abilities and expectations.                                                   Performing and Production Arts        80
   As Principal and Chief Executive, it gives                                                               Construction Training Centre          27
me great pleasure to introduce you to           This all results in the best standards of further
                                                                                                            Winter Gardens                        28    Computing and Digital Technologies    84
our outstanding College and the fantastic       education in the region, with the best teachers, the
                                                best facilities, and the highest chance of achieving your   Animal Management Education Centre    29    Early Years and Education             90
study programmes and apprenticeship
                                                potential.
opportunities that have helped so many of                                                                   Getting to College                    30    Engineering                           96
our students achieve great success.             This guide includes hundreds of study programmes            Index                                140
                                                and apprenticeships that have helped many young                                                         Foundation Learning                  104
                                                people to create their own brighter futures – and           University Centre Weston (UCW)       142
                                                could lead to yours too.                                                                                Hair and Beauty                      106
                                                I look forward to welcoming you soon.                                                                   Hairdressing and Barbering           108
                                                                                                            Contact us                           144
                                                                                                                                                        Beauty Therapies                       111
                                                                                                                                                        Health and Social Care               114
                                                                                                                                                        Hospitality and Catering             120
                                                                                                                                                        Motor Vehicle                        124

                                                Dr Paul Phillips CBE, PhD, DLit, EdD
                                                                                                                                                        Public Services                      128
                                                Principal and Chief Executive                                                                           Sport and Fitness                    133
                                                                                                                                                        Traineeships                         138
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EMPLOYMENT                                                                          THE FACTS                                         NORTH SOMERSET

                                                                                                                                                                                                WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND YOU?
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                                                                                          ur region has been at the leading edge         A number of national and international

    IN OUR AREA
                                                                                         of innovation for centuries. We have             companies are based here including:
                                                                                         world-class offers in design, culture,           • GE Oil and Gas
                                                                                         trade, shipping, engineering, aerospace,
                                                                                         microelectronics, composites, robotics,          • Brabantia
                                                                                         green technologies, social enterprise,           • Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology
                                                                                         connectivity, and digital creativity             • UTC Aerospace Systems
                                                                                        • Prior to the pandemic, the region generated    • Yeo Valley
                                                                                           £31.2bn towards the UK economy                 • Thatchers
    Weston College plays an integral           The West of England is one               •4
                                                                                          8% of West of England workplace                • Bristol Airport
    role in the skills agenda within the       of the UK’s most prosperous               employees are managers, directors, and           • The Bristol Port Company
    South West region. The College                                                       senior officials
    itself is part of the West of England
                                               regions with an economy                                                                    • Smurfit Kappa

    Local Enterprise Partnership (North        worth over £33.2 billion a               •J
                                                                                          obs grew by 51,225 over the last 5 years
                                                                                         and are projected to grow by 17,106 over
                                                                                                                                          • QuEST Global Engineering Ltd.

    Somerset, BANES, Bristol, and              year. With a population of                the next 5 years                                 The top five industries that are currently
                                                                                                                                          recruiting in North Somerset are: digital
    South Gloucestershire), but with           over 600,000 and more than               •T
                                                                                          he top 5 sectors employing the most            communication and marketing, legal,
    such a wide catchment area is              46,000 businesses, our region             people in the region are currently: Retail,      healthcare, administration and business
    also a key contributor to the Heart                                                                                                   support and education.
    of the South West partnership              competes on a global scale.               Health, Education, Scientific services and
                                                                                         Professional services
    (Somerset and Devon).
                                                                                        •T
                                                                                          he South West Aerospace Cluster is
                                                                                         recognised as the UK’s most capable and
                                                                                                                                          BRISTOL AND SOUTH
                                                                                         diverse aerospace region. It’s home to all       GLOUCESTERSHIRE
    GROWTH SECTORS
                                                                                         of the top 15 global aerospace companies
                                                                                                                                          There are currently over 400,000 people
                                                                                                                                          employed in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
    FOR EMPLOYMENT
                                                                                        • The top 5 hard skills sought by employers
                                                                                           in the region when recruiting are: auditing/   Bristol is now the biggest financial services
                                                                                           analyst, business development, accounting,     centre in the South West and one of the main
                                                                                           software development and nursing               financial hubs outside London. A new report has
                                                                                                                                          revealed, salaries in Bristol are 3% above the UK
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                                                                                          he top soft skills demanded within job         average. The top industries that are currently

                                                WEST OF
                                                                                         adverts in 2021 within the West of England       recruiting in Bristol are: healthcare, professional
                                                                                         have been: communications, management,           services, high-tech and engineering.
                                                ENGLAND                                  innovation, problem solving, leadership,
                                                                                         customer service, planning, operations,
                                                                                         and enthusiasm
                                                • Software and digital
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                                                                                          he top 5 most frequently demanded              HINKLEY POINT
                                                • Advanced aerospace and engineering
       HEART OF THE                             • Professional services
                                                                                         jobs advertised in summer 2021 were:
                                                                                         programmers and software development             Hinkley Point C will create 25,000 employment

       SOUTH WEST                               • Creative
                                                                                         professionals, nurse, sales related
                                                                                         occupations, analysts, architects and
                                                                                                                                          and apprenticeship opportunities in a broad
                                                                                                                                          range of occupations and careers during its
                                                • High tech                              systems designers, care workers and              construction and operation. There will be jobs
       • Agriculture industries                                                          home carers.                                     in construction, civil engineering, electrical
                                                • Construction                                                                            installation, hospitality, catering, logistics,
       • Advanced aerospace and engineering
                                                • Health                                                                                  security, site services, support roles and others
       • Marine industries                                                                                                               over the coming years. And it’s not just during
       • Nuclear power                                                                                                                    construction. Hinkley Point C will have an
                                                                                                                                          expected workforce of 900 people to run the
                                                                                                                                          power station throughout its 60-year operation.
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CHOOSING WHAT

                                                                                                                        CHOOSING WHAT TO STUDY
    TO STUDY
    At Weston College, we are all about CAREERS NOT           CAREERS ADVICE
    COURSES and pride ourselves on being able to offer a
    huge range of programmes to ensure you develop the        At www.weston.ac.uk you can access a wealth of
    skills and knowledge employers and universities are       career guidance. Each subject area page has lots
    looking for. As the only education provider in North      of information to give you an insight into the
    Somerset that enables you to work your way up from        subject such as:
    an entry-level programme to a degree, we’re here to       • All the programmes you can study
    help you choose the right programme for you.
    Here’s how:                                               •S
                                                                ee what our alumni have gone on to achieve after
                                                               completing a programme with us
    SCHOOL LIAISON TEAM
    This team works with local schools to help you find out   •L
                                                                abour Market Intelligence (LMI) that will help
    about college life and post-16 programmes of study,        explain what relevant careers and jobs are available,
    as well as provide you with advice and guidance about      including salaries
    what programmes will best suit you. They will either
    visit your school, attend careers fairs and parents’      • NEW – Subject careers maps, so you can map your
    evenings or coordinate on campus and virtual events          journey with us and ensure it will get you into your
    such as our taster days, holiday workshops and tours.        chosen career.
    All of which will give you a first-hand experience of
    what it is like to be a Weston College learner.           Also, check out Career Coach on our website. This
                                                              provides you with the opportunity to:
    To find out more, including booking a campus tour
    or options discussion please scan the below.              • Take an assessment that matches you with careers

                                                              •E
                                                                xplore broad career pathways that match your
      FIND OUT MORE...                                         strengths and interests

                                                              •C
                                                                ompare careers within a pathway - including
                                                               salaries, required education and more

                                                              •E
                                                                xplore the Weston College programmes that will
    EVENTS                                                     set you on the path to your desired career.
    We put on a number of events over the year, these will
    be a mixture of face-to-face and virtual events. These    If you would still like more advice and guidance,
    provide you and your parents with the opportunity         contact our school liaison team by emailing
    to explore our facilities, speak to our lecturers, find   schoolteam@weston.ac.uk. They can arrange a
    out about the support on offer and choose the right       one-to-one careers appointment for you with our
    programme for you. Our events also give you the           specialist staff.
    opportunity to engage with a number of employers
    to find out about careers in their industry and why
    they value the calibre of candidates that come from
    Weston College.

       FOR MORE
       INFORMATION
       ON OUR EVENTS,
       PLEASE SCAN HERE.
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QUALIFICATIONS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    QUALIFICATIONS EXPLAINED
    EXPLAINED
    At Weston College we know that everyone learns differently.
    That’s why we deliver a variety of different qualification types -
    to give you the chance to learn in the way that suits you the most.

                                                                                                                        PROFESSIONAL
                                                                                                                        AND TECHNICAL                                                T Levels are part of the government reforms to
                                                                                                                                                                                     technical qualifications at Level 3 and are seen as
                                                                                                                        Professional and technical qualifications are designed       the ‘gold’ standard and best choice for learners
                                                                                                                        to provide you with the knowledge, skills and                looking for a college based route into higher
                                                                                                                        behaviours needed to gain employment within specific         technical occupations and jobs.
                                                                                                                        industries or occupations. They provide a balance
                                                                                                                        between theory and practical skills development.             T Levels have been designed with leading businesses
                                                                                                                        They are suited to those who want to get hands-on            and employers to give you the knowledge and skills
                                                                                                                        experience within a particular vocational area. These        you need. This qualification gives you the chance to
                                                                                                                        programmes include work experience and industry              learn what a real career is like while you continue
                                                                                                                        placements. Assessment is more varied and will include       your studies. You will have an industry placement that
                                                                                                                        exams, coursework and practical work.                        will last for at least 45 days.

                                                                                                                        We work closely with employers to create our                 When you pass your T Level, you will get a nationally
                                                                                                                        professional and technical courses to make sure you          recognised certificate showing the overall grade you
                                                                                                                        learn the skills businesses are looking for. As well         achieved - pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
                                                                                                                        as being valuable to employers, a professional and           It will also give details of what you learned on the
                                                                                                                        technical course could lead to university, or higher-        course to help you move into skilled employment or
                                                                                                                        level training, such as a higher apprenticeship.             a higher apprenticeship.

                                                                                                                        Our professional and technical qualifications appear         Your T Level will be worth UCAS points – a T Level
                                                                                                                        throughout this guide in the subject area sections so        Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A*
                                                                                                                        you can find out more about each pathway.                    – and will be recognised by universities and other
                                                                                                                                                                                     education providers so you can choose to continue
                                                                                                                                                                                     studying if you wish.

    A LEVELS                                                 APPRENTICESHIPS                                                                                                         T Levels involve more classroom study than
                                                                                                                                                                                     apprenticeships, which means you can experience an
    A Levels are perfect if you want to progress to degree   As an apprentice you will earn whilst you learn.                                                                        industry while you continue your studies.
    level study or to a degree apprenticeship programme.     Apprentices receive off-the-job training within their
    A Levels are assessed through exams at the end of        company or through day or block release at college.                                                                     Our T Levels appear throughout this guide in the
    two years of study, so they are most suited to people    We work with many major employers to provide                                                                            subject area sections so you can find out more
    who perform well in exams and enjoy academic study.      apprenticeships in a variety of sectors, including GKN                                                                  about each pathway.
    Most learners study three subjects - some choose         Aerospace, the Ministry of Defence, the University of
    four. The combination of subjects will be determined     Bristol and the NHS.
    by your interests, strengths and future career
    aspirations or university progression choices. You can   Over 90% of our apprentices are offered permanent

                                                                                                                                                                                     TRAINEESHIPS
    even study A Levels alongside some BTEC subjects         positions at the end of their training, so an
    - if your timetable allows it and you meet the entry     apprenticeship is the perfect way to get a head-start in
                                                             the jobs market.                                                                               A great option for
    requirements. Find out more about our A Levels on                                                                                                                                Traineeships are a great way for 16 to 18-year-olds who
    page 32.
                                                                                                                                                            anyone wanting to
                                                             Plus, degree-level apprenticeships provide a cost-                                                 secure an            haven’t yet gained the skills and experiences necessary to
                                                             effective alternative to university and offer clear                                                                     apply for jobs and apprenticeships. They are taught mostly
                                                                                                                                                             apprenticeship.
                                                             career progression routes. Our apprenticeships appear                                                                   in the workplace and include a mixture of personal and
                                                             throughout this guide in the subject area sections. You                                           The vast majority     social development, and employability skills. The aim of a
                                                             can view our current apprenticeship vacancies at                                              of learners completing    traineeship is to train you within a company so that you are
                                                                                                                                                            a traineeship progress   more likely to be offered an apprenticeship or a job. There
                                                             www.weston.ac.uk/apprenticeships                                                              onto an apprenticeship.   are many benefits to becoming a trainee and you can find
                                                                                                                                                                                     out more about them on page 138 or on our website at
                                                                                                                                                                                     www.weston.ac.uk/traineeships
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LEVELS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       LEVELS EXPLAINED
    EXPLAINED
                                                                                                                   The table below shows typical entry requirements for each level,
                                                                                                                   although your chosen programme may have specific criteria, so
                                                                                                                   please check what you need within the relevant subject section.

    ENTRY LEVEL                                             LEVEL 1                                                LEVEL 2                              LEVEL 3                                 LEVEL 4-6
    REQUIREMENTS                                            REQUIREMENTS                                           REQUIREMENTS                         REQUIREMENTS                            REQUIREMENTS
    ENTRY LEVEL                                             FOUNDATION LEVEL                                       INTERMEDIATE LEVEL                   ADVANCED LEVEL                          HIGHER LEVEL
    1-3 YEARS                                               1 YEAR                                                 1 YEAR                               2 YEARS                                 2-3 YEARS
    For those who have GCSE outcomes at grade 2 and         A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3-1 with at           A minimum 5 GCSE grade 9-2           A minimum of 5 GCSE grade 9-4           For those who have a T Level,
    below or where a differentiated programme of training   least two at grade 3 or the successful completion      with at least two at grade 4 or      or a qualifying Level 2 qualification   A Levels, a BTEC national
    and support may be needed to successfully access        of a pre-vocational programme or entry level           a qualifying Level 1 qualification   with identified competence level        certificate or diploma, an Access to
    learning at a higher level.                             programme after pre-vocational                         with identified competence level     achieved in maths and English.          HE diploma or an NVQ 3.
                                                                                                                   achieved in maths and English.
    QUALIFICATIONS                                          QUALIFICATIONS                                                                              QUALIFICATIONS                          QUALIFICATIONS
    • Foundation Learning personalised programmes           • BTEC introductory diplomas                           QUALIFICATIONS                       • A Levels                              • Foundation degrees
    • Entry Level certificates                                and certificates                                     • T Level Transition Programme       • GCSEs in applied subjects             • Honours degrees
    • Functional Skills at Entry Level (English, Maths      • Functional Skills at Level 1                         • GCSEs                              • International Baccalaureate           • HNCs/HNDs
      and ICT)                                              • BTEC awards, certificates and                        • BTEC awards, certificates and      • BTEC awards, certificates and         • Professional qualifications at
    • Awards, certificates and diplomas at Entry Level.       diplomas at Level 1                                    diplomas at Level 2                  diplomas at Level 3                     Level 4 and above
                                                            • NVQs at Level 1                                      • Functional Skills at Level 2       • NVQ at Level 3                        • Higher and degree
    PROGRESSION                                             • Traineeship                                          • NVQs at Level 2                    • Apprenticeship Level 3                  apprenticeships.
    You can progress to one or a combination of the         • Supported internship.                                • Apprenticeship Level 2.            • T Level.
    following:                                                                                                                                                                                  PROGRESSION
    • Higher level programmes                               PROGRESSION                                            PROGRESSION                          PROGRESSION                             With this level of qualification you
    • Traineeships                                          With this level of qualification you could move onto   With this level of qualification                                             will have access to a much wider
                                                                                                                                                        With this level of qualification        range of careers, you could go
    • Supported internships                                 a Level 2 study programme or an apprenticeship         you could move onto a Level 3        you could progress into higher
                                                            at Level 2.                                            study programme, into a job with                                             into further study or professional
    • Employment                                                                                                                                        education, a higher apprenticeship      training. University Centre Weston
                                                                                                                   training, or an apprenticeship at    or a wide range of jobs.
    • Independent living.                                                                                          Level 3.                                                                     (UCW), offers around 50 degree-
                                                                                                                                                                                                level courses. Find out more about
                                                                                                                                                                                                UCW at www.ucw.ac.uk.

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CAREER                                                                                                                                          WHAT CAREER HUBS                                                     CAREER

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                                                                  JOIN US AND WE’LL HELP YOU TO                                                                                                                           EXCELLENCE
                                                                  ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM CAREER                                                          ARE AVAILABLE?                                                       HUBS

     EXCELLENCE HUBS                                                                                                                                        ANIMAL
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        using the latest industry standard equipment, with                 support via our Wellbeing@Weston which provides                                                                                    SOCIAL CARE
        concepts and ideas delivered by lecturers who have                 all learners with access to highly qualified teams
        a wealth of industry experience.                                   of welfare and mental health practitioners and
                                                                           resources all designed to support you achieve                                                  P96                        P106                            P114
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         quipped with 21st century employability skills to                your career goals.
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        using employer briefs and real-life case studies and               leading employers within each sector.
        scenarios to encourage up to the minute workplace
                                                                       9. Provided with enhancement options, which will give
        problem solving.
                                                                           you unique opportunities to experience the world of                             HOSPITALITY              MOTOR VEHICLE            PUBLIC SERVICES
     3. Upskilled with the latest digital tools and                       work and develop the skills and knowledge highly                               AND CATERING
         technologies as a Microsoft Showcase College. In                  sought after by employers and universities.
         a rapidly changing world of work, your identity,
         professional networks, and digital capability                 10. Inspired with personalised 1:1 Careers Education                                              P120                       P124                            P128
         will increasingly influence your future career                     Information Advice and Guidance, helping you look
         opportunities. We’ll prepare you to stand out by                   at all the options available to you for progression
         showcasing your work and achievements.                             to the next step on your career journey. Regardless
                                                                            of what your career goal is or whether you simply
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         ffered future leader opportunities through our                    need to know what your options are - our team of
        Ambassador Programme:                                               highly trained careers advisors (Level 6 and above)
        • Community Ambassador - to effect change
                                                                            offer relaxed, impartial advice to get you where you                           SIXTH FORM             SPORT AND FITNESS
                                                                            want to be helping you figure out the best route to
           through voluntary work and/or                                    achieve your dream career.
        • Careers Ambassador - taking part in wider course
                                                                       11. Empowered to learn more about your own mental                                                 P32                        P132
           initiatives, such as engaging with employers and
           student promotional events.                                      health and wellbeing as part of your journey with
                                                                            us. Our ethos of Body and Mind will help you learn
                                                                            to develop coping strategies, build resilience, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               excellence at work
     5. If competitions are in your sights, you will also have
         the option to compete against the best in the UK                   access the proven benefits of exercise for wellness.
         through our links with WorldSkills UK.                                                                                                      As well as all of the above benefits of being part of
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         otivated by unrivalled exposure to employers,                                                                                              one of our Career Excellence Hubs, Weston College          Proud to be part of the
        with enhanced work experience, employer visits,                                                                                              also offers you a fun, social experience designed for          WorldSkills UK
        simulation, as well as understanding what it means                                                                                                                                                        Innovation Centre
        to be truly inclusive in a modern workplace, through                                                                                         you to meet like-minded people, as well as being
        valuing other people’s diversity and ideas based on                                                                                          the only OUTSTANDING COLLEGE IN THE REGION!
        the principles of Fairness Respect Equality Diversity
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        Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE).
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WHAT IS A STUDY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STUDY PROGRAMMES
     PROGRAMME?
     Study programmes are designed to meet your                 3. WORK EXPERIENCE OR INDUSTRY                              5. INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT (ID)                               7. LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
     individual learning needs and prepare you for higher       PLACEMENT                                                   The College ID programmes are differentiated by level        WITH LIBRARYPLUS
     learning, training, or employment. Your timetable                                                                      and subject area. Their aim is to build the behaviours,
                                                                As part of a Careers Excellence hub you will do work                                                                     Outside the classroom, all learners have access to a
     at College will be made up of a number of different                                                                    attitudes, and personal skills you will need to thrive
                                                                experience or an industry placement to enable to you                                                                     range of learning spaces and resources in our vibrant
     elements that have been sequenced to help you                                                                          in both work and society. The programme develops a
                                                                gain first-hand the first-hand experience you need to                                                                    LibraryPlus learning centres at each campus. Each
     develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you                                                                      core set of skills and attitudes such as communication,
                                                                stand out from the crowd in the employment market.                                                                       LibraryPlus is supported by our dedicated Learning
     will need in the future.                                                                                               time management, teamwork, resilience, adaptability
                                                                Many students have gained employment directly from                                                                       Advisor team and includes a variety of spaces for
     We want you to be confident and ready to meet              an industry placement and they provide an opportunity       and respect through a range of projects, activities and      group work or individual study. You will also find
     the demands of learning, work, and life. Each              to apply your learning in college. The number of            learning opportunities that include:                         resources for your subject, self-service laptops,
     study programme is made up of the following                placement hours varies by programme - however,                                                                           tablets, PCs and more, helping you stay on track
                                                                                                                            • Careers information, advice and guidance
     core elements:                                             these are the minimum numbers:                                                                                           with your study programme. You can also speak to
                                                                                                                            • Health and wellbeing                                       your LibraryPlus campus team if you need additional
                                                                - Level 2 study programme – minimum of five days or
     1. A SUBSTANTIAL QUALIFICATION                                                                                         • Digital skills development                                 support with research and study skills or need help
                                                                37 hours work experience.
                                                                                                                            • Volunteering                                               with technology.
     A significant portion of your timetable will be            - Level 3 two-year programme - you will complete an
     dedicated to you achieving academic, vocational or         industry placement with a minimum of 315 hours over         • Social action projects
     technical qualifications in your chosen subject area.      45-60 days across years 1 and 2 of your programme.
                                                                                                                                                                                         8. BEING ‘DIGITAL READY’
                                                                                                                            • Competition work.
                                                                Typically, this will be 105 hours in year 1 and 210 hours                                                                All learners have full access to Microsoft Office 365,
     2. ENGLISH AND MATHS DEVELOPMENT                           in year 2.                                                  ID programmes vary by subject area and are designed          including FREE downloads for the Microsoft Office
     English and maths are two of the most important            - Level 3 one-year programme - you will complete an         to help you develop the softer skills that the employers     suite on up to five devices. Throughout your study
     skills for people looking to find a job or apply           industry placement of approximately 100 hours over          within your chosen sector are looking for. These skills      programme, you will use Microsoft Showcase College,
     for university. Most employers look for a good             the duration of the programme.                              will be developed through the activities listed but also     Microsoft Teams (available on Windows, Android and
     understanding of English and maths, supported by at                                                                    across all elements of your study programme.                 Apple devices) to access digital learning resources,
                                                                                                                                                                                         collaborate with other students and communicate
     least a Level 2 qualification. If you didn’t get a grade   4. TUTORIAL                                                                                                              with your tutor. You can enhance your study
     4 at GCSE in maths and/or English, you will complete
                                                                All learners have a regular one-to-one tutorial with        6. INDEPENDENT STUDY SKILLS                                  programme by completing Microsoft Certifications
     GCSE or a Functional Skill in these subjects as part of
                                                                a personal tutor. The aim of the tutorial is to monitor     You will take part in dedicated independent study skills     during your time at College to show employers
     your study programme.
                                                                your progress and give you the support you need to          sessions which you will use for research and revision, and   evidence of your digital skills. Speak to a member of
                                                                achieve your personal and academic targets.                 to complete tasks set by your teachers. Some of these        LibraryPlus to find out more.
                                                                                                                            sessions may be supervised or facilitated by teaching
                                                                                                                            staff or learning mentors in LibraryPlus. Throughout the
                                                                                                                            year you will be expected to complete homework and
                                                                                                                            learning tasks that will help you retain knowledge and
                                                                                                                            enable you to prepare for your College lessons.
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SCHOOL LEAVER COURSE AND CAREER GUIDE 2022/23 - WESTERN COLLEGE
STEP                      1                                                                          STEP 3                                        A STEP BY

                                                                                                                                                                                                         HOW TO JOIN US
     WHICH PROGRAMME TO
     CHOOSE AND HOW TO APPLY                                                                              ENROL AND GET TO                              STEP GUIDE
     DO YOUR RESEARCH
                                                                                                          KNOW US MORE                                  ON HOW TO JOIN US

                                                                                    2
     • Read about the programme in this guide and                                                        ENROLMENT
        on our website - does it match your skills and

                                                            STEP
                                                                                                          Once you have accepted your offer of
        interests?                                                                                        place you will be sent details about how
     • What is the labour market intelligence (LMI)                                                      to enrol online and secure your place at

                                                                                                                                                        STEP 4
        telling you? Use our website to access Career                                                     Weston College. Once you done this you
        Coach and our subject area landing pages, to                                                      will receive an email in your college email
        see what employment prospects are in your
                                                            CHECKING YOU                                  inbox confirming your place. Your college
        chosen subject field                                ARE ON THE RIGHT                              email address will then act as our main
     • Plot your learning journey with us by looking at    PROGRAMME FOR YOU                             way to contact you.
        each subject area’s careers map on our website
                                                                                                                                                        WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR
     • If you haven’t done something similar at
        school, take the Career Coach questionnaire on
                                                            ATTEND GUIDANCE                               KEEPING IN TOUCH AND                          GCSE RESULTS AND
        the website to match your interests and skills      INTERVIEW                                     PREPARING FOR THE                             STARTING COLLEGE
        to one of our programmes.
                                                            These take place via Microsoft Teams,         START OF COLLEGE
                                                            so you don’t actually need to come into
                                                                                                          We recognise that joining college and         CURRICULUM
       TAKE THE CAREER
       COACH QUESTIONNAIRE
                                                            College. You will be sent all the details
                                                            on how to access this in your interview
                                                                                                          starting a new programme is a big step.       CONFIRMATION
                                                                                                          Therefore, as soon as you have completed
       AND MATCH YOUR                                       confirmation email. This meeting is an                                                      Following your GCSE results we invite
       INTEREST AND SKILLS                                                                                your online enrolment we put on a
                                                            opportunity for us to ask you some                                                          you to virtually attend your curriculum
       TO A PROGRAMME                                                                                     range of events and activities through
                                                            questions, and for you to ask us some –                                                     confirmation appointment to review
                                                                                                          our Orientation Programme (virtual
                                                            this helps make sure we get you on the                                                      your results and confirm the programme
                                                                                                          and face-to-face), alongside a series of
                                                            right programme. If you would prefer your                                                   you will study with us. You will be sent
     APPLY ONLINE                                           guidance interview to take place in person,
                                                                                                          communications to ensure that you feel
                                                                                                          comfortable and confident about joining us.   information about this nearer the time via
                                                            you can request this when you book the                                                      an email to your Weston College email
     • Visit www.weston.ac.uk                               interview through our online portal.          Things to look out for include:               address. These will take place in the later
     • Find your chosen subject area online (you can                                                     • Insight Session – these are informal and   part of August.
        apply for more than one), click on the apply                                                         friendly and will provide you with the
        button - this will add it to your basket            ACCEPTING YOUR                                   opportunity meet the lecturers, as well
     • Create an account using your personal email         OFFER OF PLACE                                   as exploring the different campus areas
                                                                                                                                                        INDUCTION
        address, or log in if you have already registered                                                 •J
                                                                                                            oin your Microsoft Teams community
                                                            After your interview, we will email you        for new starters                             All new students go through a helpful
     • Complete your personal details and submit                                                                                                       induction which will start shortly after your
                                                            with an offer of place. You will be able
        your application, you won’t need to input                                                         •V
                                                                                                            irtual student and parents’ information
                                                            to respond to your ‘Offer/s of Place’ by                                                    curriculum confirmation appointment.
        details of your predicted grades at this point                                                     evenings
                                                            logging into your account and checking                                                      Induction is a programme of on-campus
     • Choose your remote programme guidance               your ‘Next Steps’.                            •A
                                                                                                            virtual bridging programme                 and virtual activities, that will help you to
        interview date and time - you will then receive                                                                                                 feel comfortable and ready to achieve in
                                                                                                          •W
                                                                                                            elcome day
        an email confirming your interview details and                                                                                                  the next stage of your education.
        following this some helpful tips.                                                                 • GCSE results surgeries.
                                                                                                                                                        There will be plenty of opportunities to
                                                            If you need any assistance with                                                             explore the College and get to know the
     If you have any queries about your                     your application contact College              The We are Weston section of our website      people you will be studying with. You will
     application or how to apply, you should                Information Services by emailing              also has lots of useful information for new   meet your tutors and learn more about what
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     contact College Information Services on                enquiries@weston.ac.uk or calling             starters. You can find this at                College offers in and out of the classroom, as
     01934 411481 or enquiries@weston.ac.uk.                01934 411 481.                                www.weston.ac.uk/weareweston                  well as what we expect from you.
LEARNING

                                                                                                                          LEARNING SUPPORT
     SUPPORT
     FOR STUDENTS WITH SEND
     /ADDITIONAL NEEDS
     Weston College’s innovative and unique specialist         ACCESSING LEARNING SUPPORT
     support model ensures staff have the specific skills      To access learning support, a referral will need to be
     and knowledge they need to deliver high-quality           made to our learning support team. An initial needs
     and personalised support to empower learners’             assessment will then be completed to establish the
     independence.                                             exact support required.
     Ofsted says that our support for learners with            A referral to discuss potential additional support can
     additional needs is “outstanding”, and that our           be made at any of the following stages:
     specialist staff are “highly experienced and very well
     qualified, with specific areas of expertise.”             •   School referral/educational, health and care plan
                                                               •   Pre-entry identification (during interview)
     Our staff work closely with the faculty teams to assess
     our students’ special educational needs, disabilities     •   Applications/enrolment/admission
     and barriers to learning, then implement a wide range     •   Parent or carer referral
     of support programmes.                                    •   As part of a transition programme
     We have a number of specialist areas that include:        •   Screening assessment
     • Assistive technology                                    •   Self-referral
                                                               •   Tutor referral
     • Autism spectrum
                                                               •   Professional referral
     • Behaviour for learning
                                                               •   Education, health, and care plan consultation.
     • Deaf and/or hard of hearing
     • Foundation learning (entry level programmes)
                                                               SUPPORT OPTIONS
     • Support for students with mental health difficulties
                                                               Once the initial needs assessment is complete, our staff
     • Specific learning difficulties (spld)                   will work with students and their tutors to provide an
     • Speech, language and communication                      individualised support programme, which could include:
     • Visual impairment.                                      • Specialist teaching and in-class support
                                                               • Small group workshops
                                                               • Study skills
                                                               •	Specialist equipment and assistive technology support
                                                               •	Mentoring
                                                               •	Diagnostic assessments
                                                               •	Exam access arrangements
                                                               •	Communication support
                                                               •	Differentiation
       FIND OUT MORE
                                                               •	Extensive transition programme
       This is an exciting opportunity to help                 •	Weston Bay, our residential training facility for
       support people with learning difficulties                  students on the autism spectrum.
       and disabilities (SEND) who need extra
       support to move into employment.
                                                                    TAKE A TOUR OF WESTON BAY
                                                                    A pioneering development which
                                                                    is the first of its kind in the UK.
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STUDENT

                                                                                                                              STUDENT SERVICES
     SERVICES
     Student Services aim is to provide you with support           Activities include:
     that will empower, inspire, and develop your skills to        • Art therapy
     help you work towards your future successes. Each             • Futsal
     College campus has a student support hub where you
                                                                   • Gym and fitness sessions including Les Mills
     can drop-in or make an appointment to access the
                                                                      Virtual classes
     following services:
                                                                   • Yoga
                                                                   • Table tennis
     GENERAL STUDENT INFORMATION
                                                                   • Esports
     Find the College Information Services at the reception
                                                                   • Multisports
     desk at each campus. They deal with general enquiries
     and can also inform you about bursaries, funding your         • Basketball
     education, and where you can purchase our subsidised          • Dungeons and Dragons
     bus pass.                                                     • Plus much more!

                                                                   The welfare and pastoral support team provide a
                                                                   friendly, non-judgmental, and confidential service,
     Working towards positive student and staff mental health      where you can talk about anything that is worrying
     and wellbeing is a college philosophy that engages            you and access information, advice and support on a
     everyone within the organisation. Our new mental health       variety of situations that you may face. We also work
     strategy, Wellbeing@Weston will ensure we continue            with mental health practitioners to support students
     to put mental health and wellbeing at the forefront of        with their mental health. All college learners can also
     College investment, and will be key in helping us achieve     access a programme of counselling at each campus.
     our overall mission of Creating Brighter Futures for all
     students regardless of their starting point in life.          To find out more visit www.weston.ac.uk/welfare
     Wellbeing@Weston will ensure that a holistic and fluid
     mental health and wellbeing support model exists
     across the College, that combines our outstanding
     support services and specialist support model with
     numerous programmes and initiatives that allow you to
     improve your health and wellbeing. These include:             The Careers Advice Team is on hand to give you
                                                                   advice about the career opportunities that lie ahead
     • Access to a Wellbeing@Weston online library                 of you. They can work with you to plan your path to
                                                                   employment, further study, or university. Each full-time
     •E
       ngagement in regular physical and wider activities,
      both on-campus and online as part of your                    learner will receive an in-depth careers programme and
      curriculum that will support increased achievement,          access to highly qualified careers advisers, as well as
      personal development, health and wellbeing                   the opportunity to attend a number of careers events
                                                                   and activities with both employers and universities
     • The opportunity to achieve wellbeing badges
                                                                   To find out more visit www.weston.ac.uk/careers-advice
     • Participate in our annual wellbeing celebration Wellfest.
     •H
       ave unique access to key wellbeing programmes              WORKING WITH PARENTS
      and support networks such as Togetherall and the             Parents and carers play a vital role at the College,
      nationally recognised initiative Let’s Chat.                 and we always welcome your support, input and
     Each campus has its own wrap-around wellbeing                 feedback. We’ll work with you to ensure that your child
     programme designed to offer you support, guidance             settles into college life and gains the experiences and
     and enrichment through wellbeing packages and                 qualifications necessary for them to succeed.
     sessions built around your academic commitments.              You can find out more about our how we work with
                                                                   parents by visiting www.weston.ac.uk/parentsandcarers

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PAYING FOR                                                                                                          OUTSIDE THE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
     YOUR COURSE                                                                                                         CLASSROOM
     FINANCIAL SUPPORT                                         CARE TO LEARN
     If you’re between the ages of 16 and 18 when you          Care to Learn is a government scheme for parents
     start a course that leads to a nationally-recognised      under 20 years old. It provides up to £160 a week
     qualification, your tuition and exams will be free.       to pay for childcare costs if you take part in further
                                                               education.
     There may be some additional costs for professional
     start-up kits or uniforms depending on the programme
     that you have chosen to study.                                                                                      The Students’ Union represents, supports, and advises    CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
                                                                                                                         you about all aspects of campus life, and makes sure
     To cover this cost there are a number of bursaries that                                                                                                                      At Weston College, you will find a number of clubs
                                                               MEALS PACKAGE                                             that your experience of the College is the best it
                                                                                                                                                                                  and societies that will help you pursue your interests
     you might be eligible to apply for.                                                                                 possibly can be. The Students’ Union Committee works
                                                               You might be able to claim up to £9.60 a week to put                                                               outside of lectures. These include book club, creative
                                                               towards your lunches at the College. This means that if   to voice students’ views through the Learner Voice
                                                                                                                                                                                  writing, dance, music, drama, sport, debating, LGBT,
                                                               you eat at one of our canteens, you will get a free hot   programme, organises fundraising events and trips,
                                                                                                                                                                                  young carers, and much more. You can find out more
                                                               or cold meal Monday to Friday each week.                  and supports themed weeks. When you join us you will
                                                                                                                                                                                  about our clubs and societies at our Freshers’ Fair or by
     BURSARIES                                                                                                           automatically join the Students’ Union and can apply
                                                                                                                                                                                  contacting the enrichment team.
                                                                                                                         for an NUS Totum Card, which offers discounts and
     We have a range of bursaries for students between the
                                                                                                                         savings at stores across the country and online.
     ages of 16 to 18 that contribute towards the costs of
                                                                                                                         To find out more about the Students’ Union or apply to   VOLUNTEERING
     attending College.
                                                                                                                         become part of the Students’ Union Committee, visit      The College runs its own Volunteering Hub which
     They can help you with costs such as travel,                                                                        www.weston.ac.uk/studentsunion                           enables students and staff to share volunteering
     equipment, uniforms and free meals.                                                                                                                                          opportunities and find out how volunteering can
                                                                                                                         YOUR VOICE                                               benefit you and the community.
                                                                                                                         You can get involved with the key decisions and
                                                                                                                         direction of the College by taking part in a number
                                                                                                                         of student roles. These include course, faculty and
                                                                                                                         campus representatives as well as involvement with
                                                                                                                         the Student Council and Students’ Union. We’re always
                                                                                                                         listening to our students’ views and ideas. Each year,
                                                                                                                         faculties and classes get the opportunity to nominate
                                                                                                                         representatives to meet on a termly basis and discuss
                                                                                                                         the things that matter to them.
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SPORTS

                                                                                                                                                                                     WESTON SPORT
     ACADEMIES
     Our Sports Academy recognises the abilities and             PLAYER PATHWAYS                                                STUDENT SUCCESS
     efforts of our top athletes and aims to support them        At Weston College we understand the importance of
     to achieve their potential.                                 creating pathways, for our athletes, to support progression.                   AMY
                                                                 Therefore, we have developed a number of partnerships
     As a student at Weston College, you will have the           that will enable you to progress into semi-professional and                    • England U18 Representative
     opportunity to combine your academic studies                professional sport - in a playing or non-playing capacity.                     • England U20 Trials
     with high-level sporting provision, which will allow        We have partnerships with:                                                     • Current Bristol Bears Womens
     you to fully immerse yourself as a student-athlete.                                                                                           Representative.
     Weston Sport prides itself on its athlete-centred           • Bristol Bears Rugby Club
     approach, which will enable you to develop your
                                                                 • Bristol Bears Women’s Rugby Club
                                                                                                                                                RYAN
     sporting performance, in a professionally structured
                                                                                                                                                • England Colleges Representative
     environment.                                                • Weston AFC Football Club
                                                                                                                                                • Current Bristol Rovers Player.
                                                                 • Weston Sport Netball.
     PROVISION
     We offer high-quality provision in the following sports
     and areas:                                                                                                                                 CHLOE
     • Football (male and female)                                                                                                               • Severn Stars Superleague Team
                                                                                                                                                   Representative
     • Netball
                                                                                                                                                • England Roses U19 Academy
     • Rugby (male and female).
                                                                                                                                                • England Universities.
     Weston Sport athletes receive a bespoke training and                                                                                       BAILEY
                                                                 Establishing strong relationships with local clubs has
     playing programme, which can be up to eight hours
                                                                 proven to be extremely successful, as Weston College has                       • England Colleges Football Team.
     per week. Weston Sport programmes involve a variety
                                                                 large representation across the above teams, each year.
     of training methods to enhance performance, such as:
     • Bespoke strength and conditioning programmes              Weston Sport hosts regular performance and transition
                                                                 sessions throughout the academic year / season. These
     • Sport psychology support
                                                                 sessions provide athletes with the opportunity to
     • Flexibility, speed, agility training                      experience all aspects of Weston Sport life. All events                        LOTTIE AND KATIE
     • Nutritional support and dietary advice                    and sessions will be advertised across our social media                        •E
                                                                                                                                                  ngland Women’s Under 18 Talent
                                                                 channels and directly through schools and clubs.                                Development Group.
     • Sports therapy
     • Sports analysis - Dartfish and PlayerTek.

     Additionally, athletes will get access to our outstanding
     sports facilities which include a Sport England-
                                                                    READ MORE ABOUT                                             For any further queries, please contact
     specification sports hall, FA-approved artificial grass        THIS YEAR’S                                                 Weston Sport on 01934 411 622
     pitch and performance gym.                                     INTERNATIONAL                                               or academyofsport@weston.ac.uk

                                                                    RECOGNITION FOR
                                                                    ACADEMY ATHLETES

        ACADEMY PLAYERS
        LOTTIE AND KATIE
        JOIN ENGLAND
        U18S TDG
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KNIGHTSTONE                                                                                  LOXTON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CAMPUSES
     CAMPUS                                                                                       CAMPUS

     The subject areas based here are:   Our investment in the facilities has created an ultra-   The subject areas based here are:                           The new Health and Active Living Skills Centre houses
                                         modern teaching environment, including dance                                                                         our Health and Social Care and Sports learners. It
     • Business, Law and Tourism         studios and performance spaces. You will find a gym      • All A Levels (sixth form)                                 contains a simulation hospital ward with hi-tech
     • Computing and IT                  and indoor sports hall and a 3G multi-use all-weather    • Art, Design, Graphics, Photography, Media and Music       medical mannequins. The sports facilities boast a full-
     • Foundation Learning               sports pitch. There is also a LibraryPlus, with open     • Health and Social Care                                    sized 3G football pitch, with spectator areas, and a
                                         access to computers and Macs, hire equipment, and                                                                    full-sized grassed pitch, sports hall and gym.
     • Hospitality and Catering                                                                   • Sport and Fitness.
                                         thousands of books on offer. You can buy refreshments
     • Hair and Beauty                   here – in our bistro, Costa Coffee, or The Grove - our                                                               There is also a LibraryPlus on this campus, which
                                                                                                  Our sixth form centre contains well-equipped
                                         industry-standard training restaurant.                                                                               contains computers and books, and allows you to
     • Early Years and Education                                                                  classrooms and science labs, alongside a large
                                                                                                                                                              access a variety of study materials and mentoring. This
     • Public Services                                                                            independent study space and common area.
                                         Plus from September 2021 Early Years and Education                                                                   campus has a Costa Coffee as well as a bistro which
     • Performing Arts.                  students will have brand-new, bespoke facilities which   The creative wing is designed to inspire learning and       serves a variety of hot and cold meals.
                                         includes: A community room, Child and healthcare         creativity for our vocational learners. You will find a
                                         room, Primary school room, Creative and exploratory      variety of specialist rooms to practise, perform, record,
                                         atelier, Observation room, new IT suite and more ...     and edit music. It also boasts a range of art workshops
                                         see page 90 for full details.                            and studios, as well as suites of computers and Macs.
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SOUTH WEST                                                                                                       CONSTRUCTION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CAMPUSES
     SKILLS CAMPUS                                                                                                    TRAINING CENTRE

     The subject areas based here are:                        Our Automotive Training Centre was originally a         The Construction Training Centre is Weston College’s      The centre provides training in six key industry areas:
                                                              commercial garage and dealership – which makes it the   new facility which is helping tackle the growing skills   • Plant operations
     • Engineering                                            perfect place for you to learn to become a mechanic.    shortage in the construction industry.
     • Construction and Building Services                                                                                                                                       • Scaffolding
                                                              This campus contains a LibraryPlus, which includes                                                                • Highways and groundworks
     • Motor Vehicle                                          computers, Macs, a variety of books, and learning       This centre has enabled partnership work with Somax
     • Traineeships.                                          mentors who can help with your studies.                 and Simian. Somax specialise in driver training across    • Health and safety
                                                                                                                      the South West, while Simian is a world-renowned          • Driver training
     The emphasis at this campus is on preparing you for      The canteen at South West Skills Campus serves a        scaffolding training and health and safety consultancy
     a successful career in key technical areas and trades.   variety of hot and cold meals throughout the day. The                                                             • Warehouse and forklifting.
                                                                                                                      provider specialising in workplace access and working
     This is a high-technology campus with classrooms,        campus also features a Costa Coffee.                    at height.                                                Apprenticeships in scaffolding and logistics are also
     workshops and labs that offer industry-standard                                                                                                                            based at this centre.
     equipment to give you the hands-on experience you        South West Skills Centre is also home to the West of
     will need to progress into the industry.                 England Institute of Technology supporting technical
                                                              education at Levels 4 and above.
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WINTER                                                                                                                ANIMAL MANAGEMENT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CAMPUSES
     GARDENS                                                                                                               EDUCATION CENTRE

     The Weston College Group’s multimillion-pound             On the seafront side the building retains the traditional   The College has joined forces with Puxton Park,          The centre has three classrooms, changing facilities,
     redevelopment of the Winter Gardens Pavilion              elements of its design and is Weston-super-Mare’s           to enable learners to develop industry-specific          wash-space, toilets, offices, and a student breakout
     on Weston seafront has created a new home for             iconic events venue which reopened to the public after      skills working within the park’s extensive farmland,     area. This innovative and exciting partnership provides a
     University Centre Weston (UCW) and the Law and            an extensive renovation and refurbishment. The Winter       facilities and wide range of farm and domestic           wealth of opportunities for learners, to develop practical
     Professional Services Academy, a bright and spacious      Gardens Pavilion is one of the largest venues of its        animals, which will significantly enhance your           skills with species to suit everyone’s interests from
     teaching and learning facility, which is located on       kind in the South West, and since the late 1920s it has     employability.                                           reptiles to large farm animals through to birds of prey.
     the Italian Gardens side of the building. It features a   hosted many famous acts. It features an impressive
     library, computer equipment, technology enhanced          neo-Georgian ballroom, ideal for conferences,               Puxton Park has provided 2050 m2 land to the College     This partnership also allows employers to be involved
     ‘pods’ for group study, a café, classrooms, social        ceremonies, and events, as well as a number of smaller      who created the new £1.4m Animal Management              with delivery and assessment to ensure that learners
     spaces and so much more.                                  conference and meeting rooms.                               Education Centre. The new centre utilises low carbon     develop the skills that are current and up to date with
                                                                                                                           techniques and creates an inclusive education facility   industry standards.
                                                                                                                           for delivery of the practical elements of the animal
                                                                                                                           management curriculum.

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GETTING TO
                                                                           TRAIN TRAVEL

                                                                                                                                                                                  GETTING TO COLLEGE
                                                                           Weston-super-Mare’s main station is on the main line between Bristol and Exeter. All of our campuses

     COLLEGE
                                                                           are a 10-20 minute walk from the train station or just a short bus journey.

                                                                                                                                    SERVICE
                                                                                                                                                               TRAVEL TIME
                                                                                                                                  FREQUENCY

                                                                             Bristol Temple Meads to Weston-super-Mare                20 minutes*               25 minutes

                                                                                   Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare                 40 minutes*                  18 minutes

                                                                           *services are more frequent at peak times

     Getting here is          BUS TRAVEL
     easy; our three main                                                  WESTON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
                              We offer you the choice of two subsidised
     campuses have great      bus travel passes - which you choose will
                              depend on where you are travelling from
                                                                           For the full addresses of our campuses, please see the back page of this prospectus.

     transport links across   and whether you wish to use the service
                              outside of College hours. For our bus pass                                 NEAREST BUS       NEAREST TRAIN            STUDENT
     the region and are       prices please visit www.weston.ac.uk/bus
                                                                                  CAMPUS
                                                                                                            STOP              STATION               CAR PARK

     easily accessible by     First Bus Travel Pass
                                                                                Knightstone            Knightstone Road
     road, train and bus.     Our First Bus Pass offer is one of the             Campus                (Weston College)
                                                                                                                          Weston-super-Mare           No
                              most generous in the area and gives you
                              substantial discounts on travel across the                                 Loxton Road
                              West of England. The pass is valid on all       Loxton Campus                               Weston-super-Mare           Yes
                                                                                                       (Weston College)
                              local First Group buses 24 hours a day
                              during term-times, and comes in either a
                                                                             South West Skills
                              five-day or seven-day option. It doesn’t                                    Locking Road      Weston Milton             Yes
                                                                                 Campus
                              have to be used solely for College-related
                              travel – there are no restrictions on what
                              kind of travel you can use it for!                Puxton Park                    A370            Worle                  Yes
                              Weston College Travel Pass
                              We have continued to expand the                  Construction
                                                                                                                  –               –                   Yes
                              number of direct coach services to the          Training Centre
                              College. Now there are direct routes from
                              Bridgwater, Nailsea, Clevedon, Portishead
                              and Blagdon, meaning that you can get to
                              College even faster and more efficiently
                              than using normal timetabled bus routes.
                              These routes provide one inward and
                                                                           DID YOU KNOW?                                         GREEN
                              outward journey per day.                     16 and 17-year-olds are
                                                                                                                                 TRAVEL
                                                                           able to purchase a new                                If you plan to cycle
                                                                           railcard. The 16-17 Saver will                        to College, you will
                                                                           entitle holders to a 50% discount                     be able to secure your bike using the cycle
                                                                           on season tickets and peak, off-                      racks which are available at all campuses. As
                                                                           peak and advance fares. More                          our sites are easily accessible by road, you
                                                                                                                                 shouldn’t have any problems if you choose to
                                                                           information can be found                              use your bike to get here.
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                                                                           at www.16-17saver.co.uk

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A LEVELS

                                                                                                                                                                               A LEVELS
                                                                                                                        WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY …

                                                                                                                            COLLEGE IS A TIME TO
                                                                                                                            ASPIRE AND DREAM
                                                                                                                        AND WHAT MAKES WESTON
                                                                                                                        COLLEGE DIFFERENT IS
                                                                                                                        THAT THEY HELP YOU
                                                                                                                        EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
     A Levels are perfect for students who              FACILITIES                                                      TO REACH THOSE DREAMS.”
     want to follow routes that include                 Based at Loxton Campus, Loxton Road, the Sixth
     undergraduate degree-level study, degree           Form is a bespoke building designed to feel more
     apprenticeships or a professional career.          like a university, preparing you for future study. The
                                                        facilities include:                                             ROSIE GRAHAM-HICKS
                                                        • Modern learning environment for 16 to 19-year-olds
     ARE A LEVELS FOR YOU?                              • Student common room and independent study areas              FORMER SCHOOL: Clevedon School
                                                        • Fast, free and secure WiFi connection
     •Y
       es - if you perform well in exams and                                                                           Rosie is set to study Human and Social Sciences
                                                        • Specialised software packages for individual subjects        at Cardiff University
      learn better in a classroom environment.
                                                        •A
                                                          well-resourced library including e-resources and
     •Y
       es – if you want the option of choosing a        laptop loan service
      variety of subjects (study three or in some       • Access to a large number of PCs and Macs
      cases, four subjects) before deciding             •S
                                                          ubject-specific classrooms, such as fully equipped              A LEVELS IN 60
      which one area of specialism you would             science labs                                                      SECONDS HEAR
      like to pursue at university or as a career.      • Access to sports facilities and a gym.                           OUR LECTURERS
     •Y
       es – if you’d like to benefit from a career                                                                        TALK ABOUT
      enhancing pathway too - meaning you                                                                                  THEIR SUBJECTS
      can study one of the pathways below,
      alongside your core programmes to
      support your learning, improve your CV
      and UCAS application. Choose from:
      •   Bio-medical
      •   Business enterprise
      •   Creative enterprise
      •   Debating and current affairs qualification
      •    Extended project qualification
      •    Sports performance
      •    Extra tuition

                                                                                                                   As a Weston College student you will become part of our
                                                                                                                   exciting new SIXTH FORM CAREER EXCELLENCE HUB.
          FIND OUT
                                                                                                                   Your study programme will have lots of career
          ABOUT THESE                                                                                              boosting benefits, all with the aim of giving you the
          PATHWAYS                                                                                                 opportunity to become career ready! This includes
          HERE                                                                                                     unrivalled exposure to employers, enhanced work
                                                                                                                   experience, employer visits and more ... Take a look
                                                                                                                   at page 10 to find out about all these benefits that will
                                                                                                                   come your way!
                                                                                                                   Our Sixth Form Career Excellence Hub endorsers are:
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A LEVELS
                                                                                                                LEVEL
                                                                                                                        CHEMISTRY                    Study the principles of chemistry and how it relates to real life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ANIMAL
                                                                                                                                                     Practical sessions include the synthesis of common compounds
                                                                                                                        A LEVEL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A LEVELS
                                                                                                                                                     such as aspirin. The programme is made up of the following
                                                                                                                 3                                   modules: foundations in chemistry; periodic table and energy;
                                                                                                                                                     core organic chemistry; physical chemistry; transition elements;
                                                                                                                        DURATION: 2 YEARS            organic chemistry; analysis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MANAGEMENT
                                                                                                                        START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022
                                                                                                                        LOCATION: LOXTON CAMPUS      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                     Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English) and grade 6 or
                                                                                                                                                     above in core and additional science and maths.

LEVEL
        ART                          Explore traditional and experimental artistic processes, techniques
                                     and skills including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and
                                                                                                                LEVEL
                                                                                                                        COMPUTER                     You will learn the technical aspects of computer science. This

        A LEVEL
                                                                                                                                                     programme has an emphasis on abstract thinking, general

 3
                                     3D, graphics, new media and creative software. You will visit local
                                                                                                                        SCIENCE                      problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, and

        DURATION: 2 YEARS
                                     and national galleries where you will investigate historical and
                                     contemporary artists, taking influence from their disciplines and styles    3      A LEVEL
                                                                                                                                                     scientific and engineering-based thinking. Studying mathematics
                                                                                                                                                     alongside this A Level is mandatory as it complements the subject
                                     to develop your individual responses for your personal project.                                                 matter and will allow you to progress.
        START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022
                                                                                                                        DURATION: 2 YEARS
        LOCATION: LOXTON CAMPUS      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                                                              ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                                        START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022
                                     Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English and maths) and grade 5
                                                                                                                        LOCATION: LOXTON CAMPUS      Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English) and grade 6 or
                                     or above in an art-based subject.                                                                               above in maths.

LEVEL
        BUSINESS                     Learn about: business; leadership; management; decision making;
                                     marketing; operations; finance; human resources in terms of small,
                                                                                                                LEVEL
                                                                                                                        CRIMINOLOGY                  Criminology includes elements of psychology, law and sociology.

        A LEVEL
                                                                                                                                                     Develop your knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice
                                     large, local or global businesses. You will also analyse the strategic
                                                                                                                        BTEC
 3
                                                                                                                                                     system and an awareness of the cause and effects of different

        DURATION: 2 YEARS
                                     position of a business, as well as learning how to choose strategic
                                     direction, pursue strategies, and manage strategic change.                  3                                   types of crime. You will also examine theories that explain the
                                                                                                                                                     behaviours and reasons why people commit crime.
                                                                                                                        DURATION: 2 YEARS
        START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                                 START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
        LOCATION: LOXTON CAMPUS                                                                                         LOCATION: LOXTON CAMPUS
                                     Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English and maths).                                                          Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English and maths).

LEVEL
        BIOLOGY                      Study the natural science of life and living organisms: foundations in
                                     biology; exchange and transport; biodiversity; evolution and disease;
                                                                                                                LEVEL
                                                                                                                        ECONOMICS                    Look at decisions made by organisations and the government,
                                                                                                                                                     and the impact they have on the economy. You will cover
        A LEVEL                      genetics and ecosystems.
                                                                                                                        A LEVEL                      exchange rates; unemployment; inflation; national debt; growth;
 3                                   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                                 3                                   worldwide markets; energy pricing policies. Economics is
                                                                                                                                                     perfectly matched with business studies for a career in a
        DURATION: 2 YEARS                                                                                               DURATION: 2 YEARS            business environment.
        START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022   Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English) and grade 6 or above                   START DATE: SEPTEMBER 2022
        LOCATION: LOXTON CAMPUS
                                     in core and additional science and maths.
                                                                                                                        LOCATION: LOXTON CAMPUS      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                     Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English), and grade 6 or
                                                                                                                                                     above in maths.

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