VOCATIONAL COURSE GUIDE 2019 - Riverside College

 
VOCATIONAL COURSE GUIDE 2019 - Riverside College
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                                      VOCATIONAL COURSE GUIDE 2019
VOCATIONAL COURSE GUIDE 2019 - Riverside College
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         OPEN EVENTS
          Wednesday 14th November 2018 5pm - 7pm
          Wednesday 6th March 2019     5pm - 7pm
          Wednesday 12th June 2019     5pm - 8pm

          >   100% Pass Rate
          >   89% High Grades
          >   73% Triple Distinctions Grades
          >   47% Triple Distinction* Grades
              (Equivalent to 3 A* grades at A Level)
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CONTENTS
Welcome                                    4
                                               Construction, Plumbing                        34
Outstanding results                        5
                                               and Electrical Services
Reasons to choose Riverside College        6
Free bus pass                              7
Celebrating achievements                   8
                                               Early Years and Education                     40
Students to be proud of                   10
College life and enrichment               14
Personal and academic support             16
                                               Engineering, Motor Vehicle                    42
Work experience and industry placements   17
                                               and Motorsport
State of the art facilities               18

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How to apply                              54   Hair, Beauty, Nails and Media Makeup          46
How to find us                            55

                                               Health, Social Care and Nursing               52

Apprenticeships                           22

                                               NOT FOUND WHAT YOU
Business and Retail                       26   ARE LOOKING FOR?
                                               •   A Levels           • Science
                                               •   Animal Care        • Sport
                                               •   Creative Arts      • Public Services
Catering and Hospitality                  28
                                               •   Performing Arts

                                               Try our Cronton Sixth Form Prospectus or visit
                                               the website www.cronton.ac.uk
Computing and IT                          32

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                WELCOME...
                Welcome to Riverside College. A Centre of Vocational Excellence

                As a student at Riverside College you will be at the   We have made significant investments in creating
                centre of everything we do.                            state of the art vocational facilities. This ensures that
                                                                       you develop skills using the latest technology and
                We have a simple ambition:                             equipment essential for today’s job market.
                We want you to reach your full potential during your
                valuable time with us.                                 Our state of the art facilities include:

                We aim to provide:                                     •   Engineering and Construction Skills Centre
                • The very best teaching                               •   Training Restaurant and Kitchens
                • Personal tutors and teachers who really care         •   Practice Nursery
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                   for you                                             •   IT and Computing Suites
                • A wide range of enrichment activities from           •   Motor Vehicle / Motorsport Workshops
                   sport, to trips, visits, and student clubs          •   Salons and Nail Bar
                • Additional support for those students who            •   Indoor and Outdoor Enrichment Areas
                   require extra help with their studies
                • A friendly, caring and safe environment with         We are extremely proud of the service we provide
                   high standards at all times                         to our community and I look forward to making you
                                                                       welcome at the college in September.
                Visitors to the college frequently comment on its
                supportive and friendly atmosphere. I believe this
                comes from the strong relationships which exist
                between staff and students creating a college
                community where each person is valued and can
                flourish.                                                                           Thalia Bell
                                                                                                    Head of Riverside College
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OUTSTANDING RESULTS
This year our students have achieved exceptional results, putting our college
amongst the top in the country. We achieved a 100% pass rate, 89% high grades, 73%
Triple Distinctions and 47% Distinction* grades resulting in a record number of our
students progressing to university.

We celebrated 100% pass rates                   •   Early Years & Education   100%   •   IT                        100%
in all of our subjects:                         •   Electrical Installation   100%   •   Media Makeup              100%
•   Beauty                         100%         •   Health & Social Care      100%   •   Motor Vehicle             100%
•   Business                       100%         •   Hospitality               100%   •   Nail Techniques           100%
•   Brickwork                      100%         •   Engineering               100%   •   Painting & Decorating     100%
•   Carpentry & Joinery            100%         •   Gaming Design             100%   •   Plumbing                  100%
                                                •   Hairdressing              100%   •   Professional Cookery      100%                 05
•   Construction                   100%

      100%
        PASS RATE
    .........................................

          89%
    HIGH GRADES

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                REASONS TO CHOOSE
                RIVERSIDE COLLEGE
                There are so many reasons to choose Riverside College. Here are a few important reasons
                why we think that you should make Riverside College your number one choice:

                   Top Results:                                        Centres of Excellence in:
                   •   100% Vocational Pass Rate                       • Hair, Beauty, Media Makeup and Nails
                   •   89% High Grades                                 • Catering and Hospitality
                   •   73% Triple Distinction Grades
                   •   47% Triple Distinction* Grades
                       (equivalent to 3 A* Grades at A Level)          Student Support:
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                                                                       Excellent support to help our students reach
                                                                       their full personal and academic potential
                   Industry Standard Facilities:
                   • New and updated Clinical Practice Ward
                                                                       Excellent Progression Opportunities:
                   • Modern Engineering, Welding and Motor
                     Vehicle Workshops                                 We have excellent progression rates to
                   • VITA Salons, Hair, Beauty and Nails Salons        employment, apprenticeships and further
                   • Scholars Restaurant, training restaurant and      education
                     kitchens
                   • Brand new Practice Nursery
                                                                       Opportunities to compete at a national level:
                                                                       Our students represent the college nationally
                  Excusive links with Industry:                        and showcase their vocational skills in
                  We have links with high profile employers            competitions such as:
                  including: Signature Living, Chester Races, Lime     • WorldSkills UK: Beauty, Nails and Makeup
                  Pictures (makers of Hollyoaks), MAC Makeup,          • SkillBuild UK: Construction
                  Dashbo Special Effects, Steiner Spas, Getrag Ford,   • WorldSkills UK: Care
                  Glen Dimplex, BAC Mono and the NHS                   • Springboard FutureChef
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FREE BUS PASS FOR ALL
RIVERSIDE COLLEGE STUDENTS
WHO LIVE MORE THAN 1.5 MILES AWAY FROM COLLEGE

Getting to College                                Areas include:
                                                  •   Burtonwood
                                                                               •
                                                                               •
                                                                                     Knowsley
                                                                                     Liverpool
                                                  •   Ellesmere Port           •     Runcorn
At Riverside College we aim to ensure that your
journey to college is a smooth one by providing   •   Frodsham                 •     St Helens
you with:                                         •   Halewood                 •     Stockton Heath
                                                  •   Helsby                   •     Warrington
                                                                               •     Widnes                               07
• A FREE Halton Transport bus pass worth up       •   Huyton
  to £540 per year for every full time student
  who lives more than 1.5 miles away from         And many more - go to www.riverside.ac.uk and
  the campus they are studying at. This FREE      click on the ‘Free Bus Pass’ link within the ‘School
  bus pass can also be used in the evenings       Leavers’ section to access a full range of timetables.
  and at weekends during term time

• Dedicated bus services throughout the
  region to make your journey as easy and
  straightforward as possible

The admissions team will discuss a personal
transport plan with you at your interview.

We have dedicated FREE college bus
routes and excellent public transport
links across the region coming directly
to Riverside College with new routes in
Runcorn, St. Helens and Warrington.

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                CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS
                We are proud of all of our students here at Riverside College. Student success is at the heart
                of everything we do and celebrating their achievements is extremely important to us. We are
                committed to surrounding our students with opportunities to showcase their skills and do
                this by participating in local, regional and national events and competitions.

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                                                                               Corey Lever represented the North West as the hockey
                   High achieving students receive awards at the college’s     goalkeeper at the AOC (Association of Colleges) Sport
                   annual Vocational Awards Ceremony                           finals in Nottingham.

                   Media Makeup, Beauty and Nails students achieved
                   fabulous successes in the WorldSkills UK regional
                   competitions and will represent the college in the finals   Welding students Jessica Wilson and Joel Marc
                   later this year.                                            represent Riverside College at SkillWeld 2018
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Riverside student and Harry Fairclough Ltd
Bricklaying Apprentice, Jordan Ireland was                    Riverside and Créme de la Créme Hairdressing apprentices won first place
awarded the ‘Best Apprentice’ High Sheriff Award              titles at the Hair and Beauty Talent Awards. Jack Steele was awarded
after his success at multiple national bricklaying            Junior Stylist of the Year and Leah Buckley was awarded Apprentice
competitions during his apprenticeship.                       Hairdresser of the Year.                                                          09

                                                                                                    Riverside student Liam Harris,
                                                                                                    Level 3 Engineering Apprentice
Students and staff help to raise hundreds of pounds after hosting the third Race for Life           with Arvia Technology wins Halton
at the college.                                                                                     Apprentice of the Year 2018

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                STUDENTS TO BE PROUD OF
                Every year our students progress to a wide variety of universities, degrees, apprenticeships and
                exciting careers. With students achieving 89% High Grades, 73% Triple Distinctions and 47%
                Distinction Star Grades, plus all of the exceptional opportunities to develop a wide range of skills and
                experience, our students really do stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few:

                 Name                      College Course                          Where Are They Now?
                 Daniel Bagan              Digital Games Design and Development    Liverpool John Moores University,
                                           Level 3 Extended Diploma                Computer Science
                 Katie Boardman            Professional Theatrical and Media       University of Bolton, Media Makeup with
                                           Makeup Level 3                          Special Effects
                 Callum Cavanagh           Motor Vehicle Level 3                   Mechanic - Lawson Diesel Engineering
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                 Daniel Dacey              Plumbing Level 3                        Plumber, Last Trade
                 Ellie Davies              Health & Social Care Level 3 Extended   University of Chester, Adult Nursing
                                           Diploma
                 Lucy Dean                 Professional Theatrical and Media       Manchester College, Media Makeup and
                                           Makeup Level 3                          Special Effects
                 Georgia Devlin            Professional Theatrical and Media       Leeds City College, Fashion, Theatrical
                                           Makeup Level 3                          and Media Makeup
                 Lauren Fredson            Hairdressing Level 3                    Hair Stylist, Lipstick Powder & Polish
                 Rebecca Gallagher         Professional Theatrical and Media       University of Bolton, Media Makeup with
                                           Makeup Level 3                          Special Effects
                 Adam Hanson               Joinery Level 3                         Joiner, Hanson Property Services
                 Mae Hodgson               Health & Social Care Level 3 Extended   Liverpool Hope University, Social Work
                                           Diploma
                 Ellie Hughes              Health & Social Care Level 3            Liverpool John Moores University,
                                                                                   Degree Adult Nursing
                 Kaitlyn Hunt              Childcare and Education Level 3         Nursery Practitioner, Little Angels Nursery
                 James Keen                Digital Games Design and Development    University of Central Lancashire,
                                           Level 3 Extended Diploma                Games Design
Dylan Corcoran                                      Lauren Fredson

Previous School:                                    Previous School:
Wade Deacon High School                             Lord Derby Academy
Course: Level 2 and Level 3                         Course:
Diploma in Engineering                              Level 3 Hairdressing
Progression: Engineering                            Progression: Hair Stylist,
Apprenticeship with                                 Lipstick Powder & Polish
Howdens

“My aim is to become a Chartered Engineer. The      “The facilities in the salons at Riverside are modern
teaching staff and their support in helping me to   and the staff always make you feel welcome.
progress and secure this amazing Apprenticeship     Working in the college salons has made me more
with Howdens has been fantastic.”                   confident.”

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Owen Webb                                           Connor Thompson

Previous School:                                    Previous School:
Wade Deacon High School                             The Grange High School
Course: Advanced Diploma                            Course: Level 3 Extended
in professional Cookery                             Diploma in Digital Games
Progression: Professional                           Design and Development
Chef at Everton Football                            Progression: Manchester
Club                                                Metropolitan University
                                                    studying Computer Animation
                                                    and Visual Effects
“During the course I had so many opportunities
including working at Chester Races, cooking for     “I chose this course as I want to become a games
VIPs at Anfield and I even organised and managed    designer or programmer. The teaching staff, the
my own themed night in the college’s state of the   resources the college has and the support have all
art kitchens and restaurant.”                       been fantastic.”

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                STUDENTS TO BE PROUD OF
                 Name                      College Course                           Where Are They Now?
                 Bryonie Kelly             Health & Social Care Level 3 Extended    Liverpool Hope University, Psychology
                                           Diploma                                  with Criminology
                 Fleur Keogh               Health & Social Care Level 3             Liverpool John Moores University,
                                                                                    Degree Adult Nursing
                 Charlotte McCann          Hairdressing Level 3                     Hair Stylist, Steiner Cruise Ships
                 Katie Molyneux            Childcare and Education Level 3          Liverpool Hope University, Primary
                                                                                    Education with QTS
                 Nathan Newsum             Digital Games Design and Development     University of Liverpool, Digital Art
                                           Level 3 Extended Diploma
                 Rebecca Proctor           Childcare and Education Level 3          Nursery Practitioner, Playmates Widnes
12               Thomas Redican            Engineering Level 2                      The Royal Navy
                 Elle Ryan                 Professional Theatrical and Media        University of Bolton, Media Makeup with
                                           Makeup Level 3                           Special Effects
                 Jessica Smith             Beauty Therapy Level 3                   Beauty Therapist, Lusso
                 Niamh Swindells           Professional Theatrical and Media        University of Salford, Makeup for Fashion
                                           Makeup Level 3
                 Connor Thompson           Digital Games Design and Development     Manchester Metropolitan University,
                                           Level 3 Extended Diploma                 Computer Animation & Visual Effects
                 Willam Warder             Digital Games Design and Development     Futureworks Manchester, Game &
                                           Level 3 Extended Diploma                 Interactive Audio
                 Natasha York              Health & Social Care Level 3 Extended    University of Central Lancashire, Mental
                                           Diploma                                  Health Nursing
                 Daniel Brown              Advanced Professional Cookery Level 3    Chef, Velocity
                 Bobbie Caddick            Health & Social Care Level 3 Extended    Liverpool Hope University, Social Work
                                           Diploma
                 Chloe Egerton             Professional Theatrical & Media Makeup   Bolton University, Special Makeup Effects
                                           Level 3
                 Jamie Irwin               Joinery Level 1 Diploma                  Apprenticeship with Fortress Scaffolding
Jack Steele                                           Harry Doyle

Previous School:                                      Previous School: Saint
St Chads Church of England                            Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic
and Catholic High School                              High School
Course: Level 3 Advanced                              Course: Level 3 Plumbing
Diploma in Professional                               Progression: Sefton Park
Hairdressing                                          Plumbing and Heating,
Progression: Professional                             Plumbing Apprentice
Stylist at Crème de le Crème salon

“I chose to study at Riverside because the standard
                                                      “The teachers are great at Riverside College and
of the courses is so much better. The staff, the
                                                      the facilities help you learn the skills you need to
amazing facilities and the support I have received
                                                      progress and secure an apprenticeship.”
has helped me to progress so much and I have
really enjoyed my course”.

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Jack Cross                                            Katie Boardman

Previous School:                                      Previous School: Ormiston
St Cuthbert’s Catholic High                           Chadwick Academy
School                                                Course: Level 3 Diploma
Course: Level 3 Plumbing                              in Professional Theatrical
Progression: Barton Heating                           Media Makeup
and Plumbing, Plumbing                                Progression: University
Apprentice                                            of Bolton studying Media
                                                      Makeup with Special Effects

“After attending an Open Event at the college I
                                                      “The teachers and the opportunities they give you
knew that the tutors and facilities were great and
                                                      at Riverside have made my college life amazing.
the course would help me progress into my future
                                                      The free bus pass is also really good.”
career.”

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            COLLEGE LIFE
            AND ENRICHMENT
            During your time at Riverside College you will have the
            opportunity to take part in a number of different enrichment
            activities. These will increase the enjoyment of your studies
            and equip you for further success. There are many to choose
            from so here’s a little taster of some of them:

            Sport
            The college’s ‘WellFit’ programme is designed to help
            students to stay active and offers them the opportunity to
            take part in different sports and activities including:
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            •   Race for Life     •   Fitness Classes
            •   Boxing            •   Table Tennis
            •   Badminton         •   5 a-side Football
            •   Ice Skating       •   Yoga
            •   Netball
Competitions
Students have the opportunity to compete
in competitions in the UK and overseas, such
as the WorldSkills UK competition.

Awards and Celebrations
Students achievements will be celebrated
regularly with student of the month and
annual awards ceremonies.

Trips and Visits
Each year we offer a large number of trips
and visits for all students to take part in.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
The LRC provides students with a wide range
of the latest computer facilities, online and
offline resources and support to help you                                              15
with your course.

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              PERSONAL AND
              ACADEMIC SUPPORT
             At Riverside College, we work in partnership with you    • Developing your study skills and arranging specialist
             to make sure that you realise both your full personal      equipment if needed
             and academic potential. Enjoying college life and        • Helping you with language skills if English is not your
             becoming fully involved will create an unforgettable       first language
             experience.                                              • Identifying and exploring your individual learning
                                                                        needs and exam support
             You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will be
             there alongside you every step of the way to guide       We have a team of tutors and support workers who
             you through college life and help you make decisions     work with students who have disabilities or learning
             on both a personal and academic level.                   difficulties/differences such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and
                                                                      Asperger’s Syndrome.
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             Parents Will Receive                                     Student Services
             • Invitations to welcome / progress evenings
                                                                      We have an experienced health and wellbeing team.
               and progress reports
                                                                      Welfare is their priority and they can support you with
             • Invitations to celebrate and acknowledge
                                                                      any personal difficulties or obstacles you may encounter
               excellent work and attainment
                                                                      during your time at college.
             • Prompt contact in the event of poor attendance or
               progress
                                                                      Our Student Services team can also help you with:
                                                                      • Career decisions and higher education routes
             Study Support
                                                                        including UCAS applications
             We have a dedicated Study Support team who are           • Job vacancies and employment opportunities
             always on hand to assist you with:                       • Managing your finances and financial assistance
                                                                      • Individual support if you have any personal difficulties
             • Organising / planning your work and time
               management
             • Arranging for additional workshops in skills such as
               English, Maths and IT
WORK EXPERIENCE AND
INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS
Work experience is an integral part of all           At Riverside we have a dedicated team of Industry
courses at Riverside College. Students               Placement Officers to support students and make sure
                                                     placements are meaningful and successful.
undertaking Level 1, 2 or 3 courses will
complete industry placements as part of their        Industry placements offer:
course. These placements will range from 5
                                                     • Fantastic opportunities to gain hands on practical skills
to 60 days depending on the type and level of          in a real life working environment
course and will take place in a work setting.        • Great networking opportunities to make industry links
                                                       and help with future careers
Some courses require students to complete one        • The chance to experience more than one setting to
full week or a community based project and other       help make future career choices                                      17
courses require students to attend their placement   • The opportunity to enhance CV or university
on a weekly basis.                                     applications with practical skills and experiences
                                                     • Potential job or apprenticeship after successful
                                                       placement

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                STATE OF THE ART FACILITIES
                CONSTRUCTION SKILLS CENTRE

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VITA SALONS, HAIR, BEAUTY, NAILS AND MEDIA MAKEUP

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                STATE OF THE ART FACILITIES
                ENGINEERING, WELDING AND MOTOR VEHICLE WORKSHOPS

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                COMPUTING AND BUSINESS SUITES
SCHOLARS TRAINING RESTAURANT AND KITCHENS

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NEW FACILITIES FOR 2019
Health and Social Care
and Early Years Education
• NEW: Updated Clinical Practice Ward: a fully working
  ward including, adult and children’s hospital beds to focus
  on paediatric nursing, hospital hoists, infection control
  equipment, medical mannequins and heart monitors.
• NEW: Fully functioning Practice Nursery including: sensory
  area with lights, interactive dolls, children’s toilets, creative
  and story area and changing area.
• NEW: Social Care Room with kitchen and specialist
  equipment, to help students develop practical skills to work
  in the care industry and occupational therapy.

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          APPRENTICESHIPS

                                                                                     Apprenticeship Career Paths:
                                                                                     •   Accountancy
                                                                                     •   Brickwork
                                                                                     •   Business Administration
                                                                                     •   Carpentry and Joinery
                                                                                     •   Catering
                                                                                     •   Customer Service
                                                                                     •   Digital Marketing
                                                                                     •   Electrical Installation
                                                                                     •   Engineering
                                                                                     •   Hairdressing
                                                                                     •   Health and Social Care
                                                                                     •   IT Infrastructure Technician
                                                                                     •   Laboratory Technician
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                                                                                     •   Painting and Decorating
                                                                                     •   Plumbing
                                                                                     •   Science Manufacturing
        Chloe O’Sullivan-Morgan
                                                                                     •   Team Leading and Management
        Studying: Level 3 Electrotechnical Apprenticeship
                                                                                     •   Welding
        Employer: Plus Dane Housing

           Apprenticeships give you the opportunity                                  Unique Benefits
           to earn while you learn                                                   • Receive support from our dedicated
                                                                                       team of recruitment and apprenticeship
           At Riverside College we have an excellent track record of delivering        mentors
           high quality apprenticeships across the region with outstanding success   • Opportunities to enter Skills
           rates. By choosing an apprenticeship with us you will be able to:           Competitions
                                                                                     • Become an Apprenticeship Ambassador
           • Get a real job and continue your education
           • Earn a competitive salary while all your training is paid for
           • Gain hands-on experience and learn skills that employers want,
             helping shape your future career
           • Choose from a wide range of industries and organisations
By successfully completing your apprenticeship, you’ll have gained the
confidence and skills needed to progress in your chosen career

What’s involved?
You will need to be employed usually for a minimum                 All apprenticeships lead to industry recognised
of 30 hours a week or more. Apprenticeships can                    standards or qualifications including maths and
last between 12 - 48 months depending on the                       English. Some apprenticeships also require an
apprenticeship and if you have any previous experience.            assessment at the end of the programme to
Your employer will commit to providing you with at least           assess the apprentice’s ability and competence
20% off the job training, whether that be at college or in
                                                                   in their job role.
the workplace.

Who can do an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are for people of all abilities and ages who want to get into the world of work and gain skills,
experience and qualifications on the job. The level of apprenticeship you start at will depend on your job role,
previous qualifications and experience.
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    Name                    Level                    Equivalent educational level

    Intermediate            2                        5 GCSE passes at grade A* - C or 9 - 4

    Advanced                3                        2 A Level passes / Level 3 Diploma / International Baccalaureate

    Higher                  4, 5, 6, and 7           Foundation degree and above

    Degree                  6 and 7                  Bachelor’s or Masters degree

How much can you earn?
Levels of starting salaries for apprentices are variable and are dependent on many factors such as:
•     the level of apprenticeship you apply for
•     the sector you are working in e.g. engineering, health care, sciences, administration etc
•     the type of employer you are working for e.g. small business, large corporation, public or private sector
•     your age, experience and existing qualifications

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £3.70 per hour, but the majority of our employers pay more
than this. The National Minimum Wage for apprentices usually changes annually on the 1st April.

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            What our Apprentices say:
            Our Riverside College Apprenticeship team work closely with employers and apprentices to develop their skills and
            enhance their experiences. We have created a series of videos featuring the day to day life of a Riverside Apprentice in
            college and their workplace. Go to www.riverside.ac.uk to view the apprenticeship videos.

                Molly Clarke                                                  Tom Waring

                                       Apprenticeship:                                              Apprenticeship:
                                       IT                                                           Construction (Joinery)
                                       Employer:                                                    Employer:
                                       Prima Software                                               Plus Dane Housing

                “Apprenticeships are a great way to learn                     “My apprenticeship has helped me to gain
                and develop new skills.”                                      qualifications alongside experience in the
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                Matthew Walker                                                James Baxter

                                       Apprenticeship:                                              Apprenticeship:
                                       Business Administration                                      Engineering
                                       Employer:                                                    Employer:
                                       Evolve                                                       Héroux-Devtek

                “Apprenticeships are a great alternative to                   “Achieving my advanced apprenticeship has
                university as you can study up to HE level.”                  helped me gain a promotion at work and
                                                                              enrol onto a higher level apprenticeship.”

                                 98% of Apprentices progress onto the next level apprenticeship
                                  or stay with their employer at the end of their apprenticeship
What our Employers say:
Our Employers work closely with us to offer quality apprenticeship opportunities to support their business and develop
the workforce. This is what they say about apprenticeships:

   Daresbury                                                    Bell Group

                         Apprenticeship:                                              Apprenticeship:
                         IT                                                           Painting & Decorating

   “We found the process of working                             “Apprenticeships lead to a more inspired,
   with Riverside College Apprenticeships                       motivated and satisfied workforce.”
   recruitment team to be both rewarding and
   supportive throughout, ending with a final
   choice we are confident with.”                                                                                                25

   Sigmatex                                                     BAC Mono

                         Apprenticeship:                                              Apprenticeship:
                         Engineering                                                  Motorsport & Business
                                                                                      Administration

   “The quality of support and the level of                     “Apprenticeships have been a great way
   understanding that the college have of                       to develop and grow our workforce and
   our business is vital to the success of our                  support our plans to expand the business.”
   apprenticeships.”

               96% of employers would recommend Riverside College Apprenticeship
                                programmes to other businesses

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          BUSINESS AND RETAIL

                                                                                 Career Paths:
                                                                                 •   Retail Management / Buying
                                                                                 •   Receptionist
                                                                                 •   Retail Manager
                                                                                 •   Personal Assistant
                                                                                 •   Systems Analyst
                                                                                 •   Accountant
                                                                                 •   Banker
                                                                                 •   Stockbroker
                                                                                 •   Events Co-ordinator
                                                                                 •   Office Manager
                                                                                 •   Financial Adviser
                                                                                 •   Marketing Assistant
                                                                                 •   Human Resources
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           At Riverside College, Business Studies comes to life! Our             Unique Experience
           aim is to equip you with the widest range of up to date
                                                                                 • Guest speakers including Stephen
           business skills that will launch your career in this cutting edge
                                                                                   Hester, CEO of RSA Insurance Group
           professional environment.                                             • Work placements with large
                                                                                   employers including Marks and
           Our provision specialises in a range of business subjects covering      Spencer, Bentley Motors, Evolution
           retail, marketing, finance, travel and enterprise. Whether you want   • Trips to high profile employers
           to enter employment, progress to higher education or start your         including Jaguar Land Rover and
           own business we will ensure that you are prepared for success in        Chester Zoo
           the modern business world. The key to our success is the strong       • International trips including New York
           links we have with higher education, employers and enterprise           and Paris
           organisations that ensure your learning experience mirrors the        • Entrepreneur Academy which
           commercial world.                                                       will equip you with an achievable
                                                                                   business plan to start your own
                                                                                   business by the end of your course
Business, IT and Employability.                       Business and Employability
Level 1 Introductory Diploma - 1 Year                 Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Admin

During this course you will experience Business, IT   This course has been designed to allow you to build
and Employability to enable you to make informed      knowledge, master skills and then apply these skills
career choices. You will study a variety of units     in practice and is designed for those who eventually
including Developing a Personal Progression Plan      want to start a career in business and professional
looking at career options, Researching a Topic,       administration. It is an ideal qualification for
Finding Out About Employers in Your Area and          learners who are intending to progress directly
Contributing to Running an Event. On completion       to employment in an administrative role or to a
of this course you can progress to the Level 2        business administration apprenticeship. You will
Extended Certificate in Business or IT, Level 2       study a variety of units which include Business
Technical Certificate or enter employment within      Administrative Environment, Providing Administrative
an office/IT environment. You may also choose an      Services and Support, Business Technology and
apprenticeship in Business, Administration, or IT.    Processing and Communicating Information.
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 2            Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 3
including English Language and Maths.                 including English Language and Maths.

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Business and Retail                                   Business
Level 2 Extended Certificate - 1 Year                 Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2 Years

During this course you will study units including,    If you have a keen interest in business and
Enterprise in the Business World, Finance for         management, then this course would be a great
Business, Working in Business Teams and               choice. The course is dynamic, hands on and
Promoting a Brand. This is mainly a coursework-       closely linked to current world business events.
based qualification, however there will be one        You will study; economics, accounting, marketing,
online assessment in finance and a paper-based        entrepreneurship, law and human resource
assessment about marketing. Successful completion     management. You will plan real life events, create
of this course could lead to the Level 3 Extended     your own business plan and have the opportunity
Diploma in Business, apprenticeships, or to junior    to study business on an international trip. Through
roles in the industry.                                guest speakers and external visits, you will
                                                      experience the world of business and develop and
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 3
                                                      discover skills and insights that you will draw upon in
including English Language and Maths.
                                                      the future.
                                                      Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 9 - 4
                                                      including English Language and Maths.

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          CATERING & HOSPITALITY
          CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

                                                                      At the Centre of Excellence in Catering and
                                                                      Hospitality students benefit from training with
                                                                      Michelin Star Chefs, extensive opportunities for
                                                                      work experience and our brand new state of the
                                                                      art kitchens and restaurant.

                                                                      Students will benefit from exceptional opportunities
                                                                      including paid work experience with an external catering
                                                                      and events company. Along with national competitions,
                                                                      these opportunities will ensure that our student’s CVs
                                                                      stand out when they progress into employment or on to
                                                                      university.
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            Unique Experience                                         Visitor Economy Week
            • Train to work in Michelin Star restaurants              Celebrations at Riverside College
            • Teachers who have worked in internationally
              renowned hotels and restaurants                         Riverside College students are given an insight into
            • Brand new kitchen and restaurant                        future career opportunities during a series of exciting
            • Get real, paid work experience at venues including      events and activities, all in celebration of Visitor
              Signature Living and Chester Races                      Economy Week.
            • Cater for large external events in local and regional
              venues                                                  In conjunction with other further education providers
            • Take part in national competitions                      across the Liverpool City Region, Visitor Economy Week
            • 100% of students gained employment at the end of        is designed to provide students with a taste of what
              their course                                            life can be like working in hospitality, retail, travel and
                                                                      tourism; showcasing the variety of opportunities and
                                                                      diverse skills associated with the region’s growing visitor
                                                                      economy.
Scholars Restaurant
                                                            and Training Kitchens
                                                            Catering and hospitality students have
                                                            the opportunity to gain practical kitchen
                                                            and front of house experience in the
                                                            college kitchens and Scholars Training
                                                            Restaurant. Students will benefit from:

                                                            • Modern ‘Scholars’ restaurant with
                                                              bar and professional barista coffee
                                                              machine open to the public and
                                                              hosting events for up to 120 people.

                                                            • The latest industry facilities including
                                                              state of the art induction hobs,
                                                              salamander grills and digitally
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STUDENT PROFILE

                  “During the course I had so many opportunities including working at Chester
                  Races, cooking for VIPs at Anfield and I even organised and managed my own
                  themed night in the college’s state of the art kitchens and restaurant.”

                  Previous School: Wade Deacon High School
                  Studied: Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery
                  Progression: Professional Chef at Everton Football Club

   Owen Webb

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               Introduction                                           Career Paths:
               Students will develop high level skills which will     •   Chef
               enable them to pursue careers in the rapidly           •   Front of House Management
               growing Catering and Hospitality industry. Our
                                                                      •   Hospitality Management
               newly refurbished industry standard production
                                                                      •   Events Catering
               kitchens and restaurant provide students with
                                                                      •   Executive Chef
               the opportunity to run their own restaurant and
               showcase their skills to the public. Catering and      •   Events Planner
               Hospitality is part of the Visitor Economy Career      •   Restaurant Manager
               Pathways, which is one of the fastest growing          •   Freelance Catering Services
               areas in the Northwest for employment and career       •   Specialist Chef
               progression.                                           •   Food Technician
                                                                      •   Bar Service
Catering and Hospitality                               Professional Food and Beverage Services
Level 1 Diploma - 1 Year                               Level 2 Diploma - 1 Year

This course will give you an introduction into the     This course is ideal for those wanting a career
exciting career of catering. During your course you    in the hospitality industry working in restaurants
will be involved in both practical & theory modules    or hotels. You will cover a range of subjects
which include, knowledge of the catering industry,     including; menu knowledge, billing, pre-service,
health & safety, teamwork, preparing & cooking         table service and beverage service, Silver service,
a variety of savoury food and improving your           counter service, carvery and buffet service and
employment opportunities in the catering industry.     table drinks service. Successful completion of the
After this course you may progress onto the Level      course can lead to employment opportunities in
2 Diploma in Professional Cooking or obtain work       hotels, restaurants and cruise liners.
in the industry as a Commis Chef.
                                                       Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 2             A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 3 including
including English and Maths.                           English Language and Maths.

Professional Cookery                                   Professional Cookery                                             31
Level 2 Diploma - 1 Year                               Level 3 Advanced Diploma - 1 Year

During this course you will work in our practical      On this course you will work in our professional
kitchens preparing and cooking a variety of local      kitchens and Scholars Training Restaurant to
and international savoury and sweet dishes. You        develop a range of practical skills supported with
will develop your customer service skills working in   theory work. This will include: preparing and
Scholars Restaurant, the Riverside College training    cooking complex fish, meat and poultry dishes,
restaurant. You will study a range of subjects         working with dough and pastry, preparing hot
including: exploring the catering and hospitality      and cold desserts, team work and control of
industry, food safety, health and safety and menu      resources, maintaining a safe working environment
planning. After completing this course you can         and managing all areas of larder and production.
either go into employment or progress on to the        After completing this course you can either go
Level 3 Diploma.                                       into employment in the catering and hospitality
                                                       industry or progress to university.
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 3
including English Language and Maths.                  Entry Requirements: Level 2 Diploma in
                                                       Professional Cookery.

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          COMPUTING AND IT

                                                                                     Career Paths:
                                                                                     •   Games Developer
                                                                                     •   Cyber Security
                                                                                     •   Web Developer
                                                                                     •   Computer Programmer
                                                                                     •   Software Tester
                                                                                     •   Network Engineer
                                                                                     •   Computer Technician
                                                                                     •   IT Teacher
                                                                                     •   Systems Analyst
                                                                                     •   Robotics
                                                                                     •   Nanotechnology
                                                                                     •   Artificial Intelligence
                                                                                     •   Social Media Developer
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           Computing and IT are exciting, dynamic and fast moving                    Unique experience
           subjects and our courses are designed to equip you to
                                                                                     • Gain industry qualifications as
           work in a growing industry with many varied employment
                                                                                       well as your main course:
           opportunities.
                                                                                         > Adobe accredited centre
                                                                                         > Microsoft Academy
           Not only do jobs in IT offer great job satisfaction, the skill demand
                                                                                         > CISCO IT Essentials and CCNA
           means that good starting salaries are paid especially if you specialise
           in an area such as programming. We are recognised as a CISCO,
                                                                                     • Trips such as:
           Adobe and Microsoft Academy and boast industry qualified staff
           who have worked in a wide variety of areas and also have their                > Berlin, Germany
           own areas of specialisation. Our students take additional industry            > National Video Game Arcade
           standard qualifications alongside their courses to enhance their              > Bletchley Park
           employability. We encourage innovation and creativity throughout
           the courses.
Business, IT and Employability                           Information and Creative Technology
Level 1 Introductory Diploma - 1 Year                    Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate - 1 Year

During this course you will experience Business, IT      During this course you will learn how to set up and
and Employability to enable you to make informed         maintain computer systems. You will be able to carry
career choices. You will study a variety of units        out day-to-day tasks for safely installing hardware and
including Developing a Personal Progression Plan         complete practical projects that cover the creative
looking at career options, Researching a Topic,          side of IT, including creating digital graphics and
Finding Out About Employers in Your Area and             websites. You will also learn new skills in a variety of
Contributing to Running an Event. On completion          office software, including creating spreadsheets in
of this course you can progress to the Level 2           Excel and developing databases in Access. Successful
Extended Certificate in Business or IT, Level 2          completion of this course could lead to the Level 3
Technical Certificate or enter employment within         Foundation Diploma in IT or Game Development.
an office/IT environment. You may also choose an         The qualification also prepares you for gaining an
apprenticeship in Business, Administration, or IT.       apprenticeship or employment in the IT industry.
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 2               Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 3
including English Language and Maths.                    including English and Maths

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IT - Multimedia Computing & Security                     IT
Level 3 Extended Diploma - 2 Years                       Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma - 2 Years

You will study a range of subjects enabling you to       During this course you will study units including:
develop highly sought after skills valuable to a range   Programming, Cyber Security, Mobile Apps
of Computing and IT industries through the use of        Development, Computer Games Development, 2D
industry standard hardware and software. Over the        & 3D Graphics, Digital Animation, Internet of Things
two years you will have the opportunity to study         and Using Social Media in Business. The course
units such as: Digital Games Production; Social          combines internally assessed project work and also
Media and Website Production, Cyber Security,            four external assessments including one on-screen
2D and 3D Graphics; Programming and Database             exam on Information Technology Systems and
Development. Successful completion of this course        three controlled assessments. After completing
could lead onto a related course at university or        this course you could progress onto an IT related
a junior position in the computing industry or an        course at university or apply for junior positions or
apprenticeship in software development.                  an apprenticeship in the industry.
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 9 - 4               Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 9 - 4
including English Language and Maths.                    including English Language and Maths.

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          CONSTRUCTION, PLUMBING
          AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES

                                                                                     Career Paths:
                                                                                     •   Joiner
                                                                                     •   Plumber
                                                                                     •   Architect
                                                                                     •   Bricklayer
                                                                                     •   Site Manager
                                                                                     •   Painter and Decorator
                                                                                     •   Property Maintenance
                                                                                     •   Electrician

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           Students studying Construction, Plumbing and Electrical                   Unique experience
           Services at Riverside College will benefit from the exceptional
                                                                                     • New state of the art Construction
           workshops in our £3.6 million Construction Centre.                          Centre
                                                                                     • New Gas Training Centre
           We offer training in a wide range of trades including plumbing,           • Guaranteed work experience for all
           carpentry and joinery, brickwork, electrical installation, painting and     students
           decorating and construction management. In the North West there           • Extensive links with local and
           are big plans for large construction projects which will create a wide      national employers including
           range of jobs within the industry. Our team of lecturers across the         Halton Housing, Bell Group,
           construction trades are industry specialists who have a wealth of           Johnstones Paints, Dulux, Wolseley
           knowledge to pass onto our learners.                                        (formerly Plumb Centre), Paslode,
                                                                                       Travis Perkins, Metso and Jewson
           Students who do not have the entry requirements for the                   • Take part in SkillBuild UK and other
           construction courses can apply for the Entry to Occupational Studies        regional and national competitions
           course. This course will offer students a taste of the construction
           trades with the aim to progress on to a Level 1 construction course.
Joinery
CARPENTRY & JOINERY                                    Level 1 Diploma - 1 Year

                                                       This course will cover an introduction to the
                                                       following topics: Safe Working Practices, Information,
                                                       Quantities and Communication with Others,
                                                       Building Methods and Construction, Prepare Timber,
                                                       Working with Hand and Power Tools and Producing
                                                       Basic Joinery Items. As part of the course you will
                                                       produce several pieces of practical work to industrial
                                                       standards that will demonstrate your ability and
                                                       allow you to progress. Successful completion of this
                                                       course could lead to a Level 2 Diploma or possible
                                                       apprenticeship programme.
                                                       Entry Requirements: 4 GCSE’s grade 9 - 2 including
                                                       English and Maths.

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Carpentry and Joinery                                  Carpentry and Joinery
Level 2 Diploma - 1 Year                               Level 3 Advanced Diploma - 1 Year

This course will cover a detailed understanding        This course is designed to enable students to work
of topics including: Building Methods and              to an advanced level in the industry. The course
Construction, Roofing & Flooring, Stairs & Kitchens,   will cover topics including: Building Methods
Skirting Boards, Architraves, Door Frames, Doors,      and Construction Technology, Carry Out First
Windows and Safe Working Practices. As part of the     Fix and Second Fix Operations, Erect Complex
course you will produce several pieces of practical    Structural Carcassing Components and Maintain
work to be assessed that will demonstrate your         Non-Structural and Structural Components. You
ability and allow you to progress. The successful      will be assessed by completion of practical tasks,
completion of this course could lead to a Level 3      the production of a portfolio and online exams.
Diploma or an apprenticeship programme.                Many students progress to technician courses to
                                                       develop organisational skills and take up managerial
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs Grade 9 - 3 including
                                                       responsibility, or employment in the industry and an
English Language and Maths, you will also subject
                                                       NVQ Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery.
to a Trade Entrance Test at Enrolment or successful
completion of a relevant Level 1 course.               Entry Requirements: Level 2 in Carpentry and
                                                       Joinery and a GCSE grade 4 or Level 2 English
                                                       Language and Maths.

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                                                                          Brickwork
              BRICKWORK                                                   Level 1 Diploma - 1 Year

                                                                          On this course you will learn all of the basic skills
                                                                          required to become a Bricklayer. You will cover an
                                                                          introduction to the following subjects: Setting Out
                                                                          up to Damp Proof Course (DPC), Block Laying Skills,
                                                                          Bricklaying Skills and Cavity Wall Construction, Safe
                                                                          Working Practices, Information Relating to Quantities
                                                                          and Communication with Others. You will complete
                                                                          a number of practical projects and assessments.
                                                                          There are also end of unit assessments which are
                                                                          completed online. The successful completion of the
                                                                          course could lead to a Level 2 Diploma or possible
                                                                          apprenticeship programme.
                                                                          Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grades 9 - 2
                                                                          including English Language and Maths.

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               Brickwork                                                  Brickwork
               Level 2 Diploma - 1 Year                                   Level 3 Advanced Diploma - 1 Year

               This course will cover a detailed understanding of         This course will further develop your bricklaying skills
               subjects including: Information Relating to Quantities,    allowing you to build structural and decorative work.
               Piers, Attached Piers, Solid Walling and Cavity Walling.   It also includes Health and Safety Communication
               You will complete a number of practical projects and       and Quantities and Repairing Structures. Topics
               assessments. There are also end of unit assessments        covered include Building Methods and Construction
               which are completed online. The practical projects         Technology, Structural and Decorative Brickwork,
               you will complete will prepare you for real life work      Repair and Maintain Masonry Structures and Erect
               situations and give you the opportunity to take part       Complex Masonry Structures. You will be assessed
               in national competitions. The successful completion        by completion of practical tasks assessed by your
               of the course could lead to a Level 3 Diploma or           tutor, the production of a portfolio and online end
               possible apprenticeship programme.                         of unit tests. Progression from this course will be
                                                                          into employment within the construction industry to
               Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs grade 9 - 3 including
                                                                          work as a fully qualified Bricklayer or university study.
               English Language and Maths, you will also subject
               to a Trade Entrance Test at Enrolment or successful        Entry Requirements: Level 2 Brickwork Diploma.
               completion of a relevant Level 1 course.
PAINTING AND DECORATING

Painting & Decorating                                              Painting & Decorating
Level 1 Diploma - 1 Year                                           Level 2 Diploma - 1 Year

This course will cover subjects including; Applying                This course will cover subjects including; Applying
Paint Systems by Brush and Roller, Preparing                       Paint Systems by Brush and Roller to Ceilings, Walls
Surfaces, Producing Specialist Decorative Finishes,                and Other Substrates, Preparing Surfaces such as
Erecting and Dismantling Working Platforms. The                    Timbers, Metals, and Trowelled Surfaces, Producing
practical work you will undertake will prepare you                 Specialist Decorative Finishes, Erecting and
for real life situations. You will also learn about the            Dismantling Working Platforms. Other practical skills
preparation of different surfaces and substrates and               gained include wallpapering around complex areas
the application of different types of finishes. The                such as a chimney breast, window walls, feature walls
successful completion of this course could lead to a               and ceilings. You will also learn about the standards
Level 2 Diploma or an apprenticeship programme.                    needed to become a professional decorator. The
                                                                   successful completion of this course could lead to a
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSE subject grades 9 - 2
                                                                   Level 3 Diploma or an apprenticeship programme.                  37
including Maths and English Language.
                                                                   Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs grade 9 - 3 including
                                                                   English Language and Maths, you will also subject
                                                                   to a Trade Entrance Test at Enrolment or successful
                                                                   completion of a relevant Level 1 course.

 Bell Decorating Academy at Riverside College

 Riverside College have developed a partnership with the Bell
 Group to launch the North West’s only ‘Bell Decorating Academy’
 situated at the college. The academy will provide a host of exciting
 opportunities for painting and decorating students.
 The fantastic partnership will create skilled workers through
 opportunities including specialised masterclasses by Bell Group
 tradesmen, work experience placements, apprenticeships and
 specialist equipment and materials to aid lessons.

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                                                                           Plumbing
              PLUMBING                                                     Level 1 Diploma - 1 Year

                                                                           This course will teach the basic skills and processes
                                                                           required to pursue a career in plumbing. You will
                                                                           prepare different materials such as copper, low
                                                                           carbon steel and plastic pipes for use in the plumbing
                                                                           process. You will be able to understand different types
                                                                           of plumbing systems, how they are installed and
                                                                           the various fittings and tools used in the plumbing
                                                                           industry. You will also make frames and fit systems in
                                                                           a workshop setting to current industry standards. The
                                                                           successful completion of this course could lead to a
                                                                           Level 2 qualification or apprenticeship programme.
                                                                           Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grades 9 - 2
                                                                           including English Language and Maths.

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               Plumbing                                                    Plumbing
               Level 2 Diploma - 1 Year                                    Level 3 Diploma - 1 Year

               On this course you will prepare different materials         This course will cover advanced topics including:
               for use in the plumbing process and be able to              Complex Hot and Cold Water Systems, Sanitation
               understand different types of plumbing systems              and Central Heating and Gas Installation. You will
               and fittings. You will also fit systems in a workshop       install and commission systems. You will also fit
               setting. You will have the opportunity to use modern        systems in a workshop setting and then check that
               state of the art tools, facilities and the tuition needed   they operate correctly and efficiently. You will learn
               to develop your practical skills. The successful            to fault find and diagnose system faults. There is
               completion of this course could lead to a Level 3           an amount of electrical knowledge required to
               qualification or possible apprenticeship programme.         complete the course at Level 3. Studies include the
                                                                           relevant legislation including, gas, electrical and
               Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs grade 9 - 3 including
                                                                           building regulations. There is also a requirement
               English Language and Maths, you will also subject
                                                                           for 45-60 days of industrial placement during the
               to a Trade Entrance Test at Enrolment or successful
                                                                           course.
               completion of a relevant Level 1 course.
                                                                           Entry Requirements: Level 2 Plumbing Diploma or
                                                                           equivalent qualification.
Electrical Installation
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION                                    City & Guilds 7202 Level 1 Diploma - 1 Year

                                                           On this course you will learn, develop and practice
                                                           the skills required to succeed in this industry.
                                                           This Level 1 course will develop practical and
                                                           theoretical electrical skills covering topics such as
                                                           electrical science, installation of wiring systems
                                                           and communication within the building services
                                                           / engineering industry. On successful completion
                                                           of this course you could progress to the Level 2
                                                           Diploma in Electrical Installation. Alternatively, you
                                                           could also apply for an electrical apprenticeship.
                                                           Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grades 9 - 2
                                                           including English Language and Maths. You will also
                                                           need a good understanding of science to complete
                                                           this course.

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Electrical Installation                                    Electrical Installation
City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 Diploma - 1 Year                City & Guilds 2365 Level 3 Diploma - 1 Year

This course will develop practical and theoretical         On this course you will develop advanced electrical
electrical skills covering topics such as Electrical       skills to enable progression to an apprenticeship or
Science, Electrical Installations Technology,              employment in electrical or affiliated industries. You
Installation of Wiring Systems, Solar Photovoltaic,        will study modules including: Design, Construct,
Micro-Renewable Energies and Communication                 Test and Commission Electrical Systems, Electrical
within the Building Services / Engineering Industry.       Science and Principles and Diagnose and Repair
On successful completion of this courses you               Electrical Faults. Successful completion of this
could progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Electrical        course could lead on to an apprenticeship or
Installation. Alternatively, you could also apply for an   employment or this course also offers UCAS points
electrical apprenticeship.                                 for progression to university.
Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4                Entry Requirements: Achievement of Electrical
including Science, English Language and Maths.             Installation at Level 2 or equivalent (C&G 2330 Level
or successful completion of an appropriate Level 1         2 or C&G 2365 Level 2) and GCSE English and
programme of study.                                        Maths at grade 4 or above.

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           EARLY YEARS AND EDUCATION

                                                                                   Career Paths:
                                                                                   •   Primary School Teacher
                                                                                   •   Early Years Practitioner
                                                                                   •   Au Pair
                                                                                   •   Nannying
                                                                                   •   Learning Support Assistant
                                                                                   •   Child Psychologist
                                                                                   •   Social Worker
                                                                                   •   Childcare Reps Abroad

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           The Early Years and Education department at Riverside                   NEW FACILITIES
           College offers students exciting and innovative courses
                                                                                   Early Years and Education
           which will enable students to gain the nationally recognised
                                                                                   Fully functioning Practice Nursery
           qualifications which are essential to succeed in this industry.
                                                                                   including:

           Students will study a wide range of subjects including practical care   • Sensory area with lights
           skills, observational skills, curriculum planning and safeguarding,     • Virtual dolls
           allowing them to progress in a variety of careers in the Early Years    • Children’s toilets
           sector. During the course students will undertake a variety of high
                                                                                   • Creative and story area
           quality placements, providing them with invaluable opportunities to
                                                                                   • Changing area
           develop their own professional skills and knowledge.
                                                                                   • Roll Play area
Introduction to Health & Social Care
NEW FOR 2019: PRACTICE NURSERY
                                                         and Children & Young People
                                                         Level 1 CACHE Diploma - 1 Year

                                                         This course will give you the opportunity to
                                                         undertake practical activities to help you to learn to
                                                         care for adults, young people and children. It will
                                                         help you to develop your work and life skills whilst
                                                         still learning to care for others. You will study topics
                                                         including Communication, Healthy Eating, Range
                                                         of Service Provision, Children’s and Young People’s
                                                         Development and Physical Care of Babies and Young
                                                         People. Successful completion of this course could
                                                         lead to progression onto either the Level 2 Early Years
                                                         or Level 2 Health and Social Care.
                                                         Entry Requirements: 4 GCSEs at grade 9 - 2
                                                         including English Language and Maths.

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Early Years & Education and Care                         Childcare and Education
Level 2 CACHE Certificate - 1 Year                       (Early Years Education)
                                                         Level 3 CACHE Diploma - 2 Years
This course is for people who wish to work in a
supervised role with children from birth and five        During this course you will study a wide range of
years with knowledge of children up to seven             subjects including practical skills, child development,
years. You will study modules including: The role        curriculum planning and safeguarding. Successful
of the early years practitioner, Supporting children’s   completion of this course will prepare you for a
development, Supporting healthy lifestyles for           career as a practitioner in a day nursery, nursery
children and Supporting children’s positive behaviour    school, reception class, pre-school worker, home
and will attend 250 hours of placement. Successful       based childcare, nanny (home and abroad), Teaching
completion of this course could lead to employment       and Nursing or Social Work. During this course
as an assistant in a range of related job roles or       you will also complete a minimum of 750 hours in
for progression to a Level 3 Early Years Educator        placements, you will study in college three days a
qualification.                                           week and attend placement for the other two.

Entry Requirements: 4 GSCEs at grade 9 - 3               Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at
including in English Language and Maths.                 grade 9 - 4 including a grade 4 in English language
                                                         and Maths. Students must also have a clear DBS.

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