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STAY LOCAL FURTHER - UNIVERSITY LEVEL COURSES HIGHER LEVEL/DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS - Walsall College
2021/22

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5 REASONS
TO STUDY
HERE
SPEND LESS
Study our HNC/D and top-up courses at a fraction of
the price of university with no compromise on quality.

ACHIEVE MORE
Our close industry links will help you get the skills
that employers are looking for and put you on course
to the career you want.

FANTASTIC FACILITIES
That’s how OFSTED - as well as our students -
rate Walsall College’s campuses.

SMALL CLASS SIZES
Our lessons are taught in small classes increasing
the one-to-one support from your lecturer.

3 YEARS = 3 QUALIFICATIONS
You can progress from a number of our HNC
programmes, all the way to degree level.

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WELCOME
     Jatinder Sharma OBE               ... to Walsall College. We are successfully
  Principal and Chief Executive,       registered with the Office for Students (OfS)
         Walsall College
                                       and members of the Quality Assurance
                                       Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

With our high quality yet affordable route to degrees, we make it our mission to boost
your job prospects and earning potential. If it’s a successful career you want, we have a
wide range of courses designed with industry input and taught by expert tutors to give
you the skills that employers tell us they want. Read some of our former student stories
throughout this guide, and you’ll see for yourself the emphasis we place on giving
students an advantage in the world of work.
There’s never been a better time to join us. This year, we have an even wider choice of
career focused courses, delivered flexibly to fit around your personal commitments. If
you’ve made the decision to enter in to higher education after a break, then the great
news is that we’ve introduced even more Access to HE courses with flexible study
options and all the support you need to progress on to your chosen career pathway. If
finances have been holding you back from starting a course, you can now apply for a
loan to help with the cost of Access course fees.
We’re constantly investing in our facilities, like our new £2m Digital Engineering Skills
Centre to create an environment that’s inspiring and on a par with university campuses.
Walsall College is the perfect setting for powering your future; increasing your potential,
growing your ability and giving you more control.
All in a welcoming, personal environment, where we will celebrate your achievements
and nurture your aspirations. Your career couldn’t be in better hands.

CONTENTS
Spend Less			4                                     Access to HE Courses		                     18
Achieve More			5                                   Business, Law and Computing                24
Outstanding Facilities		                6          Construction & Engineering                 32
Quality Assured			7                                Creative Industries		                      36
Highly Recommended		                    8          Protective Services		                      48
3 Years, 3 Qualifications		             9          Services to People		                       51
Courses Explained		                     10         Teacher Training			54
Life Outside The Classroom              12         Higher Apprenticeships
Gain Industry Experience/                          and Professional Qualifications            56
Walsall College Graduate		              13         Useful Contacts and Support                58
How to Apply			                         14         Our Campuses			59
Course Listing			16

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SPEND LESS
    THE COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO
    BOOST YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS
    Think you simply can’t afford to                     Fee Grants and                                             Student Opportunity
    get on course for the career you
    want? You can at Walsall College.                    Course Grants                                              Fund (SOF)
                                                         If you are a first-time, new student beginning             If you’re facing difficulties and have already
    Don’t let rising university costs and money          a part-time course, you won’t have to pay any              taken out your full grant and loan entitlement,
    worries rain on your ambitions when our              tuition fees up front, but will instead be able to         you may be eligible for additional financial help
    HI:ED courses are the affordable route.              apply for a Tuition Fee Loan. The Tuition Fee Loan         from College. Please enquire at our student
    We’ve got a whole range of courses that              isn’t based on household income and there’s no             services desk.
                                                         upper age limit for applying. Part-time students
    will equip you to start your career with
    confidence - all at a very reasonable cost.          are also eligible to apply for a maintenance loan.         Financial help
    A typical HNC/D costs £5,200* and a Level            Find out more at                                           The Student Finance England offer means tested
    6 top-up costs £7,500* a year at Walsall             www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance                loans/grants for Higher Education and may be
    College. That’s a lot less than studying at          If you are studying a full-time HE course, there are       able to offer you some money towards your
    the same level at university. And that’s             grants and loans available to help you with your           course. Find out more at www.gov.uk/apply-
    before deducting any awards or help you              living costs and tuition fees. Additional funding          online-for-student-finance
    may be entitled to.
    Take a HNC/D with us, and it could
                                                         is available for full-time students who have
                                                         children, a disability, or an adult who is financially     Bursaries
    springboard you straight into the second or          dependent on them. How much you get will                   The College recognises that financial constraints
    third year of a top-up degree or on many             depend on your household income and other                  are often a barrier to entry into HE and obtaining
    of our pathways you could achieve a full             information.                                               a successful outcome. To mitigate the impact
    degree right here. It’s a clever way to bring        Apply online at                                            of financial hardship the College provides a
    the cost of a degree right down, saving              www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance                guaranteed bursary of £800 per academic year
    you thousands and without compromising                                                                          for every student (pro-rata for part-time students)
    on the quality of your education. Studying           Instalment Plan                                            who has a household income of below £30,000
                                                                                                                    per annum and are subject to the minimum
    close to home saves you all the extra costs          If you want to spread the cost, we can arrange an
    of living - or even just travelling - away                                                                      attendance criteria of 90% per term.
                                                         instalment plan on course fees of £100 or more.
    from home. We’ve got great links with                You will make an initial payment at enrolment
    local universities to help you on your way.          and then 3 equal payments after that.
    *course fees may vary subject to course type

    There are grants and loans                              For more information about any
    available to help pay for your                          of the above, please contact the
    tuition and living costs.                               Student Support Team at the
                                                            Customer Advice and Support
                                                            Centre or call 01922 657000.

       ADDITIONAL COURSE FEES
       There may be additional costs to your studies
       that are not included in the course fee,
                                                                                       Learn now. Pay later.
       such as:                                                                        Advanced Learning Loans for Access
       • The cost of additional examinations for any
          award other than the intended award.
                                                                                       to HE and Professional courses
       • The cost of personal membership to                                            If finances have been holding you back from starting a course,
          professional bodies.                                                         you can now apply for a loan to help with the cost of Access to
       • Additional materials beyond the supplied                                      Higher Education and professional course fees if you are aged 19
          standard provision.                                                          or over when you start the course.
       • Optional field trips and activities for                                       Your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no
          personal development.                                                        credit check, and repayments don’t start until you are earning
       • Travel costs to and from placements.                                          over £25,000 per annum.
       • The cost of any Criminal Records Bureau
          Check or Occupational Health Assessment                                      Find out more at
          where these are required either by the                                       www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans
          college or a placement provider.                                             or email our Student Finance Team on
       • Printing and photocopying.                                                    admissionsandfinance@walsallcollege.ac.uk
       • Library fees and fines.                                                       An Advanced Learning Loan Bursary can lead to a total of £750, with part time
       • Own purchase text books.                                                      being paid at 50% of the full award. There are 5 payments in total paid half
                                                                                       termly. Please note a relevant criteria will need to be met. Please note this loan
       Students can apply for extra financial support                                  does not apply to HNC, HND or degree/Level 6 courses.
       through loans and bursaries to cover the cost
       dependant on eligibility. Please enquire at the
       student service desk for further details.

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ACHIEVE MORE
GIVE EMPLOYERS EXACTLY
WHAT THEY WANT
So what’s the key to getting ahead in your chosen career? It’s
making sure that the skills you’ve got are exactly the skills that the
economy needs. Our close industry links help us to keep our finger
firmly on the pulse - and ensure our vocational learning is preparing
you to work in areas where the local economy is growing.

Using local and global links to help you
Whether you’re working on live briefs set by employers, attending workshops,
picking up industry-endorsed qualifications or getting hands-on in the workplace,
it all gives you the kind of experiences that employers love.
Our courses are developed with the help of a range of employers, giving you
access to cutting-edge facilities and expert tuition from industry professionals.
Our students benefit from the expertise of organisations including: Microsoft,
The NHS, Francesco Group, Walsall Council, Cisco, Brady Bags and The New Art
Gallery plus many more!

 Employers we work with include

       Celebrating
       your success!
       You’ve done it! You’ve put in
       the hard work. You’ve got the
       qualification. It’s time to celebrate -
       graduation day is a big deal here.
       We believe wholeheartedly in celebrating our
       students’ successes - so expect a graduation
       ceremony to rival any university. Each year, our
       students parade to Walsall Town Hall in their
       caps and gowns, accompanied by the Town
       Crier announcing their success.

       Over 450 people join in the celebration,
       including students, family, friends and their
       proud tutors. Special awards and certificates
       are presented to our most outstanding students.

       For those who go straight into work, it’s a
       wonderful send-off. And for those who go on
       to a top-up degree, they’ll have yet another
       graduation to look forward to…

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Top-of-the range gym facilities

OUTSTANDING
FACILITIES
FOR THE SERIOUSLY AMBITIOUS
Step into our campuses for the first time and you’ll be impressed
It’s the perfect place to study. Our fully-equipped Learning Resources
Centres and drop-in learning decks combine traditional library services
with the very latest technologies and facilities. We’ve got interactive
whiteboards, free Wi-fi and even an exclusive learning deck for our HI:ED
students.
It’s a fantastic environment - not just for learning but also for living. Chat
over a cappuccino in our Starbucks Café. Catch up with friends in the
student lounge. Relax on the sofas in our breakout areas or work up a
sweat in the gym.

Investing in your future                                                          Lecture theatre

We’ve invested heavily in our campuses - and we don’t intend to stop.
Our new £2 million state-of-the-art Digital Engineering Skills Centre has
been built to address the skills gap within the engineering industry.
The centre includes 3D printing technologies, robotics, industry 4.0
technologies, programmable logic controllers, CNC machines and high
specification computers for industrial design processes, upskilling
and learning.
The building is also home to advanced construction facilities, including
those that assist with the planning, design, construction and maintenance
of buildings.

                                                                                    Onsite nursery for students

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The Littleton Restaurant

Campus
                                        QUALITY
                                        ASSURED
Highlights
• Learning decks that have all the
  latest technology
• FREE Wi-fi access
                                        ACHIEVE SUCCESS ON
                                        QUALITY ASSURED COURSES
• FREE job search and support
• Membership of Students’ Union
• Town centre location with transport   Studying near your home now allows you to gain a high quality higher
  links
                                        level education that’s also in budget.
• Starbucks Café
                                        Our courses have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
• Discounted access to the gym
                                        and praised for the learning opportunities afforded to students.
  and salon
• The Littleton - Restaurant and Bar    Small class sizes and the personalised support you’ll receive from lecturers and experts in
                                        their field will increase your skills and career prospects.
• Onsite nursery
• Sports hall and badminton courts
                                        University Partnerships
• Business incubation centre
                                        Walsall College has collaborative arrangements with a number of local universities, including
• Sports training and injury clinic
                                        Birmingham City University and the University of Worcester.
• Sauna/jacuzzi
• Dance and fitness studios
• Spa facilities
• Corporate training area/team
  building
• CISCO Networking Academy

                                        The safety and security of all in our College community is our absolute priority.
                                        We have spent a long time planning measures which will allow us to safely
                                        deliver face-to-face teaching on campus from September 2021.
                                        • Our focus is on high-quality, small-         • All on-campus activity will be delivered
                                          group (groups averaging 15) teaching           using all necessary safety measures to
                                          in person, with some digitally-enabled         keep you and your tutors and advisors
                                          content to ensure no student misses            safe, including social distancing, and use
                                          any learning.                                  of personal protective equipment,
                                                                                         as appropriate.
                                        • You will also have access to a
                                          comprehensive programme of individual        • Our counsellors and safeguarding team
                                          support provided by a range of student         here to support you throughout your
                                          services including the Library Resource        time with us to ensure you achieve your
                                          Centre and Information, Advice                 full potential.
                                          and Guidance.

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HIGHLY
      RECOMMENDED
      ENDORSED BY GRADUATES WHO’VE GONE ON
      TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS, TAUGHT BY SPECIALISTS
      We listen to our students and give them the opportunity to voice
      their opinions via student conferences and student surveys.
                                                                                                        What do our
MEET SOME OF OUR SPECIALIST TUTORS                                                                      students love
                                                                                                        about HI:ED?
                                                                                                        “My overall time at Walsall College
                                                                                                        has been a very good experience
                                                                                                        for me. I have developed both
                                                                                                        mentally and physically and the
    Sapinder Birring                                Chris Sammons                                       course has made me ready for work
                                                                                                        outside of education.”
    Lecturer of Business                            Lecturer of Catering
    and Administration                              and Hospitality
                                                                                                        “There is a small group of students
After completing a youth training scheme,          Chris has nearly a decade’s worth of experience
                                                                                                        in each class which allows you
Sapinder worked as an administrator for            in the hospitality and catering industry,            to have more one-to-ones with
Dudley Council. She later graduated with a         particularly in fine dining and gourmet cooking.     tutors to check understanding and
HNC Business and BA Business Administration        He began his career as a Commis Chef at the          enhance learning. Compared to uni
Degree, which helped her become an                 Fairlawns Hotel and Spa in Aldridge. He then         the course fees are appealing.”
Examinations Officer at a local college, and       went on to work in senior roles for a wide
then a Supervisor at Walsall College in the        range of high-end restaurants, including the
same field.                                        contemporary Opus restaurant in Birmingham           “I definitely believe that the skills I
“After three years of working in this role,        and the Moddershall Oaks Country spa.                have gained on the course will be a
I decided to leave and complete my PGCE at         “One of my favourite aspects of my role as a         great benefit to me in my career!”
Wolverhampton University. I returned to the        senior chef was working with and developing
college as a lecturer in 2008, teaching students   young chefs, watching them progress and
at all levels within the Business and                                                                   “I started at college on a Level 2
                                                   reach their true potential. It was a great feeling
Computing cluster.                                 watching these chefs take on better roles and        course and because of the fantastic
“I wanted to share the knowledge that I            being told that I played a part in that.             support of the tutors I decided
had gained from my qualifications and work         “To be able to help develop new chefs in an
                                                                                                        to stay on to study towards a
experience. Teaching is a challenging and          academic environment is a great opportunity          foundation degree.”
rewarding career. As a teacher, you are a          for me to help better young chef’s chances of
role model to your students who look up to         achieving all they can. It’s a way of giving back
you for advice about their chosen careers.         to the industry, and giving trainees the same        “My tutors were very inspiring
“As well as teaching 16-18 year olds, I teach      time and energy my senior chefs gave to me           and encouraged me to believe
adult learners who have come back into             as a young chef.                                     in myself.”
education after a break. This is even more         “The best thing about teaching is seeing
rewarding seeing adult learners overcome           the students produce some amazing food,
their nerves and build up their confidence                                                              “Smaller class sizes, personalised
                                                   and progressing not only in the kitchen but
throughout the duration of their course.”          academically and as young professionals.”
                                                                                                        tuition and outstanding support!”

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3 YEARS                                                                                                                      Many of
                                                                                                                             our courses

 3 QUALIFICATIONS
                                                                                                                               are part
                                                                                                                                time!

 PROGRESS YOUR WAY FROM A HNC TO A DEGREE

 Get your                                                     The degrees                                Achieve a full degree and you’re well
                                                                                                         on the way to a successful career.

                                                              offered include:
 degree here!                                                                                            The average salary
                                                                                                         for graduates is

                                                                                                         30%
 We are proud to be one of the only further                   • BSc (Hons) Computing (TOP-UP)
 education colleges in the region to offer
 Level 6 degree qualifications. Working in                    • BA (Hons) Fashion Design
 partnership with Birmingham City University                    (TOP-UP)
 (BCU), we have developed a suite of courses                  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication
 designed to equip students with the higher                     - Graphic Communication

                                                                                                         HIGHER
 level skills in great demand by employers.
                                                                (TOP-UP)
 The one-year top-up degrees allow
                                                              • BA (Hons) Visual Communication
 students to convert an existing
 qualification at Level 5 into a full BA
                                                                - Photography (TOP-UP)
 honours qualification at Level 6.
                                                                                                         than for non-graduates aged 25-30

 YOUR ROUTE TO A DEGREE... AND BEYOND
 There’s more than one way to get the qualifications to advance your career.
 Get to grips with how different HI:ED courses work and how they can provide a cost-effective route to a degree.

                                          PhD/MPhil (duration depends on mode of study, normally 3-4 years)

                                                                      Masters - MA/MSc/MBA
                                                   (duration depends on mode of study, normally 1-3 years)

                                                                  Bachelor Degree
                                                                                                                                        HI:ED offer at Walsall College

                                                     Final Year/Top-Up Degree Level 6 - (Year 3)
                                                                                                                                                                         except Certificate of HE

        Higher National Diploma/
                                                                                                                  Bachelor Degree
       Foundation Degree Level 5                                      Degree Apprenticeship
                                                                                                                      (Year 2)
            Certificate of HE

       Higher National Certificate                               Higher Level Apprenticeship                      Bachelor Degree
                Level 4                                                   Level 4/5                                   (Year 1)

       Level 3 Extended Diploma•
                                                               Advanced Level Apprenticeship                          A Levels
          Level 3 Second Year
                                                                   Level 3 Second Yearq                             Second Year
             Access to HE*

              Level 3 Diploma•                                 Advanced Level Apprenticeship                          A Levels
              Level 3 First Year                                    Level 3 First Yearq                              First Year

 *Access to Higher Education courses are for students aged 19+ only
 • T his includes 90 credit and subsidiary diplomas
q Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships can take 1-2 years to complete
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COURSES
     EXPLAINED
     How can we improve your                        What do I need for a HE course?
     career prospects? From Access                  Usually one or more of these Level 3 qualifications:
     courses to get you back in to
     education, to HNCs and HNDs                    • BTEC/OCR/C&G national                       • Other specialist and
                                                      qualifications                                professional qualifications
     to full degrees, we can help!
                                                    • Advanced Apprenticeships                    • Access to HE courses
     Because a degree needn’t
                                                    • A Diploma                                   • Relevant industry experience
     mean three expensive years
                                                    • A Levels/T Levels                             will also be considered if you
     at university. Get a HND here                                                                  do not have qualifications at
     at Walsall College and you                     • NVQ Level 3
                                                    • International Baccalaureate                   Level 3
     could go straight onto the
     final year of a degree course                  Entry requirements vary - please check your course details carefully. Some courses may require grade
     - in some cases right here at                  C/4 or above in English and Maths or equivalent i.e. Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.

     Walsall College.                               Talk to us on 01922 657000 for personal, tailored advice.

     Everyone has access                           They reflect what your industry wants
                                                   and needs and they’re respected by
                                                                                                          to make them directly relevant to
                                                                                                          your career. Study for an extra year at
     to Higher Education                           employers. They’re a good route into                   university and you could top it up to a
                                                   employment, or, if you want to take                    full degree.
     Access Courses (pre Higher Education)         your education further, you can go on
     Access courses are specifically designed      to study a HND or it can count towards                 Level 6 Top-Up Degrees
     to prepare you for progression to Higher      a degree. They can be studied full-time                Get your degree right here at Walsall
     Education. They focus on developing the       and part-time.                                         College. We’re delighted to offer
     transferable skills required for HI:ED, and                                                          one-year top-up degrees in certain
                                                   Students who achieve this can progress                 programmes, designed to convert an
     provide a vocational foundation to
                                                   first to a BTEC Level 5 Higher National                existing qualification at Level 5 into a
     build on. Access to HE are Level 3 courses.
                                                   Diploma which offers a greater degree                  full BA honours qualification at Level
     Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals                 of specialisation and then potentially to              6. It’s aimed at successful HND/FdA (or
     at Walsall College                            degree level.                                          equivalent) graduates who want to gain
     Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals (HNs)                                                                  an affordable, accessible university level
                                                   Higher National Diploma HND - Level
     are nationally recognised qualifications                                                             qualification.
                                                   5 Equivalent to 2nd year of university
     that provide a programme of specialist
                                                   HNDs are nationally-recognised, career-                Professional Qualifications
     vocational learning at Levels 4
                                                   focused BTEC qualifications at Level                   These are vocationally relevant higher
     (HNC) and 5 (HND) which reflects
                                                   5. Employers value their relevance and                 level courses to further enhance your
     the requirement of professional
                                                   practical aspects. At this level you can               skills and career prospects.
     organisations and meets the National
                                                   specialise and may be able to start to
     Occupational Standards for each sector                                                               Higher Apprenticeships
                                                   work towards professional membership.
     or industry.                                                                                         These are a great way to continue
                                                   They take two years of full-time study
     With their strong emphasis on                 (or 1 year top-up following a HNC)                     workbased learning at HE level.
     developing practical skills alongside         and you may be able to work while                      They offer opportunities to enrol on a
     specialist knowledge and understanding        studying. They’re a good route straight                Foundation Degree, HND, Diploma in
     for the sector, BTEC Higher Nationals         into your career or you can often go                   HE and Degree Courses (you may need
     are recognised internationally by             straight into the third year of a degree               additional qualifications for some higher
     employers as providing students with          course, including our own Level 6                      level courses).
     the key concepts and practical skills         top-up courses.
     for direct progression to - or within -                                                              Recognising Prior Learning (RPL)
                                                   Foundation Degrees - Level 4 and 5                     The credits you’ve achieved at Level 4
     employment.
                                                   Equivalent to 2nd year of university                   HNC can contribute towards your Level
     Higher National Certificate HNC -             Get the knowledge and abilities                        5 HND. Most of our Level 5 HNDs are
     Level 4 Equivalent to 1st year of             employers want and develop skills in                   ‘top-up qualifications’ which recognise
     university                                    specialised areas, based on the latest                 the learning and expertise you
     HNCs are nationally-recognised, career-       industry practices. Usually lasting two                already have.
     focused BTEC qualifications at Level 4.       years, they’re designed with employers

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HOW MANY UCAS
POINTS DO YOU HAVE?
Use our list and find points for other qualifications at www.ucas.com

                            UCAS POINTS SYSTEM
                                                    BTEC
                                                                       BTEC         BTEC 90 CREDIT
                               TARIFF            EXTENDED
  AS LEVEL       A LEVEL                                             DIPLOMA           DIPLOMA
                               POINTS             DIPLOMA
                                                                   (2 A LEVELS)     (1.5 A LEVELS)
                                                (3 A LEVELS)

                                168               D*D*D*

                                160               D*D*D

                                152                D*DD

                                144                DDD

                                128                DDM

                                112                DMM                D*D*

                                104                                    D*D

                                 96                MMM                 DD

                                 84                                                     D*D*

                                 80                MMP                 DM                D*D

                                 72                                                      DD

                                 64                MPP                 MM                DM

                   A*            56

                   A             48                PPP                 MP                MM

                   B             40                                                      MP

                   C             32                                    PP

                                 28                                                      PP

                   D             24

     A                           20

     B             E             16

     C                           12

     D                           10

                                 8

     E                           6

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Walsall College’s very own gym            Student Lounge                         The Light Cinema

HIGHER EDUCATION
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STUDENT LIFE OUTSIDE
                                                                                     many more!
                                                                                     Correct at time of print

THE CLASSROOM
Like all college and university environments, we encourage our
students to make the most of their time with us by enjoying
opportunities to socialise, pursue hobbies and interests and take
part in activities that will support their job and career prospects.
Here are just some of the things you can do as a higher education student:

Student Union membership
When you enrol on a course with us, you also become a member of Walsall
College Students’ Union and the National Union of Students (NUS). This means
you can help organise, or just take part in college-based events celebrating
everything from culture and diversity to local and national festival and
calendar events.

Our Students’ Union is a great place to relax, play pool, play gaming consoles and
meet other students.

You can also support the work of the NUS - promoting, defending and extending
the rights of all students. Find out more at www.nus.org.uk

Save money
Apply for a NUS Totum Card and save money at a range of leisure, retail and
dining outlets. Full details & application can be found at www.totum.com

Be a Student Representative
If you are inspired by the work of the NUS, you might want to consider taking up
the role of Higher Education Officer in our Students’ Union. Elections take place
in October.

Be active
Join our state-of-the-art gym and take part in a range of classes such as yoga,
zumba and pilates.                                                                       The NUS promote, defend
                                                                                         and extend student rights.
Give and Take                                                                            Find out more at;
Give and Take is our unique volunteering programme of activities and events.
Have fun, enrich your CV and improve your employment prospects all at the same           www.nus.org.uk
time. Employers love to see real work-related experience. We’ll help you find the
volunteering opportunities to develop your skills. You can even set up and run
your own student group.

Get to know us
At the beginning of term, visit our Big Hello fresher’s fair where you can meet
people, discover what Walsall College - and Walsall - have to offer, and most of
all, enjoy yourself.
Find out more about all these initiatives and other things happening across our
sites through our campus notice boards and our social media.
                                                                                     Make the most of Walsall’s lively nightlife

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GAIN INDUSTRY
EXPERIENCE
So what’s the key to landing your               exciting competition in collaboration with        Fashion design students Zoe Jones and Leah
dream job? It’s making sure that the            Brady Bags, an accessories company based          Hinton were awarded first place, and will
skills you have are exactly the skills          in Walsall.                                       have their designs mass produced and sold
the economy needs. Our close industry                                                             internationally.
                                                Peter Wilkes, Managing Director at Brady
links mean we know where the jobs are
                                                Bags, said “We’ve been working with               Peter said, “Zoe and Leah showed
going to be - and how to get you ready
                                                students from Walsall College for the past        confidence in their designs. They have taken
for them.
                                                three years and every year we’re impressed        the brief and designed bags that are not only
On our higher education courses you will        by the calibre of local talent from the fashion   fresh and current, but complements our bag
get the opportunity to gain valuable industry   students.”                                        range beautifully. We’re impressed with the
insights via:                                   The live brief was delivered by Peter who         research they have done, and how they were
                                                outlined for students to design a travel bag      able to tailor the designs to our brand style
• Course related trips                                                                            and target audience.
                                                that could end up on the production line and
• External Placement opportunities
                                                be launched to an international market.
• Live briefs set with employers                                                                  We’re excited to showcase these designs
• Employer-led talks/masterclasses              Students were briefed to come up with a           as part of our range and look forward to
                                                design aimed at a younger trend conscious         working with Walsall College again on our
                                                market but in keeping with Brady’s                next brief.”
  Spotlight on talent...                        trademark style. Students were encouraged
                                                to take a risk with their design, and to          Jaswant Sembhi, former Senior Employer
                                                                                                  Engagement Co-ordinator at Walsall College,
Fashion students’                               consider features such as buckles, studs and
                                                magnetic locks, as well as the colour burnt       said “We’re delighted to team up with Brady
designs go on Brady                             orange to fit into their autumn range.            Bags again this year. Our students gain
                                                                                                  so many benefits from working alongside
Bags’ production line                           Over 40 students at Walsall College from          industry experts and we hope to continue
                                                both Level 3 and HE courses entered the           this relationship with Brady Bags for years
Fashion design students at Walsall College      competition, all showcasing their design skills   to come.”
were given the opportunity to enter an          and ideas for an original Brady bag.

WALSALL COLLEGE
GRADUATE
It’s not just about learning how to
organise an event, creating a CAD
                                                 ...become a Walsall
image or design websites. Yes, we’ll             College Graduate
teach you the skills to do your job -                                                                                            Walsall College
                                                 • Be skilled: You will have the commercial
and to do it brilliantly. But at Walsall
                                                   skills needed to thrive in your chosen
College, you’ll learn so much more
                                                   industry sector
than that.                                                                                                                GRADUATE
                                                 • Be professional: You will have the                                     SKILLED • PROFESSIONAL • ENTERPRISING

                                                                                                                                 GOLD AWARD
You’ll become a Walsall College Graduate.          additional qualities which will help you
That means you’ll leave us as a well-              stand out against the competition and
rounded individual, ready to make an                                                                                             Walsall College
                                                   excel in your career.
instant contribution to your career - with a
                                                 • Be enterprising: You will have the
whole range of skills that employers want,
from teamworking to problem solving and
                                                   intuitive skills that will help you to be                              GRADUATE
                                                   flexible and adaptable to the changing                                 SKILLED • PROFESSIONAL • ENTERPRISING

                                                                                                                                SILVER AWARD
communicating.
                                                   and challenging world of work
It means that you’re prepared for anything.
Wherever your career takes you - onward,         Go for Gold                                                                     Walsall College

upward or even in a completely different         Really shine and you’ll get a silver or
direction, you’ve got the transferable skills    gold award, demonstrating to employers and
                                                 universities that you go above and beyond in                             GRADUATE
to make it a success.                                                                                                     SKILLED • PROFESSIONAL • ENTERPRISING

                                                 developing your transferable skills.                                          BRONZE AWARD

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HOW TO APPLY
     FOLLOW OUR SIMPLE STEPS TO APPLYING

          ACCESS TO HE                        FULL TIME             PART TIME               HIGHER
                                                                                        APPRENTICESHIPS

            Step 1                            Step 1                 Step 1                 Step 1
            Complete an                  Apply through UCAS,         Complete an         Already have a job?
          application form                  www.ucas.com           application form      Apply to the college
         (online or we can               Apply from Sept 2020     (online or we can        by filling out an
         send you a paper                 to apply for courses    send you a paper        application form,
              version)                   starting in Sept 2021         version)         attend interview and
                                                                                        enrol onto the course.

            Step 2                            Step 2                 Step 2                 Step 2
           Complete an                     Complete an initial       Complete an          Don’t have a job?
        initial assessment                  assessment* and       initial assessment*        Check out
           and written                   attend your interview.    and attend your         Apprenticeship
       comprehension test.                Look at page 15 for          interview.           vacancies at
       Attend an interview•                 UCAS deadlines.                               apprenticeships.
                                                                                               gov.uk

            Step 3                            Step 3                 Step 3                 Step 3
                Start                             Start                  Start           If you are successful
               course                            course                 course          you will be signed up,
                                                                                         if not, we may offer
                                                                                          you an alternative
                                                                                             programme.

      * subject to proven qualifications
      • interview subject to initial assessment results

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You’ve seen what we can do                     How to apply for                            How, where and
for you. And - more importantly
- you’ve seen what you can do                  a part-time course                          when do I apply for
for yourself. Apply now and get                • Apply directly to Walsall College         financial help?
your career moving.                              on a college application form (either
                                                                                           • Loans are available to help pay for
                                                 available online, or call us to request
How to apply for                                 one). Once we have received your
                                                                                             your tuition fee and living costs.
                                                                                             Additional support may be available
a full-time course                               application we will arrange an
                                                 interview with the relevant
                                                                                             for full time students if you have a
• Apply through UCAS, the                                                                    disability, dependants and children.
                                                 admissions tutor.
  Universities and Colleges Admissions                                                       You should apply as early as possible
  Service system.                              How to apply for                              - don’t wait until you’ve been offered
                                                                                             a place on a course to find out what
• Apply from September 2020 for                Access to Higher                              student finance you could get.
  courses starting 2021.
• Make sure UCAS receives your
                                               Education Courses                           • Find out what’s available and
                                                                                             how to apply at
  application by 15 January 2021,              • Apply directly to Walsall College,
                                                                                             www.direct.gov.uk/
  unless it’s listed with a 15 October           do not apply through UCAS. There
                                                                                             studentfinance
  2020 deadline.                                 are fees attached to these courses. For
                                                 more information, call our Customer       • Get advice on 0300 100 0607
• If you apply after the deadline, the                                                       Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
  College will consider your application         Advice and Support Centre on
                                                 01922 657000                                Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 4pm
  on an individual basis if places are still                                                 Textphone: 0300 100 0622
  available.                                   • You can now apply for an Advanced
                                                 Learning Loan to cover tuition fees       • Estimate your costs for full-time
• Find out more at www.ucas.com                                                              study in advance with the Student
                                                 for an Access to HE course. Find out
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                                                 advanced-learner-loans                    • Find out about student loans at
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                                                                                             repayments
                                                                                           • Find out more about an Advanced
                                                                                             Learning Loan at
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                                                                                             advanced-learner-loans

  ENTRY
                                               All applicants are required to attend       English order to progress to
                                               an interview to help determine              higher levels.

  REQUIREMENTS                                 whether the course is suitable for
                                               them and if successful completion of
                                                                                           It is also likely that applicants will be
                                                                                           asked to take an initial assessment
  Entry on to our higher                       the course will help students to make
                                                                                           at the college to help assess if they
                                               inroads towards their career goals.
  education courses is assessed                                                            require any additional support whilst
                                               The interview stage also allows you to
  on an individual case by case                ask questions about the course or the
                                                                                           on the course.
  basis. Qualifications, subjects              college, with a representative from the     Finally, some courses set an
  studied and exam grades are                  curriculum team.                            introductory task for students to
  the key measures taken into                                                              complete in their own time before
                                               Interviews for some courses may
  account, however industry                                                                enrolment starts. This is designed for
                                               also involve additional aspects, such
  experience and enthusiasm are                as a review of your portfolio work
                                                                                           you to get a feel for the course which
  also highly considered before a              for creative courses. This will be
                                                                                           we hope will excite you as your start
  decision is made.                                                                        date approaches.
                                               made clear in your invitation letter.
                                               In some cases, it may be a course
                                               requirement for you to achieve a Level
                                               2 qualification in either Maths and or

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COURSE LISTING                                                  FEES/COURSES ARE CORRECT AT TIME OF PRINT BUT CAN BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

                                                                                            UCAS CODE     STUDY MODE           FEE P/YEAR       PAGE
     ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
     Access to Higher Education Diploma: Business and Law                                        -            Full time           £3022          19
     Access to Higher Education Diploma: Business and Management                                 -            Full time           £3022          20
     Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computing                                               -            Full time           £3928          20
     Access to Higher Education Diploma: Education                                               -            Full time           £3384          21
     Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health                                                  -            Full time           £3384          21
     Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science                                                 -            Full time           £3384          23
     Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Work                                             -            Full time           £3384          23
     BUSINESS, LAW & COMPUTING
     Business HNC                                                                              21NN      Blended Learning         £3500          25
     Business HND (TOP-UP)                                                                     022N      Blended Learning         £3500          25
     AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) L4 Professional Diploma in Accounting            -          Part time            £2573          26
     CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management                               -           Full time           £2000          27
     Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)                                               -       Apprenticeship            -            27
     Computing (Networking) HNC                                                                2IC2      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       29
     Computing (Software Development) HNC                                                      21C1      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       29
     Computing (Networking) HND (TOP-UP)                                                       012N      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       30
     Computing (Software Development) HND (TOP-UP)                                             204G      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       30
     Computing BSc (Hons) (TOP-UP)*                                                             I100          Full time           £7500          31
     Computer Networking and Security BSc (Hons) TOP-UP (course subject to approval)*           I200          Full time           £7500          31
     CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING
     Construction and the Built Environment HNC                                                  -           Part time            £2900          33
     General Engineering HNC                                                                     -            Full time           £5500          35
     CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
                                                                                                                               £5400 (free if
     Pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art & Design                                               -            Full time         under 19)        37
     Art & Design HNC                                                                          112A      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       39
     Art & Design HND (TOP-UP)                                                                 012A      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       39
     Creative Media Production HNC                                                             3P10      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       40
     Creative Media Production HND (TOP-UP)                                                    3P1P      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       40
     Fashion and Textiles HNC                                                                  122W      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       42
     Fashion and Textiles HND (TOP-UP)                                                         522W      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       42
     Fashion BA (Hons) (TOP-UP)*                                                               A234           Full time           £7500          43
     Graphic Design HNC                                                                        112W      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       44
     Graphic Design HND (TOP-UP)                                                               012W      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       44
     Graphic Communication BA (Hons) (TOP-UP)*                                                 V587           Full time           £7500          45
     Photography HNC                                                                           W640      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       46
     Photography HND (TOP-UP)                                                                  046W      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       46
     Photography BA (Hons) (TOP-UP)*                                                           V589           Full time           £7500          47
     PROTECTIVE SERVICES
     Protective Services (Blue Lights Services) HNC                                            PS20           Full time           £5500          49
     Protective Services HND                                                                   PS21           Full time           £5500          49
     SERVICES TO PEOPLE
     Hospitality Management HNC                                                                099N      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       52
     Hospitality Management HND (TOP-UP)                                                       0995           Full time           £5500          52
     International Travel and Tourism Management HNC                                           TT01      Part time/Full time   £2900/£5500       53
     TEACHER TRAINING
     Postgraduate Certificate in Education / Diploma in Education and Training*                  -           Part time         £4500/£9250       55

     The College reserves the right to change course fees without prior notice at complete discretion.
     Please refer to the College fees policy (available on request) for advice regarding refunds.
     *Delivered in partnership with Birmingham City University

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COURSES

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ACCESS TO
HIGHER
EDUCATION
Take the first steps to the career you want. Access courses offer the
perfect stepping-stone onto our HI:ED courses. They’re specially
designed to give you the transferable skills - anything from writing
essays to problem-solving to IT skills - that you’ll need for Higher
Education. All skills that will help you in your chosen career. It’s also a
firm vocational foundation for your next step. And from there? Think
big. It’s up to you.

University Level Courses
Access to Higher Education Diploma: Business and Law
Access to Higher Education Diploma: Business and Management
Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computing
Access to Higher Education Diploma: Education
Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health
Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science
Access to Higher Education Diploma: Social Work

     Learn now.                           If finances have been holding you back from starting a course, you can now
                                          apply for a loan to help with the cost of Access to Higher Education and

     Pay later.
                                          professional course fees if you are aged 19 or over when you start the course.
                                          Your household income isn’t taken into account, there’s no credit check, and
                                          repayments don’t start until you are earning over £25,000 per annum.
     Advanced Learning                    Please note this loan does not apply to HNC, HND or degree/Level 6 courses.
     Loans for Access to
     HE and Professional
                                          Find out more at www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

     courses
                                          or email our Student Support Team on
                                          studentsupport@walsallcollege.ac.uk

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Access to Higher Education
Diploma: Business and Law
      36 weeks, full time, 15 hours per week

      Wisemore Campus                      Level 3

 Awarding Body: Open College Network West Midlands

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English or Maths.
 • Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level
   1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online initial
   assessment and a written comprehension exercise.
 • You will need to possess the necessary motivation and
   determination to succeed on an intensive programme and
   must be able to show evidence of relevant work experience to
   support career progression.

WHY CHOOSE IT?
                                                                           Aiga Dalberga
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas Business and Law
course runs over one year and is ideal if you wish to progress to          After a long break from education, Aiga moved to
higher education to study on a range of business or law-related            Walsall and continued her studies. During a trip to
programmes. If you have prior experience working in business and/          the College’s Open Day, she discovered the Access
or the legal professions, you will also benefit from this course if you    to Higher Education course, which is now helping
have a desire to progress to higher education.
                                                                           her to reach her goal of going to university and
COURSE CONTENT                                                             becoming a barrister.
You will study a range of modules in business, law, study techniques       Aiga’s Access course has helped her to develop a range of
and preparation for higher education. This is an intensive study
                                                                           skills needed in higher education, including managing her
programme so you must possess the necessary motivation and
determination to succeed A minimum of 10 self-study hours a                own time.
week are required in order to manage strict work deadlines and             “I like how the course prepares you for university, which
to cope with the workload.
                                                                           includes the responsibility we have to take in order to
MODULES
                                                                           maintain our course work. Deadlines for assignments are
• Access to Justice                                                        set and the ability to manage your private life and time
• Civil & Criminal Courts                                                  is essential. Tutors are very supportive and will guide you
• Criminal Law & Procedures                                                when needed.”
• English Legal System
• Family Law - Children                                                    Walsall College’s Access to HE course has enabled Aiga to
• Family Law - Marriage & Cohabitation                                     pursue something she enjoyed.
• Human Rights, the Individual & the Law
• The Law of Tort - Negligence
• Marketing
                                                                           “I have always been interested in law,
• Research Topic                                                           and I wanted to enhance my quality of life
• Study Skills                                                             by doing something I have a passion for.
PROGRESSION                                                                Education opens up opportunities and I
Remain at Walsall College to complete HNC and HND in Business              feel that by pursuing higher level study, I’m
followed by BA (Hons) in Business Studies (TOP-UP), or progress to         providing a good example to my children.”
university.

FEE                                                                        Aiga values the academic skills and experiences she
Fee is £3022 (full time). Fees are inclusive of exam and registration      gained from the course, including a trip to the Houses
fees but individual professional body membership/registration fees         of Parliament.
are the responsibility of the student.
                                                                           “I learnt how to think critically and analyse information,
Additional costs may include:
• £100 for course related books                                            which are some of the most important skills I gained. My
• £30 field trip                                                           visit to the House of Lords and House of Commons was an
                                                                           amazing experience, as I learnt about the history of British
START DATE                                                                 law and how new legislations are made”
September 2021
                                                                           She now plans to continue her studies at the University of
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT                                                       Law, with dreams of becoming a barrister.
• Essay
                                                                           “I have received a conditional offer from the University
• Presentations
• Controlled assignments                                                   of Law to study an LLB degree that will be continued at a
                                                                           higher level by studying Bar Professional Training Course.”
                                                                           Aiga commends the support she received during her
                                                                           studies.
                                                                           “The tutors were great. If I ever had any issue, I knew
                                                                           where to turn and I was always heard.”

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Access to Higher Education                                              Access to Higher Education
     Diploma: Business and                                                   Diploma: Computing
     Management
                                                                                  36
                                                                                  36 weeks,
                                                                                     weeks, full
                                                                                            full time,
                                                                                                 time, 15
                                                                                                       15 hours
                                                                                                          hours per
                                                                                                                per week
                                                                                                                    week
           36 weeks, full time, 13 hours per week                                 Wisemore
                                                                                  Wisemore Campus
                                                                                           Campus                      Level
                                                                                                                       Level 33
           Wisemore Campus                     Level 3                       Awarding
                                                                             Awarding Body:
                                                                                      Body: Open
                                                                                            Open College
                                                                                                 College Network
                                                                                                         Network West
                                                                                                                 West Midlands
                                                                                                                      Midlands
      Awarding Body: Open College Network West Midlands
                                                                              ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                              • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English or Maths.
      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                              • Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level
      • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English or Maths.
                                                                                1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online Initial
      • Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level
                                                                                Assessment and a written comprehension exercise.
        1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online Initial
                                                                              • You will need to possess the necessary motivation and
        Assessment and a written comprehension exercise.
                                                                                determination to succeed on an intensive programme and
      • You will need to possess the necessary motivation and
                                                                                must be able to show evidence of relevant work experience to
        determination to succeed on an intensive programme and
                                                                                support career progression.
        must be able to show evidence of relevant work experience to
        support career progression.
                                                                             WHY CHOOSE IT?
     WHY CHOOSE IT?                                                          Our new Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computing course
     This new course is ideal if you wish to progress to higher              runs over one year and is ideal if you wish to progress to higher
     education, to study on a range of business or management related        education. During the course of your studies, you will be introduced
     programmes. If you have prior experience working in business and/       to various Computing-related subjects. If you have prior experience
     or management this will also benefit you have a desire to progress to   working in business and/or management and wish to study any
     higher education.                                                       Computing-related discipline at higher education, this course will
                                                                             prepare you for it.
     COURSE CONTENT
     You will study a range of modules in business, management, finance,     COURSE CONTENT
     ICT, study techniques and preparation for higher education. This is     You will study a range of modules in Computing, Networking, study
     an intensive study programme so you must possess the necessary          techniques and preparation for higher education. This is an intensive
     motivation and determination to succeed. A minimum of 10                study programme so you must possess the necessary motivation and
     self-study hours a week are required in order to manage strict          determination to succeed. A minimum of 10 self-study hours a
     work deadlines and to cope with the workload.                           week are required in order to manage strict work deadlines and
                                                                             to cope with the workload.
     MODULES
     • Business and Employment Law                                           MODULES
     • Business Skills                                                       • Introduction to Web Design
     • Human Resources Management                                            • Investigation into Design considerations for Websites
     • Management                                                            • Cyber Security
     • Business and the Environment                                          • Introduction to Programming
     • Business Organisations                                                • System Analysis and Design
     • Business Planning                                                     • Database
     • English Legal System                                                  • Client side Scripting
     • Human Rights, the Individual & the Law                                • Introduction to Computer Systems
     • The Law of Tort - Negligence                                          • Computing Short Project
     • Extended Essay                                                        • Networking
     • Research Topic                                                        • And number of study skills units.
     • Study Skills
                                                                             In addition, students will be required to study GCSE English and
     PROGRESSION                                                             Maths at grade 4 and above, if this is not already achieved. Although
     Remain at Walsall College to complete HNC and HND in Business           some universities will also accept functional skills at level 2.
     followed by BA (Hons) in Business Studies (TOP-UP), or progress
     to university.                                                          PROGRESSION
                                                                             Upon successful completion of this course, you will attain UCAS
     FEE                                                                     credits to progress onto a course that meets the entry criteria at
     Fee is £3022 (full time). Fees are inclusive of exam and registration   university. We, at Walsall College also provided higher education at
     fees but individual professional body membership/registration fees      level 4, 5 and 6 in two different pathways - Software Development
     are the responsibility of the student.                                  and Networking & Security. In order to acquire entrance to a good
                                                                             profile university, students will be required to study GCSE English
     Additional costs may include:                                           and Math at grade 4 and above, if this is not already achieved.
     • £100 for course related books
     • £30 field trip                                                        FEE
                                                                             Fee is £3928 (full time). Fees are inclusive of exam and registration
     START DATE                                                              fees but individual professional body membership/registration fees
     September 2021                                                          are the responsibility of the student.
     METHOD OF ASSESSMENT                                                    START DATE
     • Essay                                                                 September 2021
     • Presentations
     • Controlled assignments                                                METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
                                                                             100% coursework (subject to qualification updates and
                                                                             assessment regulation)

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Access to Higher Education                                                   Access to Higher Education
Diploma: Education                                                           Diploma: Health
      36 weeks, full time, 12 hours per week                                       36 weeks, full time, 12 hours per week

      Wisemore Campus                      Level 3                                 Wisemore Campus                     Level 3

 Awarding Body: Open College Network West Midlands                            Awarding Body: Open College Network West Midlands

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS                                                           ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 • GCSE grade C/4 or above in two or more in English,                         • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English or Maths.
   Maths or Science.                                                          • Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level
 • Level 2 competency in Literacy and a minimum of Level                        1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online Initial
   1-2 in Numeracy through a rigorous interview, online Initial                 Assessment and a written comprehension exercise.
   Assessment and a written comprehension exercise.                           • You will need to possess the necessary motivation and
 • You will need to possess the necessary motivation and                        determination to succeed on an intensive programme and
   determination to succeed on an intensive programme and                       must be able to show evidence of relevant work experience to
   must be able to show evidence of relevant work experience to                 support career progression.
   support career progression.
                                                                             WHY CHOOSE IT?
                                                                             Develop the skills and knowledge to progress on to higher education
WHY CHOOSE IT?                                                               courses and open up a whole new world of possibilities in health
Get a thorough preparation for higher education and the career               care professional settings.
you want. This course offers a route for adults to enter the teaching
profession.                                                                  COURSE CONTENT
                                                                             Topics include: anatomy, respiration and circulation, cell biology,
COURSE CONTENT                                                               control and coordination, disease and health studies. Assessment is
Topics include: Education Studies, English Literature, Practical Skills in   through a combination of assignments and examinations. Homework
Teaching, History, Psychology and Sociology. Assessment is through           and private study is required and you will need to source a work
a combination of assignments and examinations. Homework and                  experience placement in an appropriate health setting.
private study is required. You may also need to source a placement in
an appropriate educational environment dependent on your future              MODULES
career goals. This can be discussed at interview.                            • Biological Science
                                                                             • Health Studies
MODULES                                                                      • Skills for Learning
• Skills for Learning
• Education Practice                                                         PROGRESSION
• Education Studies                                                          You can progress in to a career in nursing, midwifery, occupational
• Education Theory                                                           therapy and other related health care professions. Successful
• Historical Studies                                                         completion of all unit assessments is required for progression to
• English Literature and Language                                            Higher Education.
• Sociology
• Childhood Studies                                                          FEE
                                                                             Fee is £3384 (full time). Fees are inclusive of exam and registration
PROGRESSION                                                                  fees but individual professional body membership/registration fees
You can progress onto a degree course in a variety of fields such as         are the responsibility of the student.
education, English, creative writing, history, sociology and childhood
and family studies. Successful completion of all unit assessments is         START DATE
required for progression to Higher Education.                                September 2021

FEE                                                                          METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Fee is £3384 (full time). Fees are inclusive of exam and registration        • Essays
fees but individual professional body membership/registration fees           • Group Discussion
are the responsibility of the student.                                       • Presentation
                                                                             • Seminar
START DATE
September 2021

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
• Essays
• Group Discussion
• Presentation
• Seminar

  ADDITIONAL                                 Some of our courses may involve
                                             additional costs which are not covered by
                                                                                               All information was accurate as of July 2020
                                                                                               and may be subject to change.

  FEES AND                                   the tuition fee. Further information can be
                                             found on page 4.
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Natalie Guy
            Studied: Access to Health

            Progression: Mental Health Nursing Degree at
            University of Wolverhampton

     Natalie Guy never imagined that a short distance
     learning course would give her the confidence to
     continue studying all the way up to university level. Now
     as an undergraduate, she is keen to pursue a role as a
     mental health advocate, ideally in suicide prevention.
     “Helping those experiencing problems with their mental health has
     always been an ambition,” said Natalie. “Having support available
     to those in need can make all the difference.”
     Natalie’s Access to Health course opened her eyes up to a range
     of health subjects and disciplines linked to science (body anatomy)
     and sociology (health studies). The most rewarding part of all
     was completing a 3,000 word research proposal about diabetes
     awareness, for which she achieved a Distinction grade.
     “Being a student again is one of the best decisions I’ve made,” said
     Natalie. “I’m the first in my family to go to university and now my
     sister is at college. I paved the way for her.
     “I’ve made friends for life and found it rewarding to see others
     progress in the same way I am.” Following her degree, she hopes
     to gain a Masters qualification before becoming a qualified suicide
     prevention professional.
     “I’m keen to pursue a role in epidemiology, virology or microbiology
     research,” said Julie.

                                                                            Julie Edge
                                                                            After 15 years of working in marketing, Julie Edge
                                                                            decided to try something completely different.
                                                                            Working towards a career as a virology specialist is
                                                                            definitely that.
                                                                            Her learning journey began with a GCSE Biology and
                                                                            Chemistry qualifications, followed by her Access course and
                                                                            GCSE Physics. Julie is full of praise her for Access course.
                                                                            “Everything was well organised. It was easy to understand
                                                                            what was expected of me,” she recalled. “The idea of
                                                                            doing practicals did make me nervous at first. I wasn’t
                                                                            sure about completing all the instructions on time or not
                                                                            being able to present findings to the rest of the group
                                                                            afterwards.”
                                                                            “There was no need to worry. Support was always
                                                                            available. And my classmates were a mixture of ages and all
                                                                            friendly, so everything went fine.”
                                                                            Julie achieved Distinction grades in all of her units bar one;
                                                                            surpassing the entry requirements for her degree course.
                                                                            With her interest in scientific research stronger than ever,
                                                                            she is hoping to secure a role with Public Health England or
                                                                            the World Health Organisation.
                                                                            “I’m keen to pursue a role in epidemiology, virology or
                                                                            microbiology research,” said Julie.

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