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RIVERSIDE COLLEGE HIGHER EDUCATION COURSE GUIDE

 WELCOME
 TO OUR
                          WELCOME
                          .......................................................................
 COURSE
 GUIDE                    Welcome to Riverside College’s course guide for pre university
                          and university level courses. As a student at Riverside College
                          you will benefit from a distinctive education experience which
                          provides outstanding results, inspiring teachers and high levels
                          of tutor contact and support.

                          You will be stretched and challenged academically, whilst
                          developing cutting-edge professional skills to ensure you stand
                          out when applying for employment or promotion.

                          Passionate teachers who are experts in their field are at the
                          heart of what makes our courses at Riverside College so
                          successful. Your teachers will work with our dedicated Higher
                          Education Pastoral Team to ensure you have every opportunity
                          to reach your potential.

                          We are extremely proud of the service we provide to our
                          community, and I look forward to making you welcome at the
                          college in September.

                          Mary Murphy, College Principal

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                             OPEN EVENT
                             Thursday 7th June 2018
                             4.30pm - 7.30pm
                             Kingsway Campus WA8 7QQ

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CONTENTS
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   Welcome                                                    02
   Quality and Partnerships                                   04
   Why Choose Riverside for your HE Course?                   05
   College Facilities                                         06
   Student Finance                                            08
   Student Support                                            09
   Student Success                                            10
   Higher Education Courses List                              12
   Higher Education Qualifications Explained                  13
   How to Apply                                               30

   Degree/HNC/HND Courses
   >   HNC in Engineering                                                                                    14
   >   Foundation Degree in Counselling                                                                      16
   >   Foundation Degree in Counselling Children and Young People*                                           17
   >   BSc (Hons) Counselling (top up)                                                                       18
   >   HND in Computing                                                                                      19
   >   Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care                                                           20
   >   BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top up)*                                                           21
   >   Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching and PE                                                            22
   >   BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development (top up)                                               23
   >   Foundation Degree in Education                                                                        24
   >   BA (Hons) Education (top up)*                                                                         25
   >   Certificate and Post Graduate Certificate Education                                                   26

   Higher Apprenticeships
   >   Business                                                                                              27
   >   Engineering                                                                                           27
   >   Care Leadership                                                                                       27

   Pre University Courses
   >   Access to Higher Education                                                                            28
   >   Award in Education and Training                                                                       28
   >   Counselling Certificate and Diploma                                                                   29

                                                                     *Subject to approval by Staffordshire University

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   QUALITY AND
   PARTNERSHIPS
   ...................................................................................................

           Quality Assured (QAA)
           The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
           (QAA) confirm the quality and standards of provision of
           Higher Education at Riverside College. Good practice was
           reported in relation to the effective integration of all student
           support services to enable students to develop their
           academic, personal and professional potential.

           In Partnership with Staffordshire University
           Riverside College is a franchised partner college of
           Staffordshire University. This means that you can study
           locally at Riverside College for a qualification that is
           awarded by Staffordshire University.

           In Partnership with Employers
           At Riverside College we appreciate the importance of
           offering qualifications that are relevant to the needs of
           employers. With this in mind, local employers have been
           involved in the design of our higher education courses.

           Shaping Futures
           Riverside College are part of Shaping Futures, a new
           outreach programme for the Liverpool City Region. Shaping
           Futures will deliver a programme of activities designed
           to raise aspirations and provide impartial HE information,
           advice and guidance to local 14-18 year old learners, to
           support them in fulfilling their educational potential.

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WHY STUDY YOUR
COURSE WITH US?
...................................................................................................
There are so many reasons to choose Riverside College for your course.
Here are the ones our pre university and higher education students say are
the most important:

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     • 99% Pass Rate in 2017
     • 13 First Class Honours on our Top Up Degrees (2017 Graduates)
     • In the top 10 nationally for student satisfaction 2016
     • Highly qualified specialist teachers
     • Small class sizes and unique individualised support
     • Excellent value for money
     • Course timetables designed to fit around your life
     • Town centre location with free parking
     • Apply direct to us for a personal approach to assessing your skills,
         qualifications and experience during the application process.

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   STATE OF THE ART
   FACILITIES
   ...................................................................................................

   In recent years we have invested over £20 million pounds in state of the
   art facilities and equipment at Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form.
   Higher Education students at both campuses have the opportunity to gain
   qualifications while acquiring new skills using the latest technologies and
   equipment on offer.

   Students also benefit from the wide range of study resources available
   in our modern Learning Centres including a space dedicated to Higher
   Education students. There are also a choice of places to eat, drink and
   relax including our Scholars Restaurant and Costa Coffee.

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NEW IDEA Centre
Opened 2017
...................................
The new IDEA Centre has added
an extra dimension to our leading
edge learning environment for
Higher Education students,
enabling them to experience
specialist science and digital
laboratories.

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   STUDENT FINANCE
   ...................................................................................................

   PRE-UNIVERSITY                                           Yearly salary:      Monthly repayment:

   COURSES                                                     £15,000                 Nothing
                                                               £16,000                 Nothing
   For information about fees, funding                         £21,000                 Nothing
   and loans relating to our Pre Higher                        £22,000                   £7
   Education courses please go to                              £30,000                  £67
   our website at                                              £40,000                  £142
   www.riversidecollege.ac.uk/fees                             £50,000                  £217

   HIGHER EDUCATION                                    For more up to date information please
                                                       check www.gov.uk/student-finance.
   COURSES
   Tuition fee loans make gaining a degree             Other Financial Support
   much more affordable than you may                   There are many other opportunities to
   think. Riverside College supports                   gain help with your finances. For further
   students to access quality, local higher            information on those listed below, please
   education in the most affordable way.               go to the Student Finance website,
                                                       www.gov.uk/student-finance.
   Student Loans
   Loans are available for all first time              Just a few of these are listed here:
   undergraduates, full and part time if               > Maintenance loans
   required. You won’t pay back any of                 > Disabled Students Allowance
   your course fees until you are earning              > Parents Learning Allowance /
   a minimum of £21,000 per year.                        Childcare Grant
   Repayments start at £7.00 per month                 > The Adults Dependants Grants
   depending how much you earn. The
   table demonstrates the amount you                   To find out what support you could be
   would be paying per month. For more                 eligible for, please call our Admissions
   information visit www.gov.uk.                       Team on 0151 257 2053.

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SUPPORTING YOU TO REACH
YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
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Above all, we want you to be happy                   and academically through one to one
here and to achieve your full academic               tutorials and additional activities such
potential. At Riverside College we have              as work experience, trips and guest
a dedicated Higher Education Pastoral                speakers.
Team who can help with everything
from applying for student finance, to                Our student services, pastoral support
supporting you to fit learning around                and study support teams are also
your other commitments.                              available to help you to overcome any
                                                     obstacles to your success.
When you start your course you will be
assigned a personal tutor who will guide
you through your course to support you
to develop personally, professionally

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   CELEBRATING
   STUDENT SUCCESS
   ...................................................................................................
    Student success and celebrating students achievements is extremely important to us.
    All of our higher education students have the opportunity to celebrate their
    achievements at the annual Riverside College Graduation Ceremony and every student
    who graduates on a course which is awarded by Staffordshire University will also be
    invited to graduate at Staffordshire University.

       Stuart Berry                                      Faye Gaskin
       .............................                     .............................
       HNC in Engineering                                Post Graduate
       Graduate                                          Certificate in
                                                         Education

       Stuart was awarded ‘Higher Education              Faye represented England at the Women’s
       Student of the Year 2017’                         Rugby World Cup 2017 in New Zealand

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        Tara Jones                                        Tom Rockwood
        .............................                     .............................
        BA Sports                                         Higher Engineering
        Coaching                                          Apprentice with
        and Sports                                        Sigmatex
        Development
        Graduate

        Tara represented her country playing and          Tom was named as the Compsites UK
        refereeing in Rugby. She was awarded              Apprentice of the Year 2017
        Referee of the Year Award 2014 and 2016
..............

                 Counselling students studying on the Foundation Degree and BSc have had an
                 extremely successful year hosting the World Health Innovation Summit 2017 and
                 organising various ‘Side Walk Talk’ events across the North West.

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   HIGHER EDUCATION
   COURSES
   ...................................................................................................

   The table below details the courses available. For more information on each
   of these courses please go to www.riverside.ac.uk/highereducation and
   click on the courses listed.

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     Level                       Course                         Duration    Days/Evenings Per Week

        4                  HNC in Engineering                   2 years     1 afternoon and evening

        5                  HND in Computing                     2 years               3 days

        5           Foundation Degree in Education*             2 years               ½ day

        5          Foundation Degree in Counselling*            3 years       1 day or 2 evenings

        5    Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care*       2 years              2 ½ days

        5    Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching and PE*        2 years              2 ½ days

        5    Foundation Degree in Counselling Children and      3 years       1 day or 2 evenings
                  Young People* (Subject to Approval)

        6     BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (top up)*        1 year               2 days
                          (Subject to Approval)

        6            BA (Hons) Education (top up)*               1 year          ½ day per week
                          (Subject to Approval)

        6         BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport             1 year              2 ½ days
                         Development (top up)*

        6           BSc (Hons) Counselling (top up)*             1 year                1 day

      5/7         Certificate in Education/Post Graduate        2 years         4 hours per week
                         Certificate in Education*

                                                                      * awarded by Staffordshire University

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HIGHER EDUCATION
QUALIFICATIONS EXPLAINED
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     Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Higher National Diplomas
     (HNDs) are more practical than a traditional degree which means that you
     will gain valuable skills for the workplace. By choosing the HNC/HND route to
     achieving your higher education qualification you can benefit from developing
     employability skills to prepare you for a new career or to help you to progress
     in your current work.

     A Foundation Degree is a Level 5 qualification - equivalent to the first two
     years of a degree level programme - that combines work based learning and
     academic study.  

     A Top-up Degree provides the opportunity to build on your HND or Foundation
     Degree and receive an Honours Degree by completing a final year of study.

     Teacher Education courses are available to study on a part-time route over 2
     years. The Certificate in Education and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education
     (PGCE) qualifications at Riverside College provide a thorough introduction to
     teaching within the Further Education and Skills Sector. You may also be able to
     undertake your teaching experience at Riverside College.

     Higher Apprenticeships allow you to develop your skills to the highest
     standard and achieve qualifications at Level 4 and above through a mix of on
     and off-the-job training.

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ENGINEERING
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HNC IN ENGINEERING

   Start Date:
   September 2018
   Duration: 2 years
   Days/Evenings per week:
   1 afternoon & evening

   Entry Requirements:
   • 64 UCAS points
   • Made up of a
     combination of the
     following:
   • Level 3 qualification in
     a relevant subject e.g.
     BTEC Extended Diploma
     in Engineering
   • You must also have:
     AS maths or level 3
     equivalent                        The course offers a specialist work related qualification
   • GCSE maths and English            that covers the key knowledge, understanding and
     C grade (or equivalent)           practical skills required in the Engineering Sector. It is
                                       considered to be one of the benchmark qualifications for
                                       the industry and provides the education and training for
                                       engineers and technicians who are either employed or
                                       are aspiring to work at a professional level in a variety of
                                       engineering roles.

                                       You will have access to our state of the art engineering
                                       facilities.

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      Careers
      Employers place a high value on individuals who possess a High National Certificate
      (HNC) and it can open up higher level jobs within the industry or lead directly to a pay
      rise or a promotion with your current employer. Completion of the course may also
      lead to a HND or degree programme in Engineering.

      The programme of study consists of mandatory units including:
      > Engineering Design
      > Engineering Maths
      > Engineering Science
      > Managing a Professional Engineering Project

      Additional units will be selected depending on your chosen pathway,
      including:
      > Mechanical Principles
      > Electrical and Electronic Principles
      > Mechatronics
      > Materials, Properties and Testing
      > Automation, Robotics and PLC
      > Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems
      > Maintenance Engineering
      > Mechanical Workshop Practices
      > Fluid Mechanics
      > Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM)
      > Quality and Process Improvements

      Pathways in Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering
      (above units availability subject to viable group numbers)

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COUNSELLING
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FOUNDATION DEGREE IN COUNSELLING (FdSc)

   Awarded by                          Counsellors and psychotherapists play a crucial role in
   Staffordshire University            improving the health and well-being of our society. They
                                       help people to talk about their feelings, think about their
   Start Date:                         choices or their behaviour, and make positive changes in
   September 2018                      their lives.
   Duration: 3 years
   Days/Evenings per week:             This course will provide in depth professional training
   1 day or 2 evenings                 in counselling skills and theory. You will also develop a
                                       sound understanding of professional, legal and ethical
   Entry Requirements:                 issues.
   • Level 3 Certificate in
     Counselling and GCSE              Work placement is an integral part of the Foundation
     English Language C or             Degree in Counselling. This focuses upon the
     above, (or equivalent).           development and application of a range of work based
   • Successful applicants will        competences and will prepare you to make the transition
     be required to undergo            from learner to counsellor. 100 supervised placement
     an enhanced DBS                   hours will be completed in years 2 and 3.
     check and provide two
     references (one from an           Successful completion of this course means that you
     academic source).                 will have achieved qualified practitioner status and will
                                       be eligible for employment as counsellors. Graduates
                                       may have the opportunity to complete a BSc (Hons)
                                       Counselling at Riverside College.

                                       Careers
                                       As a fully qualified practitioner, graduates will be equipped
                                       to gain employment as professional counsellors in this
                                       growing industry. Successful graduates may also wish to
                                       set up their own professional counselling practice.

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COUNSELLING CHILDREN
AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SUBJECT TO APPROVAL)
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FOUNDATION DEGREE IN COUNSELLING CHILDREN
AND YOUNG PEOPLE (FdSc)

  Awarded by                           The Foundation Degree in Counselling Children and
  Staffordshire University             Young People is an innovative programme that provides
                                       education and training for working therapeutically with
  Start Date:                          children and young people from early years to young
  September 2018                       adulthood using a variety of therapeutic approaches.
  Duration: 3 years
  Days/Evenings per week:              Counselling children requires practitioners to have
  1 day or 2 evenings                  an in-depth understanding of child and adolescent
                                       development theory, child psychiatry, safeguarding and
  Entry Requirements:                  child protection policies, legal and ethical issues as
  • Level 3 Certificate in             well as an excellent knowledge of theoretical models
    Counselling or a related           and theoretical interventions specific to this group. This
    qualification.                     qualification aims to develop skilled practitioners who are
  • Experience of working              ‘excellent in their practice’.
    in an environment with
    children for a minimum of          Successful completion of this course means that you
    one year.                          will have achieved qualified practitioner status and will
  • GCSE English Language              be eligible for employment as a counsellor working with
    C or above (or                     children and young people. Graduates may have the
    equivalent).                       opportunity to complete a BSc (Hons) Counselling at
  • An enhanced DBS check              Riverside College.
  • Two references (one from
    an academic source).               Careers
                                       Graduates of the Foundation Degree in Counselling in
                                       Children and Young People may find employment in a
                                       range of counselling fields such as schools, colleges,
                                       volunteer sector organisations and the NHS. Graduates
                                       may also set up their own private practice.

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COUNSELLING
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BSc (HONS) COUNSELLING (TOP-UP)

   Awarded by                          This course has been specifically designed for
   Staffordshire University            counsellors who are already qualified to Diploma or
                                       Foundation Degree level. It provides an opportunity for
   Start Date:                         you to deepen your knowledge of counselling theory and
   September 2018                      practice and to develop expertise in areas of specific
   Duration: 1 year                    interest.
   Days/Evenings per week:
   1 day                               To achieve the BSc (Hons) Counselling Degree you need
                                       to demonstrate a high level of academic competence.
   Entry Requirements:                 This will be achieved through written assignments and
   • A Counselling Diploma or          the completion of a research dissertation which explores
     Foundation Degree that            a topic of your choice. The assessment methods used
     consists of no less than          within the programme are the most appropriate way
     400 hours of training and         to assess your skills and enable you to meet learning
     a minimum of 100 hours            outcomes.
     of supervised counselling
     practice.                         Assessment methods are designed to develop
   • Two written references,           your transferable skills. Your ability to plan, judge,
     one from an academic              communicate issues/debates, solve problems logically
     source if possible.               and develop original solutions will be advanced.
   • A personal statement              Appraising critically the work of others and managing your
     and a GCSE grade C in             own learning are significant contributors to determining
     English (or equivalent)           your mark for a module.

                                       Careers
                                       As more people access professional support and advice
                                       for mental health issues, there continues to be a rise
                                       in demand for counselling and professionally qualified
                                       counsellors.

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COMPUTING AND IT
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HND IN COMPUTING

  Start Date:
  September 2018
  Duration: 2 years
  Days/Evenings per week:
  3 days per week

  Entry Requirements:
  • 64 UCAS points
  • Made up of a
    combination of the
    following:
  • Level 3 qualification in           There is an increasing demand for people to work in
    a relevant subject e.g.
                                       IT, software and computer services in the UK. It is fast
    BTEC Extended Diploma
                                       becoming one of the most dynamic sectors, with the UK
    in IT or Computing A
                                       Games Industry, one of the largest in Europe.
    Levels
  • You must also have
                                       Whether you are already working in IT or would like to gain
    Maths and English GCSE
                                       a higher level qualification to start your career, the HND
    at a minimum C Grade
                                       in Computing will allow you to gain leading edge skills
    (or equivalent)
  • Applicants with                    through a nationally recognised qualification awarded by
    professional experience            Pearson. You may be able to gain industry qualifications
    will also be considered            as well as your main course.
    on an individual basis.
                                       Careers
                                       This course will prepare students for employment in a
                                       range of occupations including: e-commerce, software
                                       development, IT project management, multimedia,
                                       website development, networking and many more.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
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FOUNDATION DEGREE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (FdSc)

   Awarded by
   Staffordshire University

   Start Date:
   September 2018
   Duration: 2 years
   Days/Evenings per week:
   2 ½ days

   Entry Requirements:
   • 64 UCAS points
   • Made up of a combination
     of the following:                 This course offers you the opportunity to develop core
   • Level 3 qualification in          transferable skills and knowledge relevant to health
     a relevant subject e.g.           care, social care and public health to enable you to gain
     BTEC Extended Diploma
                                       employment in an area of your choice.
     in Health and Social
     Care. A Levels in related         Employability skills are embedded throughout the award,
     subjects such as Health
                                       with a clear focus on how the modules you study and
     and Social Care, Biology
                                       any experiences you have gained can be applied to the
     and Social Science.
   • You must also have                workplace. You will be expected to undertake paid or
     English GCSE at a                 voluntary work experience in a related healthcare setting
     minimum C Grade (or               throughout the duration of the course.
     equivalent)
   • A letter from an employer         Careers
     or unpaid work experience         Students graduating from this course may be eligible
     provider to confirm that
                                       to progress onto a relevant top up degree. Students
     the applicant has access
                                       can also progress onto many different careers within
     to 70 hours of paid or
     unpaid work experience            the health and social care industry including working in
     in Year 1 and 70 hours in         research centres, public health, health promotions, NHS
     Year 2.                           support services, offender services and local authority
   • A current DBS.                    and education support.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE                                             (SUBJECT TO APPROVAL)
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BSc (HONS) HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (TOP-UP)

  Awarded by
  Staffordshire University

  Start Date:
  September 2018
  Duration: 1 year
  Days/Evenings per week:
  2 days

  Entry Requirements:
  • Successful completion of           This course has been designed to produce the
    the Foundation Degree in           professionals of the future, who can positively address the
    Health and Social Care at          challenges that health and social care presents.
    a Staffordshire University
    partner college or HND
                                       Meeting the health and social care needs of the
    in Health and Social Care
                                       population is one of the greatest challenges facing any
    enables you to progress
    directly onto the BSc              society. It extends to almost every facet of social life,
    (Hons) Health and Social           from the person who is unwell and seeking support for
    Care course.                       themselves, to political decisions about how to structure
  • You must also have                 national systems of healthcare delivery.
    English GCSE at a
    minimum of C grade (or             Throughout your studies you will be taught by friendly,
    equivalent)
                                       knowledgeable teachers who have been employed in
                                       either health or social care and are well equipped to help
                                       you relate your study topics to current policy and practice.

                                       Careers
                                       Students can progress into many different careers within
                                       the health and social care industry including working in
                                       research centres, public health, health promotions, NHS
                                       support services, offender services, local authority and the
                                       education sector.

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SPORT
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FOUNDATION DEGREE IN SPORT COACHING AND PE (FdSc)

   Awarded by
   Staffordshire University

   Start Date:
   September 2018
   Duration: 2 years
   Days/Evenings per week:
   2 ½ days per week

   Entry Requirements:
   • 64 UCAS points
   • Made up of a
                                       This course will provide in depth professional theory with
     combination of the
                                       the opportunity to progress to employment within the
     following:
                                       Sport, Leisure and Educational industry in a wide range of
   • Level 3 qualification in
     a relevant subject e.g.           roles. It aims to provide a stimulating learning environment
     BTEC Extended Diploma             where students will develop a sound understanding of
     in Sport or health related        professional, legal and ethical issues. Increasing self-
     studies                           awareness and personal development are also an integral
   • A Levels in related               part of the course.
     subjects such as PE or
     Biology                           As a sports student you will also have access to our
   • You must also have                state of the art Sport facilities in our new IDEA Centre at
     Maths and English GCSE            Cronton Campus and will work closely with our external
     at a minimum C grade              partners to make sure you develop the skills employers
     (or equivalent)                   want.
   • Applicants with industry/
     professional experience           Careers
     will also be considered
                                       You will have the opportunity to progress into a wide
     on an individual basis.
                                       range of sport related careers, most commonly teaching,
     All applicants will be
                                       coaching, fitness instruction and sports development.
     interviewed.

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SPORT
.........................................................................................................
BA (HONS) SPORT COACHING AND SPORT DEVELOPMENT (TOP-UP)

  Awarded by
  Staffordshire University

  Start Date:
  September 2018
  Duration: 1 year
  Days/Evenings per week:
  2 ½ days per week

  Entry Requirements:
  • A UK Higher National
    Diploma or relevant
    Foundation Degree within
    a sport related discipline.
  • Maths and English                  The aim of this course is to top up your Foundation
    GCSE at Grade C (or                Degree or HND Sport to a BA (Hons) and maximise
    equivalent)                        your employability. It will prepare you for employment
                                       in a range of careers including PE teaching, sports
                                       development and sports coaching.

                                       You will benefit from a distinctive educational experience
                                       where you will have access to fitness suites containing
                                       state of the art equipment and facilities.

                                       Passionate teachers who are expert in their field are at the
                                       heart of what makes this course so successful.

                                       Careers
                                       You will have the opportunity to progress into a wide
                                       range of sport related careers, most commonly teaching
                                       coaching, fitness instruction and sports development.

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EDUCATION
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FOUNDATION DEGREE IN EDUCATION (FdA)

   Awarded by
   Staffordshire University

   Start Date:
   September 2018
   Duration: 2 years
   Days/Evenings per week:
   ½ day per week

   Entry Requirements:
   • A minimum of three
     GCSEs (or equivalent)
     at grade C or above,
     including English
                                       This course provides an excellent opportunity for teaching
     Language and a
     minimum of an A level             assistants, learning support workers and teaching
     (grade C) or Level 3              and learning mentors to build on your knowledge and
     equivalent.                       experience of working in education.
   • Applicants must be
     employed for at least             It will enhance your understanding of your current
     four hours per week in an         professional role and support career progression and
     appropriate educational           professional development. The course is specifically
     role and setting. This            designed for people who wish to combine work and
     employment may be paid            study. In addition to this, the course provides a route
     or voluntary.                     towards obtaining a degree and further professional
   • A letter from the                 qualifications.
     applicant’s head
     teacher/principal/head            Careers
     of department/manager             On successful completion of the Foundation Degree in
     must accompany any                Education, you may be eligible to progress onto a BA
     application.
                                       (Hons) Education (Top Up), a one year top up degree that
   • A current DBS.
                                       may provide a route into a Primary PGCE qualification and
                                       teaching.

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EDUCATION
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BA (HONS) EDUCATION (TOP-UP) (SUBJECT TO APPROVAL)

  Awarded by                                      The BA (Hons) Education award aims to
  Staffordshire University                        develop reflective practitioners able to take
                                                  responsibility for their own learning.
  Start Date:
  September 2018
  Duration: 1 year                                This course offers a holistic approach to
  Days/Evenings per week:                         education and learning, relating appropriate
  ½ day per week                                  theory to practice; a key feature of the course
                                                  is a progressive understanding of you as a
  Entry Requirements:                             learner and as a learning practitioner. The
  • Successful completion of the                  course has been designed to meet the needs
    Foundation Degree in Education/               of anyone looking to work with people in any
    Early Childhood Studies at a                  professional context that involves learning.
    Staffordshire University partner              This includes anyone considering working
    college enables you to progress
                                                  in educational settings such as: schools,
    directly onto the BA (Hons)
                                                  colleges, academies, museums and art
    Education.
                                                  galleries, youth services, and education
  • Alternatively, completion of
    an equivalent education/early                 departments within organisations.
    years based Foundation degree
                                                  Careers
    from another provider will be
    considered on a case by case                  This degree in Education offers access to a
    basis.                                        wide variety of career and academic options.
  • You must also have English GCSE               You may progress to employment within
    at a minimum of C grade (or                   family and children centres, care support,
    equivalent)                                   educational administration and management,
  • You must be employed for at                   play work, learning support and many other
    least four hours per week in an               educational contexts. Alternatively, you may
    appropriate educational role and              enter primary teacher training through PGCE
    setting. This employment may be               Primary, Schools Direct, Schools Direct
    paid or voluntary.
                                                  (salaried) and SCITT routes.
  • All applicants will be interviewed
    for a place on this programme.

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TEACHER EDUCATION
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CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (PCET) - LEVEL 5
POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (PCET) - LEVEL 7

   Awarded by                          This course will provide a generic route for those wishing
   Staffordshire University            to follow a teaching career in the Further Education and
                                       Skills Sector, for example further education colleges, sixth
   Start Date:
                                       form colleges, work based learning, adult and community
   September 2018
                                       learning, the Police, Prison and Fire Services, the National
   Duration: 2 year
   Days/Evenings per week:             Health Service and also across the many private sector
   4 hours per week                    training companies.

   Entry Requirements:                 In addition, there are now teaching opportunities in some
   • (Cert Ed pathway)                 schools and academies for post-compulsory teachers,
     A Level 3 qualification in        particular for teachers who can offer a vocational subject.
     the subject/skill area you
     wish to teach.                    You will study with trainee teachers from a variety
   • (PGCE pathway)                    of educational settings. Paid or voluntary teaching
     As above PLUS                     experience is a key feature of the course. You may also
     normally a 2:1                    be able to undertake your teaching experience at the
     classification degree             College.

   In addition for both                Careers
   awards:
                                       Upon completion, successful teachers can undertake
   • GCSE Grade C in English
                                       a period of professional formation leading to the
     Language (or equivalent)
                                       achievement of Qualified Teaching and Learning Status
   • A current DBS.
                                       (QTLS).
   • 100 hours teaching
     practice and access to a
                                       If you have completed the Certificate in Education you
     subject specific mentor.
                                       may be eligible to progress onto a degree level course in
                                       Education.

                                       If you have completed your PGCE you may be eligible to
                                       progress on to a Master Degree in Education.

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HIGHER APPRENTICESHIPS
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Higher Apprenticeships are an exciting              How does it work?
opportunity to develop your skills,                 As a Higher Apprentice you will be
knowledge and qualifications to the                 assigned a tutor/assessor who will visit
highest level whilst continuing to earn a           you in your workplace regularly to support
salary and progress your career.                    you to complete any project work and
                                                    assess the development or work place
This alternative route to gaining                   competencies.
nationally recognised higher education
qualifications works through a mix of               Alongside this you will attend some
on and off-the-job training. To take on a           group training sessions - the frequency
Higher Apprenticeship you need to be                of this varies depending upon the Higher
working either in a role with supervisory/          Apprenticeship you are studying.
management responsibilities or a higher
level technical specialist role.                    For more detailed information, please
                                                    contact our dedicated Apprenticeships
At Riverside College we offer Higher                Team on 0151 257 2828 or by emailing
Apprenticeships in:                                 enterprise@riverside.ac.uk.
> Business
> Care Leadership
> Engineering

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   PRE UNIVERSITY COURSES
   ...................................................................................................

   If you do not have the qualifications or            Our access pathways can progress you
   experience required, or are not quite               on to many careers, such as:
   ready to study on a higher education
   programme, we have a wide range of                  > Social Work - including Youth Work
   courses designed to prepare you for                 > Forensic Psychology and
   higher education courses with us or at                Forensic Science
   university.                                         > Working for the Criminal
                                                         Justice System
   Full details of our courses can be found            > Nursing - Adult, Children’s and
   on our website www.riverside.ac.uk or                 Mental Health
   by calling our Adult Admissions Team on             > Midwifery
   0151 257 2053. If you are unsure if you             > Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy,
   have the entry requirements for any of                Paramedics
   our courses, please enquire and we will             > Primary and Secondary Teaching
   advise you of the best route for you.               > Engineering
                                                       > Museum Curator
   Level 2 Preparation for Access                      > Business and Marketing
   This is a one year programme designed               > Accounting and Finance
   for anyone who needs to build up their              > Animal Management
   English, maths and/or science GCSE                  > Biological Science
   profile in order to gain entry on to their
   chosen Access pathway. You will also be             Award in Education and Training
   prepared for university study through our           The Award in Education and Training is
   study skills programme.                             a 12 credit qualification delivered at level
                                                       3 and is a first step towards official full
   Access to Higher Education Level 3                  teacher practitioner status.
   The Access to Higher Education
   (HE) Diploma is a one year level 3
   qualification which prepares you to study
   at university level.

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It is a 12 week programme which covers       The Level 2 Certificate in Counselling
the basics of teaching in continuing and     is a 15 week part time course, and the
adult education including how to plan        Level 3 Diploma in Counselling is a one
sessions, motivate learners and use a        year part time course. After successful
variety of assessment methods. After this    completion of the Level 3 Diploma in
programme may be eligible to progress        Counselling students can progress on to
on to the Certificate or Post Graduate       the Foundation Degree in Counselling.
Certificate in Education.
                                             Find out more and apply for these
Level 2 and 3 Counselling Courses            courses:
Start your new career in counselling with    To find out more on all of these courses,
our full range of qualifications which can   please go to www.riverside.ac.uk.
take you from level 2 right up to a full     There you will find full details of entry
BSc Honours Degree. The counselling          requirements, dates, times, fees and a full
industry is growing rapidly and qualified    course information leaflet.
counsellors are highly sought after.
Riverside students have excellent            To apply simply fill in the Higher Education
progression to employment and many           Application form online. If you are unsure
have set up their own successful             if you meet the entry requirements, fill
practices.                                   out the form and one of our advisors will
                                             contact you.

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   HOW TO APPLY
   ...................................................................................................

            You can apply online via the website,      our website at www.riverside.ac.uk
            www.riverside.ac.uk, or call               or call our admissions team on 0151
            0151 257 2053 and we will send             257 2053
            you an application form.
                                                       You can also come along to our
            Most of the courses featured in this       Open Events to speak to tutors and
            guide will require an admissions           ask any questions:
            interview. We will contact you with
            a date for your interview where we         Wednesday 7th March 5pm - 7pm
            will be able to answer all of your         Thursday 7th June 5pm - 7pm
            questions and make sure the course
            is right for you. We will also discuss     We make every effort to ensure the
            any finical or other support available     information in this guide is correct at
            to you.                                    the time of publication. However, we
                                                       reserve the right to make changes
            For more information on anything           to our course offering for operational
            featured in this guide please go to        reasons.

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HOW TO FIND US
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Riverside College, Kingsway Campus                   Cronton College
Our Kingsway Campus is situated close                The college is situated on the A5080
to Widnes Town Centre near Victoria                  Cronton Lane between the village of
Square.
     kingsway                                        Cronton and Farnworth.

Kingsway Campus                                      Cronton Campus
Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7QQ                             Cronton Lane, Widnes,
                                                     Cheshire WA8 5WA

> Free parking and excellent rail and bus services for both sites.

OPEN EVENT
Thursday 7th June 2018
4.30pm - 7.30pm

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