FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...

 
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
FULL-TIME
COURSE &
APPRENTICESHIP
GUIDE
2020/21

RATED “A GOOD PROVIDER
WITH OUTSTANDING FEATURES"
OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

                                                                Contents

                                                          04    Welcome

                                                          06    Visit Us

                                                          08    Our Campuses

                                                          10    Our Facilities
Lucy Cooper
Business alumni and trainee pilot                         12    Travelling to College

                                                          14    Competition Success

"I experience such a sense of freedom                     18    Industry Placements
when I take to the air; any stress I might                20    Student Support
be feeling always melts away. From a
career perspective, I knew that I would                   22    Student Experience
only be able to devote 40 hours a week
to something I really enjoyed so I am                     26    Higher Education
determined to do everything I can to
secure a career in aviation."                             28    Apprenticeships

"Having registered 45 hours of flying including her       30    Study Levels Explained
first solo cross-country route, Lucy achieved her
Private Pilot’s Licence and is now planning to fly        32    Courses
further afield in her mission to log the hours required
for a commercial licence. Plans include a long trip       106   How to apply
via Le Touquet in France, Spain, Majorca to Greece,
and home via Amsterdam."

"My college studies are important to me because
airlines like to see evidence that candidates have
the application and dedication to achieve well in
academic studies. Pilots have to overcome a number
of challenges as they work towards achieving their
licence and I need to demonstrate that I have got
what it takes."

2                                                                                                               3
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

                                                                 Every year over 90 per cent of our students
    Ofsted Report 2019                                           leave us to progress on to higher education or
                                                                 into employment. Ofsted rate us as ‘Good’ and
                                                                 we are proud of our very high levels of student
                                                                 success both in their qualifications and in many
    North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire                  other areas. This includes the exceptional
    College has been judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted                  success of our students in skills competitions.
    with the behaviour and attitudes of its                      All our students are encouraged to develop their skills
    students rated as ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors.               through participating in competitions including at national
                                                                 and international levels. Last year, the success of students
    Ofsted’s report said that:                                   included Best College and seven gold medals in the Welsh
    • All college provision including programmes for young       International Culinary Championship, and five gold medals
      people, adults, apprenticeships and students with          for digital film production and catering as part of the famous
      special educational needs and disabilities is good.        WorldSkills UK national finals.

    • Students and apprentices display ‘exemplary’ behaviour     Last year the College opened its newest campus, the MIRA
      and attitudes and are highly respectful and polite.        Technology Institute located on the MIRA Technology Park.
                                                                 This highly progressive Institute was developed in partnership
    • The college offers a ‘enjoyable and highly-inclusive
                                                                 with HORIBA MIRA and three local universities (Leicester,
      learning environment’.
                                                                 Loughborough and Coventry). Students in this part of our
    • A high proportion of students move into further learning   college are studying to be the automotive engineers of
      and employment after they have successfully completed      the future, gaining skills for working with exciting new
      their qualifications.                                      technologies such as electric vehicles and driverless cars.
    • Support for the most vulnerable students is ‘embedded
                                                                 At the heart of our college community sits a set of values:
      within the fabric of college life’.
                                                                 respect, honesty and kindness shape and guide the way
    • The college benefits from strong leadership with           in which we behave. The generosity, care and compassion
      managers implementing ‘a clear strategy that has           of our staff and students is reflected in our support for
      resulted in sustained improvements’.                       many charities as well as in the work we do within our
    • Experienced teachers plan well-structured, logically       local communities.
      ordered activities to help students deepen and reinforce   Whatever your starting point, we will do our very best to
      their knowledge and to extend their skills.                make sure you have the knowledge, skills and support you
                                                                 need to progress well in your studies and to move confidently
                                                                 on to either higher education, apprenticeships or into
                                                                 successful careers.

                                                                 I look forward to seeing you soon.

                                                                 Marion Plant OBE FCGI
                                                                 Principal and Chief Executive Officer

4                                                                                                                                 5
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Visit Us

Our Super Saturdays and Open Evenings are a
fantastic way to come and see college facilities,
speak to our amazing tutors, take part in 'have a go'
sessions and meet some of our fantastic students.
You can also find out more about the additional support we
offer at the College, to make your time with us as stress-free as
possible. Courses at our MIRA Technology Institute are all featured
at Nuneaton Campus Open Evenings.

Visit our website nwslc.ac.uk for times and to reserve a place.

    NUNEATON                                 HINCKLEY
    12 October 2019                          5 October 2019
    3 December 2019                          26 November 2019
    1 February 2020                          8 February 2020
    17 March 2020                            25 April 2020
    2 May 2020                               9 June 2020
    18 June 2020

    WIGSTON                                  HARROWBROOK
    5 October 2019                           12 October 2019
    28 November 2019                         1 February 2020
    8 February 2020                          18 June 2020
    9 March 2020
    25 April 2020
    9 June 2020

6                                                                                             7
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Our Campuses                                                                                                                        HINCKLEY
                                                                                                                                    Lower Bond Street LE10 1QU
                                                                                                                                    Our exciting Hinckley Campus has been purposely
                                                                                                                                    built for our Creative Arts subjects, so you can
We offer a wide range of courses                                                                                                    enjoy the space you need to reflect and practice
across all our five campuses.                                                                                                       your skills. Our facilities are the very best in the
                                                                                                                                    local area, featuring high-spec industry-standard
                                                                                                                                    equipment and technology, including kilns,
                                                                                                                                    pottery studios, film and gaming workspaces,
                                                                                                                                    a full photography studio and a 200 seat theatre.

    NUNEATON
    Hinckley Road CV11 6BH
    Nuneaton is our largest campus and home to a wide
    range of vocational courses and offers a great range
    of services that are open to the local community as
    well as students. These include The Salons, Sports
    and Fitness Centre, WiseOwls Nursery, Budding                                              HARROWBROOK
    Florists and Glebegate Restaurant.                                                         Nuffield Road LE10 3DT
                                                                                               Home to our construction, trades and logistics
                                                                                               courses and located in Harrowbrook Industrial
                                                                                               Estate, our Harrowbrook Campus simulates a
                                                                                               real-life construction and logistics workplace.

                                       WIGSTON
                                       Blaby Road LE18 4PH
                                       Home to a wide range of vocational courses
                                       and specialist spa centre, our Wigston Campus
                                       (formerly known as South Leicestershire College),                                        MIRA TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
                                       is a state-of-the-art £43 million facility with a                                        Eastern Avenue CV10 0UX
                                       purpose-built engineering and construction
                                       department and numerous other resources such                                             Home to our specialist automotive courses,
                                       as a gym, library and nursery, just to mention a few.                                    MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is a 24,500 sq.
                                                                                                                                ft. bespoke global skills centre on the grounds
                                                                                                                                of MIRA Technology Park. Created to satisfy an
                                                                                                                                ever-increasing demand for specialist skills in the
                                                                                                                                automotive sector, it is equipped with cutting edge
                                                                                                                                technology and equipment including 3D printers,
                                                                                                                                engine blocks and two fully equipped garage spaces.

8                                                                                                                                                                                          9
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Our Facilities

Relax                                                             Glebegate Restaurant
All our campuses have a student centre or break area. Here        Our Nuneaton Campus is home to the Catering
you can rest and relax in between lessons, play a game of         Academy, who run Glebegate Restaurant.
pool or have a game on one of our consoles. This is where         The restaurant is open to the public and serves
you can find the student enrichment teams, who can tell           amazing food, cooked by our talented students,
you all about the clubs, events and trips run at the College.     under the watchful eye of our award winning Chefs.

Our Nuneaton Campus is home to a sports and fitness centre,       facebook.com/glebegate.restaurant
featuring a range of equipment, fitness class timetable, a spin
studio and a one-to-one personal training service. There is
also a gym at the Wigston campus.
                                                                  Hair & Beauty Salons
                                                                  At Nuneaton and Wigston we have both Hair and Beauty
                                                                  Salons that are open to students and the general public.
Refresh                                                           Wigston also has a spa centre, with a steam room,
You can grab a bite to eat at every campus, plus there            sauna and floatation tank. Our students run the salons
are coffee shops like Costa and Starbucks at the bigger           and they are supervised by our fully–qualified and highly
sites. We offer a wide variety of freshly cooked food,            experienced staff.
sandwiches, salads and snacks.

                                                                  Budding Florists
Resources                                                         Our florist is based at Nuneaton and is a great place
The College has libraries at the Nuneaton, Hinckley and           to buy beautiful flowers and bouquets made by our
Wigston campuses that provide a wealth of information,            students. They can also take advance orders.
including thousands of e-books and e-resources, ClickView
video streaming, study skills guides, plus much more.

                                                                  WiseOwls Nursey
                                                                  We have two onsite nurseries at Nuneaton and
                                                                  Wigston, both are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. If you
                                                                  are a student they may be able to help support
                                                                  with your childcare requirements.

10                                                                                                                            11
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Travelling to College

Travelling by bus?                               Travelling by train?
You will be eligible for a bus pass if you are   Our Nuneaton, Hinckley and Wigston
on a full-time course and live more than two     Campuses are within easy walking distance
miles from the campus you are studying at.       of train stations, and railcards are available
                                                 to help you save a third off rail fares.
Nuneaton, Hinckley
and Harrowbrook Campuses
You can purchase a Stagecoach termly
bus pass for the number of days you are
timetabled to attend college. Arriva and
                                                 Travelling by car?
Roberts offer an annual pass.                    You will be required to pay £1 per
                                                 day for parking at all college campuses.
Wigston Campus                                   A 30-minute drop off window per day
                                                 is available at no charge.
We have two contract buses in place
covering Market Harborough and Husbands          Access to the Nuneaton and Wigston
Bosworth. The cost of the College bus pass       sites are through barriers on entry.
will be £360*. To apply for a pass please see
a member of the Student Support Team.            To park at Hinckley and Harrowbrook you
                                                 will need the appropriate permit, which
                                                 can be obtained from reception. Please
Arriva Bus Pass
                                                 note space is limited at some campuses.
You can purchase the Arriva academic year
Leicester Zone bus pass covering Central
and South Leicestershire. The cost of the
Arriva bus pass will be £400*.
                                                 Travelling by bike?
Leicestershire County Council Travel Pass        Our campuses have bike shelters and bike
You can apply directly to Leicestershire         locks are available to purchase from certain
County Council for a subsidised travel           reception desks.
pass by visiting:

leics.gov.uk/school_college_transport            Need financial help with travel?
                                                 To apply for any college bus pass through
                                                 the Student Bursary Fund or help with the
                                                 cost of petrol or train fares, please apply
                                                 for the college bursary through the
                                                 following portal:
*Subject to change
                                                 nwslc.paymystudent.com/portal

12                                                                                                                       13
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Competition Success

Competitions give you the chance to
excel and add great experience to your
CV, enhancing your career opportunities.

                                                                          nov
                                                                                                                                 Welsh International
Academic year 2018/2019                                                                                                   feb    Culinary
                                                                          Celebration                                            Championships
                                                                          of Achievement
     nov                                                                  An annual night of celebration for North
                                                                                                                                 Students from the College’s Hospitality
                                                                                                                                 and Catering Department took part in the
                                                                                                                                 Welsh International Culinary Championships.
                                                                          Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College!
                                                                                                                                 The NWSLC team came back with a total
     WorldSkills UK               NATIONAL SKILLS COMPETITIONS:           The event brings together students, staff and
                                                                          their families and friends together under one
                                                                                                                                 of 56 awards including:
                              5   Gold Medals
     LIVE 2018                                                            roof to celebrate their amazing successes and
                                                                                                                            9    Best in Class Plates
                                  – Culinary Arts                         achievements from the academic year.
     FINALISTS                     Chloe Lloyd-Hughes                                                                      7
                                                                         16–18 Student of the Year                              Gold Medals
     INCLUSIVE SKILLS             – Digital Video Production              Kacey Barker                                      14   Silver Medals
     COMPETITIONS:                  Sam Ebdon, Oliver Hargreaves,
                                    Niamh Preston and William Smith      Adult Learner of the Year                         13   Bronze Medals
 2   Silver Medals                                                        Carly Hathway
                              1   Silver Medals                                                                             6    Certificates of Merit
     – Media                                                             Higher Education Star Student
       Molly Boughey              – Customer Service                      Jac Thompson                                      5    Hygiene Awards
       James Coates                 Abdirahman Ibrahim
                                                                         Bright Star Award                                     Visit Wales – The Year of
 1   Bronze Medal             1   Bronze Medals                           Tuze Duzen
                                                                                                                                 Discovery Challenge Winners
     – Woodworking                – Customer Service                     Principal’s Prize Student of the Year
       James Deacon                 Tia Rowe                              Kacey Barker                                          Best College 2019
                                                                                                                                 This is the fifth time the College
                                                                                                                                 has won this award in six years.

DRIVE | SUCCESS | AMBITION

14                                                                                                                                                                          15
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

     april
     Ragdale Hall         may Beauty UK
     Spa Student                   Bridal: Natural Fresh Brides
     of Excellence                 around the World
     Competition                  2nd Place – Make-up Hollie Darlington
    Winner                       2nd Place – Hair Mia Harper
     Emily Adlam                  3rd Place – Hair Hollie Darlington
    3rd place                                                                 may
     Rosie Ann Wright              High Fashion: Dior 1920s or 1950s
                                  2nd Place – Make-up Mia Harper
                                                                               Johnstone’s Trade
     British Culinary              Prosthetic Fantasy: X-Men
                                                                               Young Painter
     Federation                   2nd Place Lillian Neil
                                                                               of the Year
     Cook and Serve                Airbrush/Body Art:
                                   Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel             1st Place Annabel Bethell
     Competition

                          1
                                  3rd Place Natalie Page                     3rd Place Corban George
    Winning Team
     Nadine Joshua
     Chloe Lloyd-Hughes   ST
     Matthew Batho
    Best Kitchen Team

16                                                                                                                                17
FULL-TIME COURSE & APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE - 2020/21 OFSTED SEPTEMBER 2019 - North Warwickshire ...
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Industry
Placements

                                                                "
Preparing you for the world of work.                                I was really
Every student on a full-time course at the
College will take part in Industry Placements.                      impressed with the
These are an ideal way to enhance your                              student’s input
CV and help you to develop the skills that
employers and industry are looking for.
                                                                    and the way he was
                                                                    not afraid to put
What are Industry Placements?                                       new creative ideas
Experience of work in the industry of your choice,
in a role that you want to do when you finish your course.          forward, and put
• Extended placements across your study programme                   his own mark on
• Timetabled around your existing lessons                           projects he was
• Regular visits from College staff to monitor your progress
                                                                    working on.
The benefits
• Build your confidence and potentially secure a job
  or Apprenticeship
• Give you a head start in deciding your future career
                                                                                "
                                                                    EMPLOYER FEEDBACK    I really enjoyed
                                                                                         "
                                                                                         the placement,
                                                                                         including designing
  path and an insight into your chosen industry
• Develop your employability skills including communication,
                                                                                         a storyboard to
  team work and problem solving skills                                                   be used in the
• Build a network of contacts within your chosen industry
                                                                                         live app.
If you are eligible to receive financial support for expenses
you will continue to receive this. If you do not already
receive financial support but are concerned about the
                                                                                                  "
                                                                                         STUDENT FEEDBACK

costs with getting to a placement then please talk to us,
we may be able to help!

Speak to a member of our team to find out more:
ip@nwslc.ac.uk

18                                                                                                                    19
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

                                                                                             Over 19                                       Free Meals
Student                                                                                      If you are aged 19 or over, you may be
                                                                                             able to access an Advanced Learner Loan.
                                                                                                                                           If you meet the required criteria you may
                                                                                                                                           be eligible for a free meal on the days you

Support                                                                                      You won’t have to pay anything back until
                                                                                             you’re earning over £25,000 a year. If you
                                                                                             are studying an Access course and go onto
                                                                                                                                           attend college.

                                                                                                                                           Childcare Support
                                                                                             complete a university degree, the loan will   Students aged under 20 can claim
                                                                                             be written off.                               childcare funding through the Care to
                                                                                                                                           Learn scheme. This is only paid for the days
We have a number of services                Keeping you safe                                 Bursaries                                     and hours that you actually attend your
available to help you reach your            It’s important that you feel safe when you       We have a bursary fund that students can      college course or placement.
full potential whilst at college.           are at college. The Safeguarding Team is         apply for which supports additional costs
                                            located at every campus and is available at      that are associated with some courses,
All students can visit the English and      all times if you are worried about anyone        such as kit and uniforms, childcare, and
Maths Hub to get help with coursework       or anything. Our youth workers are always        essential college trips.
and assignment planning. We also have       available for a chat if you have any worries.
services in place to help students who      All staff, students and visitors are expected
need extra support to achieve their         to wear ID badges to help keep you safe.
goals, including behavioural, emotional
or physical support. Our team of progress   Guidance                                              Concerned about
coaches help you to keep on track
with your course.
                                            We have a team of dedicated career
                                            experts that will make sure you are on
                                                                                                  the cost of study?
                                            track to pursue a career you are passionate           There is plenty of
                                            about. If you are unsure which path to
                                            take, the guidance team can provide free,             financial support
                                            impartial advice on careers and applying
                                            for jobs.                                             available to make
                                            Finance Support
                                                                                                  sure you can
                                            Concerned about the cost of study?                    study worry free.
                                            There is plenty of financial support
                                            available to make sure you can study
                                            worry free.

                                            If you are aged 16–18 on a full-time course,
                                            there are no course or examination fees.
                                            Financial support may be available for
                                            students aged 19+:
English and maths
As part of your full-time course or         • If you are claiming benefits and studying
Apprenticeship, you will continue to          a Level 1 or 2 qualification
build on your English and maths skills.     • or earning less than £16,009.50
Depending on your grades, you will
                                            • or enrolling on to a full Level 3
study either a GCSE in English and/or
                                              qualification age 19–23 years at the
a GCSE in maths or Functional Skills in
                                              start of the course and do not already
either subject.
                                              hold a full Level 3 or higher qualification.

20                                                                                                                                                                                   21
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

                                                         Sports Clubs
     Student                                             Our competitive sports teams play every
                                                         Wednesday afternoon. We have teams

     Experience                                          in Women’s Netball, Men’s Football and
                                                         Men’s Basketball.

                                                         Student Centre
     Whilst studying hard at college it is essential     The Student Centre is a great place to
     that you also have fun along the way. Our           socialise with friends. Each campus has
                                                         a dedicated student area where you
     Student Experience Team is available to             can watch TV, play computer games,
     help you make the most of your college              listen to music or play pool.
     experience. You can get involved in clubs
                                                         • Breakfast club is open every morning
     and activities including:                             between 8.30am – 9.30am. Not only can
                                                           you have a nutritious meal but it’s an   Students’ Union
     • Video Games Club       • Driving Theory Classes
                                                           excellent opportunity for you to share   The Students’ Union will represent your
     • Cooking Club           • Boxing Club                any concerns with our youth workers.     views and organise a great range of
     • Pool League            • Student Magazine         • Sexual Health                            events throughout the year. We also
                                                                                                    have a Student Parliament, a group of
     • Football 4 All                                    • Student Voice                            elected students who meet with the
                                                                                                    college Principal three times a year
                                                                                                    to represent their peers.
                                                         Trips and opportunities
                                                         Throughout the year the Student
                                                         Experience Team organises a wide range     Freshers’ Fair
                                                         of trips, parties, events and enrichment   We hold an annual Freshers’ Fair to
                                                         sessions for you to enjoy including:       welcome you to the College. These events
                                                         • Big 4 Theme Parks Challenge              include a gladiator duel, total wipe-out
                                                                                                    inflatable course, a photo booth, free
                                                         • Musical trips to the West End            giveaways, competitions and much more.
                                                         • Harry Potter Studio Tours
                                                         • Trampoline Parks
                                                         • Comic Con                                Totem Card – NUS
                                                         • Go-Karting and Paintballing              Don’t forget to sign up for your Totem
                                                                                                    card when you start – you will receive a
                                                         • End of Year & Christmas Parties
                                                                                                    bundle of discounts from a range of big
                                                                                                    retailers and restaurants. You can get
                                                                                                    discounts on Eating Out, Beauty & Fashion,
                                                                                                    Health & Fitness and Entertainment.

22                                                                                                                                            23
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

The Chaplaincy

The College is home to a diverse and lively
community, filled with people from varying
backgrounds and world views. The role of the
Chaplaincy is to care for staff and students.
We offer a confidential, non-judgemental
listening ear and support. You don’t have
to be religious; we are here for everyone
regardless of faith or belief.

Our Services
Throughout the year we seek to recognise many of the
major religious and cultural festivals. We often do this in
the main social areas and all our activities are designed
to be fun and open to everyone.

We also provide:
• Enrichment activities
• Religious services                                          We are especially
• Tutorials
• Pastoral care
                                                              here to help
• Charity work                                                anyone who has
• Responses to tragedy                                        experienced any
We also have prayer rooms on every campus which can
be used by anyone. They are available as a quiet space
                                                              difficulty, trauma,
for reflection and they are equipped with resources for       bereavement
prayer, worship and ritual washing.
                                                              or loss.
Want to know more about our support?

Email: chaplaincy@nwslc.ac.uk

24                                                                                                        25
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Did you know the College also offers a wide range of
higher education courses for students to progress on to.
With lower fees than mainstream universities, smaller class
sizes and lots of tutor support, carrying on studying at the
College’s Higher Education campus at Hinckley is a great
way to move up to degree level study.

Types of courses:               Courses available:               Want to know more about
• Access to Higher Education    • Business                       Higher Education? Book on to
• HNCs and HNDs                 • Computing                      our HE Open Day in November.
• Foundation and full degrees   • Creative Arts & Media
                                                                 Book your place
• Professional Courses          • Engineering

 – Counselling                  • Health & Life Sciences         nwslc.ac.uk/openevents
 – AAT                          • Public Services and Policing

 – CIPD                         • Sport

 – CIM                          • Teaching in the
                                  Lifelong Learning Sector

26                                                                                                                    27
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Apprenticeships                                                                                                                   Annabel Bethell
                                                                                                                                  Level 2 Apprentice Technician
                                                                                                                                  Wigston Campus

                                                                                             "
                                                                                                  The teachers are       Annabel is an Apprentice Technician at
                                                                                                                         NWSLC. She originally studied the Level 1
                                                                                                  definitely the best    and Level 2 Painting and Decorating
As an apprentice you will work as            Kyara Gibson (Kalla Hair)
a paid employee whilst working               Apprentice of the Year –                             part of the College; course     at the College. Once she finished,
                                                                                                                         Annabel’s lecturer Paul encouraged her to
towards your qualification.                  Sport and Service Industries                         they allow you to      apply for a technician job in the workshops
Apprenticeships take between                 Kyara was a highly motivated student on the                                 at the Wigston Campus.
one to five years to complete                Level 2 Hairdressing Apprenticeship despite
                                                                                                  manage your own
depending on the level, sector               lacking in confidence at first. She worked
                                             very hard to develop her customer service
                                                                                                  learning but are always
and your prior skills.                       skills and soon became a highly-valued               there to help and push
                                             member of the team at Kalla Hair in Burbage.
Why choose an Apprenticeship?                                                                     you when you need it.
                                             Kyara worked extremely hard to achieve her
Apprenticeships are more than just a
qualification. They allow you to train in
                                             maths qualification and the extra time she           I’ve definitely learnt
                                             put into her studies paid off when she passed
your chosen field and earn a wage whilst     the exam. Her employers say that Kyara has           more since becoming
making a real impact in the workplace.       blossomed in the workplace and is now
                                             studying for an Advanced Apprenticeship
                                                                                                  an apprentice.
How much will I be paid?                     with similar dedication and commitment.              You’re more hands      “My Dad was a painter and decorator when
Apprentices are paid at least the national
minimum apprenticeship wage, £3.90 per                                                            on and you get         he was younger; him and my Mum were
hour (April 2019), with many employers                                                                                   always decorating, and I wanted to join
                                                                                                  paid a salary.
                                                                                                                          "
paying more.                                                                                                             in. This led me into wanting to do this for
                                                                                                                                  a career. The College is a great place to
                                                                                                  ANNABEL BETHELL
How many hours will I work?                                                                                                       work, I like the fact that I can pass on my
                                                                                                                                  knowledge of the Level 1 and 2 courses
You will work for at least 30 hours a week
                                                                                                                                  to current students."
with your employer.
                                                                                                                                  “The teachers are definitely the best part
Training for your qualification will take
                                                                                                                                  of the College; they allow you to manage
place either at your place of work or in

                                                                                               %
                                                                                                                                  your own learning but are always there to
college, usually for one day per week.

                                                                                             90
                                                                                                                                  help and push you when you need it. I’ve
                                                                                                                                  definitely learnt more since becoming an
When can I start?
                                                                                                                                  apprentice. You’re more hands on and you
Apprenticeships are available to start                                                                                            get paid a salary.”
throughout the year.                         For more details please visit
                                             nwslc.ac.uk/apprenticeships                                                          Annabel was awarded first place in the
                                                                                             of apprentices will get a job        regional heats of the Johnstone’s Trade
                                                                                             or go into further training after    Young Painter of the Year Competition
                                                                                             finishing an apprenticeship          in May 2019.

                                                                                                                                  Check out the website to see how she
                                                                                             Source: Gov.uk                       progresses in the national competition.

28                                                                                                                                                                              29
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Study Levels
Explained                                                            QUALIFICATION
                                                                        LEVEL
                                                                                             COURSE
                                                                                              LEVEL
                                                                                                                        FULL-TIME
                                                                                                                      COURSE ROUTE
                                                                                                                                                  APPRENTICESHIP
                                                                                                                                                      ROUTE

This section explains the          GCSE grading                          6              Honours Degree               Honours Degree

different levels you can           All GCSEs in England are being
study whilst at College,           reformed and have been graded
                                   on a new scale from 9 to 1,
and future programmes.             with 9 being the highest grade.                     Foundation Degree            Foundation Degree
When you apply, we will
assess which level is the
                                                                         5              /Higher National
                                                                                            Diploma
                                                                                                                     /Higher National
                                                                                                                         Diploma
best for you.

                                                                                                                     Higher National
                                                                         4
Entry requirements                                                                       Higher National                                              Higher
                                                                                                                    Certificate (HNC)/
Entry requirements are available                                                        Certificate (HNC)                                          Apprenticeship
                                                                                                                     Level 4 Diploma
on our website. When you have

                                                                                                                                                                                EMPLOYMENT
your initial interview we will
advise which level is best for
you to start on.                                                                          A-Levels and
                                                                         3              Access to Higher
                                                                                           Education
                                                                                                                     Level 3 Diploma/
                                                                                                                           NVQ
                                                                                                                                                     Advanced
                                                                                                                                                   Apprenticeship
     NEW GRADING STRUCTURE          OLD GRADING STRUCTURE

                9                                 A*
                8
                7                                 A                      2               GCSEs A*-C/9-4
                                                                                                                     Level 2 Diploma/
                                                                                                                           NVQ
                                                                                                                                                    Intermediate
                                                                                                                                                   Apprenticeship

                6                                 B
                5
                4                                 C
                                                                         1            GCSEs below grade
                                                                                             D/3
                                                                                                                     Level 1 Diploma/
                                                                                                                           NVQ
                3                                 D
                                                  E
                2
                                                  F
                                                                                                                       Entry Level /
                 1                                G                    ENTRY          GCSEs below grade
                                                                                                                        Foundation
                                                                       LEVEL                 E/2
                                                                                                                     Learning Courses
                U                                 U

                                                                                     Depending on your skills and knowledge, some programmes may require you to join at Level
                                                                                     1/2. Levels and entry requirements will depend on GCSE grades and the course chosen.

30                                                                                                                                                                                           31
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

           Course Contents

     34    Art, Design and Fashion

     38    Beauty Therapy

     42    Business and Management

     46    Childcare and Education

     50    Computing and IT

     54    Construction

     58    Engineering

     62    Foundation Learning

     64    LifeWorks

     66    Hairdressing

     70    Health and Social Care

     74    Hospitality and Catering

     78    Logistics

     82    Media, Games Design and Photography

     86    Motor Vehicle, Motor Sport, Body & Paint

     90    Performing Arts, Make-up Artistry and Music

     94    Sport

     98    Travel and Tourism

     102   Uniformed Services

32                                                           33
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Art, Design
& Fashion
                                                     Artist
Design-based subjects can help
you find your creative niche.                        Sculptor

                                                     Fashion Designer
Whether you are focusing on fine art, pottery
and sculpture, glass making or working with          Retail Interior Designer
fabrics in fashion or interior and graphic
                                                     Museum Gallery Staff
design, the core design skills you learn on
your course will provide a solid foundation to       Arts Teacher
grow your portfolio and develop your use of
different media and materials.

AWARD WINNING STUDENT
Hannah Green
                                                 I love the work of

                                                 "
Alumni Profile

Hannah Green helps to design seating             Alexander McQueen
for Land Rovers in her role as a trim
development apprentice for Adient,               and I’m really
which supplies seats for one third of the
world’s vehicles. She attended college           interested in futuristic
two days a week to study for her HND
and was able to apply her knowledge of
                                                 design styles and
visual communications, print work, digital       developing new
design, embroidery, pattern cutting and
production to the design process. She won        ideas for interiors
Silver at the National BTEC awards as BTEC
Student of the Year – Art & Design and is        based on eco-
moving on to complete a degree in fashion
at Walsall College.
                                                 friendly materials
                                                 and vegan fabrics.
                                                 HANNAH GREEN
                                                                                "
34                                                                                                        35
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

                                                                          COMPETITION WINNER
Art, Design &
                                                                                                          "
                                                                          Saskia Godley                   The facilities here are
Fashion Courses                                                           Graphic Design student

                                                                          Saskia has been honing her
                                                                                                          amazing and the tutors
                                                                          visual merchandising skills
                                                                          over the last year and has
                                                                                                          are knowledgeable and
                                                                          been supported extensively      supportive. In visual
FULL-TIME COURSES                                     CAMPUS KEY          by the College to improve
                                                                          her ability to compete at an    merchandising, I need to
                                                                          international level. She will
  Art & Design                   Fashion & Textiles
                                                         Nuneaton
                                                                          be representing the College
                                                                                                          know how to work with
  LEVEL: 1, 2 & 3                LEVEL: 3                Hinckley         at WorldSkills 2019. She is
                                                                          now hoping to be taken
                                                                                                          physical materials including
                                                         Harrowbrook      on by a retail company          wood and paint and the
                                                                          and has set her sights on
                                                         Wigston          working with brands such        college technician here has
                                                                          as Topshop, Next plc, Marks

                                                                                                                                      "
  Graphic Design
  LEVEL: 2 & 3
                                 Interior Design
                                 LEVEL: 3                                 and Spencer, or John Lewis
                                                                                                          really helped with that.
                                                                          & Partners.
                                                                                                          SASKIA GODLEY

For more details and the most up-to-date course
information please visit nwslc.ac.uk/design

NWSLC students shine                  There is a huge amount of
                                 "
at end of year show
                                      energy and creativity at
Students finished the year
with a spectacular display of         NWSLC, and it is great to
fashion, art and everything
visual, hosted at our creative
                                      have the opportunity to
arts campus in Hinckley.              open the campus to visitors
Starting with the unveiling
of the BLINK 2019 Art
                                      so they can immerse
Exhibition, the festival
included our annual fashion
                                      themselves in our students’
                                      fabulous work.

                                                      "
show and the launch of the
Creative Arts Exhibition.                                                   Photo courtesy of
                                      JOHN WATSON, CREATIVE ARTS AND        Photography student
                                                                            Katarzyna Kulesza
                                      MEDIA LEARNING AND SKILLS MANAGER

36                                                                                                                                               37
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Beauty Therapy

Do you have a creative flair?
Love to experiment with new
looks and make people feel great
about themselves? A course in
Beauty Therapy could open doors
to a huge range of career options.
Working in a live salon, with real clients
gives our students a head start in their
beauty industry career. You will learn from
professionals with years of experience who         Beauty Therapist
will help you to develop your skills across
                                                   Salon Manager
a range of beauty treatments, massage
therapies and nail effects.                        Spa Therapist
We run a specialist Spa course at our              Nail Technician
Wigston Campus, ideal if you want to
work in a spa or on a cruise ship.

AWARD WINNING STUDENTS
Two of NWSLC’s Level 3 beauty                 Rosie and Emily were chosen from among
therapy students, Rosie Wright and            students at twenty-seven colleges and
                                              competed to become two of only 11 finalists.
Emily Adlam, made it through the              The final was tough, comprising an interview,
competition heats to gain places in           NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 theory tests
the prestigious final of the Ragdale          followed by a 60-minute manicure treatment
Hall Spa Student of Excellence                and a 60-minute full body massage.
Competition which was held at                 Emily Adlam was declared overall winner,
Ragdale Hall in 2019.                         scooping the coveted Student of Excellence
                                              title, and Rosie gained a thoroughly
                                              deserved third place. Emily is now looking
                                              forward to working at Ragdale Hall.

38                                                                                                                  39
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Beauty Therapy                                                                                                              It was an honour to
Courses                                                                                                                "    be awarded Tutor
                                                                                                                            of the Year - I really
                                                                                                                            love working with
FULL-TIME COURSES                                         CAMPUS KEY                                                        the students and
 Hair & Beauty                   Hair & Beauty
                                                              Nuneaton                                                      watching them

                                                                                                                                                             "
 LEVEL: ENTRY 3                  LEVEL: 1                     Hinckley                                                      grow and develop.
                                                              Harrowbrook                                                   SHELLEY MARVIN

                                                              Wigston
 Beauty Therapy                  Beauty Therapy
 LEVEL: 1                        LEVEL: 2 & 3                                 Shelley Marvin                                “College is about so much more than just
                                                                              Beauty and Complementary                      getting a qualification. All our students
                                                                              Therapies Lecturer                            develop real life skills. We work closely
                                                                                                                            with industry including companies such
                                                                              Shelley originally trained at our Nuneaton    as Ragdale Hall and Steiner who manage
                                                                              Campus, completing a three-year               spas on board luxury cruise ships. One
 Complementary Therapy           Spa Therapy
                                                                              programme in hairdressing, beauty and         of our previous students is now working
 LEVEL: 2 & 3                    LEVEL: 3                 Looking for         complementary therapies. Shelley worked       on a private yacht! All students also get
                                                          Make-up Artistry?   in industry for several years in salons and   experience of working with a range of
                                                                              health spas before starting to teach at the
                                                          Go to page 90       College. Shelley was also awarded Tutor of
                                                                                                                            different clients who visit our salon
                                                                                                                            on campus.”
                                                                              the Year 2018 by her students.
                                                                                                                            “Throughout the year we work closely with
For more details and the most up-to-date course                                                                             the Mary Ann Evans Hospice and Macmillan.
information please visit nwslc.ac.uk/beauty                                                                                 Over the last four years we have raised
                                                                                                                            over £31,000 for Breast Cancer Research.
                                                                                                                            This community work enables students
                                                                                                                            to volunteer their time, gain invaluable
                                                                                                                            experience and raise money for some

            53%
            of people working
            in beauty are self-
                                                  Barber shops, beauty
                                                  salons and nail bars make
                                                  up the top ten most
                                                  popular independent
                                                                                                                            great causes.”

            employed                              business start-ups.

40                                                                                                                                                                      41
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Business &
Management

The business sector is one of
the largest and fastest-growing
employers in the country, with
more than five million businesses
                                                   Accountant
operating in the UK alone.
                                                   Business Adviser
Our business courses will help you to
prepare for a range of exciting careers.           HR Manager

From entry-level all the way up to                 Marketing Executive
management, you could be working                   Entrepreneur
in areas such as finance, HR, marketing,
or sales. Our courses will teach you about         Financial Analyst
the different specialisms within the world of
                                                   Management Consultant
business, as well as how business operates
in a modern and competitive environment.

Employees working in business tend to be
responsible for achieving targets set for
their department or function, contributing      Check out
to the organisation’s overall success.
Targets might include hitting income
                                                Lucy's story
targets or making efficiency savings. With      on page 2
more than four million people in the UK
registered as self-employed, the sector also
opens doors for people who want to set up
their own company.

42                                                                                               43
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

                                                                                    "
Business &                                                                              The Business course was
                                                                                        really broad and included
Management Courses                                                                      modules on marketing,
                                                                                        law and accounting so
                                                                                        I was able to develop
FULL-TIME COURSES                                                                       a good understanding
                                                                                        of possible future
 Business                        Business & Accounting           Business
 LEVEL: 1                        LEVEL: 2                        LEVEL: 2 & 3           employment routes.
                                                                                        I knew I wanted to go
                                                                                        to university, and this
                                                                                        seemed to be the best
APPRENTICESHIPS

                                                                                                                   "
                                                                                        way of securing a place.
 Accounting                      Business                        Customer Service       CONNALL PUGH
 LEVEL: 2 & 3                    Administration                  LEVEL: 2 & 3           LEVEL 3 BUSINESS
                                 LEVEL: 2 & 3                                           DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY UNITED
                                                                                        NATIONS STUDENT AMBASSADOR
 Digital Marketeer               Events                          HR Support
 LEVEL: 3                        LEVEL: 3                        LEVEL: 3

                                                                                                                  Rachel Foster
 Marketing                       Public Service Operational      Team Leading                                     Business Lecturer
 LEVEL: 2 & 3                    Delivery Officer                LEVEL: 2                                         Rachel, who teaches on the Business
                                 LEVEL: 3                                                                         programme at various levels, has worked
                                                                                                                  at the College for five years after a career
                                                                                                                  of more than a decade in travel retail with
                                                                                                                  Thomas Cook. Rachel worked for the
CAMPUS KEY
                                                                                                                  company in Leicester, rising to customer
     Nuneaton         Hinckley         Harrowbrook            Wigston                                             services manager. She also completed her
                                                                                                                  cabin crew training but decided to remain
                                                                                                                  in the retail world that she loved. Whilst
                                                                                                                  working in retail, her successes included
For more details and the most up-to-date course                                                                   being involved in a charity project in Uganda
information please visit nwslc.ac.uk/business                                                                     where she helped to build water springs for
                                                                                                                  villages enabling access to clean water. She
                                                                                                                  also starred as an extra in The Inbetweeners.

44                                                                                                                                                           45
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Childcare
& Education

If you love working with children
and young people and want to
play a key part in their learning
and overall development, then a
career in Childcare and Education
offers a huge range of rewarding               Teaching Assistant
options. It is essential to have a             Nursery Manager
professional qualification to work             Health Play Specialist
in the sector.
                                               Youth Worker
It shows your employers that you have
                                               Childminder
a strong set of skills to start your career.
You will be taught by experienced              Creche Worker
professionals who have many years
of service within the sector.

Amy Bettinson                                  I help students to

                                               "
Lecturer in Childcare

Amy has been working in education for
                                               find placements
14 years following a long career in private
day nurseries, as room leader and deputy
                                               with local nurseries
manager. She became a full-time assessor       often leading on
before starting to teach in the classroom.
Amy specialises in child development,          to permanent
safeguarding and the practical aspects

                                                                        "
of childcare.
                                               employment.
                                               AMY BETTINSON

46                                                                                                47
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Childcare &
Education Courses                                                         Megan Brookes                                   Alice Roper
                                                                          Former Level 3                                  Level 3 Childcare
                                                                          Childcare Student
                                                                                                                          Alice didn’t think that A-Levels were right
                                                                          Ever since she was a child herself, Megan       for her. After volunteering at a nursery
FULL-TIME COURSES                                        CAMPUS KEY       has set her sights on becoming a primary        as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award,
                                                                          school teacher. Megan planned her journey       Alice decided that she wanted to start a
                                                            Nuneaton      towards her ideal career very carefully and     Childcare course at college.
 Health, Social                  Early Years
 & Childcare                     Education & Care                         decided early on that she wanted to follow
                                                            Hinckley                                                      After her course Alice hopes to go to
 LEVEL: 1                        LEVEL: 2 & 3
                                                                          a college route into higher education
                                                                                                                          university or into employment as a teacher.
                                                            Harrowbrook   instead of taking A Levels. Megan started
                                                                          the Level 3 Childcare course at the College
                                                            Wigston       two years ago and having successfully
                                                                          achieved her qualification, is now due to
                                                                                                                              The course offers a
                                                                                                                          "
 Supporting Teaching             Supporting Teaching                      start a degree in primary education at the
 & Learning in Schools           & Learning in Schools
 LEVEL: 3                        LEVEL: 2
                                                                          University of the West of England in Bristol.       great balance of
                                                                                                                              work placement
                                                                              My college tutors

                                                                          "
                                                                                                                              and coursework.
APPRENTICESHIPS
                                                                              have been hugely                                It’s given me a lot
                                                                              supportive, and I                               of experience, the
 Children & Young                Supporting Teaching                          would definitely                                chance to get to
 People's Worforce               & Learning in Schools
 LEVEL: 2                        LEVEL: 2 & 3                                 recommend a                                     know new people,
                                                                              college route into                              and to become
 Children's Care & Learning
 – Early Years Educator
                                                                              teaching as it has                              more organised
 LEVEL: 3                                                                     given me so much                                in my work.

For more details and the most up-to-date course
information please visit nwslc.ac.uk/childcare
                                                                              valuable experience
                                                                              and opened my eyes
                                                                              to what it is really like
                                                                                                                              ALICE ROPER
                                                                                                                                                    "
                                                                              to work in a school.
                                                                              MEGAN BROOKES
                                                                                                                 "
48                                                                                                                                                                      49
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Computing & IT

The computing sector is a fast-
moving and dynamic industry.
Technology is ever changing,
new software and programmes
                                                     Web Designer
are constantly being developed,
so it is important to keep your IT                   Systems Administrator
training up to speed.                                IT Support Technician

The growth of the digital economy means              Cyber Security Specialist
that there has been a noticeable skills
                                                     Computer Games Developer
shortage in the UK within this sector.
There is now a high demand for trained               Data Engineer
professionals with the right qualifications
to meet the needs of this evolving and               Software Engineer
exciting industry.

Our courses are specifically designed with
the industry in mind and they will help you
to enhance your computing, IT and media
skills giving you a foundation in information
systems, database design, website               Josh Green
production and computer networks. We            Level 3 Computing & IT
are confident that our courses will create
the right environment for you to develop.       Josh Green started on a Level 1 course in IT
More than one in five of our IT students        and having completed his Level 3 course,
achieved triple D* grades in the 2018/19.       he has accepted his place on a Computer
                                                Forensics degree at De Montfort University.

                                                Josh told us that he wanted to focus on
                                                IT ever since he was choosing options at
                                                school. He wasn’t sure what he wanted
                                                to do when he left school but the team
                                                at NWSLC helped to advise him and put
                                                him on to the right track to start working
                                                towards a career in IT.

50                                                                                                                    51
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Computing & IT
Courses                                                                   Wendy Beckett
                                                                          Learning Tech Coordinator

                                                                          Wendy works in the College’s E-Services
                                                                          team to support staff and students to get the
                                                                          best out of IT. She is also a UK Skills coach
FULL-TIME COURSES                                       CAMPUS KEY        for the IT Software Solutions for Business
                                                                          competition, participating as a judge at
                                                           Nuneaton       The Skills Show national finals. Wendy was
 Computing & Media               Computer Maintenance
 LEVEL: 1, 2 & 3                 LEVEL: 2 & 3
                                                                          inspired to teach when she started her first
                                                           Hinckley
                                                                          IT course in college. She enjoyed helping
                                                           Harrowbrook    her fellow students so much, she switched
                                                                          careers to teaching adults.
                                                           Wigston

                                                                               I love being a mentor, I am always
                                                                          "
APPRENTICESHIPS
                                                                               on the lookout for students who want
                                                        Looking for            to take part in competitions. WENDY BECKETT
                                                                                                                                    "
 Software & Telecoms             IT Application
 Professional                    Special                Graphic Design?
 LEVEL: 2 & 3                    LEVEL: 2 & 3
                                                        Go to page 34
                                                                          National qualifiers for Network                 The competition was designed to
                                                        Looking for                                                       challenge competitors’ IT skills and
For more details and the most up-to-date course
                                                                          System Administrator
                                                        Games Design?                                                     required them to configure a range of
information please visit nwslc.ac.uk/computing                                                                            Windows applications. The competition
                                                        Go to page 82     In June 2019, the College hosted
                                                                                                                          tests the knowledge and skills learned
                                                                          one of the national qualifiers for the
                                                                          WorldSkills Network System Administrator        in the Microsoft Official Curriculum range
                                                                          competition. Two college students, Ryan         of qualifications.
                                                                          Instrell and Rohan Jaiaprasat, both currently   Competitors undertook a series of
                                                                          studying IT Level 3 at our Wigston Campus,      practical tasks which demonstrated their
                                                                          took part.                                      abilities and skills in Microsoft networking.
                                                                                                                          The practical tasks were carried out on
                                                                                                                          machines hosted in a virtual environment
                                                                                                                          using Oracle Virtual Box. Ryan won first
     Working in computing and IT could                                                                                    place and Rohan came second. Both
     bring you an income between £19,000                                                                                  students were excellent ambassadors
                                                                                                                          for the College and will progress to the
     and £70,000, depending on the role                                                                                   national finals later in the year.

     you choose and your experience.

52                                                                                                                                                                     53
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Construction

A career in construction is highly
varied. From working on site
through to project management,
the opportunities to progress and
develop in the sector are endless.               Bricklayer

You can learn specialist trade skills or,        Plasterer
if you are not sure which area is right for      Painter and Decorator
you, pick up a range of skills to improve
your employability. Our Construction             Site Operative
Trades courses are a great starting point.
                                                 Carpenter and Joiner
You get to try your hand at various trades
and decide what is right for you. Choose         Project and Site Manager
from painting and decorating, bricklaying
and wood trades.

Kayleigh Eames
Level 1 Painting and Decorating

“My family are all in the building trade, so I
wanted to go down a similar path. I really
wanted a hands-on job. What I love about

                                                 "
this college is that the workshops are
spacious and clean, and you really get to
                                                 The teachers allow
do hands-on work."                               you to lead on your
"Once I finish my course, I want to go on        own work but are
to a Level 2 Apprenticeship. I want to be in
work, doing the job and learning how to          always there to help
work under pressure – you get paid too!"
                                                 if you need it.

                                                                         "
"My top tip is to be independent with your
learning and have fun.”                          KAYLEIGH EAMES

54                                                                                                 55
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Construction Courses

FULL-TIME COURSES

 Construction Trades                 Bricklaying             Carpentry & Joinery
  LEVEL: ENTRY 3, 1 & 2              LEVEL: 1, 2 & 3         LEVEL: 1, 2 & 3

 Painting & Decorating               Bricklaying             Carpentry & Joinery
  LEVEL: 1 & 2                       LEVEL: 1, 2 & 3         LEVEL: 1, 2 & 3

APPRENTICESHIPS

 Building Wood                       Trowel                  Decorative Finishing
 Occupations                         Occupations             & Industrial Painting
  LEVEL: 2 & 3                       LEVEL: 2 & 3            LEVEL: 2 & 3

 Property Maintenance                Groundworks             Specialist Fitted Interiors   Apprentice wins regional                     Competitors were tasked to draw up and
 Operative                           LEVEL: 2 & 3            LEVEL: 3                      painting and decorating heats                paint a set design brief over the space of
  LEVEL: 3                                                                                                                              six hours.
                                                                                           Local students from NWSLC competed in        Paul Thornewell, Lecturer in Construction
                                                                                           the Johnstone’s Trade Young Painter of the   at the College said: “These heats are a
                                                                                           Year Competition in May 2019.                great way for students to meet peers from
CAMPUS KEY
                                                                                           Johnstone’s Trade hosted the Midlands        across the country and really test their
     Nuneaton             Hinckley          Harrowbrook   Wigston                          heat of their competition at the College’s   skills in a competition environment. It
                                                                                           Wigston Campus. The event saw five           really helps to build their self-esteem and
                                                                                           students battle it out to be crowned         confidence. All competitors produced an
                                                                                           regional winner.                             exceptionally high standard of work and
For more details and the most up-to-date course                                                                                         we’re extremely proud of them all.”
information please visit nwslc.ac.uk/construction                                          NWSLC’s apprentice Annabel Bethell
                                                                                           scooped first place with Corban George,      The event, which is in its 15th year,
                                                                                           also from the NWSLC, taking second place.    celebrates young painting and decorating
                                                                                                                                        talent across the UK and hosts a total of
                                                                                                                                        eight regional finals.

56                                                                                                                                                                                   57
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Engineering &
Electrical Installation

Engineering is an inspiring and ever-
evolving industry that can open up
a whole world of opportunities.
                                                  Aerospace Engineer
Many industries use engineers to help bring
new concepts to life including zero-emission      Engineering Operative
cars, 3D printing and even space travel.          Engineering Construction
Whether you want to be office-based, in
the workshop or on site, this is a growing        Civil Engineer
industry with impressive earning potential.
                                                  Structural Engineer
Our courses cover the basics of engineering
principles, all the way through to specialist     CAD Technician
subjects including automotive Engineering
and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Rhys Deacon
Alumni Level 3 Engineering

Rhys was always interested in mechanics and
wanted to pursue a career in Engineering.

                                                  "
After completing his Level 3 course at the
                                                  The course
College, he progressed to Coventry University
to do a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
                                                  was constantly
He is now a Project Design Engineer at            interesting, I found
Kingspan Steel Building Solutions.
                                                  my passion for
"All of the tutors were great. They were really
helpful in guidance and advice whether it was     design engineering
professional or personal. They also challenged
you with WorldSkills UK LIVE competitions         using the College’s

                                                                   "
which was a great for teaching you to work
under pressure.”
                                                  facilities.
                                                            RHYS DEACON

58                                                                                                 59
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Engineering & Electrical                                                          Giovanni Albanese                          It really helps to
Installation Courses
                                                                                                                             "
                                                                                  Alumni

                                                                                  Giovanni completed his tool-making
                                                                                                                             start in the
                                                                                  apprenticeship at the College while
                                                                                  working for CD Atkinson Engineering in
                                                                                                                             workshop learning
                                                                                  Nuneaton. Inspired to follow a career      the essentials first
                                                                                  in design, Giovanni originally held an
FULL-TIME COURSES                                      CAMPUS KEY
                                                                                  ambition to become a CAD designer.         and that is why
 Electrical Installation   Engineering
                                                            Nuneaton              He learned from the company’s owner,       a college course
                                                                                  Chris Atkinson, that it was essential to
 LEVEL: 1, 2 & 3           LEVEL: 2 & 3                     Hinckley              learn how to make a component before       provides the perfect
                                                                                  trying to design it.
                                                            Harrowbrook                                                      foundation. Once
                                                                                  "I loved the variety in my roles.
                                                            Wigston
                                                                                  When you unpack a profession like          students have got
APPRENTICESHIPS
                                                                                  engineering, it encompasses so many
                                                                                  dimensions and provides endless
                                                                                                                             the basic building
                                                                                  exciting career opportunities."            blocks in place,
                                                                                                                             the sky is the limit.
                                                                                                                                                       "
 Performing                Installation/ Maintenance    Fabrication & Welding
 Engineering Operations    Electrician                  LEVEL: 3
 LEVEL: 2                  LEVEL: 3                                                                                          GIOVANNI ALBANESE

 Engineering Maintenance   Engineering in               Technical Support
 LEVEL: 3                  Mechanical Manufacturing     LEVEL: 3
                           LEVEL: 3

                                                       For more details and the
 Tool Making               Electrical &                most up-to-date course
 LEVEL: 3                  Electronic Engineering
                                                       information please visit
                           LEVEL: 3
                                                       nwslc.ac.uk/engineering

                                                                                                                             19% of the UK
                                                                                                                             total workforce is
                                                                                                                             employed in the
     203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering                                                                                engineering sector
     skills will be needed every year to meet
     demand through to 2024

60                                                                                                                                                         61
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Foundation Learning                                                                             Laura Byrne
                                                                                                Foundation Learning Lecturer

                                                                                                “I started at the College as a volunteer
                                                                                                under the V-talent programme in 2010 and,
These programmes give you                     RARPA - Recognising and                           as part of this, volunteered as a learning
                                                                                                coach. During this time, I achieved a Level 2
the chance to explore different               Recording Progress and
                                                                                                qualification in youth work and Level 3
subjects, to discover your interests          Achievement                                       PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong
and choose the career path you                                                                  Learning Sector). I successfully gained a
                                              We know that each student is different and        role as a learning coach and alongside this,
would like to follow.
                                              structured qualifications aren’t always right     completed my Level 5 DTLLS qualification
                                              for everyone. RARPA allows us to really tailor    (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong
Our aim is to ensure that each student
                                              courses to each individual. Every student         Learning Sector)."
grows in confidence, discovers what they
                                              builds their own portfolio that reflects their
love to do and who they want to be.
                                              hard work and achievements. We work
Our programmes are available to students
                                                                                                     Over the years, I spent time lecturing on
                                                                                                "
                                              together to agree a starting point and a set
aged 16–18 and to those aged 19 and over
                                              of goals to work towards. Although we offer
who have an Education Health and Care
Plan (EHCP).
                                              courses for those working from Entry Level 1           a part-time basis while continuing to refine
                                              to Level 1, the flexibility of these programmes
Programmes at a range of levels to            means they are not defined by a particular
                                                                                                     my teaching style by supporting teachers
suit all abilities are the ideal choice for
students with special education needs
                                              level. During their programme, students
                                              will experience a taste of different skills and
                                                                                                     from most departments. I am now course
and disabilities or those who are simply      subject areas, both within the classroom               co-ordinator and a full-time lecturer for
uncertain of their next steps. We have        and through work experience. A range of
something for everyone.                       recognised qualifications are also available.          all Level 1 Foundation Studies students
                                                                                                     at the College’s Wigston Campus.

Throughout the year, Foundation Learning
students regularly help out in their local
                                              AWARD WINNER
                                              Ian Lee
                                                                                                                                                   "
                                                                                                                                                LAURA BYRNE

community with a range of projects.
                                              Foundation Learning Lecturer
At Bedworth Cricket Club, the team were
                                              “Having mentors for projects like these really
joined by Construction students from the
                                              improves the students’ confidence; they’ve
College’s Harrowbrook Campus who had
                                              all worked exceptionally hard and have
been mentoring students on the Foundation
                                              really put their skills to the test. We hope
Learning programme with the aim of helping
                                              the community will benefit from this work
them to gain experience in real working
                                              once the cricket season is in full swing. We’d
environments. Together the students fixed
                                              also like to thank Nuneaton and Bedworth
fences and carried out vital repairs to
                                              Borough Council for their donation of wood
the sight screen. They then moved on to
                                              to help the project.”
preparing and painting woodwork around
the site and carried out maintenance on the   Ian also won the 2019 award for Outstanding
benches ready for the public in the summer.   Contribution to the Community.

62                                                                                                                                                                    63
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

LifeWorks at Nuneaton                                                                       Sian John
                                                                                            Foundation Learning Lecturer

                                                                                            A lecturer in Foundation Learning, Sian joined
                                                                                            the College almost two years ago having
Our LifeWorks programme is a                  Lauren Taylor                                 previously run her own business as a dog
                                              Hawksmoor Boarding Kennels                    trainer. She even brings her own pet dog,
stepping stone for those who have
                                                                                            a springer cross poodle, into college to
finished their college course and             Lauren has been working at Hawksmoor          work with students with behavioural issues.
want to transition to employment.             Boarding Kennels since October 2017,
                                              and helps out every Friday, school holidays
                                                                                                 By trying a range of skills from cookery
                                                                                            "
You will attend college for three days        and during busy times.
per week with another day per week
of work experience. Teaching takes place      "My favourite dogs are Labradors,I have            to carpentry and floristry, students
                                              two at home. I’d like to work at Hawksmoor
in small groups, with both lecturers and
additional support staff in all sessions.     Boarding Kennels when I finish college."           get the chance to find out where their
                                                                                                 talents lie. We also introduce them
At LifeWorks, you will cover:
• English and maths
                                                                                                 to local employers so that they have
• Independent living skills                                                                      meaningful work opportunities and
                                                                                                 jobs to go to when they leave college.
                                                                                                                                                          "
• Work experience

We will help you to choose the subjects
you are interested in so that you can
                                                                                                                                               SIAN JOHN
                                                                                            Sian originally worked as an accountant and
                                                  I enjoy walking
                                              "
pursue career opportunities in these areas.                                                 also as a novelist and freelance copywriter.
                                                                                            She continues to maintain her writing skills
Funded as part of a grant from Warwickshire
County Council, it has:
                                                  and playing with                          as a travel blogger and plans to lift the lid on
                                                                                            France following her next trip.
• A training flat where students can
                                                  the dogs, cleaning
                                                                                            Now responsible for the College’s Lifeworks
  learn how to cope in the wider world            and working with                          Centre, Sian helps students who have special
• A working cafe open to college staff
                                                  everyone.                                 educational needs and disabilities to develop

                                                                    "
  and students                                                                              skills for work and independent living.
• A chill-out zone                                LAUREN TAYLOR                             She said, “Our ethos as a department is to
                                                                                            make sure that all students work to individual
                                                                                            targets that challenge them and raise
                                                                                            their aspirations."

       I really enjoyed the cooking course in
 "     Foundation Learning because it has given

                                                                                     "
       me the confidence to cook my own meals.

64                                                                                                                                                                   65
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Hairdressing

Hairdressers are constantly
honing their creative skills,
keeping up with fashion trends
and pushing themselves to learn
new techniques.
                                                  Hair Stylist
Our courses will not only develop
                                                  Hair Colourist
your skills but will also improve your
communication and business skills.                Salon Manager or Owner
You will get to work in a live working            Fashion Hair Stylist
environment in our commercial salons
which are open to the public.

                                  "
                                         My tutors have helped me
                                         to grasp the fundamentals of
Lauren Storey                            what it would mean to run
Level 3 Hairdressing
                                         my own business. I have been
Lauren, from Leicester,
started on a Level 1                     collecting ideas and inspiration
hairdressing and beauty
therapy course at the
                                         for some time and I am just a
College’s Wigston Campus
and progressed through
                                         few years away from making
to achieve a Level 3                     my dream come true. I would
qualification at the end of
2018. Thanks to everything               definitely recommend the
she has learnt after three
years developing her
                                         College to anyone who is
hairdressing skills, Lauren
now has a job she loves
                                         thinking about starting a career
                                         in the hairdressing industry.
                                                                           "
and feels confident that her
dream of opening her own
salon is well within her grasp.          LAUREN STOREY

66                                                                                                    67
0330 058 3000 nwslc.ac.uk

Hairdressing                                                     Sarah Ogden
                                                                 Lecturer in Hairdressing and Barbering

Courses                                                          After a long career in hairdressing, a
                                                                 car accident forced Sarah to re-think
                                                                 her career priorities and 13 years ago,
                                                                 she made a decision to become a
                                                                 trainer assessor and pass on her skills
FULL-TIME COURSES                               CAMPUS KEY       to new recruits in the industry.

                                                                      I love meeting new students at our
                                                                 "
                                                   Nuneaton
 Hair & Beauty             Hair & Beauty
 LEVEL: ENTRY 3            LEVEL: 1                Hinckley
                                                                      college open events, matching them
                                                   Harrowbrook
                                                                      to the salons I think will suit them
                                                                      best, and watching them thrive.
                                                                                                                                 "
                                                   Wigston
 Hairdressing              Hairdressing
 LEVEL: 2                  LEVEL: 3
                                                                                                                                  SARAH OGDEN
                                                                 "It is fantastic to see them progress from
                                                                 their Apprenticeships into managing their
                                                                 own client list or opening their own salons.
                                                                 I ask them to come back into college to
                                                                 provide current students with an insight
 Barbering                                                       into their career journey.”
 LEVEL: 2 & 3

                                                                 Our Hairdressing team organises a range of      "I get inspired by the students too – I’m
APPRENTICESHIPS                                                  industry talks throughout the year. During      always picking up new tips.”
                                                                 a visit from Affinage Salon Professional,
                                                                                                                 Megan Bradbury, Level 2 Hairdressing
                                                                 students took part in a theory session and a
 Hairdressing                                                                                                    apprentice said, “It’s great to learn new
                                                                 practical workshop, putting their skills into
 LEVEL: 2 & 3                              Around 260,000        practice on real clients.
                                                                                                                 skills and expand our knowledge on colour.
                                                                                                                 There’s always something new to learn and
                                           people work in the    Sarah Williams, Colour Educator from            it’s exciting to put it into practice."
                                           UK hairdressing       Affinage, said, “The College has been using
                                                                 our products for over a year now and they’re
For more details and the
most up-to-date course                     industry.             a lovely team to work with."
information please visit                                         "We have delivered training sessions with
nwslc.ac.uk/hairdressing                                         the staff and get invited in to run workshops
                                                                 with the students. It’s great for students to
                                                                 hear advice from a different perspective."

68                                                                                                                                                           69
You can also read